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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

493 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 240
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
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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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-21-2012 03:35:08 | More by chippo33
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-17-2012 15:17:36 | More by Centennial
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

2012 batch on-tap @ Brewforia in Meridian ID. Served in a tulip...

A: Pours a clear reddish color with a pink foamy head that fizzles away pretty quickly. No lace.

S: Tart funkiness upfront, definitely the berries. Cherries seem to be a bit more prominent than the raspberries. Underlying sweetness competes with the tartness. Lemon tartness competes with the cherry. Faint oak smooths out the aromas a touch.

T: Nice tartness with a moderate creamy oak undertone. Lingering sourness is mouthwatering but not overwhelming by any means. Cherries dominate here, but share the spotlight with raspberry tartness and lemon peel. That lemon character meshes well with a light mustiness and funk.

MF: Medium bodied with a light creaminess from the flavors of oak, there is also the tartness which thins the feel a bit. Low carbonation.

O: Not extremely puckering but a good sour IMO. The cherry (kriek) side is nice, and though I'd like more raspberries, the fruit component is nice..

12-17-2012 15:14:26 | More by Scotchboy
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skholbrook1982

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-15-2012 16:50:49 | More by skholbrook1982
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

2012 Batch

A- Dark purple kind of see through, almost like dark grape juice. Has a decent sized head that disappears rather quickly. The cork rocketed straight out of the bottle when opened. Nice and bubbly appearance.

S- Strong, sharp smell of raspberries and cherries at the beginning, followed by a slightly smell vinegar and acidity. Finishes up with a slightly funky smell. Definitely sweet on the nose.

T- Very sweet upfront. Slightly tart and a little sour. A very heavy dose of raspberries takes over immediately followed by a cherry taste. Leaves a slightly funky and bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable though.

M- Carbonated right when pours but settles down quickly. Not very heavy and definitely drinkable.

O- Good beer. Wish it was a little less sweet and a little more sour. Worth trying even at the higher price tag.

12-11-2012 03:34:20 | More by dhbiker0889
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-10-2012 03:22:07 | More by carteravebrew
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ehammond1


3.33/5  rDev -18.8%

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Hazy cherry and dark ruby color with a thin off-white head. Good amount of visible carbonation rushing up through the body of the beer. Leaves dotted stick down the glass.

Definite raspberry and cherry aroma, with distinct cheese and leather. As it warms, the unwelcome cheese elements become more and more present.

The flavor doesn't suffer nearly as much as the aroma, as there's lots of cherry and raspberry flavor, oak, some dirty funk, and just a bit of the cheese character.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Decent, but I came away disappointed due to the strange cheese aroma.

12-09-2012 23:27:10 | More by ehammond1
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spoony

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The head is short-lived, patchy reddish, white foam. The brew is clear and cranberry colored with a few streams of big, bubbly carbonation.

S-The smell was dominated by a really funky, almost cheesy flavor. There was also some oak and a bit of tart fruit (raspberry and cherry), but funk was the most noticeable.

T-Taste is not nearly as funky or cheesy as the smell. Instead, I picked up a dry, tart hit of cherry and raspberry with a little bit of oak. Pretty much as advertised. The brew was not nearly as sweet as some fruit-forward sours.

M-Lighter body with a much cleaner and crisper feel than a lot of sours/wilds.

O-This 2012 batch was my first Friek, and although the cheesy, funky smell initially turned me off, the pleasant taste or tart red fruit and mild oak grew on me. I also liked the dry, crisp mouthfeel and finish. Still, the cheesy nose never completely disappeared and this brew lacked the complexity of a true lambic, both factors that drop this beer a couple spots in my scoring.

12-08-2012 16:39:41 | More by spoony
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-08-2012 16:01:27 | More by SourAddict
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-08-2012 02:22:39 | More by ajs4bd
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-03-2012 03:50:10 | More by t0rin0
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-30-2012 04:33:38 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-26-2012 03:10:07 | More by MarkyMOD
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

11-24-2012 15:28:30 | More by Powderhornphil
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andrewkgray91

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-20-2012 19:20:53 | More by andrewkgray91
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

11-13-2012 20:08:16 | More by thehosh
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bum732

Lesotho

3.2/5  rDev -22%

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.

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

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

11-04-2012 22:49:27 | More by siradmiralnelson
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-03-2012 03:12:04 | More by tbone1384
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birchstick

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-29-2012 00:09:16 | More by birchstick
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-22-2012 20:04:24 | More by sholland119
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.