Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 101
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
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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 DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25oz bottle into tulip. Batch 343 - I am assuming 2012 vintage. Pours a deep brown with a red hue. No head. It looks like wine. Very sour lactic aroma; lots of wine like; almost vinegar like...i actually quite like it. Also lots of woody chocolatey malty notes.
Taste is sweet chocolatey belgian-like malts mixed with some sour/tart vinegar and woody wine barrell. Its super tart and acidic, and Its a bit too flat, but it somewhat works well.
Its more like wine than beer and I like it.

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

3.5/4/1.5/3/2-2.35
Vintage 2009, let's try this again

Turbid brown with a velcro surface. Smells of maduro tobacco, plums, oak, tree bark, a little ocean air. Flavor is sweet malts, acetic tart, some pepper, some jerkey, lemons, and a little bit of bitterness. Full bodied with lighter carb and an off dry finish. Sooo much better than my first experience.

Vintage 2009, bottled 10 May 2010, Drunk August 2011
A: When I pried the cap from this one, I thought maybe the cap was leaking as there was no audible indication of pressure in the bottle. Then upon closer investigation, this bottle is very, very full, maybe 3/4" from rim. Anywho, rolls out a dark tawny brown with nearly no head production. A simple, tortuous peanut sheet sits atop the ale and when I can find light, the beer becomes a fiery orange and red. No lace.
S: Up front sourness, oak is raw and woody. There is some sweetness in here as well, like a dark belgian candy sugar. There are some vanilla and tangerine/cherry notes as well. Interesting.
T: Wood, sour, bitter, band aid (first time I've tasted this off flavor, but there's no mistaking it here for me). Really becomes medicinal in nature for me and this overshadows the tartness, bitterness (quite bitter), and lemons. There is a great amount of chemistry here that does not meet me well.
M: Medium to heavy for the style. Medium carbonation. Finish makes my mouth water quite a bit (but because I'm really struggling to drink this one).
O: Man, I poured a glass of this, and I don't know if I'm going to finish the glass, much less the beer. Too bad, I like this style.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky red colour, with thin whispy beige head, forming a ring of large bubbles with minimal lace. Looks OK, but nothing too special. Yes, a beer can look too special.

Smells very odd, with a big smokey, boozey funkiness. There's a petroleum level of strength to this, with a hint of salt, pepper and some underlying prune-raising dark fruitiness. Definitely intriguing, also quite likeable, but yeah, flavour will have to rein itself in a bit if I'm going to enjoy this, I fear.

Taste starts out with massive smoke, plus oak. Tartness is there from the get-go as well, with big jammy, plummy fruit and a tart edge. Spicy peppery notes towards the back, with a large tobacco herbal character coming through as well as mint and galangal. Intense, pretty polarising and wild even in and of itself. Maybe not such a firm hand on the flavour rudder here, but there's lots to grab onto and enjoy.

Fluid body; texture comes through late. Touch of sharp booze on the back. Not bad.

A little too much, maybe. Lots of spice/booze and maybe could have used a bit more fruit to complement the slight acidity. Nice, but just a little overcooked for me.

Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10 Feb 2011
Vintage 09
8% ALC/VOL
Total Bottles 2160

A: Cloudy dark ruby red/dark purple with shades of brown and a very big bubbled, strange, light brown/yellowish head that was reluctant to build were it not for an aggressive pour. Fades pretty quickly leaving behind a ring of foam and a thin layer of retention.

S: Seriously intense funk! One of the rawest, funkiest, stankiest beers I've ever had the pleasure of putting my nose near. This is going to sound absurd, and I'm not trying to be "cool," but it smells like cocaine.

T: Whoaaaa! Tart, funky wood and roasted malt. Starts sour and then finishes with roasted malt, wood, and dark fruit. Some vinegar and tart fruits. No booze present, at all. I really like that you get the flavors you expect up front and then the aging and barrel treatment take over, showing you that two years in a barrel does wonders. Gives it a whole new complexity. The woody/oaky flavors along with the roasty, almost smoky, qualities make this a serious barrel-aged sour.

M: The right amount of sizzle, bite, and carbonation. The body is right for the style. So much fun to drink. If this had a bit more carbonation and sizzle when it was warm, this would be one of my favorite sours. Regardless, it's world class.

O: This beer was a crazy surprise. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't know it was going to be this good and this unique. This is the definition of a barrel-aged sour. It makes it even better that it has some local Norwegian history attached to it.

Photo of MarcGetty
3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours lightly hazed copper auburn color with barely any head or lacing. Thin bubbled collar leaves some beige film and a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Lactic tart notes in the nose with oaky tannins and dark fruit. Cherry, raisin and grape skin with vinous tones. Soft alcoholic warmth.

Biting sourness up front, driven by dark fruit with black cherry, raisin and grapes. Red wine and oak with burnt sugar sweetness. Funky yeast with acidic tones, soft vinegar presence. Heavy sourness in the finish with a bite of alcohol.

Medium body, upper carbonation level, dry and lingering on the palate. Nice Oud Bruin, pretty aggressive profile, but a fun sour experience.

Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (vintage 10) into a tulip.

A-The brew was nearly flat with no head to speak of. It was cola colored and nearly opaque. Not very attractive, but not far off for the style.

S-The smell is quite tart with sour grape and black cherry being dominant. There is a little funk and some vanilla, vinegar, chocolate, and oak from the barrels. Complex and vinous.

T-The sour factor is high here with tart, black cherries and vinous, tart grape notes. The mid-palate carries a little bit of sweetness to balance the acidic nature of this brew. There were also some cocoa flavors and oaky, vinous tobacco notes on the finish. The whole package was complex and very long lasting on the finish.

M-Unfortunately, my bottle (perhaps a little past its prime?) was virtually flat, which lead to a watery feel.

O-The smell and flavor profile were outstanding with nice balance between oak and fruit, and sour and sweet. The finish lasted forever, too. The beer loses major points for the complete lack of carbonation, but I am willing to give this another shot because if I could find a correctly carbonated bottle, this would move up quite a few notches.

Photo of hagbergl
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Haandbryggeriet Haandbakk, the Norwegian brewery's Flanders Oud Bruin-style ale, at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the recommendation of one of the store owners. A little expensive, but worth it. Nice pick. It was enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): Haandbakk pours a beautiful deep ruby a few shades lighter than black and is topped by the thinnest bit of taupe head that quickly dissipates to a disk of light foam that follows that beer on its way down the glass. Despite the beer's mysterious look, it also appears a little still, making me fear undercarbonation.

Smell (4.5/5): The nose, to any lover of sour ales, is bliss: it is highly acidic and exhibits nice red wine-like and woody tones, no doubt from the barrel-aging this beer has undergone. Tart berry aromas–blackberry, cranberry–also mix with the vinegar-like acidic notes. I know it sounds kind of strange, but it smells good.

Taste (4.5/5): Predictably, Haandbakk begins sharply acidic, featuring prominent red wine-like and blackberry/cranberry flavors up front. The initial big hit of tartness (surprisingly) does not linger long into the finish, which is actually fairly smooth. No alcohol presence to be found, despite this beer's assertive strength. Woody tones start to dominate in the back. As the acidity abates, fruity flavors stick around to impart a decidedly unique flavor to the finish that definitely tastes "aged"–again, in a good way. This beer is very good.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Haandbakk possesses a medium body and low carbonation. I would have liked to see a little more carbonation in this one, but it's still a damn fine beer. It is quite smooth for a tart beer. It manages to pull off the tartness without being very puckering–it's more mellow than I expected it to be. I am left with a light sourness on the sides and roof of my mouth.

Overall (4/5): Haandbakk is a very interesting, tasty brew. It is a rarity in that it is a strong sour ale. Impressively, the alcohol is very well hidden, allowing Haandbakk's outstanding tart, sour, winey flavors and mellow woody tones stand out unimpeded. This ale is unique among sours I have had, though I would not say it's anywhere near the top of that heap. Very good nonetheless.

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 dfillius
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage '09, poured into a tulip glass
A: Aggressive pour yields tight ring of head with fair retention. Crystal clear brilliant burgundy liquid. Pretty! More head would be nice.
S: Vinous, necco wafer/fennel seed, plum , oak, lots of esters abound. Fresh squeezed lemon juice. Red wine is big too. Very volatile in general. Lots going on that all works well together. A bit too winey.
T: Tart cherry, smooth slightly, sweet red wine. Interesting finish - earthy, slightly like the aftertaste of asparagus. Brett finish? Finish also has grapefruit tartness. I love how dynamic it is.
M: Witheringly tart at the back of my tongue at first. Sour and fill, round. Grapefruit bitterness, but not from hops!
D: Very good. Delicious and drinkable. 8% alcohol is not present at all. I'd love another and would buy again. I don't want it to end!

Photo of auroracrisis
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours burgundy with brown highlights, murky with no head at all.

Big red wine and balsamic characteristics. Oak tannin and some fruity notes such as cherries and plums.

Opens with the same red wine notes but quickly moves into fruity vinegar and balsamic notes. Much more fruit forward yet still vinous on the tongue. Almost sweet but balanced with the sour notes.

Very low carbonation, almost flat. Medium bodied, a touch of dryness but sticky on the lips.

Huge vinous and fruity flavors balanced against balsamic notes. Excellent example of the style, one of my favorites. Glad this is kind of a sleeper hit and hangs around for a bit on shelves.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 10. 2160 total bottles. 8% ABV.

A: Coca-cola brown, with little to no head. Black-dark ruddy mahogany. Pretty.

S: Tart, pleasant, and sour. Some fruit, some oak, and some Brett. Very oud bruin.

T: Mm, nice and expected. Subtle, dark, and full of tart spiciness. Puckery and delicious. Balsamic vinegar, darker fruits (blackberries), and a mellow smoothness that is ever-so-often upended by a spice appearing and disappearing like smoke. Very enjoyable.

M: Scintillating and clamorous for attention, even if it doesn't always deserve it.

O: An excellent, contemplative ale. A rewarding sipper. Highly recommended.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled 2/10/2011. Vintage 09.

Appearance - Dark reddish brown body. Looks very dark in the large CBS glass. No head as I'm pouring it, but it produces some large discrete bubbles that managed to stick around for a while.

Smell - Red wine is very prominent. Acidic, but not overwhelming. Oaky with a grassy aroma that is slightly off-putting. Not sure what that is. Chocolate manages to come through in faint notes.

Taste - The red wine is the dominant flavor here, as well. Slightly sour. Not anywhere near as sour as I expected. Malty body with a strong oak presence and that same grassy flavor. It's not hops. It's like it was aged on freshly cut branches. The finish is musty.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy. None of the sugars come out, but I feel like some stronger bugs would have soured it more and dried it out. Low carbonation doesn't help.

Overall - So I actually think it's good to drink. Not my favorite, but nothing close to bad. A lot going on and maybe some of the flavors aren't my favorite. No vinegar, which I love.

Photo of nachos
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, 2008 vintage

Typical oud bruin appearance, dark brown, but not opaque.

Smells very sour, just like I like em too, but not as vinegary as some

First few sips I got some chocolatey, malty, flavors, but that seemed to subside, I would guess those flavors are being overtaken by the sourness at this point. Very sour taste.

Pretty good mouthfeel and coats the palate and teeth with sourness

I really like this beer, its frankly a little weird with the chocolatey brown flavors along with the pretty intense sour characteristics, but I really like it. I've only had this old vintage though. Found it at a random store for about 8 bucks, seems like that was a good deal

Photo of mrfrancis
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly opaque mahogany with a thin ring of whitish mousse.

S: Aromas of oak, red wine, cranberry, pomegranate, black cherry, must, and balsamic vinegar fill the nose.

T: Notes of clotted cream, black cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, oak, must, balsamic vinegar, cider apple, sea salt, pickle brine, and red table wine grip the palate. The finish is briny and intense with notes of black cherry, pickle brine, sea salt, and balsamic vinegar dominating.

M: Very soft and dry in the mouth with gentle effervescence. Alcohol is not really noticeable. Very drinkable for the style, but I was looking for it to be a bit more textured.

O: This is a great Flanders oud bruin. HaandBryggerriet has really done this unique style justice with this brew. I would have no trouble recommending this to fans of the style.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh. Flanders Oud Bruin. This may eventually become my new favorite style.

This one is on the level with the sour and tart woody funk permeating the experience. Those mature cherries are in the mix as well. This is the style at its best. You could certainly do a lot worse, but it'd be pretty difficult to do a lot better. The price is high, but the experience merits it. Nice job. Worth the coin.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I already know that Scandanavia can do justice for American styled beers, but I don't think I've tasted a sour from that region. Let's see how they pull this off. On to the beer:

This beer is black colored, almost no head forming on the pour, let alone a chance of hea retention. But it smells great. That sweet and tart cherry aroma is great, and there's also a few touches of smoke.

It tastes almost like a sour smoked porter. But at first that isn't obvious. It starts sweet like black cherries. From out of nowhere come little flavors of dark chocolate and smoked malt, which turn out to be very complimentary to the style. The beer is medium-full bodied, with exteremly low carbonation. However, low carbonation alone isn't going to stop this masterpiece. This is just great beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 kojevergas
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.

C+

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 438 ratings.