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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

505 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 243
Gots: 127 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Sammy, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

t0rin0, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a slightly hazy light red with no head and no lace. Smell is of sour cherries and some funky aromas. Taste is of funky and sour cherry flavors with an acidic quality. This beer has a high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour with a nice cherry presence.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy red color with an average white head and some sparse, spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a ton of cherry aroma along with a slight bit of oak. The flavor is more of the same -- the cherries really dominate and there's a bit of oak and light acidity in the background. Light body with a dry, slightly-acidic finish. Really nicely done.

Thorpe429, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

nmann08, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.4%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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

brentk56, Aug 28, 2011
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tart cherries, berries, oranges, and apples garner a complete "sour patch" taste with light fruit sweetness and dry malts for a sour ale that is all about the fruit.

Pouring the color of blood orange pulp, but with riper red grapefruit highlights, the beer appears to be as much of a fruit juice as it does a beer. But its loosely knit head becomes disjointed and falls back into the beer when the champagne-like carbonation dissipates. This happens nearly half way through the glass, leaving the beer with its fruit juice appearance.

Juicy, ripe and tart fruits abound in the nose, bringing out the scent of fresh-crushed cherries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, oranges, and white grape. Tartness of wine must smolders just beneath the fruit and take the form of cidery vinegar with alternating whiffs. A thin malt aroma is lightly spice and subtly robust and reminds the senses of graham crackers.

And in taste, the beer behaves as predicted. The tongue piercing flavor of sour fruit is lead by cherries but also offers up a complementary white grape, apple, orange, and berry medley. Its dry taste allows for the exposure of white wine vinegar and musty vine-dried fruit. Light oak draws in the malt influences of dry graham crackers that, with its terse display, supports the sourness and fruit acidity quite well.

On the early palate, the zesty beer springs off of the tongue with its prickly champagne bubbly effect. But as the carbonation subsides so does much of the beer's vibrancy. Soon after, the beer's acidity lays on the middle palate and saturates with sourness and warmth. Finishing clean, lightly powdery, and mildly astringent- the beer closes with a refreshing and palate cleansing effects.

Friek is a fruit-forward sour ale that supresses the more earthy or "funky" aromas and taste in order to allow the dry and tart fruit to become the showcase. I rather like the beer as its balance begins to tilt to the world of fruit beers as much as it does wild ale.

BEERchitect, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Sep 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cranberry with a pinkish head that fades fast; not much of a head like many lambics.

Nose is a very assertive rich sour cherry, raspberry. Very true to the fruit and not that synthetic "surgar free" sweetener smell some fruit beers seem to have. Light wood comes through on the nose as does a bit of wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold and very well balanced. Carbonation is good and does not have heavy big bubbles which really helps a beer like this shy away from the "soda pop" character it could easilsy have because of the big fruit.

Flavors of sour cherry and big rasberry with hints of cocoa and a lime acidic charcter dominate. Again, you get the barrel with nice balance. Tart but not as tart or sour as I expected (or wanted.)

This is another really nice effort from Odell and actually one that may be worth watching age for a year or so.

GRG1313, Apr 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Tim.

A: This beer is an incredibly vibrant red color with a minimal off-white head forming and dying away quickly.

S: Certainly smells kriek-like. Nice cherry aromas along with a mild funk, primarily of oak and grass. Some wet/dampness to the oak aromas. The cherries are a bit on the sweet side, but there is a nice acidity.

T: Semi-sweet/cherry pie-like, but there is a nice tartness which is fairly refreshing. Plenty of cherry flavor with only a minimal amount of funk. Still, some oak is there and helps to provide a bit of dryness.

M: Medium in body with a somewhat soft carbonation.

O: Solid beer overall, could have used a little more tartness, but it was good.

womencantsail, Apr 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Thanks to mnbearsfan for sharing this bottle!

And now the true Dark Lord Day festivities can begin in earnest: the random group tastings. This product thereof pours a murky amber grapefruit juice (red, o' course) topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises cobwebs, oak, caramel, and black cherry. The taste holds notes of sour cherry, ruby red grapefruit, light cobweb, oak, and dank raspberries. The body is a stoic medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, a solid bit o' lambic, something very akin to New Glarus Enigma in taste, though the occasional pricks of tartness and cobwebs, without some sort of consistency (if that makes any sense to anyone but me, I'll be surprised), keep this from making it up to that lofty point (I really enjoyed the Enigma). Still, a tasty specimen indeed.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with pink highlights. It had a small, bubbly white head that left no lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of sour black cherries and raspberries. Great aroma.

T - Very good sour flavor of black cherries and raspberries. Nice and tart.

M - It was sharp and had a puckering bite, but not as strong of a bite as I would like. A light to medium bodied beer.

O - This is a really good lambic. I loved the blend of cherry and raspberries.

zeff80, Jun 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Jul 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

SocalKicks, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Jason, Dec 04, 2011
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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.