HaandBryggeriet / De Molen Menno & Jens

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


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This brew is a collaboration with two daring brewers. Here we have gone all the way and made a true (gruit) herb ale, there are no hops in this ale, only herbs. A beer based totally on historic brewing traditions, incl. the HaandBryggeriet wild yeast. Contains malted barley, wheat malt, rye malt, yeast and herbs.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 28, 2012
Cloudy amber pour with a thin tan head. Pleasant aroma of herbs, mint and fir trees. The flavor is strange, but interesting, there’s herbs, mint (or menthol) and fir trees. There’s a refreshing feeling I don’t get often in beer that reminds me of mint. The body is medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Weird, but good, good, but weird!

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2016
8/5/2010 3:17:06 PM Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark brown body with tall head. Nose of hops and malt. Taste of caramel, smoked hams, malts and watery. Quite smokey, really. Two of favourite brewers who have gone quite herbal---But, I miss those hops... okay.

Cunningham (8529) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2013
Appearance: Hazy amberish color with a fine off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Sour, oak and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Moderate sour/acidic and a moderate bitterness. Rich carbonation.
Taste: Mild sour and balanced acidic. Berry fruity, yeast, oak, malty, some spices and a dry texture.
Overall impression: Tasty and complex.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with OleR
Jostein 13

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
In short: A hard to describe mess.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed approximately one year after bottling date (no best-before date).
The look: !!MAJOR GUSHER!! After 1/3rd of the bottle escaped the bottle it poured partly cloudy amber-copper body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Very strange aroma, hard to describe, moldy rye bread, fruit pie, cooked vegetables, house plants, cooking spices, a touch of smoke, other… Puzzling aroma to say the least. Taste is borderline gross. Rotting red berries, caramel, plenty of rye, chinese restaurant fish sauce, cooked vegetables, herbs of some kind, fruitcake, cooked ham (!!!), chewing on garden plants, other weird stuff. Heavy thick juicy body with a lifeless carbonation. Both Haandbryggeriet and De Molen are fine breweries but the relatively low ratings for this beer are not surprising, this collaboration beer is atrocious. Not sure what the goal was here, but brewing is like farting, if you try too hard only shit will come out.

Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2013
Gyllen uklar farve med lyst skum. Lukt av frukt og krydder. Smak av frukt, honning og krydder.

nilsas (4719) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2013
Fin rødbrun farge. Lite skum. Lukt av krydder og karamell. God smak av frukt, krydder med en anelse smak av karamell i ettersmaken.

Bathory (458) - Kverneland, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2013
Aroma of jupiner, malts, some unindentified herbs. Good smell. Flavour sharp at first, but then it smoothens up. Love the fruitiness. Mellow palate, medium body and a winous aftertaste. A really enjoyable beer.

czar (9615) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
(gusher) pours murky dark golden-copper with a small off-white head, little retention, no lacing. smoked cherries, hint of acidity, peppery, some caramel and medium roastiness, slightly boozy. average carbonation, light to medium body, decent grassy-citrusy finish. enjoyed it.

daje (4548) - NORWAY - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle, january 27st 2013. By coincidense exactly three years on the day since it was brewed according to the label 27/1-10 (ok it’s saturday 26th but just after midnight, normally I’d still count it as 26th but since the calendar has turned to sunday I’ll let it pass as 27th, 3 years is a lot cooler than 2 years and 364 days. Come to think of it last february had 29 days so it would be 2 years and 365 days. Guess I’m covered, this is 3 years on the date any way you look at it) How weird is that, I just picked a random beer from the back of the closet, didn’t see the brew date until after it was opened :) Three years, it may be old, but it’s a lot better now than I remember it being a couple of years ago. Maybe I should have let it turn five? It opened with a gusher, like some Haandbryggeriet bottles did at the time this was made. With that in mind I was prepared and opened it on the balcony. No harm done with a trip dwn memory lane. Pours a clear dark amber, red tint body, quickly vanishing beige head. Quickly as in two seconds. Aroma is sweet, malty, lots of herbs, no surprise there, cloves, red fruits. Nice! If the aroma was sweet, that was nothing compared to the taste. Extreme sweet and sticky, though balanced out by a herbal blend, mint? , berries, wood, and some yeast. I guess the exclusion of hops in this beer make the sweetness stand out a bit. Brewing beer without hops was actually the way it was done here in Norway hundreds of years ago before we sent Leiv Eriksson out on a ship to discover america and he met these crazy hop head indians on the american west coast who convinced us to drop the herbs for hops in our no prefix pale ales. So I think it’s a cool thing to try a commercial brew the old fashioned way, even if it means the beer turns out sweeter than normal. After the taste has settled, a malt bitterness sneaks its way in and adjust the taste to a malty and fruity aftertaste. Pretty cool stuff, I’m not sure how they do that. A nice experience throughout, and with a soon empty glass I kind of regret that I didn’t save the bottle longer as I’m pretty sure it’s no longer availible.Happy birthday, beer, you’ll be finished before you know it.

shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2013
Keg at Cask. Muddy brown colour, no head. Aroma is ham sandwich, smoke, bit sweet and syrupy. Taste is ham again, smoke, bit sweet. Thick. Obviously weird, and interesting for a bit but a half was too much.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
50cl bottle from Bieropholie, cellar temp in a tulip glass. Bottled 12.04.10. MASSIVE GUSHER. Very deep amber copper with a so-so light tan head. Strong, minty, fruity, cola-like, rich and pungent, pleasant enough. Medium+ body, weak effervescence (weakened by gushing?). More rich, sweet maltiness, molasses notes, fruitiness, slightly minty herbals, brown sugar, toast crust; sweet with limited bitterness and a slightly smoky and phenolic rich malt finish

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