HaandBryggeriet Sweet & Sour

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Sweet & Sour - take a beer and age it in French oak barrels for 18 months and mix it with one of our seasonal beers, and you get this both sour, sweet and dryish effervecent result for you to enjoy. The US version carries 7.5 VOL% alc.

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brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Yeast residue lined the neck of our bottle. Funky through and through, especially in the nose. Tart, barnyard funkiness right off the bat. Citric. Reminds me of Tilquin up front. Oak dominates the midgame, finishes with a kiss of sweetness before turning sour again. I'm assuming this is Haand's first foray into the world of sours, and this is a damn fine effort if so. Wasn't sure what to expect here; ended up being pretty nice. Dunno why this is rated so poorly; granted, I'm a tough rater, but this deserves better than a 3.27 average.

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, gushed as previously mentioned. Hazy orange pour with nice white head, aroma brought notes of sour citrus, tart lemon, lots of oak, spices, slight funky notes, slight earthy tones as well. Taste is a mix of lots of brett, with oak, lemon, hints of citrus, slight earth, touch of biscuit and bready notes, yeast, slight spice, finishing slightly tart, oaky. Not nearly as bad as a lot of reviews, but not very tart.

hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
500ml bottle. **** GUSHER ALERT **** This one spewed 1/2 the contents all over my office floor. Golden color with floaties. Citrus, musty, yeast, and some wood. Tastes of wood, caramel, citrus, earth, and citrus. Somewhat thinner and flat body.

ineedbeer (2230) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
US version - bottle. The aroma is interesting. You get tart acidity and a touch of acetic acid with some oakiness, but there is also some juicy fruit and an odd fruit note similar to artificial fruit flavorings found in some candies. You know what happens when you mix a sweet, under-attenuated beer with a dry, sour beer? Secondary fermentation, and in this case it was in the bottle - quite the gusher. Pours a very cloudy orange with some light brown notes. Big fluffy white head with very good retention and light lacing. Clumps of yeast. Flavor is very sweet but mixes with the acidity to cause some puckering; this is indeed sweet & sour. The acidity is actually quite strong, but so is the sweet fruitiness. Lots of tropical fruit and a touch of pineapple. No bitterness and very low astringency. Moderate oak flavor that blends in with the acidity. Very light alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, even after the gushing blew a ton of carbonation out. The mouthfeel isn't as sticky as you would expect from the sweetness; the acidity definitely helps dry out the palate. Low alcohol warmth and only a hint of astringency. Overall this beer isn't very good. The idea was interesting but it just doesn't work. The third beer tonight that will find most of itself in the sink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
500ml bottle. Huge gusher upon opening. Golden blonde with a big bubbly white head that reduces fastly into a thin creamy head. Intense bretty aromas of leather and tart fruits with hints of acetic acid. Light body, lively carbonation, some citric acidity, finishing on a pineapple and brett finale. Light pineapple aftertaste. Very nice bretty beer, a bit unbalanced but not bad at all.

gunnfryd (15176) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Dark golden colour with no head. Aroma is vinegar, orange, peaches, fruit. Flavour is sweet, sournes, vinegar, orange, spices, fruit. Intense beer.

gnoff (10793) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2012
50 cl bottle from Doorstep Brew. Sampled on December 22, 2012. Batch 291, brewed 31.05.10, BB 21.05.14.
Hazy amber color, very small white head. Sweet, Salubrin, vinegar, ättika, spicy scent. Sweet, sour, red currants, stomach acid, tart taste. Medium mouthfeel that finishes tart. Very low bitterness.
Some of the comments from others around the table was "it feels like I just puked and have the taste in my mouth still" and "it taste what you woult think Salubrin taste like if you were silly enough to try it". I didn’t like it much, but I did finish the rest of the bottle during the night, it intrigued me for some reason. Won’t get this again.

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2012
(500ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of herbs, horse blanket, citrus, florals, and mustiness. Flavor of melon, herbs, wood, earth, and orange peel.

arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
500ml bottle $12.99 (ouch). Dull orange, slight haze, flakes at the bottom of my wine glass (the fuck?), good bubbly head. Smells like it might be good, sweet but almost has a dusty lambic character, then sweet tarts, smarties, I like the aroma. Flavor is just foul like rancid band-aids, so phenolic, like chewing on an old band-aid, almost intolerable but there is a hint of fruit at the back. AS it warms up it gets a little better with hints of pineapple and brett but ehhh. This tastes sort of bad and given the price point I am feeling pretty foolish right now. I may have to drainpour this and grab a gueuze from the cellar. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-16-2012 05:12:06

bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2012
500 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a little while. There’s a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and tart, it smells like citrus and citrus peel, vinegar, peaches, yeast and oak. It tastes like citrus and citrus peel, apricots, oak, green apples and a bit of vinegar. Not as sour as I expected. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a little bit slick and is well carbonated. I think it’s a solid, but not impressive brew. For the price, I’m not sure if I’d buy it again or not. $10.98 a bottle.

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