HaandBryggeriet Bestefar

Since I’m on vacation this week, I thought I would have more time to post some reviews. Unfortunately, I’ve been working from home most days. Before I have to jump on another conference call, let’s check out this beer that I tried on Saturday when the other half and I headed to Memphis Taproom.


ABV: 9%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to sheltonbrothers.com, “‘Bestefar’ is the Norwegian word for Grandfather. In this case, it refers to the Father of Father Christmas, or ‘Nissefar’ as he is known in Norway. Bestefar is the perfect companion for a cold winter night, spent contemplatively in front of a fire or for those fireside moments that are a bit more ‘festive’. It is complex, a little bit wild…and it might just be the best by far! From the brewer: ‘Belgian strong ale with the good old taste from when all the farms used to brew their own beer. A dark strong ale, well balanced and full of malty and fruity flavors. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered.'”

Random: So far, while on vacation, I’ve watched a few Netflix and gotten up to date on “Gotham.”

This beer poured with a two finger, thick tan head that took forever to dissipate. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. There was no carbonation visible due to the dark color. There was also significant lacing left on the glass. The nose had roasted malts with smoke and some licorice. At first, the taste was almost stout-like. It had notes of coffee, big roasted malts, smoke, and relatively hidden booze. As it warmed, more of the Belgian characteristics came through. Dark fruit and yeast came through, but still had some notes of dark chocolate. It had a thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and dark fruit. This was an outstanding beer that could easily warm you up on a winter’s night. If you see it, get a glass of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0