Friek - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.09/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. No freshness or bottling date that I can find.
Appearance - Aggressive pour yields an effervescent one finger (maybe slightly more) head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing and just a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Foam is a pinkish hue and sits atop a jewel-like ruby red body with light magenta and burgundy highlights and depth.
Smell - Tart, with wild cherries and even some elements of spicy red wine. I can also detect the grain bill, although faint behind the woody notes from the aging. Some sweetness as well.
Taste - Wonderfully tart, but not overwhelming. Sweet and sour cherries are the star, with the sweetness subduing the otherwise very sour characteristic and a minimal amount of funkiness.
Mouthfeel - Healthy amount of carbonation and a light body. Drying finish that gets you ready to take the next sip. A very drinkable sour beer.
Overall, this is one of the better American-made kriek "style" beers I've had, although I've admittedly had only a small sampling. But this could stand up to any well-made Belgian kriek. Not saying it tastes the same as some of the greats, but it would hold it's own.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2013 15:31:13 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks Dave!
A: Pours a clear cranberry juice color with super fizzy layer of bubbles that disappeared almost as quickly as I pour. Very active carbonation.
S: Bright notes of cherries and raspberries (and cranberries) dominate the nose. The berries are tart and lightly sweet smelling. Dry oak barrel, lemon-like acidity, and tannic oak and fruit skins mix with the fresh berry tartness. This smells very dry and very puckering.
T: The raspberry seems to come through more than the cherry, but it is there. The oak barrel really shines and it adds a dry, earthy, woodiness to the fruit. I also get hints of lemon and also a mild sweaty funk. In the finish, I get tart berry notes that remind me of cranberries, and fruity flavors in the aftertaste are jam-like and slightly sweet.
M: Medium body with a thicker mouthfeel than I expected given the ample carbonation. The carbonation is soda-like but softer and fuller. Definitely smoother and heavier than I’d of thought. Drinks very well. Not as tart as the nose let on.
O: A clean and easy fruit sour. Fruit/oak flavors complement each other rather than overpower. Thanks again, buffs9!
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 01:42:51 | More by scottfrie
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.