Haandbakk | HaandBryggeriet

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
487
Reviews:
232
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.83%
 
 
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108
Gots:
58
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of dansmcd
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark murky brown with a touch of red, just a thin bubbly head with no retention, no lace.

S - Vinegary, musty and sour. Tart berries, grass and some boozy heat.

T - Sour fruit, particularly raspberries and tart apples. Some coffee bitterness breaks through at the back end.

M - Thin body, moderately carbonated, sour finish.

O - This is a complex and unusual beer. A nice blend of sour and bitter, which I would like to have seen balanced with some more sweetness but it is certainly worth a try for true beer advocates.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -28.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a murky muddy brown with 1 finger of white head.

S- Tons of funk and sourness with cherries, vinous grapes, vinegar, and musty oak.

T Just like the aroma. Barnyard funk up front with a nice cherry presence, slight vinegar, and vinous grapes.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice tart sour finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a deep dark mahogany colour, heavy in the body, with a decent heft to it. Flashes of ruby come out when held to the light, rather pleasantly. Head is lacklustre, as you often get with wild ales. This one forms a layer of large quarter-centimetre bubbles across the top that sit looking dormant and oily. There's some very fine carbonation visible at the corners. Overall, a good looking, if slightly mysterious brew.

Nose is sharp and old, giving slightly astringent acetone characters, along with dry flaky chocolate and ancient woody depth. Everything about it suggests that it's old and aged, giving a weird but compelling complexity.

Taste is gorgeous, and in some senses makes sense of the mystery on the nose and in the appearance. Here, a tight acidity strikes through the centre, lending an odd counterpoint against some of the sweet dark characters and the almost spiritous oak notes. Characters of dark cherries, carob, tannic wine and white pepper come through, along with a lengthy exhalation of booze. It's complex and challenging, but oddly moreish as well, setting your palate up for the next sip.

Wonderful brew from Haand. This is a complex, delightful and exciting beer, that gives something unique to the drinker.

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2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Given the mostly positive response to this beer I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle. I'm a big fan of flanders style beers, lambic, and wild ales in general, and I had high hopes for this beer.

It poured with very little carbonation had had no head whatsoever. It had a very nice dark reddish brown color.

The smell was malty with some wood and fruits, but very mild on all accounts. Nothing particularly offensive about the smell, but nothing exceptional, either.

The taste is what started to throw me off. For the style, gravity, and aging process I expected something to stand out. All I got though was a sickly sweetness and a medicinal aftertaste. A slight tartness was overcome by a sticky mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel was heavy and coating, and a slight acid burn on the throat.

Overall, my experience with this beer was a downward spiral starting with a pretty nice color and nose and tumbling to unpleasant tastes and feelings. given the rave reviews by others, I'd be willing to try this again but not for $12. I had a similar experience with "Wild Thing".

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour fruit, vinegar, light malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with sour and acidic flavors of cherries and grapes. Then there is some wild Belgian yeast that comes in along with a thin malt character. Even with such a strong sour flavor, this beer has a pretty nice balance as all of the flavors seem to work well together. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
4.17 out of 5 based on 487 ratings.
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