Haandbakk | HaandBryggeriet

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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a recreation of a Norwegian style naturally soured ale, aged in oak wine barrels for 18 months for the authentic sour flavour. The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years.

15 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2008

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Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 11 2011.

Pours a thick, murky red that drops like lead into the bottom of my chalice. A nice, rocky brown head settles on top.

Smells more traditionally malty than what I expect from an Oud Bruin, but that is by no means a bad thing. The rounded, biscuity nodes are complicated nicely by a harsh zip of red berries and applesauce. The oakiness cast a recognizable shadow upon the roasty barley, but the lactic zipiness is as sharp as can be.

Tastes fantastic! A wonderful, two-stage sock to the face that is equally complex and variegated on each end. Up front, roasted, oak-aged barley that's nutty and biscuity, like a traditional English brown. In the back, intensely sweet and tart lactic acid cherries and apples. The stages are remarkably distinct, which mandates slow sipping, and the overall effect is one of the most interesting and well balanced beers I've had in ages.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hagbergl
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Haandbryggeriet Haandbakk, the Norwegian brewery's Flanders Oud Bruin-style ale, at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the recommendation of one of the store owners. A little expensive, but worth it. Nice pick. It was enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): Haandbakk pours a beautiful deep ruby a few shades lighter than black and is topped by the thinnest bit of taupe head that quickly dissipates to a disk of light foam that follows that beer on its way down the glass. Despite the beer's mysterious look, it also appears a little still, making me fear undercarbonation.

Smell (4.5/5): The nose, to any lover of sour ales, is bliss: it is highly acidic and exhibits nice red wine-like and woody tones, no doubt from the barrel-aging this beer has undergone. Tart berry aromas–blackberry, cranberry–also mix with the vinegar-like acidic notes. I know it sounds kind of strange, but it smells good.

Taste (4.5/5): Predictably, Haandbakk begins sharply acidic, featuring prominent red wine-like and blackberry/cranberry flavors up front. The initial big hit of tartness (surprisingly) does not linger long into the finish, which is actually fairly smooth. No alcohol presence to be found, despite this beer's assertive strength. Woody tones start to dominate in the back. As the acidity abates, fruity flavors stick around to impart a decidedly unique flavor to the finish that definitely tastes "aged"–again, in a good way. This beer is very good.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Haandbakk possesses a medium body and low carbonation. I would have liked to see a little more carbonation in this one, but it's still a damn fine beer. It is quite smooth for a tart beer. It manages to pull off the tartness without being very puckering–it's more mellow than I expected it to be. I am left with a light sourness on the sides and roof of my mouth.

Overall (4/5): Haandbakk is a very interesting, tasty brew. It is a rarity in that it is a strong sour ale. Impressively, the alcohol is very well hidden, allowing Haandbakk's outstanding tart, sour, winey flavors and mellow woody tones stand out unimpeded. This ale is unique among sours I have had, though I would not say it's anywhere near the top of that heap. Very good nonetheless.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up on my trip to florida as I had heard very good things about it. Cracked it the other night as I was in the mood for a nice sour. Served chilled in a tulip this one was consumed on 03/05/2009. The pour was very nice with a rich medium brown color and a nice light tan head on top. Nearly opaque with some light reddish touches to the sides and bottom. Deep horse funk on the nose with apple vinegar and ripe sour apples dominating the aroma with some light oak notes as it warmed. The flavor was crisp tart and very full. Ripe apples and sour fruits just ripping through the mouth. Puckeringly good here with a great carbonation level and really solid body all around. Some nice notes of oak as it warms and a rich sour ale really comes to life. Overall a fantastic beer I will gladly buy again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with the year 2008 on the label.

A: The pour is an interesting dark red/mahogany color with a mild off-white head.

S: A lot of sour cherries with a mild acetic note to the beer. The oak comes through nicely along with a bit of sweet malts in the background.

T: The tartness is pleasant and sharp, both acetic and lactic, but leaning slightly more toward acetic. There is a nice sour cherry fruitiness along with some dry oaky character.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very lively carbonation, sometimes a bit too much so.

D: A really nice oud bruin that balances the vinegar component well. I would definitely pick up another one of these.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color with garnet highlights; the modest head fades to a film with bubbles around the circumference and leaves dots of lace behind

Smell: Oaky tartness dominates, with cherry, tarmarind and currant elements

Taste: Fruit forward, with the sour cherry, currant and tamarind adding both sweet and tart aspects; by mid-palate, the acetic sourness builds, with the oak becoming dominant and remaining so, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; prickly on the tongue from the acetic quality

Overall: A really fine beer that is a great example of the brewer's skill

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 49. Brewed 10.10.06. Best before: 10 days from today. The foam gushing on crown cracking was slow enough to allow the muddy coffee bean colored liquid to be corraled into the snifter with no overflow. A surprisingly stubborn beige cap has appeared, though little lace ends up on the glass.

The aroma is a nostril-pleasing fusillade of fruit vinegar, musty oak, and an earthiness that adds even more depth. It doesn't smell like this offering will be sweet in the least. And it may be a puckerbomb of the highest order.

Wow! Wow! And Wow again! This might be the most potent Flanders oud bruin in the history of the style. This stuff is not for the faint of palate, that's for damn sure. Each mouthful is a barely controlled megaton blast of sour acidity... that, thankfully, has a wonderfully well-crafted beer interdigitated with it.

Flavors include sour cherry vinegar, hints of slightly darker fruit macerated in caramel, and a oakiness that is prominent, but far from over-the-top. The amount of acidity is almost overwhelming at times. Look out tooth enamel and stomach lining. Funky bugs (Norwegian wild yeast and lactobacillus) add yet another layer of complexity.

The mouthfeel is perfectly appropriate for the style. It doesn't seem very big in the first half of each mouthful, but hangs on admirably and becomes lightly oily and sticky on the finish. Lightly tingly bubbles are easily managed and add even more mouth interest.

If there's any beer that should hold up well after almost five years it's an oak barrel-aged 8.5% Flanders oud bruin and wild ale hybrid. This quite the experience, but it's almost too intense for all 500 ml to be enjoyable. My advice: find someone with an adventurous palate to share it with.

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Photo of nickfl
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on a opaque, dark brown body. The head doesn't stick around too long, and the lace is minimal.

S - Sweet and sour, pungent and spicy. Acetic acid, black cherries, and subtle woodiness.

T - Puckering sourness, quickly tempered by fruity malt. A strong toasted oak note appears in the middle along with mild roasted malt flavors. The oak lingers into the finish and remains even as the sourness fades away.

M - High carbonation, medium-thick body, and a very dry finish.

D - Spectacularly drinkable. I am quite partial to flemmish sour beers and this is one of the best that I have ever had. The sour, spicy aroma is spot on and the flavor is complex and satisfying in a way that makes me truly sorry I did not get another bottle of this when I had the chance.

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Photo of khoff5
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times. This bottle was shared by busternuggz.

A mysteriously dark red brew with a light brown cap.

It has an ideal aroma for this style. Oak, vanilla, black cherry, and the balsamic vinegar is there but not overpowering or off-putting like I've found in other examples of Oud Bruin.

With a very smooth entry we're greeted by warm vanilla tones and dark fruits (cranberry, black cherry, pomegranite, maybe currants). Just a touch of balsamic vinegar and a zip of refreshing sourness all finished by light, red wine-like tannins.

Awesomely drinkable and one I've taken for granted that we've had so readily available in Springfield, Mo for over a year now. Go Norway.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

from a bottle to a duvel glass - (wine glas with a lip) brewed 2012 bottled 2014 drank 3/30/2016
look; beautiful mahogany cherry, not much head, little lacing, appropriate for the style
smell; fresh cherries, cherry cigar, a little woody, hint of vague citrus or acid, very inviting
taste; sour cherry, hint of balsamic vinegar and black pepper, in a really really good way
feel; mild carbonation, full body, moderate tartness
overall; it's a deliciously tart oud bruin, classicly delicious

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JakerLou
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of goatxpower
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at Star Grocery

A- Looks great. Pours dark brown, with a nice fluffy tan head.

S- smells incredible. Vanilla, Sherry, Oak, berries.

T- This is a world class sour. It's more tart then sour, really. Not very acidic/vinegar tasting. Vanilla, Oak, Blackberries, Cherries, Sherry, a little bit of stouty roasted malts. Very complex and tasty.

M- Has an almost stout-like mouthfeel to it. Thicker then most sours/bruins that I've had, it seems.

D- I'm not a HUGE sour fan, which costs the beer some points on that alone, but this is as good as any of the sours that I've had. Honestly, for the money, this is as good as Concecration or even Cuvee de Tomme. Just can't see me drinking it (or Concecration and Cuvee de Tomme for that matter) very often.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft @ Mikkeller Bar SF on 1/19/15. Pours a red, brown color with minimal head. Aroma is acidic, red grapes, malt, and brett. Medium to thin bodied. Taste is vinegar-like acidity with tones of cherry, grape and funk with a bitter finish. Decent flanders red.

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Photo of DuckducKgueuze
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmm. . . . . did duchesse get married to the king of boon geuze??? i must brag that i am the first person in north carolina to sip on this sour, velvety goodness - well - he told me i was the first. it said "sour", i said "baby, please, i must have it. . . i love norway" so all i have to say is i love it on this indian summer november night.

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Photo of Prospero
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a large Allagash chalice. Bottle says brewed in May of 2008 and bottled in March 2008. I'm not sure how they pulled that one off. Anyways, it appears to be a 2008 vintage. On with the review...

A: Bottle opens with foam rising slowly out of the bottle. Pours a murky brown/deep red with a thin dense off white head. Carbonation steadily rises from the bottom, keeping the head firmly in place.

S: Complex nose. Most certainly a healthy dose of tartness. I'm also picking up hints of sweetness and must. I'm not sure what rhubarbs smell like, but they might be comtributig to the sweetness.

T: Obviously very tart up front. Tart cherries and light vinegar overwhelm at first, followed by a pleasent subtle subtle sweetness. It hits the back of my throat with a shock of sour, leaving a slght burn. Once the sourness passes, I'm left with a relatively thick coat of light fruit sweetness. This really is an interesting beer.

M: Medium bodied and very well carbonated. Feels great on the tounge, matches the style well.

D: This one is keeping me intrigued. I'm no expert on Oud Bruins, but I think this is an excellent brew. Highly recommended if you are interested in sour styles.

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Photo of Tilly
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daveytheformer
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'09 vintage bottled May 10th 2010 poured into a Delirium snifter.

Pours dark brown with a light reddish tint. Thin tan head that fades to some spotting.

Smells sour, tart, and funky. Oak and cherries. Sour grapes and some vanilla. An almost eggnog like aroma.

Tastes dry with a lovely woody sourness. Vinous and malty. Ever so tart.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is amazing and I don't really know what I would change this in any way. Really like Haand beers and this might be my favorite yet.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of ATLBeerdog - much obliged!

Pours a murky brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and green apples, with hints of vanilla and a certain funky earthiness that reminds me of wet leaves, but in a good way.

Tastes great. Not quite as tart as the smell led me to believe, but I still puckered up a bit on the first sip. More cherries and berries than apples that give way to an oaky mellowness that rounds out the end of the sip. The sourness doesn't stick around for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation that makes it go down smoothly. More body than I was expecting.

Drinkability is good. This is a very seamless sour that does everything right. Tart, but not too tart, mellow, but not too mellow, etc.

Overall I thought this was more along the lines of an Oud Bruin than anything, and a good one it was. Pick this one up if you see it around, and thanks again to ATLBeerdog for sharing this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
bottled lo Feb 2011
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a red glow at the base with a thick ring of light tan big bubbles that soon dissipates. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a fruity cherry brett note with a soft wet wood finish.

T- The dry wood and tart flavor has some berry and cola notes coming through as the beer warms and a wood and brown malt note to follow. There is more brett funk and a cherry hint near the finish that fades in to a slight fruity aspirin and a touch of astringency lingers.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slick texture and no real alcohol heat but a touch of astringency.

O- The bright fruity notes blend with some nice funk hints and a dry finish with hints of wood really add some nice depth to this beer. The beer takes on more vinous qualities and the body thins as it opens up. The bitter aspirin quality fades into more of a tartness as the beer opens aswell.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 495 ratings