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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1672) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
With Pat, the bat, back on the sauce. Pours cloudy orange. Nose is brett to the tits, barnyard sodomy, mild sweet malts. Taste is sweet, with major brett notes, basement gimp rape, tart fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Split with and courtesy of Tom. Pours honey mustard clear with a fat, off-white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of horse radish, sharp cheese, funky basement, and some crazy Brett, hay, and old socks. Tastes very lemony with some dry, chardonnay wine notes and a bit of funky basement. Palate is dry and cutting with a bit of tartness on the tongue and in the finish. Decent sour, but not quite sour enough for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Hazy yellow color, large white head, solid lacing. Aroma of sour lemon lime. Taste is exactly as the name implies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
500ml Bottle: Aroma of tart fruit, light lactic acid, yeast, light funk, slight honey, and oak. Poured orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Very cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, small, medium, large, and huge-sized particles throughout. Excelllent lacing. Flavor is heavily sweet and lightly sour. Tastes of malt, grain, fruit, light lactic acid, light tart fruit, lots of oak, leather, barnyard, horse-blanket, and a hint of funk. Medium body. Lightly dry, lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, lightly tart, fruit, slight lactic acid, oak, slight leather, light barnyard, horse-blanket finish is dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10472) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
500 cL bottle from Capones. Pours hazy deep coppery orange with a lot of carbonation and a 2-finger fizzy off-white head that laces well. Nose is tart sour mashy fruit, lactic acidity, earthy funk notes. Tastes extremely tart, lactic, citric, with fruit, a very crisp tart finish, and an almost Cantillon-level of tartness. The oak emerges late, but was subdued.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StephLJensen (15) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Pours clear orange with bright white head. Nose is oaky, acidic, little floral notes, some stone fruits. An interesting almost smokey finish, sweeter at first then nice, sour finish. Not first choice for a sour beer, but definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5542) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Mostly clear orange pour, with a small off white head. sweet bread, light oak, orange peel, stone fruit, medium amount of acid, and a bit of honey. Funny it does remind me of sweet and sour suave a little. Which isnt the most pleasant thing to drink. Not one of my favorite sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle @ home. Pours a fairly clear, golden orange appearance with an off white head. Pretty fun aroma. Fairly funky, somewhat tart pineapple, light onion, somewhat oaky, peach, slightly floral hoppy aroma. Refreshing unripe peach/apricot flavor with the tangy, tartness following through with some woody, slight veggie/celery taste with a dull, dissipating fruity tartness thats somewhat dry on the finish. Im not a fan of the flavor near the finish and the actual taste disappears so quickly which leaves something to be desired. I enjoyed the aroma a lot more than the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (3051) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle at Eulogy. Deep amber pour with a tiny head that disappears then bubbles back to life. Honey syrup body. Dark floral notes. Dried apricot. French oak flavors. Touch sweet. More than a touch sour. Bit of clean smoke. Nice and complex. Well blended and surprisingly smooth. Soft body. Gets a bit more juicy as it warms. Was not knowing what to expect here - a delightful surprise!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle (7.5% ABV). Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sour apple, unripe peach, cherry, wood, gum, cinnamon, pear, honey, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. All kinds of wonderful stuff in the nose, a real treat to sniff...fruity, spicy, oaky, honeyish, etc., so fun! Equal parts sweet and sour in the mouth, as the name suggests...I would prefer this to be a bit less sweet (and a bit more sour too), admittedly, but its not even close to cloying. A little syrupy in the mouthfeel, but it doesnt fatigue. While just a little short of amazing for me, this is really solid and enjoyable, especially in the aromatic department...super complex and quite alluring. Jeffy and Mikey gonna likey!

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