Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 604
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 245
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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Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is it a beer, a wine, a malt beverage, what??? When I read about this one, I knew my wife would be a fan. Unfortunately, i couldn't find any in the area until on a random trip to the liquor store I saw a bottle hanging out on the back counter all by itself. To my wife's joy, it was not claimed and came home with us.

Once poured into our Lost Abbey tulip glasses, we were very impressed with the color and smell. My wife was very excited because it did not smell like beer and had a very fruity promise. I was slightly more reserved. The color is very different and left me not knowing what to expect.

Upon first sip, I immediately puckered while my wife savored. I was not expecting the tart cherry and raspberry flavors. My wife was delighted and moved past the first sip very quickly. I continued to be unsure of what type of beverage I was drinking. My wife continued to be thrilled. She loved the blend of flavors and the tart taste. Too bad for her that we only had one bottle, and it went down quickly, mostly in her glass.

This is not a beer that I would go to on a regular basis, but I am sure my wife would if we had an unlimited supply of it! (1,158 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Liefman's Kriek glass.

A: Pours like champagne with light but beautiful rose accented red hue. Bright, bubbly head that immediately dissipates.Really catches the light.

S: Big cherries with a note of raspberry. Complemented by funkiness, but not overwhelmed. Very well balanced. Surprisingly fills the glass with complex aromas despite a beer that appears lighter in body/content.

T: Wonderful! A great blend of older and young flavors. Very reminiscent of drier Belgian blendings. The tartness was both pronounced but subtle that enhanced (not dominated as some American wild ales can do). What really grabbed me was the rich fresh taste of sour cherries that emerged midstream in the drinking...took me back to the superb cherries of upstate New York and upper Michigan. While the beer had a very complex well balanced flavor the distinct contributions of cherries, yeast, oak, raspberries and to a lesser extent the base malt/hops were easily distinguished.

M: Very pleasant soft French champagne carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing.the light body and carbonation elevated the nose and flavors rather than swallowed them. While I am more typically looking for big, velvety mouthfeel you'd associate with double imperial ales...this was just stunning in how a light mouthfeel can be no less lucious.

O: My favorite "surprise" beer of 2011 at the very end of the year. Can't recommend enough. I have always sought out Odell's beers, and have usually been very pleased. But this is world class.Get one if you can. (1,573 characters)

Photo of ardeano
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly fresh for a beer aged so long!

Appearance: deep 'pink' and effervescent - exciting!

Smell: sour, fruitiness with a bite, if you could smell a 'bite'

Taste: fruiti-tart explosion! Pretty amazing with hints of oak and a bit of puckerness.

Mouthfeel: medium with perfect carbonation for me!

Drinkability: great! If you savor it for a bit you can sense the subtle oak, bubbly tartness and an amazing sour finish.

I had to share the bottle with co-workers, which was fine since we all got to try it and I would say it really surprised me - I'm not much of a sour guy but this was pretty darn good.
I would pair the Friek with strong cheeses - that would be awesome! (680 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As I commit this rating to the internets, I must admit shock or bewilderment at the mere B+ this delectable brew currently holds; this beer is fantastic! Big thanks to G311 for the share. The brew pours a rustic ruby hue and is capped with a filmy pink head; good looking stuff. The aroma is excellent; rasperry leads the way in the aromatic department with cherry hiding behind oak and vanilla notes, and also revealing itself through the fruity tartness, which hides the acidity well. The flavor is just as good as the nose, but is apportioned quite differently. In this case sour cherry is readily evident, paired with a musty oak funk - the raspberry shows up on the finish with a sort of clean sweetness. The feel is petillant, and just under medium-bodied. Overall, this is an extremely enjoyable beer, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (860 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Has that nice lambic nose – tart. Lemony, slight barnyard, some cherry. Brilliant red tinted amber with a thin pinkish foam collar. Definite cherry lambic with a nice lemony tart finish small grass in the nose. Nicely done. (261 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich reddish and pink toned liquid that came into the glass in front of me. Nice haziness to it and a very bright overall color. There was a quick splash of a one inch high head of white lace, which quickly settled back down and left behind nothing more then the raspberry color liquid in front of me.

rich, and very tart. At first it was hard to get past the sour to find the sweet fruit notes that were lying underneath, however once it warmed a bit, the funkiness settled down quite a bit and some rather nice tones of fruit started to come through. Nice touch of raspberries and cherries, with that unmistakable tartness really starting to show through on this one now.

Rich Raspberry taste wraps around the tongue and then puckers the cheeks with the tartness. Very nicely done. Some subtle apple, maybe pear like flavors dancing around in the back now as well, before really drying out for the finish, leaving a long lasting taste of fruit in the mount, begging you for another sip. (994 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I picked up in April while visiting the cities. Not sure what batch that would make this.

Dark blood red nearing purple. Simply wonderful nose. Raspberries and cherries fight for my attention. Flavors are a great blend of both fruits. Mildly tart yet cut with a sweetness that doesn't come off cloying at all. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fantastic beer. Shame it seems the bottles vary. (406 characters)

Photo of ManBearPat
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty sour from the pros @ Odell.

Not my favorite style, but I can tell by the way it is that people that like sours would only dream of bathing in this sweet nectar. (174 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip. 2010 vintage. Huge thanks to Beerwolf for sharing the wealth!

(A)- Pours a deep blood red hue with some white froth produced.

(S)- A nice fruity tartness with an oaky funk. Nice fruits in there with a dry finish.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A great combo of oaky funk, tart & sour fruits and acidic finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and an even nicer balance to it. Great fruits and a great oak/barrel sour characters.

(D)- A great wild ale that works well and balanced well too. Overall, just an excellent take on the style. Very surprised by the other reviews on this one; bottle variation? (644 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 ML 1PT 9.4 FL.OZ. bottle of this from Whole Foods Market in Town & Country, MO for $18.99. Poured from the Orange labeled bottle w/ FRIEK, cherries, & raspberries drawn on with what looks like colored pencils into my 0,3l La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has 11-0512 on the side of the label but not sure what to make of it... No freshness date I'm guessing.

Aroma- Has a deep sour cherry aroma from the beginning. Afterwards has nice light goaty and deep barnyard characters. I would say this is a fantastic Lambic from the smell already!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies relatively quickly. Has a long island ice tea colored body (orange/copper blend) with good depth. Leaves light lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet cherries start off the tasting with a great amount of sourness. Light barnyard once again and very sweet! The lightest oak flavor comes across at the finish with a light bitterness but nothing huge.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highest Carbonation possible, Sweet, Sour, and a nice puckering at the finish with cherries.

Overall Impression- While I've heard this wasn't the best brew, I beg to differ! Maybe this years version is better than in the past. I'm not sure. Perfect cherry flavors throughout. Didn't find raspberries much in here but when the sourness and cherry characteristics come together, almost everything else fades. I enjoyed this GREATLY and recommend getting a bottle or whatever offering you can get it in. (1,473 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Andre for sharing the bottle.

Pours a muddy ruby body. The head is white with a pink tint.

Fruit doesn't come through as cleanly on the nose as I was expecting. More musty, funky, brett character. Fruit is their, but its not the bright, fresh focal point that you might find in a bottle of Rose de Gambrinus.

Like many great beers, the palate is a whole different story. Tart raspberries jump out in front followed by a wave of acidity and sharp carbonation that quickly overtakes any hints of fruit sweetness. The finish is quite long, leaving the lasting effects of sour cherries. Sourness and acidity are strong, but not over the top. Doesn't quite reach puckering levels.

Full bodied, but with high levels of carbonation. Suits the beer well.

I was worried about Friek. I had the fortune of sampling the original batch from the barrel at the brewery a few years ago and I was concerned that this would not resemble that beer. I was afraid that only a small portion was aged long enough and exposed to enough bugs. I thought the bulk of the beer would be too fresh, too sweet, too safe. I didn't think it would be sour enough for me to really love it. Maybe Odell is just too big now, setting time tables for beers, not letting them properly mature in barrel. I was cynical and...my concerns were 100% unfounded. Odell hit this one out of the Frieking park!

Not only does it have a nearly perfect amount of sourness, it displays a masterful level of flavor integration and balance, raspberries running seamlessly into cherries, acidity balancing sweetness, sourness tempting you to take another sip. I easily consumed 3/4 of this bottle in one evening.

Perhaps the best compliment I can pay Friek is that if I had tasted this blind, I would never have guessed this was made by a domestic brewery. Very few American breweries attempt to make Lambics. They are not easy beers to make and they require a very different skillset from the work most brewers are focused on. This isn't simply a good stab at the style for a local brewery, this is a beer I would have assumed was the work of a Belgian Lambic master like Cantillon. There is no question in my mind that it is of equal caliber and it is priced accordingly.

Excellent work boys, keep it up! (2,267 characters)

Photo of vobr0002
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a semi clear red. No head at all on the pour.

S- funky fruity smell. Cherries, raspberries, wine.

TM- faint sour taste, with definite flavors of the cherries and raspberries. Very dry, like a wine. It is very tart with a lot of carbonation.

O- this is a really good beer. Its unique and has a nice combination of flavors that keep your tongue happy. Would definitely want this again (390 characters)

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass at Euclid Hall.

A: Pours a dark granite red with cranberry colored head. Head recedes very fast and is hard to get back. Carbonation is quite lively and robust.

S: Tart cherries and raspberries unfold with hints oak and balsamic. Intense and delicious is what this beer screams.

T: Huge tartness, not sourness. Cherries are dominate and the raspberries mellow it out. The oak is very present but it's not out of place. Very invigorating. Touch of sour but way more tart than sour in my opinion.

M: Medium bodied but lightly coats the palate. Back of palate really gets working with the tart fruit causing you to salivate from each sip. The finish is smooth and lingers.

D: Great beer by Odells. Definitely one of the best I've ever had by them. While I expected sweeter fruit and more sour, it was the opposite and I liked it. Balanced softer fruit with more tart notes. Great summer beer, first beer, or desert beer. (967 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, very cloudy, minimal head, but decent ring of carbonation - simply put, pretty looking with a lot of red

Smell: Super sour, super tart, super fruity - raspberries everywhere, like whole raspberries - flesh and juice - some wood, too - a lot of depth

Taste: So good - sour, tart, tons and tons of raspberry and cherry - wood - tons of oak in a good, balanced way - other light fruitiness - a lot going on, with a lot of complexity, yet oddly clean and refreshing - some earthy malts underneath for balance - not very sweet, which is a plus

Mouthfeel: Great feel - smooth, medium to heavy body, bubbly carbonation

Overall: A brilliant use of fruit

Odell Friek has a ton of flavor, with a great deal of fruit and a wealth of sourness. The balance of fruit and sour is impressive. It becomes more complex as it warms, but I am sorry to say that it does not approach the complexity of some other sours (I am looking at you, Russian River). This is remarkable nonetheless. (1,088 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mauve color with a modest cap (as to be expected from the style) that leaves a smattering of dots behind (though they slide back into the liquid quite readily

Smell: The raspberry dominates, though there is clearly some cherry underneath; quite tart, but the funk is rather modest; overall, the fruit smells natural and fresh

Taste: The tart cherry and raspberry flavors intermingle from the outset, though the fresh raspberry character is dominant, by mid-palate and through the finish; in the middle, there is some yeasty complexity and in the finish, the oak shows through nicely

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; some puckering character, as well

Overall: While I understand the criticism of some BAs on this one, I truly like what Odell has produced; the fruit flavors taste natural and fresh and, while the funk is understated, the drinkability is clearly enhanced

Thanks, crajun (from the other site), for the opportunity (991 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review!!! mildly hazy reddish-pinkish-amber with a pink-white head that pops and fizzes like crazy while it dissipates and then disappears. cherry and raspberry blend to create an earthy strawberry scent that leads the nose. undertones of earth, funk and wood as well. really nice balance. nod to the og producers and tradition, but with a nice american flare. taste is near perfect balance of tart and sweet. sweet wins out, but the finish is tart and fairly dry. tingly carbonation that really elevates the flavors on the palate. fun experiment from a great brewery. (574 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely unique WHITE crystally soapy head. Head dissipates amazingly quick. Brew is clear red with amber and orange hues. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Scent is so light it's almost strawberry. What scent is there is quite tart and light raspberry. Also, there's a tiny bit of heat. Cherry's provide quite a bit of barn funk.

T - WOW! Almost a sour! Great Light fruit flavor, not overwhelming fruit flavor at all. Perfect Raspberry brew. Some good funk in this one. No heat.

M - PERFECT!

O - An awesome brew to share with some great friends! Glad I got to try this one, highly recommended. This is not a brew for the extreme fruit lover, it's light and relaxed, not aggressive. Great work Odell Brewing! (709 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Props to my in-laws for grabbing a bottle of this on a recent trip to the US, super pumped to take it for a spin.

A - Pours a light ruby red, finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by tart raspberries, wild yeast funk, grassy notes, toasted crackers and a white wine vineous scent.

T - Much like the nose, with the vineous white wine dominating alongside sour grapes, sour apple and sweet tart candies. The cherry and raspberry notes come through and linger on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, with heavy body carbonation, and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Overall this is a stand-out sample of the style that I really enjoyed. Loads of flavour and a nice balance between sweet and sour, with the fruit notes coming through on the finish making for a memorable brew. Highly recommended and really glad I had the opportunity to try it. (896 characters)

Photo of csiewert
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy ruby color with a trace of white bubbly head. The aroma has notes of raspberry, cherry and vinegar. The flavor is like a Warhead candy... if you don't know what that means... is has a very sour taste to start with a fruity flavor afterward... In this case, raspberry and cherry. The mouthfeel is nice and clean... maybe could use a little more carb. This beer is definitely worth a try. (409 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 format cage and cork bottle open with a small pop. No vintage date on bottle that i could find.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: clear and brilliant cherry red bodied beer with a solid finger of white lively and fizzy head. White head dropped down to a thin ring around outside of the glass. It honestly looks like cherry 7UP in a beer glass!

Smell: Faint cherry and raspberry. A slight bit of funk. Really fruity with a hint of vinegar sourness.

Taste: moderate sour with a nice balance of red fruits mainly cherry and raspberry. A touch of sweetness from the fruits. The middle of the beer the barrel really takes the centerstage with big wood notes and a touch of earthiness almost brett like fink too. The beer finishes with a mild amount of tartness and more fruit... mainly a hint of berries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation that is at a moderate level. The beer has a really lite and crisp snap to it from the aggressive carbonation in this beer. Its a a bit stronger than semi-dry. Its also a very refreshing beer. Carbonation is done very well! Very near perfection.

Overall: Friek is a really solid sour; probably one of the better shelf sours. I would put this on the same level as most Russian River sours. This beer doesnt see the credit or hype that is due to this fruited wild ale. I would definately more Friek give the oppurtunity. Thanks to TATURBO for bringing this home for me the recent trip to the western part of the USA! (1,475 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 3 March 2014.

Pours a lovely pinkish amber. Two fingers of fizzy pinkish-white head, sizzling down quickly and leaving little lacing (as expected). Thick column of bubbles rising up the center.

Smell is predominantly sweet, with fruity undertones and just a touch of tartness. Rounded, sweet fruits, filling my nose with honey and juice.

Taste comes through powerfully fruity but well balanced. Plays the sour-sweet line really well, tilting first to one, then to the other. Eventually it settles on sweet, but I love the acidic elements and the balance they provide.

Feel is outstanding. Medium-bodied, a little sticky. Prickly carbonation that is near perfect, causing the flavors to dance and play. Makes this beer significantly better than it otherwise would be.

A very enjoyable fruity almost-sour. The play of fruit and sour is lovely. And the feel is top-notch. (880 characters)

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.