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

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RATINGS: 524   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3900) - - APR 10, 2009
murky purple with a red glow under a brown head. sour oaky aroma with cherry. sour cherry, oak, grape juice, vinegar, plastic, strawberry, funky. full bodied. a good sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle shared by stopbarking. Thanks Daniel! Pours dark reddish brown with beige head. Smell is juicy, fresh cherries. Taste is fruity cherry juice with a light funky, dusty end to it. Slightly vinegary and balsamic as it warms and opens up though. Medium body and normal carbonation. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2009
1pint .9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-red body with a thin, fizzy, brown head that dissipates into nothing and leaves no head. Only a light oily streaking on the glass. Aroma is oaky and cherry. The cherries are a mix of sour and sweet, fat malts. There is some grape to this giving it a wine-like aroma as well. A moderate tartness, but the oak really holds it back from becoming too sour and allows the cherries to display more of the malty sweetness. Flavor is pretty interesting. Its as if it has two initial layers that come together in the middle and blend really nicely. Theres a big sour and tart fruit layer and then theres an underlying oaky wine flavor. They quickly come together after the initial sharp sour taste and this is when the subtle sweet malts come through. The cherries show up more and some earthy taste as well. The finish is more towards the oak and deep wine flavor with a light amount of acidic citric and cherry flavor. Finishes tart and dry with lots of oak in the aftertaste and a little bit of sweet, but sour cherry. Palate is medium bodied and really coats the mouth with a lot of flavor. Overall, I like this sour a lot. Not very familiar with the style, but the complex flavors really appeal to me. I love the oak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 6, 2009
Very dark brown with a dense tan head. Tart aroma of sour cherries, grape, some oak, and just a touch of balsamic vinegar. Flavor is a lot of sour fruit, but this is balanced by a subtle malt sweetness, and it is all brought together by the oaky finish. Lush mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. Underlying sweetness makes this a more approachable brew for the sour novice, but this will satisfy the sour afficionado as well. I thought this was very good, and would definitely but this again

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2870) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma was quite sour and tart with cherries, wood and has a hint of vinegar. Flavor was rich sour cherries, soft fruitiness, light barnyard, oak/wood and some vinegary acidity with a medium body and has a dry tart finish a decent sour ale

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
Sampled on 4/3/2009. This sour ale pours a very dark color from a 50cl bottle. Medium sized pinkish tinted white foamy head with nice retention. The aroma is tart fruit, oak and sour cherries. Medium bodied Sour. The malts are fruity and caramel. Lots of tart cheery flavors, with some funk and oak as well. Nice soft carbonation. Nicely balanced. The oak flavors balance nicely with the tart sour, funkiness. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2009
16.9 oz bottle. Poured a ruddy dark red color with a one finger tan head. The aroma was cherry, with notes of oak and vinegar. The flavor was a bit malty for a sour, but still very good. Cherry, oak and a bit of citrus were present. The malt balanced the sourness very well. This was a solid brew. Glad to try it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4715) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2009
Bottled. Tnx to Caesar for the import. Aroma is fruity (cherry), has some vinegar. Dark red-brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste has sourness, citrus, cherry, oak, some sweetness. Okay.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (6113) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle at Henriks, Bergen. Pours almost pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, sour rasperry and cherries. Taste is medium sour. hints of wood, oak acids.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Poured brown with some ruby highlights. The head was short and light tan. Minimal lacing. The aroma is tart cherry, vinegar, oak and thin funk. The flavor is nice. Cherry, oak, earth along with some very thin malts and funk that helped give it some added depth. The mouthfeel was thin to medium in body but did serve as a palate cleansing delight.


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