HaandBic - HaandBryggeriet
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4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
A-Pours an opaque, dull copper color. Nearly no head. A very lazy initial bubble up, then nothing.
S-Aroma is well integrated and pleasantly tart. Fruitiness and semi-sour berry notes. Very lightly oaky.
T-You can tell it had some age in it. All the flavors have meshed together. A tart fruitiness dominates the flavor. Cranberries and currants added bring forth a lot of genuine sour berry flavors. Hints of oak. Finishes sweet.
M-Flatter. Has some body to it. No noticeable booze.
O/D-I think the age really did this brew some favors. Well integrated flavors. Tasty tartness. Underrated.
12-21-2013 18:14:33 | More by VelvetExtract
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $12.00. 7.00% ABV confirmed Bottled 10/10/12. 50 cl brown glass bottle with standard black pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I'm in the mood for a good sour but I had one from HaandBryggeriet last night and wasn't horribly impressed. Brewed with Lambic style yeast and aged in oak barrels for 18 months.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a half finger milky white colour head of nice cream, below average thickness, and poor (~40 second) retention. Body colour is a murky vibrant copper. Nontransparent; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The abundance of visible carbonation bubbles suggests potential overcarbonation. Doesn't look great for a lambic, but there's nothing overtly wrong here other than the poor head retention. I'm reserving judgement.
Sm: Quite nice. Tart cranberry and other berries. I'm tempted to say cherry as well. Grape skin. It's definitely fruity, and the sourness comes from the tart fruit, not from lacto yeast. Light underlying sweetness. It's really pleasant and appealing. I'm rather impressed, to be honest. A very good lambic aroma; I'm excited to try it. Moderate to pretty strong. No alcohol is detectable. No hop aromatics.
T: Strong oak up front with some weird cardboard-y bitterness. Gets better towards the finish, with the tart fruit and berries I was expecting. Grapeskin. Still, that rough cardboard off-flavour up front is tough to get over. If only the dominant flavours were the tart sour berries/fruit like I want them to be. Little floral character, if any. No alcohol comes through. The cardboard flavour kills the balance, but there's still a lot of good flavour here; this feels like a missed opportunity. There's potential here, but the off flavours really destroy the beer. Too bitter for a lambic, which should be exclusively tart.
Mf: Acidic, with a bit of bite. Smooth and wet. Weak, thin, and even a bit watery. There's body, but just not enough. The mouthfeel misses the mark. Carobnation is adequate.
Dr: Hm. I see a lot of potential here. It has some things that really work - the tart fruit, the sour lambic yeast , the acidity - but it also has severe flaws, including an off flavour and a watery mouthfeel. Overall, I can safely say I do like it in spite of what's wrong with it, but if they resolved the issues it could be a truly great beer. Maybe with more experience, HaandBryggeriet will nail sours down, but for now it's obvious they're still novices. Love the experimentation and the attempt, but the execution wasn't quite up to par.
03-26-2013 05:20:17 | More by kojevergas
2.65/5 rDev -27.4%
A - pours a hazy amber with no head. No bubbles.
S - oak, currants, cranberries. Bandaid. Wet cardboard. Hint of lacto.
T - weak flavor that is similar to the aroma. Watery and unimpressive.
M - thin body. watery. Very low carbonation. Barely tart for the style.
O- not impressive in any regard. The aroma was almost OK, even with some defects and the flavor was sub par for the style. Wouldn't buy again.
03-15-2013 19:55:17 | More by GuzzLah
3.36/5 rDev -7.9%
Cracked in honor of surviving the 2013 Blizzard. Been holding onto this, for some reason, for a while. 2/26/2010 vintage.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a clear berry juice like hue with very little carbonation. A super thin head that fades to leave a very very subtle halo.
S - Faint faint fruits, cherries, light sour. Almost like a dulled down kriek. Barrel notes are faint. Quite faint oak and vanilla.
T - Bit of a let down here. The barrel notes are alright, solid oak and light vanilla. The fruits are there, on the fainter side again like a duller kriek. Its alright. Nothing to write home about.
M - Mouthfeel is on par for the style. Lowly carbonated, a bit thin.
O - Yeah, not too happy I wasted fridge space on this guy. Unfortunate.
02-10-2013 02:43:04 | More by rudzud
3.74/5 rDev +2.5%
This particular beer was bottled on June 30th, 2011, making it a year and a half old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Pours a pretty orange/red color with minimal head. Not surprised there.
The smell is your typical sour funky horse-blanket smell that you get with lambics and other sour beers. Definitely getting some tart cherries as well, maybe s slight hint of cranberry as well.
The taste is not near as sour as the smell would have you guess. The bottle states that this beer was aged 18 months in oak barrels and I'm definitely getting some of that oaky vanilla flavor. The cherries are some what muted, much like a well done kriek, minus the sour power that some krieks have. The cranberries are there too but this beer is just missing that little something extra. There is a slight bit of oxidation which might isn't really doing this beer too many favors.
The mouthfeel is medium with a decent carbonation level and a proper level of acidity for the style.
Overall this was a decent attempt at a lambic. Wasn't the best I've had and definitely wasn't the worst I've had. With that being said, I'm always one to give this brewery a try and was glad I tried this brew. I'd recommend trying it at least once. Probably better when a little more fresh.
01-31-2013 00:07:23 | More by allouez86
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Lately I have been reading reviews as I try new beers, which I find to be both entertaining and informative. Some of you have very developed palates, which can help me realize thing I might otherwise miss. Anyhow, here goes...
A: Beautiful light cherry red and amber, likely from the cranberry. Low low low carbonation, which disappears within moments of pouring. Same to be said of any head; I think I had to agitate it a bit to get any head (no pun intended), and even then I gave it a five count before it disappeared. Poured clear and clean.
S: Can smell the sour right of the bat. Along with sour comes a little funk, cherry, and a hint of the cranberry/currant. Smells like a sour, with the fruit in the background. I noticed another reviewer said that there was a heavy "nail polish" smell, but I think that is remnant of the oak, rather than acetone.
T: Nice and sour right up front. Long ending sour with a bitter finish. The cranberry comes last, and tastes of fresh cranberries. Reminds me of when I make cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries. Next time you make a batch, just eat a couple straight out of the bag and be reminded of this beer. The finish reminds me of the bitterness that comes from tasting the rind of an orange.
M: Smooth. A little oily when cold, and thin when warm. Refreshing when cold, warming when, well... warm.
O: I'm more of a sour type of a guy, rather than lambic. This seems like a sour in disguise, as, for me at least, the fruit is not in the foreground here. I really only get cranberry/currant in the last few moments of each sip. I'd try it again, but it's not something I would seek out.
10-14-2012 03:59:15 | More by Claybo
HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
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