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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: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5540) - 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 (5764) - 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 (9909) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2011
Bottled. Has a dark brownish red colour. Small almost non existent head. Aroma of berries, light sourness and some grape and vague spice. Flavour as well full of berries. Again a light sourness is there. Is a bit fruity as well. Medium bodied. Ends on a quite dry and grapy/sour note.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (6416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours cloudy dark red/amber with no head. Aroma has notes of bitter berries. Taste is very bitter with a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin, carbonation is flat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (2993) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2011
0.5l bottle. Pours a almost clear blood-red body with absofruitly no head. Nose is dry red fruits and berries, sugar and vinegar. Mildly carbonated, lots of cowberries and sour currant with some cherries. Bone dry and sour ending. Perhaps a bit to sour for me, but blame it on being a newbie lambic-drinker. The taste is really something, so this is not the last bottle of Haandbic I buy.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Pours a hazy dark orangeish kobber with a head that are gone instantly. The nose is really nice fruity with lots of berries and with a cool sourness. Reminds me off some of the great american sours like LeFolie and others. Some notes of strawberries and cherries topped with som lactose, honney and wet hay. Prima balance. The taste is not as powerfull and ends up with a rather anonymous finish. But there are also lots of berries, notes of honey and a harch bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a thin texture and rather flat attitute. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
Pours copper with a small white head. Aroma is malt, light acidic, caramel and horseblanket. Flavour is malt, light acidic, but with a sweet note, horseblanket, light barnyard and craneberries. To sweet for me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark copper with a foamy cream coloured head. Disappears very quickly leaving no lacing. Sour funky aroma. Nice. Flavours of sweet berries up front. Some sourness and oak comes through near the finish. Finish is quite dry with a touch of smoked bacon. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is lively. Definately not the most complex beer but not too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of funk and wood, with some grapefruit and a strong note of mint. Dry and funky flavour with a mild tartness, and again mint and other herbal notes. A bit simple and one-dimensional, but easily matches some of the simpler Belgian lambiks


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