Falcon Gammelbrygd (-1996)

Formerly brewed at Falcon Bryggerier (Carlsberg)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Falkenberg, Sweden


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A vintage brew, that used to be aged 3 years before being released, which has been discontinued since the brewery was taken over by Carlsberg. Used to come in a pitch black opaque bottle, and an opener with the year of the vintage was included. The last vintage was brewed in 1996.

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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
(1996 bottle) Dark brown body topped by a small creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, toffee, some nutty, butterscotch, raisin. Creamy light-medium body. Remarkable how well this beer, a dunkel, has held up. Thank you Jeppe for sharing.

Rune (13382) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2007
330ml bottle (1996), trading with omhper in Stockholm some months ago. Consumed during a rating party at Finn’s in Tromsø. The beer was still possible to drink, but had obvious lost some of its initial flavour. Pours a dark brown coloured body with a thin off-white head. Dark malty aroma with a touch of wort. Flavour is also malty with "blockmalz" and hints of brittle caramel. Sweet malty tail (23.02.2007)

Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 1996 vintage sampled 7/2003: ruby-brown colour, no head, licorice aroma, very malty, dark fruits, light oily, sweet with some bitterness, long biscuity finish
1994 vintage: 7/5/7/4/13
1992 vintage: 6/4/5/3/11

Pinball (12260) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
aroma is quite strong, but i have a har dtime figuring what it is. probably due to aging. flavor is mostly caramel, dark fruits, nice hops, sugar. palate is a little too watery overall interesting and quite tasty.

madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2004
Bottled 1996 vintage. Man was I happy to see this on the setlist, and it turned out to be a very nice one. Dark black/brown coloured. Not much head, but still an impressive sight. Dades and other fruits, malt and come cocoa notes in the aroma. Flavour is chocolatish with notes of fruits, malts and roastyness. Is light bitter in the end.

gnoff (10859) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 First rating
(33 cl bottle) Vintage 1989. On March 14, 2008.
Very dark brown color, small brown head. Sweet, raissin, sugar, honey, mead, vinous, fruity scent. Smoke, sweet, honey taste. Roasted and sweet licorice aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Guess this is a bit too old, would be interesting to try the 1996 version now.

33 cl bottle, 1987 vintage.
Thanks to deft!
On December 13, 2008
Labelled 4.5% Alcohol by weight.
Darl copper color with lots of particles, small white head. Raissin, vinous, alcohol taste. Medium to a bit thin mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sugary and alcohol aftertaste. Too old I’d say.

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Any first impressions?
-Still a ring of bubbles surveys the ebony-tinged dusk.
-Raisins, dark chocolate, and some roastiness rise from the mostly sweet aroma.
-Date squares, vanilla-laced chocolates, and nutty protrusions impress, first since this is a dunkel, but mostly since this is 10 years old!
-The low carbonation is probably due to the old age, but it suits the malty sweetness fine.

What if you dig deeper?
-The flavor profile mostly plays within sweet realms, surprising for the advertised style.
-If alcohol were bumped up a bit, this could easily fall into scotch ale/old ale territories.
-Fruitiness is complex and lip-smacking, the frankness of a pie.
-This is a stunning example is how aging "can" work; a superb vintage.

Bottle; 1996 vintage.

AndySnow (8013) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
How: Bottle. 1996 vintage.
Where: Akkurat, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with no head.
Aroma: Bread, raisin, caramel.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Mild malt, vinous, caramel.

jonas (7993) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Bottle, I was very happy for the opportunity to try this one - it had been the one that got away for a long time
Raisiny rum and burnd aroma, slightly dusty. Dark brown. Milk chocolate, liquor, caramel. Light to medium body. Long caramelly aftertaste.

Finn (7916) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle 0,33l 1996 version. Dark brown colored. No head. Very sweet malty throughout. It’s probably been at it’s best a few years ago.

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