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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 99
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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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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Appearance: It has a nice deep brownish amber color to it. It has practically no head, just some off-white bubbles and leaves no apparent lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of a bunch of tart cherries, vinegar, dark berries, grapes and some oak. Damn this smells great.

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.