Blåbic - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 68
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's with incredible sour complicity that the time honored sour ale brewing techniques deliver such complexity, power, and cleanliness with the fruit of blueberry fueling the taste. This is a remarkable fruit beer by any measure.

Pouring the predictable russet brown and ruby haze, the ale is dense looking in the body but lightens considerably as the impressions of modest carbonation offers up a part-froth, part-spritz character. It's a delicate ale that offers up little lace; preferring wine-like appearances throughout.

Sharp and fruity aromas don't simply scream "blueberry" but does offer up a robust berry-like tartness that foreshadows the following scent. Balsamic notes blend with sea brine, horse hair and sherry wine for a complete tart and savory matrix.

To taste, the ale starts with a balanced sour and savory interplay. Where tart berries, crabapples, and cider fuse, so does fruity sweetness and savory balsamic notes for that blend that allures the taste buds and intimidates them at the same time. Blueberries may be read into the verbose fruit notes once disclosed, but without the mention I'm not sure the true fruit is as easily recognized. Finishing with a salty-savory fruit taimste the beer is crisp and clean in its final impressions.

Crisp, clean and ultimately refreshing in its feel, the ale rises from the palate and sheds its early creaminess to favor a pleasant wine-like acidity that's surprisingly light in astringency. Finishing dry, acidic, and refreshed- the ale perplexes the trigamental senses with mineral, hop bitterness, and metallic bite.

Blabic is a comfortable yet inquisitive Sour Ale- its nearly as sour at true Lambic or Gueuze but is backed by the robust earthy taste of blueberry, but its sweetness has been stripped and replaced by dryness, sourness, and pectin. The resulting taste is a shaddow of the fruit, but it still makes and intriguing mark on the beer- in the most whimsical kind of way. (1,954 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 500 ml bottle, clear and dark crimson with a way-off white head comprised of large bubbles stacked 1/2-inch high and fades to partial cap leaving clumpy lace.

N: Tartness with basalmic, fruits and berries with tannic oak.

T: Sharply tart with some musty cheese, tannins, aged wood, faint blueberry skin rather than juice.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Finishes sour and fruity.

O: Like others from this brewery there are lots of wood barrel character present. The sour and tart component really drives this while the blueberries take a back seat. Expecting more, yet still fun to try. (621 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 (1,731 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Served alongside HaandBryggeriet Blåbær.

The beer has a dark purple body with a hint of ruby. Small, pink head. The aroma brings a lot of blueberry, fleshy fruit, cherries, funk, brett, oak. Smells nice. Blueberry and cherry with funk. Sweet and sour, akin to a Flanders style ale. Moderate carbonation with a light puckering sensation in the back end. Tasty. (405 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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". (1,211 characters)

Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a soothing maroon. Appears hazy but it's hard to tell with the color. The head is quite small and quickly fades to a ring of pink-ish beige bubbles. The aroma has some nice blueberry flavor, at least once the beer warms up. Cold, the beer has a fairly neutral fruity sour aroma. Anyway, there's some excellent sweet blueberry flavor to the aroma. It's got a nice oak note. Some noticeable acidity is present, sort of a mild grapey vinegar flavor. The taste has much less blueberry sweetness. There's a big vinegar note. It smells like a relatively fresh lambic but tastes like an aged one, or really somewhere between a lambic and a Flanders-style sour. Lots of tannic character from the oak. Some nice funk underneath the dominant tartness. Strong to medium-strong pucker. Drying mouthfeel from the oak. Fairly light on the palate, otherwise. This is a very nice sour, probably the best that I've had from HaandBryggeriet. (929 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.86/5  rDev -52.2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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.... (577 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (539 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

Brewed 23.08.11 Bottled 21.11.12

A - Pours a deep mahogany colour with hints of purple. The head reduces very quickly.

S - Great aromas of sour fruits and oak, really nice. Reminiscent of Rodenbach.

T - Up front some nice vinous flavours, followed by some blueberry funk and brett, The Oak is very present and reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin. The finish is kinda musty and a little earthy with a tiny bit of coffee. The Blueberry vapour hangs around in your mouth and that is awesome.

M - Light to medium body with minimal but spritzy carbonation.

O - This beer is quite left of centre. I really enjoyed it. Its a cross between a Flanders Oud Bruin and a Fruit Lambic. I absolutely loved it. Well worth a try. (744 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful red and blueish hues with little to no head or much carbonation.

Aroma is of red wine barrels, lactic sourness and a touch of vinegar.

Taste is of the skin of un-ripened fruits, yogurt tartness & after a couple sips I do pick up the blueberries but more of the kind you pick that are not very sweet. a touch of tannins that make it finish really dry. the sourness is not huge but makes it feel a bit more complex allowing you to taste some of the malt sweetness.

mouthfeel is medium and slick but finishing dry with little carbonation

overall I really am enjoying this beer and will pick up another to see how this changes (636 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This beer is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. It is a deep, dark, amber-red color with a little head. There are definitely some floating particulates in this beer (all the better, it is a wild-ale afterall!) The beer itself is lightly tart with a nice fruity bitterness. As the after-taste goes on, the bitterness builds somewhat. Very delicious and the brewers who poured it couldn't have been friendlier! (469 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HaandBryggeriet Blåbic

Bottled: 11/21/12
Consumed: 6/28/13

A- pour yields a 1/4 finger tan head leaving very quick. No lacing. Beer is hazy and a similar color to grape juice. 3.75

S- smells excellent. Nice tart blueberry and boysenberries. Oak, tannic, very slight yeast. 4.5

T- mirrors the nose. Tart blueberry and boysenberry, tannic, oak, slight yeast, grape. Very full flavor and excellent. 4.5

M- thicker body for a lambic and medium carbonation. I enjoyed the mouthfeel 4.25

O- a real pleasure. Great lambic that had good drinkability. Well done. 4.25

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Photo of uno99
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (783 characters)

Photo of jdamaso84
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark red appearance, which really stands out in the light, with very slight lacing and very, very little carbonation. If you've ever brewed with blueberries, the color will look familiar to you.

Smells quite sour, maybe a hint of fruit, but everything blends well so it is difficult to single out distinct aromas.

Very, very tasty lambic. It's a thick, but very smooth and easy to drink beer. Sour notes really hit the back of the throat and linger for a while.

As mentioned, it's very smooth and almost has the consistency of a heavy stout. It has a unique mouthfeel that leaves sort of a silky feeling on your tongue/palate, almost the same kind of silkiness you experience while sipping a top notch, smooth, single malt whiskey. It's a pleasure to drink.

Not sure why this isn't rated higher overall; it really is an excellent beer that's well-blended, tasty, and fun to drink. I wish I picked another bottle up when I had the chance. (941 characters)

Blåbic from HaandBryggeriet
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.