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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Gonzoillini, Apr 02, 2014
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2.83/5  rDev -32.1%

Given the mostly positive response to this beer I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle. I'm a big fan of flanders style beers, lambic, and wild ales in general, and I had high hopes for this beer.

It poured with very little carbonation had had no head whatsoever. It had a very nice dark reddish brown color.

The smell was malty with some wood and fruits, but very mild on all accounts. Nothing particularly offensive about the smell, but nothing exceptional, either.

The taste is what started to throw me off. For the style, gravity, and aging process I expected something to stand out. All I got though was a sickly sweetness and a medicinal aftertaste. A slight tartness was overcome by a sticky mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel was heavy and coating, and a slight acid burn on the throat.

Overall, my experience with this beer was a downward spiral starting with a pretty nice color and nose and tumbling to unpleasant tastes and feelings. given the rave reviews by others, I'd be willing to try this again but not for $12. I had a similar experience with "Wild Thing".

adsomers, Oct 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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BeerThursdays, Dec 29, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -24.5%

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown color. Nose is sour fruit and flavor is sour fruit and oak. Almost like a saison. Pricey at $10.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. Label has ABV at 8.0%. Vintage 2009, bottled May 10, 2010.

jdhilt, Jun 13, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -23.3%

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. My bottle is 8.00%, not 8.50% as is currently listed on the site.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage 10.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Colour is an extremely dark ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raisin, heavy oak, vinegar, dark malts, and red wine. A mild strength aroma.

T: Red wine, heavy oak, some sourness and vinegar, wild yeast, and dark malts. Raisiney. A bit too woody. Complex but not horribly subtle. Strange for the style. Pretty aggressive. No real notable hopping. Bold and experimental, but not particularly enjoyable. Balanced, but strange.

Mf: Thick, smooth, wet, and somewhat syrupy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable but off-beat. I like it but I wouldn't get it again - at least not without some age. Too raisiney and viscous for the style. I like the sour aspects but the build is too weird.


kojevergas, Jul 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

magictacosinus, Oct 11, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -21.3%

From notes 1/28/2010

Pours blood red, with a thin tan head. Looks pretty normal for an Oud Bruin. A little clearer than I expected, but, looks alright. The smell has old strawberries, which I've come to know in wild bacteria, but isn't exactly my favorite smell in these, with eggs and vinegar, not quite as vinegary as some in the class. Again, doesn't stand out, isn't particularly bad, and it has the right kind of characteristics, but not my favorite. The taste has oranges, the acidic, very citric part, with a slight bready toastiness, which is slightly unexpected, and nice. It's still very sour, very acidic, but not very tart - if that makes sense, maybe not enough sweetness. The old strawberries come back, which remind me of old food, old fruit, a bit of old cherries. And surprisingly, I can taste a bit of wood. I expected a little more of that pleasant tartness, like young/ripe cherries and strawberries (this tastes overripe, to reiterate), blended with a pleasant sweetness. This kind of works towards what I want, then kind of falls short in taste. Finishes very acidic, it's actually hard to tell whether it's sweet or dry, and that may be the main problem. The body is nice, medium-full, fuller than I expected, moderate carbonation, pleasant for the style. Overall, it's decent, I would maybe have it again, definitely wouldn't pay for it. It's not the most impressive, which means that if I were going to this style, I would probably go to something new, or something else that I like better. I think it may have been a little young, or could've used some blending with an older version.

taylorhamrick, Mar 12, 2010
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3.29/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

MarcGetty, Jan 13, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -17.7%

2008 vintage
Must be a misprint- says bottled March 2008, brewed May 2008
Best by March 2011

From notes

A- murky reddish brown with 1/2 finger tan head, very nice

S- sour, acidic, horse blanket, oak, nail polish remover, leather

T-sour, acidic, funky, vinegar, oak, leather, muddled flavor of tart fruits like cherries and blackberries. A decent amount of lemon as well. The finish is dry and tannic.

M- fairly lively carbonation, medium body

D- average

Dubber55, Jun 19, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ATPete
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%

capped 500ml bottle
2008 vintage

Pours a murkey reddish brown color with a small and lasting brownish head. Very acidic in the nose, sour black cherry tartness and wood, lots of wood. A very oaky flavor as well, vinous dark fruits and very acidic, notes of coffee and smokey chocolate malt beneath the sourness. Full bodied, well carbonated for the style, but a bit hard to drink though.

ATPete, Apr 11, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -16.5%

Vintage 10

Pours dark and with almost no head. A thin ring around the glass and a thin film around the middle that dissipates quickly. When held to the light there are lots of deep reds and browns.

The smell is interesting. It hits hard with vinegar making me think this is going to be one sour mamajama. Vinous red wine notes and barrel character also abound. Brown sugar and some cherry fruitiness.

The nose on this wasn’t lying. It is fairly tart and sour. Big notes of vinegar and tartness hit and then settle into red wine, oak, cherry and rhubarb. There is also this stout like quality about it.

The body is thin-medium and almost void of carbonation. It’s almost like drinking water.

Kind of disapointed in this.

MattSweatshirt, Jul 24, 2012
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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.