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

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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Once, every farm in Norway was required by law to brew its own ale. All of that ale had a natural smoky taste because the malt was kilned by fire, and most of it was spiced with juniper berries. Norwegian Wood, a recreation of that traditional style, is made by the "Hand Brewery" - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brugmanneke (283) - - JAN 14, 2013
(50 cl bottle) Hazy, brown beer with a creamy yellow(ish) head and some chunky sediment. Aroma is moderately smoky, along with licorice, woo, moss. The juniper berries are present, but less dominant than expected, and seem to bring a more fruity touch to the whole thing. Still makes associate pinewood forests and heathlands. Nearly burnt sugar. Medium bitterness, slightly sweet and sour. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation. Almost creamy texture. Overall a good mouthfeel. Well balanced, alcohol well-hidden. Complex enough, but not too exhausting/demanding. Recommended!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thejackpacker (334) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2017
Bottle. I guess Im going off the smoked ales but I prefer this to the heavy malty black smoked beers out there. I am a little dissapainted however, Im not getting that much juniper or wood, just smoke (but in a good Belgian fashion).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (2160) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
Une mousse timide mais toutefois persistante au-dessus dune bire cuivre. Des armes de plus intressants alliant la fume et le genvrier, lui donnant un air dexpdition en fort, de camping sauvage et de prlvement sur le bord dune rivire isole. Poisson et/ou jambon fum(s). Les saveurs sont de la mme famille o laspect fum prend moins de place. Cest presque antiseptique. On prend une marche dans une tourbire. Plus quagrable pour moi. *Batch 997 MA 22.06.2018) (2139-230317)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1655) - Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle; pours cloudy brown with a tan head; smoky aroma with hints of wood, caramel, and juniper; taste is smoky with some caramel, juniper, wood, and burnt sugar notes; smoky finish is dry and slightly bitter

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjorn77 (186) - Krakw, POLAND - MAR 31, 2017
Aromat: przyjemny, czuć jak suszone i wędzone owoce, nuty wędzone bardzo przyjemne i łagodne Wygląd: bardzo ładne, czerwono miedziane, przejrzyste, biała drobnopęcherzykowa pianka na niecały centymetr, szybko redukuje się do otoczki na powierzchni. Trochę osadu na dnie butelki Smak: wpierw likierowa słodycz ale tylko przez pierwsze sekundy. Pźniej czujemy pełną ciała, ale nie nazbyt ciężką, leciutko podwędzaną podstawę słodową wypełnioną smakiem jałowca. Super że jałowiec wyraźnie tu czuć, bo często to dodatek jakiegoś składnika znajduje się tylko w postaci napisu na etykiecie. Ten jałowiec, jak ktoś nie zna można by ewentualnie porwnać do czerwonej borwki lub jarzębiny. Jest też troszkę karmelu z podbudowy słodowej, są rodzynki. Wędzoność jak dla mnie idealna, bo delikatna i zbalansowana, podbija tylko bogaty i ciekawy smak. Dla mnie rewelacja. Nie odstraszy ona nikogo od piwa, nawet wrogw wędzonych aromatw i smakw. Na finiszu mamy przyjemną, średnią goryczkę przywodzącą na myśl igły sosny i cierpkie, mięsiste, gorzkawe owoce- znw jałowiec. Wysycenie niskie, pijalność średnia na skutek mnogości i bogactwa smakw i aromatw. Bardzo dobre, świetnie wykonane, bogate i mega ciekawe piwo

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (723) - - MAR 4, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2017 Hazy orange with grayish head. Vomit, brown malt, tropical fruit. Dark malt, fruit spice. Sweet with a sticky palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beton (340) - Lublin, POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2997) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber Brown. Strong smokey taste from smoked & roasted malts. Berries (apparently juniper) & dark fruits. Caramel. Woody, earthy & rather salty. Bitter edge (the juniper?) throughout . Smoky, roasty dry finish. Unique Beer! (2008)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Korcz (2916) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (2391) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2016
Reddish brown colour. Murky. Aroma is firewood and caramel. Taste is lightly smoked with some malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (3163) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers. Wood-smoked ham and toasted chestnuts on the nose. Clean and crisp on the palate with some juniper berry notes. Smoke is not overdone and sits nicely in the background.


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