Friek - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by spoony:
3.68/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2012 16:39:41 | More by spoony
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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 482 ratings.