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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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579 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 252
Gots: 152 | FT: 4
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. No freshness or bottling date that I can find.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields an effervescent one finger (maybe slightly more) head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing and just a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Foam is a pinkish hue and sits atop a jewel-like ruby red body with light magenta and burgundy highlights and depth.

Smell - Tart, with wild cherries and even some elements of spicy red wine. I can also detect the grain bill, although faint behind the woody notes from the aging. Some sweetness as well.

Taste - Wonderfully tart, but not overwhelming. Sweet and sour cherries are the star, with the sweetness subduing the otherwise very sour characteristic and a minimal amount of funkiness.

Mouthfeel - Healthy amount of carbonation and a light body. Drying finish that gets you ready to take the next sip. A very drinkable sour beer.

Overall, this is one of the better American-made kriek "style" beers I've had, although I've admittedly had only a small sampling. But this could stand up to any well-made Belgian kriek. Not saying it tastes the same as some of the greats, but it would hold it's own.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely attractive copper-red hue with a crystal-clear body and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of fizzy foam which dissipated almost instantly. I am willing to overlook this lack of head because I love the color so much.

Smell: lightly sour, lightly woody aroma with a little bit of diacetyl. Definitely a wild ale, but the fruit doesn't come through very strongly at all.

Taste: a quick hit of sourness right up front, which transitions right away into a sweet, caramelly, woody, buttery body with a definite cherry character that is almost subconscious in its subtlety. A very interesting beer; I like it, but could do with less diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and a big ol' fizziness that works with beers of this sourness and attenuation. I like it.

Overall: this is a good beer, but not a great one. Even though the cherry is subtle, I still really like it. Its piquant yet not-overdone sourness also makes it easy to quaff. Recommended.

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.