Krøkkebic | HaandBryggeriet

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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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:

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Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with my mom. Poured into a New Glarus Pilsner glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy russet, active carbonation with impressively small bead, head dissipates quickly. Really beautiful in a glass.

Smell: clear and pronounced crowberries... j/k I have no idea what crowberries are. You can smell a bit of wild yeast; it's smells like a muted version of Cran-bic to me.

Taste: slightly tart, dry. Nothing mindblowing here.

Mouthfeel: impressively round, enormous acidity leaves my mouth watering, carbonation is vibrant on the palate.

Overall: a nice beer, don't know if I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kevanb
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Norwegian sour beer is made with crowberries, which until drinking this beer I had never heard of, but learned it’s very similar to a blueberry but a tad sweeter. It pours a nice reddish brown, typical of the lambic style, minimal white soapy head that dissipates really quickly leaving behind some soapy film along the top of the beer. Big berry aroma, but lots of funk in there, and faint grain. The aroma is really interesting as I’ve never smelled a crowberry before, but it is quite like a blueberry, tart with mild sweetness. The flavor is really nice, lots of blueberry or crowberry flavor, it’s a bit sweeter than a blueberry but amply tart, there some stronger much earthy flavors as well, some tobacco and barklike flavors come through, not sure if this is aged on wood or in barrels but there are some very interesting and similar flavors. The body is nice, bubbly, very juice like at times.

Verdict: Really interesting and delicious lambic, one of the few Norwegian beers I’ve been able to try and this was no let down. Nice tart but sweet flavors with a nice unexpected earthiness as it warms.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, brownish, reddish, pinkish color with some head. Scent is very brett-forward with some powerful red fruit aromas. I've never had a crowberry before, but I'm liking what I smell. Very tart berry aroma with some vinegar and funk. Taste is not as "in-your-face" as the aroma implies. Very interesting flavor here. Definitely seeing the difference between crowberries and other berries in the flavor. I bit more bitter than raspberries, cherries, and blueberries. Some funky barnyard flavors with a slight metallic taste. A very user-friendly sour, as the tartness is nowhere near overwhelming. The brett however, is very much there. Great brett flavor. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than the appearance shows. Nicely carbonated with a nice dry, viscous finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, my first experience with crowberries was a good one. This is a nice beer that I would definitely revisit.

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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 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.

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 sneefcity
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear red with a very smell head.

S- Tart berries, I am guessing crowberries, little funk, earthy, hint of alcohol.

T- More tart than sour, again I am guessing crowberries, earthy, light funk. Nice, but would it be better if it was more sour and less earthy.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice tart beer, that I enjoyed. Taste could be more balanced, but good. I would pick this up again.

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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 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 rmccomas
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from bottle into a tulip glass, had a hazy, amber appearance with a solid, sustained off white head to it.

S: pre ripe raspberries with a faint alcohol smell wafting up from it.

T this beer took me back to my childhood, it tasted like raiding my grandma’s raspberry patch and picking the bright red ones that weren’t quite ripe yet. A little tart, a little sweet, truly a joy drinking this one; maybe its because of the trip down memory lane it induced, but this is the best sour that has ever touched my lips, I LOVED it!

M: seemed average to slightly above for the style, good carbonation.

O: Grade A, and the only reason it doesn’t get the + is cause I am not the most experienced with the style, so world class seems a bit out of my league to say.

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Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of silentjay
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

brown with a pinkish hue that produces a little bit of head through a very vigorous pour. the head is pinkish white and recedes quickly to a thin, thin lacing while leaving barely anything on the glass.

never had a crowberry, but it smells between a blackberry and a cranberry. a bit sweeter than a cranberry, but more tart than a blackberry. some vinegar acidity and yeast are there as well. smells pretty good.

not very sour, though a bit tart, more fruity, with a sweet/tart berry flavor with some yeast, and a light malt backbone. no hops detectable, though I wasn't expecting any.

pretty watery with little to no carbonation, nor the acidic tingle I like in a sour.

Overall, this is a tasty beverage, but similar to a couple other Haand "sours" it tastes more like an unsweetened fruit juice than a wild ale or sour beer. I'll definitely finish the bottle and enjoy it, but wouldn't buy this myself.

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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 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 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 daveytheformer
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of tsauce2
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is ruby/rose red. Semi-translucent. Head is off white with reddish tinge, 1 in, frothy, dissipates to 1/2 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Tart/sour smell with tart berry fruit additions.

T: Initial tartness gives to crowberry flavors and finishes with a bit of a bite. Aftertaste is tart, semi bitter, and semi-dry.

M: Medium/light body. Tartness of beer stimulates the palate, berry/fruit notes add a bit of brightness to mf.

O: A good lambic. I have never had crowberries before, so I have to imagine that this is where the bite comes from. Nice balance on the tartness, not overbearing. Overall, a well-made lambic that I would have again.

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