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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

434 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 434
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.24.12
Thanks Webs!

A - Pours a cloudy orange-red with a small light tan head that is gone almost instantly.

S - Cherry and sweeter, a little tart.

T - Tart cherry, but a nice low sweetness.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body and a very dry finish.

O - Dry and fruity without being overly sweet. I would like to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 07:24:55 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby red. Less carb then I was expecting. Almost two fingers of head that leaves zero lacing

Slight berry notes. Slight lactic sour notes. A bit of oak.

Taste follows the nose. Nice but the taste is not quite as dynamic as the nose.

Lower side of carbonation. Finishes on a nice dry puckering note.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 15:28:30 | More by Powderhornphil
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011(?)
Hill Farmstead glass

A: Pours a hazy blush pink color. Hints of orange. Nice carbonation. Lots of bubbles. Thin line of white head. Carbonation stuck around the whole time. Pretty beer.

S: Nice tart acidic nose here. Even after a year you still get some of that fruit sweetness from the cherries and raspberries. Maybe some soft oak and mild vanilla notes.

T: Nice sharp tartness at the front of the tongue. It mellows with time. Nice acidic tartness. Still getting that tart cherry and some raspberry character. Definitely some wood in the middle to soften it. Dry finish. Mouth watering.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 20:32:11 | More by inlimbo77
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark copper with a pinkish hue, has a 2 finger light pink head that recedes very quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Nice sour and funk is noticed immediately, followed by berries, some vinegar also.

T- Sour, tart and vinous dark fruits (cherries and raspberries as noted on bottle), vinegar and funky/earthy taste at the finish.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. Very acidic and hard to drink at first, but seems to subdue as it warms.

O- 7/10 sourness. Really enjoyed this sour. Has very nice tart/sour flavors complemented with some fruit flavors from the raspberries and cherries.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 00:05:12 | More by kawilliams81
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bum732

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lambic-like qualities, medium strong oak, slight funk, berries, rasberry mostly.

L: Crystal clear reddish-pink. No head, some bubbles.

T: Light funky rasberry and other berries with an oak backbone. Low bitterness, no hop flavor. Flavors are fairly muted overall. Finishes slightly tart with a touch of oak.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Pretty average, flavors work for the style, i suppose.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:44:28 | More by bum732
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ThePaleRider

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy. Nice light pink color that poured with no head. Decent legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Sour cherries and apricots. Throw in some craisins and you're getting pretty close to the aroma.

T - Really great sour ale. Lots of flavors from fruit rinds like grapes, oranges, and pears. Really surprised by a little citrus. Nice dry finish keeps you coming back.

M - Light and refreshing. Medium body with no visible carbonation.

O - Amazing sour ale that sets a nice standard for depth of flavors and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 19:14:47 | More by ThePaleRider
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 2 finger head of big popping bubbles that disapeared in under 15 seconds. Color is a light ruby red. No lacing.

S. Tart fruit, cherries, raspberries. Get some oak that comes out behind the fruit smell. Overall pretty sour smelling, but not overwhelming.

T. Good tart fruit flavor up front, cherries and raspberries. Sourness is there, but at the level of my liking. Drinks pretty dry, and goes down easy enough. Not overly complex in flavor. Get a little bit of barrel aging flavor in a bit of oak and some woodiness.

M. Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

O. Pretty straightforward. The beer turned out like I was expecting it too. Tastes and drinks like a fruit lambic. Nothing that is going to blow you away, but a solid well done sour. Wish I had two to see if age changes the Friek.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 22:49:27 | More by siradmiralnelson
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birchstick

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color with a head that disappears with fizzy noise. Nose is sweet cherries and some raspberry mixed in with some subtle citrus lambic notes. Taste starts with lemon sour notes that is quickly replaced by some soft raspberries and cherries. What's enjoyable about this is that the raspberry cuts into the cherry and prevents this beer from being overly sweet, like some krieks fall prone to being. Mouth is a little watery, but decent. Overall, this is enjoyable Kriek - I like the raspberry addition to the beer. This is the best sour I have has from Odell.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:09:16 | More by birchstick
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle picked up in CO. No bottled on date, but got it in August 2011, so its been at least a year

A - A dark, cloudy cherry color. Slight head, no lace. Looks great though. Love the thick cloudy red color

S - Cherries, raspberries, and OAK! Love it.

T - Sweet and sour. The cherries and raspberries are excellent. Slight oaky taste, but not overwhelming. Well done!

M - Full bodied. Well carbonated.

O - Love it. Cherries, raspberries, sour, oak aged? Sign me up!!! Again and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:05:44 | More by BeerDawgs
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Fizzy head, clear orange amber

SMELL: Eucalyptus, tart berries, Band-Aid, toasty oak, bread crust, musty yeast, mint

TASTE: Crisp, slick, raw, tart, medicinal, oak, alcohol, cherry, musty yeast, raspberry, funk, dry

Odell's latest stab at the sour beer arena. Comes at the palate perhaps too green and finishes a bit too quick, but it did nab a gold at the 2011 GABF in the Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beer category. Might be interesting to see where a few years of cellaring could take this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 18:56:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

A: Poured a ruddy burgundy like color with great carbonatoon, bubbles and a nice dirty cap and nice lacing

S: Barnyard funk, some old wood and a blend of soft, fresh raspberries with red cherries

T: Immediate vinegar tartness with a light booze tingle with wood, cherry notes and a blend of fresh and stale raspberries. The finish is dry, highly carbonated woody and dunky

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, loads of vinegarness, funk and tartness reside on the palate. Dry with a hint of sweetness.

O: I really like this one a lot. I am new to the wild ales and I am definitely finding I am a big fan of the style. This beer has some sexiness and class to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:42:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 format cage and cork bottle open with a small pop. No vintage date on bottle that i could find.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: clear and brilliant cherry red bodied beer with a solid finger of white lively and fizzy head. White head dropped down to a thin ring around outside of the glass. It honestly looks like cherry 7UP in a beer glass!

Smell: Faint cherry and raspberry. A slight bit of funk. Really fruity with a hint of vinegar sourness.

Taste: moderate sour with a nice balance of red fruits mainly cherry and raspberry. A touch of sweetness from the fruits. The middle of the beer the barrel really takes the centerstage with big wood notes and a touch of earthiness almost brett like fink too. The beer finishes with a mild amount of tartness and more fruit... mainly a hint of berries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation that is at a moderate level. The beer has a really lite and crisp snap to it from the aggressive carbonation in this beer. Its a a bit stronger than semi-dry. Its also a very refreshing beer. Carbonation is done very well! Very near perfection.

Overall: Friek is a really solid sour; probably one of the better shelf sours. I would put this on the same level as most Russian River sours. This beer doesnt see the credit or hype that is due to this fruited wild ale. I would definately more Friek give the oppurtunity. Thanks to TATURBO for bringing this home for me the recent trip to the western part of the USA!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:32:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a beautiful clear cherry red with very little foam, just a ring of bright white tiny bubbles.
S - Sour cherries dominate the aroma along with hints of the oak and vanilla
T - sour cherries and raspberries lead the way with some oak and vanilla, there is a nice mild lactic sourness.
M/D - thin bodied, nicely carbonated, its not too overly sour to be undrinkable and i'll have no problem polishing off the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 03:06:12 | More by mikereaser
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

Bottle shared by me with a bunch of slags.

A - Pours a bright red-color, fizzy white head, thin collar.

S - Sour cherries, cherry skin, lactic notes, oak, light vanilla. Pretty straight forward kriek/cherry notes and the oak and vanilla create a nice complexity.

T - More sour cherries, oak, nice lactic sourness, light funk, and more vanilla yogurt notes. Pretty good cherry flavor and just about the right amount of tartness to complement the sweetness. The finish is sweet fruity and oak.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O - A nice kriek and I would definitely drink another bottle (if I had one). Not sure about the price, but I would stock my fridge with this one, as my wife would love it (but didn't get to try it this time around). Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 17:54:16 | More by Sean9689
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Treebs

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Portsmouth Tulip. Not sure who shared this guy, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark cherry color, very much like a Kriek. A thin whitish head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Tart cherry flesh, grape skins, light funky cheese and some cherry pit.

T: The body has a sweet malty base which is odd. There is some light Greek yogurt, tart cherries and some cheesy funk.

M: Medium bodied with a low end carbonation. It's alright.

O: This was alright, but the taste was just slightly odd compared to the nose and the low carbonation hurt it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 11:56:48 | More by Treebs
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eatabagofbooger

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From memory, so this is a bit less detailed than usual.

A: cloudy pink with an off-white head. Nothing special, but not bad

S: Oak, funk, tart raspberries.

T: Same as the nose. As the beer warms, the brett really takes over in a nice way. The fruit is mild, and far more on the tart side than the sweet side. The flavours all play very nicely together. Very nice.

M: A bit thin, but more than adequate.

O: Pretty darn fine brew for a nice, sunny, warm day on the balcony with the bbq going.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 06:52:34 | More by eatabagofbooger
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:05:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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

Nice and tasty wild with a lot of complexity.

Vivid red body, off-white, slightly pinkish hue to the head, which sinks slowly. Lots of lacing up and down the glass.

Fascinating aroma, tart cherries and a touch of raspberry but prominent barn notes, hay, must, funk, oak. Really a good one to stick your nose into and examine.

Tart and sour cherries and berries in the flavor; not sweet or overly fruity; strikes a good balance between sour and fresh ripe fruit aspects as well as integrating the woody oak note very well. Funky and barnyard notes emerge as it warms, horseblanket/hay/mustiness all there but not as strong as in the aroma. Sourness will likely not be quite enough looking for a truly puckering experience.

Fizzy, near seltzer-like carbonation on a medium light body actually aids drinkability. Overall it's very crisp and dry, refreshing and nicely watching with spicy foods. A bit pricey, could maybe use just a wee bit more sour bite to clean things up. Very enjoyable, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 16:34:16 | More by tobelerone
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, very cloudy, minimal head, but decent ring of carbonation - simply put, pretty looking with a lot of red

Smell: Super sour, super tart, super fruity - raspberries everywhere, like whole raspberries - flesh and juice - some wood, too - a lot of depth

Taste: So good - sour, tart, tons and tons of raspberry and cherry - wood - tons of oak in a good, balanced way - other light fruitiness - a lot going on, with a lot of complexity, yet oddly clean and refreshing - some earthy malts underneath for balance - not very sweet, which is a plus

Mouthfeel: Great feel - smooth, medium to heavy body, bubbly carbonation

Overall: A brilliant use of fruit

Odell Friek has a ton of flavor, with a great deal of fruit and a wealth of sourness. The balance of fruit and sour is impressive. It becomes more complex as it warms, but I am sorry to say that it does not approach the complexity of some other sours (I am looking at you, Russian River). This is remarkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:50:40 | More by angrybabboon
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julian

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper and crimson with medium light darkness and perfect clarity. Very little head, but an aggressive pour yields some sparse bubbles that fade quickly

S: Nice lambic style funk, wood and must and brett and fruity cherry aroma.

T: Lots of cherry flavor, not so much raspberry. Cherry is a pretty dominant flavor here at least where the fruit is concerned. Some vanilla oak sweetness, mild fruity tartness, and funk. Very well crafted. Major like.

M: Nicely carbonated, on the high end but apropos for the style. Dry, light, and very crisp.

O: Was not expecting this to be as good as it is. Although Belgian inspired, it's also very Belgian in every aspect. The fruit flavor tastes a bit artificial, and unlike that of traditional Belgian lambic brewers, but the funk/tart/oak in the nose and taste is definitely very similar. Very drinkable and very delicious. Need more!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 07:10:53 | More by julian
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adrock7309

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my wife over the weekend.

Poured into a snifter.

Body was a dark pinkish tan - with light whitish pink fluffy cap. Lost of carbonation on this one as the head fell slowly.

Aromas were big on the sour raspberries, a bit of tart cherry jam, some definite funk and citrus rind.

The flavor was very crisp and bright with more cherry than in the nose.

Drank the majority of the bottle myself and was really impressed by the pronounced sourness and funkiness of this rather young beer.

If it weren't so expensive - id probably pick up some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:20:44 | More by adrock7309
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DCon

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 ML 1PT 9.4 FL.OZ. bottle of this from Whole Foods Market in Town & Country, MO for $18.99. Poured from the Orange labeled bottle w/ FRIEK, cherries, & raspberries drawn on with what looks like colored pencils into my 0,3l La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has 11-0512 on the side of the label but not sure what to make of it... No freshness date I'm guessing.

Aroma- Has a deep sour cherry aroma from the beginning. Afterwards has nice light goaty and deep barnyard characters. I would say this is a fantastic Lambic from the smell already!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies relatively quickly. Has a long island ice tea colored body (orange/copper blend) with good depth. Leaves light lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet cherries start off the tasting with a great amount of sourness. Light barnyard once again and very sweet! The lightest oak flavor comes across at the finish with a light bitterness but nothing huge.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highest Carbonation possible, Sweet, Sour, and a nice puckering at the finish with cherries.

Overall Impression- While I've heard this wasn't the best brew, I beg to differ! Maybe this years version is better than in the past. I'm not sure. Perfect cherry flavors throughout. Didn't find raspberries much in here but when the sourness and cherry characteristics come together, almost everything else fades. I enjoyed this GREATLY and recommend getting a bottle or whatever offering you can get it in.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 23:45:22 | More by DCon
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note on bottle:

"Friek is an evolution, an imaginative amalgamation invented by our brewers. Multiple KRIEK Lambic style ales are fermented with WILD yeast and TART cherries and then moved into OAK BARRELS to and and sour taking on the CHERRY flavors. As the beer matures, FRAMBOISES (raspberries) from Schroyer Family Farms in Fort Collins are handpicked and readied for the beer. The fresh RASPBERRIES are added immediately prior to the final blending. The sweet and tart flavors MINGLE on the tongue with a sparkling dry finish."

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

A - The beer pours a hazy cherry red color with a small pink colored head that fizzles down to a very faint film. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A variety of aromas in the nose! There is a noticeable fruity character from the raspberries and cherries. A pleasantly light yeast aroma of the style along with hints of vanilla, malt, and sour. Very smooth and pleasant.

T - The beer starts out with a fresh cherry flavor. Sweet. The beer quickly evolves to a nice tart and sour character. The beer remains rather sweet, but not overly so, throughout. The middle of the beer brings a hint of vanilla and malt and a light sense of oak. Surprisingly clean.

M - Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a very refreshing beer. Not too tart or sweet but a nice blend of both. I wasn't too keen on the price tag but am glad I purchased it. Would recommend.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-23-2011 02:22:06

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:43:41 | More by hopfacebrew
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neorunner

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #2 thanks to DougoftheFuture in Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Opened this bottle after Beer #1 on the same day. By this time BZero007 had joined the party. 750ml cork and caged bottle, opened with eyes shut so I didn't see the cork. Loud pop told me I had succeeded in removing the cork. A few wisps of CO2 are drifting out of the bottle.

Poured into three tulips. Aroma is sour, funky, and fruity with a strong cherry note. The color is akin to a dark ruby red grapefruit. At this point Desaparecido is guessing that its Scharsbier Kriek, Bzero and myself decide to join in the game and I go with Lou Pepe Kriek and he goes with Cascade Kriek.

The flavor is a nice robust kriek with a good amount of earthyness to the taste profile. I'm beginning to doubt my initial guess as the tart kick is not nearly as strong as Cantilion. More residual sugars are present possibly detracting from that bite. Overall this is a tasty beer that I feel like I've had before.

The reveal: Odell Friek

Awesome, I got to taste this beer at Savor last year and loved it. Glad I got to enjoy some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 15:26:24 | More by neorunner
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harrymel

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a pretty dark pink with a finger of light pink fleeting foam. The beer is pretty. Smells like cranberry, cherry and oak. Some hints of flanders style metallic sourness, lactic sourness and some soil.

Taste comes through moderately tart, some cherry some cranberry again. More oak - this reminds me more of a poorly made flanders than a wild or kriek. Thin mouthfeel with lower than expected carb and a semi wet finish.

Meh, twice what I'd pay again for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:14:45 | More by harrymel
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.