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Wild Thing | HaandBryggeriet

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Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emerge077 on 01-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is appallingly underrated! maybe it has aged well and was less dynamic fresh? i can see it has been years since it was last reviewed, but man oh man, this is something special now, a super distinct wild beer with cranberries and currants, and one of the better fruit wilds i have had in a long time. a new high point for this brewery too, which i already loved. a thin murky pink brew emerges from the bottle, not a lot of head here, but a captivating and mouthwatering aroma. the fruit and the yeast hit at the same time, tangy but not quite sour, with a gripping dry fruity tartness, lemon peel, fresh cranberry, musky ancient brett, wow. the fruit is forward in the flavor, less intense than it is in the nose, and balanced between the cranberries and the currants. some acidity here for sure, but more wild than sour, even after all this time. it has this incredibly interesting wild yeast character, like quality belgian lambic, no kidding, its musty and funky and framy, damp and dank, old world, open, fully wild, very mature, patient and compelling, especially with the fruit, which comes back a little sweeter before the finish. a little of that medical smell, which tapers off as it sits and opens up, but its kind of endearing. this is incredibly unique beer, easy drinking but also kind of fancy and foreign tasting. the yeast is epic, and even without as much carbonation as i wish it had, it was a wonderful bottle of beer. not to be missed if you see it now, seriously, this beer is drinking amazing right now!

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Photo of dsshuck
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoPeL
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2Bstout
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of d_kizzle
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schlafly33
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of grittly
1/5  rDev -69.3%

Photo of pourmeadrink
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of 77black_ships
4.68/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Vintage – batch 246 – 50 cl. bottle sampled during 01/2012

A: Hazy red amber with a white head, not a gusher but foaming like insane within the bottle with the whole bottle eventually filling only with foam

S: Tart musty cowberries & some slight sour cowberries

T: similar to the smell, medium sour with a strongly fruity cranberry side to it, old wood & branches, touch smoked juniper branches, very tart, funky, dry

B: dry touch higher carb.

O: very nice and still my favourite HaandBryggeriet sour, this is not bound to be suited to everyone’s taste, hence the far too low score here.

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Photo of weonfire
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty reddish color ale with a large dirty foamy head with good retention and not much lacing – this one was real gusher when I open the bottle losing close to a third of the bottle in the sink. Aroma consists of fruity notes with some weird smoke and funky ester which makes for one of the most unique aroma. Taste is also a mix between some fruity and somewhat sweet cranberries and currant with some dominant smoked undertones and funky barnyard notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite a unique experience and not sure the smoked malt and fruit with the funky yeast is the best match ever or something I would wish to have on a regular basis but glad I tasted this beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of mlazzaro
1.73/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 ml. bottle. capped, Batch # 246 B. Date: Nov. 24th 2009

HEADS UP! - Definitely a gusher. WHOA!

As soon as I popped the cap foam started rushing out of the bottle. Raging carbonation. Off white head holding well. Interesting reddish-orange color, slightly hazy. Really harsh bacteria aroma. Kind of has a rancid/septic/sewage smell. Can definitely smell the barrel mixed in. Completely unappealing aromatics.

Taste is better than the smell, but that not saying much. The barrel is a bit overpowering in the flavor. Sort of charred wood character. The wood really dominates the fruit. There's a decent tartness, can't distinguish between yeast+bacterial and fruit addition. Mouthfeel is thin-medium and highly acidic from low Ph and high carbonation level. Highly tannic. Very weird beer.

I've never said anything like this, but this literally taste like a burning tire... Bad.

I LOVE this brewery, but this beer is not drinkable (for me).
I never understood what people meant by rubber and band-aid flavors until I had this beer. My body was constantly telling me not to drink it. One of the few beers I ever poured right down the drain. By far my largest deviation and least favorite beer I have ever had.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.51/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beertopia
Nov. 24th, 2009 on bottle
Poured into a Unibroue tall tulip/flute glass

While drinking this, I began to wonder that if I hadn't know this was a supposedly safe and marketed beer, would I have even considered ingesting this? The answer was an obvious, "no."

I like cranberries, I eat them raw every day for breakfast; I know cranberries. I similarly like tartness, almost to the point of excessiveness, and I enjoy wild yeasts when balanced with other flavors. This beer offers none of the above. It's a mess of plastic resin, unbalanced wild yeast, burnt inorganic materials, and cranberries gone bad, as in rotting. This is definitely not a beer to revisit, or even gamble with again, especially for the price charged.

Pouring the beer produces a 2cm off-white head, made up of medium-sized bubbles, that quickly descends to nothing atop the body, not even a ring of foam. Leaves little lacing or anything else to indicate there ever was a head. Body is a reddish-amber hue, both in and out of the light, mostly transparent, and with some aggressive-looking carbonation visible at all times.

Aroma of cranberries gone bad meets harsh plastic resin, burnt old shoes with rubber soles, and a bit of overripe sourdough expression.

Taste is better than the scent, but this is still far below average for palatability and enjoyment in a wild ale. Everything from the aroma is here, but more mild, so you get a slightly softer version of the rotten cranberries, plastic, burnt rubber, and old sourdough components. Also noticeable are some more pleasant cranberry and currant flavors, which allowed me to get through the glass of this I poured.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium light with fairly aggressive carbonation making. Resultant mouthfeel is crisp, but slightly prickly on the palate. Acceptable for the style, but nothing I'd declare "good."

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Photo of craytonic
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pink-cranberry pour

Smell: Weird cranberry tartness in a bad way, some slight funk and mushrooms. Not good
Taste: Cranberry bitterness with nothing to complement or assist it. Very one dimensional. A bit oaky
Mouthfeel: Light, agressive carbonation
Overall: I wanted wanted this to be tasty but it was the exact opposite, avoid.

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Photo of PuFtonLyfe
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured out as a coudy looking amber color with a fluffy white head that settles into nothing. The lacing and retention weren't very impressive at all. The smell of the beer smelled like a wild ale, some tart fruit aromas are on the nose but a little bit on the vinegar side. The taste of the beer was roughly the same as the nose, basically not that impressive. The mouthfeel was average also, not really one that I'm glad I tried. Overall this beer was a bit of a disappointment... It only got a little bit better once it warmed up, but still not enough to make a real difference to me.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of MasterSki
1.76/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up from West Lakeview Liquors. I liked Haandbakk so I figured I'd give this a whirl. Batch 246, bottled Nov. 24th, 2009, and one of only 2160 bottles. Don't I feel special? Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Gusher alert! The fill level was almost to the cap, so there wasn't much time to react - consider yourself warmed. Pours with a quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin, partial ring of bubbles. Opaque medium orange-brown with salmon tinge to it.

S - The advertised currants and cranberries are present, as is a touch of lactic acidity. However, these flavors are dominated by a horrendous mix of smoke, inner tubes, and a slightly meaty character. As the beer warms up the fruits fade and things grow increasingly medicinal. Basically, as bad as it smells when you open it, it will only get worse.

T - The taste is even worse - more rubber and mineral flavors, charred oak barrels, with only the faintest hint of cranberry. Finish reminds me of an inner tube slathered in smokey BBQ sauce.

M - Medium body, gritty texture, with some zesty and harsh carbonation. The only nice thing I can say is that the alcohol is well-hidden.

D - An unequivocal drain pour, and shockingly bad compared to Haandbic, a beer made with very similar ingredients and methodology. Not sure what local yeast floating into this beer, but I'd advise against future open fermentation if this is the result. Delightfully awful - it's a shame I didn't get to share this with more of my 'friends'.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.74/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thank you to Alex, for bring by the lowest rated beer he owned. Unfortunately, it lived up (down?) to expectations.

A - High-filled bottle gushed for a bit. Quick-dissolving foam faded way to absolutly nothing. Dark-salmon colored beer.

S - Smells like some cranberries and maybe currants in there. A bit of fruit. There is a horrible rubber tire smell with some minerals on there and a lot of ash. Touch of smoke. This smells really bad.

T - Sadly, this tastes even worse then it smells. The galvanized rubber taste is even stronger, it's like chewing a slighty smokey tire. There is a lot of ash present. It's just horrible. I could barely drink two sips of this, and I was really trying.

M - Medium bodied, very active carbonation.

O - Seriously? I hate this beer. Drain pour all the way. If you can drink more than a quarter of a glass of this, you're a sense short of a full set. Bottling this is an insult.

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