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Haandbakk - HaandBryggeriet

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jgunther71, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

MRsojourner, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

logicerror, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ChrisL24481, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

thebouch01, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ste5venla, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

fultonj, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

MCImes, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ystazi, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
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.

magictacosinus, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

anteater, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Photo of Jwale73
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.

Jwale73, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of recoveringmormon
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.

recoveringmormon, Sep 03, 2013
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
93 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.