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

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

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of quirkzoo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

quirkzoo, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.4%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of neorunner
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

neorunner, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.63/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

harrymel, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

imperialking, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

portia99, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ScrimshawFan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ScrimshawFan, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Khazadum, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BrewerB
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.

BrewerB, Jan 21, 2012
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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.

mdfb79, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

sideshowe, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +22%

Travisnin, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
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.

JayS2629, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of texasclimber
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

texasclimber, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Diomede, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of micstache
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

micstache, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of bs870621345
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

bs870621345, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

WertMaker, Jan 02, 2012
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.