Krekling | HaandBryggeriet

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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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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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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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Review from notes - Norway 2011

The colour of the body is what makes its appearance being a beautiful and lush cranberry red. It's quite hazy with small amounts of carbonation creeping up the sides of the glass. Just over a finger's worth of off-white fizzy head rests on top. It has good staying power but leaves next to no lace as it sinks.

The first couple of whiffs bring a Berliner Weisse to mind. Spritzy, alive, tart, and sour. Slightly wheaty and slightly sweet. I've never had crowberries and that's why the beer's sweetness seems ambiguous to me. The best way I could describe it would be candied and berry-like.

Not nearly as tart as I had expected in the taste, but the tartness is still there nonetheless. A bit of sweetness is placed on the middle of the tongue, most likely from the crowberries. There's also a faint bready layer in the back. Its tartness is refreshing and perfect for a warm July day on the Oslofjord. The finish is slightly off-putting with a strange astringent bitterness left on the tongue. The overall flavour profile is quite simple.

I'm surprised on how light the body is for 7.4%. A spritzy and refreshing level of carbonation takes my mind off the body being a tad watery. Decently balanced with no sign of the ABV.

This is my first offering from Haandbryggeriet and it was interesting and quite refreshing but not one I'd buy again. I'm still open to trying more of their offerings and look forward to doing so.

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