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


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RATINGS: 439   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (1263) - - NOV 10, 2012
Flaske kjpt p polet i vika. Sort farge. Smaker kaffe, ryk,granbar og rkelse. Litt skuffet over at det bare er 7% alkohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5960) - 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, its fun for an x-mas beer because its 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3905) - Qubec, 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 doesnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8890) - Qubec, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4547) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2016
Style et rsum: Old ale fume.
Comment: Bouteille batch 931 best fr 09.11.2018.
Portrait: Une superbe robe brune avec une mousse beige crmeuse et durable. Un nez de malt lgrement fum et de chocolat. La bouche est trs agrable avec les mmes saveurs de chocolat parfum (de par-fume). Une finale longue, mi sucre mi amre. Le faible ptillement la rend quelque peu difficile boire.
Note: /10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (1050) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
electrotype (655) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
Cest flat, cest laid. Pas que a change quoique ce soit au niveau de lapprciation du liquide, mais calvaire quils sont laids les tiquettes de cette brasserie l! On dirait quil font exiprs... Je peux pas croire que quelquun a rellement valid le design un moment donn : "Oui, trs joli, on utilise a!". Anyway, les notes sont pas tellement mieux. Elles sont difficiles cerner. On dirait un mlange de plein daffaire, une exprience improvise. Cest sucr, malt, fade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gr_pa (629) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAR 14, 2016
Dark brown, clear, nice head. Very nice aroma, lots happening here: beech smoke notes, cherries, coffee, vinegar, some spices. Light to medium body, light sweetness, medium bitterness, bit empty, in mouth, flavour: malty, roasted malts, hops. Bit alcoholic finish. Not great, but interesting.

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