Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet
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3.25/5 rDev -21.9%
Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.
Pours a brown-tinged, yet slightly plum opaque color with a modest amount of froth. Retention is very low, and the head fizzles out early on during consumption - however, the beer's viscosity and syrupy appearance does put it in line as a liqueur-like offering, which I find appealing. Leaves behind some slight grime and residue on the glass with each sip. Tons of floaties in this one, too - big chunks of sediment accumulate to the bottom of the glass in a very rustic manner. It's not the showiest Oude Bruin on the block, but it definitely has its place here in the category.
Smells quite rustic as well - however, with 2 years of age on this, I'm disappointed not only with the lack of oaky characteristics, but also any notable sour flavors as opposed to other offerings we had that night. Notes of raisins, plums, and cassis come in, only followed by tobacco, leather, and slight vinegar-y phenols. The oak they used must be really, really old or used up, because there's barely any other barrel spices to be found here - maybe a hint of nuttiness, maybe some baking soda and clove, but otherwise morbidly subdued. The vinegar flavor does become more intense as this warms up, but so does the booziness, which sadly detracts from the gentle nuances.
The flavor is actually pretty mild compared to the aroma - and strangely on par with the basic bottle of Rodenbach that we had immediately prior to this one. Notes of raisins and dried plums came to my palate, only to be followed by notes of cherry-infused tobacco, slight earth, and a bit of vinegar and sourness from the oak's baking spices. The finish is not very complex, especially considering what this amounted to. Earthy and husky at the finish, with a slightly acrid toasted caramel grainy sensation. The booze is well hidden, but it quickly catches up with a slight acetone note at the back. There's an off diacetyl note that becomes present with each sip, and makes this physically demanding to drink. One of the tasters started saying, "This is too much!" Luckily our portions were done before it got any worse.
I suppose we all have to start somewhere, and if this is indeed Norway's first spontaneously barrel fermented beer in over 100 years (!), there's definitely room for the industry to improve. The rustic flavors are great, as well as the dark, dried fruit notes, but the oak, or at least the blending process within, needs to improve. Not terrible, but definitely one of the least memorable of the night.
10-11-2013 16:21:26 | More by magictacosinus
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Very excited to try this long-time want! Batch 343 - Total Bottles=2280. 500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours slightly darker than mahogany with a loose, off-white head that immediately disperses into a soapy swirl - no lacing on this one. Nose is quite characteristic of the style - cherry Sucrets, tannins and perhaps the faintest trace of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also some leather and tobacco notes in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a light, even carbonation. Additionally, the inherent acidity of this beer stimulates the sides of the cheeks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a solid example of the style. I really can't find any fault with this beer; however, there are other Flanders Oud Bruins that I feel are more nuanced.
09-04-2013 01:47:17 | More by Jwale73
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
A- dark brown-red, like cherry wood
S- Bretty and boozy, hint of grapes
T- quite complex; hits you pretty tart up front but quickly gives way to oak and a smoky finish. Delicious I you like your sours more sour than fruity.
M- thickish, essentially no carbonation. Feels like a vinegary wine.
O- awesome. Second only to Cuvée des Jacobins as far as sours I've tried.
09-03-2013 23:08:19 | More by recoveringmormon
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
Batch 343. 500ml bottle. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark dark brownish red color. No head, but a light tan coating and collar forms. Body is nearly opaque with only small amounts of light visible at the bottom of the glass. Some chunky yeast particles settle at the bottom of the glass as well
Smell: Sour red grape, dark fruit, oak, blackberries, balsamic vinegar, lactic, sour cherry. The red wine barrel aging is extremely evident in the aroma.
Taste: Nice sour punch right upfront. Red grape, dark berries, lots of oaky tannins, black cherry and a hint of caramelized sugar. Some chocolate, and roasted malt character come through in the finish and aftertaste. Sourness borders on high, but does not linger after the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium, almost full bodied. Carbonation on the higher end of low. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry.
Overall: Really good stuff. The wine barrel aging definitely adds lots of additional complexity to the beer and really helps to put it in the upper echelon of the style.
08-10-2013 04:37:24 | More by Jonada
3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle to tulip
A: Very dark ruby, almost black. Opaque. Poured slight head that quickly retreats to a close-to-none rim. No lacing.
S: Sour yeast – Bretts. Dry fruit like plums, cherries and mostly red grapes.
T: Sour. Cherries and red grapes. Slightly sweet, but not overpowering. Some taste comes through from the oak barrels, hints of wine.
M: Very low carbonation, almost non-existent. Smooth. Moderate body. Highly viscous, thick feel.
O: The taste and smell of this beer is outstanding but the thick fell with extremely low carbonation makes this is something to enjoy occasionally and in small amounts. This is great for after dinner.
08-05-2013 19:53:44 | More by macher0
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Dark opaque reddish brown. Smell and taste are very acidic. There is virtually no carbonation and that really hurts the overall experience. More carbonation would lighten the acidity and it would be about right. With the lack of carbonation it is a bit too much for me.
08-02-2013 23:29:31 | More by wd40
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.