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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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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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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.


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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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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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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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 489 ratings
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