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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 99
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JustinA1 brought this back from K&L up in Redwood City. Thanks dude!

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: A very dark brown body shines earthy red around the edges. An off-white, bubbly crown sits on top. Looks rich!

Smell: Maple syrup, brown sugar, cherry lemonade, and lactic acid-like sourness. Mouth-watering!

Taste: Lots of sourness right off the bat. A bit vinegary, but still very nice. Red currants play a large role, as does cherry lemonade. Gets a lot smoother toward the end of the session, which is nice (though I really enjoyed the big-time tartness).

Mouthfeel: Moderately, but softly, carbonated. Light-bodied, dry, and very tart. Slightly warm. Kinda oily. Exactly what you'd expect from a sour.

Drinkability: A solid sour all the way through. I loved this beer! Can't wait to get my hands on another!

Photo of Nesued
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 49, obtained as an extra in a trade.

Appearance - Cherry red in color, lively head with large bubbles formed on the pour. Resolution to a ring with slight mid-zone cover. No lacing. Slight haze.

Smell - Refreshing nose, the aroma carries across my table. Tart cherries, sweet nose. Very bright and quite a statement! Hard to "smell through" to find anything more to this offering.

Taste - Wow, what a tart acetic slap in the face! To those who like that hop-induced lip pucker, they ain't got nothin' on a Oud Bruin. Some tart apple, cherry and woody varieties as well. Actually expands as it warms. Picking up some subtle malty finishing flavors and a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation leads the flavors around the mouth. Great dry finish. To say "smooth" for something with such a tart character really says something.

Drinkability - 8.5% is well-hidden. This is a very nice Oud bruin and a very enjoyable sipper. An outstanding example of the style. Not for the faint of heart!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/10/06.

A-Mahogany body that is so foggy it is nearly opaque. Pours with a 1-2 finger rust colored head that has great retention and some lacing left in the glass.

S- Oak, cherry pits, and vinegar come through the most with a slight lactic sourness in the background.

T- The main character in the flavor is oak and lots of it, there is also a hint of phenols throughout the flavor. A hint of dark fruits come through for the finish as well as a big alcohol heat. What lingers is a minimal amount of lactic sourness and an alcohol heat.

M- Medium weight body and a creamy mouthfeel. Body is very creamy but some alcohol astringency prevents it from being totally smooth.

D-This is a decent flanders red overall. The sourness has perhaps faded a bit but this is a great example of an oak aged sour. What is clear about this brew is that it has a higher ABV-which is blatant in the flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle split with my gal.

A- pour a deep mahogany with a slight red hue. A nice two fingers of tan fluffy head builds then quickly vanishes completely.

S- huge oak and apple cider vinegar. Some cherries and a bit of funk. Mild back round tobacco and musty leather.

T- oh boy this is as good as the first time, every time. Up front lots of funky oak barrel and a smooth sour hit. Sweet and sour with a cherry gastric and bit of brown sugar. Tart finish.

M- perfect medium body and carb. Great pucker and smooth linger. Super dry, its makes you want more and more.

D- awesome if this wasn't 12 bucks a bottle or I lived in norway I'd be drinking this day and night or up there sometimes just one or the other. 8.5 abv is unfelt. Baller shit for sure.

Photo of ATPete
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

capped 500ml bottle
2008 vintage

Pours a murkey reddish brown color with a small and lasting brownish head. Very acidic in the nose, sour black cherry tartness and wood, lots of wood. A very oaky flavor as well, vinous dark fruits and very acidic, notes of coffee and smokey chocolate malt beneath the sourness. Full bodied, well carbonated for the style, but a bit hard to drink though.

Photo of oakbluff
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared via fisherman34- pours a muddy brown , not much for head. Nose- big blast of vinegar, dark cherries and some wood. Taste- much more subtle vinegar/acidity in the actual taste, wood brings a nice balance to the sour. Some cherry flavour and malt sweetness. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. tasty stuff

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brownish copper in color with a lot of haze and red edges. Tan head, pretty tight and creamy

S-vinegar and light notes of lacquer thinner up front. Big notes of vanilla come in behind with some sour cherry, light in the back.

T-the nail polish/lacquer thinner is up front mixed with vinegar. Oak takes over and has a stronghold throughout. The back is acidic with light hints of dark fruits and sourness.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate with a good medium body and high carbonation giving it a sharp crisp bite and a dry finish

D-this is a little hot and the alcohol seems to show a little more than I would prefer. The boddy is solid but sits in the stomach.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by schen9303. March 2008 vintage with a best before date of 2011. Poured into a Lindemann's flute.

A: Gentle pour so as not to disturb the sediment yields a nice 2.5 finger off-white fine head that's rough around the edges. Retention is decent but not overwhelming. Beer is a cloudy reddish brown. Lacing is stringy and sticky though sparse in areas.

S: Sour cherries and prunes and over-ripe strawberries are the fruits behind the overwhelming vinegar presence. Also very strong and aggressive booziness lets me know exactly what I'm getting into. Gentle oak rounds out the aroma's, peaking towards the end.

T: Sour cherries and vinegar at the start with the vinegar never really going away. A bit strong for my tastes here as this covers the much more subtle red fruit notes such as the strawberries and prunes that are barely noticeable. Oak barrel aging makes its presence felt, smoothing out the flavors. Finish here is overly messy and just keep souring and souring. Aftertaste is actually more sour than the beer itself, making me pucker long after the beer is gone from my palate.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth in the mouth, but tingly and vibrant going down. Finish again, is overly messy to the point where it eclipses the rest of the experience.

D: I can see why this is a highly regarded brew and while it may not be for me, I have to give credit where credit is due. Strong and upfront with massive unapologetic flavors, this is no doubt a bold beer. Feel is amazing and helps to meld the outherwise out of control sourness. Highly recommended if you like sours but remember this may be unlike any other you've had.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BigDank for this bottle. Poured from a 500mL bottle dated 5/8/2008 into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Dark ruby color with big bubble carbonation surrounding pretty swirls in the beer.

S: Wow! Strong scents of black cherry, blueberry, and sweet red wine.

T: Sour cherries up front meld with the flavors from the sherry barrels to give the beer a woody aftertaste. Perhaps the rhubarb provides the tartness here. It's a little acidic and a little oxidized as well.

M: The carbonation fits well with the style. I thought the lighter body worked with the higher amount of carbonation - which would also suit this beer for aging.

D: With the major aspects of this beer being sour, sticky, sweet, and slightly acidic, this size bottle is proper.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this again (not sure what vintage the first one I had was). It's nice to see what this beer is like as it warms to room temp. too - the first time I had it was in the negatives outside!

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1/28/2010

Pours blood red, with a thin tan head. Looks pretty normal for an Oud Bruin. A little clearer than I expected, but, looks alright. The smell has old strawberries, which I've come to know in wild bacteria, but isn't exactly my favorite smell in these, with eggs and vinegar, not quite as vinegary as some in the class. Again, doesn't stand out, isn't particularly bad, and it has the right kind of characteristics, but not my favorite. The taste has oranges, the acidic, very citric part, with a slight bready toastiness, which is slightly unexpected, and nice. It's still very sour, very acidic, but not very tart - if that makes sense, maybe not enough sweetness. The old strawberries come back, which remind me of old food, old fruit, a bit of old cherries. And surprisingly, I can taste a bit of wood. I expected a little more of that pleasant tartness, like young/ripe cherries and strawberries (this tastes overripe, to reiterate), blended with a pleasant sweetness. This kind of works towards what I want, then kind of falls short in taste. Finishes very acidic, it's actually hard to tell whether it's sweet or dry, and that may be the main problem. The body is nice, medium-full, fuller than I expected, moderate carbonation, pleasant for the style. Overall, it's decent, I would maybe have it again, definitely wouldn't pay for it. It's not the most impressive, which means that if I were going to this style, I would probably go to something new, or something else that I like better. I think it may have been a little young, or could've used some blending with an older version.

Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at the Hop City in Atlanta, GA. Dave convinced me that this beer is a must and I was glad to see fresh cases of this being newly opened on the display floor. This is a 2008 bottle that is served up in a snifter.

A: This came out a pretty dark brown. I was expecting more of a red color but this is brown. Red hues only come out when held to the light, but they are faint. THis beer is BROWN. The pour got me little in the way of head, its more like a bubbly mass. Off white in color, a thin ring of bubbles rests on the body. A very little amount sticks to the glass. The body is dark but appears to be clear.

S: Big ole blast of vinegar hits me first. Its sour and tart at the same time. Has a bit of an alcohol presence that is mixing with a wood aroma as well, kinda smells like a varnish but in a good way. Has a bit of a fruity wine aroma as well on the back end of all that vinegar. THe aroma is pleasantly powerful if that makes sense.

T: This beer is a curveball. All that big vinegar presence is incredibly muted in the flavor. Matter of fact, this entire beer is incredibly subtle in flavor. Light notes of sour and funk start things off. A beautiful wet wood presence, oak maybe. Then then there is a light and sour fruit presence. Possibly cranberry and cherry notes. Vinegar brings an incredibly light tartness on the back end. I would not have expected this at all from the nose.

M: This a medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation. This beer is nicely dry like a good red wine. Its not too dry, just wonderfully dry. ABV is the faintest of warmth on the throat. nothign crazy. Tart and sour on the palate. Aftertaste is that light vinegar and some tart cranberries.

D: This beer has everything. Its in your face in the nose, but subtle in the nose. It is sweet, tart, and sour all at the same time. It is one of the most pleasant beers I have had. Its not crazy and its not going to get marks for that, but it will get marks for complexity and subtlety. Its wicked to be honest. It really assaults the senses and I dig that. I can see why Dave is all about this beer. Good stuff and worth the price of admission.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After about six different attempts to correctly spell Haandbakk, I've finally arrived at the review page. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Bloody red pour. Not much to speak of in the head/lacing department.

I had always been told that the 06 bottling tasted identical to Consecration, which obviously piqued my interest, as Consecration was my first sour, and I remain a big fan. Well, this bottle comes from the 08 batch, and it's essentially a more intense version of Consecration. In some aspects, that's amazing. In some, it's not.

The aroma is very acidic. Sour, sour cherries, currants vinegar, oak, and even some chocolate, which blew my mind a bit.

I hate to use the term "intense" too much, but that's exactly what Haandbakk is. Loads of sweetness, loads of sour, and some funk. A bit of a metallic tinge to the bone dry finish. This beer tasted like Consecration on steroids.

Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Nice creamy texture, despite the soda-like carbonation, which I enjoyed. Very, very dry finish. Really tasty, and surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of shortysdude285
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Chambic
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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...

Photo of coldmeat23
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of jwinship83
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of MPLS
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.