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Blåbic - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-02-2013)
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Photo of harrymel
1.9/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Brewed: 23AUG11
Bottled: 21NOV12 (13 months maturation)

Pours a murky brown, cherry hued ale with a scattered, weak map of light pink foam. Smells mostly of burnt plastic, then some oak, some acidity...If I just breath in with my mouth there is a hint of blueberries, some vanilla oakiness. Damn the nose is really like a brand new blow up intertube plastic. The flavor follows the same trend: freshly pressed intertube, plenty tart with some acetic tendencies, but not that tart. Medium on thin with hi carb and a thickly viscous finish (my saliva is making this). Not sure I'm going to finish the bottle.

harrymel, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Gonzoillini, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -26.1%

kscaldef, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like there were fresh blueberries used in this, very deep dark purple/black/blue with minimal head, lacing

S- A prominent acidic vinegary note with some blueberry underneath, but not much. Nothing crazy

T-Just as one noted as the smell, some blueberry tannin, really not much going on

M- thin, not enough carbonation

O- Not that impressive, alcohol isn't apparent so it does have that going for it, but not much else. For the price point, I would've been better off just being a 375 of almost any belgian geuze for my sour fix

GonzoHomebrewer, May 20, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

chippo33, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AlexFields, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is opaque ruby with a foamy tan head. Nose is strong blueberry, very fleshy and light note of sourness with a hint of earthiness. Body is light and soft, very smooth with assertive carbonation. Taste is blueberry forward with a fair amount of leather and brett presence, not much else but a nice drinker and fairly sour.

cpetrone84, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

50cl brown glass bottle with black standard unbranded pressure cap acquired from a friend who brought it back from Copenhagen and served into a Guinness goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a wild ale because the label lays out that it's a sour brewed with lambic yeast and aged in oak."Brewed 23.08.11."

Served cold – straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a no head at all.

Body colour is a lightly translucent pale amber of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Heavy brettanomyces funkiness and a bit of lactobacillus-induced sourness. Some wet hay/straw. Great lambicus yeast. I don't detect any blueberry. Very farmhouse. Leathery.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable.

T: Farmhouse. Wet straw/hay. I don't get any blueberry whatsoever. Some nice lambic-induced sourness. Pleasant lactic sourness.

Balanced and enjoyable. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuanced, and intricate.

Mf: Smooth, wet, well carbonated, and approachable, with a good body and thickness. Nice presence on the palate.

Not astringent, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Very drinkable; I could easily kill a bottle alone. I'd have it again. Pretty tasty stuff for what it is. Not as blueberry-dominant as I expected (actually; it has none at all). I really like it. Hides its ABV well.

Low B

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Leura. Bottled 11/12.

Appearance - mahogany with little head . Spotty lace.

Smell - tart, vinegar.

Taste - sour, tart, funk. Blueberries are well hidden, not really a fruit beer. Not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated

Overall - unsure on this, it does not fit to sour, nor fruit beer, and maybe Wild Ale is best. Nothing really stands out as taste, so that's a positive as well made beer. Also - at 7:50 it should / might pack 'more' flavour, but that also seems to be missing. I bought two, so one for the cellar for a year or more methinks....

heygeebee, May 30, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Brewed 8/23/11. Bottled 11/21/12.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and berry flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but very sour and acidic.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of my_knew_craft
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

my_knew_craft, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

gueuzegossage, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of uno99
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Uwa! A blueberry lambic! (not technically a lambic I know). When I saw this on the shelf I thought for a very quick moment it was the Cantillon, unfortunately it's this... but I've always wanted to try a decent blueberry sour.

A: Looks kind of like deep blueberry flesh actually, if you cut it a bit with a blonde beer. No head or lacing, but its definitely unique in appearance.

S: Blueberries do stand out right away (mostly because one is not accustomed to smelling that when nosing a beer). A bit of funk and grain. Other fruits as well. leafy.

Taste: Acidity at the front of the tounge, juicy blueberry middle and decent dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and cloying. Low, natural carbonation but probably good enough for the style.

Overall: Quite tasty. At only $8 (Boston) I probably should have bought a couple more.

uno99, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of alexbutler
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very light, off white head, very dark ruby color to the body, quite opaque.

S - tart straight off the bat, very reminiscent to Flemish red sours. Almost medicinal smell to it. Cherry aroma, though it's a blueberry beer. Deep aroma, but not overwhelming... very nice.

T - Sweet upfront, that finishes tart... cherry skin notes. Not knock-you-back blueberry flavors, but much fruit flavor. Cherry sour lingers on the aftertastes but for the most part, a nice finish.

M - Medium bodied, I suppose... with a very light carbonation, lingers on the palate but nothing too heavy.

O - Review started a bit after the bottle was opened, so I might be a bit off with the carbonation. Very tasty beer but the overall flavor was more cherry than anything else... I would have this agaiN!

alexbutler, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of slainte35
4/5  rDev -1.5%

slainte35, May 18, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MrVonzipper, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of OtisCampbell
4/5  rDev -1.5%

OtisCampbell, May 17, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

claaark13, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jegross2, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev -1.5%

peabody, May 27, 2013
Photo of box_social
4/5  rDev -1.5%

box_social, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dirty purplish brown bodied beer with a thick white cap. Cap drops down a thin white ring around the glass.

Smell: jammy berries and tannic wet oak. Vinous with a slight balsamic vinegar note. Slightly musty funk.

Taste: moderately tart sour. Triple berry jam. Blueberries arent really noticeable, it just tastes like more of a berry medley. Huge wet oak presence with a hint of horse blanket funk. Hint of cardboard and a hint of vinegar. Lingering tart finish mixing with jammy and malty sweetness(think flanders red but with berries), and more tannic notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer feels both slick and oily. This beer has surprising semi-dry finish that is slightly acidic like a wine. Quite drinkable sour at 7.5%; not a hint of booze to be found.

Overall: I have some mixed feelings about this beer. It boarders between a sour beer, a flanders red, and a wine made with berries. It was definately an enjoyable and fairly tasty sour, but I dont think of this beer as a blueberry sour by any means. The blueberries in this beer just werent there. I think that I will name a new beer style and call this beer a "Flanders Blue".

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mantissa, Jun 02, 2013
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Blåbic from HaandBryggeriet
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.