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

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, - APR 12, 2013
50 cl bottle. Batch 307.Pours dark brown with a large creamy brown head that just stays there. Leaves nice lacings.Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and some malt and spice notes. Flavor is very complex and leaves a very long nice bitter finish. Full body, oily texture, medium bitterness and medium to low carbonation. One of top 3 norwegian christmas ales.


4.4
DruncanVeasey (8456) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2018
500ml bottle from Bergen airport, batch 755, 06/06/14, consumed at home December 2016. Wonderful silky Belgian aroma awaft with plum fruit, chipotle, vague bacon, juniper berry enrobed in dark chocolate, pepper, charcoal and cigar. Lush deep peppered chocolate taste with a mellow lactic edge of blueberry or similar and dips of jerky and cocktail stick whale off the market. Alcohol invisible. Could sink a few pints without regret. Quietly sublime Xmas nightcap.

3.7
alhobj (67) - - NOV 30, 2017
Magnastix (må kanskje kjøpes på nettet), gavekort på iTunes, gavekort på sjakkbutikken.no, gavekort på gamesweb.dk, halvtykke ullsokker, øl (gjerne sur eller spesielt på en annen måte), jack-kabel til gitar (3m), hjernetrim (leker). Skal tenke videre ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
brnandersen (4344) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2017
Draught at Tap10. Near black with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma with ripe dark fruits, caramel malts, smoked ham, red berries and herbal spicy notes. Taste is light sweet. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes drying with smoked ham and sweet fruits. Nice Winter Warmer.

3.7
alex_leit (5316) - 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 (11238) - West Chester, 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 (711) - 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 (6297) - 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 (235) - - 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 (4000) - 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 (9615) - 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.


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