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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway | website

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
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
18.92%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

split with oglmcdgl.

Krøkkebic pours out dark red with some brown splashes within. This one looks on par in color to the Haandbic when side by side. A really hard pour yielded pretty much nothing, just some already fading before it settles soda pop foam, leaving nothing. Swirls bring nothing back as well. The scent is dominated by the fruit, crowberry to be exact, i'll have to keep a eye out for it. Some old faded wood with some earthy scent. Some flanders qualities(depending how you see the style) with vinegar scent. Taste is quite odd, the fruit comes first and whatever it is, it's different. It blends with oak and green apple leaving an odd aftertaste. Feel is less than medium. This feels a bit lighter than Haandbic, it's still lacking a whole lot of carb which annoys me, this probably would of been a whole lot better. A good beer to try if you are in for something new flavor wise, but be sure to split with a friend.

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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 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 corby112
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color With dark amber edges and a very thin off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma that has an herbal/medicinal quality to it. I'm not familiar with crowberries but the fruit is pretty pronounced. Slight vinegar presence with vinous dark fruit and faint wood.

Medium bodied with subtle funkiness and a slightly tart flavor that isn't too sour or puckering. Earthy oak and some lactic funk with an herbal/medicinal character but the vinous dark fruit notes dominate. The fruit adds dry tartness that nicely compliments the delicate funk while hints of cranberry, dark cherry, grape and other dark berries provided some needed sweetness. Nothing too extraordinary but a nice, mildly sour beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma - lots of cranberry - along with a nice shot of yeast.

T: Tasted of yeast, cranberries, malt, and a mild hops presence. This is a somewhat unusual taste, but it's still very vibrant and flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an oddly likeable beer. It doesn't fit into any neatly defined categories, but it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.03/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours kind of a murky/cloudy rose color. Some white bubbles and lace.

(S)- A really nice lactic oak sourness up front. Maybe more acidic than lactic, but it does have a nice subtle funk with some fruitiness in the background.

(T)- Much much more bland than the smell led me to believe. Its actually quite plain; the tiniest hint of fruit with the mildest hint at a tartness if any. Has an overall dry "cotton" taste to it.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. While the balance of it is fine, it just has such a lack of overall flavor that it almost tastes like it was watered down (which I doubt, but that is what I see in front of me).

(D)- The smell quickly got me excited about this one, but it turned out to just be so bland that it almost tastes like nothing; what happened?

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Photo of drpimento
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this one somehow lost a little of its pizzazz. Poured a bit cold with a small, fizzy, tan head that quickly vanished. Color is a hazy honey amber with a bubble trail. Aroma is the best part of this beer and is a floral, perfume, wine vinegar. Flavor is similar to nose, but missing the finer qualities and muted. Body is good but carbonation a bit flat. Finish is like flavor, of average lenght, and a bit boozy. Kind of a disappointment; I was really curious to try a Crowberry sour brew. Oh well.

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Photo of ccrida
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

50cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Krøkkebic is a dull brownish red with a small off-white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is flanders red, sweet malt, slighty acidic, cider vinegar, and some cherry.

Taste is pretty similar. It's mild on the sour, a touch chalky, perhaps soapy. Nothing offensive or anything, it's just not that exciting. I've never had a crowberry, but I assume it is some of the tart fruitiness here.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is nothing special. An average flanders red, except for the cost, which is high.

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Photo of Rutager
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Belmont Station.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy amber with a slight blueish-purple hue and a very thin white head.

Smell. Nice sweet red and dark berries, cherries, and a light sweaty-horse funk.

Taste. Light berries, some really musty, bretty funk. Slight bitterness which I'm guessing is from the fruit or it's seeds? There's a bit of leather and a faint floral quality going on as well.

Mouthfeel. Watery, medium-light body with very, very low carbonation.

Overall. This wasn't really up to par with any of the more common fruit lambics out there. The fruit flavour was a bit interesting, but so not worth the $10.65 that I paid for this.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neat find. John's Grocery in Iowa City has recently found themselves cut out of the distribution channels for most Belgian beers. That's a goddamn shame, because they kind of started the Belgian beer scene in the midwest. But, you know, oh well, I guess the obese rich idiots who frequent your local Binny's deserve them more than Iowans do. And, less bitterly, this development has allowed the rather shrewd management at John's to go after another market--the rug gets ripped out from under you, you get right back to work at sewing a new one. They might've got Belgium wrenched away from them but now--now, they're creating Scandinavia.

This pours a fruit rollup-stule brownish red. Smells like a fucking riot, I'll tell you what. Big brett, lots of bright ripe fruit, but then there's this background that's almost like the back end of a Wonka-brand hard candy, a wonderful mix between sugar and spice that makes the otherwise cloying tartness much easier to enjoy.

Tastes like--okay, this is gonna sound weird, but you know those Bottle Cap candies? They come in packs of two and are supposedly flavored like sodas. They taste best when your pack has both a tart soda (like orange or grape) and spicy soda (like root beer or cola). You eat the tart and then the spicy and the two just combine, man, make each other perfect. That's what this beer is like.

Other brewers have tried to make super sour ales more drinkable by barrel aging them, and while that succeeds in its goal it also takes away much of the pleasant complexities attendant to tartness. The folks at HaandBryggeriet have apparently unleashed some kind of gypsy magic to find another way. I don't know how they done it, but I know they done it.

Fantabulous. I only wish it cost less so someone like me could afford to session it--but, again, the gentrification of craft beer is an entirely different reason to get mad at the obese denizens of Binny's.

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Photo of ADZA
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a gentle pour i get a one finger wispy head and little lacing with the colour being a deep blood orange,the smell is oak,crowberries,bananna and a barnyard funkiness,the mouthfeel is light bodied and a little too light for me and has tastes of red grapes,oak,sherbet,funk and is finished with a dry berry sourness that is not as sour as other AWA's i have sampled and overall its not bad but not this breweries best drop cheers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for this one, Rebecca!

Dark, slightly muddy looking crimson (at least in the dark light of the pub) with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much behind on the glass.

The aroma is a sweet, tart, and funky aroma, consisting of blackberry and dark cherry (though I guess what I'm actually smelling is crowberry). There's some vinegar and a bit of Belgian yeast presence as well. Interesting, though not great.

The flavor is a bit surprising following the aroma, with distinct fruit and tart presence, along with an earthy, mustard-like flavor, which is a bit distracting. Everyone too wished it was more sour.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Interesting and unique, though I don't feel a need to revisit this one.

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Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$10.99
Binny's, Bloomingdale

A very aggressive pour yields a short lived antique white head that fizzles down to nearly nothing in half a minute. The body is a dark murky garnet that turns cranberry red when backlit, how appropriate. I can't say much for the looks of this guy.

The smell, on the other hand, I can get behind. The fruitiness is in between cranberries and sour cherries with each smell bringing one or the other to the forefront. Red wine vinegar acidity rides through with a faint touch of vanilla lactic sweetness and all this is surrounded, in the most modest of ways, by damp wood (or forest floor, whichever you prefer).

An assertive tartness hits at the tip of the tongue and although it mellows it does last throughout. Slightly astringent damp oak, the faintest hint of vanilla, robust red wine vinegar acidity, and a mix of cranberries and sour cherries all come together to make for something enjoyable. The finish surprisingly sweetens up a touch with the fruitiness to give a play on sweet and sour. Nicely done!

The carbonation is sluggish but the body is light enough that they work well together. The finish is moderately sour, nicely tart, and slightly sweet before turning saliva sucking tannic dry.

I'm enjoying this beer more than I thought I would. I've had it in the past but don't remember much about it, which usually means it wasn't very good, but I'm enjoying this bottle tonight. There's sweet, sour, and funky components at work. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #7 from Shogo.
Shared with a bunch of Ba's at my house...

I honestly expected this to veejay tomato beer from DFH... But immediately upon opening it, I suspected it to be the Belgian Red from DOG Brewing... Which I gave a very strong F.
Let's see...

Reddish orange with very little head, no lace, no retention.
Smells like Cran-bic a bit. Sour cherries come up as well.
Tastes fruity-- mainly dark an sour cherries and tart cranberries.
Feels thin and overcarbonated.

-REVEAL-- Krokkebic from HaandBryggeriet.

Overall-- not bad... At least not as bad as an F.... Actually, it is pretty decent.
Now that I know what it is, here's my numbers:
A-2.5
S-4
T-4
M-2
O-3.5

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Krøkkebic from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.
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