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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 99
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2013 00:33:31 | More by fultonj
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-17-2013 21:43:21 | More by MCImes
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-14-2013 02:56:25 | More by ystazi
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 16:21:26 | More by magictacosinus
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-01-2013 16:45:14 | More by francisweizen
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-30-2013 02:05:21 | More by anteater
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-13-2013 21:44:48 | More by mdaschaf
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-10-2013 14:48:05 | More by BigDaveLB
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:47:17 | More by Jwale73
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:08:19 | More by recoveringmormon
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

08-26-2013 16:58:09 | More by box_social
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2.5/5  rDev -40%

08-25-2013 19:42:51 | More by krl2112
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

08-11-2013 23:43:37 | More by acc88
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New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:37:24 | More by Jonada
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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 19:53:44 | More by macher0
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:29:31 | More by wd40
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-24-2013 16:38:56 | More by dcloeren
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-17-2013 16:23:00 | More by JAHMUR
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into Barrelworks Teku.

Pours dark brown much like a porter, with minimal to no head forming. Not the prettiest of beers.

Aroma is chewy malt, peat, oak, funk a là fantome, basement, prune, and burnt raisin. Different and not very oud bruin but with some similarities.

Taste is much the same notes as in the aroma plus a red wine characteristic. Smokey, funky, woodsy, burnt dark dry fruits, and a touch of coffee malt. Very unique and possibly funkier than the fresher bottle I had.

Mouthfeel on the lightest side of medium with low carbonation. I'd ask for more carb but it's really not a deal breaker with this beer. Drinks very much like a smoky wine.

Overall the year in the cellar has added some more funk and possibly elevated the peat and smoke character. Enjoying this quite a bit and it's unique in that it tastes foreign. No American renditions I've had carry these types of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 03:41:36 | More by MarcWP
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-09-2013 21:29:15 | More by cosmonick
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-04-2013 22:05:11 | More by jaxon53
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-03-2013 15:56:44 | More by drummermattie02
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle which says "Vintage 2009 bottled on 10 May 2010," poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep reddish-brown body under a finger of tan foam that settles quickly into a ring and leaves delicate lace. Just fine.

S: Sharp, nostril-tingling sourness is the dominant aroma, with both lactic and acetic acid prominently on display. Toasted oak, grape skin, sherry, and some citrus are also present. Deep and vibrant. Terrific.

T: Sour fruit up front, with a mixture of cherry, grape, and grapefruit. Toasted malt and vanilla oak show up midway through, with another wave of tartness closing things out cleanly. Faint booze on the aftertaste is the only demerit. Deliciously sour Oud Bruin.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of soft, fine carbonation. Lively enough to keep the acidity from being too tongue-ripping.

O: This, to me, has the perfect level of sourness - i.e., a LOT. The roof of my mouth is starting to get a little raw two-thirds of the way through the bottle, as if I'd just finished eating a pack of Warheads. Hell yeah.


Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:55:49 | More by woosterbill
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3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk

Batch: 343
Total Bottles: 2280

A- pour yields only some light fizz. Body is a deep purple grape juice type color. Some sediment on the bottom. 3

S- boysenberries, cherries, red wine, some acidity, slight funk. Very light nose even as it warmed. 3.5

T- very much like the smell with the funkiness more pronounced. Dark berries, red wine, funk. The tannins from the red wine barrel make it slightly tart and acidic and lend very well to this base beer. 4.25

M- major lack if carbonation. Medium body. Not too bad though 3

O- very enjoyable brew but not up to the all-stars in its style. 4


Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:13:03 | More by t420o
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-24-2013 14:04:06 | More by AdamP
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.