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Wild Thing - HaandBryggeriet

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 24.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of grittly
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of pourmeadrink
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of 77black_ships
4.68/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Vintage – batch 246 – 50 cl. bottle sampled during 01/2012

A: Hazy red amber with a white head, not a gusher but foaming like insane within the bottle with the whole bottle eventually filling only with foam

S: Tart musty cowberries & some slight sour cowberries

T: similar to the smell, medium sour with a strongly fruity cranberry side to it, old wood & branches, touch smoked juniper branches, very tart, funky, dry

B: dry touch higher carb.

O: very nice and still my favourite HaandBryggeriet sour, this is not bound to be suited to everyone’s taste, hence the far too low score here.

Photo of weonfire
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty reddish color ale with a large dirty foamy head with good retention and not much lacing – this one was real gusher when I open the bottle losing close to a third of the bottle in the sink. Aroma consists of fruity notes with some weird smoke and funky ester which makes for one of the most unique aroma. Taste is also a mix between some fruity and somewhat sweet cranberries and currant with some dominant smoked undertones and funky barnyard notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite a unique experience and not sure the smoked malt and fruit with the funky yeast is the best match ever or something I would wish to have on a regular basis but glad I tasted this beer.

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of mlazzaro
1.73/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 ml. bottle. capped, Batch # 246 B. Date: Nov. 24th 2009

HEADS UP! - Definitely a gusher. WHOA!

As soon as I popped the cap foam started rushing out of the bottle. Raging carbonation. Off white head holding well. Interesting reddish-orange color, slightly hazy. Really harsh bacteria aroma. Kind of has a rancid/septic/sewage smell. Can definitely smell the barrel mixed in. Completely unappealing aromatics.

Taste is better than the smell, but that not saying much. The barrel is a bit overpowering in the flavor. Sort of charred wood character. The wood really dominates the fruit. There's a decent tartness, can't distinguish between yeast+bacterial and fruit addition. Mouthfeel is thin-medium and highly acidic from low Ph and high carbonation level. Highly tannic. Very weird beer.

I've never said anything like this, but this literally taste like a burning tire... Bad.

I LOVE this brewery, but this beer is not drinkable (for me).
I never understood what people meant by rubber and band-aid flavors until I had this beer. My body was constantly telling me not to drink it. One of the few beers I ever poured right down the drain. By far my largest deviation and least favorite beer I have ever had.

Photo of falloutsnow
2.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beertopia
Nov. 24th, 2009 on bottle
Poured into a Unibroue tall tulip/flute glass

While drinking this, I began to wonder that if I hadn't know this was a supposedly safe and marketed beer, would I have even considered ingesting this? The answer was an obvious, "no."

I like cranberries, I eat them raw every day for breakfast; I know cranberries. I similarly like tartness, almost to the point of excessiveness, and I enjoy wild yeasts when balanced with other flavors. This beer offers none of the above. It's a mess of plastic resin, unbalanced wild yeast, burnt inorganic materials, and cranberries gone bad, as in rotting. This is definitely not a beer to revisit, or even gamble with again, especially for the price charged.

Pouring the beer produces a 2cm off-white head, made up of medium-sized bubbles, that quickly descends to nothing atop the body, not even a ring of foam. Leaves little lacing or anything else to indicate there ever was a head. Body is a reddish-amber hue, both in and out of the light, mostly transparent, and with some aggressive-looking carbonation visible at all times.

Aroma of cranberries gone bad meets harsh plastic resin, burnt old shoes with rubber soles, and a bit of overripe sourdough expression.

Taste is better than the scent, but this is still far below average for palatability and enjoyment in a wild ale. Everything from the aroma is here, but more mild, so you get a slightly softer version of the rotten cranberries, plastic, burnt rubber, and old sourdough components. Also noticeable are some more pleasant cranberry and currant flavors, which allowed me to get through the glass of this I poured.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium light with fairly aggressive carbonation making. Resultant mouthfeel is crisp, but slightly prickly on the palate. Acceptable for the style, but nothing I'd declare "good."

Photo of craytonic
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pink-cranberry pour

Smell: Weird cranberry tartness in a bad way, some slight funk and mushrooms. Not good
Taste: Cranberry bitterness with nothing to complement or assist it. Very one dimensional. A bit oaky
Mouthfeel: Light, agressive carbonation
Overall: I wanted wanted this to be tasty but it was the exact opposite, avoid.

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured out as a coudy looking amber color with a fluffy white head that settles into nothing. The lacing and retention weren't very impressive at all. The smell of the beer smelled like a wild ale, some tart fruit aromas are on the nose but a little bit on the vinegar side. The taste of the beer was roughly the same as the nose, basically not that impressive. The mouthfeel was average also, not really one that I'm glad I tried. Overall this beer was a bit of a disappointment... It only got a little bit better once it warmed up, but still not enough to make a real difference to me.

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of MasterSki
1.76/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up from West Lakeview Liquors. I liked Haandbakk so I figured I'd give this a whirl. Batch 246, bottled Nov. 24th, 2009, and one of only 2160 bottles. Don't I feel special? Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Gusher alert! The fill level was almost to the cap, so there wasn't much time to react - consider yourself warmed. Pours with a quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin, partial ring of bubbles. Opaque medium orange-brown with salmon tinge to it.

S - The advertised currants and cranberries are present, as is a touch of lactic acidity. However, these flavors are dominated by a horrendous mix of smoke, inner tubes, and a slightly meaty character. As the beer warms up the fruits fade and things grow increasingly medicinal. Basically, as bad as it smells when you open it, it will only get worse.

T - The taste is even worse - more rubber and mineral flavors, charred oak barrels, with only the faintest hint of cranberry. Finish reminds me of an inner tube slathered in smokey BBQ sauce.

M - Medium body, gritty texture, with some zesty and harsh carbonation. The only nice thing I can say is that the alcohol is well-hidden.

D - An unequivocal drain pour, and shockingly bad compared to Haandbic, a beer made with very similar ingredients and methodology. Not sure what local yeast floating into this beer, but I'd advise against future open fermentation if this is the result. Delightfully awful - it's a shame I didn't get to share this with more of my 'friends'.

Photo of AgentZero
1.74/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thank you to Alex, for bring by the lowest rated beer he owned. Unfortunately, it lived up (down?) to expectations.

A - High-filled bottle gushed for a bit. Quick-dissolving foam faded way to absolutly nothing. Dark-salmon colored beer.

S - Smells like some cranberries and maybe currants in there. A bit of fruit. There is a horrible rubber tire smell with some minerals on there and a lot of ash. Touch of smoke. This smells really bad.

T - Sadly, this tastes even worse then it smells. The galvanized rubber taste is even stronger, it's like chewing a slighty smokey tire. There is a lot of ash present. It's just horrible. I could barely drink two sips of this, and I was really trying.

M - Medium bodied, very active carbonation.

O - Seriously? I hate this beer. Drain pour all the way. If you can drink more than a quarter of a glass of this, you're a sense short of a full set. Bottling this is an insult.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Exiled
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy pale cranberry with a voluminous, off white fine beaded head; good retention and plenty of fine lacing

S - sour-funky cran. nose; the yeast is all over the place - mostly sour fruits, but there are waves of rubber/band-aid which are not as appealing as the rest of the aromatics; definitely a wild ale!

T - deliciously sour and cran-currant; the far end of the brett. sneaks out every once in a while, but that is to be expected; notes of sweet malt and sour/funky fruit wander all over the palate

M - firm and tart; sharp CO2

O - well-done wild ale; smells funkier and more sour than it tastes;

Photo of oline73
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in my cellar for a year. Batch 246, bottled 11/24/2009. Label says 2160 bottles produced.

Really, an American wild ale from Norway?

This gushed a bit when opened, but I was ready, and contained it as I poured it into a Bruery tulip glass. Body is copper/red, and pours easily to a half inch of light beige foam that eventually dissipates to a cap. Motile lacing, but some of it sticks to the glass.

Predominant smell is funk, musty wet horseblanket, but also kind of like the inside of a running shoe. Also some band-aid. That is balanced by some green mint. After you get past that, there are notes of red currant berry fruit, and notes of strawberry. I am picking up more currant than cranberry. There is also a rose-like perfumy element. Some toasted malts. All in all, a pretty weird nose, both intriguing and off-putting at the same time. Ah well, it's a little bit of wild Norway preserved in a bottle.

I am drinking this at cellar temperature. It tastes slightly tart, and pretty dry. There is a red berry taste that I would say is more from the currants than cranberries. I expected the cranberries to really render this astringent and tannic, but it is not, so maybe more currants were used or Norwegian cranberries are different from the tannic, bitter Massachusetts varieties I am more familiar with. Pretty dry with a slightly bitter finish. There is a bit of mint in the finish, maybe from the hops. I wouldn't be surprised if there are some juniper berries or tips in this, as it also has a gin flavor.

The mouthfeel is delightful. Light and with good carbonation, this is like champagne, with a light mousse-like body and dry. There is just a little bitterness in the dry, peppery finish.

At first I found this beer a little off-putting, but the more time I spent with it, the better I liked it. There is noticeably a little more alcohol (7.5%) than a wild ales typically have. While I think this is an intriguing wild ale, it has disparate elements that do not come together as a whole. Maybe less additions would be better? Makes me wonder what a simple Norwegian coolship ale would taste like.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 246, Bottled November 2009; Sampled April 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber hue that shows a clear, red-amber color and a lot of carbonation when held up to the light. As I pour this beer it has a definitely aroma of fruit (berries, perhaps touches of cherry like notes and even some currents. A deeper inspection of the nose only reinforces this and it even picks up strong fruit skin like aromas. The finish smells of whole grain cracker, a touch of fruity smelling nail polish and some phenolic, not quite medicinal notes. The cranberry aromas can be quite distinct if you don’t take too big of a draught of the aroma; the cranberry character seems to mix, pretty seamlessly actually (though this isn’t necessarily good), with the curing plastic aromatics, the combination of which can at times remind me of children’s aspirin.

The beer is quite fizzy and fairly dry tasting up front. It has some body / texture to it and is even a touch viscous especially in the middle. The beer finishes with a phenolic, plastic-like note that is a touch medicinal at times. The beer has a light tartness that could be solely contributed by the fruit added to this beer, but might also come from some sort of souring bug; regardless, the tartness is really fairly slight if you compare it to a traditional style of sour beer. The plasticizer like phenolics are really a bit much here, they are especially prominent in the flavor and linger, almost picking up smoky / burnt plastic flavors, in the long finish. This beer has quite a bit of fruitiness to it, it is not quite as apparent b/c the phenolics can be so noticeable, but flavor so of tart cranberries, tannic cranberry skins and currants that add a sort of foxy vinous quality to this beer.

Really not that great of a beer; the phenolic and curing plastic like character is just too much for this to be truly enjoyable. I have made beers like this in the past and, if you have the patience, a couple years of age can mellow this a bit. The downside of this is that the fruit character will further fade as well, but at this point I would hold on to the bottles for another two years. The fruit character, when it comes through, the soft grain character and the body are quite nice though.

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Wild Thing from HaandBryggeriet
75 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.