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


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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
We make x-mas beers beers with the good old traditional flavour from the days when the old farm breweries made dark, hearty, earthy beers with lots of x-masy flavours. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered. 7% alcohol, supplied in 50 cl bottles an d 30 liter kegs.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KongKalle (12) - Stavanger, - JAN 3, 2012
Deep brown in color with low foam. Porter-like aroma with dark chocolate and hints of caramel and coffee. The scent is repeated in the taste, quite bitter.

alexsdad06 (10289) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2017
500 ml bottle from notes. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have toasted caramel malts, plums, raisins, berries, anise, earthy, smoked malt, peat, light holiday spice, decent.

The Etruscan (672) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 14, 2017
Dark beige weak head. Black colour. Aroma is malty with fruity (prunes and raisins) with licorice and dark chocolate notes. Flavor is malty too with red fruity and chocolate tones, ending in a dark chocolate accented and gently smoky finish. Medium bodied.

tom10101 (6040) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle (500 ml), shared. Hazy dark brown with a small beige head, moderate retention, leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is peaty with smoke, earthy notes, caramel, red fruits/berries and hints of resin. Taste is sweet but also peated and smokey with caramel malts, resin, red berries and some bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Moderately oily mouthfeel. Peaty finish with lingering berries notes. Like czar said, it’s fun for an x-mas beer because it’s not too "christmas-ey". Borderline too peaty but still manageable and enjoyable because of the other flavors that are able to compensate. Tasty and different.

ston3s42 (234) - - NOV 26, 2016
Dark brown appearance with little head. Tastes of smoke, juniper berries and earth. Medium body, low carbonation and a smoky finish. Good peaty Christmas beer

mathieuc (3958) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2016
Another Haand tick shared by czar, thanks man! Pours a dark brown with a small beige rim that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of peat and smoke with some caramel trying to pierce through. Taste doesn’t quite feel sweet but the malt backbone is solid with more peated malt/smoke and some umami. A little more bitter than your usual old ale. Body is pretty much medium and carbonation moderate. Interesting but not overly exciting.

czar (9022) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2016
pours unclear light brown with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. softly smoked fruity maltiness, woodsy spices, never too christmas-ey, which is kewl, lots of foreign berries, salt. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet, warming and spicy finish. rich and complex smoky old ale.

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2016
Style et résumé: Old ale fumée.
Comment: Bouteille batch 931 best før 09.11.2018.
Portrait: Une superbe robe brune avec une mousse beige crémeuse et durable. Un nez de malt légèrement fumé et de chocolat. La bouche est très agréable avec les mêmes saveurs de chocolat parfumé (de par-fumée). Une finale longue, mi sucrée mi amère. Le faible pétillement la rend quelque peu difficile à boire.
Note: /10

nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016

BlazerT (1089) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Pitch black with small to medium, light brown head. Medicore head retention, poor lacing. Aroma is roasted malts (mainly coffee and dark chocolate combined with black and red fruits (cherries, plums, some raisins), also touch of smokey notes. Nearly medium caramel and brown sugar notes. Taste is in the beginning light to medium bitter, but soon it becomes something between semi-sweet and semi-dry. Medium body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation, finish is semi-dry and malty. Booze is not so noticable, just a lightly warming. In overall nice, drinkable and full beer. Not so heavy as most of holiday ales.

electrotype (655) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
C’est flat, c’est laid. Pas que ça change quoique ce soit au niveau de l’appréciation du liquide, mais calvaire qu’ils sont laids les étiquettes de cette brasserie là! On dirait qu’il font exiprès... Je peux pas croire que quelqu’un a réellement validé le design un moment donné : "Oui, très joli, on utilise ça!". Anyway, les notes sont pas tellement mieux. Elles sont difficiles à cerner. On dirait un mélange de plein d’affaire, une expérience improvisée. C’est sucré, malté, fade.

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