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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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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super sour. 5+++

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
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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4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
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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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
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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4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
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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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

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