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83 86 82 3 16 12
Haandbryggeriet Haandbaak by Haandbryggeriet
Sour Ale
8.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 03/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Picked up this bottle at the Hop City in Atlanta, GA. Dave convinced me that this beer is a must and I was glad to see fresh cases of this being newly opened on the display floor. This is a 2008 bottle that is served up in a snifter.

A: This came out a pretty dark brown. I was expecting more of a red color but this is brown. Red hues only come out when held to the light, but they are faint. THis beer is BROWN. The pour got me little in the way of head, its more like a bubbly mass. Off white in color, a thin ring of bubbles rests on the body. A very little amount sticks to the glass. The body is dark but appears to be clear.

S: Big ole blast of vinegar hits me first. Its sour and tart at the same time. Has a bit of an alcohol presence that is mixing with a wood aroma as well, kinda smells like a varnish but in a good way. Has a bit of a fruity wine aroma as well on the back end of all that vinegar. THe aroma is pleasantly powerful if that makes sense.

T: This beer is a curveball. All that big vinegar presence is incredibly muted in the flavor. Matter of fact, this entire beer is incredibly subtle in flavor. Light notes of sour and funk start things off. A beautiful wet wood presence, oak maybe. Then then there is a light and sour fruit presence. Possibly cranberry and cherry notes. Vinegar brings an incredibly light tartness on the back end. I would not have expected this at all from the nose.

M: This a medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation. This beer is nicely dry like a good red wine. Its not too dry, just wonderfully dry. ABV is the faintest of warmth on the throat. nothign crazy. Tart and sour on the palate. Aftertaste is that light vinegar and some tart cranberries.

D: This beer has everything. Its in your face in the nose, but subtle in the nose. It is sweet, tart, and sour all at the same time. It is one of the most pleasant beers I have had. Its not crazy and its not going to get marks for that, but it will get marks for complexity and subtlety. Its wicked to be honest. It really assaults the senses and I dig that. I can see why Dave is all about this beer. Good stuff and worth the price of admission.

Price: $9.80 Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 11/09/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2006
Batch 49, brewed 10/10/06

A - Pour doesn't produce much if any head, but there is a lot of bubble action going on here. Streams of tight bubbles continue to rise up, bringing a constant layer of bubbles to the surface. Body id dark brown, much darker than I expected (I don't know why I expected lighter).

S - Lots of sour funk going on here. Oaky wood presence is obvious. Some vinegar.

T - Very tart right off the bat. Good amount of sweetness to combat the tartness. In comes more of a sourness, with a light vinegar flavor. Throughout, this has a lot of fruitiness going on as well, with berries and maybe lemon. Woodiness is apparent with some nice tannic qualities. There is no mistaking that this has been sitting in wood for a while. Grapes and sort of a wine-like character here as well.

M - Medium bodied, with solid carbonation.

Overall - Quite a nice beer. Tart and sour, but with enough sweetness and wood character to balance things out nicely. Recommended.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 11/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Batch 49, Brewed October 2006; Sampled November 2008
A reasonable pour easily produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is quite a bit darker than I was expecting with a deeply blackened, concentrated amber color. When held up to the light the beer shows a fairly clear, deep red / concentrated cranberry color. The aroma is nicely sour with a solid funkiness to it as well as well as a solid oak contribution. Sour notes of tamarind, red-wine vinegar and sour berry notes up front are offset by a spicy oak note towards the finish. I like that the sourness here is both acetic and lactic in character, there is also a nice funkiness to this beer with light notes of mustard, some acetone and a touch of mustiness. As my nose gets used to this some bright cherry notes start to become noticeable, the oak takes on a nutty note as well as accentuating a spiciness that make some nasal warming character (even a bit too hot at times) a bit more noticeable.

Tart and dry up front, though it seems to pick up a touch of sweetness that is just faintly noticeable towards the middle. This has a medium heft to it that is akin to a Flemish like sour; the light acetic notes also contribute to this. The oak character is a bit more mellow than the aroma would have suggested, still there is a nice light tannic character here, a touch of spicy oak, and perhaps even a touch of butterscotch. I like how the tartness here brings out flavors of red-wine vinegar, perhaps a touch of balsamic, some raspberry touches and some pale cherry notes. This has a nice malty backbone that contributes a solid caramel note, a nice nutty note (almost sherry leaning at times) and a solid, soft toasted grain character.

This is a nice example of a Sour Brown; it captures the richness yet quaffability that is requisite of the style. Definitely quite tasty!

Price: $12.00 Served In: Stange

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