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 aasher
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer sounds amazing on paper. This bottle is the 2010 vintage.

Haandbakk pours a light bodied dark cherry wood brown in color with no or lacing even in a somewhat still pour. The smells is of sour cherries, oak, soured dark fruits, plum, and red wine barrel. The flavors are nice too. You get plenty of red wine barrel, oak, tart cherry, and sweet grape. It is as interesting as can be for the style and has a nice, although moderate, level of sourness. The least impressive part of this beer are the body and mouthfeel. It poured almost flat and drinks flat, almost like a still lambic. Tis definitely takes away from the drinkability and desirability of this beer, good flavor or not. I like this beer a lot, for what it is, but it could be remarkable if it had the proper body.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

500ml bottle date: May 10th 2010 (2009 vintage)

Smells of darker malts, wood barrel, and bright pungent yeast. Yeast comes off as fruity, like raspberries or cherries. Wasn't expecting the Brettanomyces aroma. Its really nice.

Pours a very murky burgundy color. Cream colored head that has no retention. Very light carbonation.

Wild yeast and bacteria lend a acidity and tartness. Similar flavors to aroma: wood barrel, fruity tart yeast, darker malts that have been thoroughly fermented out. The wine character comes through more as my palate adjusts. Malty caramel flavors towards the end of the sip.

Thin-medium mouthfeel. Sour character is quite present but not overbearing. Acidic from fermentation not carbonation. Not scorching to the palate. Good stuff. Super unique.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jstilwell for sending this one my way.

A: pours a deep maroon with purplish hue, small amount of white head, poor retention, a bit cloudy

S: candied fruit on nose, notes of cranberry and red grapes, considerable amount of oak, balsamic vinegar, a bit of oak to round things out

T: starts out with some tart fruits, primarily dry red grapes and cranberry, a touch of cherry, this gives way to a significant wave of tartness, some red wine character on the finish

MF: moderate carbonation, medium body with some viscosity to it

O: nicely balanced oude bruin, worth a try

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ixodus
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Vintage 2009 Bottled on 10 may 2010 Total Bottles 3240

A: Dark murky brown with dark ruby hues and a small off white that dissipates into a few pillows around the rim of the glass. Leaves some nice rings of lacing as it's sipped down.

S: Sour cherries, vinegar, raspberries, sour grapes, charred oak, dark chocolate with a bit of funky wet hay in the background.

T: Taste is sweet berries at first cherries/raspberries, mid palate is when the tartness comes in with a vinous grapes and finished with oak, chocolate, and a bit of musty barnyard funk.

M: Rolls over the palate quite smoothly. It's medium bodied but lacking carbonation.

O: Overall this a great beer and one of my favorites in the style. If you like Oud Bruins or just sours in general I wouldn't pass this up.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
4.17 out of 5 based on 487 ratings.
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