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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: 461   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
I just donít get why people donít give great beers a 5 rating. Take this one for example. Many raters describe itís superb characteristics spot on. Yet they donít consider it worthy of a 5. This is an incredible sour. You know that kind of beer that makes you stop and say whoa this is special. The kind that occupies that corner of your fridge or cellar and donít touch except on special occasion or to save with another beer enthusiast. The beer is vinous, sour, tart, woody, prickly, wild, brown, complex, no sweetness, a real pleasure.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Dark mahogany red/brown; thin sawdusty tan head. Rich, layered woody aroma. Hints of fruit, and bugs. Tastes fantastic. Vinous; woody, bugged out in the best way. Restrained sourness, but definitely not pretending. Dry, tannic texture. Sits on a subtle base of fruit, cranberry, cherry, blackberry. Again, very wine-like, and lots of wood. Making a strong case for beer of the year. And at this price, itís an unbelievable steal. Stick Cantillon or Russian River on the label, and itís going for 3x as much.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ink3dm0m (22) - Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Delicious! Tart, without the vinegary taste of some other sour ales - definately mellowed by the oak-aging process. Low carbonation, no head. DO OVER!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (5994) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Pours deep brown with off white head, aroma is big cheese, horseblanket, and roasted malt. Taste up front is subtle vanilla and oak leading into a deep acetic and sour taste that is mouth puckering and a nice dry and slightly sweet finish. Excellent sour ale, delicious!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1142) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2012
Reminds me of Rodenbach. There is also Rodenbach yeast used in this beer. haandBAKK comes from rodenBACH. Refreshing, sour and well balanced

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
See, this is why sours rule. Just the smell makes your cheeks clench and your mouth water. Plums and gasoline. Thatís a good thing. La folie wannabe.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Bottle with jredmond. Pours a dark brown, sediment-y pour. Nose is nicely sour with a slight vinegar to it, but not overwhelming. Taste is really nice sour with some cherries and finishing with a tart, dry apple flavor. Really surprisingly good sour from this brewery. bottle split with pat on 12/23. Pours a really dark brown, nice head. Beautiful sour aroma. Notes of cherries. Very smooth flavor. Sour mixes with the oak in an amazing way. Lacks really deep, complex flavors, but the cherry and oak are outstanding on their own. Upping the rating for sure.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - JUN 8, 2012
Espectacular Sour Ale. Molt avinagrada i llarga, llarga. Cero carbonataciů. Per a disfrutar si tíagrada aquest estil. No apte per a tothom. Genial.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky, dark brown ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Everlasting creamy retention. Fruity, funky, earthy aroma is a blend of oak, black cherries and must. Medium to full-bodied and ultra creamy with spritzy carbonation. Woodsy, very tart, black cherry flavor with less significant notes of vanilla and dark fruits. Very nice acidity... bouncy, but not bossy. Finishes tangy and dry. World class brew!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle many huge thanks to knut, at home with mes. Alround rating: Its like an imperial rodenback grand cru, incredibly woody, very tart, cherrys, spicey woodyness(subtle), just bloody awsome sour beer.


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