Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Norwegian Wood

Today I’m reviewing Norwegian Wood from HaandBryggeriet. This is a traditional ale brewed with, amongst others, smoked malts and juniper berries. The beer is an interpretation of the beer that Norwegian farms were required to brew by law back in the day.

The bottle I’m having today is still quite fresh, being batch #488, brewed on the 20th of June earlier this year.

HaandBryggeriet Norwegian WoodLooks

Dark rusty brown/red with a big head. The head has good retention but does not leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma

The aroma has burnt wood, hops and some malty sweetness. There are also some herbal notes present.

Flavor

The flavor is as expected after smelling the beer, but also has some fruity hints that I did not pick up from the aroma. The flavor is quite sweet, but with a nice touch of bitterness to back it up.

The mouth feel is medium and the carbonation is a tad bit sharp.

Finish

Very long slightly bitter finish with hints of smoked meat, burnt wood and dark fruits.

Rating

Yet another lovely beer from HaandBryggeriet. Score: 3.9/5.

HaandBryggeriet Norwegian Wood

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2 Responses to Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Norwegian Wood

  1. Per Ivar Somby says:

    Denne har jeg aldri prøvd, den har havnet litt ned på prioriteringslista hver gang. men etter denen anmeldelsen er jeg litt nysgjerrig, og vil kjøpe denne inn. Kan virke som om denne også kan fungere med litt solid kjøttmat?

    • Christer Edvartsen says:

      Jeg har med hell hatt den til forskjellig røkt kjøtt og røkte pølser. Siden den ikke er så altfor kraftig i smaken kan den nok også drikkes til røkt laks eller ørret. Eller bare nytes foran peisen en kald og fuktig høstkveld f.eks.

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