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Krøkkebic - HaandBryggeriet

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85
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Norwegian sour beer is made with crowberries, which until drinking this beer I had never heard of, but learned it’s very similar to a blueberry but a tad sweeter. It pours a nice reddish brown, typical of the lambic style, minimal white soapy head that dissipates really quickly leaving behind some soapy film along the top of the beer. Big berry aroma, but lots of funk in there, and faint grain. The aroma is really interesting as I’ve never smelled a crowberry before, but it is quite like a blueberry, tart with mild sweetness. The flavor is really nice, lots of blueberry or crowberry flavor, it’s a bit sweeter than a blueberry but amply tart, there some stronger much earthy flavors as well, some tobacco and barklike flavors come through, not sure if this is aged on wood or in barrels but there are some very interesting and similar flavors. The body is nice, bubbly, very juice like at times.

Verdict: Really interesting and delicious lambic, one of the few Norwegian beers I’ve been able to try and this was no let down. Nice tart but sweet flavors with a nice unexpected earthiness as it warms.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Rutager
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of JThomasSmith
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with my mom. Poured into a New Glarus Pilsner glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy russet, active carbonation with impressively small bead, head dissipates quickly. Really beautiful in a glass.

Smell: clear and pronounced crowberries... j/k I have no idea what crowberries are. You can smell a bit of wild yeast; it's smells like a muted version of Cran-bic to me.

Taste: slightly tart, dry. Nothing mindblowing here.

Mouthfeel: impressively round, enormous acidity leaves my mouth watering, carbonation is vibrant on the palate.

Overall: a nice beer, don't know if I'll seek it out again.

Photo of wethorseblanket
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.

Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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

I had to buy this. A beer can't say sour ale and berries on the same label without going unnoticed.

It pours a light bodied bright cherry red in color with a lot of carbonation while simultaneously having no head or lacing. It smells of tart berries, has a mild sweetness, slight funk, and an earthy quality. The flavors initially offer some tart red berry upfront with noticeable brett like qualities. It finishes with an odd, juniper berry and strange earthy spice flavor that is hard to describe. It has a lot of spruce and spice to it. I kinda wish I woukdve shared this to get more input. I like this and its hitting my craving for a solid tart/sour beer tonight.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #7 from Shogo.
Shared with a bunch of Ba's at my house...

I honestly expected this to veejay tomato beer from DFH... But immediately upon opening it, I suspected it to be the Belgian Red from DOG Brewing... Which I gave a very strong F.
Let's see...

Reddish orange with very little head, no lace, no retention.
Smells like Cran-bic a bit. Sour cherries come up as well.
Tastes fruity-- mainly dark an sour cherries and tart cranberries.
Feels thin and overcarbonated.

-REVEAL-- Krokkebic from HaandBryggeriet.

Overall-- not bad... At least not as bad as an F.... Actually, it is pretty decent.
Now that I know what it is, here's my numbers:
A-2.5
S-4
T-4
M-2
O-3.5

Photo of sweemzander
2.03/5  rDev -46%
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?

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This thing's made with crowberries. I have no idea what the hell a crowberry is, so I figured I'd get some sort of intro to it with this beer. Makes sense right? It pours a kinda hazy ruby-russet topped by nearly no head to speak of. Okay, maybe a small tuft of soapy tan bubbles forms for a brief moment, but that's about it. The nose comprises tart red wine grapes, light tart cranberries (mayhap crowberries?), and a touch of sweet cherry syrup/grenadine in the background. The taste holds notes of muddy cranberry-laden, watered-down vinegar covered in a small sheath of dank cilantro. The combination sounds just as strange as it tastes. Weird. Can't say I'm much of a fan, frankly... The body is a swampy medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a nearly chewy feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, I'm not sure if it was entirely the crowberries' fault, but this thing just did not sit right with me at all. ...I'm not sure why, but I can't find much as at all to say...

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of rmccomas
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from bottle into a tulip glass, had a hazy, amber appearance with a solid, sustained off white head to it.

S: pre ripe raspberries with a faint alcohol smell wafting up from it.

T this beer took me back to my childhood, it tasted like raiding my grandma’s raspberry patch and picking the bright red ones that weren’t quite ripe yet. A little tart, a little sweet, truly a joy drinking this one; maybe its because of the trip down memory lane it induced, but this is the best sour that has ever touched my lips, I LOVED it!

M: seemed average to slightly above for the style, good carbonation.

O: Grade A, and the only reason it doesn’t get the + is cause I am not the most experienced with the style, so world class seems a bit out of my league to say.

Photo of PerHops
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma - lots of cranberry - along with a nice shot of yeast.

T: Tasted of yeast, cranberries, malt, and a mild hops presence. This is a somewhat unusual taste, but it's still very vibrant and flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an oddly likeable beer. It doesn't fit into any neatly defined categories, but it is very easy to drink.

Photo of tobelerone
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

split with oglmcdgl.

Krøkkebic pours out dark red with some brown splashes within. This one looks on par in color to the Haandbic when side by side. A really hard pour yielded pretty much nothing, just some already fading before it settles soda pop foam, leaving nothing. Swirls bring nothing back as well. The scent is dominated by the fruit, crowberry to be exact, i'll have to keep a eye out for it. Some old faded wood with some earthy scent. Some flanders qualities(depending how you see the style) with vinegar scent. Taste is quite odd, the fruit comes first and whatever it is, it's different. It blends with oak and green apple leaving an odd aftertaste. Feel is less than medium. This feels a bit lighter than Haandbic, it's still lacking a whole lot of carb which annoys me, this probably would of been a whole lot better. A good beer to try if you are in for something new flavor wise, but be sure to split with a friend.

Photo of July2Nov
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color With dark amber edges and a very thin off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma that has an herbal/medicinal quality to it. I'm not familiar with crowberries but the fruit is pretty pronounced. Slight vinegar presence with vinous dark fruit and faint wood.

Medium bodied with subtle funkiness and a slightly tart flavor that isn't too sour or puckering. Earthy oak and some lactic funk with an herbal/medicinal character but the vinous dark fruit notes dominate. The fruit adds dry tartness that nicely compliments the delicate funk while hints of cranberry, dark cherry, grape and other dark berries provided some needed sweetness. Nothing too extraordinary but a nice, mildly sour beer.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Popped cap and saw thick cranberry sludge along inside of bottle neck and on the inside of the cap.

Pours a thin very flat cloudy dark redish/orange with just a few bubbles hanging out along the rim. Smells fruity with cranberry tartness along with a slight sour green apple note comprising the nose. First sip is a whole less sour than the nose indicated. Not much sour hitting either in the front, middle or back of the mouth. Boy…big disappointment. This puppy is not that sweet either leading to the belief that time will not be much help in making this beer more sour. What’s worse is the flatness and lack of carbonation is just another flaw hurting this $10 a pop effort.

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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.