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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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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 MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in St. Louis at the Wine & Cheese Place, although it seems to be back in stock in Chicago these days. Served in a champagne flute. Batch 49, brewed 10/10/06, best before 04/30/11.

A - Two and half fingers of tan foam that dissipates quickly to about a half-inch cap without any lacing. Opaque dark brown color, with some raisin highlights at the bottom.

S - Lovely mix of sweet and sour flavors - vinegar, sour apple, oak, rhubarb, funk, caramel & brown sugar malts. Excellent stuff!

T - The taste has more sour and tart qualities, and pushes the sweetness further to the background, although as it warms up the sweet caramel (almost real cane sugar cola flavor) comes out. Lovely balanced bretty funk that enhances the flavor of the sour fruits (particularly apple) and wood instead of overpowering it.

M - Lively carbonation with a bit of burn to it, dry finish, tons of pucker, but still some residual stickiness. Light body, but not overly watery. Right on for the style.

D - The alcohol is incredibly well hidden - I had a bigger problem with the 5.9% Brian Boru earlier today than I did with this one. The aftertaste has a lot of wood to it, but it never gets to be too much. The carbonation is lively, but not bloaty. Love the 500ml serving size too!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz/500 ml bottle, picked up following an epic tasting/sharing of sours last weekend; poured to a snifter. A 'Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels' (not sure that necessarily equates to 'Flanders Oud Bruin', but let's roll with it); Batch 49, brewed 10.10.06, best bef. 30.04.11.

A: Deep leathery brown, glows orange and ruby when held to light. Very hazy, only the tiny bubble streams hugging the glass edges are visible. Good head, maybe a half-finger of fizzing tan suds, clinging in seconds as a dense ring and swirling in vortex-like film patterns. Lace in coating, gracefully falling sheets.

S: Robust aroma of stinging malt vinegar and charred oak, crisp apples, a little apricot/cherry tartness. Strong when chilled, only improves as it warms.

T: Biting lactic sourness, a full pucker-inducing mouthful of squeezed lemon, tart green apple, vinegar, citrus rind bitterness. Earthy/woodsy notes develop as it lingers in the mouth, even some pepper-y herbs and floured dough. Really interesting beer, tons of intermingled flavors.

M: Terrific feel - crisp and zesty carbonation, bracing tartness that mellows and sweetens, alcohol warms. Cheek drawing and tongue curling qualities are present, but not punishing. Leaves a fine grainy coating.

D: An all-around excellent beer, among the best I've had of this or similar styles; HaandBryggeriet has one to be proud of with Haandbakk. High strength prevents this from the drinkability it might have were it in the 6% ballpark, but it's still so enjoyable...just requires more time (or sipping partners) to consume. Definitely recommended! (Great beer to bring along, Bryce!)

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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 jophish17
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice, $9 and change.

Aroma: not too strong, but a good bit of sour and funkiness comes out. Not the best nose, but not really bad either

Appearance: typical bruin: very dark brown with a slight amber hue, thin tan-colored head with little retention and no real lacing till it warms up

Taste: a big thumbs up. I've really been loving this style lately, and this one nails it. Great tart character - not too weak, not too strong. Vinegar, sour cherry and a bit of oak rounds it out.

Feel: proper carbonation and a nice malt body gives me a medium feel that is near perfect for the style

Drinkability: not as sour as many, yet still biting, this one is great to me in this category. Great blend of smooth maltiness and tartness. Alcohol doesn't come into play

I hope more of this makes it into GA. I don't think my bottles will last me very long.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 49, brewed 10.10.06. Best before 30.04.11.

Hand trade from johnmichaelsen..lugged from the Eastern US to the Pacific NW...excellent - and thank you!

Dark reddish brown with a little head that leaves slim to no head. Smells of tart sourness Flavor brings along a nicely balanced sour that does not smack your face off, but still brings that sour tweak. Drinks easily and a nice brew for any sour fan.

Excellent beer to pre-day pre-funk for a day of sours.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass. Batch 49, brewed 10/10/06. Drank around cellar temp, maybe a bit cooler.

Pours dark brown, hazy, with a beautiful, dense khaki head with amazing stickage. Great, solid sheets of lacing as I drink.

Nose is really nice - a vinegar sourness up front carries some amazing notes of cherry, red berries, and even some brown sugar sweetness underneath. Bit of oak. There's an earthy, fruity spiciness in the nose that is fantastic. Very complex.

Taste is beautiful. Vinegar tartness up front, quite acetic, but balanced by an amazing sweetness that picks up notes of brown sugar, a rich spice-bready quality in there too, cherries, red grapes, and some nice oak on the finish. Sourness never lets go, maintains its acetic, sharp quality, but also never fails to let the balancing rich sweetness shine through as well. Beautiful balance in this one.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, a bit dry. Body carries a bit more heft than expected with the richness. Nice lingering bite in the back of the throat from the sourness.

Really delicious beer. Quite drinkable, though the sharply acetic sourness hinders that a bit. Beautiful balance nonetheless.

This is a world-class Oud Bruin, my favorite that I've tried. As a sour, period, this one is a success. I would highly recommend to anyone who appreciates a nice sour or wild ale.

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Photo of amneziak
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The Haandbakk pours pretty dark. In fact, it's almost black with a very subtle warm red color when held up to a bright light. It pours into the glass with a decent sized light tan (with red hued) head that hangs around for a pretty good while. There is a really impressive amount of lacing that grips the sides of the glass nicely.

Smell: As this beer begins to warm it opens up about as nicely as any beer I've had. There's a very tart smell of cherries and sour granny smith apple that comes right at you. There are also some immediate aromas of red wine and sweet balsamic vinegar; the latter being a sort of typical flavor I get from dark sour ales. Somehow in the back of this one, too, is a nice bit of grape bubblegum.

Taste: The tartness hits you right away and carries with it a nice bouquet of tart cherries and granny smith apple. It is followed soon by the vinegar components and the oakiness of the barrels this beer is aged in. In many ways, this is what I had hoped the Avery Brabant would have tasted like. I should probably mention that the 8.5% ABV is just kicking my tail right now. Pretty unusual if you ask me.

Mouthfeel: Well, like most sour ales, Haandbakk just devours the tongue immediately. There is sourness, along with a very good balance of flavors that makes this a really enjoyable sour to drink. It reminds me a lot of the Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, but with a bit more funk on the backend.

Overall: Admittedly, I'm just starting to get into sour ales. I can say that I really enjoyed this one a lot - more than the Avery Brabant. The major comparison I have thus far is that it's very close to the Jolly Pumpkin La Roja I had a few weeks back. It's fairly easy to drink, but is probably more suitable for sharing. The next time I drink this one I'd definitely love to pair it with some good soft cheese.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #49.

Appearance: Pours a near opaque, deep, dark mahogany-hued body with a medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Aromatic nose of weather-beaten wood planks, sharply tart sour cherries, lactic acid, and soil. Heck, there's even toasted caramel malts far, far off in the distance.

Taste: Initial thrust of antique wood barrels and rich sour cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. A scoop of potting soil and a scoop of dark brown sugar. Drizzle of top-notch vinegar and lactic acid to get the ole mouth a-puckering. The flavors graciously ease up prior to the malty, lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, enjoyable, comparable sour. Recommend provided you're a fan of sour beers.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle $11 (damn!). Dark, dark color, black almost, maybe. Small tan ring of bubbles. It smells like wood, cherries, malts, hint of rubber cement, smells about on par for the style. It tastes like an oud bruin but very subtle. Slight bit of sour, slight bit of wood and and it seems a little harsh to my tongue. I am a sucker for sour beers at this point so I buckled and paid the high price tag, I should have bought a La Folie instead.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice sour ale from HaandBryggeriet. Pours a redwood color with a thin tan head. The nose has tart fruits, sweet malts, oak and a subtle musty funk. Tatse is a nice balance of the sweet malts and tart fruity flavors. Could use more of a manure/famyard presence. Crisp body feels full on the palate and has an acidic finish. Good stuff.

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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 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 murrayswine
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy dark amber in my chalice.

nose: much like a Flanders red, you get the tart fruit esters mixed with earth and a hint of oak/bark.

taste: Though I expected a bit more tart as the nose suggested this beer is much more layered and refined, the first thing I got with the tart was earth, and mineral, which gave it such a sense of place, much like a good Euro wine. The tart is a hint sweeter (cherry sweet) and ends with wood.

Mouthfeel: Acrid and effervescent like a good read, this one had a slightly limp texture. I expected more viscosity, I guess.

Drinkability: with it's masked alcohol (not tasted at all) this scores incredibly high with the drinkability, with it's only retraction being the lack of balance between the tart and the body.

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Photo of abfraser
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at CBS in SF. Says Batch 49 and brewed on 10.10.06, so this thing has a couple of years on it. Bottle calls it a Norwegian Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.

A: Pours a dark mahogany red. Not much of a head, but you can tell there's carbonation there. A small beige cap rests on the top after sitting for a bit.

S: Tart green apples, sour cherries, mellow woodiness. This smells very similar to Rodenbach to me. Very classic Flanders style nose.

T/M: Very tasty. Big sour/tartness, although not overpowering at all. More sour cherry like flavors. Some lemon zest. It's got a nice oak overtone. Soft caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied with a nice dry finish. Good carbonation leaves it refreshing, like any good Flanders Red.

D: Extremely drinkable. Would have guessed the alcohol was half what it is.

A very pleasant surprise. Excellent stuff. This rivals any very good Flanders Red I've had. I'll be buying more.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I really like this beer. Good stuff.

Batch 49.

Poured part of a 500ml bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - This beer couldn't look any better. It pours a hazy translucent, nearly opaque, garnet red. It produced a 2 finger cream colored, fine textured, head that never goes away - it only dissipates to a half finger, and then stays there throughout the drinking experience. Light lacing is left behind the further along into the beer I drink. Light is shines through around the perimeter of the glass, but doesn't penetrate the center of the brew.

Smell - The smell is interesting. Oak definitely shines through here - wood and vanilla. I can tell that the beer was aged in oak barrels that was used to make sherry - the sherry comes through a bit. Wild yeast makes its presence known - sour and funk come out, especially as the brew warms. Hints fruit shine from the back of the scent - cherry and sour grapes.

Taste - The flavor is fantastic. Really complex here - the way the flavors intermingle. Sour green apple skins, sour cherry and grapes are the primary fruit flavors, melding with oaky, woody vanilla and sherry. There is light sweetness almost like a mix of the sweetness that you would get from apple juice and caramel. There is a dryness that is present in the flavor that I attribute to oak and Brett. There is a light tartness, from another wild yeast that isn't Brett.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, crisp, and dry - in that order. As it initially rolls over the tongue it is smooth and creamy, and as the flavor settles in, it becomes bright and tart, and finishes lightly dry from the oak and wild yeast. Medium bodied and lightly sticky.

Drinkability - I could drink this all the time, the flavor is awesome. The only place I fault this beer is consistency. Everytime I have this brew, it always tastes slightly different. I figure this is brew is done in small batches using multiple barrels, and each of those barrels have their own character, but this beer is all over the place. Some bottles - all from the same batch - have been more sweet and fruity, more sour, or more oaky. Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues and sediment in the bottom of the glass. Half inch frothy tan head with pretty good retention. Large blob lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sour cherries, funky yeast, and astringent ammonia like aromas mix together in the first whiff. Behind the strong ammonia is oak and wood scents and some sweetness hiding in there. Smells intense.

Taste: The sourness of this beer is very nice, I'm not sure what the oak-aging does to affect it (as in whether it makes it more or less sour) but I find it to be the perfect amount. The first thing I taste is the sour cherries presented first in the aroma, then there is a bubble gum flavor that follows it. After that interesting combo there is some oak taste, tobacco, and some bitter apple. Finishes like a dry red wine and the sourness definitely makes your mouth water, and yearn for another sip.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely a sour that will make your mouth pucker a little bit, nothing insane, but still quite sour. Good carbonation, nice dry finish, and mouth watering.

Drinkability: For me, sours are an occasional thing. So I doubt I'd want any more than this but that aside this one is surprisingly drinkable.

Overall: Although their darkforce imperial wheat stout is my favorite offering this may take second place. It is a very interesting sour and I really enjoy what the oak-aging does for it. It's a little spendy but definitely worth it, my only regret is not sharing this with anyone.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with gorgeous red highlights. Thick lacing clings tightly to the glass. Smells of green apples, sour cherries, and juicy natural funk make for an amazing nose. First sip is puckering tart. The green apples and sour cherries combine with the wild yeast to create an incredible taste. Sherry and oak flavors support this beer and enhance the flavor. As it warms the sourness increases. The mouthfeel really stands out as the beer treats my tongue like a dance floor. I'm guessing this is bottled conditioned. I am grateful Norway's beer is better than her politics. Haandbakk is among my favorite sour ales.

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ATLBeerdog at the BSP.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a small tan head that dissipated slowly and left very good lacing.

The aroma is mostly tart, acidic fruits, cherries especially with a healthy dose of barnyard funk and vinegar thrown in.

The taste is actually a little more balanced. There is the acidic fruit and vinegar funk, but the fruit definitely has a sweeter character in the taste. Maybe even some brown sugar before the finish comes back dry and sour with lots of wood.

The mouthfeel is dry and woody, very wine-like, with a decent amount of carbonation.

The balance of the sweetness in the taste makes this one more drinkable than many of the lambics I've tasted. Tasty.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 errantnight
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes over the Xmas holidays...

Pours a ruddy slightly ruby brown, very dark for an oud bruin or flanders red (this falls somewhere between the two). Tan head, just a whisp of it, dissipates down to basically nothing, but that seems to be pretty expected in these kinds of beers.

Aroma is very horsey and heady, alcohols and roasted grain notes, a bit of sharp acidic fruit.

Taste is wonderfully rich and complex... a Rodenbach dialed up a notch, a bit richer and fuller with a cherry-ish tang. Cleanly sour, but with a nice moderate roast body. Sweetness comes through as fruity, not as caramel.

Body fits the ABV nicely, it's a bit chewy to remind you its there, and that with a forcible tang dial back the drinkability to just where it should be. This isn't a refresher beer... but a headier one, meant to be sipped and savored.


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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 popery
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 49. Brewed 10/10/06. Without a doubt, this is exceptional beer that has been brewed with the utmost care and skill. It is also seems like a fairly unique flavor even among sours, not that I've been lucky enough to have sampled too many. The beer tastes strongly of oak and is very tart. The tartness is sour cherry with a vinous character. I had a small glass of champagne earlier, and the flavor of this beer is closer to that than to a lot of other beers. You can just really taste the oak barrel, and that oak makes things quite dry. The pucker is much more complex than I'm used to. I imagine the beer would age incredibly well. The alcohol isn't felt in the least behind the enormous tart flavor. It's definitely a sipping beer. I have no idea what it could possibly be paired with, food-wise. I can barely taste anything but the beer after that pucker. It could be good as an ingredient in a dish rather than a pairing. It's an expensive beer, but it's good enough to justify the price. I mean I'm not going to go out and buy a case, but I definitely want to try as many different beers from this brewery as possible and it would be a great gift to any fan of sours.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, light sour fruits and tartness. Flavor of sweet tart candies and some oak. Quite nice and tasty.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of orsulacp
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle said this was batch 49, brewed on 10.10.06 and best by 30.04.11. It poured a dark brown with purple highlights and a small tan head that quickly turned into a ring. The nose has plums, a load of sour cherry, and I think there is some vanilla. The taste has a nice tartness without being puckering, there is a lactic twinge had a sweetness hidden in between the cherry tart start and finish. The finish is real dry with a hint of lingering cherry. Overall very tasty.

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
4.17 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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