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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 99
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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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 largadeer


3.95/5  rDev -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.

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

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

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!

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


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

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


4.7/5  rDev +13%

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

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


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

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


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

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


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

07-03-2009 20:03:30 | More by Viggo
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

another one that Viggo brought over. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. batch 49, brewed 10.10.06, best before 30.04.11. sampled july 1/09.

pours hazy brown wiht a thin layer of dense dark tan head. the head quickly retreats to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace on the way down.

aroma is good. malt vinegar. bit of cider vinegar. just a touch of solventy alcohols. lemon. orange peel. bit of sour cherry. white bread and cracker. bit of horse blanket and leather. raw oak and vanilla.

taste is great. malt and cider vinegar. lemon and other light citrus. light alcohol, but no trace of the solventy notes that i picked up in the aroma. lightly toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. grain. light leather and horse blanket funk. there's a little more depth here than i'm really capturing, but it's quite a good flanders brown.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium-light carbonation levle.

drinkability is good. excellent balance, showing almost no trace of its 8.5% ABV. sourness and acidity are not overpowering yet still contribute well overall. a great flanders brown

07-01-2009 21:55:51 | More by grub
Photo of goatxpower


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

bought a bottle at Star Grocery

A- Looks great. Pours dark brown, with a nice fluffy tan head.

S- smells incredible. Vanilla, Sherry, Oak, berries.

T- This is a world class sour. It's more tart then sour, really. Not very acidic/vinegar tasting. Vanilla, Oak, Blackberries, Cherries, Sherry, a little bit of stouty roasted malts. Very complex and tasty.

M- Has an almost stout-like mouthfeel to it. Thicker then most sours/bruins that I've had, it seems.

D- I'm not a HUGE sour fan, which costs the beer some points on that alone, but this is as good as any of the sours that I've had. Honestly, for the money, this is as good as Concecration or even Cuvee de Tomme. Just can't see me drinking it (or Concecration and Cuvee de Tomme for that matter) very often.

06-29-2009 22:32:36 | More by goatxpower
Photo of cvfish


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

A - This beer poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights that produced a good size tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a interesting quality to them, malts, brown sugar, berries, and yeast

T - The taste of this beer was incredible, very malty, brown sugar, rasberry, strawberry, vanilla, some sour citrusy taste, and a bit yeastiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is a highly addictive style, the Sour Ales are growing on me fast, and this one was great, only wish they were in high demand in this part of the country

06-28-2009 00:31:58 | More by cvfish
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Picked this up in St. Louis at the Wine & Cheese Place, although it seems to be back in stock in Chicago these days. Served in a champagne flute. Batch 49, brewed 10/10/06, best before 04/30/11.

A - Two and half fingers of tan foam that dissipates quickly to about a half-inch cap without any lacing. Opaque dark brown color, with some raisin highlights at the bottom.

S - Lovely mix of sweet and sour flavors - vinegar, sour apple, oak, rhubarb, funk, caramel & brown sugar malts. Excellent stuff!

T - The taste has more sour and tart qualities, and pushes the sweetness further to the background, although as it warms up the sweet caramel (almost real cane sugar cola flavor) comes out. Lovely balanced bretty funk that enhances the flavor of the sour fruits (particularly apple) and wood instead of overpowering it.

M - Lively carbonation with a bit of burn to it, dry finish, tons of pucker, but still some residual stickiness. Light body, but not overly watery. Right on for the style.

D - The alcohol is incredibly well hidden - I had a bigger problem with the 5.9% Brian Boru earlier today than I did with this one. The aftertaste has a lot of wood to it, but it never gets to be too much. The carbonation is lively, but not bloaty. Love the 500ml serving size too!

06-12-2009 04:12:08 | More by MasterSki
Photo of msubulldog25


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

16.9 oz/500 ml bottle, picked up following an epic tasting/sharing of sours last weekend; poured to a snifter. A 'Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels' (not sure that necessarily equates to 'Flanders Oud Bruin', but let's roll with it); Batch 49, brewed 10.10.06, best bef. 30.04.11.

A: Deep leathery brown, glows orange and ruby when held to light. Very hazy, only the tiny bubble streams hugging the glass edges are visible. Good head, maybe a half-finger of fizzing tan suds, clinging in seconds as a dense ring and swirling in vortex-like film patterns. Lace in coating, gracefully falling sheets.

S: Robust aroma of stinging malt vinegar and charred oak, crisp apples, a little apricot/cherry tartness. Strong when chilled, only improves as it warms.

T: Biting lactic sourness, a full pucker-inducing mouthful of squeezed lemon, tart green apple, vinegar, citrus rind bitterness. Earthy/woodsy notes develop as it lingers in the mouth, even some pepper-y herbs and floured dough. Really interesting beer, tons of intermingled flavors.

M: Terrific feel - crisp and zesty carbonation, bracing tartness that mellows and sweetens, alcohol warms. Cheek drawing and tongue curling qualities are present, but not punishing. Leaves a fine grainy coating.

D: An all-around excellent beer, among the best I've had of this or similar styles; HaandBryggeriet has one to be proud of with Haandbakk. High strength prevents this from the drinkability it might have were it in the 6% ballpark, but it's still so enjoyable...just requires more time (or sipping partners) to consume. Definitely recommended! (Great beer to bring along, Bryce!)

05-23-2009 18:28:44 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Pullen


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

This is a tasty Flanders Old Bruin...

Appearance - Dark and murky with hues of burgundy

Smell - lactice tart aroma...sour cherries and ripe apples

Taste- Like the smell, sour cheeries ripe granny smith apples, but subdued and balanced by the oak. VERY tasty.

Mouthfeel - rather smooth..Carbonation balances the tartness.

Drinkability - YES!! I'm buying more!

Overall, this is a great beer. Good example of a flanders and a great introductory sour beer. I highly recommend it.

05-18-2009 00:39:02 | More by Pullen
Photo of jophish17


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

500mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice, $9 and change.

Aroma: not too strong, but a good bit of sour and funkiness comes out. Not the best nose, but not really bad either

Appearance: typical bruin: very dark brown with a slight amber hue, thin tan-colored head with little retention and no real lacing till it warms up

Taste: a big thumbs up. I've really been loving this style lately, and this one nails it. Great tart character - not too weak, not too strong. Vinegar, sour cherry and a bit of oak rounds it out.

Feel: proper carbonation and a nice malt body gives me a medium feel that is near perfect for the style

Drinkability: not as sour as many, yet still biting, this one is great to me in this category. Great blend of smooth maltiness and tartness. Alcohol doesn't come into play

I hope more of this makes it into GA. I don't think my bottles will last me very long.

05-17-2009 07:23:26 | More by jophish17
Photo of Dubbercody


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Batch 49, brewed 10.10.06. Best before 30.04.11.

Hand trade from johnmichaelsen..lugged from the Eastern US to the Pacific NW...excellent - and thank you!

Dark reddish brown with a little head that leaves slim to no head. Smells of tart sourness Flavor brings along a nicely balanced sour that does not smack your face off, but still brings that sour tweak. Drinks easily and a nice brew for any sour fan.

Excellent beer to pre-day pre-funk for a day of sours.

05-17-2009 01:27:32 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bottle into red wine glass. Batch 49, brewed 10/10/06. Drank around cellar temp, maybe a bit cooler.

Pours dark brown, hazy, with a beautiful, dense khaki head with amazing stickage. Great, solid sheets of lacing as I drink.

Nose is really nice - a vinegar sourness up front carries some amazing notes of cherry, red berries, and even some brown sugar sweetness underneath. Bit of oak. There's an earthy, fruity spiciness in the nose that is fantastic. Very complex.

Taste is beautiful. Vinegar tartness up front, quite acetic, but balanced by an amazing sweetness that picks up notes of brown sugar, a rich spice-bready quality in there too, cherries, red grapes, and some nice oak on the finish. Sourness never lets go, maintains its acetic, sharp quality, but also never fails to let the balancing rich sweetness shine through as well. Beautiful balance in this one.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, a bit dry. Body carries a bit more heft than expected with the richness. Nice lingering bite in the back of the throat from the sourness.

Really delicious beer. Quite drinkable, though the sharply acetic sourness hinders that a bit. Beautiful balance nonetheless.

This is a world-class Oud Bruin, my favorite that I've tried. As a sour, period, this one is a success. I would highly recommend to anyone who appreciates a nice sour or wild ale.

05-08-2009 18:32:50 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of amneziak


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance: The Haandbakk pours pretty dark. In fact, it's almost black with a very subtle warm red color when held up to a bright light. It pours into the glass with a decent sized light tan (with red hued) head that hangs around for a pretty good while. There is a really impressive amount of lacing that grips the sides of the glass nicely.

Smell: As this beer begins to warm it opens up about as nicely as any beer I've had. There's a very tart smell of cherries and sour granny smith apple that comes right at you. There are also some immediate aromas of red wine and sweet balsamic vinegar; the latter being a sort of typical flavor I get from dark sour ales. Somehow in the back of this one, too, is a nice bit of grape bubblegum.

Taste: The tartness hits you right away and carries with it a nice bouquet of tart cherries and granny smith apple. It is followed soon by the vinegar components and the oakiness of the barrels this beer is aged in. In many ways, this is what I had hoped the Avery Brabant would have tasted like. I should probably mention that the 8.5% ABV is just kicking my tail right now. Pretty unusual if you ask me.

Mouthfeel: Well, like most sour ales, Haandbakk just devours the tongue immediately. There is sourness, along with a very good balance of flavors that makes this a really enjoyable sour to drink. It reminds me a lot of the Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, but with a bit more funk on the backend.

Overall: Admittedly, I'm just starting to get into sour ales. I can say that I really enjoyed this one a lot - more than the Avery Brabant. The major comparison I have thus far is that it's very close to the Jolly Pumpkin La Roja I had a few weeks back. It's fairly easy to drink, but is probably more suitable for sharing. The next time I drink this one I'd definitely love to pair it with some good soft cheese.

03-29-2009 02:05:13 | More by amneziak
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

03-24-2009 22:51:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

500ml bottle $11 (damn!). Dark, dark color, black almost, maybe. Small tan ring of bubbles. It smells like wood, cherries, malts, hint of rubber cement, smells about on par for the style. It tastes like an oud bruin but very subtle. Slight bit of sour, slight bit of wood and and it seems a little harsh to my tongue. I am a sucker for sour beers at this point so I buckled and paid the high price tag, I should have bought a La Folie instead.

03-23-2009 01:14:51 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rye726


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A nice sour ale from HaandBryggeriet. Pours a redwood color with a thin tan head. The nose has tart fruits, sweet malts, oak and a subtle musty funk. Tatse is a nice balance of the sweet malts and tart fruity flavors. Could use more of a manure/famyard presence. Crisp body feels full on the palate and has an acidic finish. Good stuff.

03-19-2009 20:34:43 | More by rye726
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Deep, oaky brown with a nice little head. Great nose with tons of different flavors. First, and very obvious is the sweet, sweet funk. Lots of acidic fruit, lots of cherries and some ripe strawberries. Apples and grapes as well. Flavor is off the charts. Incredible balance. Upfront is a nice ripe fruitiness followed by a tartness. Perfect blend of fruitiness and tartness. Beer finishes very dry and almost a touch spicy.

This is a truly great beer. I am a huge fan of the style and this is one of the best I have had. Just blown away...

03-11-2009 05:46:54 | More by yeastsipper
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

03-08-2009 00:57:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of murrayswine


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a muddy dark amber in my chalice.

nose: much like a Flanders red, you get the tart fruit esters mixed with earth and a hint of oak/bark.

taste: Though I expected a bit more tart as the nose suggested this beer is much more layered and refined, the first thing I got with the tart was earth, and mineral, which gave it such a sense of place, much like a good Euro wine. The tart is a hint sweeter (cherry sweet) and ends with wood.

Mouthfeel: Acrid and effervescent like a good read, this one had a slightly limp texture. I expected more viscosity, I guess.

Drinkability: with it's masked alcohol (not tasted at all) this scores incredibly high with the drinkability, with it's only retraction being the lack of balance between the tart and the body.

03-02-2009 05:32:36 | More by murrayswine
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.