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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

589 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 246
Gots: 154 | 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:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 10-08-2009

Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.
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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 167
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The head is short-lived, patchy reddish, white foam. The brew is clear and cranberry colored with a few streams of big, bubbly carbonation.

S-The smell was dominated by a really funky, almost cheesy flavor. There was also some oak and a bit of tart fruit (raspberry and cherry), but funk was the most noticeable.

T-Taste is not nearly as funky or cheesy as the smell. Instead, I picked up a dry, tart hit of cherry and raspberry with a little bit of oak. Pretty much as advertised. The brew was not nearly as sweet as some fruit-forward sours.

M-Lighter body with a much cleaner and crisper feel than a lot of sours/wilds.

O-This 2012 batch was my first Friek, and although the cheesy, funky smell initially turned me off, the pleasant taste or tart red fruit and mild oak grew on me. I also liked the dry, crisp mouthfeel and finish. Still, the cheesy nose never completely disappeared and this brew lacked the complexity of a true lambic, both factors that drop this beer a couple spots in my scoring.

More User Reviews:
Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
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 +3.9%
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
4.18/5  rDev +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!

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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 wrycon
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Beaver13
4.51/5  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 mverity
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
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 bsp77
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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 deebo
4.06/5  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
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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
4.56/5  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 Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku from the 750mL bottle.

A vigorous pour produces a fizzy, pale white head with pinkish hues. The body is red like a cherry skin and resembles cranberry juice. It also looks to have a body like a wine.

Cherry and funk hit my nose. The aroma is sort of orchard-like and earthy.

Tart with fruity flavors of cherry and raspberry, but still earthy and funky. There's a touch of vinegar.

It's tart, yeasty, effervescent,and feels like a wine.

It's another gem from Odell.

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour at the Odell tasting room.

Served cold into a mini imperial pint glass, Friek is a bright peachy-red color with good clarity. There is just a small pinkish head but it settles quickly.

Aroma is sweet and tart with cherries and peaches.

Flavor is more cherries and raspberries but I get a little bit of peach too. The tart and sour notes are mild and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated.

It's not a lambic that will wow you with sour or pucker your mouth but it's enjoyable and more drinkable for that reason.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. Poured from a 25oz. corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Reviewed from notes.

1 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a dark, cloudy reddish-purple. No lacing. Not the most attractive but par for the style.

Nose is woody with notes of sweet cheesiness, cherries, mellow raspberry puree, and some yeasty spiciness. Clean anbd moderately aromatic but not really funky.

Opens tart cherry, raspberry puree, very fruity and sweet upfront. Yeasty spiciness makes its entrance towards the middle with some tart cherry emerging to complement the raspberry presence. Finish is yeasty and tart with little to no aftertaste. Not great in comparison to the traditional style but very solid nonetheless.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles going down. Slightly accented finish with no aftertaste. Nice.

A nice american interpretation of the fruit lambic style. Very solid though lacking a noticeable cheesy funk. Still, pretty good and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish purple with no bubbles and no lacing and no head--some hazy murkiness to it too

S: Tart: cherries, apples, raspberries--with a touch of balsamic and cider vinegar quality too; there is a bit of funk and oak here but mostly a pleasant tart and fruity smelling beer

T: Tart up front and fruity: apples, pears, cherries, and raspberries; not as much funk as I would wish but a touch of the oakiness from the smell does pervade

F: Little to no carbonation but fairly decent mouth feel nonetheless

O: refreshing, tart, and fruity but I wish there was carbonation and a bit more complexity to this beer

Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2011

pours a slighty dirty and quite murky ruby. very little head on this.

on the nose, you'd think think would be quite sour. lots of lemon and cherry with a slightly lighter raspberry. nice amount of oak.

not quite as sour as it smells but nice and tart with a subtle pucker. a perfect balance of cherry and raspberry. loads of fruit flavor. nice amount of oak towards the finish.

although there is no head, nice amount of tingle in the mouth. drinks very easy not really dry at all.

i was impressed with this. i hope odell continues with lambics.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Reddish orange body. Kinda hazy. Some off white foam but not much of a head.

Smell - Cherry and some must. Malt. Acidic.

Taste - Tart cherry. Malty. Not sweet, though. Musty and grainy. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Dry. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Decent sour. This bottle might be old, for the record.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Jane, MO...

Opens with barely a pop, pours a dingy brown with minimal ivory colored head, doesn't last at all.

S: Sour cherries not much else

T: Follows the nose, raspberry tartness, some cherry sweetness as well along with dryness up front. Sourness licks in a bit more as this warms, raspberry & a touch of leather mingle with acidity, the oak aging is really asserting itself, there's a bit of figgyness as well. Finishes tart & with oaky dryness, the cherry & raspberry mix well

MF: Medium bodied, near still as far as carbonation goes, this is a bit warming at the end. Carbonation actually picks up once warmer

This is a approachable take on the style, but I expected a bit more from these Guys. Glad I got to try it, but would rather have their India Barley wine for that price.

Probably not sour enough for true sour Frieks...

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with the group during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured ruby red with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, cherry, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one tasted a little watered down on the flavors to me which was unfortunate. Not sure why this was the fact, but it really left me craving something more from it. However, the flavors that were present were quite enjoyable though. The aroma was not very complex but was pleasant on the nose though. Worth trying if you get the chance to do so, but not my favorite offering from Odell.

Photo of bum732
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lambic-like qualities, medium strong oak, slight funk, berries, rasberry mostly.

L: Crystal clear reddish-pink. No head, some bubbles.

T: Light funky rasberry and other berries with an oak backbone. Low bitterness, no hop flavor. Flavors are fairly muted overall. Finishes slightly tart with a touch of oak.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Pretty average, flavors work for the style, i suppose.

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.