Blåbic | 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 eric5bellies on 03-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Brewed 8/23/11. Bottled 11/21/12.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and berry flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but very sour and acidic.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's with incredible sour complicity that the time honored sour ale brewing techniques deliver such complexity, power, and cleanliness with the fruit of blueberry fueling the taste. This is a remarkable fruit beer by any measure.

Pouring the predictable russet brown and ruby haze, the ale is dense looking in the body but lightens considerably as the impressions of modest carbonation offers up a part-froth, part-spritz character. It's a delicate ale that offers up little lace; preferring wine-like appearances throughout.

Sharp and fruity aromas don't simply scream "blueberry" but does offer up a robust berry-like tartness that foreshadows the following scent. Balsamic notes blend with sea brine, horse hair and sherry wine for a complete tart and savory matrix.

To taste, the ale starts with a balanced sour and savory interplay. Where tart berries, crabapples, and cider fuse, so does fruity sweetness and savory balsamic notes for that blend that allures the taste buds and intimidates them at the same time. Blueberries may be read into the verbose fruit notes once disclosed, but without the mention I'm not sure the true fruit is as easily recognized. Finishing with a salty-savory fruit taimste the beer is crisp and clean in its final impressions.

Crisp, clean and ultimately refreshing in its feel, the ale rises from the palate and sheds its early creaminess to favor a pleasant wine-like acidity that's surprisingly light in astringency. Finishing dry, acidic, and refreshed- the ale perplexes the trigamental senses with mineral, hop bitterness, and metallic bite.

Blabic is a comfortable yet inquisitive Sour Ale- its nearly as sour at true Lambic or Gueuze but is backed by the robust earthy taste of blueberry, but its sweetness has been stripped and replaced by dryness, sourness, and pectin. The resulting taste is a shaddow of the fruit, but it still makes and intriguing mark on the beer- in the most whimsical kind of way.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

50cl brown glass bottle with black standard unbranded pressure cap acquired from a friend who brought it back from Copenhagen and served into a Guinness goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a wild ale because the label lays out that it's a sour brewed with lambic yeast and aged in oak."Brewed 23.08.11."

Served cold – straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a no head at all.

Body colour is a lightly translucent pale amber of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Heavy brettanomyces funkiness and a bit of lactobacillus-induced sourness. Some wet hay/straw. Great lambicus yeast. I don't detect any blueberry. Very farmhouse. Leathery.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable.

T: Farmhouse. Wet straw/hay. I don't get any blueberry whatsoever. Some nice lambic-induced sourness. Pleasant lactic sourness.

Balanced and enjoyable. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuanced, and intricate.

Mf: Smooth, wet, well carbonated, and approachable, with a good body and thickness. Nice presence on the palate.

Not astringent, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Very drinkable; I could easily kill a bottle alone. I'd have it again. Pretty tasty stuff for what it is. Not as blueberry-dominant as I expected (actually; it has none at all). I really like it. Hides its ABV well.

Low B

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 500 ml bottle, clear and dark crimson with a way-off white head comprised of large bubbles stacked 1/2-inch high and fades to partial cap leaving clumpy lace.

N: Tartness with basalmic, fruits and berries with tannic oak.

T: Sharply tart with some musty cheese, tannins, aged wood, faint blueberry skin rather than juice.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Finishes sour and fruity.

O: Like others from this brewery there are lots of wood barrel character present. The sour and tart component really drives this while the blueberries take a back seat. Expecting more, yet still fun to try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Served alongside HaandBryggeriet Blåbær.

The beer has a dark purple body with a hint of ruby. Small, pink head. The aroma brings a lot of blueberry, fleshy fruit, cherries, funk, brett, oak. Smells nice. Blueberry and cherry with funk. Sweet and sour, akin to a Flanders style ale. Moderate carbonation with a light puckering sensation in the back end. Tasty.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dirty purplish brown bodied beer with a thick white cap. Cap drops down a thin white ring around the glass.

Smell: jammy berries and tannic wet oak. Vinous with a slight balsamic vinegar note. Slightly musty funk.

Taste: moderately tart sour. Triple berry jam. Blueberries arent really noticeable, it just tastes like more of a berry medley. Huge wet oak presence with a hint of horse blanket funk. Hint of cardboard and a hint of vinegar. Lingering tart finish mixing with jammy and malty sweetness(think flanders red but with berries), and more tannic notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer feels both slick and oily. This beer has surprising semi-dry finish that is slightly acidic like a wine. Quite drinkable sour at 7.5%; not a hint of booze to be found.

Overall: I have some mixed feelings about this beer. It boarders between a sour beer, a flanders red, and a wine made with berries. It was definately an enjoyable and fairly tasty sour, but I dont think of this beer as a blueberry sour by any means. The blueberries in this beer just werent there. I think that I will name a new beer style and call this beer a "Flanders Blue".

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is opaque ruby with a foamy tan head. Nose is strong blueberry, very fleshy and light note of sourness with a hint of earthiness. Body is light and soft, very smooth with assertive carbonation. Taste is blueberry forward with a fair amount of leather and brett presence, not much else but a nice drinker and fairly sour.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a soothing maroon. Appears hazy but it's hard to tell with the color. The head is quite small and quickly fades to a ring of pink-ish beige bubbles. The aroma has some nice blueberry flavor, at least once the beer warms up. Cold, the beer has a fairly neutral fruity sour aroma. Anyway, there's some excellent sweet blueberry flavor to the aroma. It's got a nice oak note. Some noticeable acidity is present, sort of a mild grapey vinegar flavor. The taste has much less blueberry sweetness. There's a big vinegar note. It smells like a relatively fresh lambic but tastes like an aged one, or really somewhere between a lambic and a Flanders-style sour. Lots of tannic character from the oak. Some nice funk underneath the dominant tartness. Strong to medium-strong pucker. Drying mouthfeel from the oak. Fairly light on the palate, otherwise. This is a very nice sour, probably the best that I've had from HaandBryggeriet.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Blåbic from HaandBryggeriet
3.91 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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