Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet
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4.97/5 rDev +19.5%
This is one of the most spectacular, outstanding libations I have ever encountered. It is certainly not for the inexperienced drinker, however. It is brutal and relentless and wildly intoxicating, figuratively speaking.
A - It pours a deep brown hue, almost black with red highlights and luminescence.
S - Solvent alcohol fuses with vinegar and mustiness in such an unusual and sublime way; it is tart and fruity too, with notes of cherry and raspberry.
T - The flavor is way sour and tart; vinegar and alcohol are quite evident, and yet this heavy-handedness is so sophisticated. This is the sour beer equivalent of RIS. Haters just aren't there yet!
M - The feel is quite bright, even after the beer appears to be still. Great feel. Exceptional.
D - Off the hook for those with the cojones to handle a powerhouse of a sour beer like this one.
05-07-2010 08:01:10 | More by ktrillionaire
4.93/5 rDev +18.5%
A revelation in beer. I believe this was my moment with the Heavens...
A - Brown with a hazy red color. It foams up beautifully but dissipates quickly.
S - Explosion of sour bretty berries mixed with macerating cherries in a oak barrel
T - Cherries and berries with funky woodyness; the oak is present but not overwhelming. A bit of a cola feel with the sweetness of the fruit on the finish.
M - It's not a heavy beer and has medium carbonation and is supported by great acidity.
O - A very solid beer, that I would recommend to anyone who wants to try a Oud Bruin/sour beer.
09-07-2011 16:09:33 | More by BeerMandS
4.93/5 rDev +18.5%
Vintage 2008... Poured into my Schlafly snifter...
A deep brownish ruby pour with a small off white head atop...terrific lacing throughout as I swirl the snifter around it sticks everywhere... A murky mysterious looking ale...
Bracingly sour aromas wafting off of this one... The vinegar aspect is there but not the lead player as in so many sours... Sour cherries dominate here mingled with the earthiness of the oak barrels and a barnyard funk lingering in the background.. This beer is smelling awesome... I'm by no means a sour ale expert but this one has my attention... Very complex.. Getting something different every time...
Sour cherries.... Earthy oak barrels...tart acidic vinegar... Slight chocolate aspects on the finish as well... Terrific brew... Awesome...as in the aroma, I get something different with every sip... There are definitely vinous aspects to this along with the other things I mentioned... Truly remarkable...
World class in my opinion... I don't drink a lot of sour ales but this beer has cracked my top 10 all time brews regardless of style.. I didn't want it to ever end... I had to drive a few hours to get this and this bottle has convinced me to pick some up on every trip... Truly an amazing beer....
10-21-2010 21:35:36 | More by Tilley4
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured this 1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Brewed 10.10.06, best before 30.04.11. Batch 49. The body was dark brown-red leather and clear of sediment. The rich tan head left a fine creamy cap throughout.
Smell was sour, sweet, woody, floral, honeysuckle. There was lots going on in this one. Light alcohol presence as it warmed. Hints of brown sugar.
Taste was rich brandy-like flavors. Cherries. Oak. popsicle stick. Long aftertaste of wood and sour fruit. This beer is aged in sherry and rhubarb wine casks/barrels and it shows, those tastes were evident. Drying. Smells were reflected in the taste as well. A very interesting brew.
Mouthfeel was zippy and puckering.
07-31-2009 14:01:13 | More by Cresant
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Deep, oaky brown with a nice little head. Great nose with tons of different flavors. First, and very obvious is the sweet, sweet funk. Lots of acidic fruit, lots of cherries and some ripe strawberries. Apples and grapes as well. Flavor is off the charts. Incredible balance. Upfront is a nice ripe fruitiness followed by a tartness. Perfect blend of fruitiness and tartness. Beer finishes very dry and almost a touch spicy.
This is a truly great beer. I am a huge fan of the style and this is one of the best I have had. Just blown away...
03-11-2009 05:46:54 | More by yeastsipper
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Best before April.30.2011
into a tulip glass
...part of a huge haul Brusin Ales just received. Fresh off the dolly and not yet SKU'd, Jason pulled this from a box sitting on the store floor. "Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels"= yes please. "...oak barrels used for making sherry and rhubarb wine"= yes please.
Grab it when you see it. Grab two, or three, just leave some for me.
If I cannot enjoy Cuvee de Tomee I will happily drink Haandbakk.
Thank you, Hand Brewery. Soft pound to you.
11-10-2008 02:45:01 | More by goRideYourBike
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
My friend, Tisha Dean, shared a 16.9 ounce bottle, 2006 vintage, with me November 2010. It wasn't nearly enough.
It poured a plum-brown color, slightly cloudy with a burgundy edge and a decent amount of off-white head that clung to the glass.
The nose was fantastic sour barnyard funk with hints of sour cherry, vinegar, oak, vanilla, and spice. It made my mouth water instantly.
The flavor floored me. It was perfect - complex, sour and funky. My palate was completely satisfied. Tart fruit, barrel oak, vanilla, spice, roasted malt and candied sugars.
Sweet, sour, spicy, funky goodness in a bottle with a mouthfeel that was smooth and creamy with bright carbonation and a soft, dry finish.
The overall complexity is almost too much for words. When you find it, buy two. I could drink this all night if it weren't so expensive ($10.99 per bottle).
11-15-2010 22:30:46 | More by johncampbell
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy tan head. Pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap and ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.
Tart funky vinous aroma with a nice oak/wood character and lots of dark fruit notes, especially dark cherries. Slightly vinegary with a nice blend of earthy oak, dark fruit and funky tart notes.
Tart and vinous with a very prominent dark fruit presence. Hints of plum, raisin and dark cherry with a dry lactic tart sour flavor. Nice earthy oak and subtle vanilla balance out the tart and sweet notes perfectly. While this beer is pretty funky it is very well balanced and the 8.5% ABV is excellently masked. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!
11-13-2009 22:40:36 | More by corby112
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
500ml bottle, Batch 49, Brewed Oct 10, 2006. Best by date of April 30, 2011. Wow! What a fantastic beer. I love the all the nuances here and the deft use of oak. Pours a slightly murky brown with a fair head of very tight bubbles. Very nice combo of tannic oak and sour fruit in the nose. The bottle says it was aged in oak barrels previously used for Sherry and Rhubarb wine. You can definitely pick up some Sherry notes, and the use of oak that still carries some Rhubarb is brilliant- the vegetal sourness of the Rhubarb marries beautifully with the sourness of the beer and the tannins from the barrel. The taste is even more complex and intense. Starts out fairly soft and lightly sour, and then the tannins from the oak build into a spicy, woody, crescendo followed by a blast of Rhubarb, some acetic notes, and late barnyard laced with more wood tang. Just superb. The mouthfeel is quite oaky, but softer than you might think with the oak and the sourness in balance and a touch of creaminess to offset the woody blast. As intense as this beer is, I found the flavors so well developed, if not subtle, that I could keep on drinking this for a while. The 8.5% abv is extremely well hidden as well. Extremely well done this one, no shortcuts here. 3 years of aging in barrels with character shows through beautifully. Bravo.
07-14-2009 23:04:32 | More by Georgiabeer
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
Best before 4/30/11
A - Murky brown with cherry, amber hues when held to the light and a thin tan head that quickly leaves a ring of lace around the edge. I am quite surprised the ring of lace lingers since I have not seen this in other wild beers.
S - Tart cherry (that becomes more rhubarb like as it warms), somewhat acidic, musty oak with slight vanilla tannin and other tart mixed berries. Hints of vinegar as it warms.
T - Quite tart and acidic. Grabs your tongue with a slight pinch on the first few samples and then mellows into a sour with some zip. Tart cherries with a nice blast of dry rhubarb (I only noticed it from years of my moms homemade rhubarb wine), some acidic vinegar and then mellows to tart berries with an extremely dry finish.
M - Medium body but highly carbonated giving it quite a zip on the tongue. Extremely dry finish.
D - More of a flemish red in my opinion but a nice, different, complex take of the style. I am really enjoying sour beers aged in wine barrels the more I try them. The next big trend in my opinion if it isn't already.
Note to self - take emerge077's advice and buy more than 1 bottle next time he recommends it.
11-23-2008 03:08:57 | More by brewcrew76
4.74/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter. Marked as bottled March 2008, with a best before date of March 2011 (it was awesome today though, nearly a year after that).
Pours a ruddy brown, nearly opaque, with a frothy khaki colored 1" head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Leaves some clingy lacing.
Big, rich smell that flows out of the bottle as soon as you open it. Vinous with balsamic vinegar and tobacco, a hint of baking chocolate, tart cherry, strawberry, and a liquory oak note, probably from the sherry barrels. Complex and inviting.
Perfect interplay between big sweet and tart on the palate, rich and balanced. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, rhubarb, cranberry, leather, and oak come on in that order, with a great snap of slightly spicy lactic acid on the end giving it a clean, dry finish. A little more sweetness and red fruit come out as it warms. Little aftertaste, but leaves a slight tingling on the tongue kind of like after you smoke a pipe.
Perfect texture, comes on lush and medium bodied, well carbonated, and ends light and dry along with the acidic finish.
I can't recommend this beer enough, if you have access get it. For the price it is amazing, and for being a year past it's stated best before date I think it was even better than the last time I had it.
02-28-2012 06:54:22 | More by busternuggz
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
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