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

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This beer is our new X-mas beer for the coming season. Milder and less powerful roasty taste than Nissefar. More maltiness from the crystal malts and more fruity taste from lots of aroma hops, incl a hard to describe taste from our secret ingredient.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4000) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
Cloudy dark brown colour with a beige head. Roasted malt and a bit spicy aroma. Medium to full body. Rich mixed flavour with moderate sweetness, roasted malt, yeast and some spices. A fine bitter finish.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Halden, Norway]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (2733) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2012
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Stovner. Dark brown/ black color, off white foam. Light roasted aromas, coffee, licorice, malt-’some hoppy Aromas. Medium body & medium/high complexity. Good bitterness, nice carbonation- very well balanced. Very enjoyable

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TyggaBrown (376) - NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
Pretty nice christmas beer with bitterness and smoke and dried fruites. Better the warmer. Let this be for a while and drink it at about 12 degrees.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle - batch 516. Dark dark red in color, with a medium brown head. The first thing that strikes me when I stick it up to the nose, is an intense smell of dishwashing-soap. Getting some weak hints of other aromas aswell, but this smell of soap masks everything else. The same weird smell appears in the taste. The fact that noone else mentioned this in their rating of the beer, makes me wonder if this is infected...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fenrir (19) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2012
Burnt coffe, bitter, nicely carbonated. Quite nice :) not typical Norwegian Juleøl ;) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (378) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2012
Pours dark brown. Spicy nose. Lively carbonation actually. Malt, some caramel, spice (cinnamon?) aromas. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9835) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2012
Unclear dark brown with a huge and lasting beíge head. Aroma is malty, caramel, dusty chocolate and moderate spicy - cinnamon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 120212

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
From SkjoldBurne, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 211211. Brown with off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor with caramel and spice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2491) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2011
Shared 0,5 l bottle at home. Three fingers thick, light brown head on an obsidian colored body. Spicy, wooden, sweet, dried fruits nose. Sweet, roasted, spicy and bitter flavors with notes of liquorice. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (1752) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle enjoyed at home from batch #404, 2011 edition
Pours dark brown, almost black in glass, big dense tanned head. Very nice look. Smells of cloves, cinnamon, cardemomme, coffe and the typical aroma of Haandbryggeriet’s house yeast. Taste is malty, no sweetness whatsoever. I find gløgg tones and some dry fruits. Palate is dry but not as oily as it could be. Still quite nice. Finish has a very nice and powerful bitterness. But stil, i think the beer lacks a bit of balance to make it to highest scores out there


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