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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 yeastsipper
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

Photo of abfraser
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at CBS in SF. Says Batch 49 and brewed on 10.10.06, so this thing has a couple of years on it. Bottle calls it a Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.

A: Pours a dark mahogany red. Not much of a head, but you can tell there's carbonation there. A small beige cap rests on the top after sitting for a bit.

S: Tart green apples, sour cherries, mellow woodiness. This smells very similar to Rodenbach to me. Very classic Flanders style nose.

T/M: Very tasty. Big sour/tartness, although not overpowering at all. More sour cherry like flavors. Some lemon zest. It's got a nice oak overtone. Soft caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied with a nice dry finish. Good carbonation leaves it refreshing, like any good Flanders Red.

D: Extremely drinkable. Would have guessed the alcohol was half what it is.

A very pleasant surprise. Excellent stuff. This rivals any very good Flanders Red I've had. I'll be buying more.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I really like this beer. Good stuff.

Batch 49.

Poured part of a 500ml bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - This beer couldn't look any better. It pours a hazy translucent, nearly opaque, garnet red. It produced a 2 finger cream colored, fine textured, head that never goes away - it only dissipates to a half finger, and then stays there throughout the drinking experience. Light lacing is left behind the further along into the beer I drink. Light is shines through around the perimeter of the glass, but doesn't penetrate the center of the brew.

Smell - The smell is interesting. Oak definitely shines through here - wood and vanilla. I can tell that the beer was aged in oak barrels that was used to make sherry - the sherry comes through a bit. Wild yeast makes its presence known - sour and funk come out, especially as the brew warms. Hints fruit shine from the back of the scent - cherry and sour grapes.

Taste - The flavor is fantastic. Really complex here - the way the flavors intermingle. Sour green apple skins, sour cherry and grapes are the primary fruit flavors, melding with oaky, woody vanilla and sherry. There is light sweetness almost like a mix of the sweetness that you would get from apple juice and caramel. There is a dryness that is present in the flavor that I attribute to oak and Brett. There is a light tartness, from another wild yeast that isn't Brett.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, crisp, and dry - in that order. As it initially rolls over the tongue it is smooth and creamy, and as the flavor settles in, it becomes bright and tart, and finishes lightly dry from the oak and wild yeast. Medium bodied and lightly sticky.

Drinkability - I could drink this all the time, the flavor is awesome. The only place I fault this beer is consistency. Everytime I have this brew, it always tastes slightly different. I figure this is brew is done in small batches using multiple barrels, and each of those barrels have their own character, but this beer is all over the place. Some bottles - all from the same batch - have been more sweet and fruity, more sour, or more oaky. Overall, very tasty.

Photo of optiontwo
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues and sediment in the bottom of the glass. Half inch frothy tan head with pretty good retention. Large blob lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sour cherries, funky yeast, and astringent ammonia like aromas mix together in the first whiff. Behind the strong ammonia is oak and wood scents and some sweetness hiding in there. Smells intense.

Taste: The sourness of this beer is very nice, I'm not sure what the oak-aging does to affect it (as in whether it makes it more or less sour) but I find it to be the perfect amount. The first thing I taste is the sour cherries presented first in the aroma, then there is a bubble gum flavor that follows it. After that interesting combo there is some oak taste, tobacco, and some bitter apple. Finishes like a dry red wine and the sourness definitely makes your mouth water, and yearn for another sip.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely a sour that will make your mouth pucker a little bit, nothing insane, but still quite sour. Good carbonation, nice dry finish, and mouth watering.

Drinkability: For me, sours are an occasional thing. So I doubt I'd want any more than this but that aside this one is surprisingly drinkable.

Overall: Although their darkforce imperial wheat stout is my favorite offering this may take second place. It is a very interesting sour and I really enjoy what the oak-aging does for it. It's a little spendy but definitely worth it, my only regret is not sharing this with anyone.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with gorgeous red highlights. Thick lacing clings tightly to the glass. Smells of green apples, sour cherries, and juicy natural funk make for an amazing nose. First sip is puckering tart. The green apples and sour cherries combine with the wild yeast to create an incredible taste. Sherry and oak flavors support this beer and enhance the flavor. As it warms the sourness increases. The mouthfeel really stands out as the beer treats my tongue like a dance floor. I'm guessing this is bottled conditioned. I am grateful Norway's beer is better than her politics. Haandbakk is among my favorite sour ales.

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ATLBeerdog at the BSP.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a small tan head that dissipated slowly and left very good lacing.

The aroma is mostly tart, acidic fruits, cherries especially with a healthy dose of barnyard funk and vinegar thrown in.

The taste is actually a little more balanced. There is the acidic fruit and vinegar funk, but the fruit definitely has a sweeter character in the taste. Maybe even some brown sugar before the finish comes back dry and sour with lots of wood.

The mouthfeel is dry and woody, very wine-like, with a decent amount of carbonation.

The balance of the sweetness in the taste makes this one more drinkable than many of the lambics I've tasted. Tasty.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of ATLBeerdog - much obliged!

Pours a murky brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and green apples, with hints of vanilla and a certain funky earthiness that reminds me of wet leaves, but in a good way.

Tastes great. Not quite as tart as the smell led me to believe, but I still puckered up a bit on the first sip. More cherries and berries than apples that give way to an oaky mellowness that rounds out the end of the sip. The sourness doesn't stick around for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation that makes it go down smoothly. More body than I was expecting.

Drinkability is good. This is a very seamless sour that does everything right. Tart, but not too tart, mellow, but not too mellow, etc.

Overall I thought this was more along the lines of an Oud Bruin than anything, and a good one it was. Pick this one up if you see it around, and thanks again to ATLBeerdog for sharing this.

Photo of errantnight
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes over the Xmas holidays...

Pours a ruddy slightly ruby brown, very dark for an oud bruin or flanders red (this falls somewhere between the two). Tan head, just a whisp of it, dissipates down to basically nothing, but that seems to be pretty expected in these kinds of beers.

Aroma is very horsey and heady, alcohols and roasted grain notes, a bit of sharp acidic fruit.

Taste is wonderfully rich and complex... a Rodenbach dialed up a notch, a bit richer and fuller with a cherry-ish tang. Cleanly sour, but with a nice moderate roast body. Sweetness comes through as fruity, not as caramel.

Body fits the ABV nicely, it's a bit chewy to remind you its there, and that with a forcible tang dial back the drinkability to just where it should be. This isn't a refresher beer... but a headier one, meant to be sipped and savored.

Awesome.

Photo of nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on a opaque, dark brown body. The head doesn't stick around too long, and the lace is minimal.

S - Sweet and sour, pungent and spicy. Acetic acid, black cherries, and subtle woodiness.

T - Puckering sourness, quickly tempered by fruity malt. A strong toasted oak note appears in the middle along with mild roasted malt flavors. The oak lingers into the finish and remains even as the sourness fades away.

M - High carbonation, medium-thick body, and a very dry finish.

D - Spectacularly drinkable. I am quite partial to flemmish sour beers and this is one of the best that I have ever had. The sour, spicy aroma is spot on and the flavor is complex and satisfying in a way that makes me truly sorry I did not get another bottle of this when I had the chance.

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

Batch 49. Brewed 10/10/06. Without a doubt, this is exceptional beer that has been brewed with the utmost care and skill. It is also seems like a fairly unique flavor even among sours, not that I've been lucky enough to have sampled too many. The beer tastes strongly of oak and is very tart. The tartness is sour cherry with a vinous character. I had a small glass of champagne earlier, and the flavor of this beer is closer to that than to a lot of other beers. You can just really taste the oak barrel, and that oak makes things quite dry. The pucker is much more complex than I'm used to. I imagine the beer would age incredibly well. The alcohol isn't felt in the least behind the enormous tart flavor. It's definitely a sipping beer. I have no idea what it could possibly be paired with, food-wise. I can barely taste anything but the beer after that pucker. It could be good as an ingredient in a dish rather than a pairing. It's an expensive beer, but it's good enough to justify the price. I mean I'm not going to go out and buy a case, but I definitely want to try as many different beers from this brewery as possible and it would be a great gift to any fan of sours.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, light sour fruits and tartness. Flavor of sweet tart candies and some oak. Quite nice and tasty.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
(3.7/5)

Photo of orsulacp
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle said this was batch 49, brewed on 10.10.06 and best by 30.04.11. It poured a dark brown with purple highlights and a small tan head that quickly turned into a ring. The nose has plums, a load of sour cherry, and I think there is some vanilla. The taste has a nice tartness without being puckering, there is a lactic twinge had a sweetness hidden in between the cherry tart start and finish. The finish is real dry with a hint of lingering cherry. Overall very tasty.

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

A: Pours an opaque hazelnut brown with a nice creamy eggnog colored head that leaves horizontal lacing legs that seep down like melted candle.

S: Initial aromas of pungent tart cherry, red wine, lactic sourness, and the inside of a damp oak barrel that may have one time held wine.

T: A palatable tangy sourness floods the mouth, though not puckering so. The sourness is on the acidic/lactic end. Hints of sour cherries, wine flavor and lots of acidity from the oak barrel. There's a tad of caramel. Very much like the flanders red style.

M: Smooth, mild carbonation. Finish is on the dry bitter end.

D: Really reminiscent of a flanders and the alcohol is masked perfectly. A really refreshing brew, though you'd likely only want to share one of these due to the acidity.

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

500 ml bottle purchased from capones. Haandbaak was recommended by oglmcdgl, thanks buddy. Poured into a chimay glass.

A- Haandbaak pours a very dark ruby brown color but when held to light there is a reddish tint to it. Haandbaak posesses a nice beige head with medium thickness which lasts throughout the drink, leaving spots of thin lace on the glass.

S- Immediatly after smelling this i was reminded of a mix of rodenbach GC with the sweetness of duchess. There is a tart aroma with a backdrop of an oak barrel. A little bit of cherries come through while some vinegar notes are noticed. This certainly doesen't smell like a lambic.

T- Ymmmm, i like this! Haandbaak starts out with a nice amount of tartness followed by the vinegar notes and then a nice punch of oak. Not as sour as expected which is a good thing. I get a bit of vinious flavors probably coming from the oak barrel. Some fruits such as apples and grapes show themselves.

M- The mix of sweet and slight sour in this beer leaves for a great mouthfeel. a nice medium body and amount of carbonation make haandbaak a true winner. It finishes dry and leaves me wanting more after the 500ml are up.

D- Very drinkable. The 8.5% is a tad high but i would have no problem drinking two bottles in a sitting. This brew does not get boring and i will be seeking it out in the future. Not sure if i would classify it as a unblended lambic, but what do i know.

Photo of mdm46410
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (Batch 49, Brewed 10.10.06) and served in a tulip. This beer poured a dark mahogany hue with a two-finger thick head of tan foam that lingered for a bit. Some slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer included cherry pits, wet oak, fermented fruits, cider vinegar, and also a touch of alcohol. The flavor consisted of caramel, rasins, sour cherries, and oak. While moderately sweet, there is a nice sourness that helps even things out. Slightly puckering. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had light carbonation. This is some fantastic stuff!

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

500ml bottle received from the very generous goRideYourBike. Mike, you're the man! Thanks for hooking me up with a beer I've been looking for for a while. Decanted at cellar temp into my Duvel tulip

A: Pours a deep reddish brown, dark enough so that I can't see through the glass. With carmine highlights and a dense, bubbly brown head, this looks pretty. Add to that the fact that head retention is excellent and you have one great looking beer. *Edit: And hour later, there's still a disk capping this beer. Awesome.

S: Vinegary and cidery with a lot of red wine character, this is almost like a Flanders red. Deep, rich vinous notes with a mild fruity note in the back with some plums. Mildly musty and mild acidity. Oak is present as well with the smell of an old, dead barrel. Good stuff. The fruity smells are not surprising given the brew's history with sherry and wine barrels

T: Wow. On the palate, this opens up with a good bit of tartness with a hint of vinegar, red wine fruit (plums, berries). Vinegar flavor is more along the lines of apple cider vinegar. There's a fair bit of acidity as well, with a sharp lime rind-like character. In some ways, this beer reminds me of the Ommegang Rouge minus the sweetness. The finish is dry, tart, mildly tannic and rather refreshing.

M: Fairly light in body with wonderful carbonation that runs riot on my palate, this beer is great. The dry finish leaves me salivating for more

D: At 8.5%, I could pound a couple of these and get into trouble with my girlfriend.

**Edit 30 April 2012**
I haven't had this in a couple of years. This is my last bottle of batch 49, brewed the 10th of October 2006, best by 30th April 2011.

It's funny, I'd forgotten this was aged in rhubarb wine casks. The first thing that popped to my mind was a rhubarb tart! Moderately acetic with plenty of fruit, some red wine, a little bit of sherry, and a rather rotten meat-like character I've found in some Flemish reds. I don't typically care for this character, but in this minimal amount, it is compelling and enjoyable. The palate is a lot sourer than I'd like, with a clean red wine vinegar character, almost enough to clean the sinuses. The problem with some of these overly acetic beers is that a little bit of oxidation makes them feel flabby on the palate, as well as a little soapy. Sherry and rhubarb are noticeable, especially on the mid-palate. Drying, acetic on the finish with some strong lactic character as well, this beer is moderately carbonated. Too acetic for my palate, I wish I'd drunk this a while back. 4.5/4/3/3/3.5

Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

½ liter bottle (Batch #49, brewed 10.10.06) poured into my Delirium snifter, Haandbakk
is a very dark, ruddy chestnut with a dark, very fizzy tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is very tasty, apple-cider vinegar heavy oud-bruin, but more cider then vinegar.

Taste is strong and full, a nice funkiness, definitely acetic but not to slimy, tannic and earthy as well, not much fruit, but semi-sweet. Rustic and authentic, I really dig it, and will save my next one for a steak.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with a spicy, boozy finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, it's tasty and goes down easily. Still, it's on the sour, stronger side, and not something I can have probably more then a second bottle of in one sitting! Still, I'm glad I still have another, and wish more were available, even though it's not the best priced oud bruin out there.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006
Batch 49
Brewed 10/10/06
Best before 4/30/11

A - Murky brown with cherry, amber hues when held to the light and a thin tan head that quickly leaves a ring of lace around the edge. I am quite surprised the ring of lace lingers since I have not seen this in other wild beers.

S - Tart cherry (that becomes more rhubarb like as it warms), somewhat acidic, musty oak with slight vanilla tannin and other tart mixed berries. Hints of vinegar as it warms.

T - Quite tart and acidic. Grabs your tongue with a slight pinch on the first few samples and then mellows into a sour with some zip. Tart cherries with a nice blast of dry rhubarb (I only noticed it from years of my moms homemade rhubarb wine), some acidic vinegar and then mellows to tart berries with an extremely dry finish.

M - Medium body but highly carbonated giving it quite a zip on the tongue. Extremely dry finish.

D - More of a flemish red in my opinion but a nice, different, complex take of the style. I am really enjoying sour beers aged in wine barrels the more I try them. The next big trend in my opinion if it isn't already.

Note to self - take emerge077's advice and buy more than 1 bottle next time he recommends it.

Photo of peabody
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the look of a dark sour beer. Dark brown with one finger of suds. When you open this one up be careful, the suds will attack you.
First smell is like a plum and dark cherry mixed with oak from a whiskey barrel. Complex sourness and a sweet maltyness.
At first taste I get a glue flavor then the bitter blackness hits and the sour touches the tip of the tongue. Almost a coffeelike flavor the preceeds the sour then a sweet malt followed by the dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little oily and dry but for the most part it is a clean finish.
You can't tell the 8.5abv so this is a high drinkability brew.

Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with St. Louis Brews BJCP class at Schlaflys Tap Room last Sunday night. Easily the best of the sour examples that were served.

Complex fruity aromas combined with acetic tartness of style (Sour Ale vs straight Lambic). Lots of fun listening to the study group call out the aromatics (black cherry, vanilla, oak, and too many tart berries to list).

Flavor is just as complex and rewarding as aroma as the strong fruity esters, sour acids, malt notes and oak barrel flavors all play well together on the palate, giving an unforgettable lesson on mouthfeel.

The higher 8.5% abv was not a factor with a 2-3 oz serving except for cooling the palate as I inhale thru my mouth to verify the stated alcohol. No harsh fusels here. I was a little surprised about the body (medium) but both body and carbonation add to the overall outstanding drinkability of Haandbaakk Vintage 2006 bottled 22 March 2008.

Add this to your want list!!

Photo of goRideYourBike
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 49
Vintage October.10.2006
Drinkage November.09.2008
Best before April.30.2011

into a tulip glass

...part of a huge haul Brusin Ales just received. Fresh off the dolly and not yet SKU'd, Jason pulled this from a box sitting on the store floor. "Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels"= yes please. "...oak barrels used for making sherry and rhubarb wine"= yes please.
Grab it when you see it. Grab two, or three, just leave some for me.
If I cannot enjoy Cuvee de Tomee I will happily drink Haandbakk.
Thank you, Hand Brewery. Soft pound to you.

Photo of DuckducKgueuze
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmm. . . . . did duchesse get married to the king of boon geuze??? i must brag that i am the first person in north carolina to sip on this sour, velvety goodness - well - he told me i was the first. it said "sour", i said "baby, please, i must have it. . . i love norway" so all i have to say is i love it on this indian summer november night.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 49, Brewed October 2006; Sampled November 2008
A reasonable pour easily produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is quite a bit darker than I was expecting with a deeply blackened, concentrated amber color. When held up to the light the beer shows a fairly clear, deep red / concentrated cranberry color. The aroma is nicely sour with a solid funkiness to it as well as well as a solid oak contribution. Sour notes of tamarind, red-wine vinegar and sour berry notes up front are offset by a spicy oak note towards the finish. I like that the sourness here is both acetic and lactic in character, there is also a nice funkiness to this beer with light notes of mustard, some acetone and a touch of mustiness. As my nose gets used to this some bright cherry notes start to become noticeable, the oak takes on a nutty note as well as accentuating a spiciness that make some nasal warming character (even a bit too hot at times) a bit more noticeable.

Tart and dry up front, though it seems to pick up a touch of sweetness that is just faintly noticeable towards the middle. This has a medium heft to it that is akin to a Flemish like sour; the light acetic notes also contribute to this. The oak character is a bit more mellow than the aroma would have suggested, still there is a nice light tannic character here, a touch of spicy oak, and perhaps even a touch of butterscotch. I like how the tartness here brings out flavors of red-wine vinegar, perhaps a touch of balsamic, some raspberry touches and some pale cherry notes. This has a nice malty backbone that contributes a solid caramel note, a nice nutty note (almost sherry leaning at times) and a solid, soft toasted grain character.

This is a nice example of a Sour Brown; it captures the richness yet quaffability that is requisite of the style. Definitely quite tasty!

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