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Friek - Odell Brewing Company


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433 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 10-08-2009)
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Photo of deebo


4.05/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 03:41:56 | More by deebo
Photo of Scotchboy


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 batch on-tap @ Brewforia in Meridian ID. Served in a tulip...

A: Pours a clear reddish color with a pink foamy head that fizzles away pretty quickly. No lace.

S: Tart funkiness upfront, definitely the berries. Cherries seem to be a bit more prominent than the raspberries. Underlying sweetness competes with the tartness. Lemon tartness competes with the cherry. Faint oak smooths out the aromas a touch.

T: Nice tartness with a moderate creamy oak undertone. Lingering sourness is mouthwatering but not overwhelming by any means. Cherries dominate here, but share the spotlight with raspberry tartness and lemon peel. That lemon character meshes well with a light mustiness and funk.

MF: Medium bodied with a light creaminess from the flavors of oak, there is also the tartness which thins the feel a bit. Low carbonation.

O: Not extremely puckering but a good sour IMO. The cherry (kriek) side is nice, and though I'd like more raspberries, the fruit component is nice..

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 15:14:26 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.

The beer is hazy and ruby/orange colored with minimal head. Cherries, oak, and wild yeast make up the aroma. Acetic feel with lots of tart cherry flavor. Well done. Delicious with lots of fruit. Slight pucker in the cheeks. Acetic finish. A solid fruit sour ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 02:08:47 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of CuttDeez


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at SAVOR

A - A bright red bubbly body with a medium sized white bubbly head.

S - A cherry funk acidity all ovver the nose. The back end is more of the same but you can certianly pick up oaked notes.

T & M & D - The taste mimics the smell almost exactly. The tart notes are not overwhelming and the oak notes allow the brew to finish clean and easy instead of dry and acidic. The body is light to medium and they was good carbination in the beer making it drinkable and great on the mouth.

O - Very good beer and one of my first experiences with Odell - Based upon this experience I will look for more.


Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 20:41:19 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of UpToMeBeer


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on-tap at Cafe Vino in Fort Collins, CO.

A: Pours a light cherry red with red-tinted head. Rather assertive carbonation.

S: Tart cherries and raspberries.

T: Tart and semi-sour.

M: Medium bodied... a nice smooth finish lingers but doesn't overwhelm.

D: Great drinkability. Not overly complex, and not as agressively sour as many of its contemporaries. But given O'Dells background this is a step in an intriguing direction for them.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 02:57:24 | More by UpToMeBeer
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a nonic half-pint, the beer is a darker red in color with some brown tones, just a slight smattering of head

s: a simple malt body keeps boatloads of genuine cherry on the surface, sweet and nicely tart at once, raspberry lingering beneath, subtly but pleasantly oaked with a very low hop presence, smells good

m: carbonation is lively and sparkling, lighter in body with a slight sugary slickness

t: the malt body is fairly benign - clean and crisp pale or pils malts it seems, the front half of the tasting experience is comprised of sweet red fruit, cherry seems dominant, with a moderate tart side coming out after the swallow, delicate oak flavors pull through late, aged hop flavors at a minimum, dries quick to a nice tartness in the finish

o: really nice framboise/kriek hybrid, showcases the fruit well and doesn't drink too heavily despite its sweetness, not the most balanced or complete example but certainly worth the pour

draft at the brewery taproom

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 05:14:48 | More by blackie
Photo of clarkm04


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very bright red color with a pinkish/reddish head retention that dissipates too quickly. A little lacing on the glass.

S: Nice cherry aromas along with tart notes, primarily of cherries, raspberries, with a hint of oak. The cherries are on the sweet side compared to other lambics.

T: The most surprising aspect of the taste is that this beer isn't very sour. It's definitely tart but not overly sour. It's very well balanced and has outstanding flavor notes from the cherries. Almost like consuming a tart cherry pie. The oak provides a nice note with the cherries. I really enjoyed this beer and am glad I got a bottle of it.

M: Medium in body with a soft touch on the palate.

O: Very solid beer. I enjoyed it after I wrapped my head around it. I expected a more sour beer after smelling the nose, but this beer was more sweet with a mixture of tartness. I'm excited to drink the bottle I purchased and hope it's similar to what I had on draft. I would definitely recommend this beer to others who like creative beer or softer lambics/sours.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 16:40:54 | More by clarkm04
Photo of gregshead


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz glass

A: Nice rasberry red color. Has about a finger of head that leaves a nice layer through most of my drinking.

S: Lots of tart cherries and other fruits smells. Faint sugar/sweet smell in the background.

T: Tart cherries and sweet raspberries fight for supremacy on this one. Back and forth I taste the tartness and the sweetness as it rolls around on my tongue. Unique tasting experience for me.

M: Tartness is not that puckering. Nice carbonation.

D: Really enjoyable but now I have to decide whether to drink my bottle now or hold onto it and see what it's like a year from now. Curious what this might taste like with some age on it. Solid again Odells. Hope they keep it up on all their new beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 05:51:34 | More by gregshead
Photo of GilGarp


4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 02:57:46 | More by GilGarp
Photo of zeledonia


4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:07:12 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:43:16 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Ri0


4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 15:48:50 | More by Ri0
Photo of mwilbur


3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:57:38 | More by mwilbur
Photo of ryannosaurus


3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:29:27 | More by ryannosaurus
Photo of ocelot2500


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:51:17 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Spattastic


4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep candy apple/cranberry red. Active carbonation. The color reminds me of the liquid in a hummingbird feeder or artificial strawberry syrup. Very pretty and intriguing.

S - Sweet, bright canned cherries (the kind you would use to bake a pie), tart, apple-cider vinegar, citrus zest, and just a little barrel wood. I also get a slightly medicinal note, like cherry cough suppressant, but it's not off putting. The raspberries are present, but only slightly.

T - Raspberry jam, overly ripe tart cherries/cranberries, dried bing cherries, apple-cider vinegar, lemongrass, fresh lemons, light woodiness, a Riesling-like (wine) quality.

M - Effervescent and light. Works well with the style.

O - I like this a lot. It has a very fruit-forward flavor (not too sweet though) but is balanced nicely by its sourness (it certainly won't make you pucker). Compared to other sours that I've tried, this is much less "funky" and would be a good choice for someone interested in trying wild ales. Well worth it's $12-$14 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:41:36 | More by Spattastic
Photo of denver10


4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Redoing my review of this one for the 2013 version, which seems to be my favorite of the annual releases I have tried (2011, 2012, 2013).

Pours bright, translucent red with a slight amber hue the deeper into the drink you get. Minimal off white head that recedes to the sides and leaves no lacing on the sides. Aroma offers a little funkiness, the raspberries are stronger while its colder and cherries become a little stronger as it warms, the fruits give offsome sweetness and tartness, there's some vinegar hanging out, as well some funk and oak. Flavor pretty much follows suit. Pleasantly moderately sour. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall. great beer. Wish it wasn't so expensive so I could buy another bottle (or 2).

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:30:05 | More by denver10
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Steasy66 for this long time want.

Appearance. Pours an orangy red with a thin, almost white head.

Smell. Cherry and dank old wood with a dank old musty funk. Dank and old, yep. It actual;ly smells better than that, but the dank and old does play a big part.

Taste. Sour cherry, some old barrel wood with light notes of vanilla and almond (presumably from the cherry seeds). Not getting much raspberry but if I look for it I get a bit among other red berries. There's a light bit of musty funk there as well.

Mouthfeel. Light body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Pretty damn decent for an american lambic. I would definitly drink this again but I seem to remember it being quite expensive. If that's the case, I'll stick to the real Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:01:41 | More by Rutager
Photo of KYGunner


4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The offering I was given was from a bottle that had aged for some time but was unknown as to just how long. The aging created an almost carbonatedless, wine like experience. The color though was a beautiful hue of raspberry red.

The aromas were like a raspberry champagne with some of the airy white grape aroma inside.

This had obviously mellowed nicely as the taste was cherry tartness without any brashness. Creamy and buttery in taste and feel I got sour cherry notes and a mild easy ride.

Well done and that's after it had lost its pizzazz.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 18:11:30 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Brenden


4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 18:54:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:01:57 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. No freshness or bottling date that I can find.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields an effervescent one finger (maybe slightly more) head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing and just a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Foam is a pinkish hue and sits atop a jewel-like ruby red body with light magenta and burgundy highlights and depth.

Smell - Tart, with wild cherries and even some elements of spicy red wine. I can also detect the grain bill, although faint behind the woody notes from the aging. Some sweetness as well.

Taste - Wonderfully tart, but not overwhelming. Sweet and sour cherries are the star, with the sweetness subduing the otherwise very sour characteristic and a minimal amount of funkiness.

Mouthfeel - Healthy amount of carbonation and a light body. Drying finish that gets you ready to take the next sip. A very drinkable sour beer.

Overall, this is one of the better American-made kriek "style" beers I've had, although I've admittedly had only a small sampling. But this could stand up to any well-made Belgian kriek. Not saying it tastes the same as some of the greats, but it would hold it's own.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:31:13 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely attractive copper-red hue with a crystal-clear body and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of fizzy foam which dissipated almost instantly. I am willing to overlook this lack of head because I love the color so much.

Smell: lightly sour, lightly woody aroma with a little bit of diacetyl. Definitely a wild ale, but the fruit doesn't come through very strongly at all.

Taste: a quick hit of sourness right up front, which transitions right away into a sweet, caramelly, woody, buttery body with a definite cherry character that is almost subconscious in its subtlety. A very interesting beer; I like it, but could do with less diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and a big ol' fizziness that works with beers of this sourness and attenuation. I like it.

Overall: this is a good beer, but not a great one. Even though the cherry is subtle, I still really like it. Its piquant yet not-overdone sourness also makes it easy to quaff. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 07:02:41 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Auraan


4.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 05:34:25 | More by Auraan
Photo of SHODriver


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a deep red that is almost brown with burgundy highlights with a small white head that fades quickly into a duel tulip
S: smells fruity, funky and sour with raspberries being prominent in the aroma
T: tart raspberry up front mingles with some sour cherry and a slight funk with hints of oak. nice sourness throughout the drink with the swallow bringing a nice blast of funky vanilla and oak.
M: lighter side of medium with soft carbonation from bottle condition that is perfect for the style
O: A very well crafted and tasty beer. fantastic complexity and oh so good. the sourness is there without being overbearing and the fruit flavors are nice without being overpowering

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:00:11 | More by SHODriver
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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.