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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 47 | 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 peabody
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

peabody, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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!!

karst, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of goRideYourBike
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

goRideYourBike, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of DuckducKgueuze
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

DuckducKgueuze, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Gueuzedude, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

Batch 49
Brewed 10.10.06
Best bef. 30.04.11

A: Pours an incredible looking deep dark ruby/black-cherry color covered by a two-finger, creamy, khaki-colored head that has surprising retention. Lazy streams of carbonation feed the thick layer of skim that is left after the head finally recedes.

S: Delicious aromas of spicy black cherry, oak, tangy green apple, vanilla, mild vinegar, raspberry, and other various tart berries. So good.

T: See above. An incredible cavalcade of different fruit flavors and spices. The mild vinegar recedes further into the background as it comes up to temp.

M: Awesome semi-sweet/semi-sour fruity spiciness. An excellent mix of sweet, spicy, sour, juicy, tangy, and dry. Dry, spicy, fruity, and sour finish lasts forever.

D: Whoo boy! What a beer. Almost like what a more tangy and sour version of New Glarus Raspberry Tart would taste like. I'm in awe!

GbVDave, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Irrigate
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 49 - Brewed 10.10.06

Pours a dark red/brown with .5" head.

I didn't realize I had bought a lambic until I took my first smell, and it was obvious. (I should pay more attention to labels). Luckily I love lambics. The nose was acidic and sour, with hints of cherry and underpinnings of the oak barrel. Very enticing.

The taste is immediately sour, then turns fruity (cherry, apricot, grape), and finishes like one my favorite beers - Duchesse. The oak barrel aging is obvious in the finish.

Lambics are acidic, and if I found a lambic I could drink all day I probably wouldn't like it. After one of these 500ml beers, I don't want any more. But I still think it's wonderful. I'll have another tomorrow, please.

Irrigate, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Haandbakk Batch #49
Brewed 10.10.06
BB: 30.04.11

Served in a Girardin tumbler at 52º. Darkish until held to the light, revealing a slightly opaque, murky cherry red tinge to the brown liquid. Tan foam crackles on the surface, slowly receding to a ring.

Light acetic tartness in the nose, rounded out by cherry pits, crunchy fall leaves, trace brown sugar, and vanilla oak barrel aroma.

Puckery and zippy, tangy tartness verging on sour. Plenty going on with this one, far from one dimensional. Succulent sour cherry, acetic touches, wet stone, soft and dry oak notes in the finish, almost as if the sourness just a moment before never happened. Well carbonated but soft and refined at the same time.

In the realm of La Folie, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Cuvee de Tomme. Definitely follows the Flemish sour ale tradition, and from Norway of all places. Skål!

emerge077, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy dark red color with a smallish head.

The aroma and flavor immediately remind me of a Flanders Red. This beer is similar to Rodenbach Classic and Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Cider Vinegar, green apples, raspberries, cranberry, sour grapes, cherry coke, alcohol, and a bit of funky yeast are what I'm picking up in the taste.

The mouthfeel has a light syrupy quality to it and is at the lower end of the carbonation scale.

Overall, this is very good beer. One of my favorites thus far of this style.

jakon, Oct 30, 2008
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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
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