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

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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Date: February 06, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Footset Foreplay Friday
Appearance: muddy brown, frothy beige head
Aroma: tart cherry pit aroma backed by sweet chocolate malt
Flavor: big tart cherry flavor, nice woodyness for balance, lots of depth
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle and served in NB worthy glassware: Murky brown hue with a small but lasting beige head which left good lacework upon the glass. There is a off putting chemical and bile part of the aroma which really makes smelling this brew a chore. There is some oak, lacto, acidic notes on the nose too. The taste is more of then same, a distracting chemical and putrid characteristic that just does not belong. Sour cherry, vinegar, wood, musty malts and mineral water flavors around the messy main component. The mouth feel is dry and thin bodied, more mineral and oaky. Perhaps a bad bottle but not too sure after reading some other comments. For now I will call it like I see it, this is a absolute disaster. I can not finish this, disappointing drain pour from someone who likes sour brown ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5287) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle shared with willblake supplied by willblake prior to heading out to NOTB 2009. Poured a murky brown with slight red tint and average size bubbly light beige head. Aroma is very sour and tart with notes of wood, cherries and some plastic modeling glue. Flavor was sour with notes of wood, cherry and just nice and funky. Very enjoyable and nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BeerAndBlues and shared with what was left of the Phoenix crew at Hellbillys place. Pours a reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma is sour, vinegary, earthy. Flavor is tart, puckery, sour, earthy, somewhere between JP la roja and la roja reserva. Good sour brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6117) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 (Bottle at Den Gode Nabo, Trondheim, on 2009-02-14) Reddish and hazy. Bit tan coloured medium sized head. Sour and fruity aroma with some malty notes. Full bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Sourness, frutiness, hint of sweetness, malts, biterness, wood, wine like flavours and dried plum in taste. Sour and malty aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6116) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle 0,5l. Dark red colored. Cloudy. OK sourish aroma. Complex sourish fruity flavor. Not my style, but I’m impressed by the brewery to produce something like this here in Norway. KI=1

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle at the sexual chocolate tasting! Extra special thanks to whomever shared this one! Hazy light brown pour with a frothy off white head. Acidic oaky aroma. Tart cherry and oaky flavor. Very acidic

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle @ Redlight, courtesy of RedlightRedlight. Semi-opaque brown-red. Dark and almost murky. Barrel-dwelling organism aromas. Very rich, sour Flemish ale aromas. Thick palate with soft carbonation. Acetic acid is pungent and slightly putrid, but not in a bad way. The acidity is fun for those who like that sort of thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Muddy reddish-brown. Woody, cherryish nose. Richly malty, but also somewhat balsamic. Tart, fruity with light cherry. It’s kind of fun, as an experiment, but it’s such a raw, unpolished example.


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