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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours out brown with very little head. Taste is funky, fruity and tart. Nice woody flavor with a sour finish. Great brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a cloudy brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is fantastic and complex with cherries, funk, some caramel, and vinegar. Flavor is cherries, balsamic vinegar, maybe a hint of juniper, and quite a bit of tartness. This is really a fantastic sour. Steeped with complexity, and I feel like this would age well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Shared with DarkGuardian. Not a big fan of sours but I did enjoy this one.Lots of vinous cherries and not overly sour.Wa a bit more tart than sour.Not too bad.I would like to revisit this again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Pours brownish, with a tan head. Aroma is cherries, funk, oak, and strawberries. Flavor is tart cherries, strawberries, and funk, with a acetic ending. This is very good and surprisingly drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Nice. Tons of cherry and sour in this brown sour ale. Bought for a sour tasting I wanted to hold, but no one seemed interested in doing with me. Took another sip. Wow. This is exactly the kind of sour ale I love. Full of body and complexity. Tart. Lots of fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark tan head. Sour aroma with berry (mostly cherry) fruitiness. Tart/sour flavor with a nice acetic bite and cherries. Medium bodied. Refreshing. Tart/sour lingers with malt and some berry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Red wine vinegar on the nose, tart rasberries. Pours cloudy amber red with a thin head. Tart and funky with a lot of oak and vanilla tannins, very tart, sour strawberries and green appleskins. excellent beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle from WLV, I think. Pours a dark red-brown. nice foamy offbeige head. Nose has honey, sour, stewed cherries and some nice citric element. The star hear is a nice fruity sweetness on the nose with a touch of vanilla. Super fizzy and round, a touch hot. Very deep layer of flavor, doesn’t finish dry at all. It does have an acidic carbonation note that mutes the flavor at first, then allows it to burst forward. Damn, this is certainly not for the faint of heart and is one of the most original beers I’ve had in ages. I’m getting some bourbon notes in here as well. Crazy good stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
16oz bottle. This is an astonishing beer even at this young age. Poured a murky brown. Wonderfully aroma of sour cherry, berry, grapes and citrus. Flavor is very woody and carbonated. Very sharp with notes of pear and apple. This has a very unique sour ale flavor that apparently is rhubarb. Different and cool. This is a first effort? Astonishingly good. I have 3 bottles of this and I suspect if my hunch is right this will be a world class beer in a year or so. The carbonation is a bit sharp and the wood dominates a bit to much but this is a terrific sour and more importantly quite affordable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6071) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
500, batch 49. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Murky dark brown with wispy trails of tan foam across the top. Green apple, red apple, and red wine grapes on the nose--no, wait, it turns out that those seeming three things are actually one thing, and that thing is rhubarb, from the rhubarb wine barrels, no doubt. Cool! Fizzy medium body with tons of tangy fruit, caramel, and a nicely placed mineral/lactic kick near the end.


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