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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: 14.1%
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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5/5  rDev +33%

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Photo of mynie
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
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.

Photo of JThomasSmith
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

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of rmccomas
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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