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


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Norwegian ale with cranberries and currants added. The Haand brewers - four guys making beer in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - specialize in recreating old Norwegian farm beers. Here’s one made with a variety of different grains, and some typical fruits from the region, handpicked by the brewers. It is fermented by airborne wild yeast, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. Wild Thing, you make everything...groovy.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 15, 2012
A moderate gusher upon opening. Veiled orangey dark pink hued ale covered by a slice of white that lasts. Lightly lactic, gently flowery, mineral, very phenolic nose barely hints at the fruits this contains. Rather earthy pits, branches and... bile meet in this rather messy ale. In mouth, carbonation takes a lot of room and the beer is very dry, the fruit sugars having apparently been eaten up through and through, letting a texture that feels on the very light side for a Haandbryggeriet. They still manage to pull out very noticeable smoke flavours out of this and it is fairly complementary to the minerally fruits, but there is little else going on and some of the phenolic compounds, giving plastic and medicinal flavours a plenty, are detrimental to the enjoyment. Funny how I really love that brewery and wild beers, yet combining the two leads to a disappointment.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (551) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Smells of fragrant berry blossoms. A beautiful peach and red pearlescence color, but no head. Sharp slight aseptic then the currents come out and the dry cranberries finish it. Leaves a lasting dry berry stain behind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3432) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2014
On bottle at Haandbryggeriets opening party for their new facilities. Golden color , slightly pink tingle to it. Medium aroma intensity, fruity, berries, raspberries . Good sourness- well balanced. Enjoyable, but significantly less wild compared to its competitors when first released. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2438) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Orange-amber in colour with a long lasting off-white head, excellent lacing. Aroma is of cigarette ash, musty, berry skins and leather. Flavour is musty with a bit of yeast, stale donuts, lots of berries, very dry, some straw. Musty mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, berries and quite dry. One of the weirder beers that I have ever had, so weird that I can’t help but like it...sort of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1122) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2014
Sample from bottle @ What’s Brewing, Stavanger. Pours clear amber with a small creamy head. Aroma is sweet fruity yeast with tart notes of berries, as well as lactic acid. Creamy body with very soft carbonation. Flavour is tart fruity yeast, with sour berries and lingonberry sweetness, as well as balsamic vinegar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (380) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle at What’s Brewing 2014, Stavanger. Pours hazy orange. Aroma of fruit, lemon, alcohol. Thin bodied, but some fruit and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5085) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
Clear deep golden color with a smal white head. Sour fruity, acidic, berries and yeast. Inviting and complex aroma. Medium body. Nice balance between sourness/acidity and sweetness. Nice complexity and still mellow. Pleasant and easy to drink. Well for us who likes this stuff. Dry ending. Lots of berries, deep malt base and yeast. Nice one.
[Bottle at Verkstedet in Oslo, Norway. At a tasting with Buxton/Haandbryggeriet. Batch #730]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (3137)
- Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2014
From a 50cl at Buxton/Haandbryggeriet tasting at Verkstedet, Oslo. Pours almost clear amber, it seems, with a rather small head. Fairly fruity aroma of red berries, hints of spices and hints of wild yeast. Moderate sweet and quite fruity with pleasantly sour notes. Medium body with fairly average carbonation. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
a touch funky, a touch earthy, with some cranberry shining through, but not like the Tyaettbaer(?) from Nogne O. This was decent, but not that one’s rival by any stretch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7267) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at WTWBA. Smoke and bacon in this beer. Very interesting. Yeasty and slightly fruity. Cool beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (4017) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Cloudy orange with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of ash, sawdust and grass. Taste is of ash and yeast with light citrusy tartness in the finish.

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