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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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505 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

trevorpost, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

GaToWyo, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ackeeper, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Yeti1979, Dec 26, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

mwilbur, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Joey1566, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ldhughes3, Dec 21, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

ryannosaurus, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

BDeibs, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

mndanika, Dec 18, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

ocelot2500, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Shawner, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 14, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Spattastic, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

BRClemons, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Janis_Hoplin, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

TickleMeTony, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

LotsofLupulin, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bamarado, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Gerred, Nov 30, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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).

denver10, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

tom10101, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

dwoolley1, Nov 16, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

deebo, Nov 15, 2013
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.