Beer #123 HaandBryggeriet Wild Thing


HaandBryggeriet Wild Thing

Name:  Wild Thing

Style:  American Wild Ale

Brewery: HaandBryggeriet website

Country:  Norway

Region: Drammen

ABV: 7.0% Abv

How served: 500ml capped bottle poured into a St. Louis Premium glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Good

I paired this beer with: Nothing.

Tasted on:  Saturday June 12th, 2010. 

Note:   This beer was brew once.   It is Batch # 246 with a total of 2160 bottles & bottled on Nov 24, 2009.  This beer poured with a very large head, even with a slow pour to keep it under control.  The head did dissipate quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The nose was nothing to brag about, maybe some light smoke, mild funk and a hint of cranberries.  The taste was all smoke to me, I couldn’t get any of the cranberry or currant taste, maybe I just have some weak taste buds. I felt like I was drinking a Rauchbier instead of a Wild Ale.  This brew was neither sour, tart nor sweet if that is possible.   I think this beer would be great to use as a marinade. It was drinkable, but not something I would look for in the future.  This is the 1st brew I’ve had from HaandBryggeriet which has disappointed me.

On the Label:  The Haand brewers- four guys making beer in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale- specialize in recreating old Norwegian farm beers.  Here’s one made with a variety of different grains, and some typical fruits from the region, handpicked by the brewers.  It is fermented by airbourne wild yeast, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.  Wild Thing, you make everything…groovy.  

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