Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Krøkkebic

Some weeks back I picked up this bottle from Vika Vinmonopol in Oslo (together with some other stuff). This beer is a sour ale brewed with crow berries. I have previously reviewed Kreklingøl (fruit beer w/crow berries) and HaandBic (sour ale) so I’m looking forward to trying this one!

HaandBryggeriet KrøkkebicLooks

Lovely amber color with a peachy hue with small fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Aroma

Fruity aroma with caramel sweetness from the malts. I’m getting cranberries and some herbal hints.

As the beer warms up I’m getting some unwanted aromas: nail polish remover (acetone).

Flavor

The flavor is pretty much like the aroma. I like the balance between the sweet and the sour. I’m getting the same unwanted flavors as the beer warms up though, which I really don’t like (as in the aroma).

Finish

Mostly sweet up front with some sour notes coming along pretty quick. After a while I’m left with some grassy notes.

Food matches

I might serve this beer with some gorgonzola or some (hot) spiced cheeses.

Rating

The unwanted aromas/flavors that appear as the beer warms up ruins the beer for me. My guess is that this is not intended, and that this bottle is somehow infected. I’m not going to give it a rating since I’m not really sure if this particular bottle fully represent this beer. If anyone reading this have tried the beer please leave a comment if you experienced this or not.

HaandBryggeriet Krøkkebic

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2 Responses to Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Krøkkebic

  1. MARTiN says:

    I don’t have any notes on this one. As far as I can recall the beer did not seem infected. As a sour ale (well, really beer in general) nerd i do believe I would notice.

    It’s very possible that you got a bad bottle. I know Haandbryggeriet have had difficulties with carbonation, but I’m uncertain if infected bottles were ever reported… This particular product is (to my knowledge, at least on a commercial scale) unique, so it’s damn near impossible to be certain. Unless there are several bottles and multiple beer-nerds present that is.

    I loved it. I really hope they make lots of new wild/sour ales at that new brewery of theirs.

  2. Christer Edvartsen says:

    @Martin

    I have had quite a few bottles by HaandBryggeriet that have been infected, sadly. Many of them are gushers that have managed to almost empty themselves when I opened them. I think that when HaandBryggeriet are at their best they are VERY good … hopefully their new brewery will get rid of some of the problems they have had earlier.

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