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HaandBic - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 18.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 01-03-2011

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.
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Photo of kevinconroy
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Do not listen to anyone who has given a bad review of this beer.

This is the review you want to read...

Please note if you see this beer in the store buy it. No matter the price, buy as much as you can because it is one of the interesting on the market. This is the beer for someone with a sophisticated palate...if you find someone who does not enjoy this beer it's probably because they do not have a palate suitable enough to handle this beers complexity.

It sweet, it's tart, it's sour, and has an oakiness that can match some of the best wines I personally have drank.

This beer is sour and is not like anything you have ever had before but I guareentee you will enjoy.

As an award winning homebrewer fond of all styles this sour is quite possibly the best beer in the world.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with my gf tonight for Christmas eve.

Poured burnt orange and a scant bubbly head that didn't last at all. Looked almost still, but some bubbles were seen. Beautiful when held to the light, no haze or sediment.

Cranberry, hints of cherry, and a nice sourness that is like a combo of lactic and acetic. The fruity sweetness prevents the sourness from overtaking the entire experience. The oak is prevalent towards the finish and lends a wood and vanilla overtone. Extremely well balanced, extremely tasty. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Tiny bit of effervescence to complete the package. I am a huge fan of this despite the steep-ish price tag.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Rusty orange-red color that is impressively clear. Head does hold very well.High carbonation level.

Mild wild character to the smell. Notes of berry and wood. Subtle but quite enticing.

Berry/fruit flavors are great. Oakiness is pleasant. Currents lend a solid tannin content which I am a fan of. Mild tartness. Not much flavors left from grains and hops. The frementation really took hold of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel isn't scorching to the palate, while still being exciting and interesting. Very wide spectrum of flavors. Would gladly drink again some time.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled June 30th, 2011. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A hard(ish) pour rouses a half-finger of big-bubbled off-white foam that settles to a few wisps and thick collar. Tons of visible bubbles adhere to the sides of the glass and stream upward. Dark purplish-red body that is pretty much opaque.

S - The aroma is great! Tons of tart cranberry and currant flavor mingles with a hefty dose of lactic sourness. There's some mild red wine vinegar and oak present, but this is very fruit-forward. There's a touch of tropical brett with a bit of funky sweat mixed in. Oak grows in intensity as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is heavy on unsweetened cranberry juice, with currants and malts providing a bit of sweetness that prevents one's mouth from imploding. Still, this is very tart. There's more oak and even a light smokey flavor present in the taste, and some of the great sweet funk found in the aroma is lost. Still, there's plenty of great tart fruit flavors mingling with the barrel and vinous notes. Did I mention it's really tart?

M - Dryness is pretty extreme, and my stomach started protesting after about 6-8oz. Medium body, with pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation. Seems a touch heavy on the palate, but not out of line for the 7% ABV.

D - Consumed 500ml of this with no problems, and I will actually be making a point of purchasing additional bottles. I'm guessing there must be some extreme batch variation, as the beer I tried was very good.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peachy red colour with a non-existent head.

Slightly acidic aroma with notes of stonefruit and hard berries. Quite good really though I wouldn't mind a touch more funk.

Moderately tart with a distinctly fruity flavour dominating. There is very little funkiness but the currants and berries really work well here. Quite good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is actually very nice. The characteristic tartness has come through nicely though the funk is very tame. Good fruitiness.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, rouge-stained gold, volatile yet oddly devoid of bubbles or foam of any kind. Fascinating aroma of redcurrant and cranberries with a distinct menthol high, nostril-tingling malic and lactic acidity, and grassy barnyard ammonia. Surprisingly restrained sourness in the flavor, with an upfront earthiness and a slightly odd savory sheep's cheese-ish pungency and a remarkably distinct flash of morel mushroom, segueing into a tinge of metallic sharpness before revealing juicy strawberry, rosehip, lemon, and orange fruit flavors. Finish is dry and clean, but with a salivary stickiness thanks to the lingering acidity. An unusual and, in its way, exceptional beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uncaps with nary a fizzle, and pours a light rose-red colour, with a very insubstantial, but very fine head that sits in a ring around the edge of the glass. Body has a big of weight behind it, despite looking clear and fluid. Carbonation forms in a fine storm when the glass is tilted. Looks pretty good.

Nose is great. Definite lambic notes, giving a clear, direct vegetative note, like fresh olives. This mingles with a fruity acidity and a cranberry tartness. There's peppery, slightly dusty notes on the back as well. It doesn't capture some of the more subtle complexities of a rich Belgian gueuze, but it's a cracking approximation.

Taste is also good, but a little flatter and less expressive than I thought it might be. Cranberries certainly come forward here, with a big sweet-tart bite that seems to provide most of the acidity on its own. On the back we have some mild peppery and slightly vegetative characters, a little like roquette. Actually minimal lambic acidity, and it's missing a lot of funk, but it's still pretty interesting stuff.

Feel is flat, but crystal clear and bright.

Overall, this is pretty good stuff. It's no Cantillon, and perhaps it suffers from the comparison, but it's nice stuff well done, and they seem to have captured something of the classic style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a reddish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A big, aroma of cranberries, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of cranberries, yeast, malt, and a slight oaky quality. This beer kind of tastes like a mild lambic, minus the sourness. An interesting and vibrant flavor.

M: This is a beer in need of carbonation, but it does have a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While it is uneven, Haandbic is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $10.49 (seems like a fair price for such a beer). Turbid brown-pink-red color, slight head, then none. Smells sort of like a lambic, funky, farm-like, brett? Taste is more funk, slight sour, berry flavor which is quite complex. Overall I was not let down by this but I would not make a repeat purchase. Interesting.

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Photo of joshclauss
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 6/30/11. Dranked on 4/7/12 right after a Weyerbacher Rapture.

Cool beer - very tart, but not enough wildness or farmhouse element for me. Bright, bright red and beautiful to look at. I disagree with the reviews that say this beer needs more carbonation on it to be good, I think that's part of the beer and adds to its uniqueness. The fruit dominates along with some barrel tannins. I'll keep the other one awhile and see if the yeast builds up a presence, but it's already pretty old, so I'm a bit skeptical. Drink the yeast at the end if you like that kind of thing, I felt it enhances the experience.

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Photo of silentjay
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a murky brown with some slight pink highlights in the beer and the smallish head that quickly settles to a thin film with decent lacing left behind.

vinegary aroma on top of sour dark berries and a bit of oak. acidic and sour with some wet hay funkiness.

comes in many stages of flavors. starts pretty bland with some light malts, until the swallow when a rush of tongue-tingling tart berries comes in. a bit of red wine vinegar, some wood, a bit of yeastiness, and some phenols which don't quite go astringent.

flatish on a lighter medium body with a nice tongue-tingling, which would be accentuated by some decent carbonation.

its good. could have used even more time in the cellar maybe (bottled almost 1.5 years ago as I taste it) to smooth out the slight astringency and really let the tart fruits shine.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 26.02.10 (Keeps for many years). It has been two years, and now it is time to enjoy.

Appearance: The beer poured a slight head that reduced and fizzed away quickly. It is a nice redddish, orange, yellow hue with bubbles coming up seldomly throughout the glass. This is all very traditional of lambics. Hopefully the yeast and bacteria livens things up inside.

Smell: awesome funkiness, tart fruits, oak, rubber products, oak, and sweet malts too. I do have to say the funkiness is great if you are into Belgium beer funk.

Taste: tartness is a little on, funkiness is alright for me. Was expecting more, but still good. The fruitiness of the beer could have been more upfront. I am used to cherries, but cranberries and currants work also.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, easy to drink, and very interesting taste and feeling on the palate.

Overall: Lambics is a style I am not too familiar with. Having worked the BBF twice, I will have to focus on these more since sours get most of my love. Still very nice, tart, and funky for my palate.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of allouez86
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a slight ring of bubbly foam from the pour. No lace. No retention.

Odd aromas. I get the yeast, a little funk, some cranberry. But, I really get currant and even some raw honey. Not strong, but there.

Good sour up front. Some acidic tart fruit, but not sure what kind of fruit. Maybe some bitterness associated with cranberry. Acid and a little alcohol in the back of the palate as the mouth clears. Medium bitter in the finish. Acid, sour, bitter, light fruit. It kinda works.

Lighter bodied. Oddly moderate carbonation. Needed to be this way, as this has a bit of an acidic feel too.

Overall, a decent if non-traditional limbic. I think we are so saturated with hyper-fruity/sugary versions that we forget what this style can be like. A good job with this one.

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Photo of Claybo
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a relatively clear deep amber with a fizzy soda-like head, poor head retention, no lace.

S: Cranberries predominantly with eucalyptus and cassia oil, red currants come out more as it warms, pretty fruity.

T: Cranberry heavy again, tart with a mint component. Not too complex, but unique, good taste.

M: Light to medium-bodied, for me very much a "Berliner weisse" feel on the tongue, a mix of fizz and acid.

D: Solid beer, nothing to blow you away, but cranberry fans will enjoy this.

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Photo of crossovert
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.