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

bottled
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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 50cl bottle shared by argo0. Murky dark brown color with a beige head. Quite sour, with strong vinegar acidity, light citrus, sweet malts and underlying alcohol bite. Medium bodied with fine, fizzy carbonation. Refreshingly sour, but the combo of sweetness from the malt, the higher alcohol, and the heavily acetic nature of the acidity seemed a bit too out there for me. (7,4,6,4,12)

rerate: Either it’s me, or the newer batch of this is much better. Great, powerful acidity and dark fruit character with a chocolate malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours a dark brown with thick tan head. The nose is black cherries with a fine oak at the end. Comes across the palate as tart cherries & nice oakkieness., finishes with a long with lingering funky cherry. Overall a pretty good sour beer. I guess Norwegians can make a decent sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle from State Line Liquors - hazy burgundy beer - minimal head - an acetic kick hits the nose first, followed by oak and tart fruits (cranberry, raspberry, sour cherry) - medium-sour and very tannic - a bit of strawberry and cranberry - mellow funkiness underneath never completely comes to the fore - present but subtle oak - a little vinegary in the finish - this is a nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle. Yellowish-tan head and a brown pour. Sour and funky aroma - citrus, nail polish, some nuttiness, oak. Flavor is sour, and tasty, but maybe a tad one dimensional. Chalky and dry finish. Yeasty and cheesy. Really nice, except the acetone/nail polish thing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2009
500ml bottle shared by argoO. Cherry-red brown color, very thick. Sweet in-your-face sour cherry aroma. Thick mouthfeel, not unlike a Gluh-Kriek in some ways. Definitely the most sour Scandinavian beer I’ve had, the Rodenbach Grand Cru of the North. Tart but oh so enjoyable. Some solid oak flavors that mix well with the wild yeast. Non-intrusive alcohol balances right in. Wow, I love this beer. Thick mulled malt collides with sour. Blood red murkiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(50cl bottle) Cloudy cola-brown body topped by large tan head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is medium sweet, wood, sour cherry, some funk, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, some oak, funk. Light alcohol burn in the finish. Medium body, some stickiness, light acidity. One of the sweetest sours I can recall tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Batch 49. Bottle shared by wetherel at the BA Decadence release. Pours with a light brown head over a hazy brown body. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, wood, sour, cola and vanilla. Taste is sour with chocolate, wood , dark fruits, plums, and vinegar. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a frothy light tan head. Aroma of sweettart black cherries and complex fresh woody oak with a good caramel malty sweetness and plenty of acidity. Body starts with good fullness and sticky malty sweetness well-balanced with a puckering oaky cherry tartness before a slightly warming tart finish. A very enjoyable and true to style sour brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2192) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle at BA Decadence line tasting courtesy of wetherel. Pours a cloudy brown color. The nose is tart with brett and cherries. The flavor is woody with oak, overtly sour cherries and some sour apples. The mouthfeel is silky smooth. The finish is long with lingering funky cherry. Overall: Who knew that the Norwegians could make a sour beer? Very tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
thanks to whomever shared this at the Alesmith BA Decadence release in March 09. murky brown pour, tart, almost cidery tangy, a tasty sour ale.


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