Krøkkebic | HaandBryggeriet

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
Wants:
6
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7
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on this one. crimson murky body with amber hues.

S: sour cherry jolly rancher to be exact and some strawberry. Very sweet.

T: Very mild, not as sour as expected from the taste. Not very sweet either, a touch watered down. A few seconds after tasting, the aftertaste is a bit on the grape flavored cough syrup side.

M:light body and no carbonation to speak of. moist finish.

Overall: I expected more out of the flavor. The aroma is excellent and its very drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This really comes across more as a rustic Flanders-esque Brett wild ale than lambic.
Served near 50º in a Duvel tulip glass.

Deep sanguine reddish orange brown, about a third of each, with a distinct ruby highlight when backlit. Initial fizzle and fingers width of off-white foam, which rapidly seems to fade away audibly.

A deep woody mustiness, sandalwood and mellow berry aroma, like opening an ancient book while deep in a subterranean library.

Tart and fruity upfront with a bit of wild Brett complexity in the middle, wet hay and horsehair, stonefruit, cherry pits. Clover honey in the aftertaste. Pleasant fruit character and complexity to it, mildly acetic. Those looking for extreme sourness may be disappointed, but therein lies the beauty of the wild ale spectrum. It has low carbonation and lacks a sparkle, though it's medium bodied and fine enough to sip.

Tried this a year ago and it was memorable enough to pick up again when I saw it again recently. Thanks Aaron for sharing at Wil's Thanksmas '11.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this brew. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a good off-white head and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some nice berry character and miscellaneous fruit. Strong acidity and a nice light body. Smooth, dry finish with a fairly-strong acidity. Good berry character throughout. An interesting and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Sour funk with all kinds of tart fruit, cherries, sour orange, and cranberry.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a little bit of acidity and a touch of cherry. Notes of caramel and toffee appear in the middle with more fruity notes of cherry, cranberry and lemon. Finishes with a sweet/sour interplay of malt and fruit that is dominates by tart berries and dry caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very interesting, the aroma prepares one for a bracingly sour beer, but in actuality it is only mildly sour with a tartness that brings out the fruit but doesn't quite reach the level of puckering.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light crimson, slightly brownish with an initial 1/4" white head which fades to the rim leaving trace lace. A swirl bring back a short lived cap.

N: Sour and earthy notes along with fresh fruits/berries, peaches and green apples. Some oak, spice and slight funk. Floral with grape skin.

T: Tart and sour with a mild tannic bite. Fruity with grape skin and musty earth. Somewhat juniper/spruce-like resiny quality.

M: Medium body and carbonation. More tart/sour than sweet. Semi-dry finish with lingering tingly berrys and fruit.

O: Well, 1st crowberry beer and probably my last. Interesting flavor and aroma. Allow to warm to cellar temp for more pronounced fruit taste. Enjoyed.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/08/12 notes. Nottle shared by bmanning; thanks Ben.

a - Pours a reddish pink-brown color with light carbonation evident and one inch of fluffy white head. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of tart blueberries and sour dark fruits, with somelight oak, spices, yeast, and fruity malts there as well. Nose isn't overly sour but it is very nice. Big fan of the nose.

t - Tastes of lightly soured blueberries and raspberries, lightly soured dark fruits, spices, and oak. Taste is not bad at all, but seems very light and watered down.

o - Overall a pretty nice sour. I liked the nose a lot but felt the taste was a bit of a step down, as it was a bit faint and watered down. Something I'd definitely give another shot to however, especially if I can just buy
it off the shelf with their other beers.
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Had again on 1/13/12, and bumped the Taste and Overall up from 3.5's to 4.0's. Notes below.

Blind Beer #8 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from what looks like a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour blueberries, raspberries, and cherries, tart dark fruits, spices, red wine, oak, Belgian yeast, and some light funk. Nice and tart here…I think I know what beer this one is and I think I had it last weekend.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries and cherries again, sour dark fruits, oak, blueberries, fruity malts, spices, yeast, earthy notes, light funk, and red wine. Not quite as sour and funky as the nose, but still very nice. Think this is Krøkkebic by HaandBryggeriet.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. A tiny bit too light but pretty nice and easy to drink. Nice and dry.

o - Overall this is a pretty good wild/flanders…I think I had this last week and it is Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet. It has a nice sour and tart nose, bordering on 4.5 status, and a very nice taste, which is a little less sour. A very nice wild I'd definitely like to have again.
And the reveal is…Krøkkebic by HaandBryggeriet; nailed it! 4/8 on styles and 1/8 on exact beers, though if I hadn't had this last week I probably never would have guessed it. My review is pretty similar to last week, though I liked the taste a lot better tonight. A very solid sour, especially if you can buy it off the shelf. Thanks a lot Kyle!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a small white head. The nose is very fruity with a definite berry aroma. A moderate tartness, a bit of vinegar, and some lactic notes, as well. There is a mild funk, mostly straw and grass, maybe some musty oak. The flavor is very similar to the aromas. Lots of berry and fruit notes with a bit of vinegar and oak. Slightly tannic and dry on the finish.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This thing's made with crowberries. I have no idea what the hell a crowberry is, so I figured I'd get some sort of intro to it with this beer. Makes sense right? It pours a kinda hazy ruby-russet topped by nearly no head to speak of. Okay, maybe a small tuft of soapy tan bubbles forms for a brief moment, but that's about it. The nose comprises tart red wine grapes, light tart cranberries (mayhap crowberries?), and a touch of sweet cherry syrup/grenadine in the background. The taste holds notes of muddy cranberry-laden, watered-down vinegar covered in a small sheath of dank cilantro. The combination sounds just as strange as it tastes. Weird. Can't say I'm much of a fan, frankly... The body is a swampy medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a nearly chewy feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, I'm not sure if it was entirely the crowberries' fault, but this thing just did not sit right with me at all. ...I'm not sure why, but I can't find much as at all to say...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer appears a hazy dark orange color with a small head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers some wild yeast, funk, fruit, malt, kiwi. Abundant sourness in the flavor, with some tart citrus and stone fruits. Mild tannins with some citrus and a slightly acetic finish. Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer and one worth trying.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to buy this. A beer can't say sour ale and berries on the same label without going unnoticed.

It pours a light bodied bright cherry red in color with a lot of carbonation while simultaneously having no head or lacing. It smells of tart berries, has a mild sweetness, slight funk, and an earthy quality. The flavors initially offer some tart red berry upfront with noticeable brett like qualities. It finishes with an odd, juniper berry and strange earthy spice flavor that is hard to describe. It has a lot of spruce and spice to it. I kinda wish I woukdve shared this to get more input. I like this and its hitting my craving for a solid tart/sour beer tonight.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben, you always show up with odd beers and that's why I love you. Beer is pinkish and hazy with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing but low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is what you'd expect, brett, acetic, mild lactic, nice overall, interesting.

Beer is BRIGHT on the palate, carbonation, mild white vinegar, sweet and tart with the fruit in this one. Almost cherry / cranberry like if that makes any sense. A really nice little beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tobelerone
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat unremarkable and ultimately disappointing attempt at a sour, lambic-style beer and the 10 dollar price tag helped to make it even more unpalatable.

Pours a murky brown with a distinct cherry red highlight; no head or lace at all, just some soapy, quickly dissipating bubbles upon first pour. Nose is woody, oaked, slightly tart cherries and cranberries; distinct boozy note; something vaguely medicinal.

The flavor has a tart, very mildly sour cherry and cranberry taste that feels muddled and not in crisp, clear relief. Lots of oaky tannins present; some booze; again the slightly medicinal, herbal, menthol aspect implied in the aroma that didn't work too well in the overall flavor. Medium sweetness but a dry tannic finish.

Medium bodied, combined with an undercarbonated feel, made this heavier than in should have been. The entire effect was a beer that seemed undefined, lacking clean crispness; muddled and not all that enjoyable to drink, simply put. This isn't a bad beer, per se, just a mediocre one, and certainly not something I'd be rushing to try again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, as well as some cherries, grapes and light funk. The flavor is a little bit more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of vinegar and acetone, as well as some leather and tobacco notes. There is also a little bit of cherry and grape notes, but they are hidden in the background. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
3.7 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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