Nissefar - HaandBryggeriet
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Reviews by mrquartetman:
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer from Drammen, Norway is also known as "Father Christmas" (a very loose translation of "Nissefar").
Appearance: A rich dark reddish brown. It pours with no head at all, worrisome in a foreign beer (has it gone flat?), but in this case, of no consequence with respect to taste.
Smell: Big malt aroma, quite toasty, with some alcohol wafting off the top. A most inviting aroma.
Taste: A top-flight deep, malty taste that persists on the palate. The Haandbryggeriet web site terms it "very complex, packed with the tastes and smells of Christmas, like chocolate, caramel and raisins." The caramel character is certainly there, the chocolate less so. A case could be made that the fruitiness is raisiny, but it's more intense than just raisins.
Mouthfeel: This is a high gravity beer with strong malt character and tastes as dense as it is.
Drinkability: Lovely to quaff, but a bit expensive to drink a lot of.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2009 23:32:32 | More by mrquartetman
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a dark brown with a large foamy mocha head.
S: Musty malt, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and oak in the nose. Smells like most old ales, but spicy.
T: Dark fruit and maybe some berries. With the yeast it tastes chocolatey and roasty. An odd dichotomy.
M: Medium bodied, smooth enough.
O: Pretty good festive ale. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 02:32:33 | More by BierJager89
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Okay so I know enough not to expect your typical old ale here as its Haand...
nice deep brown amber pour with quick head. Booze chocolate aromas...some fruit notes.
taste is where this brew shines...chocolate with lots of wood and fruit and a hint of funk. Its not nearly as acidic as most haand...but its got a funk for sure. Lots of leathery chocolate...
really super smooth mouthful..not even realizing its 7%.
overall a really nice brew.
yes its miles away from Bois and Kuhnhenn but its still a great brew
Serving type: on-tap
01-06-2014 23:25:10 | More by DrinkSlurm
Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.