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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This beer was brewed in sept. 06 and has since then been aged in oak barrels until bottling on March 22. 2008. The beer is blended for roundness but is still very sour and a little bit acetic. We think our first attempt has been a great success and we will definitely try this again.
8.5% alc. 20 ibu. Serve at 8-12C


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4193) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Very nice beer. Along the Rodenbach line of thinking. Pours reddish brown with no head or lacing. Finishes tart plum with some light sourness. Raspberry and some cranberry here. Average carbonation. Tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2329) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper liquid with small white head. Aroma of vinegar, dried fruit, wood, salubrin and red onion. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of dried fruit and vinegar. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (2826) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
From bottle at Beer14. Pours dark brown a slightly reddish hue and a tan head. Nice sour and slightly vinegar like aroma with wooden notes. Sour and quite delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (1900) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours very dark burgundy with low beige head. Aroma is of fruits, sourness, acidity, nail polish remover, sour berries. Stingy. Taste is of sourness, acidity, fruits, sour berries, slight metal, some vinegar. Mouth watering. Palate: Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Overall: Too heavy on acetic/sourness. Not drinkable. Interesting otherwise, but it’s just too much.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arsol (590) - NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
Colafarget med tynt lyst beige skum. Lukter syrlig, vin. Smaker syrlig , cider, eple og har en vinøs feeling. selvfølgelig også syrlig finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ric_Olie (7) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014 does not count
Bottle, batch 439. A profound red body with almost no head. Sad for the head, but it is kind of normal in sour/wild oak aged beer. The nose reminds of cranberries and sour cherries and you can perceive hints of oak. You have pretty strongs acetic aromas, but, they are in harmony with the whole. The same adventure goes on in the mouth: cranberries, cherries, oak and a tart finish that cleanse the palate. Pretty liquorous. Great product, remind me of a Flanders Red.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2712) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2011. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, pepper, hay, straw, brown bread, leather, herbal, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, leather, herbal, pepper, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, cherry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, herbal, leather, musty funk, and oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, wine barrel, and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; with a nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate level of acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mathieuc (1409) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Batch 439. Pours a still looking dark brown with big bubbles from the pour fading away in a timely fashion. Aroma is of nail polish and vinegar over a (maybe) fruity and roast/ashy background. Pretty intense and burning acetic shot through the nose though so, who knows. Taste is bracingly sour but still drinkable with some lightly fermented grape must flavors and overall really fruity. Acetic acid burns your throat, this is really hard to drink. I’ve had vinegars that were easier to drink than this. No carbonation (or maybe it was just painstakingly low?), light bodied and slightly oily. OK, enough acetic burns. DP

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle: Cloudy, hazy, brown, with no head or lacing. Wow... This is very funky. Caramel, malt and ethyl acetate. In wine I’d scream. Herbs, spice, wood. Dense and earthy. Cocoa. Dry, very sour and low bitterness. Searing acidity. Squeaky. Medium to medium dense. Long. Low or no carbonation. Nice flavor but just a little to volatile.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2965) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Vintage 2012. Reddish brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, strong balsamic/vinegar notes, wine, oak and light vanilla. Taste is very sour (harsh) and acetic with a lot of red fruits, wine and oak. Medium body. Low carbonation. Mouth puckering. Dry. This is one of the most sour beer I have encountered yet. Harsh and acetic, but still complex. Nice fruitiness and barrel presence. Not easily enjoyable, but once you are used to it, it’s really good.


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