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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 99
Gots: 53 | FT: 4
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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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3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.


Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite sure what this beer is, other than it is Norweigan wild ale and has been aged in wine barrels. Apart from that, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be getting – and I like that. Cheers!

Vintage 10 bottle, brewed two years or so before the date of this tasting.

A: A remarkable appearance: an earth-brown body so dark you can’t really see through it, and an oily head that’s so slow to form that you can see every bubble rise up from beneath. The thick nature is augmented by retention that’s very light and lacing that’s more slick than anything.

S: Aromas of sugary fruits abound, with dried banana chips coming up as the most prevalent scents. Cherry and citrus – mango and pineapple, mostly – are not far behind, but not in a tart way; they augment the sugary profile of the nose. A touch of oak and Sauvignon Blanc come through, with a clean alcohol that can only be picked up for a fleeting moment. Much sweeter-smelling than any Flanders Oud Bruin I’ve ever encountered, though a lactic acid tinge is still evident toward the finish.

T: This has to be one of the oakiest sours I’ve ever tasted – holy hell, do those barrels come through spectacularly. That wooden sensation is interspersed throughout, coupled perfectly with big roasts and banana, supported by whipped cream, toffee, and a chocolate maltiness; imagine Bananas Foster in a glass, and that’s what you get at first. And, of course, the sours have their time in the sun, too: a naturally-pleasant citric and lactic acid tartness come through as soon as the sugars mellow out. I’d characterize this beer as fruity and organic in its sour tendencies, all with hints of vinous grape from a sweet red wine. Well done. Finishes with toasted malt, bubblegum, and a lingering effect of dark, sugary alcohol, like spiced rum.

M: Not unnecessarily thin, but thin nonetheless; it’s good, since a beer too heavy would sink this palate into cloying sweetness, I expect. Not a ton of carb, though, so it’s definitely a sipper (not surprising for this style).

O: A brewery that I’d never heard of, a name I can’t pronounce, a beer that I didn’t expect, and yet a palate that I absolutely adored: that’s Haandbakk. The natural tastes that are found in this bottle would leave any Flanders fan deeply satisfied; what a superb beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, beer pours a dark cola like color, mostly blacks with some dark browns and scarlet reds at the edges. No head formation on the pour, though a few scattered bubbles remain around the inner edge. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fruit vinegar, sour cherries and raspberries, brown sugar, molasses, light tannins and oak. Pretty intense smelling sourness to the aroma.

Taking a sip, sourness is much more balanced than the nose, sour cherry and raspberry, plum, brown sugar, a touch of balsamic vinegar. Middle of the tongue, a little sweeter, some caramelized malt and spiced cookie flavors. Finishes dry with lingering sour berry and brown sugar flavors.

Medium body with ample carbonation, spritzy and soft on the tongue.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of aasher
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer sounds amazing on paper. This bottle is the 2010 vintage.

Haandbakk pours a light bodied dark cherry wood brown in color with no or lacing even in a somewhat still pour. The smells is of sour cherries, oak, soured dark fruits, plum, and red wine barrel. The flavors are nice too. You get plenty of red wine barrel, oak, tart cherry, and sweet grape. It is as interesting as can be for the style and has a nice, although moderate, level of sourness. The least impressive part of this beer are the body and mouthfeel. It poured almost flat and drinks flat, almost like a still lambic. Tis definitely takes away from the drinkability and desirability of this beer, good flavor or not. I like this beer a lot, for what it is, but it could be remarkable if it had the proper body.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle date: May 10th 2010 (2009 vintage)

Smells of darker malts, wood barrel, and bright pungent yeast. Yeast comes off as fruity, like raspberries or cherries. Wasn't expecting the Brettanomyces aroma. Its really nice.

Pours a very murky burgundy color. Cream colored head that has no retention. Very light carbonation.

Wild yeast and bacteria lend a acidity and tartness. Similar flavors to aroma: wood barrel, fruity tart yeast, darker malts that have been thoroughly fermented out. The wine character comes through more as my palate adjusts. Malty caramel flavors towards the end of the sip.

Thin-medium mouthfeel. Sour character is quite present but not overbearing. Acidic from fermentation not carbonation. Not scorching to the palate. Good stuff. Super unique.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 11 2011.

Pours a thick, murky red that drops like lead into the bottom of my chalice. A nice, rocky brown head settles on top.

Smells more traditionally malty than what I expect from an Oud Bruin, but that is by no means a bad thing. The rounded, biscuity nodes are complicated nicely by a harsh zip of red berries and applesauce. The oakiness cast a recognizable shadow upon the roasty barley, but the lactic zipiness is as sharp as can be.

Tastes fantastic! A wonderful, two-stage sock to the face that is equally complex and variegated on each end. Up front, roasted, oak-aged barley that's nutty and biscuity, like a traditional English brown. In the back, intensely sweet and tart lactic acid cherries and apples. The stages are remarkably distinct, which mandates slow sipping, and the overall effect is one of the most interesting and well balanced beers I've had in ages.

Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.