Blåbic | HaandBryggeriet

very good
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of t420o
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HaandBryggeriet Blåbic

Bottled: 11/21/12
Consumed: 6/28/13

A- pour yields a 1/4 finger tan head leaving very quick. No lacing. Beer is hazy and a similar color to grape juice. 3.75

S- smells excellent. Nice tart blueberry and boysenberries. Oak, tannic, very slight yeast. 4.5

T- mirrors the nose. Tart blueberry and boysenberry, tannic, oak, slight yeast, grape. Very full flavor and excellent. 4.5

M- thicker body for a lambic and medium carbonation. I enjoyed the mouthfeel 4.25

O- a real pleasure. Great lambic that had good drinkability. Well done. 4.25


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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This beer is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. It is a deep, dark, amber-red color with a little head. There are definitely some floating particulates in this beer (all the better, it is a wild-ale afterall!) The beer itself is lightly tart with a nice fruity bitterness. As the after-taste goes on, the bitterness builds somewhat. Very delicious and the brewers who poured it couldn't have been friendlier!

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Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of gueuzegossage
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nrb1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jdamaso84
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark red appearance, which really stands out in the light, with very slight lacing and very, very little carbonation. If you've ever brewed with blueberries, the color will look familiar to you.

Smells quite sour, maybe a hint of fruit, but everything blends well so it is difficult to single out distinct aromas.

Very, very tasty lambic. It's a thick, but very smooth and easy to drink beer. Sour notes really hit the back of the throat and linger for a while.

As mentioned, it's very smooth and almost has the consistency of a heavy stout. It has a unique mouthfeel that leaves sort of a silky feeling on your tongue/palate, almost the same kind of silkiness you experience while sipping a top notch, smooth, single malt whiskey. It's a pleasure to drink.

Not sure why this isn't rated higher overall; it really is an excellent beer that's well-blended, tasty, and fun to drink. I wish I picked another bottle up when I had the chance.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Anonymous1
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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