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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 240
Gots: 129 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 06:36:05 | More by BrewerB
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New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:36:48 | More by JayS2629
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-09-2012 19:43:02 | More by micstache
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-07-2012 18:41:42 | More by bs870621345
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

01-04-2012 20:11:48 | More by IPAylor
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of scray24, shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours the color of unfiltered apple juice with no head. Aroma of fragrant cherry, citric acidity, tart raspberries. Flavor is more lemony than cherry/raspberry but those notes are definitely there. A little light but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 09:58:23 | More by illidurit
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-02-2012 03:31:34 | More by WertMaker
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What do you get when you cross a Framboise and a Kriek (don't forget to throw in a little barrel aging)??

In this case you get Odell's GABF Gold Medal winning Friek. A tart and sour combination that plays on lambic styles mixed with wild yeast strains, aged in oak barrels, and completed with locally picked raspberries. Friek pours a ruby-red with flashes of orange, a thin ring of a white head comes and goes, leaving no lacing. The aroma of cherries leads to a tart nose, underlined by the raspberries. The mouthfeel of this brew seems a bit light, but is brightened by tongue prickling carbonation. A slight puckishness first greets the pallet from the tartness of cherries, but develops a wider range of flavors (including tartness, fruitiness, and sourness) that mingle well on the tongue with the sourness preceding the dry finish. An interesting interpretation on a classic style, and Odell's has a winner here.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:57:14 | More by phishsihq
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2.45/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml Bottle poured with a ton of carbonation. A slow pour made a large 4 finger head that dissipated almost immediately. A lot of sparking wine similarities in it's appearance. It had a translucent rose appearance in the glass with big bubbles.

The nose had raspberries, tons or barnyard funk and was a little musty and leathery. Not a lot came through but the barnyard smell, a little overpowering. The taste right away was tart raspberry, and a ton more barnyard funk with a little vinegar. I could taste other elements but the barnyard taste with the sour musty finish overpowered any sign of cherries that could have been in the background. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with a nice effervescence.

Overall, the more subtle notes made it seem like this could have been a terrific beer. I don't mind farmhouse ales, and I love a good kriek, but the amount of funk I got from this overpowered most of what it was trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:43:30 | More by Jtthegreat
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review!!! mildly hazy reddish-pinkish-amber with a pink-white head that pops and fizzes like crazy while it dissipates and then disappears. cherry and raspberry blend to create an earthy strawberry scent that leads the nose. undertones of earth, funk and wood as well. really nice balance. nod to the og producers and tradition, but with a nice american flare. taste is near perfect balance of tart and sweet. sweet wins out, but the finish is tart and fairly dry. tingly carbonation that really elevates the flavors on the palate. fun experiment from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:42:42 | More by timtim
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I picked up in April while visiting the cities. Not sure what batch that would make this.

Dark blood red nearing purple. Simply wonderful nose. Raspberries and cherries fight for my attention. Flavors are a great blend of both fruits. Mildly tart yet cut with a sweetness that doesn't come off cloying at all. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fantastic beer. Shame it seems the bottles vary.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 19:53:46 | More by beerwolf77
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2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared by MbpBugeye.

A - Dead flat. There was a pseudo head of large ugly air bubbles, but it was clear this wasn't from any lingering carbonation. Nice dark crimson color and good clarity though. Would be a stunning beer in the right circumstances.

S - Tart cherries are there alright, mild sweetness, this is definitely a sour, but exhibits nothing truly funky or extreme though.

T - Quite tart which quickly leads into acidic territory. This causes some serious warming in the throat. Fresh raspberry-esque flavor filters in and out of the sourness. Cherry is also noted and the flavor is of sweet, ripened fruit. Lactic build up makes this one a sipper as I fight off heartburn.

M - Flat. A little carbonation would really help this beer to pop. Dry leafy finish, and bitter like strawberry greens. Thin body.

O - I really wanted to like this beer but the lack of carbonation essentially harmed every single aspect of the beer. Shame, really...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 06:38:52 | More by Spider889
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-28-2011 18:44:43 | More by Goldstar81
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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Liefman's Kriek glass.

A: Pours like champagne with light but beautiful rose accented red hue. Bright, bubbly head that immediately dissipates.Really catches the light.

S: Big cherries with a note of raspberry. Complemented by funkiness, but not overwhelmed. Very well balanced. Surprisingly fills the glass with complex aromas despite a beer that appears lighter in body/content.

T: Wonderful! A great blend of older and young flavors. Very reminiscent of drier Belgian blendings. The tartness was both pronounced but subtle that enhanced (not dominated as some American wild ales can do). What really grabbed me was the rich fresh taste of sour cherries that emerged midstream in the drinking...took me back to the superb cherries of upstate New York and upper Michigan. While the beer had a very complex well balanced flavor the distinct contributions of cherries, yeast, oak, raspberries and to a lesser extent the base malt/hops were easily distinguished.

M: Very pleasant soft French champagne carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing.the light body and carbonation elevated the nose and flavors rather than swallowed them. While I am more typically looking for big, velvety mouthfeel you'd associate with double imperial ales...this was just stunning in how a light mouthfeel can be no less lucious.

O: My favorite "surprise" beer of 2011 at the very end of the year. Can't recommend enough. I have always sought out Odell's beers, and have usually been very pleased. But this is world class.Get one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:23:48 | More by BillRoth
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-26-2011 02:31:38 | More by paxchristi
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yummy yummy in my tummy!!

It tastes like unicorn farts if a unicorn were farting while jumping over a rainbow. Delicious!

It is some of the prettiest beer I have ever seen. Golden like the hair of a mystical warrior combined with caramel and pure happiness. I would surely bring this beer home to mother based purely on the looks of it.

Smell is oh so lovely.

A delicious treat. Truly yum yums.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 01:40:49 | More by km715
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.