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

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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2438) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Pours a clear, dark brown with a thin, soapy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, nuts, toffee, leather, coffee and a pretty heavy dose of dark fruits. Some char and smoke notes come out as it warms. Flavor is big on heft malt, dark caramel, toffee nuts, sweet cereal mash, light spice, molasses, and toward the finish some roasty notes come in with chocolate, roast, coffee and a hint of char. Medium body, with a very smooth feel, a mix of oily, creamy, sticky and chewy, very light carbonation keeps that nice mouthfeel intact. Really good stuff, most likely not something I could drink alot of, but I wouldn’t hate trying to.


3.7
alex_leit (4078) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma: malty, sweet, caramel, slightly halva and nuts, light spiciness. Taste: wine, nuts, a little wood and smoked meat, caramel.

3.5
alexsdad06 (10416) - 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.

3.8
The Etruscan (685) - 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.

3.7
tom10101 (6084) - 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.

3.6
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

3.6
mathieuc (3990) - 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.

3.9
czar (9066) - 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.

3.6
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

4.2
nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016
OTTIMA BIRRA DI HAAND PER UN DOPO PASTO IMPORTANTE, CORPOSA ED IMPEGNATIVA. GRAN PRODOTTO

3.6
BlazerT (1105) - 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.


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