Haandbryggeriet "Haandbakk" Wild Ale, Norway 500ml

SKU #1046555

The gentlemen at Haandbryggeriet have gone where no Norwegian brewer has gone for over a century: they've gone wild. Wild yeast, that is. For the first time in more than 100 years, a sour beer using wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria has come to life in Norway. It all started back in 2006 when oak barrels arrived from a vineyard in Burgundy. Although they arrived empty, they didn't arrive empty-handed. These vessels had been maturing red wine for five seasons and were brimming with wild, lactic, life. The time that they spent in contact with wine left loads of wild bacteria and yeast in the wood, ready to impart sourness to whatever entered the barrels. The brewers began with a base beer fermented with their house yeast. This base then received a mix of wild yeasts and was transferred to the Burgundian barrels. As it happily relaxed in the oak, it soaked up more wild character from the bacteria and yeasts waiting in the wood. This oaky interaction lent a complexity to the beer that can't be reproduced in industrial brewing. Intense and truly unique! 8.5% abv

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/31/2010  | Send Email
I love this sour beer! Tart, vinegar-esq, funky aroma on this dark brow sour. Solid, not over the top acidity joins the tart cherry /slight strawberry flavors on the palate with just enough carbonation to go down smoothly. A great sour to start off with and my favorite for the $$.

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Alcohol Content (%): 8.5