HaandBryggeriet Sweet & Sour

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


on tap


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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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rodenbach99 (4678) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
Bouteille de 500ml de la batch 291 (31.05.10 / 31.05.14). Cette bière a été bue en parti avec Patrick. La bière est blonde dorée avec une grosse mousse blanche car c’est un gusher. Le nez est acide, il y a une tonne de grain avec des fruits. Du grain, du grain et encore du grain. La bouche est acide, vinaigré, pique la langue, la bouche et la gorge. Où est le sweet ?

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Une bouteille de la batch 291 dégustée en compagnie de rodenbach99. Meilleure avant le 31.05.14. Une blonde embrouillée qui présente une tête blanche qui souhaite résister. Au nez, des herbes, des grains et des fruits tropicaux attaqués par des odeurs d’acide acétique. Au goût, des saveurs très acides de cidre de pomme et de citrons concentrés. Aucune place à la complexité ni à l’équilibre. En bouche, un corps mince et pétillant. En finale, une certaine douceur qui demeure incapable de racheter les fautes du passé.

DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a pale pale amber. Lots of head. Really nice vinegar nose with some fruitiness. Flavor is not as sour as the nose. Very sweet. Really tastey.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is quite citric with lots of grapefruit notes. Some tart raisin character and a light lactic quality. The sweetness is a bit more pronounced than expected with some malt and sweet vanilla aromas. Just a touch of oak. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side up front, but the tartness does take over. Initially, caramel and vanilla along with oak. Light lactic and acetic tartness, lots of citric grapefruit notes, and a hint of stone fruit and grape.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: May 15, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet floral aroma, wild funky character, fruity tartness, musty
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, lots of tartness, light spicyness, touch of floral
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle shared at James’s place. Pours a clear amber. Aroma has some cherry pie, honey, and pickle. Flavor is rich of oak, vanilla, and sweet cherry pie. Subtly sweet with pronounced acidity. Slightly acidic burn with blonde oak finish goodness.

FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Again a bit of a gusher, but doesn’t have the capability to produce a substantial head. It does produce a half finger, pale tan colored head that disappears somewhat quickly. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a woody, sort of herbal note to it, as well as a light tart note, and a plastic like phenolic character. There is definitely a fair amount of oak character here; slightly spicy, definitely woody, but all pretty well integrated. A deep draught of the aroma yields a strong aroma of fresh, but filtered, apple cider.

This has a nicely prickly carbonation to it that accentuates a lactic acidity that is fairly light (as compared to a Lambic, for instance). Fruity flavors of apple cider up front yield to a soft, curing plastic like character and then a carbonic bite and tartness in the finish. The finish also has a woody, oak derived astringency, a touch of fresh cut wood planks, and a hint of acetic acid character. Despite the name, this is not overly sweet (which is a good thing in my mind), more it seems that the ample fruity esters accentuate a sweetness in this beer, that may not be actually representative of residual sugar levels; though there is some malt sugar sweetness here. This is light bodied and quaffable, but because of the flavor mix here, this makes it a touch on the forgettable side too.

Not bad, and quite a bit better than Sur Megge, but still not overly great either.

vancookalex (13) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
Thanks to a friend for sharing this hard-to-get (for me up in BC, at least) brew. Hazy gold appearance, head doesn’t stick around too long, however. Aromas of sour cherry. Flavour is sour peach, with grapefruit in the aftertaste. Acidic mouthfeel, lasts for a while afterwards. Solid offering from these guys, haven’t disappointed me yet.

Dogbrick (14287) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Sample at Kurt’s 49th birthday party. Hazy orange-gold pour with a medium off-white head that burns away steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Floral aroma with slight funk behind it. Medium body with flavors of earthy malt, oak and tart apples. The finish is slightly sour with a fruity finish. Decent overall.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a lightly hazed, deep golden-orange hued body with a medium sized, just off-white head. Decent retention and lace. Aromas are very floral, dusty, powdery, medium tannin, some acetic and acidic notes, earthy, leaves, compost, soil, cocoa, rustic, light funk, oak. Pretty sharp. Lightly rancid aromas. Flavors are very acidic, mostly acetic with some lighter lactic notes. Earthy, rustic and vegital, lightly rancid. Low sweetness. Low complexity. Pretty harsh, some tobacco, spicy phenols, medium chlorophenolics as it warms (mostly bandaid). Leathery. Not a pleasant funk. Very lively bubbles, medium to medium low bodied. Acetic and dry finish.

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