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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 442
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 101
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2008

The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years.

Aged in oak barrels for 2 years.

20 IBU
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Photo of ktorsneyweir
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The gorgeous brown color and classic sour smell gave me high hopes for this beer. However, I found it to have a slightly unpleasant miso-like aftertaste and a little harsh on the way down. I like my $5 bottle of Vanderghinste way more. (235 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was a little shocked by the fact that there was almost no head to this beer. Almost none and it was poured from a freshly opened bottle. Just a light brown skim around the edges. Body is a murky brown pond of mystery. Nose is beautiful and packed with tons of dark fruit and dusty sour notes. This subtle sour feel is soft but full and wonderful. Abruptly sour at first with the initial sip. Dry and sharp with lemon zest and cherry skins all over the tongue. There is a nice consistent robust feel that mixes with the sour to crate an incredible sour beer drinking experience here. Really spot on for the style and unique at the same time. (651 characters)

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft @ Mikkeller Bar SF on 1/19/15. Pours a red, brown color with minimal head. Aroma is acidic, red grapes, malt, and brett. Medium to thin bodied. Taste is vinegar-like acidity with tones of cherry, grape and funk with a bitter finish. Decent flanders red. (264 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12/22/14

Thanks! Pleasant at colder temperatures, but vinegar becomes overly potent as it warms toward room temperature, and acetone brings the beer down. Still, there are some pleasant vinous, oak, and oxidation notes. Firmly sour but tending too far toward the acetic end of the spectrum, even for the style. The beer was nearly still and I think some carbonation would have livened things up. I was told this bottle was a few years old. (440 characters)

Photo of riotontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Absolutely incredible smell! The taste was barely a notch below the smell. A very rich, full, and complex drink. Definitely pair this one with some great food. The wine characteristics really come through. A little was left in the bottle the next morning ( I couldnt take the entire thing down by myself) and it still had that amazing smell. (341 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Can I just write sour over and over for this review? Because this was sour—intensely sour, mouth-puckering sour, battery acid eating my taste buds off my tongue sour… like vinegar, tart cherries, strawberries before ripe sour. It was –and I never get to say this—a little too much for me. Sour! (302 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot peensteen for this awesome extra!

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.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of tart cherries, black berries, red grapes, vinegar and the oak becomes more prevalent towards the end. It has alot of acidity.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Solid (669 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, vintage 2012.

Lifeless pour. Watery and a bit slapping, but comes with no head generation at all. Classic oud bruin color, deep mahogany brown. After the pour manages to actually create a tan collar which always sticks around. Not as lifeless looking as I expected.

Holy carp is this tart, and it smells like balsamic soft vinegar, and classic deep sour cherry. Lots of oxidation going on here, but some nice malt and acid background. Not horrifically smelling, that first pour had me a bit scarred, but now I am very curious to see how this has handled.

Boy this is an odd one in the palate. Big tartness, and vinegar acid, but with a light bodied soft feel. Classic sour cherry finish and some malted sweetness in the back. The soft acid and big vinegar is strong with this one. I have to take this slowly.

Quite a bit of oxidation but in a good way, not ruined, but not quite optimal. A very unique creation and probably a sour heads oud bruin fantasy, but there's more to life than being slammed by the obvious. (1,063 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,621 characters)

Photo of MCImes
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just drank a 2009 vintage bottle in 11' for my 30th birthday and am a big sour lover. This beer has aged very well. The overwhelming flavors have become smoked wood (almost similar dogfishhead's sao palo) barnyard funk, tobacco, leather, bourbon, and horse blanket. its still medium sour; present but not puckering. I tasted no oxidation at all.

I drank 1 bottle fresh and it was good enough for me to immediately buy 2 more. The 2nd one I just drank turned out very well, although I probably wont let my last one age too much longer before drinking. Ill probably drink it in the next year or 3. Overall I like this beer a lot and think it is one of Haand's most successful wild/sour beers. Not all have been winners, but Haandbakk is one of their best. (757 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (2,619 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of recoveringmormon
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of macher0
4/5  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. (650 characters)

Photo of wd40
3.91/5  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. (269 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into Barrelworks Teku.

Pours dark brown much like a porter, with minimal to no head forming. Not the prettiest of beers.

Aroma is chewy malt, peat, oak, funk a là fantome, basement, prune, and burnt raisin. Different and not very oud bruin but with some similarities.

Taste is much the same notes as in the aroma plus a red wine characteristic. Smokey, funky, woodsy, burnt dark dry fruits, and a touch of coffee malt. Very unique and possibly funkier than the fresher bottle I had.

Mouthfeel on the lightest side of medium with low carbonation. I'd ask for more carb but it's really not a deal breaker with this beer. Drinks very much like a smoky wine.

Overall the year in the cellar has added some more funk and possibly elevated the peat and smoke character. Enjoying this quite a bit and it's unique in that it tastes foreign. No American renditions I've had carry these types of flavors. (920 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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! (1,057 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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+ (622 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  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. (422 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.31/5  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. (651 characters)

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.