HaandBic - HaandBryggeriet

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Low B-

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbulter1 for sharing this one

Pours a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a peach hued ruby red.

Aroma: Cherries, raspberries, cranberries, and fruit flavors. Oak and sourness. Kind of funky. Has something astringent to it.

Taste: There is something here that I cannot pick up. It is right up front. Seems like a fruit flavor. Maybe cantelope/muskmellon. It ihas band-aid flavors. Has some cherries, cranberries, oak, and spice. Pretty funky, light sourness.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Kind of spritzy. Lighter bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, this was an interesting sour. I didn't like the medicinal flavors, but the other flavors were pretty good. Somewhat drinkable.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split with oglmcdgl.

Haandbic goes into the glass a dark shade of red/mahagony with some shoepolish brown. Hard pours yielded dismal fading soda fizz brown foam leaving no lace. This becomes still. Smell is bright with berries, that is up front. Some dank old wood scent along with faint vanilla and a touch of vinegar with warming. I get some brine scent with further sniffs. Taste is all well pretty decent. Acetic with some berry mixing in with oak. Cherry/cranberry, oak, wood, vinegar and some wine characteristics. Feel is kind of lacking with bubbles not giving any life to this. This comes off dead to the palate, except for the slight burn from the acidic nature. Feel is lightish and needs a jumpstart for real. 500ml of this would of been tough to tackle. An interesting beer from a brewery I respect, I just don't see myself getting this again. Seeing as I never see it anywhere.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from Binnys in Lake Zurich, $10.99. Funny that this is called an American Wild Ale, as it's brewed in Norway and modeled after a fruit lambic, with cranberries and currants...

It pours a turgid rust color, so hazy as to be called opaque, with some rather large floating fruit bits (not too many). Very little head initially, and absolutely no head eventually (after about 30 seconds). The aroma isn't the best, I get quite a bit of nail polish. I also smell some tart fruit, it reminds me of one of the Dark Horse Lambeak beers.

It tastes much as it smells, fairly fruit-forward with a good deal of solvent. Lots of bret character with some acetic bite. Good tart aftertaste.

The carbonation is on the low side, way on the low side. Nearly water-like consistency such as you get from some very still lambics. Overall this was almost OK, not worth the $10.99 price tag. I'd like to see HaandBryggeriet remove some of the nail polish in future sours.

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HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
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