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Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet

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87
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: khiasmus on 11-26-2010

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 62
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 447 (Feb 2012)

Appearance: Builds a huge head of beige foam that sits atop the fudge brown liquid; excellent retention and some dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Chocolate fudge, molasses, vanilla and dark fruit; perhaps some spruce and smoke

Taste: Like the aroma, elements of chocolate, vanilla, chicory, smoke and spruce; in the middle, there is a developing sweetness that brings a touch of molasses; after the swallow, the chicory and wood flavors create a somewhat bitter sensation

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is sure a hard beer to pin down but that is what it makes it very interesting; I have been enthusiastic about most of the beers from this brewery and this continues the trend

Photo of kyle86
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlazerT
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Black with medium, beige head. Medicore lacing. Poor lasting. Aroma of roasted malts (mainly milk chocolate) and tart dark fruits notes (cherries in chocolate), some sour wood. Taste is semi-sweet with quite noticable dark fruits flavours (rasins, currants). Light to medium bitterness esp. in the end. Medium to full body, semi-sweet, soft cabronation, oily texture, finish is quite bitter, no alcohol warmth. In general nice beer, despite high ABV no alc. noticable, highly drinkable with some nice sour accents.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown, which doesn't let much light through in an ordinarily-lit room. Forms a decent-sized pale tan head with good retention, though little to no lacing.

Smell: That's interesting. There's more than a hint of some Belgian-esque yeast, with dark fruit and banana in the nose, atop a sweet malty backbone. There's a just a faint hint of something musty beneath. This smells not unlike a quad, or BSDA.

Taste: Sour springs forth instantly as it touches the tongue, a dry, acetic sour that reminds one of a balsamic vinegar. The sourness floats atop a richly sweet malt, which itself contains dark fruits - hints of plum and black cherry. Through the middle, tones of fireplace ashes and leaves appear and disappear. The finish leaves a touch of the balsamic vinegar, mingled with an almost soda-like sweetness and a trace of burnt wood.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost sharp to drink, which the vinegar sourness plays off of.

Overall: An interesting beer, definitely of a sort I have never encountered before - much like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin meeting a quadrupel. I don't know that I would repeat it, but it made for a fascinating experience.

Photo of candcholt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught in a goblet. Classic winter warmer.

Photo of Rothobinide
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle bought on sale after Christmas for $6.95. Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice. Batch 593, 2280 bottles made (according to label). No date, but from the store this is apparently a recent vintage.

Very opaque and murky dark brown body under a fizzy brown head.

Intense and aromatic nose. Brown apples, molasses, yeast, wort, something like tootsie roll and after swirling, a touch of fireplace.

Massive carbonation is limiting my ability to discern flavors initially. Swirling produces a huge head.The flavor has an interesting complexity, and makes me wonder if this is something like a BSDA mixed with a little tart/sour oud bruin or other flanders style beer. If one was to dry and powder tootsie rolls, I think I taste that. Some yeasty phenolic spice, and some little ripe fruit esters. A small portion of malt, and an interesting tartness. Not sour, but but more tart and semi-dry. Maybe a slight hint of lemon.

This beer has rich carbonation even after some swirling. Otherwise the feel is not all that heavy from the tartness. Feels as if it was made with some sugar.

Conclusion: This is a layered and complex beer. Very interesting flavors, and mostly yeast-driven I think. Very non-American, which is nice. I wonder if it could stand up to a few years of age without much residual sugars, because I would like to see what is underneath all the yeasty phenolic and estery flavors.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.