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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

176 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 649
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.65%
Wants: 249
Gots: 174 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 Wasatch
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked
2015 Vintage
ABV: 6.9%
Bottled Conditioned

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice clean/clear ruby red color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small fizzy off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherry/raspberry notes, kinda funky. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, tart/sour, with some very nice cherry/raspberry notes, some oakyness. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter/tart finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from Odell.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light red, mild white head 1/5". Aroma hits with plenty of wood, sourness and cherry and raspberry. Nice.

Amazing taste here, seriously good, ample fruit, solid 6 on the 1-10 sour scale. Mildly carbonated allows for more and more fruit mouthfeel without sweetness.

I really liked this one. Have come across it a few times. Not rare enough to be get its due respect. I'd buy a bottle every time I see it, one of the best American Wilds out there. Very lambic like.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque orange-red. No head, OK for the style.

Aroma/Flavor: cedary type of wood, sweet cherry, stone fruit, mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly too sweet for me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber and lightly Hazy. Momentary thin layer of crackling foam. Not much lace.
Wonderfully oaky aroma, minor vanilla and floral wood traces, light berry acidity.
Taste is clean and finishes dry, crisp fruity acidity, more raspberry than cherry.
Crisp, tart, and acidic, clean and easily drinkable. Great oak smell and taste.
Overall recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Taphouse. In your face sour, readily apparent from the get-go. Pours out kind of dull and unexciting, but more than makes up for it in aroma and taste. Lots of fruit, notably plums, puckering tartness. Cottonmouth dry finish.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle aged a year. Age helps this beer out a lot! I tried fresh and thought it fell a little flat. The tartness and cherry flavor come through stronger after a year. Good stuff

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer varies so much batch to batch. Bottle last night was very oaky with a balanced sour vinegar character. Last month on draft, very sour. a year ago, much sweeter. Overall, a solid buy

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a reddish copper color with white bubbles topping the glass.

Smell - In the nose, I detect raspberry and the oak with an overall sour profile.

Taste - At the front, the raspberries are tough to miss. With the sour notes, the raspberries are puckering but lack any real sweetness. The oak aging adds a little more dryness to the profile. Also present are cherry skin and a hint of yeast. The dry aftertaste watches the fruit notes disappear, leaving you thirsty for more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a little muted, but does quickly sweep away mire intense notes.

Overall - I would like the fruit to be amped up a notch. Sweet fruits would add another level to an overall solid beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a snifter. The brew is a darker pink color with a white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is quite oaky with a touch of mineral character and some earthen funk. Seedy raspberry character blends with a slightly medicinal cherry note. Some cheesy lacto yogurt notes are present across the finish.

The taste carries a bit of that medicinal and herbal tartness with raspberry seeds, cherry pits and juice with a cheese and funk appeal. Some oaky vanilla flavors are present across the back.

This is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall nice stuff with lots barrel flavor to balance the tartness. I would drink this again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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 mhksuccess
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

poured from bottle into bruery hoarder tulip
color is reddish and light head no lacing
smell is super fruit packed cherry raspberry
and the taste follow it is awesome light and crisp sour and fruit undertones
slight acidity to it but the overall texture makes this a winner
A+

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

friek is a clever beer, a mix of cherries and raspberries added at differetn stages of the brewing and barrel aging process, it is complex and unique, delicious and drinkable, and a great expression of both fruits. thin reddish in color, purple and mahogany undertones, and just a mild off white patchy layer of bubbles on top. the nose is more cherry than raspberry, a touch medicinal perhaps, but the sourness in it brings it right back. the raspberry adds some tartness, while an unexplained lemon citrus component is also there. the flavor i think balanced both fruits well, but the raspberry seems like fresh berries while the cherries seems more of a candy thing, maybe to do with when they were added and how long residual yeasts have been working on them. not overly sour in taste, but there is definitely a lambic-esque mix of yeast and bacterial character, between lacto acidity and bretty funk, it fits the bill pretty well, although brett is not readily apparent here, some other yeasts may be acting similarly upon it. fruit is forward but its beer first, which i appreciate, but to me the body is too thin for all the flavor. carbonation could be ramped up a bit, and the watered down fruit syrup texture needs a lift. either more grain body or less leftover sugar, its a tricky balance in a beer like this, and its not quite reached. overall though this is amazing beer, maybe the best balance of the two fruits ive encountered.

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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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012

A - pours a pink rose red with a thin white head of fine bubbles

S - salty and lactic aroma, leathery oak wood, tart raspberries, floral notes, lemons, vinegar.

T - starts out with flat raspberry flavor but a lactic tartness slowly builds to a salty sour finish. As it warms the raspberries really start to come out and bring more acidity. The dry oaky flavors give this some some depth. The finish is snappy, tart and very crisp.

M - light body, low carbonation,tart and dry finish.

A nice fruity sour with oak and yeast drying out the sweetness and adding depth. I will pick up several of these the next time I see them.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fizzes away quickly leaving behind a clear orange-red body.

Plenty of fruitiness with the raspberries and cherries, oak, and a light mustiness. Lots of carbonation and a sharp acidity.

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Photo of mverity
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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 zeledonia
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml into teku.

A - Transparent and sparkling ruby red with a 2 finger salmon head that fades in about 10 seconds. No lacing to be found.

S - Sweet and tart Bing cherries, sour apple-cider, lemon peel, and just a little barrel wood. The raspberries are hidden, but present.

T - Bright and tart cherries/apples, raspberry, with some light lemon peel. A nice pie like sweetness helps hold back the tartness a bit.

M - Light bodied and bubbly, excellent carbonation.

O - A very good Kriek like beer that I found very enjoyable. I thought it was perfect for my new years champagne.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear blood orange with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch fizzy white head that quickly recedes.
S: Cherries (dark and tart), oak, and raspberry up front. Tobacco, mild caramel malt, and vanilla fill in the background.
T: Tart cherries hit first followed by mild sweet raspberries, oak, and vanilla.
M: Light body. Tart and sweet. Lightly acidic with a dry finish. Moderately effervescent.
D: Excellent drinkability and sessionability. A solid brew, but not superb. Another nice offering from Odell.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red with a little brown along with a fizzy white head that leaves no lacing. Looks a bit like soda.

Smells of tart cherries with a little funk to it.

Tastes of the tart cherries with some sweetness to it. Fruity notes lead off with red cherries, green apples, white grapes, and raspberries. A nice tartness to it. Wood notes come through in the middle before being washed out by some syrupy sweetness. Finishes with some yeast spice and vinegar notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, light, fruity beer. However, the price is absurd ($17.62 for 750) and the barrel aging, which increases the price, doesn't seem to add much.

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.