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

vintage 2008

pours a deep brown with ever slight amber. creamy head. great retention.

the alcohol is well apparent. light sour grapes with a hint of lemon. light sour cherry.

nice light sourness up front. light cherry with a deep oak and mustiness. bit of sweetness at the end. very earthy through out. finish has a bit of a roasted flavor, which adds some dryness.

creamy up front and dry in the back. lots of carbonation.

very good, a very nice approach to this

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

Poured into a dogfish head glass. Beer is brown and hazy with almost no head, minimal lacing and low carbonation.

Beer smells a little like acetic acid..fruity, oaky....strong dry.

Beer is medium to light in body. Mild funk, dry finish, acetic and lacitc sourness. It's an easy drinking sour but dry on the finish. I'd have it again. It's quite good.

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

vintage 2009
this beer pours an intriguing dark mahogany color with a thin cocoa colored head that leaves the party very quickly. the color is awesome and immediately scores high points. one swirl wafes funk and chocolate covered cherries into the room. the smell matches the color perfectly and is almost exactly what i expected. i get oak cherries, vinegar, sweet mild chocolate, theres so much going on and i love every sip. its light and dark at the same time, where its so drinkable but the depth of flavors makes me sit and think about it every time i drink. the abv is nowhere to be found and id love to see how much further this brew could go if i lay a few down for a while. will definitely revisit again.

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Photo of ebin6
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Stone Brewery, so my notes were not extensive, but here goes:

A - Dark ruby red coloring with minimal head

S - Cherries are predominant; sourness is apparent

T - Heavy cherry taste balanced with sourness. Bonus points for the interesting malt finish...not something I've encountered with many "sours", but the one makes it work

M - Average considering the style...I feel there may have been some compromise with the malty finish? Just a hunch

D - Extremely drinkable; malty finish diminishes the normal wear and tear on one's tongue typical sours unleash

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Photo of timtim
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep reddish brown with a great two-finger head that holds and leaves wonderful lace. nose and taste consist of wood, vanilla, earth, dark fruit, malty sweetness, tar, vinegar, spice and on and on... there are things going on here that really get the gears turning, and a lot of them are tastes and smells i've never experienced before. also a lot of shared characteristics between this beer and really old-world wines. tar (like road paving in the country) is the best way i can describe it. a lot of dark (not roasty; dark) flavors going on. everything is balanced well, with the vinegar notes playing with the sweet and spicy notes in a very natural, uncontrived way. taste is complex and a bit foreign. this beer is not for beginners. that being said, this was not (to me) an extremely drinkable beer, and even though i am a wild and sour lover, i was impressed, but not left wanting another.

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Photo of johncampbell
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My friend, Tisha Dean, shared a 16.9 ounce bottle, 2006 vintage, with me November 2010. It wasn't nearly enough.

It poured a plum-brown color, slightly cloudy with a burgundy edge and a decent amount of off-white head that clung to the glass.

The nose was fantastic sour barnyard funk with hints of sour cherry, vinegar, oak, vanilla, and spice. It made my mouth water instantly.

The flavor floored me. It was perfect - complex, sour and funky. My palate was completely satisfied. Tart fruit, barrel oak, vanilla, spice, roasted malt and candied sugars.

Sweet, sour, spicy, funky goodness in a bottle with a mouthfeel that was smooth and creamy with bright carbonation and a soft, dry finish.

The overall complexity is almost too much for words. When you find it, buy two. I could drink this all night if it weren't so expensive ($10.99 per bottle).

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Photo of nas5755
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A- A dark reddish brown with a small head and no lacing

S- Sour apples and tart cherries, a little acetic acid but not much

T- Tart, sour apples, tart cherries, oak, some vinous notes, oak, and red wine oak some sweetness and brown sugar

M- sharp carbonation that spices up the flavors, medium bodied for a sour

D- an enjoyable beer now, but will probably be better with some time.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber is poured into a flute.

A - Dark dark purple almost black body with a decent sized off white head

S - A bit of funk with some red wine like notes. Very grape-y

T - Really follows the nose. Kind of a red wine like flavor with a bit of sourness at the end. Some funky notes but not much. Slightly sour but not crazy

M - medium body. fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty good beer. Not as good as I was expecting but still a solid beer. Really reminds me of a soured bottle of wine. I heard that this was like Consecration's twin and I agree, it reminds me a lot of that beer. I'd pick this up again if I saw some but I won't go nuts trying to obtain it.

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Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt sienna color with a nice cream tan head.

Scents of candy malts and sour notes waft up from the head.

Tart and true to style with the funky fermented fruit tartness and just a light hint of sweetness in the background.

Medium bodied and with a soft carbonation.

Over a solid example of the style. That being said and given its somewhat large format I would definitely say this is a one and done endeavor.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2008... Poured into my Schlafly snifter...

A deep brownish ruby pour with a small off white head atop...terrific lacing throughout as I swirl the snifter around it sticks everywhere... A murky mysterious looking ale...

Bracingly sour aromas wafting off of this one... The vinegar aspect is there but not the lead player as in so many sours... Sour cherries dominate here mingled with the earthiness of the oak barrels and a barnyard funk lingering in the background.. This beer is smelling awesome... I'm by no means a sour ale expert but this one has my attention... Very complex.. Getting something different every time...

Sour cherries.... Earthy oak barrels...tart acidic vinegar... Slight chocolate aspects on the finish as well... Terrific brew... Awesome...as in the aroma, I get something different with every sip... There are definitely vinous aspects to this along with the other things I mentioned... Truly remarkable...

World class in my opinion... I don't drink a lot of sour ales but this beer has cracked my top 10 all time brews regardless of style.. I didn't want it to ever end... I had to drive a few hours to get this and this bottle has convinced me to pick some up on every trip... Truly an amazing beer....

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Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of mklinger
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine goblet. Deep brown with reddish highlights. Nice creamy tan head developed. Good looking beer.

Aroma was rich and complex. An interesting combination of roasted aromas combined with tartness and just a hint of balsamic vinegar. Plenty of sour cherry, fruit aromas in there, too.

Taste was similasr but more complex and balanced. A lot of tartness with just a hint of vinegar at the start. (No where near as vinegary as Flemish reds or browns.) As it warmed the roasted and sour elements became stronger and more dominant.

Nice, complex beer unlike anything else I've had. Great mouthfeel with a bright body & plenty of carbonation. Great beer.

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

Dark brown pour, with a dark cherry red tint in the light. Short lived beige head. Smell is nice musty cherry funk - quite nice. Taste follows suite, with the cherries nicely subdued. Something about this really clicks with me. Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, and the higher abv does not really make itself too noticeable. I'd love to be able to get my hands on more of this outstanding Bruin.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in October 2006.

Pours a rusty red with a light tan head. Smell is sweet caramel along with a very strong lactic and acetic presence. Taste is very nice with chery and oak coming in as well. Mouthfeel is a bit of a drawback as the acetic character is quite strong. Drinkability is similarly affected. Do like the creaminess of the body.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, glad to see this available at The Bruery Provisions store, Vintage 2009, bottled 5/10/10,

A: Pours a deep dark burgundy with a mild white head, no lace.

S: I forgot this was sour before I smelled it. But after I got over the shock, I got a great mix of balsamic & apple cider vinegar, with lactic acid. Definite notes of leather, oak and dark cherries.

T: Lots of oak, more lactic than a regular Oud Bruin especially in the finish, but there is that acetic undertone for sure and is the main acid in the brew. Cherry reduction sauce (Montmorency and Bing), soft cheese (brie-like), not super funky, the flavours are firm and dominated by the acid and the malt.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate to high acidity, the sourness really comes out at the finish, there is an elegance mid-palate which eases the sour bite. Quite smooth for it's style, tasty malty aftertaste.

D: This is a wonderful beer, my favourite from the Haand Bryggeriet so far, complex, delicious, a must try in my opinion.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 500 mil bottle into a flute. Dark coffee and cherry juice appearance, with very little head, though that may have had something to do with the drinking vessel. Smells of cherry, grapes (maybe pinot noir given the cherry scent), oak, and coffee/chocolate. Extremely tart and sour up front. Melds into a nice rich toasty chocolate flavor, then moulds into a Belgian Dubbel yeasty sort of note. Then the sour comes back with a vengeance, accompanied by cherry juice. Fantastic and complex beer. My only complaint is that it's a little hot for 8 percent.

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Photo of cb462
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of Vintage 09 from South Bay Drugs in San Diego. Opened at room temperature.

A- Pours a deep amber red with a medium light golden head which dissipates to a long lasting thin head, that laces nicely in the glass.

S- Heavy blue cheese with pear funk, sour and sweet cherries follow, finishes with a nice oak over tone.

T- Immediately mellow sour, with tones of tart cherry and currant. Rolls into malt and blue cheese, and finishes with an oaky tone. Leaves a flavor in your mouth almost reminiscent of malted oats.

M- Smooth and lightly carbonated, oak tannins leave your mouth salivating throughout.

D- Not overly sour or tart. A very nice flanders that is complex, yet extremely drinkable. Very strong effort from Norway.

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

Pours a nice mirky crimson brown with a soft white head. Smell is complex with dark cherry, oak, and trace basalmic vinegar. Tastes like a sweet tart with fruit and a throat clenching finish. Awesome. Reminds me of Rodenbach and Consecration, but even better. The oak tannin is prominently deep and robust. Big and rich mouthfeel with the combo tart and sweetness along with prickly carbonation and lasting acetic bite. Lots of sediment at the end. This is so enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of SpruceFish
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1st review in a while so i though i would go with a style that i have not had before

Haandbakk is one of the darkest sours i have had. Yet i does fit the bill of the Flemish style ales. The nose opens up with a large sour acetic presence followed by a musty, earthy and cherry comportment. The taste is quite similar with some oak added in.

The vinegar kinda takes away from the the drinkability but the mouth feel is spot on

Overall this a good beer and worth a try but this one of the few sour styles that i am not so fond of

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Photo of jdklks
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 08. With the beer gushing out of the bottle, the pour had to be fast, leaving a healthy two finger dark tan head atop a solid brown body with amber edges. The smell is mostly cherries, with some obvious tartness and funk. The oak is also very apparent.

Wow. Extremely tart all the way through, but especially up front. A blast of cherries hits you at the beginning and never really goes away, dominating the flavor until it dissolves into a candy sweet tartness in the finish/aftertaste. The oak is much less noticeable in the taste than the smell, though it eventually makes an appearance in the aftertaste. It's a good thing I like cherries, because this beer has little more to offer. It's fantastic in its ability to overwhelm the palate with its intense flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Well carbonated, but a bit thicker than I would like it to be, since it is not as "airy" on the palate. This also brings down its drinkability, though there certainly won't be any problem finishing it.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a large Allagash chalice. Bottle says brewed in May of 2008 and bottled in March 2008. I'm not sure how they pulled that one off. Anyways, it appears to be a 2008 vintage. On with the review...

A: Bottle opens with foam rising slowly out of the bottle. Pours a murky brown/deep red with a thin dense off white head. Carbonation steadily rises from the bottom, keeping the head firmly in place.

S: Complex nose. Most certainly a healthy dose of tartness. I'm also picking up hints of sweetness and must. I'm not sure what rhubarbs smell like, but they might be comtributig to the sweetness.

T: Obviously very tart up front. Tart cherries and light vinegar overwhelm at first, followed by a pleasent subtle subtle sweetness. It hits the back of my throat with a shock of sour, leaving a slght burn. Once the sourness passes, I'm left with a relatively thick coat of light fruit sweetness. This really is an interesting beer.

M: Medium bodied and very well carbonated. Feels great on the tounge, matches the style well.

D: This one is keeping me intrigued. I'm no expert on Oud Bruins, but I think this is an excellent brew. Highly recommended if you are interested in sour styles.

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Photo of Walken
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

HaandBryggeriet: Haandbakk (Bottled: 2008?) (Tasted 06/11/10)
16.9 oz. bottle, poured into a flute.

Appearance: Murky, dark brown beer that shows hints of red in the light. A flat, light brown head forms slowly and drops to a millimeter cap, solid ring around the edges, solid lace.
Odor: Tart cherry up front, it could be psychosomatic, but I do pick up rhubarb in the nose (Props to grandma, for introducing me to this wonderful fruit when I was young.). Musty cellar aromas in the background. Memories of Rodenbach in the house.
Consistency: Carbonation is huge, bubbly, but equally matched to the intensity of flavor in this beer, I would wager tasting this beer without it would be quite disgusting.
Taste: Malt and fruit sweetness, flavors of sour cherry, vegetable bitterness and a little bit of phenolic/funky character. The finish on this beer is interesting and not entirely pleasant. As the beer cleans itself off the tongue, it leaves the requisite cherry tartness and above stated vegetable/herbal bitterness.

A good beer that is teetering on the edge of greatness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Dubber55
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage
Must be a misprint- says bottled March 2008, brewed May 2008
Best by March 2011

From notes

A- murky reddish brown with 1/2 finger tan head, very nice

S- sour, acidic, horse blanket, oak, nail polish remover, leather

T-sour, acidic, funky, vinegar, oak, leather, muddled flavor of tart fruits like cherries and blackberries. A decent amount of lemon as well. The finish is dry and tannic.

M- fairly lively carbonation, medium body

D- average

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Photo of womencantsail
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with the year 2008 on the label.

A: The pour is an interesting dark red/mahogany color with a mild off-white head.

S: A lot of sour cherries with a mild acetic note to the beer. The oak comes through nicely along with a bit of sweet malts in the background.

T: The tartness is pleasant and sharp, both acetic and lactic, but leaning slightly more toward acetic. There is a nice sour cherry fruitiness along with some dry oaky character.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very lively carbonation, sometimes a bit too much so.

D: A really nice oud bruin that balances the vinegar component well. I would definitely pick up another one of these.

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