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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We make x-mas beers beers with the good old traditional flavour from the days when the old farm breweries made dark, hearty, earthy beers with lots of x-masy flavours. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered. 7% alcohol, supplied in 50 cl bottles an d 30 liter kegs.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (351) - Sandvika, - APR 12, 2013
50 cl bottle. Batch 307.Pours dark brown with a large creamy brown head that just stays there. Leaves nice lacings.Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and some malt and spice notes. Flavor is very complex and leaves a very long nice bitter finish. Full body, oily texture, medium bitterness and medium to low carbonation. One of top 3 norwegian christmas ales.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (24) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2014
A nice winter warmer drunk at the height of the Norwegian summer! Caramelly and sweet - a somewhat short finish. A good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1397) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours a very dark opaque brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is licorice and dark fruit. Taste is sweet roasted malt, raisins and prunes, bitter chocolate and just a bit of espresso. Nice winter warmer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ngejo (147) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Brown, minimal head, brown foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2144) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Really nice aroma of pickles, holiday spices, cherries, some tartness, lactose. Dark brown body with light brown head, foamy bubbles and nice lacing. Taste is less intense, like a subtle hot chocolate, sweet, a few spices, kind of soft palate. Overall very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (418) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Barwa: czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana jasno beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita, utrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: ciemne słody, cukierki owocowe, lukrecja, przyprawy. Smak: pełny, słodowy, umiarkowanie słodki. Następnie trochę czekoladowy, przyprawowy (lukrecja, goździki, cynamon), z lekką goryczką i nieco alkoholowym finiszem. Tym razem HaandBryggeriet nie zaskakuje. Jest to piwo świąteczne, jednak umiarkowanie przyprawione i niezbyt przekonujące. Nie twierdzę, że jest złe (zwłaszcza po ponad roku od rozlewu), ale czegoś mu brakuje. Ciemne ze świetną pianą, ale ale w aromacie nie przekonujące. W smaku jest nieco lepiej, jednak również nie zachwyca. W porównaniu do wielu piw belgijskich tego typu czy poprzednich z tego browaru zdecydowanie obniżka formy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (521) - SPAIN - MAY 5, 2014
Bptella de 50 cl, adquirida en www.biirkonnen.com. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta tostada, ligeramente a chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (4333) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
Appearance: Hazy deep dark and subtle red color with a tan head. Some lacing.
Aroma: Rich roasted, yeast, some spices and malty.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet, and an ok bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Malty, bready, chocolate, some spices, yeast, roasted and mild peat.
Overall impression: I have had better batches of this one. Maybe some storage would help. Complex, but seemed to be a bit unbalanced. Although an ok ale.
Personal stats: Bottle (batch #625) from Vinmonopolet in Sarpsborg, Norway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (515) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 8, 2014
Color negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beige. Aromas de café y tostados, algo especiado. Densidad media en boca con sabor de tostados y café, final seco y amargo como de chocolate negro que dura hasta el regusto, también un toque de especias. Rica.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Draft. Deep brown body with a frothy, light brown head, lasting. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, spice, clove, nutmeg, basement, earthiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Some oxidation (getting past its prime), but not enough to mask the flavors. Lots of spices, but a nice, rich base.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (2838) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2014
14-FEB-2014, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Michael. Dark, dark amber - almost Black but clear with lasting tan head. Aroma is roast and yeast. Somewhat dry’ish. Brett? Taste the same. A Little sweet, but mostly dry. Interesting.


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