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Krøkkebic - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
84
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011)
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Photo of sweemzander
1.88/5  rDev -49.9%
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?

sweemzander, May 06, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

SmashPants, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

GRG1313, May 23, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

jophish17, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Rutager
2.7/5  rDev -28%
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.

Rutager, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

ccrida, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of wesley14
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

wesley14, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

myspoonistoobig, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Onibubba
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Onibubba, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

silentjay, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

ehammond1, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of DaBubs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DaBubs, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

polishkaz, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of sneefcity
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sneefcity, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

July2Nov, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

beernads, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

drpimento, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

ADZA, Dec 27, 2011
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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.