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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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495 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 162
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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Photo of adrock7309


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

02-06-2012 19:20:44 | More by adrock7309
Photo of bigbeers84


3/5  rDev -26.8%

02-06-2012 06:25:50 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of siddhartha


5/5  rDev +22%

02-03-2012 17:19:18 | More by siddhartha
Photo of DCon


4.47/5  rDev +9%

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.

02-01-2012 23:45:22 | More by DCon
Photo of bauermj


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-30-2012 02:09:35 | More by bauermj
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.1/5  rDev 0%

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

01-27-2012 14:43:41 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of quirkzoo


4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-26-2012 16:48:04 | More by quirkzoo
Photo of KAF


4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-25-2012 22:51:08 | More by KAF
Photo of neorunner


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

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


2.63/5  rDev -35.9%

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.

01-25-2012 05:14:45 | More by harrymel
Photo of imperialking


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-24-2012 04:26:22 | More by imperialking
Photo of portia99


4/5  rDev -2.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet stemmed glass.

A - After an extemely difficult cork removal and a disappointing non-pop, pours with a surprisingly vigorous carbonation...very fizzy, dull pinkish half finger of head briefly lingers on top of a slightly dirty/muddy ruby red colored body. No lacing on this one...not even the thinnest of collars appears on this.

S - Ummm...quite tart on the nose, nice earthy funk, lactic sourness, cherries, raspberries...actually quite a distinct and powerful red wine character here. Nice notes of woody oak.

T - The red wine aspects continue into the flavors as well and give quite a dominant first impression. Tartness is subdued in the flavor giving only a small contribution in constrast to the aroma. Fruitiness is high...cherries at first and thru the middle. Raspberries kick in on the back end and leave a more lasting impression that lingers past the swallow (and actually after a second pour to refill the glass, got some of the yeasty dregs in the bottom of the bottle (intentionally) got quite a bit more raspberry impression). Mild oaky, woody flavors too. Getting a bit of an herbal coolness on the finish, that I'm thinking resembles wintergreen life savors - odd, but not entirely undesirable either.

M - Somewhat on the thin side as expected, carbonation is also on the light side. Earthy and marginally funky and a bit yeasty too. Overall fruity and quite wine-like. The combination of cherries and raspberries works quite well (with the oak too). Rich overall and fairly complex.

O - Quite good, rich and fruity, and fairly unique as well. I'm really enjoying the combination of fruit flavors...this is somewhat dessert like in its fruitiness. I could picture this being made into an outstanding sorbet (but would definitely be hesitant to "waste" a bottle doing this). I wouldn't call this the best wild ale I've ever had, but definitely enjoyable, on the very mild side of tartness/sourness/wildness, but satisfying nonetheless.

01-22-2012 18:58:35 | More by portia99
Photo of ScrimshawFan


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-22-2012 07:00:03 | More by ScrimshawFan
Photo of Khazadum


3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Great froth, creamy white emulsion. Cherry juice tea body. Decent sticky lacing.

Bright sweet nauseating vanilla. Light tart cherries.

Maraschino cherries, vanilla syrup, faint wood. Simple, not that great

Creamy, light carb, light body, just plain Jane lambic.

01-22-2012 01:53:11 | More by Khazadum
Photo of BrewerB


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Chambic offered up this gem as a surprising thank you for a ride up to Russian River last year to pick up some Framboise for a Cure. Have been anxious to crack it open since then.

Pouring into a Cantillon flute. Resembling, somewhat, a dark rose wine. Slight haze. Foam formation was white, minimal, and didn't hang around long.

Complex, intermingling aromas include a prominent sour cherry, funky barnhouse, wet blanket. Sweeter raspberry here too but subtler than the other aromas.

Very tart upfront on the palette. Funky lambic flavors making an appearance in the middle including a musty/wet blanket and hay. Raspberry in the finish provides a refreshing, sweeter change in the pace. Sour cherry certainly here, as expected and tends to underlie the entire session. Lingering tartness in the finish.

Light in body with a somewhat prickly mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate-high and feels appropriate.

Huge thanks goes out to Phyllis for giving me this fine beer as a thank you for the trip. Not something I was necessarily seeking out but certainly something I'm happy to be sampling. Great mix of lambic funk, tart/sour fruit, and subtle berry sweetness. Excellent.

01-21-2012 06:36:05 | More by BrewerB
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one, I liked it quite a bit.

a - Pours a dark, pinkish red color with one finger of off white, light pink, head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries, spices, yeast, wood, fruity malts, light vinegar, and sour dark fruits.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, wood, fruity malts, yeast, spices, earthy notes, dark fruits, and vinegar. A tiny bit more sour than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer. Not super sour but smells and tastes great, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

01-20-2012 01:53:42 | More by mdfb79
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-18-2012 16:48:05 | More by sideshowe
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5/5  rDev +22%

01-16-2012 16:57:17 | More by Travisnin
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-16-2012 02:38:34 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of JayS2629


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Looks like a blush wine. Pink with a off white head that fades fast. High carbonation.

Aroma is of tart cherry, raspberry, wet hay, vanilla, white wine.

The flavor is tart, sour and fruity. Raspberry, strawberry, tart cherries, and blush wine. Hints of vanilla and champagne. Delicious.

Thin, bubbly

Interesting sour beer. Enjoyed enough to drink again.

01-15-2012 20:36:48 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.

The beer is hazy and ruby/orange colored with minimal head. Cherries, oak, and wild yeast make up the aroma. Acetic feel with lots of tart cherry flavor. Well done. Delicious with lots of fruit. Slight pucker in the cheeks. Acetic finish. A solid fruit sour ale.

01-15-2012 02:08:47 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-12-2012 15:33:10 | More by texasclimber
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-12-2012 05:21:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-10-2012 20:24:37 | More by Diomede
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-10-2012 18:57:57 | More by kiki3drt292
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.