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


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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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HaandBic is our first beer in the style of a fruit iambic with added red currents and Lingonberry. We have naturally also added a lambic style yeast blend incl bacteria and yeast of different types. Then this concoction has been aged in oak barrels for almost 18 months. The beer gets its tartness from both berries and the concoction we added. It will most certainly develop further given time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4690) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2011
Pours bright garnet into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim leaving spot lacing. Soft with sour cranberry aromas. Dusty sour summer fruits upfront turning to a lasting tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle at home. Pours a cranberry like appearance with an off white head that dissipates to a short stream of bubbles and quickly thereafter appears almost still. Aromatically sour and fruity. Nice leather and acetic acid notes. Some what reminiscent of sour bruin but with less acidity. Cranberry and raspberry like tones and a faint musk y acrid and maybe acidic tone. Berries, vinegar, and sour notes. Must admit upon first sip finishes a bit like plastic. Body feels very thin and the etoh is actually quite note-able and the acidity seems to pick up quickly as well. Hints of lactic acid, leather like aromatics are absent in the flavor. This lack of complexity in the flavor is really bothering me. Honesty i found this pretty disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2011
Deep amber pour. The aroma is a little bit funky and fruity. Light cherry along with a soft oakiness. Soft sweetness on the finish along with some wheatiness. Peppery and lightly lactic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Poured an amber color with a reddish tint and a small sized head. Aromas of some funk, oaky/woodiness, musty, cherries, horseblanket, and some lighter vinegar. Tastes of wood, lihgter vinegar, some funk, and some fruinitess. Lighter sour and tart fnish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2011
500ml bottle. Golden reddish with a small off-white head. Tart funky aroma, cherry with oakiness. Pretty nice smelling. Funky flavor too with mild tartness, mild fruitiness, and barrel with some acetic notes. Medium body with light acidity and lower carbonation. A solid wild ale, but maybe missing a little something. The depth of flavor just isn’t there I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7193) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a thin dark cream colored head. Tart and malt aroma with light earth and light fruit. Green apple and malt flavor with tartness. medium bodied. Tart and malt lingers with light sweetness and light fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle that I took to Max and Jess’s place. Pours a lightly hazed orange gold with a thin white head. Big sour acid, touches of sweet malt and fruit. Delicate and sweet, very smooth. Funky and musky, light acid and funky sourness. Malt, and some light acetic acid notes. Lingering malt and acid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1507) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle generously shared at Max’s FF winnings tasting. Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is first and foremost raspberry and funk with plenty of sweet features too: coconut, caramel, vanilla.Flavor is a very good blend of tart raspberry and lemon with sweet caramel. Moderate acetone in the finish with lemon and raspberry. Winning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2011
Bittersweet aromas of stewed fruits, oak and cranberries. Minimal barnyard funk adds depth and ripens up the fruit character. Ripe tropical fruit flavours upfront, durian, lychee and cranberry. Subdued brett character develops mid-palatte, storming in with sweat, rotting fruit and olive oil and finishing with a dank, lingering tartness. Slick and watery mouthfeel is the only complaint, overall an absolute cracker!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2992) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Tasting at MaxxDaddy’s house. The aroma is leather, farmhouse-like. The appearance is a hazy light brown color. The flavor is like the aroma, farmhouse, vinegar, tart fruit. The finish is tart fruit, grape-like. Good.

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