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


on tap

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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle. Batch 49. Brewed on 10/10/2006. Drank on 11/13/2009. Pours to a deep mahogany body with a thin tan head. The aroma has sour rhubarb and wood with black currants and sour mash. The flavor has a strong currant flavor and sour mash. Sherry and tangy oak. Velvety body on the finish with an extreme over-carbonation up front. Leaves the mouth watering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in a dark brown colour with a small tan-coloured foam. Strong tart and acidic aroma of balsamic vinegar, oak and black cherries. Medium-bodied with notes of black cherries, blackberries, oak, vinegar and caramel. Long dryish finish of red berries, oak and balsamic vinegar. Completely hidden alcohol. Tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy tan head. Pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap and ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind. Tart funky vinous aroma with a nice oak/wood character and lots of dark fruit notes, especially dark cherries. Slightly vinegary with a nice blend of earthy oak, dark fruit and funky tart notes. Tart and vinous with a very prominent dark fruit presence. Hints of plum, raisin and dark cherry with a dry lactic tart sour flavor. Nice earthy oak and subtle vanilla balance out the tart and sweet notes perfectly. While this beer is pretty funky it is very well balanced and the 8.5% ABV is excellently masked. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6093) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle Pours out a brown with some red highs topped with a cream head. Aroma was of pit fruit, vinegar, and some oak. Taste was more of the pitfruits some berry and the tart vinegar. A pretty damb tast brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Purchased at Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Nice looking sour. Slight brown head that remains fluffy for quite some time. Nice dark brown color; this sour looks pretty damn good to me. Nice pungent fruit/sour aroma. I am rather let down that the wood is not playing a role in the aroma. There is a vinegar presence, but it is mild. Sour fruit aroma dominates, but the aroma is not extremely nuanced. Nice sour flavor at first and then it quickly dies out. There is this slight sour flavor that sticks around, but I don’t get that overwhelming sour flavor that I like. A nice sweet fruit finish, possibly some cherry flavor in there. Wood doesn’t play a role in the flavor either. Smooth sour I must say. Overall, a pretty good sour, but it doesn’t have many dimensions to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9107) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Sample @ DLD09. Poured a hazy dark reddish brown color with a small beige head. The nose was woody tart cherries with a slight vinegar quality. Flavor was more tart cherry combined nicely with wood, caramel, and slight vinegar. This had an earthiness that went nicely with everything else. Slight alcohol as it warmed. one of the earlier beers in the day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Bottle split with Dallas. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and brown lacing - very interesting body/head for a sour. A decent amount of sediment present as well. The aroma is sour cherry, tartness, and other fruit. The flavor is not overly sour, great notes of sour apple, cherry - finishes with dry tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks BuckeyeBoy! - Pours dk amber with a medium beige head...aroma is immediately ascorbic, dk fruit, vinegar, tart oak...flavour is similar, woody and tannic, dark berries, dry maltiness...this suprised the hell out of me, really liked this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Deep reddish brown coloured body with a nice thin (one centimetre) tan head that leaves a nice lace on the glass before fading completely. Aroma of super tart cherries, grapes, vinegar, citric acid and a dose of basement funk and lightly malty. Light to Medium-bodied; Super tart and citric flavours of cherries up front fades to a very bitter acidic vinegar and tart finish with a slight bit of sweetness. Aftertaste shows metal and a very strong bitterness, but the tart cherries and concord grapes still are coming through, leaving the mouth tart. Very dry and tart at the finish - I wish most beers could have these qualities! Overall, a very nice flemish sour, definitely worth trying if you like the style, but only missing perhaps a few small characteristics they could pick up from Cantillon. Still, a great beer - very nice from the Norwegians. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida on 15-February-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 28-September-2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
murky dark pour with nice medium tan head. Aroma is tart purple grape, vinegar, nice dark earthiness. Flavor is highly acetic, vinegar, dark fruit, more purple grape. This is like an extreme and unrefined version of rodenbach grand cru. Still very enjoyable, but not for those that cant handle sours.

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