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Wild Thing - HaandBryggeriet

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75
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 25.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-30-2010)
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%

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."

falloutsnow, Mar 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%

Reddish pours with orange highlights, looks fruity.

Not crazy about the aroma, but it did grow on me. Smokey styrofoam and a cranberry fruitiness. There are some other bitter fruits, twigs, and mild wild yeast. It seemed like if I didn't swirl it the fruit came out, but as soon as I did that woody styro thing overpowered everything else.

Tastes of earth and tree bark, smoke, and the fruit seems to be the only thing wild about it, not bringin the funk enough to live up to the labels description.

Intresting wild, with the smoke and all, not what I usually shoot for. It did grow on me, still a disappointment, though.

brownbeer, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of melancholy
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

This unusual Norwegian lambic is notable for its Nordic mix of red fruit and spice. But the brewers took these Scandinavian flavors and tweaked them - to the usual tart red currant and red berry fruit they added not a sensation of green cardamom, as would be expected, but of black cardamom.

The beer pours a lovely cedar-red with an eggshell head that dies down to lightest lace. The initial nose is funk and leather. The front taste is the smoky camphor of the black cardamom, with the tart red fruit in back. The moderate carbonation seems to drive the smokiness all over the mouth and adds to the dry finish.

This beer is clearly made for food, and it pairs well with smoked ham (speck), smoked fish (mackerel) on dark rye bread - and it would probably be great with salt cod and smoked cheese too. These are traditional Scandinavian foods, and so you'd expect a brew described on the bottle as a "Norwegian farmhouse ale" to match with these.

I can imagine that the unusual black cardamom would seem off-putting if the beer was drunk by itself, and not with a food to complement it. It's a unique offering but not for everyone, no, not at all and not for casual drinking.

melancholy, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +10%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Batch 246 bottled 11/24/09. The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is leather, tobacco and dark fruit but something it in doesn't really work for me. The flavor is also disappointing with cranberries, leather, tobacco and oak. The flavor is musty and doesn't have much sourness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer doesn't do much for me and I wouldn't try it again.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of weonfire
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

weonfire, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of klshanks
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%

.5 L bottle Poured ito a 16 oz tulip glass, gotten in a BIF from ahurd11085

Appearance- Hazy dark orangish-pink, 2 inches of solid white head

Aroma- Sweet and dry, touch of cherry and champagne in the nose.

Taste- Tart, tangy, moderate level of sourness. Very bubbly. The finish is a pretty dry

Mouthfeel - Very bubbly and light. I like it a lot.

Drinkability- I'm just really starting to explore the sour and wild ale categories. I've had some that I can drink all day though, and while I didn't love this one, it wasn't bad. I probably wouldn't go back to it though, at least for a while.

klshanks, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of pourmeadrink
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +29.3%

Picked up a a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for about $10. Considering the brewer and the style, that's not a bad deal for a good sour. I thought it could fit right in with Belgian fruit lambic as well as American wild ales. There was a delicious tart cranberry and currant flavor that was complimented by tart lemon sourness and earthy, spicy wood-like notes. The beer was dry and sour, but not over the top. Relatively approachable and quite tasty.

tempest, May 17, 2010
Photo of OddNotion
2.6/5  rDev -19%

Had Haandbakk not too long ago and saw this in another store, decided to pick it up on a whim. A little expensive but I did like the aforementioned beer. Of course at the time of opening I forgot that I previously read that this may be a gusher. It is, but I was quick and lost no beer.

Bottled 24/11/09

Poured into my Russian River Belgian style glass.

Appearance: Only poured about one third the bottle on the first pour as to not disturb any sediment on the bottom and to contain the gushing. Pours a deep red/orange color with a two finger off white/light tan head.

Smell: Light tartness, almost a mdeicinal smell kind of like cough syrup. Band aid. Fresh rubber. Really nothing too appealing off the bat.

Taste: Follows the smell too closely, band aid flavor, some smokiness (where did that come from?) I am thinking if the cranberries were too fresh or used in too large of a quantity they may have imparted a lot of undesirable flavor into this beer. Not tart or sour what do ever. Somewhat bitter given the style.

Mouthfeel: A little thick for the style with decent carbonation.

Overall: Good thing I only bought one. I almost feel jipped because it was not worth the $11 I paid. I wish my phone worked in the store I got it as so I could have read other reviews before I brought this home. Maybe this is in the wrong style category on this site because this is nothing like I have come to expect the style to be like. Avoid.

More acceptable once it hits room temperature but still not good.

OddNotion, May 11, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -6.5%

GRG1313, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%

- Norwegian ale with cranberries and currants. Batch 246. Total bottles 2160. Bottled 24.11.09. Consumed 11.05.10.

A: Poured a murky tangerine with a strong sense of carbonation. A foamy 2 finger head sits atop while leaving a thick milky like coating for a lacing. Retention was good, the coloring even better getting things of to a rather good start.

S: A funky nose, with a mixture of mildew, musky greenery and plastic diapers. Strong barnyard scents along with sour cranberries also interject. Not to sure if I detect the currants as I am not to familiar with them and not one to rattle things just because its on the label. A decent Belgian sourness except that I couldn't get past the plastic diaper.

T: Fairly smooth flavor wise, not as sour as the nose led me to believe and best of all, no plastic diaper detection, unless you happen to catch a wiff of it as you are sippin. Some hooch juice, sour cranberries turning apple juice and musky apricots are all noted here. Mandarin oranges and a tropical fruitiness of guava adds some sweet and sour fruitiness. Overall a bit acidic.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied with a decent tingle of carbonation. Leaves with a tart and tangy fade.

D: Decent sour, fairly smooth and easy to consume as long as your not catching a big wiff of the diaper aromatic appeal. Sampled this a bit on the colder side 45-50 which made things a bit easier, even when it warmed it drank pretty good. A bomber is certainly do-able, but probably best shared.

beerthulhu, May 17, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +10%

Brand new bottles that just arrived stateside.

Dark orange edges, a bit of a smoldering reddish cranberry center like a tropical sunset. Solid collar at the edge with a thin skim, and some speckles of lacing. Hazy with unfiltered micro-sediment.

Floral, earthy, dirty hay aroma. Not especially funky or much identifiable Brett character in here.

Flavor is a little more intense, dry and bitter, grass and weeds. Some clover honey in the aftertaste, but not sweet. The bitterness seems derived from an herb, not hops. Kind of natural/organic, herbal, not the traditional sweaty Brett funk that one might expect. A little ashy, sort of out of place, maybe that's the wild yeast or herbs. Not much trace of the cranberries & currants listed on the label. Fairly full bodied, and easy enough to drink. Could use more funk or sourness, seems "young" and a little underwhelming.

emerge077, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours out a light brown ice tea color with two fingers very white small suds.
Smell is very pungent fruit and laced with seedy sourness.
Black currant with cranberry lending to a dark sweet blackness. A smokey oak aroma that funks up this wild thing.
Taste is very dark and grassy like. Cherry cola and sour grapes/cranberries.
Mouthfeel is very clean and makes you want another drink.
Drinkability is just OK here. Wish it had more sour to it.

peabody, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev +10%

Picked up a bottle of this at The Foodery. Batch 246, bottled 24.11.09, making it almost 9 months packaged at time of consumption.

A: For whatever reason, part of me expected this to be a dark beer. That, it is not... hazy honey golden, though a little on the darker side of that. The head sits on top of it forever... and leaves plenty of sticky lace on any part of the glass surface that it touches.

S: Cranberry is certainly detected in the nose... plus an additional 'tart fruit' aroma to complement and/or intensify it. A modest malt scent pairs nicely with it, and highlights a good balance in aromas.

T: Cranberry & currant... and, aside from the malty quality of beer, that's pretty much it. Very little tartness, or other yeast characteristics that I may have expected or hoped for. As far as fruit beers go, it holds up alright, but with a wild ale, I would have liked something a little more 'exotic.'

M + D: Body is perhaps a tad bit 'weighty' for such a beer. It doesn't need to be as rich in body as it is, or perhaps could afford to be more sparkling with carbonation. Not bad, though it would likely be a one-time only experience.

Proteus93, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of grittly
1/5  rDev -68.8%

grittly, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of errantnight
2.58/5  rDev -19.6%

Definitely a disappointment after their last sour I tasted.

This one pours a hazy burnt rose with a nice couple fingers of head and solid lacing and nice retention.

Aroma is powerfully medicinal. Hints of the fruit (currants and cranberries) sneak through, along with a beguiling smokiness.

On the palate there's a good beer somewhere in here... it's just buried too deep. It's relatively blank up front, the carbonation is high, giving a prickly, metallic flavor and taste. Fruit flavors are secondary and only sneak in around the fringe in the back palate. They're nice, and I wish they were forward. This snaps off abruptly with an exceedingly dry touch. It's too clean of fruit flavors, and too heavy with off flavors.

It's not horrendous, but it's not good. And I could, perhaps, be being kind. Maybe it is horrendous.

errantnight, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.93/5  rDev +22.4%

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange/light ambert, capped by a frothy one finger eggshell-colored head. Retention is decent and some light lacing is left behind.

S: A strong fruity base with moderate acidity and funk. The fruit is a combination of tart cranberries, green apples, a bit of citrus and some tropical notes. Interesting mix. The acidity is tempered by some of the sweet fruit notes, while the funk takes on a wood and barnyard character.

T: The fruit takes on a much less prominent role, but I'd say that's mostly a positive. The funk is much more upfront and complex with notes of barnyard, mildew, and even a hint of cheese. Acidity is kept in check, showing through mostly with the sour cranberries. The sweet fruit is mostly gone, with some green apple and lemon zest joining the cranberries. Finishes rather funky with a hint of smokiness.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation...could be a bit lighter or higher carbed.

D: Very interesting beer, definitely drinkable due to the fact that the acidity is kept in check but not one I'd spend the money on again anytime soon.

Xul, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of oline73
1/5  rDev -68.8%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a De Glazen Toren tulip.

Batch 246
Total bottles 2160
Bottled 24.11.09

A: Pours a color somewhere in the middle between orange and red grapefruit. A small 1/4 finger head spreads out on top and hangs around for a while leaving some random lacing as it does. Carbonation is pretty active and does its' best to keep feeding the bubbly ring.

S: The very first aroma that hit my nose was chewing tobacco...strange as that sounds. Copenhagen or Red Man. As it warms, aromas of toasted grain and slightly tart fruit come out.

T: Once again, chewing tobacco. Chewing tobacco laced with tart/dry berries and toasty grain. Smokey with a hint of Juniper. Also, I definitely agree with Matt, there is most certainly a honey flavor in there, as well.

M: Not nearly as sour as I expected so I think that translated into the mouthfeel feeling "thicker". Subtle tartness and a lingering spicy dryness in the finish.

D: Very enjoyable. I wasn't sure what to expect when that first wave of chewing tobacco hit my senses, but it's the subtle layers of this beer that really shine.

GbVDave, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of 77black_ships
4.69/5  rDev +46.1%

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.

77black_ships, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of levifunk
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%

bottling was 11/24/09. batch 246.

a - cloudy brownish orange. large white head. bottle gushed a bit when i opened it.

s - fruity sweet, with some sour funk and smoke. not really sure what currents are, but there is an unique smell that i'll chalk up to that.

t - taste starts off dull sour fruit, but then moves to band-aid, then to charcoal, then to alcohol. I'd say its past it prime, although i never had this fresh. the fruit flavors have dropped way down, and the smoke has come way up. this is closer to a rauchbier than a wild.

m - lighter body, big carbonation.

overall - should the flavor have been better, this is actually very drinkable. its a shame it didn't hold up better as this was probably a good beer in its prime.

levifunk, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
1.68/5  rDev -47.7%

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.

AgentZero, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%

16.9oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a nice ruby red that you can't see all the way through. On initial pour, there was only about an eighth of a finger head and dissipates rather quickly leaving no lacing. Tons of carbonation coming up from the etching from the bottom of the glass.

S- The wild yeast is the first thing I pick up but is quickly overpowered by a deep smokiness. I can pick up a hint of the cranberries but the smokiness just keeps covering up anything else this beer might have offered.

T- Like the nose, at first sip I get the wild yeast and a little funk but it was quickly masked by that smoke. There is a little bit of tartness but that smoke just comes out of nowhere and leaves nothing in its wake.

M- Medium to lighter bodied that has crisp carbonation but that lingering smokiness makes this beer feel a lot fuller than it really is. There seems to be two parts to this beer, the wild ale and the rauchbier. The wild is spot on but the rauch just coats the tongue.

D- I would love to taste this beer without the huge amount of smoke in it. Or I would like to taste the smoke beer without the wild. But when combining the two, I can't say I like it much at all and am having a hard time finishing the glass.

Wisconsinality, Sep 08, 2010
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Wild Thing from HaandBryggeriet
75 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.