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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

515 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 246
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

cestlavie, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

shebby, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a slightly hazy light red with no head and no lace. Smell is of sour cherries and some funky aromas. Taste is of funky and sour cherry flavors with an acidic quality. This beer has a high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour with a nice cherry presence.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pat, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and tasty wild with a lot of complexity.

Vivid red body, off-white, slightly pinkish hue to the head, which sinks slowly. Lots of lacing up and down the glass.

Fascinating aroma, tart cherries and a touch of raspberry but prominent barn notes, hay, must, funk, oak. Really a good one to stick your nose into and examine.

Tart and sour cherries and berries in the flavor; not sweet or overly fruity; strikes a good balance between sour and fresh ripe fruit aspects as well as integrating the woody oak note very well. Funky and barnyard notes emerge as it warms, horseblanket/hay/mustiness all there but not as strong as in the aroma. Sourness will likely not be quite enough looking for a truly puckering experience.

Fizzy, near seltzer-like carbonation on a medium light body actually aids drinkability. Overall it's very crisp and dry, refreshing and nicely watching with spicy foods. A bit pricey, could maybe use just a wee bit more sour bite to clean things up. Very enjoyable, though.

tobelerone, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

RDW, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Kirby, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/11

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, very cloudy, minimal head, but decent ring of carbonation - simply put, pretty looking with a lot of red

Smell: Super sour, super tart, super fruity - raspberries everywhere, like whole raspberries - flesh and juice - some wood, too - a lot of depth

Taste: So good - sour, tart, tons and tons of raspberry and cherry - wood - tons of oak in a good, balanced way - other light fruitiness - a lot going on, with a lot of complexity, yet oddly clean and refreshing - some earthy malts underneath for balance - not very sweet, which is a plus

Mouthfeel: Great feel - smooth, medium to heavy body, bubbly carbonation

Overall: A brilliant use of fruit

Odell Friek has a ton of flavor, with a great deal of fruit and a wealth of sourness. The balance of fruit and sour is impressive. It becomes more complex as it warms, but I am sorry to say that it does not approach the complexity of some other sours (I am looking at you, Russian River). This is remarkable nonetheless.

angrybabboon, Feb 28, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper and crimson with medium light darkness and perfect clarity. Very little head, but an aggressive pour yields some sparse bubbles that fade quickly

S: Nice lambic style funk, wood and must and brett and fruity cherry aroma.

T: Lots of cherry flavor, not so much raspberry. Cherry is a pretty dominant flavor here at least where the fruit is concerned. Some vanilla oak sweetness, mild fruity tartness, and funk. Very well crafted. Major like.

M: Nicely carbonated, on the high end but apropos for the style. Dry, light, and very crisp.

O: Was not expecting this to be as good as it is. Although Belgian inspired, it's also very Belgian in every aspect. The fruit flavor tastes a bit artificial, and unlike that of traditional Belgian lambic brewers, but the funk/tart/oak in the nose and taste is definitely very similar. Very drinkable and very delicious. Need more!

julian, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

wchris21, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

TicoCali, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

bradner, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Exiled, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

MikeytotheB, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

bsuedekum, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SIEVS, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of adrock7309
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

adrock7309, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

bigbeers84, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DCon, Feb 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bauermj, Jan 30, 2012
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.