Nissefar | HaandBryggeriet

NissefarNissefar
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3.88/5
167 Ratings
NissefarNissefar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sigmund on 06-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,695
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
167
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of mlazzaro
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #169 500 ml bottle
Brewed Aug. 08
Best before Aug. 10

This beer is technically "expired" - Cellared longer than expected (forgot about it). I think I'm fine aging an old ale 4 years.

Smells of fruity yeast and caramel malt. Slightly oxidized alcohol aroma. Interesting. Tan head over a dark and murky black beer. Brown around the edges in the light. Head didn't hold very well.

Flavors have sizable range and are curiously balanced. Ashy charcoal + dark caramel malts. Slightly sweet finish. True fruit coming from yeast, very raspberry-like. Hop presence is mild, and found in suiting bitterness.

Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, and sweetness is strong but not overbearing. Strange that the flavors are darker until the end you get a punch of sugar cane (bright sweetness). Warming to the esophagus from booze content. Smooth mouthfeel hides ABV well. Mild carbonation which I appreciate.
Pretty good beer.

I always appreciate a born on date. But I think I will decide when my beer expires, this was delicious.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow, what an interesting and delicious beer. one heck of a take on holiday beer. dark dark brown in color, hardly any head, but it doesn't need one to impress me. its rich and silky looking, more like a big porter than an American old ale, with minimal light moving through. the nose is oddly smoked, much like the bestefar they make, with some honey sweetness and a huge roasty body, dark and chalky. the taste is similar, with a short lived campfire vibe for a minute before bitter dark, and finally sweet dark malt flavors come in waves. the finish is dry for the looks and style, with a sharp fusel alcohol untidiness. I like the complexity, depth, and richness of this beer an awful lot. not something I could drink a whole lot of, but I surely appreciate its uniqueness. i don't get the tartness others did, this was smooth all the way for me. in what I can only imagine to be freezing cold Norwegian winters, this is a beer I would want to have on hand. I would strongly recommend it for the holiday season here in the usa. it changes what I thought old ale could be, excellent product.

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Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark brown colour with no real head. Okay.

Rich, dark fruit aroma. Lots of almost rum and raisin notes. Good toffee aroma. Nice.

Sweet malt with plenty of caramel and toffee. Dark fruit abounds and some spice notes add interest. Moderately bitter which cleanses the palate.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Nice.

A tasty Old Ale. Good fruit, malt and spice balance and integration,

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Photo of Mitchster
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7.0% ABV, 25-30 IBU's per the website. No other specs per the bottle or website.
Pours out to a very clear very dark walnut, forming a small tan head with average retention and lacing. The carbonation is quite low, about 1.0-1.5 carbs. The nose is of smoked malt and a subtle sweet earthiness. No hop aroma. Mouthfeel is very smooth owing to the low carbonation, but is chewy with a medium dense body. Rich. The taste is quite nice. Plenty of smoke up front surrounded by a chewy malt body, not much roast at all, however there is a very subtle black patent/roast barley flavor in the aftertaste. Firm mineral taste. Bitterness is very mild, no hop flavor. No off flavors.

A nice malty chewy smoked beer. Not a smoke bomb, but plenty to make this smoke lover happy.
Brought here from Norway from Ani and Erlend. Many thanks!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark oily black with a creamy tan head that proves to be pretty durable.
a chocolatey molasses hits you first when you take a sniff. dark malts come next, with a few touches of anise. with warmth the chocolate turns into a more milk chocolatey aroma, and significant dark fruit comes out.
the taste begins in much the same way with a large dark roasted chocolate component. following that is a rich dark molasses flavor, with osme subtle dark fruitiness containing raisin mostly. the is some tobbacco leaf sweetness coupled with some smokiness towards the finish. the is a moderate bitterness cleaning things up at the back with some floral and herbal hop flavors. just a bit of that porter tang towards the back and finish. very nice. reminds one of a baltic porter, with a certain crispness to it.
the mothfeel is full but seems deceptively lighter partially from the way the taste acts upon it, and partially from the delicate but active carbonation.
the drinkability is quite good. it's one of those beers you keep in your hand until it's finished, which is undoubtedly fairly quickly. i wish i had picked up another bottle. this isn't even i style i'm that fond of, but this is a must try.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick khaki colored head which leaves some nice lace on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate but then the aroma of sweet dark fruits, raisins, and plums. The taste follows suit, there is a chocolate backbone but then a belgian sweetness takes over before a big deep flavor of dark fruits takes place. There are raisins, plums, and red grapes that dance over the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer, the taste is big and bold, it is a very complex solid beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a thin half finger tan head that quickly dissipates leaving only minimal spots of lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Roasted malt aroma with a prominent dark fruit presence. Hints of cherry, plum, raisin date and fig. There's also some nice peppery spice, especially cinnamon and peppermint, in the nose.

Medium bodied and very quaffable with a nice balance of roasty malt, sweet dark fruit notes and peppery spiciness. The dark fruit notes are prominent with hints of sour cherry, plum, raisin and fig. This is countered by the sightly roasted chocolate/caramel malt flavor resulting in a slight sweet creamy feel mid palate. There's also a good amount of peppery spice with hints of cinnamon and peppermint. I'm also picking up a slight medicinal syrup flavor before a dry and slightly tart finish. Very nice.

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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark malts, sour, very low carbonation, Nissefar is probably not a beer that will make everyone's Christmas wishlist, but I think it's great. The beer pours an opaque coffee black with a very small mocha head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is in the fruity stout/porter malt range with some vanilla, oak and faint souring. The flavor is sweet and sour with a soft hop bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, like drinking a beer pre-carbonation. Nissefar is a different and enjoyable experience if you don't mind some sour in your flat porter.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Bottled 07.09.10
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Nissefar combines smoked and roasted malt to very satisfactory conclusions in this winter-themed beer. The overall impression is of a sweet-smoke-stout with well-defined flavors that stand out, alongside a truly smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel that has both the right heft and carbonation levels. A definite one to revisit for sure.

Pours a very nice, medium-intensity tan head of super-dense, small bubbles reaching about 2-3cm. Head has excellent retention, taking many minutes to sink to a thick cap atop the beer. Leaves excellent lacing in its wake. Body is a dark brown to black, with a slightly lighter amber-brown color around the edges when held to a light. Carbonation is still visible streaming along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly of roasted and smoked malt, not as intense as Aecht Schlenkerla's brews, but still noticeable This is supported by malt sweetness, mostly caramel, and some sweet cream component as well. Slight metallic (iron) tinge to back of aroma.

Tastes opens with some dark malt sweetness that quickly transitions to roasted malts, cream, and a bit of chocolate on the front of the palate. Smoked malt appears most at mid-palate, which becomes the central character that the sweetness, roastedness, and chocolate revolve around. This smoked flavor induces a mild sourness that prevents the other, sweeter flavors from becoming cloying. Closes out with chocolate syrup, leading to creamy roasted malts. Aftertaste is of mildly bitter roasted malts, char, smoke and coffee with cream.

Beer is medium bodied with fairly light, though still noticeable, carbonation, which produces a very smooth and slightly creamy overall mouthfeel. Phenols and ethanol provide very slight spiciness, appropriate for this winter-themed beer. The finish is very dry, again, seemingly on target for a roasted, smoky stout-like ale.

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Photo of MsRif
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a dark brown color with a minimal tan head that retained well, leaving spotty lacing. Had an aroma of dark chocolate, sweet malts, dark fruits and spices. Very enticing. Tasted primarily of dark chocolate, dark fruits and spices. Slightly yeasty and boozy.

Between medium and full bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable...best saved for the end of a session due to the fullness in body.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i shouldn't have read this originally. this was much better than given off to be.

this was a winter warmer style porter quality beer with a sweetness of a aged hop quality. afterall. the hop was about a year and some old at this pine... but hopping resembled something of a tangerine citrus. nice and sweet chocolate covered citrus. palate was that but not as syrupy as expected. rather lean and quick finish of something some bright. note of tangerine, chocolate, clove, and fruit cake sugar. dessert... and simple fruit character.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Very dark colour, nearly black. Large brown head. Delightful aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, caramel and oak. Flavour is not quite as complex but still good, bitter roasty and coffee notes combined with bittering hops dominate, on a background of dark bitter sweet chocolate, hints of English liquorice. Roasty bitter aftertaste. Anyway, this is a very fine effort from Haandbryggeriet. Not a beer for the traditional Scandinavian Christmas dinner, but try it if you have chocolate pudding for dessert - or simply enjoy it on its own!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the magnificent Crane Alley in Champaign, IL.

Two lush fingers of mocha froth top a deep, dark brown body, with some lacing on the pint glass; nice looking beer. Good, roasted malt nose with plenty of fruity, berry aromas. The chocolate smell is most welcome.

Good taste, subtly complex, with this being malt forward, as it should be. Chocolate, caramel, a small bit of coffee bean (wish it were more) are present, nicely so and particularly prominent in the first half, with a good, fruity second half especially in the finish. The sweet fruit and rich, roasted malt interact very well, and the creamy mouthfeel works wonders here.

I found this to be a really good porter, very accessible and enjoyable, and the fruit was a welcome surprise and element. Very well done, and I'd love to have more of this and other wares from HaandBryggeriet in the future.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick and creamy head.

The smell is loaded with rich dark chocolate and smokey roasted malts.

The flavor is very rich and malty. Loads of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla and caramel. A bit of dark smokey bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Very nice. Almosy desert like in richness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee and what smells like Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is very malty up front and very smoky with a very hearty malt character and what seems like a Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice dark beer with a Belgian twist on it making it worth drinking for a while.

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

500ml bottle from 8/08. Pours opaque, very dark brown with a small beige head. Strong chocolaty, dark malt on the nose, along with some dark fruit. Slightly tangy. Dark roasty taste, again with plenty of cocoa. Slight sourness that works really well here, surprisingly. Dry finish. Medium, creamy body. Really pleasant-drinking, if unconventional, porter.

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Photo of Travlr
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark maroon color with a slight edge head, no real lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of a chocolate shake with fresh vanilla beans thrown in.
T: Flavors follows the nose - chocolate milk and vanilla beans.
M: Posses almost a thickness, so great marks for mouthfeel.
D: Second best beer of New Year's Eve 2009, this one is worth looking for.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Batch 498 (2160 total bottles). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums, cherries), chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some berries and spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! At $8.99 a bottle, I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a pretty opaque and slightly reddish black (if you can have such a thing), with a pocked, large-bubbled faintly tan head. This dissipates quickly, only leaving a skeletal structure of big bubbles around the deep, black interior. Body looks somewhat heavy, somewhat fluid: it certainly doesn't have much stickiness to it, but it has some heft and hold very fine carbonation. It looks good.

Nose is rich, dark and roasted, but with plummy dark fruit undertones. Mild milk chocolate sweetness comes through, brushed with a liquorous, boozy brandy character. As often is the case with Haand's beers, there's a lick of smoke to go with it as well, giving a heartening, warming feel to the aroma overall. It's very good stuff indeed.

Taste is a lot lighter than I was expecting, with surprisingly little thickness or sweetness. Mild roasted characters come forward, with some cocoa-chocolate notes later on. Some faint cherry flavours round it out, but the back really just drifts away smoothly, and doesn't leave much of an impression on the back. Booze is well-hidden on the palate, though, without much prickle in the feel or heat in the flavour—the only hint is in the aroma.

Overall, I do like it a good deal. It's smooth and flavoursome, without being particularly heavy or bombastic. The faint Christmas overtones are there, but they're not overt, and it makes the beer feel more subtle and refined than it might have. Good stuff.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got the Off! Four 7" box set and am raging to Keith Morris!! Hell Yeah!

The tale behind this beer is hilarious. Look up the Nisse online and read about it. Great idea.

Pours a dense, dark opaque, deep brown. Very much like a thick Porter. A thin wisp of head comes up, and it's dark tan in color. Holy mackerel, the nose on this beer = awesome. Huge and robust and complex and - just incredibly rich smelling. I get lots of malt - some chocolate and some caramel. More of the former. There are many other things going on, though. A certain sweetness in there. Can't right place it. Also some kind of fruit - like molasses covered raisins. Maybe even concentrated cherry juice. Just unique and beautiful. Some allspice, too. Too much going on at once - it's hella rad!!

Yum, omfg...It's tangy, like a strong porter or stout. Lots of spice up front, some of the allspice but also something herbal, like juniper. This has alot of the same qualities that the '10 Anchor X-mas does. This is more "earthy", however. There's also a roastiness that the Anchor lacks. The finish is long and hoppy-malty - more malt than hops. Delicious and this beer screams X-mas to me. Perfect for Winter. 7% ABV. Here's the kicker - $8.99/half-liter so this is wicked expensive.

What I like most: The incredible aroma profile and "earthy" flavors.

What I like least: The price and the lack of head.

Verdict: ALMOST worth the insane price, and definitelt worth trying.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How does a Norwegian Christmas beer qualify as an American Porter? Huh...well, this pours black into a Duvel tulip black with a mocha foam. Spotty network of lacing, looks nice. Cocoa, anise, pumpernickel bread in the nose. Rich and roasty taste, blackened malts, chocolate or carob, sassafras, molasses, with a mild amount of residual spice that lingers in the aftertaste. Low carbonation, sort of a smooth lactic feel. Kind of average yet well crafted, for the money i'd much rather have a sixer of Anchor OSA.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light khaki head dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark malt, chocolate and holiday spices. Flavor of dark toasted malt, chocolate leather, cinnamon, clove and holiday spices. Finishes with spice and light grassy hop bitterness and a hint of smoke. Medium bodied with light creaminess.
A nice winter warmer with a profile that leans more towards a brown ale than an old ale, but it does have robust malt. The spicing, dark flavors and hint of smoke are quite nice for a late year ale. Nicely done.

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Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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