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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

557 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 249
Gots: 142 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 10-08-2009)
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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle picked up in CO. No bottled on date, but got it in August 2011, so its been at least a year

A - A dark, cloudy cherry color. Slight head, no lace. Looks great though. Love the thick cloudy red color

S - Cherries, raspberries, and OAK! Love it.

T - Sweet and sour. The cherries and raspberries are excellent. Slight oaky taste, but not overwhelming. Well done!

M - Full bodied. Well carbonated.

O - Love it. Cherries, raspberries, sour, oak aged? Sign me up!!! Again and again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of wrycon
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks very beautiful. Deep ruby with a slight brownness. Has a great nose, tart at first then deeper cherry scent. Taste is somewhat muted. You expect a tartness of which there's some, but the bottom falls put quickly leaving you with a flat, raspberry finish. I believe this is last year's release, which is why the flavors may have blended / diminished some. It's good, but there's room for improvement. I'd like to try a fresh one to compare.

Like it? Sure, It's Fine

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Fizzy head, clear orange amber

SMELL: Eucalyptus, tart berries, Band-Aid, toasty oak, bread crust, musty yeast, mint

TASTE: Crisp, slick, raw, tart, medicinal, oak, alcohol, cherry, musty yeast, raspberry, funk, dry

Odell's latest stab at the sour beer arena. Comes at the palate perhaps too green and finishes a bit too quick, but it did nab a gold at the 2011 GABF in the Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beer category. Might be interesting to see where a few years of cellaring could take this brew.

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Beaver13
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy ruby amber with a small head that quickly goes to a thin collar and eventually disappears.

The aroma is sweet, tart, acidic, slightly sour cherries and raspberries with a little wood.

The flavor is sweet woody cranberries, raspberries and cherries with a little acidity and a little funk and a mouth puckering sour twang in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice sour - more sour than I remember from other bottles and on draft. Reminds me of a soured New Glarus fruit beer. This is better than I remember their earlier test versions. Odell has been playing with Brett, but this is the first sour that I know of...very impressive.

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mverity
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share at Proof. Rosy pink in color with only the thinnest of collars, and no head present. Aroma is fruity (more raspberry than cherry) and tart/dry yeast. Taste is sour cherry, a slight raspberry, but mostly just sour and not well balanced. Light body, low carbonation and tongue puckering from the tartness.

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Skye1024
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pretty pinkish-red (kind of a subdued raspberry color) but initial light pink head disappears far too rapidly.

Smell: Lightly tart and sweet - aroma of cherry, raspberry and oak. So no surprises here.

Taste: Lightly tart - the cherry and raspberry complement one another nicely, which is good for me since I do not usually like it when beers become too cherry-centric. Some nice malt backing with light oak characteristics. Some light peppery notes at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body, dry and tart finish.

Overall: Very solid Lambic-style ale here. Not mind blowing but nicely balanced, light, pleasing and very refreshing. Another great job by Odell.

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of deebo
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version on tap at Bulldog-uptown. Like most lambic a this isn't much to look at. Light pink and quite clear. Served with no head. Smells like a Kriek and that is a complement. Aromas of cherries and musty funk. Tastes like the aroma with a bit of lactic and acetic sourness in the finish. Light bodied and easy to drink. Refreshing for a sour. This is one of the best American lambic style beers out there. Has that Belgian funk. Tart and refreshing.

Photo of ehammond1
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Hazy cherry and dark ruby color with a thin off-white head. Good amount of visible carbonation rushing up through the body of the beer. Leaves dotted stick down the glass.

Definite raspberry and cherry aroma, with distinct cheese and leather. As it warms, the unwelcome cheese elements become more and more present.

The flavor doesn't suffer nearly as much as the aroma, as there's lots of cherry and raspberry flavor, oak, some dirty funk, and just a bit of the cheese character.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Decent, but I came away disappointed due to the strange cheese aroma.

Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Janis_Hoplin
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jbogner
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish hue, good white head, don't see that too often with lambics (speaking of which, this is an excellent version to bring up when people say you can't make a lambic outside of Belgium).

Nice mix of virgin wood, cherry and sour in the nose. Taste stays away from the sweetened type of lambic, this seems to be just straight blended cherry and wood with substantial, but not overpowering tart and pucker factor. Low carbonation, but not a flaw, allows for more cherry in the mouthfeel and greater appreciation for the tartness.

Body stays light throughout, big points for not relying on added sugar (or at least it not tasting that way). The fruit really comes out in this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of mondegreen
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a Russian River goblet.

Pours dark ruby red with a fizzy head that disappears almost instantly. Looks more like cherry cola than beer.

Smells funky and fruity. More raspberry than cherry, with a little wood mixed in for good measure.

Taste is a nice mellow tartness. Slightly funky with really nice fruit flavors balancing out the tart. This is a very good tasting beer.

A little thin and fizzy in the mouth. Appropriately dry, but not quite substantial enough to be great.

Overall, this is a really nice American made fruit Lambic. I like.

Photo of Auraan
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous ruby red with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. Lovely to behold. Scents of barnyard funk, slight cherry and slight raspberry and hints of oak. Flavors of strong sour lambic, some sour raspberry notes, slight hint of sour cherry and oak on the finish. Very complex, the fruit flavors have blended together with time and sour brett character has increased. The oak from the barrel aging remains and is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. True to style for a Belgian sour. An excellent sour, with a good deal of complexity and excellent flavors added by the oak aging. Well worth the $18 price tag.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mauve-colored beer, close to red but with shades of pink and orange, there's no doubt it is, at the very least, a fruit beer. The head is sparsely constructed, though it sticks together longer than expected. It fizzles a bit but still sticks around as a bubbly cap, and in turn it leaves spotty lacing.
This beer brings the funk and the acidity. What's beautiful, though, is that it doesn't overshadow the sweetness while the sweetness lets the funk take center stage, but not without a really complex supporting cast, and all the fruits are let out. The fruit is juicy and ripe, an excellent blend of tart and sweet, while a gently vinegar-like note rests underneath and rides it out the whole way. It hits the tongue without overpwoering it, allowing it simply to taste the full array. The yeast is musty and earthy. The fruits all mingling together provides the impression of things that aren't there; sweetness of charries and raspberries, yes, but notes of grapefruit and other citruses, tart green apple, lemon peel, and even tropical fruits. The flavor brings in a slight hint of astringency. Overall, though, it's just suck a nice mix of sourness, sweetness, tartness and acidity. It really hits the mark.
The medium body swells nicely, and it's a pretty dry beer overall. Crispness is big without biting too hard.

Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.