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


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brygget med Brett-gjær. Tilsatt Tindved og modnet på eikefat i 21 måneder.

Editor’s note: ABV fluctuates from batch to batch.

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alhobj (10) - - FEB 23, 2018
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Alengrin (6081) - BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2018
Vintage bottle of five and a half years old (brewed in November 2011), at 7.5% ABV. Apparently a sour ale fermented with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, aged for 21 months on oak barrels and with sea buckthorn berries added (and shown on the label in an utterly simple, amateuristic way by means of a blurry black-and-white picture...). It seems ABV has been increased to 8% meanwhile and the label has been restyled now - looking significantly better, more colourful and way more professional. Bottle from de Caigny. Off-white, thin head, needing forcing to form, but once it's there, it does retain a while as a thin ring around the glass and some specks in the middle, but eventually vanishes into thin air; initially cristal clear, warm orangey peach blonde robe, with clouds of minute bubbles appearing and disappearing again when the glass is swirled, but shifting to a completely cloudy, more khaki-tinged 'dirty' orange with sediment, looking like some home made apple juice. Aroma of sour drying buckthorn berries and sour crabapples, old lemon rind, raw rhubarb, lots of dusty attic and used chalkboard dusters, old dried pizza crust, damp hay and even horse stable, 'vegetal' hints probably referring back to the buckthorn (and increasing when sediment is added) of green tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, cranesbill leaves and various old herbarium specimens, very vague manure-ish touch faraway in the background. Evidently lactic sour onset, bit puckering even with a sharpish lemony touch to it yet very refreshing, and backed by a pleasantly sweetish, apricot-like core; lots of sour berry astringency or even light wryness from the sea buckthorn berries. Sour apple-, unripe nectarine- and vaguely tomato peel-like notes as well as something sourly orange-like which I suspect can again be ascribed to the sea buckthorn. Carbonation remains very soft and delicate, bordering on flat after a while, but mouthfeel remains full and smooth; the combination of apricot-like sweetness and berry wryness continues over a bready, even very lightly caramelly malt sweet core, but the sweetness is largely neutralised by the ongoing sourness and astringency. Largely, because the finish manages to remain juicy with a trace of that initial sweetishness still intact, in spite of the overall lactic sourness, drying old wood-like tannins and sour berry wryness - and additional tannins from their skins and seeds. Not a bad effort at all, having become a bit 'dusty' due to age, but this only adds depth, maturity and a 'rural' quality which I can hugely appreciate in any kind of barreled sour ales, from ancient lambics to modern U.S. sours. The sweetish fruity 'undertone', firmly embedded in all that lactic sourness, fruit acidity and drying, rustic woody tannins, strongly reminds me of some of Alvinne's great sours here in Belgium - not in the least their Cuvée Sofie Duindoornbes-Zilverbes which they made for the BXL Beerfest last year of course, since it uses at least partially the same fruit. And if the Alvinne sours, which I insist are of international standard these days, are to be taken as a means of comparison, then this can only be a compliment for Haandbryggeriet, I think. Very well done, probably the best Haandbryggeriet for me so far.

sjogro (5403) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2018
Bottle shared at THT January (Platypus Edition), at Kwartje Platypus Information and carecenter. Slightly hazy golden with white head. Sour grains, woodglue, spices, apricot. Moderate sweet, sharp sour, over moderate bitter.

kermis (15285) - The Hague / Amsterdam / Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2018
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Bottle shared at THT January (Platypus Edition). Clear golden with barely any head. Aroma of tart fruits, berries, funk, leather, light poop. Flavour is moderate sweet and sour. Medium bodied with soft caramel.

SirLimpsalot (5021) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2018
@ Amsterdam 17-11-27 (backlog rating): Trevlig balans mellan surt och sött och med en fin eftersmak

Beerhunter111 (23966) - Beerland, GERMANY - DEC 4, 2017
Sampled @ Billie's Craft Beer Fest 2017. A slightly hazy deep golden beer with a small white head. Aroma of tart grapes, berries, dry fruits, some wood. Taste of tart grapes, mild tart reddish fruits, dry tart finish.

karpik (1574) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 13, 2017
Bretts, citrus, white currant, sea buckthorn in aroma. Pours cloudy orange with small white head. Taste is moderate sour with lemon, apple, pear, white currant, sea buckthorn, mild vinegar. Fruity tartness at the finish, average carbonation. Overall very good.

metalspice (1196) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2017
Lett tåkete gulbrunt nesten uten skum. Komplekse dufter og smaker med frukt, eik og vanilje som hovedbestanddelene. Behagelig surhet, kjempegodt!

murzyn (709) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 5, 2017
Barwa zmętnionego złota, piana niewielka i natychmiast opada. Aromat jakiegoś owoca, dębiny, stajnia. Cudowny. W smaku kwaśne jabłka, lekki cytrus, lekki ocet, skóra, mora dębina. Świetne pifko.

Sarpa (1692) - FINLAND - OCT 20, 2017
Tap @ Konttori. Pours hazy orange, small white head. Tart, earthy, citric, fruity aroma. Tart, fruity, citrus, wood, flavour

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