Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk

It seems I’ll continue to review barrel aged beers for a while. This time around it’s a sour ale from HaandBryggeriet in Drammen, Norway called Haandbakk. I have read that HaandBryggeriet have used yeast from Rodenbach in this beer but I can’t seem to find any information about it over at HaandBryggeriets site. If anyone knows more about this please leave a comment. Now, let’s get this beer opened!

HaandBryggeriet HaandbakkLooks

Clear dark brown with very little head. There is only a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma

I’m getting blackberries, vanilla from the oak barrels, and some small hints of blackcurrant. Overall quite fruity and sour.

Flavor

The flavor is sour with hints of red fruits, some tiny metallic undertones and vinegar. The flavor is complex and balanced.

The beer has a medium full mouth feel and very little carbonation, as in hardly any at all.

As the temperature of the beer rises I’m getting some more vinous flavors as well.

Finish

Long finish which is very sour up front. After a while there are some earthy notes along with a hint of sour cherries.

Rating

Wow, this was a really solid sour ale. Clear hint of the barrel aging (as you probably know by now that I love), and a lovely balance between the fruity and the sour. Lovely! Score: 4.7/5. Easily one of the better beers I have had from HaandBryggeriet in a very long time.

I picked up this beer from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo some weeks back.

This bottle was batch #298 and was brewed in May 2010.

HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk

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