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HaandBryggeriet Romjul

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Brown Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2008 Bottle. Pours a nice, reddish brown body with some clouds, and a small, beige head on top. Rum-raisin, sweetness, some roasted malt and caramel and a wee touch of yeast on the nose. Dry in the mouth, sweet in the background, roasted malt, caramel and hops in the flavor. Medium body. Quite bitter finish with roasted malt. The hoppy bitterness comes stronger towards the very end, lifting the experience slightly. A nice brown ale. Rating: 6-4-6-3-13-3.2. (080108)

Bottle, #102. It pours an unclear brown body with a reddish hue and a small, creamy beige head. There seems to be a little sourish note to the aroma, which mostly consists of roasted malt, caramel and dried fruits. Maybe rum soaked raisins instead of dried fruits? Or maybe some port-like scents? Not really sure what it is, it’s quite volatile and in the background. Maybe it’s the wheat playing a trick? Flavorwise it follows the same path as the aroma. There’s a tiny sourness I don’t remember from half a year ago, followed by caramel sweetness and roasted malt. No, it’s not sourness, it’s a little oxidation going on, both in aroma and flavor. There’s also some notes of yeast, and a weak, pleasant hoppy bitterness doing some work towards the end of the flavor. Medium body. Lasting finish with roasted malt, some sweetness, and both coffee-like and hoppy bitterness. A quite complex beer with good drinkability. If you don’t like oxidation, it probably should be drank fresh, but I really enjoyed it the way it tasted eight months after bottling. Went down easily in the summer heat. (080723)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, hop, fruit. Flavour is roasted, dry, hop, malt, caramel. Quite nice to be ABV 4,5 %.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2008
500 ml bottle, thanks to Ole_R. Like all Haandbryggeriet beers it is bottle conditioned. ABV is 4.5%. Malts include wheat malt and Münchener malt. Batch No. 102. Brewed Oct. 2007, BB date March 2009. Mahogany coloured beer, hazy when the sediment is poured. Moderate beige head. Moderate aroma of malts, bakery and chocolate, hints of spices. The flavour is fruity and slightly acidic, with distinct notes of Münchener malts. The finish is spicy with a sharp bitterness. Not a bad beer, but it somehow seems a bit unbalanced - the flavour elements don’t blend together very well. I am not sure if this is a recipe worth repeating next year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (5938) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2008
500 ml bottle. Beautiful red/brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast and something spicy. Flavor is slightly roasted malt, caramel and somewhere in the background there something I have recognized in several of the HB beers. Not sure if it some kind of spices or the yeast itself. It could remind me a bit about backing yeast? It makes the finish a bit sharp and almost a soft over ripeness in a way. Not to happy with this, otherwise medium body and a balanced fine bitter finish. Quite a typical brown ale. Thanx to Ole_R

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7307) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2007
Medium yellowish beige head. Reddish brown opaque body. Yeasty, fruity, roasty aroma with spice notes. Faintly acidic, wheaty yeasty roasty taste with burnt notes. Some spice as well, and chocolate. Dry metallic roasty wheat aftertaste. Has the signature HB taste. Slightly light body; probably would have been even better with more alcohol. Nice! (0.5l bottle, Christmas gift from Knut Albert.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2007
500 ml bottle. Batch #102. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Light beige creamy head that clings to the glass. Musty, raisiny and nutty aroma with hints of cocoa powder. Dry flavours. Powdery texture. Low carbonation level. Thin body, but with an interesting leathery dry flavour. For a beer with this little alcohol this is absolutely wonderful. Complex, rich and very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 50 cl bottle. Batch # 102. Hazy dark brown color. Beige, disappering head. Dark, sweet malt, some fruit. Bitter finish. One of the better «low alcohol» xmas-beers in Norway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Great, fruity beer. This confirms what they have shown with their earlier offerings - Haandryggeriet are without competition when it comes to brewing premium beers that can be sold in Norwegian supermarkets. Cherries, prunes, full malty body, yet enough bitterness to make this well balanced. There was no need to make this a limited edition!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 500 ml bottle (Batch # 102, bb march 08). Pours hazy dark brown with a ruby tinge. Medium-sized khaki head rapidly fading to filmy layer. Intial aroma of light earthy and edgy hops followed by a mellow fruitiness (yellow apples) and a nice wheaty and malty sweetness. Dry malty flavor with a light resiny and piny bitterness. Also some pleasant tones of fruity acidity, roast and licorice. Mouthfeel is a little sourish and also a little watered down. Light to medium body. Medium dry and lingering bitter finish. Top end amongst the Norwegian ’lower alcohol’ Christmas seasonals.

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