HaandBic - HaandBryggeriet
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4.05/5 rDev +11%
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.
08-23-2012 07:18:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.68/5 rDev +28.2%
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.
08-05-2012 04:32:45 | More by kevinconroy
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-04-2012 20:09:15 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.38/5 rDev +20%
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.
06-23-2012 13:10:15 | More by mlazzaro
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-18-2012 03:23:30 | More by Flounder57
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-14-2012 19:42:49 | More by joshclauss
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
03-31-2012 21:26:24 | More by ArrogantB
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-23-2012 02:27:05 | More by OtherShoe2
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
01-08-2012 08:06:10 | More by dgilks
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
12-30-2011 05:05:00 | More by TurdFurgison
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
A - Cloudy burnt orange with a collection of black particles floating about then settling at the bottom. No head or lace.
S - Cherry, dark berries, oak and brown sugar.
T - Very fruity, sour and funky. Cranberries, cherry and dried apricot. Vinegary sour.
M - Sour and tart, highly carbonated and thin.
O - Quite enjoyed this, a nice mix of flavours. Lambic fans should appreciate it.
12-29-2011 11:05:05 | More by dansmcd
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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.
12-27-2011 04:08:36 | More by BARFLYB
4.47/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
12-25-2011 06:45:52 | More by DmanGTR
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
11-30-2011 01:28:18 | More by MasterSki
HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.