Friek - Odell Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
12-18-2013 02:51:17 | More by ocelot2500
4.21/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-13-2013 03:41:36 | More by Spattastic
4.11/5 rDev +0.2%
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).
11-26-2013 00:30:05 | More by denver10
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
11-15-2013 03:41:56 | More by deebo
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-03-2013 03:01:41 | More by Rutager
4.11/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-14-2013 18:11:30 | More by KYGunner
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.