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HaandBic - HaandBryggeriet

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81
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
HaandBic is our first beer in the style of a fruit lambic with added red currents and cranberries. We have naturally also added a lambic style yeast blend including bacteria and yeast of different types. Then this concoction has been aged in oak barrels for almost 18 months. The beer gets its tartness from both berries and the concoction we added. It will mostcertainly develop further given time.

16 IBU, 20 EBC
Fermented with several different yeasts and bacteria. Serving temp 8 - 10C or 46 - 50F.

(Beer added by: bark on 01-03-2011)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Liquoric3, Jul 08, 2013
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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is slightly tart oranges and apples, but there is also a slight sugar note. The flavor is similar, with a lot of sour lemons as well as some wheat notes. Low to medium sourness and very drinkable. Very dry. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a somewhat hazy ruddy amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with lightly tart berries and hints of phenols. Also present are very slight hints of brown sugar and lighter hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the funk is a bit more robust. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by ripe berry flavors that have a slight amount of tartness. Midway through the sip the funk comes into play and balances out the slight tartness of the berries. The funk carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I had much higher hopes for this beer after everything else I’ve had from this brewery. Hopefully their description is accurate and it will develop over time. As it stands now it’s certainly not worth seeking out.

glid02, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hooliganlife, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light cranberry with used brick tint in color and no head. Light orange tones or cast.

Nose is an orange/pear light sour character that is very pleasant that goes to a very light sweet smokey character.

Mouthfeel is a dull "almost" sour. There is no bright or citric character to this beer in the mouth initially. A bit like a sweetened watered fruit vinegar but without the kick and without the "real sour."

Flavors are not unpleasant - but just lacking in all respects. One keeps waiting for a citric character that does not come; waiting for a bit of a pucker factor that just never comes.

There is some light pleasant fruit in the flavor profile and at the very end, without the bright character, there is a little acid in the finish. Not a classic lambic and not real appealing or drinkable.

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting awhile to try this, ever since the first mention online a couple years ago. Served at 52º in a tulip glass.

Gentle hiss as the cap is cracked, slow rising carbonation at first, accelerating to a more rapid pace and collecting in the neck of the bottle. Lovely bright reddish orange tone. Two fingers width of foam at first, sticky at the edges, leaving spotty bits of lace.

First whiff is Bretty sterile gauze, but this quickly dissipates, and the fruit shines through soon enough. Cranberry mostly, minerals, damp wood, hay, yeasty with traces of light phenols as well. Stone fruit with pits and stems altogether, as is traditional for a fruited Lambic (the whole fruit completely dissolves).

Distinctive berry notes... cranberry and lingonberry, some phenols present, dry tannic oak finish. Finishes clean with appropriate crisp acidity for a Lambic. Dry aftertaste of damp oak, saddle leather and hay, subtle traces of Brettanomyces lending wild complexity. Overall pleasant and enjoyable. It has more complexity than many wild ales in the US these days, seemingly modeled more after traditional Belgian fruit Lambics. This is highly cellar worthy, and I hope to re-visit years down the road.

2011 vintage, tasted 10/14:
Aged well, reddish color remains, a few bubbles. Lots of oaky tannins, creamy cheese rind funk, slight tang of yogurty lactobacillus. Slight fruitiness though not as distinct as it once was, though still very enjoyable. I'll continue to buy this on sight.

emerge077, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tendermorsel
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am gonna be upfront in saying that I love the Haandbakk.. but I really liked this beer and highly reccomend it to someone who is into sour beers.

Golden colored with minimal carbination. Kinda like a flat lambic. What little head was on the beer after the pour fizzled away almost immediately.

Whoa! This is a sour one for sure. Pretty intense actually. Tons of lactic tartness. Very vingary. Little funk almost straight lactic sourness. I found this very simular to the Haandbakk. What ever wild yeasts they used with the Haandbakk they are using with this beer
too. Same biting vinegar taste. Is there such a thing as a house wild yeast? In many ways I would say that this is a blonde verision of the Haandbakk.

I can totally see why this might get low reviews. It is not for the faint of heart. About as intense as a sour can get. I loved it both times a tried it. I plan on storing a few bottles in the cellar to see where it goes. I can completely understand why some poeple would not like this one despite the fact that I did.

tendermorsel, May 09, 2011
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jegross2, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to give a big thanks to callmemickey for sharing this rarity. After haandbakk, I was really excited to try this one.

The color is orangey with pinkish hues. It is a little bit murky, but I imagine that the transportation to the tasting probably stirred it up some...well, that and the second pour that I went back for... Not much carbonation evident here, as a little bit of fizz rises from the bottom but doesn't produce any head.

The fruits used in this sour are clearly evident from the outset. Aromas of cocoa powder accompany a dominant aroma of cranberries. I thought that there were dark currants, but apparently they were red ones, in there as well. There is a light funk and a clean citrusy lactic sourness that comes through to round everything out. Exceedingly dry on the palate in the finish, though there is a nice fruity sweetness up front, the flavor is a somewhat surprising departure from the aroma. Smokey notes from the aroma do not manifest themselves at all on the palate. In the aroma, there was only lactic sourness, but once I am tasting this, I find that there are some acetic vinegar notes as well. Interestingly enough, these play nicely with the other bugs, and the acetic sourness doesn't own this beer yet.

Dry in the finish, but medium in texture, this is quite an interesting beer. Compelling and complex, Haandbryggeriet has created another great sour, though this one doesn't quite reach the level of its sister Haandbakk.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pours inviting to drink red ruby in color. Foggy with yeast & fruit in suspension. Wild yeast, acid berries & moderate maltiness to the nose. Increasing sourness at first sip slightly balanced by malty texture & subtle sweetness. Light body, soft carbonation. Funny champagne-like palate. Red currents, cranberries & grapefruit wedge hues in the middle provide a long, citric & high astringent finish. Refreshing, drinkable & quite different from boring & cloying regular Lambic fruit- style beers. Excellent pairing with Blue, Rochefort & Cabrales cheeses.

GONZALOYANNA, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No offense to first reviewer, but I think you might have had a tuckered ticker.

Pours a hazy reddish orange with large bubbles exclusively from the pour. This is essentially still. The nose is at first off-putting, being dominated by old, dusty wood, and moldy somewhat rotten fruit. The taste is equally shocking at first. Cranberry tart and sour with a slight metallic taste. I can understand why some think this is medicinal, but it is actually the red currants and the various strains of yeast which lend to the "old barn" flavor. Did not seem syrupy or watery at all. There is some vinegar notes present and a dried berry finish. I found the mouthfeel somewhat spicy and tinged with juniper-like qualities. Lots of tannic-bite from aging over 18 months. What can I say other than I kind of liked it in a numbing way.

wethorseblanket, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of allouez86
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

allouez86, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Timmy13T
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Timmy13T, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a Struise snifter.

Bottled: 26.02.10 (KEEPS FOR MANY YEARS)

A: Pours a tarnished copper/autumn leaf orange, with a tiny outcropping of fast disappearing, bubbly, off-white foam on top. Hazy clarity with a few lazy bubbles and a few small flakes of suspended sediment.

S: Tart, acidic cranberry mixed with mint and/or menthol, sodden earthy oak, sweet dark fruit, and bright tangy citrus.

T: Taste mirrors the smell with perhaps a bit more oak that leaves a suggestion of belt leather and cigarette ash in the finish.

M: Acidic vinegar/unripened berry and oaky astringency nicely compliment the slowly developing fruity sweetness. Starts tart and acidic, turns slightly juicy and (somewhat) sweet during the middle, and finally finishes with some obvious dry, oaky tannins. Interesting smoky residue on the tongue when it's all said and done.

D: Pretty mild, as far as sours go, and I was pretty ok with that. The further I got into this (and certainly after I swirled and dumped the sediment into the last pour) the more apparent its' musty funk/smoky/belt leather qualities became.

GbVDave, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second beer within the last few weeks brewed with lingonberries. Didn't see that coming.

Rusty, peach fuzz red color with no head, no fizz, nada. Left some sediment on the bottom of my glass.

Aroma is cranberry and cinnamon (or nutmeg, I can't tell the difference sometimes). Not exactly an invitation to funkytown.

Tastes like cinnamon graham crackers and cranberries without any tartness. Very mild steely "wild" character.

Overpriced and underwhelming.

donkeyrunner, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of skipxtracer
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

skipxtracer, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of RollBounce
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

RollBounce, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of DangerDawg
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

DangerDawg, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of jlindros
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

OH nos! I was excited for this one, but looking at the other two reviews, maybe not so much anymore. Well, gotta judge for myself so here goes.

Pours pretty much no head, just bubbles stirred up by my aggressive pour, over a murky watery looking rosy orange copper colored beer.

Nose has lots of sour cherry and tart cranberry, some barnyard funk but not overpowering, sweet cherry syrup, very light acetic acid, light cough syrup, well actually the more I nose it the more the other aromas disappear and turns into a cherry cough syrup.

Taste, <shiver> ug, not so great, a watery almost putrid bitter funk underneath a river of cherry cough syrup, a light metallic flavor that almost shocks my teeth (like biting on aluminum foil), a sticky syrupy and semi sweet mess that still somehow finds a way to be watery. Some cranberry flavors, a bit of the currants, and other weird spices. Very light funk, tons of cranberry skin, they somehow found a way to get the cranberries to lose their typical flavor and most of the tartness, and sour cherry juice blended with cough syrup pretty much sums it up. The finish just gets super sticky and flemmy, lingering sweet syrups and cough syrup, as well as cherry galore and very light bready toasty funk at the end finally.

The mouth is medium bodied with a watery feel somehow but super syrupy and sticky, and almost no carbonation.

Drink is somewhere between drain pour and just enough to find a way to get this down cause I paid $10 for it. As womencantsail added, Haandbryggeriet makes some decent beers, but from what I've tried of the sours they fall quite short of finish line.

jlindros, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Rifugium, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a clear red with a small foamy white head. Very nice looking.

The smell is pretty powerful. Tons of that sourness that almost makes you cringe. A good cranberry/currant mix. There is a light sweet smell that mixes with the berry making a strawberry scent and some lemon acidity. There is also an herbal spiciness to it. The funkiness is light and it smells mostly bretty.

The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of berry flavor. Not too much sourness or funk but there is a noticeable bretty presence with this medicinal sort of flavor. A bit of vinegar in the flavor but not over the top.

The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, not a real thick carbonation in this one.

Overall it is tasty but not world class.

crossovert, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of crusian
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Dan at stein deli, thanks Dan!
Pours a murky brownish red to dark amber color with a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. Not looking good on the carbonation front.
Nose is mildly tart, cherry, vanilla, oak... smells pretty good, but the tartness seems really toned down.
Taste is disappointing. I love the haandbakk, love it. This one... not much. The sour is very toned down, and to be honest, it tastes watered down. Currants are noticeable, for sure. Pretty strong actually. But a real disappointment. I had high hopes after the haandbakk.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery... and there is almost no carbonation, which is a huge killer for me.

crusian, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
1.35/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

First rate...alright. I hate you, Bobby.

A: The beer pours an amber color with a minimal off-white head to it and minimal carbonation.

S: Smells like aspirin, Vick's Vapor Rub, alcohol, and harsh oak. A big menthol and eucalyptus type of aroma that is just overwhelmingly medicinal and awful. Strangely spicy and very astringent.

T: Holy hell. If you wondered how putting a flaming log in your mouth would taste, drink this beer. Intensely charred/smokey wood with a big time medicinal menthol flavor. Astringent cranberry flavors and just bad all around.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation.

D: This is putrid stuff. So far the sour beers from these guys (with the exception of Haandbakk) have been pretty bad.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of DaBubs
4/5  rDev +9.3%

DaBubs, Jan 02, 2012
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HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.