Fyr & Flamme - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Brabander on 09-26-2010

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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a fine, hazy, red-tinged orange, with an enormous head that seems obscene at the start, but which settles to a meringuey egg-white foam with thick, rich lacing. Body is quite light, leaving a rather fluid bead. Not a bad look, overall.

Nose is spectacular. Big, sharply crisp but fruity aromas, giving lychee in particular, with hints of melon rind, sweet citrus and sweet herbs not far behind. There's a touch of dryness to it as well, without any feeling of true, thick heavy sweet malt. Really lovely.

Taste is also very good, with a clean, slightly nutty bitterness reminiscent of blanched almonds. The fruit has dropped off mostly here, leaving just the dryness giving a slight crispness, although there are lingering aromatic hints of the lychees. It's crisp and very enjoyable.

Overall, a great beer, from a brewery who I continue to enjoy, and this time, even when they're not doing some kind of smoky monstrosity. Very clean and bright, but with tons of flavour, character and complexity. Lovely stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2013 (bottled on 13/4/12). Batch 464, with a stated ABV of 6.5%. Given to me by my brother for my birthday - cheers bro! I believe this is an IPA that was originally created for the Borefts fest in Holland - I've had the Struise version of this before.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep, hazy orange hue, like marmalade, with plentiful carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy off-white foam with superb retention; it's meringue-like consistency endures for ages before slowly subsiding to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity, spicy hops: grapefruit, melon, white grape, citrus and a hint of pine resin. This is underpinned by biscuity caramel malt and notes of earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a hint of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a malty backbone and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grape, melon, citrus, earthy yeast, caramel, sugar and stewed hops. A strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing, followed by a solventy whiff of booze. Mouthfeel is dry and astringent, with a spicy quality and tingly carbonation. Good body. Dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and dry yeast.

Tasty Norwegian beer! A solid IPA with tons of hop aroma and good bitterness. Quite yeasty, perhaps overly so, bordering on a Belgian IPA. The result is a great aroma and a somewhat muddied flavour that seems a tad off-balance, with an excessive emphasis on yeast and bitterness. However, it remains a classy effort with plenty of character. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Fire and flame, eh? Burn me up, baby!

This beer pours a murky, medium golden amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some splattered and sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly fades off the radar.

It smells of musty, almost dank pine resin, orange and grapefruit rind-heavy juice, gritty, grainy pale malt, a biscuity caramel sweetness, further pineapple core and kiwi flesh tropical fruitiness, and a soft earthy yeastiness. The taste is quite reflective of the aroma - biscuity, almost doughy caramel and pale malt, mildly astringent forest floor pine cone notes, mixed domestic and tropical fruit - orange, pineapple, generic melon, white grapefruit, and guava - spicy, earthy yeast, and a faint echo of metallic warming alcohol.

The bubbles are in a bit of a frenzy at first, but duly settle to a more even keel soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, and somewhat tight in its mostly unassailed smoothness. It finishes generally dry, the fruitiness from the hops switching gears, the malt tending towards the biscuity, and the yeast stepping in as a sort of lingering matchmaker.

A pretty tasty affair, overall, but I hedge when I call this a pleasurable IPA - it's really more of a pleasurable ESB, the malt bill's oh-so-English Maris Otter the likely happy culprit. At any rate, worthy of a go, no matter the pedantry of wonks like me - this is something I'd be thoroughly content putting back on draft, not knowing the exact ins and outs of its provenance.

Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second offering in a horizontal tasting of the same recipe as interpreted by three different brewers. At Farmers' Cabinet.

A: The darkest of the lot, this IPA is more of a ruddy amber. An off-white head comes along with the pour.

S: With the darker malts comes, in my opinion, a more balanced maltier body. The hops are still present in all their citrusy glory but the biscuity caramel is certainly up to the task.

T: Balance is again the key, although the ale can't hide from its IPA origins. Caramel and biscuit lead off, bready, and soon yield to the hops. Citrus and pine, a little grassy, all crystallize into a full hop presence. A little more pineapple than the Vuur & Vlam but the balance often oscures that.

M: The differences in the ales is remarkable. This one stresses its malty side, a chewier IPA that still packs a hoppy punch.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty dark beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of deep dry hops with nice floral notes is quite intense and very enticing. Taste is a mix between huge floral notes with some notes of dry malt. Nice clear notes of citrus with very limited bitterness level and almost no astringency. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Solid offering with good mastering of dry hops technique.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Amsterdam I was told I had to visit Bierproeflokaal in de Wildeman (see separate review) and I did. The draft menu (chalkboard) was full of beer names I'd never heard of whose styles I couldn't tell from the name. I told the bartender that I was interested in trying some of the recent European takes on American styles (ala Mikkeler and Brew Dog). She recommended this beer to me and it was great.

Appearance was typical of an ipa, light color with a nice head of carbonation. Aroma was very intense in hops, as hoppy as any ipa i've had in the states. A combination of citrus and pine. The flavor as well had a very strong hop flavor, nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. I'd have had another but there were too many other beers to try.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty, muddy amber, quite sedimenty at the bottom. Head looks a treat, but it's way too generous, taking up a good three-quarters of the volume. Lace is cascades of dense foam. Seriously, looks great, but a couple of noticeable flaws there.

Smells very hoppy. Very fresh and fruity in kind. Big pineapple aroma on that, with Granny Smith apples, passionfruit and citrus. Tangy, complex; it verges on sour with so much fresh fruit vying for attention. Pleasant, but could use more grounding, or more sweetness, for balance.

Taste is not quite as potent as I'd expected. Hops take hold from the get-go but never quite reach highs of bitterness, or any other sensation. They're largely fruity with hints of pine, flax and citrus. Quite smooth palate, though, with just enough malt to carry the tangy bitterness across, so it's not overpowering. Still, a decent palate that's nothing mind-blowing.

Little bit sharp on the mouthfeel from the alpha acids, but settles down at the end. OK body overall.

A nicely-balanced beer that delivers good, drinkable flavours. If the flavours were bigger and more exciting I'd be rhapsodizing about this, but something about it makes me feel it's too "safe" and borders on mediocre when there's clearly a very big, exciting beer trying to come out. There's nothing bad about it but it disappointed me a little.

Photo of Jeffo
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Molen's shop in Bodegraven.

A version of De Molen's Vuur & Vlamm brewed for the 2nd annual BOREFTS Bierfestival in Bodegraven. This one won the competition.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Note: We bought a couple different variations and put them against each other. This one came in last for me.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, fluffy, white head with great retention. Cloudy, burnt orange with lots of carbonation evident. Head sticks around forever, but eventually fades to a full, thick cap. A good foam cap remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, with some honeydew melon and citrus notes. Notes of coriander, much like a witbier. Some floral hop notes and a bit of spice. Bold and interesting enough, but much in common with Belgian witbier.

TASTE: Pale malts, some melon notes, citrus hops, and a good dose of spice, including coriander. The mild and lingering aftertaste is plenty hoppy, with both citrus and floral notes, but also quite spicy. Interesting, but not really to style.

PALATE: Medium body, light, and quite creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Probably the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: You could either love this or hate this. Or you could think it's okay, just like I do. It's an odd cross between an IPA and a Belgian witbier, which doesn't really do it for me. This one actually won the competition at the festival, so I guess most people liked it much more than I did.

Photo of Brabander
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brewer was also at the Borefts festval in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery there were a lot of good breweries.

The brewers had a contest amongst each other to brew this Fire and Flame beer with the recepy of The Molen, the guys who brewed this first.

Our Norwegian friends made a very good IPA out of it. Very hoppy and a very very fruity taste.

Nice big head with a golden yellow fluid.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a very dark golden orange/copper color that's  nearly opaque with clear golden orange hues and a frothy two finger soapy off white head.  Very good retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting ring.  Large chunks and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Floral hop aroma with a blast of tropical fruit and sweet citrus.  Hints of pine and grass, hop oils and pale malt. I'm also picking up pineapple, mango along with lots of grapefruit and orange peel.  Pretty impresive for a non American ipa.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry piney hops up front that linger throughout over the sweeter notes, pale malt and alcohol heat into a lingering dry finish with a touch of sweetness.  Oily and piny but the dryness is countered by a slight sweetness.  Not as fruity as the aroma suggested with  a grassy, earthy feel and more alcohol heat than expected toward the finish with some warmth in the chest.  Pale malt for balance with hints of caramel and nut as well as some biscuit.  Smells more complex than it actually tastes with a bit of a one dimensional bitter dry hoppiness up front.  Heat hurts drinkability but it's still pretty good.  

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and sporadic lacing,it has the aromas you would expect of an AIPA with hints of piney,citrus hops,stonefruit and boiled candy,it has a medium bodied well carbonated light sticky mouthfeel and has tastes of pineapple,stonefruit,boiled candy,light toffee and rounded out with a bitter,piney,resiny hop finish and overall a nice drop that the only way you can tell that its not from the USA is by looking at the bottle.

Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tiny snifter. Beer is amber and clear almost orange with a lazy wispy head of small white bubbles, low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is sweet with a little bit of smoke. Not much in the way of hops.

Beer is medium to light in body and smokey. Oddly so. It isnt very bitter but a little dry on the finish. I was surprised how smoky is was and how not hoppy. Sort of a disappointment.

Photo of stcules
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, lightly veiled. Off-white foam, beautiful.
Fresh, citric nose, orange ppel, grapefruit, then grass and hay. The hops dominate the beers, but still in balance, and the beer is pleasant, fresh, delicate.
More pine sap notes in the mouth, then again citrus fruits and grassy.
Even a decent caramel, for a good balance with the bitterness.
Light to average body, average persistence aftertaste, resinous finish.

Photo of danieelol
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours orange with an off-white head.

S: ok this one reminds me of Murrays Spartacus (NZ hops?). Sweet mango and tropical fruits with a bit more of a herbal piney quality coming through.

T: Still sweet; but less so than Spartacus. Also more pine/herbs and a cigarette-like quality. It's almost like there's some roast in the back palate.

M: pretty decent mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation

O: Again, don't like this hop profile very much. Doesn't do it for me.

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright golden colour with a thick and creamy off-white head. Very good head retention though there is no lacing.

Tropical fruit aromas with distinct mango and passionfruit notes. Some grapefruit and resin. Very nice. The malt is actually quite subdued.

A distinctly hoppy IPA but without masses of bitterness. The tropical fruit flavours come through again with noticeable use of Southern Hemisphere hops along with some resinous North American goodness. Very light malt that just supports the hops lending a touch of sweetness to the fruit flavour.

Medium-light body with with a well integrated medium-high carbonation. Good.

A really nice IPA. I like the restrained malt and bitterness which allows the hops to really shine through and be the star. There is enough of everything to let me know this is an IPA but without being to the detriment of hop flavour.

Photo of katan
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in Norway

A - Pours a deep and thick brown color. Head is very strong, dirty white in color, 1 cm in height. breaks down slowly.

S - Extremely strong citrus hopping - potent and stingy. A little bit earthy as well, a little bit of piney flavors. Would hold up in any forum as an american IPA.

T - Starts off lightly malty, perhaps caramel, but that doesn't last long. Mid-stream gets very earthy, piney, resinous, and extraorindarily bitter. Very dry. Finishes clean with just a little bit of citrus flavors.

M - A strong carbonation profile, and a moderate to perhaps even light body. Alcohol warmth is light. The carbonation stings the tongue.

O/D - A solid and well made American IPA from Europe. I would drink this if it were available at home. Only lightly filling, and the alcohol is workable.

Fyr & Flamme from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.