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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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532 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 248
Gots: 133 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

EyePeeAyBryan, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ralphw56, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Ommegang flute wine glass

A: ruby red in color it has lots of bubbles but very little white head with no lacing. It is completely translucent and looks extremely clean could almost past as soda or juice.

S: The nose definitely has a nice light funk to it. There are fruity notes but they are not necessarily desirable as cherry or raspberry. Also there is a noticeable scent from the oak barrels that is more powerful then the fruity sweetness. overall fairly good balance

T: Its got a sour flavor upfront that is strong but not overpowering and it lasts. Though once the initial sour flavor fades and there is as a bunch of fruity juicy flavors the cherries definitely has a stronger flavor but the raspberries are there in the finish to add a little more sweetness. There are also wine flavors in there with other dry flavors like grape must. The sour flavor does come through again in the finish to cap things off.

M: It is nice, light, and very juicy making it so it goes down easily and cleanly, which is pretty impressive. The carbonation is right on point as well it is delicate on the tongue and brings out the fruity notes as well as the wood from the barrels.

O: This is a solid sour it is really fruity and juicy while maintaining a nice sour flavor though I wish it was more powerful or tart. This was the first I've tried from odell's and I'm impressed/will be back.I wish I was able to get two bottles so I could taste it in a few years but nonetheless I definitely recommend this beer

Pinknuggets, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

MNBeer1017, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

oldp0rt, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

G-Hawk, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

elcrawl, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Props to my in-laws for grabbing a bottle of this on a recent trip to the US, super pumped to take it for a spin.

A - Pours a light ruby red, finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by tart raspberries, wild yeast funk, grassy notes, toasted crackers and a white wine vineous scent.

T - Much like the nose, with the vineous white wine dominating alongside sour grapes, sour apple and sweet tart candies. The cherry and raspberry notes come through and linger on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, with heavy body carbonation, and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Overall this is a stand-out sample of the style that I really enjoyed. Loads of flavour and a nice balance between sweet and sour, with the fruit notes coming through on the finish making for a memorable brew. Highly recommended and really glad I had the opportunity to try it.

andrenaline, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

SaxmanRick, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

notscenerob, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Ristaccia, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  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.

BEERchitect, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Hopbully, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MinorThreat, Feb 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jsanford, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Hellpop65, Feb 16, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2012 bottle poured into my New Belgium globe.

Pours a nice ruby red with a nice pinkish white head. The bubbles are still rising at a fast pace in y glass, even after a good five minutes.

Smell is definitely cherry upfront with the raspberry coming in next. You can definitely get the sour funk in the nose.

The taste is definitely interesting. I immediately get the cherry but it quickly disappears as the raspberry comes in. It finishes with a nice hint of oak. Has a nice tart bight but it is leaving something to be desired. None of the flavors are predominant enough leaving it, dare I say, slightly watery.

Has a lighter mouthfeel with a decent bight from the high carbonation level.

Overall, meh. I was really looking forward to this one but was left slightly disappointed. I feel like this is a beer that is almost really good, but none of the flavors really want to stand out. At the price it's hard to say if I'll get another bottle.

allouez86, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

dachp, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

leschkie, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

zonker17, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 04, 2013
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.