Krøkkebic - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 sweemzander
2.03/5  rDev -44.5%
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? (814 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Rutager
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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... (1,036 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour into a tulip yeilds a wispy and brief white soapy head. No real lacing. Amber color. Smell is invitingly tart, and oh so slightly medicinal. Taste is sour with a very slight hop bitterness. Thankfully, the medicinal nose does not present itself in the taste. The berry presence is underwhelming. This is just a "sour" beer of undiscerning fruit source. Body is smooth, not at all highly carbonated, but not still. Overall, a good sour, but not amazing. And therefore, not a repeat purchase. (500 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

brown with a pinkish hue that produces a little bit of head through a very vigorous pour. the head is pinkish white and recedes quickly to a thin, thin lacing while leaving barely anything on the glass.

never had a crowberry, but it smells between a blackberry and a cranberry. a bit sweeter than a cranberry, but more tart than a blackberry. some vinegar acidity and yeast are there as well. smells pretty good.

not very sour, though a bit tart, more fruity, with a sweet/tart berry flavor with some yeast, and a light malt backbone. no hops detectable, though I wasn't expecting any.

pretty watery with little to no carbonation, nor the acidic tingle I like in a sour.

Overall, this is a tasty beverage, but similar to a couple other Haand "sours" it tastes more like an unsweetened fruit juice than a wild ale or sour beer. I'll definitely finish the bottle and enjoy it, but wouldn't buy this myself. (909 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a gentle pour i get a one finger wispy head and little lacing with the colour being a deep blood orange,the smell is oak,crowberries,bananna and a barnyard funkiness,the mouthfeel is light bodied and a little too light for me and has tastes of red grapes,oak,sherbet,funk and is finished with a dry berry sourness that is not as sour as other AWA's i have sampled and overall its not bad but not this breweries best drop cheers. (433 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (682 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)

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 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)

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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
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