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


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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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   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!

Nordcore (1500) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle 50 cl. Brown, hazy with a creamy offwithe head. Burned malt, Brown sugar and wood. Light bitter with a dry burned malt end.

nybol (2201) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2017
Temmelig underlig øl, den smager af røg, men virker som om der er en fejl i den.

Lore (2746) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 7, 2017
hazy dark amber colour, moderate sized off-white head; aroma of smoked bacon and barley, grains, burnt woody and moderate fruity-floral notes; taste is the same; good one

MartyW (278) - DENMARK - JUN 14, 2017
Draft at Tap10. Hazy dark orange with a beige head. Aroma of yeast, malt, oak, smoky. Flavour has sweet smoky notes. Oak, malt, light yeast, slight salt. Aftertaste is moderate sweet with a wooden touch.

dcmchew (104) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - MAY 24, 2017
Murky amber, brown-ish, small light beige bit of foam. Low retention. Sweet and smokey nose, with a mellow seabuckthorn-like acidity, some fragrant wood (hints of white oak?), smoked meats, berries, caramel. The front is nice, with some juicy, mildly tart berries, some sweet malt, smoked dried wood and grain. Some caramel crust, dried grass, mild hay, with a nice juniper fragrance developing, nice and sharp, reminding me of gin. Some bitterness, woody in nature, with a lot more smoke in the finish, but not the bacony one usually found in rauchbiers. A stronger, burnt, ashy kind, dry and rugged. Some bit of caramel and that gin note lingers, too. Medium body and carbonation. A tiny bit of warm alcohol. A solid traditional beer, really interesting, not holding anything back, at the risk of being a bit too rough. But i enjoyed it a lot.

Evilkniamhel (955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2017
From bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber. Nose of berries, resin, smoke. Taste is light smoke, loads of fruit, light malts.

lmojoh (793) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2017
Flaske 0,5L smakt januar 2013. Aroma malt, brent tre, røyk. Utseende uklar mørk gylden med offwhite skum. Smak malt, røyk, mørk frukt, krydder. En røykpreget ale

thejackpacker (448) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2017
Bottle. I guess I’m going off the smoked ales but I prefer this to the heavy malty black smoked beers out there. I am a little dissapainted however, I’m not getting that much juniper or wood, just smoke (but in a good Belgian fashion).

AlainG (2248) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
Une mousse timide mais toutefois persistante au-dessus d’une bière cuivrée. Des arômes de plus intéressants alliant la fumée et le genévrier, lui donnant un air d’expédition en forêt, de camping sauvage et de prélèvement sur le bord d’une rivière isolée. Poisson et/ou jambon fumé(s). Les saveurs sont de la même famille où l’aspect fumé prend moins de place. C’est presque antiseptique. On prend une marche dans une tourbière. Plus qu’agréable pour moi. *Batch 997 MA 22.06.2018) (2139-230317)

gopherfan99 (1829) - 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

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