Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

558 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 248
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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 boralyl:
Photo of boralyl
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours 1 inch of pinkish white head that settles fairly quickly. The beer is clear and red with purple hues.

S - The aroma has a big raspberry smell along with some medium tartness. There are hints of cherry, but not quite as strong as the raspberry.

M - Light in body with active carbonation.

T - Similar to the nose the raspberry is more apparent in the taste then the cherry. Begins with a bold raspberry flavor that is followed up by light tartness. Some cherries come through mid taste and then a longer lasting more prominent tartness hits along with some funkiness.

A very nice lambic fruit style attempt by Odell. The mixture of two fruits adds a little extra character. It's not quite as funky as it's Belgian brethren, but still quite good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The cork pops with a lot of gun smoke coming out of the bottle. Pours a slightly hazed pink/red color. A noisy and bubbly white head forms to about two finger, but fizzes out completely in a second.
S: Sweet berries up front, with a fleshy, acidic twang. Musty yeast and wood. Not a lot else I can discern.
T: A sharp acidic bite up front with the fleshy berry fruits again. Musty yeast, kind of muddled, old wood. in the finish. No real definition here.
M/D: A medium body that is super spritzer like. Champagne like carbonation. Kind of tannin like, a bit muddled and finishes dry. The the sharp acidic bite really makes this a slow sipper. It is a bit of a chore to finish the bottle.

Not one of Odell's better attempts, and there are way better American Wild Ales out there. A miss, from an all around great brewery for me.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Ommegang flute wine glass

A: ruby red in color it has lots of bubbles but very little white head with no lacing. It is completely translucent and looks extremely clean could almost past as soda or juice.

S: The nose definitely has a nice light funk to it. There are fruity notes but they are not necessarily desirable as cherry or raspberry. Also there is a noticeable scent from the oak barrels that is more powerful then the fruity sweetness. overall fairly good balance

T: Its got a sour flavor upfront that is strong but not overpowering and it lasts. Though once the initial sour flavor fades and there is as a bunch of fruity juicy flavors the cherries definitely has a stronger flavor but the raspberries are there in the finish to add a little more sweetness. There are also wine flavors in there with other dry flavors like grape must. The sour flavor does come through again in the finish to cap things off.

M: It is nice, light, and very juicy making it so it goes down easily and cleanly, which is pretty impressive. The carbonation is right on point as well it is delicate on the tongue and brings out the fruity notes as well as the wood from the barrels.

O: This is a solid sour it is really fruity and juicy while maintaining a nice sour flavor though I wish it was more powerful or tart. This was the first I've tried from odell's and I'm impressed/will be back.I wish I was able to get two bottles so I could taste it in a few years but nonetheless I definitely recommend this beer

Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 poured to snifter.

Translucent cherry pie red. Fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, like a champagne.

Smell is big on tart cherry and raspberry, some damp wood and yeast notes.

Very tart, sharp flavor up front, sour cherries and green apples primarily, that tapers to aftertaste notes of oak, unripe raspberry, a hint of booze, and a tinge of vinegar and vague bretty horsiness.

Mouthfeel is sharp from carbonation, effervescent, and medium-light in the body.

Definitely a wild one, crazy tart, almost vinuous at times. Nothing too strange going on, however, I'd almost call it classically wild. Raspberry flavor mostly gets lost in the mix. A nifty beer that sour fans should experience at least once, but perhaps too aggressively tart for many palates. I generally go for more sweet with my sour, but Friek is so well done, I'll make an annual exception to check it out again anytime I find it.

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.

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.