Krøkkebic - HaandBryggeriet
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3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
09-07-2013 02:59:28 | More by joe1510
3.64/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-02-2013 13:53:18 | More by eric5bellies
2.33/5 rDev -37.9%
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.
03-02-2013 11:00:40 | More by SmashPants
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
12-30-2012 03:01:55 | More by StaveHooks
4.05/5 rDev +8%
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.
12-22-2012 01:51:33 | More by emerge077
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-12-2012 13:44:04 | More by tobelerone
British Columbia (Canada)
2.7/5 rDev -28%
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.
08-14-2012 00:06:00 | More by Rutager
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-28-2012 03:15:13 | More by drpimento
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-26-2012 13:51:06 | More by Etan
Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.