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

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RATINGS: 236   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
Thanks to skyview for sharing. Thin white head on an orange tinted read body. Very tart aroma, some fruit in there as well. A little acetone character. Holy crap everyone is right, there’s bacon in here. More fruitiness in there and a nice sour flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a rosy red cranberry color with a white collared head. Huge bandaid aroma in the nose along with lemon and cranberry. Sour and tart cran taste upfront with medicinal notes. Not entirely unenjoyable but for sure not the bet sour I have had. Non complex. Lingering funkiness and slight bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3086) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 13, 2011
Shared bottle at Melkebaren. Clear orange with a white film. Wood vinous, berries, rock candy and honey in the aroma. Sour, acidic and fresh flavors. Medium body, medium carbonation. Dry and acidic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4742) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9642) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3602) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7306) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7456) - 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.


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