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HaandBryggeriet / Närke Unionöl

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


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Närke og Haand har brygget et vennskapsøl med spesielle, lokale ingredienser fra begge land: Gotlandsmalt, honning, tyttebær og einer. Närke and Haand has brewed a colloaboration beer with special, local ingredients from both countries: Gotlandsmalt, honey, cranberries and juniper.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
bergstaden (2537) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2012
Black with a brown head - Aroma of malt, smoke and peat - taste of roasted malt, berries, smoke - long lingering taste that is not good - Did not like this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14272) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle at Haandfestival 2012. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sourness, horse blanket, roasted malt, juniper, herbs. Flavour is sournes, roasted malt, juniper, coffee, fruit, berries. Strange, but also a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16590) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle, at HaandFestival 2012. It pours an unclear, dark brown body under a small, dark beige head. Cellar, ripe hard cheese, some beef stock, dark caramel and a little roasted touch. Lightly roasted flavor with some cellar and dried fruits, and a damp forest-like touch. Full-bodied and semi-sweet on the palate. Well, sort of pleasant, but I’m not convinced. Rating: 6-4-6-4-12-3.2. 120504

Bottle. Had this one again, four months after my first sample. It’s a beer that has improved quite a lot, the aromas and flavors are more mellow and integrated, and the juniper is present, replacing the damp forest touch found earlier. It’s still good-looking, although a bit murky. Dark brown in color and with a dark beige head of moderate size. Full-bodied. Roasted, sort of woody finish. Nice, certainly well worth a revisit. 120914

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7417) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, some roasted notes, chocolate, herbs and spices. Flavor is sweet and sour with some chocolate,spices and herbs. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9393) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours murky brown with no head other than a few bubbles and a smoked malt aroma. There is a strange smoky berry flavor with lots of juniper. Unique but not real tasty,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (4198) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Tap at Haand Festival 2012. Hazy amber body, small whitish head. Aroma is spicy, with caramel, forest, some smoke. Taste is sweet and spicy, with honey, smoke, dark malt, red berries. A very special and good beer, yet really strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (8757) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a low tan head. Lingonberry and smoke aroma. Juniper and lingonberry flavor with peat and nail polish. Medium bodied. Lighter carbonation. Juniper and lingonberries linger with peat, nail polish, and burnt rubber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14335) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle from the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours prune juice with bubbles for head. Aroma is sort of dark fruit and twigs. Body is a bit thinnish - but there’s some dark fruit thickener and it’s so smokey that any small blemishes are covered. Think I get the cranberries and juniper, but I could wish for more of both. Heck I even think there’s something with the same taste effect as chocolate. Certainly interesting. Tasty. Different. etc. etc. etc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (4879) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2012
50cl bottle at Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, smoke, caramel and malt with some wooden notes.Smoky and lightly sour without much bitterness. Strange and interesting. (2012-08-25)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1794) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
It’s getting quite dark at the outdoor festival premises, so I’m not quite sure what colour this beer has. Dark brownish, I guess. Lovely strong aroma with tart berries, this must be the lingonberries shining through. Also lots of dried dark fruits, especially dried figs. Fruits and berries in the flavour as well, but more pronounced are smoke, sausage and smoked meat. Full bodied with lovely syrupy texture. A very special beer that I would love to taste for real some day!
[Tiny sample served from bottle by OleR @ Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival, Oslo]

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