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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%


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Norway

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years.

Aged in oak barrels for 2 years.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2008)
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle served in an over-sized wine glass
Vinatge 2010

A - Hazed mahogany with ruby highlights, little to no head.

S - Acidic berries, sharp apple cider vinegar, nail polish remover, musty wood, leather, tart apples, caramelized sugar.

T - Old wood and leather, pretty freakin sour, has some sweet tartness,a myriad of tart and vinous fruits, blackberries and sour cherries dominate, the malts have soft burnt sugar edge and have blended into into a unexplainable nirvana of that combats the intense sharpness and acidity. Finishes tart and crisp with tart fruit left on the palate.

M - Medium body gets silkier as it warms, little to no carbonation, sharp and tart, dry finish.

This has melded into a beautiful sour beer. The wood is super mellow but has left it's mark for sure. This was quite a surprise. If you like Oud Bruins this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:14:17 | More by StaveHooks
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2011. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, pepper, hay, straw, brown bread, leather, herbal, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, leather, herbal, pepper, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, cherry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, herbal, leather, musty funk, and oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, wine barrel, and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; with a nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate level of acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:01:21 | More by superspak
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magictacosinus

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a brown-tinged, yet slightly plum opaque color with a modest amount of froth. Retention is very low, and the head fizzles out early on during consumption - however, the beer's viscosity and syrupy appearance does put it in line as a liqueur-like offering, which I find appealing. Leaves behind some slight grime and residue on the glass with each sip. Tons of floaties in this one, too - big chunks of sediment accumulate to the bottom of the glass in a very rustic manner. It's not the showiest Oude Bruin on the block, but it definitely has its place here in the category.

Smells quite rustic as well - however, with 2 years of age on this, I'm disappointed not only with the lack of oaky characteristics, but also any notable sour flavors as opposed to other offerings we had that night. Notes of raisins, plums, and cassis come in, only followed by tobacco, leather, and slight vinegar-y phenols. The oak they used must be really, really old or used up, because there's barely any other barrel spices to be found here - maybe a hint of nuttiness, maybe some baking soda and clove, but otherwise morbidly subdued. The vinegar flavor does become more intense as this warms up, but so does the booziness, which sadly detracts from the gentle nuances.

The flavor is actually pretty mild compared to the aroma - and strangely on par with the basic bottle of Rodenbach that we had immediately prior to this one. Notes of raisins and dried plums came to my palate, only to be followed by notes of cherry-infused tobacco, slight earth, and a bit of vinegar and sourness from the oak's baking spices. The finish is not very complex, especially considering what this amounted to. Earthy and husky at the finish, with a slightly acrid toasted caramel grainy sensation. The booze is well hidden, but it quickly catches up with a slight acetone note at the back. There's an off diacetyl note that becomes present with each sip, and makes this physically demanding to drink. One of the tasters started saying, "This is too much!" Luckily our portions were done before it got any worse.

I suppose we all have to start somewhere, and if this is indeed Norway's first spontaneously barrel fermented beer in over 100 years (!), there's definitely room for the industry to improve. The rustic flavors are great, as well as the dark, dried fruit notes, but the oak, or at least the blending process within, needs to improve. Not terrible, but definitely one of the least memorable of the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 16:21:26 | More by magictacosinus
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this long-time want! Batch 343 - Total Bottles=2280. 500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours slightly darker than mahogany with a loose, off-white head that immediately disperses into a soapy swirl - no lacing on this one. Nose is quite characteristic of the style - cherry Sucrets, tannins and perhaps the faintest trace of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also some leather and tobacco notes in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a light, even carbonation. Additionally, the inherent acidity of this beer stimulates the sides of the cheeks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a solid example of the style. I really can't find any fault with this beer; however, there are other Flanders Oud Bruins that I feel are more nuanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:47:17 | More by Jwale73
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recoveringmormon

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brown-red, like cherry wood
S- Bretty and boozy, hint of grapes
T- quite complex; hits you pretty tart up front but quickly gives way to oak and a smoky finish. Delicious I you like your sours more sour than fruity.
M- thickish, essentially no carbonation. Feels like a vinegary wine.
O- awesome. Second only to Cuvée des Jacobins as far as sours I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:08:19 | More by recoveringmormon
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 343. 500ml bottle. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brownish red color. No head, but a light tan coating and collar forms. Body is nearly opaque with only small amounts of light visible at the bottom of the glass. Some chunky yeast particles settle at the bottom of the glass as well

Smell: Sour red grape, dark fruit, oak, blackberries, balsamic vinegar, lactic, sour cherry. The red wine barrel aging is extremely evident in the aroma.

Taste: Nice sour punch right upfront. Red grape, dark berries, lots of oaky tannins, black cherry and a hint of caramelized sugar. Some chocolate, and roasted malt character come through in the finish and aftertaste. Sourness borders on high, but does not linger after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost full bodied. Carbonation on the higher end of low. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Overall: Really good stuff. The wine barrel aging definitely adds lots of additional complexity to the beer and really helps to put it in the upper echelon of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:37:24 | More by Jonada
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macher0

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip

A: Very dark ruby, almost black. Opaque. Poured slight head that quickly retreats to a close-to-none rim. No lacing.

S: Sour yeast – Bretts. Dry fruit like plums, cherries and mostly red grapes.

T: Sour. Cherries and red grapes. Slightly sweet, but not overpowering. Some taste comes through from the oak barrels, hints of wine.

M: Very low carbonation, almost non-existent. Smooth. Moderate body. Highly viscous, thick feel.

O: The taste and smell of this beer is outstanding but the thick fell with extremely low carbonation makes this is something to enjoy occasionally and in small amounts. This is great for after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 19:53:44 | More by macher0
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wd40

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark opaque reddish brown. Smell and taste are very acidic. There is virtually no carbonation and that really hurts the overall experience. More carbonation would lighten the acidity and it would be about right. With the lack of carbonation it is a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:29:31 | More by wd40
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle which says "Vintage 2009 bottled on 10 May 2010," poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep reddish-brown body under a finger of tan foam that settles quickly into a ring and leaves delicate lace. Just fine.

S: Sharp, nostril-tingling sourness is the dominant aroma, with both lactic and acetic acid prominently on display. Toasted oak, grape skin, sherry, and some citrus are also present. Deep and vibrant. Terrific.

T: Sour fruit up front, with a mixture of cherry, grape, and grapefruit. Toasted malt and vanilla oak show up midway through, with another wave of tartness closing things out cleanly. Faint booze on the aftertaste is the only demerit. Deliciously sour Oud Bruin.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of soft, fine carbonation. Lively enough to keep the acidity from being too tongue-ripping.

O: This, to me, has the perfect level of sourness - i.e., a LOT. The roof of my mouth is starting to get a little raw two-thirds of the way through the bottle, as if I'd just finished eating a pack of Warheads. Hell yeah.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:55:49 | More by woosterbill
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t420o

California

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk

Batch: 343
Total Bottles: 2280

A- pour yields only some light fizz. Body is a deep purple grape juice type color. Some sediment on the bottom. 3

S- boysenberries, cherries, red wine, some acidity, slight funk. Very light nose even as it warmed. 3.5

T- very much like the smell with the funkiness more pronounced. Dark berries, red wine, funk. The tannins from the red wine barrel make it slightly tart and acidic and lend very well to this base beer. 4.25

M- major lack if carbonation. Medium body. Not too bad though 3

O- very enjoyable brew but not up to the all-stars in its style. 4

B+

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:13:03 | More by t420o
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 Vintage

A - Pours a deep plum, almost deep brown with little to no head.

S - Ripe cherries, not bright or overtly sour. Acidic with woodyness.

T - Metallic to start off. Really off putting. Develops into a white grape with an earthy and oaky flavor.

M - The body was a little fuller than I was expecting. Not a lot of carbonation.

O - I'm used to sours from RR. This is different, not that that's a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:35:59 | More by cvm4
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Batch 343.

A- Pour barely yields a head as the 1/8 inch surface foam quickly flitters away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass leaving tiny wisps of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Pungent sour cherry smell with the wine barrel presence really coming through. Has a very sweet, fruity smell kind of like Manischewitz or grape-flavored hard candy

T- Mildly sour cherry flavor and then WHAM! a smack down of oak barrel. It brings with it drying tannins and a somewhat band-aid-like astringency. The fruitiness tries to fight through but it's pretty tough with all the wine-like characteristics just rushing in after the usual Flanders-style flavors. I feel like the aging and the alcohol really turn this one into a sipper.

M- Dry almost to the point of sandpaper tongue with a moderate amount of pucker and burn. Low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I'd like to enjoy this beer and it has a unique aroma but the wine barrel presence just reminds me of why I don't drink wine. It's an interesting combination but not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:41:31 | More by Immortale25
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a tulip. batch 343. 2280 total bottles.

A: pours a dark brown color with almost no head, but with many white fizzy bubbles. 4

smell - sour cherries, very appealing. cant wait to drink this! 4.25

taste - tart, refreshing. dark sour grapes dominate the palate. VERY easy to drink. i found myself taking sip after sip trying to pin point the exact flavors. very enjoyable! 4.25

mouthfeel - high carbonation, super easy to drink. medium bodied. slight taste of alcohol on the back. 4.25

overall - had no idea this was a sour when i opened the bottle and poured it. boy was i surprised when i smelled this one! big fan of sours and this one is in the upper echelon. highly recommend that you pick this one up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 22:49:17 | More by Axnjxn
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

review #650. 500mL bottle into tulip. batch 343. 1 of 2280 bottles.

A: bottles opens with a 'phew'. literally no uphm behind this cap. pours a dark mahogany body. head is non-existent. not too impressed so far.

S: woody. earthy and acidic. good old fashioned bugs in this nose. mild alcohol wisps between sour

T: an acidic bang starts things off. but quickly mellows into a plum/sherry fruity flavor. similar to the nose, there are definitely earthy and oaky flavors that are easier to decipher in the finish after some of the acidic flavor has dissipated. a little bit of acetone. lingering acidic fruit.

M: pretty much as flat as a brew as I have had in a while. however, it does work OK here. even if I would prefer more fizz. full bodied.

D: besides being lackluster to look at and lacking carbonation, not a bad brew. glad the wood is there with the all this acid. really starts to grow on you as you consume. I would recommend this to my sour-head friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 15:20:28 | More by Jimmys
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a small off white head that reduces quickly.

S - Coffee, Dark Fruits and vinous oak

T - Up front some very bitter flavours, followed by some serious dark barrelled fruits and vinous flavours. The finish is long and sour with hints of coffee. Excellent.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Quite a complex Flanders Oud Bruin, and offers plenty. The coffee hit is interesting. Given the fact that the beer was aged in old red wine barrels, I would have liked to have seen more influence of red wine. This is a very heavy FOB and may not suit all. It takes the standard style to a new level.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 14:17:18 | More by eric5bellies
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25oz bottle into tulip. Batch 343 - I am assuming 2012 vintage. Pours a deep brown with a red hue. No head. It looks like wine. Very sour lactic aroma; lots of wine like; almost vinegar like...i actually quite like it. Also lots of woody chocolatey malty notes.
Taste is sweet chocolatey belgian-like malts mixed with some sour/tart vinegar and woody wine barrell. Its super tart and acidic, and Its a bit too flat, but it somewhat works well.
Its more like wine than beer and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:29:35 | More by DrinkSlurm
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harrymel

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

3.5/4/1.5/3/2-2.35
Vintage 2009, let's try this again

Turbid brown with a velcro surface. Smells of maduro tobacco, plums, oak, tree bark, a little ocean air. Flavor is sweet malts, acetic tart, some pepper, some jerkey, lemons, and a little bit of bitterness. Full bodied with lighter carb and an off dry finish. Sooo much better than my first experience.

Vintage 2009, bottled 10 May 2010, Drunk August 2011
A: When I pried the cap from this one, I thought maybe the cap was leaking as there was no audible indication of pressure in the bottle. Then upon closer investigation, this bottle is very, very full, maybe 3/4" from rim. Anywho, rolls out a dark tawny brown with nearly no head production. A simple, tortuous peanut sheet sits atop the ale and when I can find light, the beer becomes a fiery orange and red. No lace.
S: Up front sourness, oak is raw and woody. There is some sweetness in here as well, like a dark belgian candy sugar. There are some vanilla and tangerine/cherry notes as well. Interesting.
T: Wood, sour, bitter, band aid (first time I've tasted this off flavor, but there's no mistaking it here for me). Really becomes medicinal in nature for me and this overshadows the tartness, bitterness (quite bitter), and lemons. There is a great amount of chemistry here that does not meet me well.
M: Medium to heavy for the style. Medium carbonation. Finish makes my mouth water quite a bit (but because I'm really struggling to drink this one).
O: Man, I poured a glass of this, and I don't know if I'm going to finish the glass, much less the beer. Too bad, I like this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:35:53 | More by harrymel
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky red colour, with thin whispy beige head, forming a ring of large bubbles with minimal lace. Looks OK, but nothing too special. Yes, a beer can look too special.

Smells very odd, with a big smokey, boozey funkiness. There's a petroleum level of strength to this, with a hint of salt, pepper and some underlying prune-raising dark fruitiness. Definitely intriguing, also quite likeable, but yeah, flavour will have to rein itself in a bit if I'm going to enjoy this, I fear.

Taste starts out with massive smoke, plus oak. Tartness is there from the get-go as well, with big jammy, plummy fruit and a tart edge. Spicy peppery notes towards the back, with a large tobacco herbal character coming through as well as mint and galangal. Intense, pretty polarising and wild even in and of itself. Maybe not such a firm hand on the flavour rudder here, but there's lots to grab onto and enjoy.

Fluid body; texture comes through late. Touch of sharp booze on the back. Not bad.

A little too much, maybe. Lots of spice/booze and maybe could have used a bit more fruit to complement the slight acidity. Nice, but just a little overcooked for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:17:24 | More by laituegonflable
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10 Feb 2011
Vintage 09
8% ALC/VOL
Total Bottles 2160

A: Cloudy dark ruby red/dark purple with shades of brown and a very big bubbled, strange, light brown/yellowish head that was reluctant to build were it not for an aggressive pour. Fades pretty quickly leaving behind a ring of foam and a thin layer of retention.

S: Seriously intense funk! One of the rawest, funkiest, stankiest beers I've ever had the pleasure of putting my nose near. This is going to sound absurd, and I'm not trying to be "cool," but it smells like cocaine.

T: Whoaaaa! Tart, funky wood and roasted malt. Starts sour and then finishes with roasted malt, wood, and dark fruit. Some vinegar and tart fruits. No booze present, at all. I really like that you get the flavors you expect up front and then the aging and barrel treatment take over, showing you that two years in a barrel does wonders. Gives it a whole new complexity. The woody/oaky flavors along with the roasty, almost smoky, qualities make this a serious barrel-aged sour.

M: The right amount of sizzle, bite, and carbonation. The body is right for the style. So much fun to drink. If this had a bit more carbonation and sizzle when it was warm, this would be one of my favorite sours. Regardless, it's world class.

O: This beer was a crazy surprise. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't know it was going to be this good and this unique. This is the definition of a barrel-aged sour. It makes it even better that it has some local Norwegian history attached to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 21:18:39 | More by Gatch
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

HaandBryggeriet's Norwegian Wood is one of the best beers I've ever had. Haandbakk, not so much. The mouthfeel is thin and grape-juice like, which you experience after a completely unexciting pour with nearly zero head. The taste is okay, but far from exceptional. I bought this hoping for a lot but was sorely disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:18:46 | More by MarcGetty
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours lightly hazed copper auburn color with barely any head or lacing. Thin bubbled collar leaves some beige film and a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Lactic tart notes in the nose with oaky tannins and dark fruit. Cherry, raisin and grape skin with vinous tones. Soft alcoholic warmth.

Biting sourness up front, driven by dark fruit with black cherry, raisin and grapes. Red wine and oak with burnt sugar sweetness. Funky yeast with acidic tones, soft vinegar presence. Heavy sourness in the finish with a bite of alcohol.

Medium body, upper carbonation level, dry and lingering on the palate. Nice Oud Bruin, pretty aggressive profile, but a fun sour experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:46:29 | More by xnicknj
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spoony

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (vintage 10) into a tulip.

A-The brew was nearly flat with no head to speak of. It was cola colored and nearly opaque. Not very attractive, but not far off for the style.

S-The smell is quite tart with sour grape and black cherry being dominant. There is a little funk and some vanilla, vinegar, chocolate, and oak from the barrels. Complex and vinous.

T-The sour factor is high here with tart, black cherries and vinous, tart grape notes. The mid-palate carries a little bit of sweetness to balance the acidic nature of this brew. There were also some cocoa flavors and oaky, vinous tobacco notes on the finish. The whole package was complex and very long lasting on the finish.

M-Unfortunately, my bottle (perhaps a little past its prime?) was virtually flat, which lead to a watery feel.

O-The smell and flavor profile were outstanding with nice balance between oak and fruit, and sour and sweet. The finish lasted forever, too. The beer loses major points for the complete lack of carbonation, but I am willing to give this another shot because if I could find a correctly carbonated bottle, this would move up quite a few notches.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 17:24:12 | More by spoony
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Haandbryggeriet Haandbakk, the Norwegian brewery's Flanders Oud Bruin-style ale, at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the recommendation of one of the store owners. A little expensive, but worth it. Nice pick. It was enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): Haandbakk pours a beautiful deep ruby a few shades lighter than black and is topped by the thinnest bit of taupe head that quickly dissipates to a disk of light foam that follows that beer on its way down the glass. Despite the beer's mysterious look, it also appears a little still, making me fear undercarbonation.

Smell (4.5/5): The nose, to any lover of sour ales, is bliss: it is highly acidic and exhibits nice red wine-like and woody tones, no doubt from the barrel-aging this beer has undergone. Tart berry aromas–blackberry, cranberry–also mix with the vinegar-like acidic notes. I know it sounds kind of strange, but it smells good.

Taste (4.5/5): Predictably, Haandbakk begins sharply acidic, featuring prominent red wine-like and blackberry/cranberry flavors up front. The initial big hit of tartness (surprisingly) does not linger long into the finish, which is actually fairly smooth. No alcohol presence to be found, despite this beer's assertive strength. Woody tones start to dominate in the back. As the acidity abates, fruity flavors stick around to impart a decidedly unique flavor to the finish that definitely tastes "aged"–again, in a good way. This beer is very good.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Haandbakk possesses a medium body and low carbonation. I would have liked to see a little more carbonation in this one, but it's still a damn fine beer. It is quite smooth for a tart beer. It manages to pull off the tartness without being very puckering–it's more mellow than I expected it to be. I am left with a light sourness on the sides and roof of my mouth.

Overall (4/5): Haandbakk is a very interesting, tasty brew. It is a rarity in that it is a strong sour ale. Impressively, the alcohol is very well hidden, allowing Haandbakk's outstanding tart, sour, winey flavors and mellow woody tones stand out unimpeded. This ale is unique among sours I have had, though I would not say it's anywhere near the top of that heap. Very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:17:23 | More by hagbergl
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy red color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of deep sour notes with light tart cherry notes also perceptible and some quite funky ester. Taste is a mix between deep sour and tart cherry notes with light smoke notes and some barnyard notes also detectable. Body is full with limited filtration and low carbonation. Quite extreme though acidity level is balanced. Not something I would have everyday bit interesting nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 14:54:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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dfillius

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage '09, poured into a tulip glass
A: Aggressive pour yields tight ring of head with fair retention. Crystal clear brilliant burgundy liquid. Pretty! More head would be nice.
S: Vinous, necco wafer/fennel seed, plum , oak, lots of esters abound. Fresh squeezed lemon juice. Red wine is big too. Very volatile in general. Lots going on that all works well together. A bit too winey.
T: Tart cherry, smooth slightly, sweet red wine. Interesting finish - earthy, slightly like the aftertaste of asparagus. Brett finish? Finish also has grapefruit tartness. I love how dynamic it is.
M: Witheringly tart at the back of my tongue at first. Sour and fill, round. Grapefruit bitterness, but not from hops!
D: Very good. Delicious and drinkable. 8% alcohol is not present at all. I'd love another and would buy again. I don't want it to end!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:45:34 | More by dfillius
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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
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