Krekling | HaandBryggeriet

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3.6 w/ 41 Ratings

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Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Krekling is a fruity and refreshing fruit ale made with lots of these small berries picked at Finnmarksvidda up in the very north of Norway. These berries used to eaten for their thirst quenching effect. The beer has a nice reddish hue.

Krekling is 7% alc, 28 ibu, 19 ebc.
Fermented with our special house yeast.

Added by Halcyondays on 08-27-2010

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i know nothing at all about crowberries, maybe never even heard of them before this beer, but for some reason i had higher hopes. i mean, all of the beer these guys make is amazing, i just wanted this to be something more than it is, a little old now i know, but it seemed to be missing the magic their other beers have. deep pink to almost purple in color, with a very rich saturation and tall lasting off white head, thick and heavy, some visible sediment. pretty flat aroma, in that the berries dont really seem to have a whole lot unique about them, at least in this beer, a touch tart maybe, and sort of grapey, but little else. it smells a little old ad oxidized, and there is a ton of yeast character to it, a little sloppy really, and the taste matches that. the berries dont do a whole lot for me, generic fruit but nothing specific for me, they must have faded some over time. the grain tastes wheaty but sort of stale, and the yeast tastes tired, like this would have been better a year ago. some bready notes, soft pepper, and some residual sweetness from the fruit, elderberry without the astringency, not bad at all, even sort of rich and desserty with red wine notes with the grain, but less compelling than anticipated, especially after being blown away recently by the wild thing they did with cranberries and currants, i expected this to be similar, and its entirely different. wishing i drank this one sooner, im sure it was better awhile ago. still cool, full bodied, and a bit different, but the berries do not contribute anything beyond the ordinary, especially for being such an uncommon ingredient...

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Meh. Aroma's the best part with the crowberries, toffee, malt. Berry flavor clashes somewhat with the other flavor components. Body is a touch thin.

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Photo of Vylo
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No idea on the age of this bottle. Thanks MasterOldBrownDog for sharing.

A- Reddish pour from the 500ml to a few glasses with a foamy, frothy white head. Decent head retention leads to a large belt that drops large sheets and webs of lacing.

S- Slight cranberry-like aroma with a bitter-tart fruit hint opens up to dustiness, earthy and old bread notes.

T- The fruitiness is a bit more apparent here and it reminds me slightly of cranberry and then general berry cocktail (strawberry, blueberry). Earthy dirt, herbal, slight must, apple juice and pale grains.

MF- Foamy and smooth overall mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Medium-bodied overall with a tiny bit of any oily fruit feel.

Not a ton of berries but with time they grow on me. Reminds me of something between a cranberry and a strawberry on top of a not so complex base beer.

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Photo of Illinasia
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost tea-like. Lighter bodied than the look led on. Refreshing.

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Photo of 2Bstout
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Birmz
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Florya
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ddedhed
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rudzud
2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Don't remember where I got this. Think Julio's unless I got this as an extra in a trade. Anyways....

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip a very, very nice strawberry rhubarb-esc hazy hue with a good three finger of super super light pink head that fades to leave thick lacing and a dense, dense blanket. Looks just perfect.

S - Aroma is an epic let down. Its earthy, grains, almost a wheat aroma, wet hay. Getting no fruit at all. A shame.

T - Taste is almost as bad as the nose. Bitter, funky, wet hay, a slight flash of nondescript fruit. Some medicinal taste, earthy, just not well done.

M - Mouthfeel is on par with what I would like here, nice carbonation, crisp.

O - Overall a huge let down. Looked so great but smelled and tasted so mediocre. Huge disappointment.

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Photo of Timmy13T
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of logicerror
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of the_trystero
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Wow, I'm a huge fan of HaandBryggeriet and I've had the Krekling before and thought it was something I liked but this bottle is a huge disappointment.

A: Ruby/brown in color, light head, slight lace.

S: Earth and not much else.

T: Just bitter and funky, no hint of fruit or tartness, medicinal and astringent aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.

Did something else end up in this bottle? No bottling date on this one.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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