Haandbakk | HaandBryggeriet

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 vintage
Bottled on 5/10/10
Total bottles: 3240

Pours an almost opaque dark crimson brown with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace slide back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells of red wine vinegar, oak, and funk/must. Taste is exactly the same with the red wine/balsalmic vinegar, oak wood, and funk/must. The oak flavors are very noticeable on the aftertaste. There is a sour and acidic twang that lingers on the tongue after each sip. Mouthfeel is pretty flat which makes this beer a bit of a chore to drink. The sourness level would be better with more carbonation present. Overall, this is a good beer with nice oak notes in the taste but the carbonation issue leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a new review April 20, 2013; Batch 343, 2,280 bottles.

Usually when I taste a beer again years later there is a change in review and score. Here, this batch is exactly per the review below. Literally, exactly the same. Likely no need for me to try again.

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The review below was 3.53 and done on Xmas day, 2010.

Vintage 2009; bottled May 10, 2010.

Dark clear copper red with no head.

Nose is sour cherries and sour grapes and sweet red wine vinegar in an appealing way.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a sour and the mouthfeel is quite nice.

Flavors need time to develop in the mouth and multiple tastes are required before one gets the the true flavor profile. Mildly sour cherries and grapes; some brown ale character but there is back palate and a finish of strong red wine vinegar that prevents real enjoyment.

This might be one that would be interesting to taste again in a year or two. Not one that I would drink now - too heavy on the vinegar character; flavors just don't seem integrated and the "sour" is not "sour;" there is no brightness or pucker factor. Perhaps a bit of time will integrate this one. We'll see....

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle of this beer to split with a friend of mine last night. The pour was of a reddish deep brown with no head on it and no lacing in side. Looks similar to a wine. The smell of wood, cherries, and plenty of funk on the nose. The taste right from the fridge was sour and gave off some elements of fresh tobacco and tart cherry in the aftertaste. As the beer warmed I feel that it started to become a little more balanced. The flavors didn't transition as much as when it was colder. The funk became less dominant as it warmed also. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, not a lot of carbonation but remains a sipper based on how tart it is. Overall I think this is a pretty good attempt at a Flanders Red.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy very dark brown in color. It poured with a minimal head, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and white wine barrels are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of oak, vinegar, and white wine barrels along with a light to moderate amount of sourness, but this becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up. Hints of berries and grapes are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pleasant beer to drink as it seems to have just enough sourness and tartness to make things interesting without impacting the drinkability.

Note: Batch 687, Brewed 2013

Serving type: bottle

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

This is one outstanding beer. All of the tart fruitiness and with the subtle malt backbone that reminds me that it is indeed beer. Shying away from cider or vinegar notes but with the power of 8.5%, this is a seriously good session.

The beer pours a color that straddles ruby and middle brown hues. A modest haze persists. A soft eggshell white head forms a thin sheet on the beer and holds firm throughout the session. No real lacing or legging- these beers aren't exactly know for that.

Aromas of tart cherries dominate the nose while backup notes of crabapples, under-rippened berries, and red wine vinous notes give great complexity to the tart aromas. Light woods blend in well with the vinous/winey notes. Light musty notes rise as if aged with cork.

Flavors begin actually softer than the nose suggests because of a firm malt base of sun-kissed amber malts, light breads, and even chocolate. This allows for a building of tart layers starting with those bold tart cherries. Throw in the grapes/red wine, raspberries/blackberries/red currants, green apples, and woodsy notes in subsequent sips give great surprises as the beer warms.

The acidity of the beer is buffered by those tempering malts, keeping the brunt of the sour beer to ease onto the palate in a very crisp and thirst quenching way. Light carbonation allows for a subtle creaminess early but for the ultimate acidic palate-cleansing sourness late, and with low-lying astringency.

This beer is less abrasive than Rodenbach, but with the intensity and flavor that is expected. Comparisons to Duchese du Burgogne come to mind, but with less of a vinegar/cidery component. Job well done!

Thanks again Mikeyv35!

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3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. My bottle is 8.00%, not 8.50% as is currently listed on the site.

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

Vintage 10.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Colour is an extremely dark ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raisin, heavy oak, vinegar, dark malts, and red wine. A mild strength aroma.

T: Red wine, heavy oak, some sourness and vinegar, wild yeast, and dark malts. Raisiney. A bit too woody. Complex but not horribly subtle. Strange for the style. Pretty aggressive. No real notable hopping. Bold and experimental, but not particularly enjoyable. Balanced, but strange.

Mf: Thick, smooth, wet, and somewhat syrupy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable but off-beat. I like it but I wouldn't get it again - at least not without some age. Too raisiney and viscous for the style. I like the sour aspects but the build is too weird.


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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting the tasting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Initially I'm picking up fruity vinegar. There is a sweetness along with come cherry and funk.

Taste: Very smooth but still so tart. Acidic fruity flavors remind me of cherries and raspberries. There is an herbal note in here too. The finish is a bit sweet along with the sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: Very good and smooth. I was super impressed with this one, especially because I didn't know anything about it ahead of time. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Haandbakk Batch #49
Brewed 10.10.06
BB: 30.04.11

Served in a Girardin tumbler at 52º. Darkish until held to the light, revealing a slightly opaque, murky cherry red tinge to the brown liquid. Tan foam crackles on the surface, slowly receding to a ring.

Light acetic tartness in the nose, rounded out by cherry pits, crunchy fall leaves, trace brown sugar, and vanilla oak barrel aroma.

Puckery and zippy, tangy tartness verging on sour. Plenty going on with this one, far from one dimensional. Succulent sour cherry, acetic touches, wet stone, soft and dry oak notes in the finish, almost as if the sourness just a moment before never happened. Well carbonated but soft and refined at the same time.

In the realm of La Folie, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Cuvee de Tomme. Definitely follows the Flemish sour ale tradition, and from Norway of all places. Skål!

2014; revisiting the 2013 batch... close to zero carbonation, though plenty of tannic oak, dried fruit and cheese rind notes. Really takes a hit due to the watery mouthfeel. It's good for what it is, straight from the barrel, but they could carb it up easily with priming sugar, etc.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2011. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, pepper, hay, straw, brown bread, leather, herbal, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, leather, herbal, pepper, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, cherry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, herbal, leather, musty funk, and oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, wine barrel, and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; with a nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate level of acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy red color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of deep sour notes with light tart cherry notes also perceptible and some quite funky ester. Taste is a mix between deep sour and tart cherry notes with light smoke notes and some barnyard notes also detectable. Body is full with limited filtration and low carbonation. Quite extreme though acidity level is balanced. Not something I would have everyday bit interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a layer of tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown with a ruby hue.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a bit of spice. It also has a touch of roast which I find out.

Taste: Vinegar with a little acidic flavor. Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and spice. A hint of brown sugar. Tart and sour. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Tart and dry with a medium body and medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, somewhat spiced. It has a bit of a fizzy feel to it.

Overall, I think it is a pretty decent beer. It is off the charts, but definitely above average and something I would drink again.

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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Batch 687, Brewed 2013

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak, white wine barrels, and vinegar with just a hint of spiciness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of vinegar with moderate flavors of white wine and oak. Light to moderate tartness/sourness with just a hint of funkiness. Light notes of spiciness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, just enough complexity to keep the flavors/aromas interesting with a light amount of tartness/sourness.

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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Dyan in a trade a while back. Thanks!

A: Dark, murky brownish-purple with a tan head that's solid and retaining.

S: Strawberry, rhubarb, cranberry, loads of balsamic vinegar and a touch of lemon.

T/M: Fruity and acetic; this one's got a massive vinegar character, but it's pleasantly balanced by the strong fruit flavors. Rhubarb pie, raspberry-balsamic vinaigrette and stewed cherries come to mind. Medium-full body. The high level of carbonation helps cut through the vinegar, but it never quite achieves a dry mouthfeel. Juicy, fruity finish with lingering balsamic vinegar. Pleasant stuff in small doses.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 493 ratings