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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 614
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 157 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 170 | Hads: 614
Photo of DoSerMaN
2.27/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I knew something was up when the cork was hard to get out and made very little noise. My bottle was still. Even shaking the bottle produced very little head, and there was no way to pour it that would produce a head. I have bought three of these, opened one and put the other two in my cellar. If the other two are still as well I will be very displeased with Odell.

A: A deep ruby. No head, no lacing, still.
S: Sweet fruity, slight spice/funk smell.
T: Sweetness fades into a tart sour with a mild malt and sweet slightly funky grape skin linger. Not pleasant.
M: Very light bodied and no effervescence, or sharp co2 pain.
D: I hope that I just got one bad bottle out of the three that I have, because if this is an honest representation of this beer then they missed their mark. While it was drinkable, the price tag dictated so, I would not buy again.

I will review again once I have opened another 750.

As of right now, buy a bottle of Cantillon Kriek, it's roughly the same price, and a much better representation of the style.

Label # 2177

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Photo of Jtthegreat
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml Bottle poured with a ton of carbonation. A slow pour made a large 4 finger head that dissipated almost immediately. A lot of sparking wine similarities in it's appearance. It had a translucent rose appearance in the glass with big bubbles.

The nose had raspberries, tons or barnyard funk and was a little musty and leathery. Not a lot came through but the barnyard smell, a little overpowering. The taste right away was tart raspberry, and a ton more barnyard funk with a little vinegar. I could taste other elements but the barnyard taste with the sour musty finish overpowered any sign of cherries that could have been in the background. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with a nice effervescence.

Overall, the more subtle notes made it seem like this could have been a terrific beer. I don't mind farmhouse ales, and I love a good kriek, but the amount of funk I got from this overpowered most of what it was trying to be.

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Photo of harrymel
2.64/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a pretty dark pink with a finger of light pink fleeting foam. The beer is pretty. Smells like cranberry, cherry and oak. Some hints of flanders style metallic sourness, lactic sourness and some soil.

Taste comes through moderately tart, some cherry some cranberry again. More oak - this reminds me more of a poorly made flanders than a wild or kriek. Thin mouthfeel with lower than expected carb and a semi wet finish.

Meh, twice what I'd pay again for it.

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Photo of crusian
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend, from some place in Sioux falls...
Cork takes a LOT of work to pull out which usually is a bad sign, and sure enough, pour is dead. No carbonation. I am so Damn tired of the flat beers lately.
Smell is really sour... cherry and a bit of oak, but this smells really sour.
Taste is really watery... cherry comes through a bit, nice oak flavors coming through. The sour is not really as strong as the nose would let on. It is kind of disappointing. Raspberries are faintly present. Overall this is a bit of a disappointment. I was really interested in this, but just... Meh.

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Photo of SamN
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from roommates bomber..

Friek! has nice orange highlights that melt into a hazy deep crimson color. The range here is beautiful. Not too much in the way of head; fizzy pink hued foam that fades quickly.

The nose is initially quite sour; vinegar, ammonia like hints with dried currants. This dominated the taste too, a harsh tinny edge. Some swirling and airing calms down the slightly overpowering wild yeast flavors.

Without the sourness, the aroma is a little faint. Faint cherry tartness, wheat like malts. Not much, mostly the expected tart and dried fruit smells.

Taste follows smell pretty closely. Nice range of fruits; cranberries, cherries, currants, grapes. I don't detect too much oak aging, perhaps some in the brief middle. Wish there was more present malt in here, the taste needs to be fleshed out some; it's too thin and one dimensional on fruit and the wild ale sour finish. There is less dryness in the finish than expected.

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Photo of Spider889
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared by MbpBugeye.

A - Dead flat. There was a pseudo head of large ugly air bubbles, but it was clear this wasn't from any lingering carbonation. Nice dark crimson color and good clarity though. Would be a stunning beer in the right circumstances.

S - Tart cherries are there alright, mild sweetness, this is definitely a sour, but exhibits nothing truly funky or extreme though.

T - Quite tart which quickly leads into acidic territory. This causes some serious warming in the throat. Fresh raspberry-esque flavor filters in and out of the sourness. Cherry is also noted and the flavor is of sweet, ripened fruit. Lactic build up makes this one a sipper as I fight off heartburn.

M - Flat. A little carbonation would really help this beer to pop. Dry leafy finish, and bitter like strawberry greens. Thin body.

O - I really wanted to like this beer but the lack of carbonation essentially harmed every single aspect of the beer. Shame, really...

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Photo of bigaltemple
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, ruby red. One finger head vanished immediately leaving nothing behind. Got punched in the face with a vinegar aroma. The cherries come through strongly as well, with some woodiness sneaking up too.

This one was tart! Got the sour cherries instantly. Calmed down slightly to reveal the raspberries. As it warmed the acidity/vinegar characteristic mellowed. Very light carbonation with a crisp, sour bite that finishes very dry.

Felt this was a very middle of the road example of the style.

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Photo of jIsh
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Odell's latest single bottle offering Friek, has all of the right intentions, but doesn't quite deliver.

This beer comes in a champagne style bomber that is slightly different than their usual offerings. The label is pleasant enough with subtle lettering flanked by the fruits used in it's brewing process. It claims to be an oak-aged ale brewed with cherries and raspberries. Sounds right up my alley.

The pour into my Belgian tulip is encouraging, deep ruby color with slightly pink head that dissipates quickly. The distinctive lambic/sour cherry smell fills the air above my glass.

The taste is somewhat pleasant, relatively tart (cherry) up front with lingering sweetness as a backbone (raspberries). The mouth-feel is quite thin and it feels as though each mouth-full never quite materializes. There is something incomplete about this beer and it was not quite what I was expecting. Definitely worth trying (although the price tag is quite steep), but not one of the finer examples of the style.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took forever to get the cork out, but when I did, it poured out with a good red color, but no head to speak of. One definitely notices the fruit aroma coming from it, and they are also evident in the taste, which is nice and tart. Finishes with a little bit of a puckering in the aftertaste. Would I drink it again....? If someone else was buying, sure. Otherwise, it's a bit too expensive ($17/750 ml) for what I am getting for it.

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Photo of bum732
3.21/5  rDev -20%
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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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clean amber with a 1 finger dense head that lingers for a bit

S- Raspberries control the nose. Notes of vino and red wine. A mix of fruits that is difficult to decipher at times

T- Some acid, but not over bearing. Sweet berry notes until the oak takes over. Seems to lack any real intensity or clear direction. A bit spotty

M- I like the feel. Silky, yet slightly dry.

O- this one missed the mark for me. Love almost everything from Odell, but this one seemed like a tart cool-aid to.

$15 for 750 ml bottle

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 6/1/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing with the group

Dense, dirty rust brown. Everyone had a wimpy showing of foam. Since I'm renowned for daring pours I figured I'd give it the old Bourbon County classic. With determination I managed a layer flash bubbles. They were gone in mere moments. Weak? Yup.

Tart, sour aroma. Lots of sharp cherry tones. Raspberries are in a supportive role, adding more of a robust puree aroma than anything. Dank, musty notes of water-logged wood. Funk emerges as it warms.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it isn't all that bad. The balance between raspberries and cherries is more even, perhaps even giving a margin in favor of raspberry sweetness. Decent tartness, but not exactly puckering. Touch of oak with dry, musty notions on the finish. Tartness lingers.

Yup - no carbonation for this one. Medium body. Dry finish; a bit wine-like due to the lack of carbonation.

Smells appealing and tastes decent enough but this could really use a shot of the bubbly.

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Photo of mverity
3.29/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.29/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to KeefD for this.

3.0 A: Heavily hazed deep amber, not quite ripe plum color. Aggressive pour yielded just a touch of head, but it fell really quickly and left no lacing.

3.5 S: The cherry sticks out slightly more than the raspberry, but neither are very intense. A decent tartness, but just a touch of acidic sourness. Somewhat grassy with a mountain stream freshness.

3.5 T: Cherry and raspberry mesh together well, but there could be some more power behind them. Only mildly acidic with a touch of acetic acid and not much more in terms of lactic acid. Any mouthpuckering comes from a cranberry-like tartness and not the sourness. The oak is surprisingly mild and there is nearly no tannic astringency. A moderate sweetness to balance out the tartness.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit undercarbonated and the carbonation that is there needs to be spritzier. It lies a bit heavy on the tongue. Otherwise, okay.

3.0 D: I'm not really that impressed with this one, especially given the high price tag. I would have preferred a much bigger fruit component, with a "buggier" base beer.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool hazy pink strawberry color, lacing on the rim of the glass.

Cherry, yeast, vanilla, sweetness, light citrus, strawberry?

Orange, sour cherry, lemon peel, earth in the background. Nothing too prominent in this.

Lots of carbonation, a tad watery.

Not bad, needs polishing though. My first Odell.

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Photo of Treebs
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Portsmouth Tulip. Not sure who shared this guy, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark cherry color, very much like a Kriek. A thin whitish head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Tart cherry flesh, grape skins, light funky cheese and some cherry pit.

T: The body has a sweet malty base which is odd. There is some light Greek yogurt, tart cherries and some cheesy funk.

M: Medium bodied with a low end carbonation. It's alright.

O: This was alright, but the taste was just slightly odd compared to the nose and the low carbonation hurt it.

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Photo of allouez86
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2012 bottle poured into my New Belgium globe.

Pours a nice ruby red with a nice pinkish white head. The bubbles are still rising at a fast pace in y glass, even after a good five minutes.

Smell is definitely cherry upfront with the raspberry coming in next. You can definitely get the sour funk in the nose.

The taste is definitely interesting. I immediately get the cherry but it quickly disappears as the raspberry comes in. It finishes with a nice hint of oak. Has a nice tart bight but it is leaving something to be desired. None of the flavors are predominant enough leaving it, dare I say, slightly watery.

Has a lighter mouthfeel with a decent bight from the high carbonation level.

Overall, meh. I was really looking forward to this one but was left slightly disappointed. I feel like this is a beer that is almost really good, but none of the flavors really want to stand out. At the price it's hard to say if I'll get another bottle.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle shared by Erik (riko), thanks!

A: Murky pinkish purple with a small head. Really cloudy.

S: Vibrant raspberry and cherry with lots of oak. Brett imparts a little barnyard and wet leather. Lightly sweet. Nice fruit profile.

T: Sweet up front, not unlike sweet tarts, actually. Lots of fruit, obviously cherry and raspberry. Lightly lactic with just a little wet leather. Lots of oak. Finishes a little simple, with fruit and sweetness.

M: Medium in body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and a little thin.

Overall: Nice fruit profile but not super complex. Still enjoyable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(750ml bottle). Pours a beautiful cloudy red with full head. Aroma has some cherries and lots of wood. Taste is sour with some cherry sweetness. Medium bodied with a dry, woody finish. This is the most sour odells as others have noted, but I'm still waiting for them to produce a consistently great sour. Their sour old ale, though, is delicious

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Photo of russwbeck
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traded with SalukiAlum for this bad boy!

A: Red pour with a small pinkish, maybe beige head, no retention or lacing at all. Very hazy and dark.

S: Full of sourness. Slightly sweet from the fruits, cherries come through as it warms.

T: The sour taste sticks with you throughout, but is complimented by an oakiness, some vanilla, and a small amount of tart cherry and raspberry sourness as well.

MF: Crisp and light, decent bite of carbonation. Dry finish.

D: The tartness, sourness, and bite of carbonation is a bit much to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a beautiful clear cherry red with very little foam, just a ring of bright white tiny bubbles.
S - Sour cherries dominate the aroma along with hints of the oak and vanilla
T - sour cherries and raspberries lead the way with some oak and vanilla, there is a nice mild lactic sourness.
M/D - thin bodied, nicely carbonated, its not too overly sour to be undrinkable and i'll have no problem polishing off the bottle.

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