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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

This is one of the most spectacular, outstanding libations I have ever encountered. It is certainly not for the inexperienced drinker, however. It is brutal and relentless and wildly intoxicating, figuratively speaking.

A - It pours a deep brown hue, almost black with red highlights and luminescence.

S - Solvent alcohol fuses with vinegar and mustiness in such an unusual and sublime way; it is tart and fruity too, with notes of cherry and raspberry.

T - The flavor is way sour and tart; vinegar and alcohol are quite evident, and yet this heavy-handedness is so sophisticated. This is the sour beer equivalent of RIS. Haters just aren't there yet!

M - The feel is quite bright, even after the beer appears to be still. Great feel. Exceptional.

D - Off the hook for those with the cojones to handle a powerhouse of a sour beer like this one.

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Photo of BeerMandS
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A revelation in beer. I believe this was my moment with the Heavens...

A - Brown with a hazy red color. It foams up beautifully but dissipates quickly.
S - Explosion of sour bretty berries mixed with macerating cherries in a oak barrel
T - Cherries and berries with funky woodyness; the oak is present but not overwhelming. A bit of a cola feel with the sweetness of the fruit on the finish.
M - It's not a heavy beer and has medium carbonation and is supported by great acidity.
O - A very solid beer, that I would recommend to anyone who wants to try a Oud Bruin/sour beer.


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Photo of Tilley4
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008... Poured into my Schlafly snifter...

A deep brownish ruby pour with a small off white head atop...terrific lacing throughout as I swirl the snifter around it sticks everywhere... A murky mysterious looking ale...

Bracingly sour aromas wafting off of this one... The vinegar aspect is there but not the lead player as in so many sours... Sour cherries dominate here mingled with the earthiness of the oak barrels and a barnyard funk lingering in the background.. This beer is smelling awesome... I'm by no means a sour ale expert but this one has my attention... Very complex.. Getting something different every time...

Sour cherries.... Earthy oak barrels...tart acidic vinegar... Slight chocolate aspects on the finish as well... Terrific brew... Awesome...as in the aroma, I get something different with every sip... There are definitely vinous aspects to this along with the other things I mentioned... Truly remarkable...

World class in my opinion... I don't drink a lot of sour ales but this beer has cracked my top 10 all time brews regardless of style.. I didn't want it to ever end... I had to drive a few hours to get this and this bottle has convinced me to pick some up on every trip... Truly an amazing beer....

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Photo of Cresant
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 1 pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Brewed 10.10.06, best before 30.04.11. Batch 49. The body was dark brown-red leather and clear of sediment. The rich tan head left a fine creamy cap throughout.

Smell was sour, sweet, woody, floral, honeysuckle. There was lots going on in this one. Light alcohol presence as it warmed. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste was rich brandy-like flavors. Cherries. Oak. popsicle stick. Long aftertaste of wood and sour fruit. This beer is aged in sherry and rhubarb wine casks/barrels and it shows, those tastes were evident. Drying. Smells were reflected in the taste as well. A very interesting brew.

Mouthfeel was zippy and puckering.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, oaky brown with a nice little head. Great nose with tons of different flavors. First, and very obvious is the sweet, sweet funk. Lots of acidic fruit, lots of cherries and some ripe strawberries. Apples and grapes as well. Flavor is off the charts. Incredible balance. Upfront is a nice ripe fruitiness followed by a tartness. Perfect blend of fruitiness and tartness. Beer finishes very dry and almost a touch spicy.

This is a truly great beer. I am a huge fan of the style and this is one of the best I have had. Just blown away...

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Photo of goRideYourBike
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 49
Vintage October.10.2006
Drinkage November.09.2008
Best before April.30.2011

into a tulip glass

...part of a huge haul Brusin Ales just received. Fresh off the dolly and not yet SKU'd, Jason pulled this from a box sitting on the store floor. "Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels"= yes please. "...oak barrels used for making sherry and rhubarb wine"= yes please.
Grab it when you see it. Grab two, or three, just leave some for me.
If I cannot enjoy Cuvee de Tomee I will happily drink Haandbakk.
Thank you, Hand Brewery. Soft pound to you.

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Photo of johncampbell
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My friend, Tisha Dean, shared a 16.9 ounce bottle, 2006 vintage, with me November 2010. It wasn't nearly enough.

It poured a plum-brown color, slightly cloudy with a burgundy edge and a decent amount of off-white head that clung to the glass.

The nose was fantastic sour barnyard funk with hints of sour cherry, vinegar, oak, vanilla, and spice. It made my mouth water instantly.

The flavor floored me. It was perfect - complex, sour and funky. My palate was completely satisfied. Tart fruit, barrel oak, vanilla, spice, roasted malt and candied sugars.

Sweet, sour, spicy, funky goodness in a bottle with a mouthfeel that was smooth and creamy with bright carbonation and a soft, dry finish.

The overall complexity is almost too much for words. When you find it, buy two. I could drink this all night if it weren't so expensive ($10.99 per bottle).

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Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy tan head. Pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap and ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Tart funky vinous aroma with a nice oak/wood character and lots of dark fruit notes, especially dark cherries. Slightly vinegary with a nice blend of earthy oak, dark fruit and funky tart notes.

Tart and vinous with a very prominent dark fruit presence. Hints of plum, raisin and dark cherry with a dry lactic tart sour flavor. Nice earthy oak and subtle vanilla balance out the tart and sweet notes perfectly. While this beer is pretty funky it is very well balanced and the 8.5% ABV is excellently masked. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, Batch 49, Brewed Oct 10, 2006. Best by date of April 30, 2011. Wow! What a fantastic beer. I love the all the nuances here and the deft use of oak. Pours a slightly murky brown with a fair head of very tight bubbles. Very nice combo of tannic oak and sour fruit in the nose. The bottle says it was aged in oak barrels previously used for Sherry and Rhubarb wine. You can definitely pick up some Sherry notes, and the use of oak that still carries some Rhubarb is brilliant- the vegetal sourness of the Rhubarb marries beautifully with the sourness of the beer and the tannins from the barrel. The taste is even more complex and intense. Starts out fairly soft and lightly sour, and then the tannins from the oak build into a spicy, woody, crescendo followed by a blast of Rhubarb, some acetic notes, and late barnyard laced with more wood tang. Just superb. The mouthfeel is quite oaky, but softer than you might think with the oak and the sourness in balance and a touch of creaminess to offset the woody blast. As intense as this beer is, I found the flavors so well developed, if not subtle, that I could keep on drinking this for a while. The 8.5% abv is extremely well hidden as well. Extremely well done this one, no shortcuts here. 3 years of aging in barrels with character shows through beautifully. Bravo.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006
Batch 49
Brewed 10/10/06
Best before 4/30/11

A - Murky brown with cherry, amber hues when held to the light and a thin tan head that quickly leaves a ring of lace around the edge. I am quite surprised the ring of lace lingers since I have not seen this in other wild beers.

S - Tart cherry (that becomes more rhubarb like as it warms), somewhat acidic, musty oak with slight vanilla tannin and other tart mixed berries. Hints of vinegar as it warms.

T - Quite tart and acidic. Grabs your tongue with a slight pinch on the first few samples and then mellows into a sour with some zip. Tart cherries with a nice blast of dry rhubarb (I only noticed it from years of my moms homemade rhubarb wine), some acidic vinegar and then mellows to tart berries with an extremely dry finish.

M - Medium body but highly carbonated giving it quite a zip on the tongue. Extremely dry finish.

D - More of a flemish red in my opinion but a nice, different, complex take of the style. I am really enjoying sour beers aged in wine barrels the more I try them. The next big trend in my opinion if it isn't already.

Note to self - take emerge077's advice and buy more than 1 bottle next time he recommends it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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 busternuggz
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter. Marked as bottled March 2008, with a best before date of March 2011 (it was awesome today though, nearly a year after that).

Pours a ruddy brown, nearly opaque, with a frothy khaki colored 1" head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Leaves some clingy lacing.

Big, rich smell that flows out of the bottle as soon as you open it. Vinous with balsamic vinegar and tobacco, a hint of baking chocolate, tart cherry, strawberry, and a liquory oak note, probably from the sherry barrels. Complex and inviting.

Perfect interplay between big sweet and tart on the palate, rich and balanced. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, rhubarb, cranberry, leather, and oak come on in that order, with a great snap of slightly spicy lactic acid on the end giving it a clean, dry finish. A little more sweetness and red fruit come out as it warms. Little aftertaste, but leaves a slight tingling on the tongue kind of like after you smoke a pipe.

Perfect texture, comes on lush and medium bodied, well carbonated, and ends light and dry along with the acidic finish.

I can't recommend this beer enough, if you have access get it. For the price it is amazing, and for being a year past it's stated best before date I think it was even better than the last time I had it.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BATCH 49 BREWED 10.10.06 BEST BEF. 30.04.11

This one is a dark amber colored liquid with some serious crimson highlights. Almost two fingers of dark tan colored foam make the head. The retention is very good and the lacing is thick and full, but slightly slick.

A big presence of tart cherries dominates the nose. There are also some good hints of oak and an almost wine-like quality going on. light hints of acetone.
This is a complex nose that is full of very interesting smells and I can't wait to drink it.

The big cherry notes are inescapable. Lots of tartness with a very light undertone of sweetness. Huge oak presence is absolutely delicious. Once again, this is very wine-like. It's definitely a beer, but it totally has some wine characteristics going on. Light traces of vanilla wisp in and out. More dark fruit notes are noticed, but they disappear quickly. Light touches of dry leather. A mild spiciness hits you mid-palate. The finish is to the dry side, yet manages to linger for awhile.

This one is medium-bodied with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It has a sharpness that comes from the tart aspect of it, yet has a light touch of creaminess to it also, which is quite refreshing.

This is very nicely drinkable. It is sour enough to be interesting, yet not so sour as to pucker your face. The 8.5%abv is exceptionally well-hidden also, which sure doesn't hurt.

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Photo of YankChef
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel glass... been trying to find this one for a while then found it at 2 places in the past 2 days shame i only bought one

appearance: deep dark inky blood red, the only real red can be seen on the edges in faint hues... the darkest of this style i have ever seen. Head pillows up white and rich and foamy, clings to the top of the beer all the way down

Smell: smells of tart funk and subtle vanilla, a little bit of cherry and wood. Lots of fruit aroma but not really sweet...

Taste: Upfront it sort of stings the tounge with something akin to bitterness, almost like sticking a piece of wood in your mouth like at the doctor... THen there is the tart funk sour aspect, more dry then just sour a little bit of cherryberry. THis beer tastes like wood, it has a bitter tannic finish that is akin to a burgundy that had tannins

Overall: One of the most unique and intriguing beers on the planet, Third brew ive had from them and they have all been unique and enjoyable at the least and fantastic at best. If you can find this buy it impulsively

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009

A-Pours a Pepsi brown with very pretty crimson highlights around the edge of the glass. A tan bubbly head hisses into formation then fizzles into a light patchy cap. Subtle lacing.

S-Smells pungent and delicious. A bigger, bolder, more alcohol-laden nose than most I have come across of similar kin. Woody, and red wine-like. Tart cherries and a tiny bit of sweetness hidden behind it all. I love how assertive the aroma is. I am not accustomed to such a ''big'' aroma.

T-Wow this is one of the most complex brews I have ever tasted. All the tartness mixes incredibly well with the oaky, woody flavors. The most surprising and by far the best part of the flavor is the big luscious chocolate flavor that sets in and refuses to subside. I was not expecting a chocolate taste here and I am incredibly surprised. Like a chocolate covered cherry with a tiny tree-bark center. Absolutely magnificent...5?

M-The feel is full and regal. Excellent carbonation. A bit slick. Very great on the palate.

O/D-My god, I was recommended this and there was one left just sitting on the shelf. I had to shell out the ten dollars to try it. I feel pretty boss sipping this brew continuously via my Duvel tulip. This is up there for one of my favorite brews. As of this point its easily top ten worthy. I cannot believe the chocolate flavor, caught me off guard. Going through this bottle far too quickly. Awesome beer so happy I took the risk.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, glad to see this available at The Bruery Provisions store, Vintage 2009, bottled 5/10/10,

A: Pours a deep dark burgundy with a mild white head, no lace.

S: I forgot this was sour before I smelled it. But after I got over the shock, I got a great mix of balsamic & apple cider vinegar, with lactic acid. Definite notes of leather, oak and dark cherries.

T: Lots of oak, more lactic than a regular Oud Bruin especially in the finish, but there is that acetic undertone for sure and is the main acid in the brew. Cherry reduction sauce (Montmorency and Bing), soft cheese (brie-like), not super funky, the flavours are firm and dominated by the acid and the malt.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate to high acidity, the sourness really comes out at the finish, there is an elegance mid-palate which eases the sour bite. Quite smooth for it's style, tasty malty aftertaste.

D: This is a wonderful beer, my favourite from the Haand Bryggeriet so far, complex, delicious, a must try in my opinion.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very dark brown/amber color with a nice two finger head after a rather gentle pour. Head is light brown and very fluffy.

S - Light vinegar (a mix of red wine and balsamic) and strong sour notes. As the beer warms the oak becomes more noticeable as well. Dark fruits come through as well with a little fig and cherry.

T - Not as sour and mouth puckering as I expected but definitely still very sour. The sweetness provides an excellent balance without being overwhelming at all. I hint of spiciness mid drink. The oak provides a very light backing throughout the drink. Solid malty nuttiness as well. All in all, the flavors play off of each other remarkable well.

M/D - A touch light with very good carbonation. Leaves a slick feeling behind in the mouth. Drinkability was ridiculously high. 500ml down with no problem at all. Not as much vinegar as I have found in other Oud Bruins.

A remarkable beer in my opinion. Wish I had more than just one and I will certainly be looking for more.

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Photo of Pullen
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty Flanders Old Bruin...

Appearance - Dark and murky with hues of burgundy

Smell - lactice tart aroma...sour cherries and ripe apples

Taste- Like the smell, sour cheeries ripe granny smith apples, but subdued and balanced by the oak. VERY tasty.

Mouthfeel - rather smooth..Carbonation balances the tartness.

Drinkability - YES!! I'm buying more!

Overall, this is a great beer. Good example of a flanders and a great introductory sour beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Norwiegian Flanders Oud Bruin, sure, why not. Vintage 09, bottled on 11Feb2011, Total bottles 2160.

Pours a very hazy and dark red/brown with a small off-white head (hint of red). No lace.

The smell is nice and tart right off the bat. Vinegar and a lactic tartness, minerals are noticed slightly and a slight malt sweetness (hard to notice, but there as it warms).

The taste has a strong sour start that leads to the sugar and dark, fruity malts of the base brown ale. Sour plum and slight grape, vinegar, slight lactic notes, hints of caramel and oak. I'm surprised that the barrels didn't dry out the finish more (not a bad thing). I love the way it goes down, smooth, sour and easy.

An amazing beer. A must try if you like sour beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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 avalon07
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a mahogany color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing.

S: A strong, sour, smell of vinegar and fruit. Very potent and fragrant.

T: Like the smell, it had a sour taste. Vinegar, apple, cherry, and some malt. Also had a slight acetic quality. Very big and flavorful.

M: Lots of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the most pleasantly drinkable Flanders Oud Bruins I've tried.

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Photo of cvfish
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights that produced a good size tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a interesting quality to them, malts, brown sugar, berries, and yeast

T - The taste of this beer was incredible, very malty, brown sugar, rasberry, strawberry, vanilla, some sour citrusy taste, and a bit yeastiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is a highly addictive style, the Sour Ales are growing on me fast, and this one was great, only wish they were in high demand in this part of the country

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Photo of goatxpower
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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 MCImes
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just drank a 2009 vintage bottle in 11' for my 30th birthday and am a big sour lover. This beer has aged very well. The overwhelming flavors have become smoked wood (almost similar dogfishhead's sao palo) barnyard funk, tobacco, leather, bourbon, and horse blanket. its still medium sour; present but not puckering. I tasted no oxidation at all.

I drank 1 bottle fresh and it was good enough for me to immediately buy 2 more. The 2nd one I just drank turned out very well, although I probably wont let my last one age too much longer before drinking. Ill probably drink it in the next year or 3. Overall I like this beer a lot and think it is one of Haand's most successful wild/sour beers. Not all have been winners, but Haandbakk is one of their best.

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