Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

597 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 246
Gots: 151 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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.

Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's during the beer release this past weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a gold hue. There isn't a whole lot of head, just an off white ring.

Smell: Sour cherry with a malt sweetness in the background. There is a vanilla note that is divine.

Taste: Tart cherry with a very acidic sourness. There is some malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is quite sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The smell of this beer is just great. I wish the taste lived up to it, but it's still good. I would have another.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Jane, MO...

Opens with barely a pop, pours a dingy brown with minimal ivory colored head, doesn't last at all.

S: Sour cherries not much else

T: Follows the nose, raspberry tartness, some cherry sweetness as well along with dryness up front. Sourness licks in a bit more as this warms, raspberry & a touch of leather mingle with acidity, the oak aging is really asserting itself, there's a bit of figgyness as well. Finishes tart & with oaky dryness, the cherry & raspberry mix well

MF: Medium bodied, near still as far as carbonation goes, this is a bit warming at the end. Carbonation actually picks up once warmer

This is a approachable take on the style, but I expected a bit more from these Guys. Glad I got to try it, but would rather have their India Barley wine for that price.

Probably not sour enough for true sour Frieks...

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 Friek:

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 25cl La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a fizzy champagne-esque head, pink in colour, real thin, with no cream, and bad retention. Must be extremely carbonated because the ABV is low. The retention is (at best) 5 seconds. Colour is a nontransparent watermelon.

Sm: Souring hops, bacteria, some funk, crystal malts, raspberries, and cherries. Complex, balanced, and incredibly inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Sourness, bacteria, some funkiness, crystal malts, and hints of sour fermented raspberry and cherry. No oak notes. Wonderfully sour, not compromising the balance at all. Built extremely well. It's a bit too crystal malty for my tastes. No alcohol comes through (if it did, I'd be concerned). Structurally, most of the flavour is in the first half - which is problematic. Surprisingly little yeast.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit too thin and fragile for the complex flavours. I'd like it more bolstered and confident.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, well balanced, and of high quality. I dig this one something fierce. I have to ask - why oak and not cherry wood? It's really nicely built, and I'd definitely have it again. Might be real good out of a cask.

B+

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2012 Friek:

In a side by side during a tasting, I noticed the 2012 version was far less carbonated. The 2011 Friek poured like champagne. 2012 had awful retention in comparison, and tasted more muted. If the 2011 was a B+, the 2012 is a B.

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2014 Friek:

Tart cherry and raspberry. Excellent.

B+

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from belgbeerdrinker. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a small big-bubbled foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving some hazy wisps and no lace. Lightly hazed raspberry red body.

S - Raspberry, cherries, oak, and the typical American wild ale yeasty funky aroma. Light acetic acid and tart fruits. It's a bit sweet, but otherwise quite nice.

T - Taste is more fruity and sour and less funky. Green underripe raspberries, some oak, and thankfully not overly sweet. There's a light plastic note in the finish, but it's pretty faint.

M - Pleasant medium carbonation, medium-light body, dry tannic body with some grit, and no perceptible alcohol.

D - This is pretty good. Not sure where the various Ds are coming from, as even without carbonation I can imagine this would still be pretty enjoyable. Extremely easy to drink - I could have tackled the 750ml on my own quite easily.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one, I liked it quite a bit.

a - Pours a dark, pinkish red color with one finger of off white, light pink, head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries, spices, yeast, wood, fruity malts, light vinegar, and sour dark fruits.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, wood, fruity malts, yeast, spices, earthy notes, dark fruits, and vinegar. A tiny bit more sour than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer. Not super sour but smells and tastes great, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass. Beer is red and hazy with a white head, large bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation and bad head retention.

Lots of cherries, lots of acetic and lactic, mild oakinesss.

Cherries is dominant, lactic acid is creamy in the mouth, thin body overall. The finish is mildly oaky and overall strong. It is a fruity beer, strong cherries, I"d have it again, a nice sour.

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this to the Pre-Ffej of July Party.

A - Pours murky red with a small one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass. It was carbonated at least.

S - Smells of your typical kriek but with a bit less sweetness. Hints of cherries, dulled funk, light sourness, and wet oak. It was pretty funky initially but it faded as it warmed up and allowed some of the sweet fruits to come through.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of tart cherries slowly giving way to a mix of dry oak tannins, dulled fruity sweetness, and light horse blanket funk. Based on the nose I thought this one might be pretty funky but it isn't. Finish is a mix of light sweetness and dulled sourness, lingering for a short period of time. Pretty good.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Light tartness in the feel, lingering through the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one. The flavors worked well together and it never got to the point of being overpowering. I didn't detect much of the raspberries but it still had plenty of cherries to make up for it.

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbulter1 for sharing this one!

Poured into duvel chalice.

Pours a finger of pink hued white head that fades to a ring. Color is a bright raspberry ruby red.

Aroma: Fresh rasperries, oak, sourness. Fresh and fruity. Still funky.

Taste: A bit sour with a light about of tartness. Oaky with a touch of spices. The raspberries are fresh and provide a layer of fruitiness and tartness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice sour. I was shocked by this one after having Odells first sour. This was a lot better. Really drinkable as well. Good flavors. Good stuff.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a scant, one-finger thick, pale pink tinged, off-white colored head that disappears fairly quickly. The beer is a dark cherry color that shows a bright, lightly hazed, pale red / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a spicy tartness to it that speaks to either cherry acid character or acetic acid or both, it is not overly aggressive. There is a chewy, cherry skin complexity and fruitiness here in the aroma as well as maybe a touch of tart raspberry character; the tart raspberry notes become a bit more noticeable as the beer warms up. Other sharper notes of oak contribute a touch of spiciness and just a general soft woodiness. There is a touch of medicinal / phenolic aromatic character.

Sharply tart, though not exceedingly so (I am not puckering up), there is a just a hint of sweetness here and both of these accentuate a tart cherry flavor and a chewy raspberry pulp fruitiness. There is just a hint of carbonation to this beer that adds just enough texture so that it is not flat. There is an acidity to this beer that combines with the carbonic acid to give this beer a fair amount of bite. The finish has a slight woodiness to it that is a touch astringent and just a hint spicy, as well as just a bit like a woody plank. This is actually quite light bodied; it is definitely very drinkable. The tartness here, while not very aggressive, provides a nice balancing note to the fruit; much of it comes from the fruit itself, but there also seems to be a fair amount of lactic acidity to this beer. As the beer significantly warms a sense of the malt starts to become apparent; there is some biscuit like malt character and a touch of toasted whole grain flavors that are noticed, especially in the long finish of this beer.

This is not the most complex beer in the world; calling this a Lambic could certainly lead one to be a bit disappointed, though I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be anything like a Lambic, so I am not nearly so disappointed as I would be. I definitely feel like I should be able to say more about this beer than I am able; it is certainly a bit more simplistic than it should be. The beer actually has a bit more carbonation than the feeble head would suggest. In some ways this can taste a bit like watered down cherry / raspberry juice, though it is not quite all that bad.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and a half finger fizzy pink head that quickly fades leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Funky, musty aroma with lots of earthy oak and barnyard character. Hints of old wood, wet hay and damp basement along with slight vinegary acetic acid and a boat load of fresh fruit. The cherries are pretty strong with a slight syrupy medicinal character but the raspberries are very prominent. I'm even picking up the pits/seeds. Not as funky as a Belgian lambic but kind of like an uber-fresh fruity American version.

Medium bodied but on the lower end of the spectrum with a very tart, mouth-puckering character. Sour without being acidic. Very dry with lots of funky bugs and toasted oak barrel character. This beer is bursting with fresh fruit. There s plenty of tart dark cherry but just like the aroma the tart, funky raspberries are more dominant. This adds to the sour, tart, puckering mouthfeel while being sweet and refreshing, not harsh or solvent like. Very dry and tart but not overly sour or difficult to drink. This beer is pretty interesting and I'm curious how it will hold up as the fruit fades.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6/11/2011

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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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
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