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Krøkkebic - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
85
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%


Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011)
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joe1510

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$10.99
Binny's, Bloomingdale

A very aggressive pour yields a short lived antique white head that fizzles down to nearly nothing in half a minute. The body is a dark murky garnet that turns cranberry red when backlit, how appropriate. I can't say much for the looks of this guy.

The smell, on the other hand, I can get behind. The fruitiness is in between cranberries and sour cherries with each smell bringing one or the other to the forefront. Red wine vinegar acidity rides through with a faint touch of vanilla lactic sweetness and all this is surrounded, in the most modest of ways, by damp wood (or forest floor, whichever you prefer).

An assertive tartness hits at the tip of the tongue and although it mellows it does last throughout. Slightly astringent damp oak, the faintest hint of vanilla, robust red wine vinegar acidity, and a mix of cranberries and sour cherries all come together to make for something enjoyable. The finish surprisingly sweetens up a touch with the fruitiness to give a play on sweet and sour. Nicely done!

The carbonation is sluggish but the body is light enough that they work well together. The finish is moderately sour, nicely tart, and slightly sweet before turning saliva sucking tannic dry.

I'm enjoying this beer more than I thought I would. I've had it in the past but don't remember much about it, which usually means it wasn't very good, but I'm enjoying this bottle tonight. There's sweet, sour, and funky components at work. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:59:28 | More by joe1510
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A -Pours a red dark copper colour with no head.

S - Sour cherries and other fruits. Nice

T - Really nice sourness up front followed by the dark fruits like cherries, etc. The finish is lingering with Brett, and sourness.

M - Light to medium body with minimal carbonation

O - Not a bad example of a fruit sour. Would have liked to have seen more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 13:53:18 | More by eric5bellies
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SmashPants

Australia

2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle: standard light brown 500mL bottle with a completely rubbish looking label. Looks like it was printed on a personal / home computer.

Appearance: looks like a dirty soda - a heavy reddish-brown in colour with absolutely no head whatsoever. Bubbling head, but no head - and I mean no head at all. I tried to bring one up by pouring high, but there wasn't even a touch of froth on top during the pour.

Aroma: a solidly pungent sour cherry aroma - very different to anything I have had before. Very... Interesting.

Taste: an incredibly pungent, overpowering sourness mixed with melted dirt and off earth flavours. The more I try to choke this down, the more the concept of self-harm becomes appealing.

Aftertaste: follows the same flavours. Doesn't linger long, but the ideas of self-harm carry through just fine.

Mouth feel: oddly enough, the mouth feel seems just baout right. Medium in body with just enough carbonation to carry the flavour through.

Overall: I realise this is probably one of those "not used to the style" things, but I have certainly had lambics, krieks, etc before, but I don't think I will ever get used to this horror. I think not.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 11:00:40 | More by SmashPants
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange struck dark reddish hue, hazy with a light head that recedes rather quickly leaving no trace of itself.

S - Fruity and funky! Starfruit, melon, raspberries, blackberry cobbler, acidic aroma, dank musty wood, hints of floral

T - Woody ocean water, salty apple cider, earthy minerals, hints of tart berries and bright and sour citrus, it's pretty earthy and floral. While the tartness is there, it's slightly muted. Cooked stone fruit, and salty honeydew. Earthy mineral notes on the aftertaste.

M - Firm medium body, low carbonation, salty with a dry finish.

A very interesting lambic. Lots of salty/stone/mineral/earthy flavors that are mixed with tart fruits and funky yeast. I like the effort but feel it's slightly too salty without enough tartness. With that being said, it was an enjoyable drink that was fun to explore.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:01:55 | More by StaveHooks
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This really comes across more as a rustic Flanders-esque Brett wild ale than lambic.
Served near 50º in a Duvel tulip glass.

Deep sanguine reddish orange brown, about a third of each, with a distinct ruby highlight when backlit. Initial fizzle and fingers width of off-white foam, which rapidly seems to fade away audibly.

A deep woody mustiness, sandalwood and mellow berry aroma, like opening an ancient book while deep in a subterranean library.

Tart and fruity upfront with a bit of wild Brett complexity in the middle, wet hay and horsehair, stonefruit, cherry pits. Clover honey in the aftertaste. Pleasant fruit character and complexity to it, mildly acetic. Those looking for extreme sourness may be disappointed, but therein lies the beauty of the wild ale spectrum. It has low carbonation and lacks a sparkle, though it's medium bodied and fine enough to sip.

Tried this a year ago and it was memorable enough to pick up again when I saw it again recently. Thanks Aaron for sharing at Wil's Thanksmas '11.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:51:33 | More by emerge077
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat unremarkable and ultimately disappointing attempt at a sour, lambic-style beer and the 10 dollar price tag helped to make it even more unpalatable.

Pours a murky brown with a distinct cherry red highlight; no head or lace at all, just some soapy, quickly dissipating bubbles upon first pour. Nose is woody, oaked, slightly tart cherries and cranberries; distinct boozy note; something vaguely medicinal.

The flavor has a tart, very mildly sour cherry and cranberry taste that feels muddled and not in crisp, clear relief. Lots of oaky tannins present; some booze; again the slightly medicinal, herbal, menthol aspect implied in the aroma that didn't work too well in the overall flavor. Medium sweetness but a dry tannic finish.

Medium bodied, combined with an undercarbonated feel, made this heavier than in should have been. The entire effect was a beer that seemed undefined, lacking clean crispness; muddled and not all that enjoyable to drink, simply put. This isn't a bad beer, per se, just a mediocre one, and certainly not something I'd be rushing to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 13:44:04 | More by tobelerone
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Belmont Station.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy amber with a slight blueish-purple hue and a very thin white head.

Smell. Nice sweet red and dark berries, cherries, and a light sweaty-horse funk.

Taste. Light berries, some really musty, bretty funk. Slight bitterness which I'm guessing is from the fruit or it's seeds? There's a bit of leather and a faint floral quality going on as well.

Mouthfeel. Watery, medium-light body with very, very low carbonation.

Overall. This wasn't really up to par with any of the more common fruit lambics out there. The fruit flavour was a bit interesting, but so not worth the $10.65 that I paid for this.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 00:06:00 | More by Rutager
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this one somehow lost a little of its pizzazz. Poured a bit cold with a small, fizzy, tan head that quickly vanished. Color is a hazy honey amber with a bubble trail. Aroma is the best part of this beer and is a floral, perfume, wine vinegar. Flavor is similar to nose, but missing the finer qualities and muted. Body is good but carbonation a bit flat. Finish is like flavor, of average lenght, and a bit boozy. Kind of a disappointment; I was really curious to try a Crowberry sour brew. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:15:13 | More by drpimento
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice deep auburn with a tiny white head.

S: Mildly tart with what I can only imagine is the aroma of crowberries. A little lactic, musty, berry sweetness, a bit herbal.

T: Mildly tart musty berry flavor, a bit cranberry-like with a palpable smoky note on the end. Earthy tartness and oak.

M: Very little carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Not bad. The crowberry is a little odd and maybe a little too subtle, but it was decently pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 13:51:06 | More by Etan
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a small white head. The nose is very fruity with a definite berry aroma. A moderate tartness, a bit of vinegar, and some lactic notes, as well. There is a mild funk, mostly straw and grass, maybe some musty oak. The flavor is very similar to the aromas. Lots of berry and fruit notes with a bit of vinegar and oak. Slightly tannic and dry on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 21:34:23 | More by womencantsail
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

50cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Krøkkebic is a dull brownish red with a small off-white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is flanders red, sweet malt, slighty acidic, cider vinegar, and some cherry.

Taste is pretty similar. It's mild on the sour, a touch chalky, perhaps soapy. Nothing offensive or anything, it's just not that exciting. I've never had a crowberry, but I assume it is some of the tart fruitiness here.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is nothing special. An average flanders red, except for the cost, which is high.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 01:47:39 | More by ccrida
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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light crimson, slightly brownish with an initial 1/4" white head which fades to the rim leaving trace lace. A swirl bring back a short lived cap.

N: Sour and earthy notes along with fresh fruits/berries, peaches and green apples. Some oak, spice and slight funk. Floral with grape skin.

T: Tart and sour with a mild tannic bite. Fruity with grape skin and musty earth. Somewhat juniper/spruce-like resiny quality.

M: Medium body and carbonation. More tart/sour than sweet. Semi-dry finish with lingering tingly berrys and fruit.

O: Well, 1st crowberry beer and probably my last. Interesting flavor and aroma. Allow to warm to cellar temp for more pronounced fruit taste. Enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 21:46:17 | More by wethorseblanket
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, as well as some cherries, grapes and light funk. The flavor is a little bit more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of vinegar and acetone, as well as some leather and tobacco notes. There is also a little bit of cherry and grape notes, but they are hidden in the background. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:33:38 | More by Mora2000
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sweemzander

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours kind of a murky/cloudy rose color. Some white bubbles and lace.

(S)- A really nice lactic oak sourness up front. Maybe more acidic than lactic, but it does have a nice subtle funk with some fruitiness in the background.

(T)- Much much more bland than the smell led me to believe. Its actually quite plain; the tiniest hint of fruit with the mildest hint at a tartness if any. Has an overall dry "cotton" taste to it.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. While the balance of it is fine, it just has such a lack of overall flavor that it almost tastes like it was watered down (which I doubt, but that is what I see in front of me).

(D)- The smell quickly got me excited about this one, but it turned out to just be so bland that it almost tastes like nothing; what happened?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 16:56:21 | More by sweemzander
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JThomasSmith

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long time beer guy making his first post here. And can I start by saying this- why review a beer's appearance with a number? Really, unless we're talking lambic or dark beers the only important appearance worth noting is color. Who gets excited about the paleness of their pale ale for example? And now to review a beer I loved so hard:

a- Deep amber garnet, a little hazy. Head was minimal, and soapy, like a cask pour

s- Lambicky, with odd Euro fruit wafts. Like some other reviewers, never had a crowberry before

t- Slight tartness, with a little bite from the fruit, and overall pretty dry. Has the classic wild taste, the "bic" part of the name comes through. Not crazy sour, very solid.

m- This is not your fizzy beer. Weak carbonation gives it a minimal sparkle, very cask-like

o- Really F'ing good. I'll be picking up another one

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 19:16:02 | More by JThomasSmith
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for this one, Rebecca!

Dark, slightly muddy looking crimson (at least in the dark light of the pub) with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much behind on the glass.

The aroma is a sweet, tart, and funky aroma, consisting of blackberry and dark cherry (though I guess what I'm actually smelling is crowberry). There's some vinegar and a bit of Belgian yeast presence as well. Interesting, though not great.

The flavor is a bit surprising following the aroma, with distinct fruit and tart presence, along with an earthy, mustard-like flavor, which is a bit distracting. Everyone too wished it was more sour.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Interesting and unique, though I don't feel a need to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 15:54:33 | More by ehammond1
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep rhubarb colored red with no head.

S - Earthy funk and oak with with crowberries that come across as a mix of tart cranberries and overripe red raspberries.

T - Oak with some flanders red funky notes and crowberries that taste like a blend of cranberries and dark cherry. There is a lingering earthy funk and has hints of juniper as it lingers into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and almost flat.

D - Interesting and unique beer that is worth a try but not sure I would want another. The after taste of the crowberries are very unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:30:14 | More by brewcrew76
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on this one. crimson murky body with amber hues.

S: sour cherry jolly rancher to be exact and some strawberry. Very sweet.

T: Very mild, not as sour as expected from the taste. Not very sweet either, a touch watered down. A few seconds after tasting, the aftertaste is a bit on the grape flavored cough syrup side.

M:light body and no carbonation to speak of. moist finish.

Overall: I expected more out of the flavor. The aroma is excellent and its very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:08:53 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Sour funk with all kinds of tart fruit, cherries, sour orange, and cranberry.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a little bit of acidity and a touch of cherry. Notes of caramel and toffee appear in the middle with more fruity notes of cherry, cranberry and lemon. Finishes with a sweet/sour interplay of malt and fruit that is dominates by tart berries and dry caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very interesting, the aroma prepares one for a bracingly sour beer, but in actuality it is only mildly sour with a tartness that brings out the fruit but doesn't quite reach the level of puckering.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:06:53 | More by nickfl
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mynie

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neat find. John's Grocery in Iowa City has recently found themselves cut out of the distribution channels for most Belgian beers. That's a goddamn shame, because they kind of started the Belgian beer scene in the midwest. But, you know, oh well, I guess the obese rich idiots who frequent your local Binny's deserve them more than Iowans do. And, less bitterly, this development has allowed the rather shrewd management at John's to go after another market--the rug gets ripped out from under you, you get right back to work at sewing a new one. They might've got Belgium wrenched away from them but now--now, they're creating Scandinavia.

This pours a fruit rollup-stule brownish red. Smells like a fucking riot, I'll tell you what. Big brett, lots of bright ripe fruit, but then there's this background that's almost like the back end of a Wonka-brand hard candy, a wonderful mix between sugar and spice that makes the otherwise cloying tartness much easier to enjoy.

Tastes like--okay, this is gonna sound weird, but you know those Bottle Cap candies? They come in packs of two and are supposedly flavored like sodas. They taste best when your pack has both a tart soda (like orange or grape) and spicy soda (like root beer or cola). You eat the tart and then the spicy and the two just combine, man, make each other perfect. That's what this beer is like.

Other brewers have tried to make super sour ales more drinkable by barrel aging them, and while that succeeds in its goal it also takes away much of the pleasant complexities attendant to tartness. The folks at HaandBryggeriet have apparently unleashed some kind of gypsy magic to find another way. I don't know how they done it, but I know they done it.

Fantabulous. I only wish it cost less so someone like me could afford to session it--but, again, the gentrification of craft beer is an entirely different reason to get mad at the obese denizens of Binny's.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 05:11:42 | More by mynie
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: murky brown with a hint golden brown around the edge. Thin lacing.

Smell: lambic like with the cranberries seeping through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: thinner in mouthfeel with a sour bent. Dry finish with the tartness of the cranberries. The dryness is very prominent & almost takes away from the whole of the beer.

Overall: this will satisfy your sour longing but you could find better if searched. Not amazing, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:17:58 | More by July2Nov
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml capped bottle served in wine glass.
Very mild carbonation - no head. Beautiful light ruby color. Clear beer, lots of sediment in bottle. Floral bright yeasty aroma. A slight berry notes come through. Smells great, just faint. First impression is it's very good tasting. Tart, yet incredibly drinkable. Cherry pie Brettanomyces flavors. Acidity is mild for a sour ale. Not puckering, just a pleasant kick of low pH. Berry flavor comes off mostly as tannins, reminds me of red currents. (Admittedly I haven't a clue what crowberries taste like.) Solid ABV for a sour as well. I'm really impressed. This is one of those reviews I am way off other people's marks, but I respect this beer and have reviewed honestly.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:58:47 | More by mlazzaro
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a slightly hazy copper with a sparse head. Bottle conditioned. Tart aroma with some sour berries. Not a lot of carbonation. Also a little brett in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. Tart fruit in the flavor, fairly sour. Interesting beer. Not sure what a crowberry is, but this was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 16:19:57 | More by homebrewhawk
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PerHops

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a really deep reddish brown, almost a mahogany color with very little visible carbonation and a very thin head that sticks around the whole time. The nose is promising. Musty, acidic, fruits such as raisons, plums, blackberries and blueberries are present. The taste follows the nose in that it is slightly earthy, very sour, the fruit isn't as evident, however, there is a big cranberry presence. The aftertaste develops a little more sweetness than I care for. A definite wine like acidity and mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation really takes away from this one, in my opinion. I will age a bottle for a couple of years and hope that this changes, hopefully without losing all the fruit. This beer could be a top notch sour with just a little more carbonation and a little less sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:50:44 | More by PerHops
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this brew. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a good off-white head and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some nice berry character and miscellaneous fruit. Strong acidity and a nice light body. Smooth, dry finish with a fairly-strong acidity. Good berry character throughout. An interesting and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:42:07 | More by Thorpe429
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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.