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HaandBic - HaandBryggeriet

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

sideshowe, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of kevinconroy
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

kevinconroy, Aug 05, 2012
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 DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

DmanGTR, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

mlazzaro, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

PatGreer, Sep 14, 2014
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 MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

soulgrowl, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

dgilks, Jan 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

avalon07, Feb 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

VelvetExtract, Dec 21, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jegross2, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Liquoric3, Jul 08, 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
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

DaBubs, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

vermilcj, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

dcp27, Jul 19, 2013
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HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.