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Krøkkebic - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.84%
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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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (1,926 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of JThomasSmith
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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 (842 characters)

Photo of rmccomas
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben, you always show up with odd beers and that's why I love you. Beer is pinkish and hazy with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing but low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is what you'd expect, brett, acetic, mild lactic, nice overall, interesting.

Beer is BRIGHT on the palate, carbonation, mild white vinegar, sweet and tart with the fruit in this one. Almost cherry / cranberry like if that makes any sense. A really nice little beer. I'd have it again. (479 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, brownish, reddish, pinkish color with some bubbles...no head. Scent is very brett-forward with some powerful red fruit aromas. I've never had a crowberry before, but I'm liking what I smell. Very tart berry aroma with some vinegar and funk. Taste is not as "in-your-face" as the aroma implies. Very interesting flavor here. Definitely seeing the difference between crowberries and other berries in the flavor. I bit more bitter than raspberries, cherries, and blueberries. Some funky barnyard flavors with a slight metallic taste. A very user-friendly sour, as the tartness is nowhere near overwhelming. The brett however, is very much there. Great brett flavor. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than the appearance shows. Nicely carbonated with a nice dry, viscous finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, my first experience with crowberries was a good one. This is a nice beer that I would definitely revisit. (936 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/08/12 notes. Nottle shared by bmanning; thanks Ben.

a - Pours a reddish pink-brown color with light carbonation evident and one inch of fluffy white head. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of tart blueberries and sour dark fruits, with somelight oak, spices, yeast, and fruity malts there as well. Nose isn't overly sour but it is very nice. Big fan of the nose.

t - Tastes of lightly soured blueberries and raspberries, lightly soured dark fruits, spices, and oak. Taste is not bad at all, but seems very light and watered down.

o - Overall a pretty nice sour. I liked the nose a lot but felt the taste was a bit of a step down, as it was a bit faint and watered down. Something I'd definitely give another shot to however, especially if I can just buy
it off the shelf with their other beers.
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Had again on 1/13/12, and bumped the Taste and Overall up from 3.5's to 4.0's. Notes below.

Blind Beer #8 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from what looks like a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour blueberries, raspberries, and cherries, tart dark fruits, spices, red wine, oak, Belgian yeast, and some light funk. Nice and tart here…I think I know what beer this one is and I think I had it last weekend.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries and cherries again, sour dark fruits, oak, blueberries, fruity malts, spices, yeast, earthy notes, light funk, and red wine. Not quite as sour and funky as the nose, but still very nice. Think this is Krøkkebic by HaandBryggeriet.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. A tiny bit too light but pretty nice and easy to drink. Nice and dry.

o - Overall this is a pretty good wild/flanders…I think I had this last week and it is Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet. It has a nice sour and tart nose, bordering on 4.5 status, and a very nice taste, which is a little less sour. A very nice wild I'd definitely like to have again.
And the reveal is…Krøkkebic by HaandBryggeriet; nailed it! 4/8 on styles and 1/8 on exact beers, though if I hadn't had this last week I probably never would have guessed it. My review is pretty similar to last week, though I liked the taste a lot better tonight. A very solid sour, especially if you can buy it off the shelf. Thanks a lot Kyle! (2,388 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,514 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer appears a hazy dark orange color with a small head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers some wild yeast, funk, fruit, malt, kiwi. Abundant sourness in the flavor, with some tart citrus and stone fruits. Mild tannins with some citrus and a slightly acetic finish. Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer and one worth trying. (423 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear red with a very smell head.

S- Tart berries, I am guessing crowberries, little funk, earthy, hint of alcohol.

T- More tart than sour, again I am guessing crowberries, earthy, light funk. Nice, but would it be better if it was more sour and less earthy.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice tart beer, that I enjoyed. Taste could be more balanced, but good. I would pick this up again. (439 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is ruby/rose red. Semi-translucent. Head is off white with reddish tinge, 1 in, frothy, dissipates to 1/2 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Tart/sour smell with tart berry fruit additions.

T: Initial tartness gives to crowberry flavors and finishes with a bit of a bite. Aftertaste is tart, semi bitter, and semi-dry.

M: Medium/light body. Tartness of beer stimulates the palate, berry/fruit notes add a bit of brightness to mf.

O: A good lambic. I have never had crowberries before, so I have to imagine that this is where the bite comes from. Nice balance on the tartness, not overbearing. Overall, a well-made lambic that I would have again. (712 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (790 characters)

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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.