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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 99
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
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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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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've been wanting to try this for so long and now the time has come!

The bottle gushed shortly after I opened it. It's liquid is a pitch black red with a very light brown head. A fowl smell of sourness, oak, rotten cherries, and random sweetness launched out with the foam. Even a hint of latex and White-Out. My nose can live in this vile stench of throw-up. I would love for every wild beer to smell like this. Americans: take note. Is that chocolate I smell? Maybe.

Flavor is very intense. Too many things to list. It's moderately sour but the insane amount of oak and yeast flavors take over. Some how the flavor just drops off when you swallow. It's like when a tornado blasts through a house and dies out. Then all you see is clear skies and silence. There is this flavor or worcestershire sauce and leather. There's even some quality of roasted nuts and malt.

The alcohol is not shy. Its let you know it's there but not in a way that detracts from the whole experience of the beer. It compliments it in every way possible. But overall, the flavors are just all over the place. I feel a little butteryness and strong Bleu/Gorgonzola cheese in the after-taste.

This beer sits like the Hindenburg in your stomach. Carbonation is average. Mouthfeel is a thick for the style. Drinkability is higher than nill just because I get two pours out of this and can finish them. Although I would be happy to drink this on another occasion, I could not drink a second bottle. I don't hate myself that much.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:18:28 | More by BearsOnAcid
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shortysdude285

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with minimal carbonation

S - Smells like any great sour. This is actually the first sour I've ever had not by Russian River.

T - Whole lot of brett on your tongue. Sours have never been my favorite but I'm learning to like them and this one has helped me to do so.

D - A tasty beer, though I wouldn't recommend it with a spicy sausage as I made the mistake of doing.

Overall a great sour I'd happily recommend to anyone who likes sour ales. Oak barrel aging gives it a refined body.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 04:26:29 | More by shortysdude285
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Chambic

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02.05.10 at City Beer

A: dark ruby with big bubbles on top

S: like it's super tart, a mixture of sour cherries and stinging vinegar

T: sweet like the fruit, tart like the vinegar, and hints of oak; finishes tart

M: medium body, nice carbonation, and somewhat smooth, which softens the acidity

D: I could drink this for days

Introduced this to a friend during this sitting and he loved it. Even more amazing was when I had smoked pork neck with a sauce made from this beer at Olympen in Oslo.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 23:11:13 | More by Chambic
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photomike

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 08 batch.

Pours a muddy deep brown that doesn't let much light though. An inch of orange-beige head forms and maintains a strong showing throughout the beer. Lots of medium-soft lacing coats the glass all the way down. Looks rich in a way that most Oud Bruins and other sours don't. Exciting.

Man, the smell on this beer is intense. Sour cherries, red wine, vinegar, oak, and intoxicating alcoholic vapors.

Flavor contains all of those elements and more. A boatload of vinous tannic oak and tons of cherries. Slightly vinegary with a pervasive, but never overwhelming, sweetness to balance things out. Somewhat solventy, in a good way. Really intensely flavorful.

Medium-full body, really oily, and chewy. Light, creamy carbonation.

Man, what a wonderful beer. Don't serve this too cold.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:07:42 | More by photomike
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augustgarage

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Brewed May 08, Bottled Mar 08" - I'm going to guess they got that reversed ;-) The 2008 vintage comes in at 8%.

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my White Birch tulip.

Rosewood body with rust highlights and a creamy desert sand head - which is small but lasting. Lacing adheres well and cascades down in slow waves until it resembles a mackeral sky against a glassy backdrop.

Black cherry, faint sherry, dark malt, and faint cocoa aromatics. Lush and inviting.

Rich deeply aged vinegar notes - like a mix of sherry, balsamic, and red wine varieties leads into a bloom of malt and fruit mid-palate. Currants, cherry, and wild honey dipped wheat bread. The wood comes out in the finish to add a slight dryness with a phantom of smoke which perfectly rounds out the sweetness and acidity.

Creamy, lightly effervescent, medium bodied, and faintly tannic without being astringent.

One of the best examples of the style I've tried, very flavorful without being harsh or aggressive. As drinkable as La Folie (a slightly different style I realize) but with a more pronounced sense of terroir.

Pairs very well with food (this style generally does better as part of a meal in my experience) - in this case some goat gouda and a fresh baguette...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:58:45 | More by augustgarage
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BATCH 49 BREWED 10.10.06 BEST BEF. 30.04.11

This one is a dark amber colored liquid with some serious crimson highlights. Almost two fingers of dark tan colored foam make the head. The retention is very good and the lacing is thick and full, but slightly slick.

A big presence of tart cherries dominates the nose. There are also some good hints of oak and an almost wine-like quality going on. light hints of acetone.
This is a complex nose that is full of very interesting smells and I can't wait to drink it.

The big cherry notes are inescapable. Lots of tartness with a very light undertone of sweetness. Huge oak presence is absolutely delicious. Once again, this is very wine-like. It's definitely a beer, but it totally has some wine characteristics going on. Light traces of vanilla wisp in and out. More dark fruit notes are noticed, but they disappear quickly. Light touches of dry leather. A mild spiciness hits you mid-palate. The finish is to the dry side, yet manages to linger for awhile.

This one is medium-bodied with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It has a sharpness that comes from the tart aspect of it, yet has a light touch of creaminess to it also, which is quite refreshing.

This is very nicely drinkable. It is sour enough to be interesting, yet not so sour as to pucker your face. The 8.5%abv is exceptionally well-hidden also, which sure doesn't hurt.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 21:27:29 | More by coldmeat23
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HeyItsChili

China

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy, sediment filled garnet. It's like looking into a dusty old ruby you just found in your grandma's room as you were looking for her pain medication. There's a peach colored head that stays frothy and girthy around the rim of the glass.

S - A sour strawberry-ish sweetness with some vinegar and dry oak aroma.

T - It's like a wonderfully sour vinegary funky concoction. Light fruits and unfathomably sour apple flavors pop in this one. Wow, really long lasting fruity aftertaste with just a tiny hint of malt vinegar.

M - Incredibly lively and fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:32:30 | More by HeyItsChili
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aerozeppl

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for sharing.
Bottled 10-10-06

A: Very nice looking deep amber brownish color. Hard to describe a perfect looking flanders but this was it. That weird mix of brown and red. Minimal brownish head with no lacing.

S: Little bit of vinegar and enough oak to balance it out.

T: Nice brui. Nice balance of vinegar and oak. The malt is strong as well and added to the nice balance. Little bit of spice in there as well.

M: Full bodied but still very drinkable.

D: This was a really nice surprise and I found it very drinkable for a style that even with the best examples it is hard to drink more than 12 oz of. Heres to more wild Norwegian beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:42:33 | More by aerozeppl
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buckeyeboy provided this at a recent tasting... reviewed from paper notes.... Thanks Jeremy... Never thought I would get a chance to try this one in Boise.

Lite tan head.... dark amber.. pretty when held to a light.

Nose is cherry and lite chocolate with some acetic notes... earthy and woody elements let you know this is going to be pretty nice.

Alot more cherry with even more vinegar... funky with some green apple skin... dank dusty oak... tannic berry skins.

Good body with a bracing carbonation..

I wish I had taken better notes.... I remember really liking this one.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 08:34:07 | More by JohnGalt1
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby that appears nearly black. 3 fingers of head that camp out for a bit.

Smell is tart cherry, oak, tobacco, plums, raisins, rubber cement, and orange peel. Nice and complex, very interesting.

The taste is extremely heavy on the oak. Tart cherries in the finish. Slight notes of funk, not really much sourness even though it proclaims it on the label. A nice flanders ale here.

Mouthfeel is medium with tons of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Drinkability is a bit low for me with this style generally and this one doesn't crack the mold. A nice 6 oz. serving would be perfect.

Definitely a beer worth purchasing

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:57:58 | More by alcstradamus
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 49 was brewed on 10/10/2006 and is best before 30/4/2011. 500ml bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- starting out a gusher, this one pours out a very dark brown colored body with ruby red all along the edges. a massive beige colored head forms on top and slowly fizzes down to a reasonable level. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- acetone is the first thing i notice. i think its going to be pretty tart/sour. i also detect some barrel, and a lot of sour cherries. pretty complex odor in this one.

T- as in the nose, acetone comes to the front of the taste. pretty acidic and sour. lots of tart cherries as well. wine like. a slight astringency form the barrel.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. the sourness of this one is very quick to vanish and leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- an interesting beer, but i cant help but think how much more i liked other beers of the style like goudenband. ill check back on this batch in a few years to see how it compares then. but for now this is one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:33:42 | More by jwinship83
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 49 . Brewed 10.10.06 . Best before 30.04.11 Don't forget that is contains Malted barley/wheat, water, hops, yeast.

This brew has been sitting around the cellar for maybe a year now and seemed like something I wanted to crack open. I must say that I am reasonably unfamiliar with this style of beer, but know what the style is supposed to be.

A: The first thing I noticed was the ring around the top of the bottle that slowly vanished as I drank the beer down. When I opened the bottle is literally had a volcano effect spewing brown bubbles all over the table, what the hell? I decided I had to pour it as quickly as possible. Beer has an okay looking light-brown bubbly head that didn't retain itself. Beer Looks flat with a small ring atop the snifter I used to poor the beer in. The beer has a raisin skin like color with slightly lighter accents. Looks flat, but mellow and relaxed.

S: Strong and in your face. Grape Kool-Aid, nail polish remover, vinegar, sour cherries, cinnamon, oak, and tart citrus fruit. The nail polish remover element makes me think of the beer as being negative, but the sour cherries and other elements make the smell more acceptable. It might just be the acidic nature of the beer that makes me associate it with nail polish remover (most likely the acetic acid). It's certainly a complex smell that I don't know quite how to judge, but find it more enjoyable as the beer opens up and slowly warms.

T: The taste is actually better than the smell, the barrel-aging is massive in this beer. Up front is sour and tart cherries, acetic acid, white grapes followed by sweet malt, malts, and a general overly acidic taste. I like how the sourness creeps up and slowly fades away. I do not like the acidic nature of this beer so much, but grading on style I imagine it's good, just makes me think of adding vinegar to a beer.

M: From an explosion upon opening it to medium carbonation with a medium body that does possess a smooth finish.

D: I am definitely new to the style, but can find appealing elements to it but can't get past the acrid acidity. I enjoy vinegar and a good balsamic reduction when I'm cooking but don't find it all that pleasant to drink. I really loved the barrel-aged elements of the beer that gave it the earthy/wood like taste. A good representation of the style I'm sure, the sour is pleasant too.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 11:24:46 | More by MPLS
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy tan head. Pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap and ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Tart funky vinous aroma with a nice oak/wood character and lots of dark fruit notes, especially dark cherries. Slightly vinegary with a nice blend of earthy oak, dark fruit and funky tart notes.

Tart and vinous with a very prominent dark fruit presence. Hints of plum, raisin and dark cherry with a dry lactic tart sour flavor. Nice earthy oak and subtle vanilla balance out the tart and sweet notes perfectly. While this beer is pretty funky it is very well balanced and the 8.5% ABV is excellently masked. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 22:40:36 | More by corby112
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle brewed 10/10/06. Pours hazy maroon-brown with a small but persistent tan head. Smells quite sour, with both lactic and acetic notes. Very woody and slightly vinous, with some cherry esters. Direct, sour taste that is almost completely lactic with only a hint of vinegar--a pleasant surprise in an Oud Bruin. Again., oakey and tannic. Mineral character. Medium body that really coats. Warming finish, though no real alcohol taste. The best Oud Bruin I've had; ironic that it's Norwegian.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:00:53 | More by philipquarles
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Belgian glass.

L: Dark, thin head, cloudy, it's really dark and black--looks a bit like prune juice

S: Sour; balsamic vinegar; lemon and other citrus

T: Sour; rhubarb; a lot of Balsamic vinegar flavoring; also very lemony

F: quite carbonated but balanced and a bit creamy throughout mouth

D: a slow sipper; smooth but quite strong; this is quite drinkable or at least sippable for a sour

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 23:52:25 | More by dbossman
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BigBossMan

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark and thick, the color of prune juice with the consistancy of chocolate milk, nice lacing even though not much head

S - strong sour smell, almost like lemon juice or even lemon pledge

T - a SOUR! sour but with complex flavors of whiskey, cherry, lemon, rubarb and a hint of prune - great flavors!

M - very carbonated but creamy

D - fairly drinkable, smooth because of citrus but strong, a special occasion beer

Haandbakk is a complex and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:59:38 | More by BigBossMan
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largadeer

California

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 22:46:14 | More by largadeer
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botham

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a belgian glass. pours a chocolate brown with a single finger of tan head with decent retention and no lacings.

aroma is of vinous rhubarb and a light sour note with fruit notes of grape and a touch of apple right next to the sour note. mellow in the nose with a light tart-like note that fits right in.

taste is of vinous fruit with a subtle sour note that imparts a sharp sour note on the back end. very mellow with a lightly sour aura. excellent.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a vinous and sharp finish and a residual tartness. very soft and well put together on the palate.

drinkability is great. mellow, soft, and a sharp finish come together into a solid sour that creeps up on the palate. very drinkable and supremely drinkable. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 18:04:23 | More by botham
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very dark brown/amber color with a nice two finger head after a rather gentle pour. Head is light brown and very fluffy.

S - Light vinegar (a mix of red wine and balsamic) and strong sour notes. As the beer warms the oak becomes more noticeable as well. Dark fruits come through as well with a little fig and cherry.

T - Not as sour and mouth puckering as I expected but definitely still very sour. The sweetness provides an excellent balance without being overwhelming at all. I hint of spiciness mid drink. The oak provides a very light backing throughout the drink. Solid malty nuttiness as well. All in all, the flavors play off of each other remarkable well.

M/D - A touch light with very good carbonation. Leaves a slick feeling behind in the mouth. Drinkability was ridiculously high. 500ml down with no problem at all. Not as much vinegar as I have found in other Oud Bruins.

A remarkable beer in my opinion. Wish I had more than just one and I will certainly be looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 15:12:25 | More by ckeegan04
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel glass... been trying to find this one for a while then found it at 2 places in the past 2 days shame i only bought one

appearance: deep dark inky blood red, the only real red can be seen on the edges in faint hues... the darkest of this style i have ever seen. Head pillows up white and rich and foamy, clings to the top of the beer all the way down

Smell: smells of tart funk and subtle vanilla, a little bit of cherry and wood. Lots of fruit aroma but not really sweet...

Taste: Upfront it sort of stings the tounge with something akin to bitterness, almost like sticking a piece of wood in your mouth like at the doctor... THen there is the tart funk sour aspect, more dry then just sour a little bit of cherryberry. THis beer tastes like wood, it has a bitter tannic finish that is akin to a burgundy that had tannins

Overall: One of the most unique and intriguing beers on the planet, Third brew ive had from them and they have all been unique and enjoyable at the least and fantastic at best. If you can find this buy it impulsively

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 06:17:08 | More by YankChef
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Brewed 10.10.06, best before 30.04.11. Batch 49. The body was dark brown-red leather and clear of sediment. The rich tan head left a fine creamy cap throughout.

Smell was sour, sweet, woody, floral, honeysuckle. There was lots going on in this one. Light alcohol presence as it warmed. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste was rich brandy-like flavors. Cherries. Oak. popsicle stick. Long aftertaste of wood and sour fruit. This beer is aged in sherry and rhubarb wine casks/barrels and it shows, those tastes were evident. Drying. Smells were reflected in the taste as well. A very interesting brew.

Mouthfeel was zippy and puckering.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 14:01:13 | More by Cresant
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rtepiak

Poland

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an excellent range for a sour beer with a very hidden but broadening abv that provides for some intriguing esters. pour is of a reddish brown with some murk and a somewhat weaker head... but that is explanatory in the amount of tart that is present in the beer. cherry as expected in the nose. the palate gives a wonderful array of different thing though. cherry, lilac, balsamic woody that expressed other wonderful deep fruit, such as grape, blackberry, black currant, and plum. there is a woody quality that is both of a barrel and of a earthy quality. like that of seeds chewed in black berries and mineral sour of plum skin. has a twist to it that give it that balsamic quality but doesn't have a staleness of tart like a duchess for example. you could drink this only or with food. although for the sake of its span i would do a little bit of both.

i would have with rabbit... in a red wine balsamic redox with beets but thats just me dreaming.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 07:54:41 | More by rtepiak
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cjgator3

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle
Brewed 10.10.06

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head. 

S- The aroma is very sour and acidic with a lot of oak and cherries. I love aromas with huge complexities like this one.

T- The taste like the aroma is sour with oak, leather and vinegar. It is also very acidic like the aroma. This is top notch stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very tasty beer. The acidity makes it a sipper but this one is welcome in my fridge anytime. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 04:25:07 | More by cjgator3
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, Batch 49, Brewed Oct 10, 2006. Best by date of April 30, 2011. Wow! What a fantastic beer. I love the all the nuances here and the deft use of oak. Pours a slightly murky brown with a fair head of very tight bubbles. Very nice combo of tannic oak and sour fruit in the nose. The bottle says it was aged in oak barrels previously used for Sherry and Rhubarb wine. You can definitely pick up some Sherry notes, and the use of oak that still carries some Rhubarb is brilliant- the vegetal sourness of the Rhubarb marries beautifully with the sourness of the beer and the tannins from the barrel. The taste is even more complex and intense. Starts out fairly soft and lightly sour, and then the tannins from the oak build into a spicy, woody, crescendo followed by a blast of Rhubarb, some acetic notes, and late barnyard laced with more wood tang. Just superb. The mouthfeel is quite oaky, but softer than you might think with the oak and the sourness in balance and a touch of creaminess to offset the woody blast. As intense as this beer is, I found the flavors so well developed, if not subtle, that I could keep on drinking this for a while. The 8.5% abv is extremely well hidden as well. Extremely well done this one, no shortcuts here. 3 years of aging in barrels with character shows through beautifully. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 23:04:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, batch 49. Picked up at Capones in Philly a while back.

Pours a very cloudy brown, some reddish tint to it, thin tan head forms and quickly drops to a thin ring, no lacing on the glass but that's expected. Smell is great, very intensely sour, cherries, sugar and bready sweetness in the middle, oak, very acidic, lemons and orange, berries, earthy, crazy intense. Taste is just as good, sour cherries up front, very tart, nice malty middle, rhubarb, lemon acidity, fruit, oak, very earthy and woody, cherry pit bitterness, very sour finish, awesome. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carhonation, crazy good Oud Bruin. One of the better examples of the style I've had, this was great.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:03:30 | More by Viggo
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.