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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 99
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 vintage
Bottled on 5/10/10
Total bottles: 3240

Pours an almost opaque dark crimson brown with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace slide back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells of red wine vinegar, oak, and funk/must. Taste is exactly the same with the red wine/balsalmic vinegar, oak wood, and funk/must. The oak flavors are very noticeable on the aftertaste. There is a sour and acidic twang that lingers on the tongue after each sip. Mouthfeel is pretty flat which makes this beer a bit of a chore to drink. The sourness level would be better with more carbonation present. Overall, this is a good beer with nice oak notes in the taste but the carbonation issue leaves something to be desired.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in October 2006.

Pours a rusty red with a light tan head. Smell is sweet caramel along with a very strong lactic and acetic presence. Taste is very nice with chery and oak coming in as well. Mouthfeel is a bit of a drawback as the acetic character is quite strong. Drinkability is similarly affected. Do like the creaminess of the body.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a new review April 20, 2013; Batch 343, 2,280 bottles.

Usually when I taste a beer again years later there is a change in review and score. Here, this batch is exactly per the review below. Literally, exactly the same. Likely no need for me to try again.

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The review below was 3.53 and done on Xmas day, 2010.

Vintage 2009; bottled May 10, 2010.

Dark clear copper red with no head.

Nose is sour cherries and sour grapes and sweet red wine vinegar in an appealing way.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a sour and the mouthfeel is quite nice.

Flavors need time to develop in the mouth and multiple tastes are required before one gets the the true flavor profile. Mildly sour cherries and grapes; some brown ale character but there is back palate and a finish of strong red wine vinegar that prevents real enjoyment.

This might be one that would be interesting to taste again in a year or two. Not one that I would drink now - too heavy on the vinegar character; flavors just don't seem integrated and the "sour" is not "sour;" there is no brightness or pucker factor. Perhaps a bit of time will integrate this one. We'll see....

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color with garnet highlights; the modest head fades to a film with bubbles around the circumference and leaves dots of lace behind

Smell: Oaky tartness dominates, with cherry, tarmarind and currant elements

Taste: Fruit forward, with the sour cherry, currant and tamarind adding both sweet and tart aspects; by mid-palate, the acetic sourness builds, with the oak becoming dominant and remaining so, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; prickly on the tongue from the acetic quality

Overall: A really fine beer that is a great example of the brewer's skill

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one outstanding beer. All of the tart fruitiness and with the subtle malt backbone that reminds me that it is indeed beer. Shying away from cider or vinegar notes but with the power of 8.5%, this is a seriously good session.

The beer pours a color that straddles ruby and middle brown hues. A modest haze persists. A soft eggshell white head forms a thin sheet on the beer and holds firm throughout the session. No real lacing or legging- these beers aren't exactly know for that.

Aromas of tart cherries dominate the nose while backup notes of crabapples, under-rippened berries, and red wine vinous notes give great complexity to the tart aromas. Light woods blend in well with the vinous/winey notes. Light musty notes rise as if aged with cork.

Flavors begin actually softer than the nose suggests because of a firm malt base of sun-kissed amber malts, light breads, and even chocolate. This allows for a building of tart layers starting with those bold tart cherries. Throw in the grapes/red wine, raspberries/blackberries/red currants, green apples, and woodsy notes in subsequent sips give great surprises as the beer warms.

The acidity of the beer is buffered by those tempering malts, keeping the brunt of the sour beer to ease onto the palate in a very crisp and thirst quenching way. Light carbonation allows for a subtle creaminess early but for the ultimate acidic palate-cleansing sourness late, and with low-lying astringency.

This beer is less abrasive than Rodenbach, but with the intensity and flavor that is expected. Comparisons to Duchese du Burgogne come to mind, but with less of a vinegar/cidery component. Job well done!

Thanks again Mikeyv35!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 49. Brewed 10.10.06. Best before: 10 days from today. The foam gushing on crown cracking was slow enough to allow the muddy coffee bean colored liquid to be corraled into the snifter with no overflow. A surprisingly stubborn beige cap has appeared, though little lace ends up on the glass.

The aroma is a nostril-pleasing fusillade of fruit vinegar, musty oak, and an earthiness that adds even more depth. It doesn't smell like this offering will be sweet in the least. And it may be a puckerbomb of the highest order.

Wow! Wow! And Wow again! This might be the most potent Flanders oud bruin in the history of the style. This stuff is not for the faint of palate, that's for damn sure. Each mouthful is a barely controlled megaton blast of sour acidity... that, thankfully, has a wonderfully well-crafted beer interdigitated with it.

Flavors include sour cherry vinegar, hints of slightly darker fruit macerated in caramel, and a oakiness that is prominent, but far from over-the-top. The amount of acidity is almost overwhelming at times. Look out tooth enamel and stomach lining. Funky bugs (Norwegian wild yeast and lactobacillus) add yet another layer of complexity.

The mouthfeel is perfectly appropriate for the style. It doesn't seem very big in the first half of each mouthful, but hangs on admirably and becomes lightly oily and sticky on the finish. Lightly tingly bubbles are easily managed and add even more mouth interest.

If there's any beer that should hold up well after almost five years it's an oak barrel-aged 8.5% Flanders oud bruin and wild ale hybrid. This quite the experience, but it's almost too intense for all 500 ml to be enjoyable. My advice: find someone with an adventurous palate to share it with.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up on my trip to florida as I had heard very good things about it. Cracked it the other night as I was in the mood for a nice sour. Served chilled in a tulip this one was consumed on 03/05/2009. The pour was very nice with a rich medium brown color and a nice light tan head on top. Nearly opaque with some light reddish touches to the sides and bottom. Deep horse funk on the nose with apple vinegar and ripe sour apples dominating the aroma with some light oak notes as it warmed. The flavor was crisp tart and very full. Ripe apples and sour fruits just ripping through the mouth. Puckeringly good here with a great carbonation level and really solid body all around. Some nice notes of oak as it warms and a rich sour ale really comes to life. Overall a fantastic beer I will gladly buy again.

Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with the year 2008 on the label.

A: The pour is an interesting dark red/mahogany color with a mild off-white head.

S: A lot of sour cherries with a mild acetic note to the beer. The oak comes through nicely along with a bit of sweet malts in the background.

T: The tartness is pleasant and sharp, both acetic and lactic, but leaning slightly more toward acetic. There is a nice sour cherry fruitiness along with some dry oaky character.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very lively carbonation, sometimes a bit too much so.

D: A really nice oud bruin that balances the vinegar component well. I would definitely pick up another one of these.

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle of this beer to split with a friend of mine last night. The pour was of a reddish deep brown with no head on it and no lacing in side. Looks similar to a wine. The smell of wood, cherries, and plenty of funk on the nose. The taste right from the fridge was sour and gave off some elements of fresh tobacco and tart cherry in the aftertaste. As the beer warmed I feel that it started to become a little more balanced. The flavors didn't transition as much as when it was colder. The funk became less dominant as it warmed also. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, not a lot of carbonation but remains a sipper based on how tart it is. Overall I think this is a pretty good attempt at a Flanders Red.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #49.

Appearance: Pours a near opaque, deep, dark mahogany-hued body with a medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Aromatic nose of weather-beaten wood planks, sharply tart sour cherries, lactic acid, and soil. Heck, there's even toasted caramel malts far, far off in the distance.

Taste: Initial thrust of antique wood barrels and rich sour cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. A scoop of potting soil and a scoop of dark brown sugar. Drizzle of top-notch vinegar and lactic acid to get the ole mouth a-puckering. The flavors graciously ease up prior to the malty, lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, enjoyable, comparable sour. Recommend provided you're a fan of sour beers.

Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Dyan in a trade a while back. Thanks!

A: Dark, murky brownish-purple with a tan head that's solid and retaining.

S: Strawberry, rhubarb, cranberry, loads of balsamic vinegar and a touch of lemon.

T/M: Fruity and acetic; this one's got a massive vinegar character, but it's pleasantly balanced by the strong fruit flavors. Rhubarb pie, raspberry-balsamic vinaigrette and stewed cherries come to mind. Medium-full body. The high level of carbonation helps cut through the vinegar, but it never quite achieves a dry mouthfeel. Juicy, fruity finish with lingering balsamic vinegar. Pleasant stuff in small doses.

Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Haandbakk Batch #49
Brewed 10.10.06
BB: 30.04.11

Served in a Girardin tumbler at 52º. Darkish until held to the light, revealing a slightly opaque, murky cherry red tinge to the brown liquid. Tan foam crackles on the surface, slowly receding to a ring.

Light acetic tartness in the nose, rounded out by cherry pits, crunchy fall leaves, trace brown sugar, and vanilla oak barrel aroma.

Puckery and zippy, tangy tartness verging on sour. Plenty going on with this one, far from one dimensional. Succulent sour cherry, acetic touches, wet stone, soft and dry oak notes in the finish, almost as if the sourness just a moment before never happened. Well carbonated but soft and refined at the same time.

In the realm of La Folie, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Cuvee de Tomme. Definitely follows the Flemish sour ale tradition, and from Norway of all places. Skål!

2014; revisiting the 2013 batch... close to zero carbonation, though plenty of tannic oak, dried fruit and cheese rind notes. Really takes a hit due to the watery mouthfeel. It's good for what it is, straight from the barrel, but they could carb it up easily with priming sugar, etc.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour fruit, vinegar, light malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with sour and acidic flavors of cherries and grapes. Then there is some wild Belgian yeast that comes in along with a thin malt character. Even with such a strong sour flavor, this beer has a pretty nice balance as all of the flavors seem to work well together. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.