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

bottled
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RATINGS: 220   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle with a bottled on date of 02.26.10. Pours with a hazed amber body with an off-white head that slowly fades. Aroma is nice and funky, horseblanket, caramelized, dates, vinous, vinegar. Tons of funk. A bit of an oily/suntan lotion thing on the flavor and palate. Strawberry and vinegar beyond that. Acidity, caramel and vanilla continue. Lively bubbles. Dry. Odd oiliness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Quite a complex sour for sure. Tastes kind of like church, or, as Timmons said, like an Old Bible. Sour for sure, but the sourness morphs into a mixture of leather, oak, and body odor-- as I said, churchlike. The finish is long and perplexing, but also kind of fun as you try to guess just what the hell it is youíre tasting. Wallet? Yep. Cranberries? Yep. Bleu Cheese? Yep. Iím not saying this bottle is the best sour ever, but it sure keeps your attention.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
A: The beer pours an amber color with a minimal off-white head to it and minimal carbonation. S: Smells like aspirin, Vickís Vapor Rub, alcohol, and harsh oak. A big menthol and eucalyptus type of aroma that is just overwhelmingly medicinal and awful. Strangely spicy and very astringent. T: Holy hell. If you wondered how putting a flaming log in your mouth would taste, drink this beer. Intensely charred/smokey wood with a big time medicinal menthol flavor. Astringent cranberry flavors and just bad all around. M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation. D: This is putrid stuff. So far the sour beers from these guys (with the exception of Haandbakk) have been pretty bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Triple Rock Sour & BA Fest. Poured orange amber, cranberries, wood, vinious, little honey, drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep, fairly transparent bloody copper color. The head was a somewhat thick ring around the glasses edge with nothing in the middle. The nose was really faint and required some pretty violent whiffs to detect the diluted gueuze-like smell...faint sour and oak..I reckon it probably smells freakiní fantastic to a dog. Low carbonation greets the tongue...and the flavors mimic the nose..very faint, but nicely clean and gueuze-like. Its like watered down gueuze but with a pretty full body. The added fruit comes out in the finish too, especially the cranberries...which actually mend quite well with the wild yeast-made sourness but itís more of an essence than tangible flavor. Thereís like a novacaine/medicinal touch to the flavors as well, I keep getting visions of the dentist chair. Not half bad though...and maybe I just suddenly lost most of my sense of taste, but itís not jumping out at me like I want it to. That being said the alcohol gives it a nice body.and a little warming effect too...itís got sourness, it just doesnt sting....maybe thatís a good thing. Who knowís, Iíve been awake for far too long today.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle at the Triple Rock Sour & BA Fest. Pours orange copper with a thin orange beige head and a sour fruity aroma. There is a sour malt flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10933) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle at the Triple Rock Sour & BA Fest. Pours hazy murky orange with some orange tan bubbles. Mild fruity/sour aroma. Brings something to mind that should not be mentioned. Itís pretty sour, but not enough to hurt. Itís fruit and oak. Astringent. Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Dark yellow with no head. Strong earthy sour bread aroma and taste with cranberry notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Redcurrants, lingon. Fresh, clean sourness interlaced with fruit. No trace of the malt or grain. A fine variation on the style - great with cheese. Low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10451) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle. Red golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is cranberry, current, lingon berry, malt. flavour is sweet, sour, current, lingonberry, malt, hint of hop, yeast. Very nice beer.


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