HaandBic | HaandBryggeriet

HaandBicHaandBic
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3.65/5
79 Ratings
HaandBicHaandBic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
HaandBic is our first beer in the style of a fruit lambic with added red currents and cranberries. We have naturally also added a lambic style yeast blend including bacteria and yeast of different types. Then this concoction has been aged in oak barrels for almost 18 months. The beer gets its tartness from both berries and the concoction we added. It will mostcertainly develop further given time.

16 IBU, 20 EBC
Fermented with several different yeasts and bacteria. Serving temp 8 - 10C or 46 - 50F.

Added by bark on 01-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,746
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
79
pDev:
18.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from Binnys in Lake Zurich, $10.99. Funny that this is called an American Wild Ale, as it's brewed in Norway and modeled after a fruit lambic, with cranberries and currants...

It pours a turgid rust color, so hazy as to be called opaque, with some rather large floating fruit bits (not too many). Very little head initially, and absolutely no head eventually (after about 30 seconds). The aroma isn't the best, I get quite a bit of nail polish. I also smell some tart fruit, it reminds me of one of the Dark Horse Lambeak beers.

It tastes much as it smells, fairly fruit-forward with a good deal of solvent. Lots of bret character with some acetic bite. Good tart aftertaste.

The carbonation is on the low side, way on the low side. Nearly water-like consistency such as you get from some very still lambics. Overall this was almost OK, not worth the $10.99 price tag. I'd like to see HaandBryggeriet remove some of the nail polish in future sours.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy burnt orange with a collection of black particles floating about then settling at the bottom. No head or lace.

S - Cherry, dark berries, oak and brown sugar.

T - Very fruity, sour and funky. Cranberries, cherry and dried apricot. Vinegary sour.

M - Sour and tart, highly carbonated and thin.

O - Quite enjoyed this, a nice mix of flavours. Lambic fans should appreciate it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split with oglmcdgl.

Haandbic goes into the glass a dark shade of red/mahagony with some shoepolish brown. Hard pours yielded dismal fading soda fizz brown foam leaving no lace. This becomes still. Smell is bright with berries, that is up front. Some dank old wood scent along with faint vanilla and a touch of vinegar with warming. I get some brine scent with further sniffs. Taste is all well pretty decent. Acetic with some berry mixing in with oak. Cherry/cranberry, oak, wood, vinegar and some wine characteristics. Feel is kind of lacking with bubbles not giving any life to this. This comes off dead to the palate, except for the slight burn from the acidic nature. Feel is lightish and needs a jumpstart for real. 500ml of this would of been tough to tackle. An interesting beer from a brewery I respect, I just don't see myself getting this again. Seeing as I never see it anywhere.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with my gf tonight for Christmas eve.

Poured burnt orange and a scant bubbly head that didn't last at all. Looked almost still, but some bubbles were seen. Beautiful when held to the light, no haze or sediment.

Cranberry, hints of cherry, and a nice sourness that is like a combo of lactic and acetic. The fruity sweetness prevents the sourness from overtaking the entire experience. The oak is prevalent towards the finish and lends a wood and vanilla overtone. Extremely well balanced, extremely tasty. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Tiny bit of effervescence to complete the package. I am a huge fan of this despite the steep-ish price tag.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled June 30th, 2011. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A hard(ish) pour rouses a half-finger of big-bubbled off-white foam that settles to a few wisps and thick collar. Tons of visible bubbles adhere to the sides of the glass and stream upward. Dark purplish-red body that is pretty much opaque.

S - The aroma is great! Tons of tart cranberry and currant flavor mingles with a hefty dose of lactic sourness. There's some mild red wine vinegar and oak present, but this is very fruit-forward. There's a touch of tropical brett with a bit of funky sweat mixed in. Oak grows in intensity as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is heavy on unsweetened cranberry juice, with currants and malts providing a bit of sweetness that prevents one's mouth from imploding. Still, this is very tart. There's more oak and even a light smokey flavor present in the taste, and some of the great sweet funk found in the aroma is lost. Still, there's plenty of great tart fruit flavors mingling with the barrel and vinous notes. Did I mention it's really tart?

M - Dryness is pretty extreme, and my stomach started protesting after about 6-8oz. Medium body, with pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation. Seems a touch heavy on the palate, but not out of line for the 7% ABV.

D - Consumed 500ml of this with no problems, and I will actually be making a point of purchasing additional bottles. I'm guessing there must be some extreme batch variation, as the beer I tried was very good.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of crossovert
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a clear red with a small foamy white head. Very nice looking.

The smell is pretty powerful. Tons of that sourness that almost makes you cringe. A good cranberry/currant mix. There is a light sweet smell that mixes with the berry making a strawberry scent and some lemon acidity. There is also an herbal spiciness to it. The funkiness is light and it smells mostly bretty.

The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of berry flavor. Not too much sourness or funk but there is a noticeable bretty presence with this medicinal sort of flavor. A bit of vinegar in the flavor but not over the top.

The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, not a real thick carbonation in this one.

Overall it is tasty but not world class.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second beer within the last few weeks brewed with lingonberries. Didn't see that coming.

Rusty, peach fuzz red color with no head, no fizz, nada. Left some sediment on the bottom of my glass.

Aroma is cranberry and cinnamon (or nutmeg, I can't tell the difference sometimes). Not exactly an invitation to funkytown.

Tastes like cinnamon graham crackers and cranberries without any tartness. Very mild steely "wild" character.

Overpriced and underwhelming.

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Photo of crusian
2.39/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Dan at stein deli, thanks Dan!
Pours a murky brownish red to dark amber color with a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. Not looking good on the carbonation front.
Nose is mildly tart, cherry, vanilla, oak... smells pretty good, but the tartness seems really toned down.
Taste is disappointing. I love the haandbakk, love it. This one... not much. The sour is very toned down, and to be honest, it tastes watered down. Currants are noticeable, for sure. Pretty strong actually. But a real disappointment. I had high hopes after the haandbakk.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery... and there is almost no carbonation, which is a huge killer for me.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, rouge-stained gold, volatile yet oddly devoid of bubbles or foam of any kind. Fascinating aroma of redcurrant and cranberries with a distinct menthol high, nostril-tingling malic and lactic acidity, and grassy barnyard ammonia. Surprisingly restrained sourness in the flavor, with an upfront earthiness and a slightly odd savory sheep's cheese-ish pungency and a remarkably distinct flash of morel mushroom, segueing into a tinge of metallic sharpness before revealing juicy strawberry, rosehip, lemon, and orange fruit flavors. Finish is dry and clean, but with a salivary stickiness thanks to the lingering acidity. An unusual and, in its way, exceptional beer.

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Photo of flannelman808
2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: A vigorous pour yields a quickly fizzled away quarter inch of bone white head. Amber and almost pink color sit in the glass with a slight haze about them. Retention is almost none and lacing is almost none, but its a nice color.

S: Hmm this is not very inviting I must say. Its kind of like Red Pez candy crushed up into a powder and mixed with Pepto-Bismol, acetone and eucalyptus all muddled together with eucalyptus.

T: Sadly the nose leads in pretty well with the flavor of this stuff. chalky penicillin and strawberry bubblegum confection converge along with stewed cranberry flavors. Thankfully there is a redeeming lemon-lime tartness which helps this to be a palatable quaff.

M: Oily with twang.

O: A Huge disappointment for me (in a good way). I really have enjoyed most Haandbakk beers I've had, including the HaandBryggeriet which I think is great! naturally this beer comes as a bit of surprise. Having both solventlike and phenolic qualities is to its detriment. I'm not sure what's caused this but I'd have to guess that its been infected or some not so good flavor producing yeast found its way into the barrel. Hopefully this wont affect other beers!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to give a big thanks to callmemickey for sharing this rarity. After haandbakk, I was really excited to try this one.

The color is orangey with pinkish hues. It is a little bit murky, but I imagine that the transportation to the tasting probably stirred it up some...well, that and the second pour that I went back for... Not much carbonation evident here, as a little bit of fizz rises from the bottom but doesn't produce any head.

The fruits used in this sour are clearly evident from the outset. Aromas of cocoa powder accompany a dominant aroma of cranberries. I thought that there were dark currants, but apparently they were red ones, in there as well. There is a light funk and a clean citrusy lactic sourness that comes through to round everything out. Exceedingly dry on the palate in the finish, though there is a nice fruity sweetness up front, the flavor is a somewhat surprising departure from the aroma. Smokey notes from the aroma do not manifest themselves at all on the palate. In the aroma, there was only lactic sourness, but once I am tasting this, I find that there are some acetic vinegar notes as well. Interestingly enough, these play nicely with the other bugs, and the acetic sourness doesn't own this beer yet.

Dry in the finish, but medium in texture, this is quite an interesting beer. Compelling and complex, Haandbryggeriet has created another great sour, though this one doesn't quite reach the level of its sister Haandbakk.

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Photo of silentjay
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a murky brown with some slight pink highlights in the beer and the smallish head that quickly settles to a thin film with decent lacing left behind.

vinegary aroma on top of sour dark berries and a bit of oak. acidic and sour with some wet hay funkiness.

comes in many stages of flavors. starts pretty bland with some light malts, until the swallow when a rush of tongue-tingling tart berries comes in. a bit of red wine vinegar, some wood, a bit of yeastiness, and some phenols which don't quite go astringent.

flatish on a lighter medium body with a nice tongue-tingling, which would be accentuated by some decent carbonation.

its good. could have used even more time in the cellar maybe (bottled almost 1.5 years ago as I taste it) to smooth out the slight astringency and really let the tart fruits shine.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am gonna be upfront in saying that I love the Haandbakk.. but I really liked this beer and highly reccomend it to someone who is into sour beers.

Golden colored with minimal carbination. Kinda like a flat lambic. What little head was on the beer after the pour fizzled away almost immediately.

Whoa! This is a sour one for sure. Pretty intense actually. Tons of lactic tartness. Very vingary. Little funk almost straight lactic sourness. I found this very simular to the Haandbakk. What ever wild yeasts they used with the Haandbakk they are using with this beer
too. Same biting vinegar taste. Is there such a thing as a house wild yeast? In many ways I would say that this is a blonde verision of the Haandbakk.

I can totally see why this might get low reviews. It is not for the faint of heart. About as intense as a sour can get. I loved it both times a tried it. I plan on storing a few bottles in the cellar to see where it goes. I can completely understand why some poeple would not like this one despite the fact that I did.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is slightly tart oranges and apples, but there is also a slight sugar note. The flavor is similar, with a lot of sour lemons as well as some wheat notes. Low to medium sourness and very drinkable. Very dry. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbulter1 for sharing this one

Pours a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a peach hued ruby red.

Aroma: Cherries, raspberries, cranberries, and fruit flavors. Oak and sourness. Kind of funky. Has something astringent to it.

Taste: There is something here that I cannot pick up. It is right up front. Seems like a fruit flavor. Maybe cantelope/muskmellon. It ihas band-aid flavors. Has some cherries, cranberries, oak, and spice. Pretty funky, light sourness.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Kind of spritzy. Lighter bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, this was an interesting sour. I didn't like the medicinal flavors, but the other flavors were pretty good. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting awhile to try this, ever since the first mention online a couple years ago. Served at 52º in a tulip glass.

Gentle hiss as the cap is cracked, slow rising carbonation at first, accelerating to a more rapid pace and collecting in the neck of the bottle. Lovely bright reddish orange tone. Two fingers width of foam at first, sticky at the edges, leaving spotty bits of lace.

First whiff is Bretty sterile gauze, but this quickly dissipates, and the fruit shines through soon enough. Cranberry mostly, minerals, damp wood, hay, yeasty with traces of light phenols as well. Stone fruit with pits and stems altogether, as is traditional for a fruited Lambic (the whole fruit completely dissolves).

Distinctive berry notes... cranberry and lingonberry, some phenols present, dry tannic oak finish. Finishes clean with appropriate crisp acidity for a Lambic. Dry aftertaste of damp oak, saddle leather and hay, subtle traces of Brettanomyces lending wild complexity. Overall pleasant and enjoyable. It has more complexity than many wild ales in the US these days, seemingly modeled more after traditional Belgian fruit Lambics. This is highly cellar worthy, and I hope to re-visit years down the road.

2011 vintage, tasted 10/14:
Aged well, reddish color remains, a few bubbles. Lots of oaky tannins, creamy cheese rind funk, slight tang of yogurty lactobacillus. Slight fruitiness though not as distinct as it once was, though still very enjoyable. I'll continue to buy this on sight.

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Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a somewhat hazy ruddy amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with lightly tart berries and hints of phenols. Also present are very slight hints of brown sugar and lighter hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the funk is a bit more robust. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by ripe berry flavors that have a slight amount of tartness. Midway through the sip the funk comes into play and balances out the slight tartness of the berries. The funk carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I had much higher hopes for this beer after everything else I’ve had from this brewery. Hopefully their description is accurate and it will develop over time. As it stands now it’s certainly not worth seeking out.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light cranberry with used brick tint in color and no head. Light orange tones or cast.

Nose is an orange/pear light sour character that is very pleasant that goes to a very light sweet smokey character.

Mouthfeel is a dull "almost" sour. There is no bright or citric character to this beer in the mouth initially. A bit like a sweetened watered fruit vinegar but without the kick and without the "real sour."

Flavors are not unpleasant - but just lacking in all respects. One keeps waiting for a citric character that does not come; waiting for a bit of a pucker factor that just never comes.

There is some light pleasant fruit in the flavor profile and at the very end, without the bright character, there is a little acid in the finish. Not a classic lambic and not real appealing or drinkable.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a Struise snifter.

Bottled: 26.02.10 (KEEPS FOR MANY YEARS)

A: Pours a tarnished copper/autumn leaf orange, with a tiny outcropping of fast disappearing, bubbly, off-white foam on top. Hazy clarity with a few lazy bubbles and a few small flakes of suspended sediment.

S: Tart, acidic cranberry mixed with mint and/or menthol, sodden earthy oak, sweet dark fruit, and bright tangy citrus.

T: Taste mirrors the smell with perhaps a bit more oak that leaves a suggestion of belt leather and cigarette ash in the finish.

M: Acidic vinegar/unripened berry and oaky astringency nicely compliment the slowly developing fruity sweetness. Starts tart and acidic, turns slightly juicy and (somewhat) sweet during the middle, and finally finishes with some obvious dry, oaky tannins. Interesting smoky residue on the tongue when it's all said and done.

D: Pretty mild, as far as sours go, and I was pretty ok with that. The further I got into this (and certainly after I swirled and dumped the sediment into the last pour) the more apparent its' musty funk/smoky/belt leather qualities became.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a reddish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A big, aroma of cranberries, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of cranberries, yeast, malt, and a slight oaky quality. This beer kind of tastes like a mild lambic, minus the sourness. An interesting and vibrant flavor.

M: This is a beer in need of carbonation, but it does have a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While it is uneven, Haandbic is still a drinkable beer.

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HaandBic from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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