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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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515 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of wrycon
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks very beautiful. Deep ruby with a slight brownness. Has a great nose, tart at first then deeper cherry scent. Taste is somewhat muted. You expect a tartness of which there's some, but the bottom falls put quickly leaving you with a flat, raspberry finish. I believe this is last year's release, which is why the flavors may have blended / diminished some. It's good, but there's room for improvement. I'd like to try a fresh one to compare.

Like it? Sure, It's Fine

wrycon, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool hazy pink strawberry color, lacing on the rim of the glass.

Cherry, yeast, vanilla, sweetness, light citrus, strawberry?

Orange, sour cherry, lemon peel, earth in the background. Nothing too prominent in this.

Lots of carbonation, a tad watery.

Not bad, needs polishing though. My first Odell.

ptykozoon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of vobr0002
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a semi clear red. No head at all on the pour.

S- funky fruity smell. Cherries, raspberries, wine.

TM- faint sour taste, with definite flavors of the cherries and raspberries. Very dry, like a wine. It is very tart with a lot of carbonation.

O- this is a really good beer. Its unique and has a nice combination of flavors that keep your tongue happy. Would definitely want this again

vobr0002, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of TVolt1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: LIttle bit of a hazy peach color. Unique color for a beer, have not seen one this color before. I like the look of it. No head.

S: Smells more like a wine. Smells of nectarines and cherries right away then with an alocholy smell that lingers/burns in your nose for a bit. Much like a wine.

T: Love the taste. Has a white grape type taste in the beginning mixed with a cherry flavor. Very sweet with a great amount of "sour"

M: Good mouthfeel, medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O: Overall I am a huge fan of this beer. I would recommend it to anyone and would buy it again.

TVolt1, Oct 21, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with UrbanCaver, eyeenjoybeer, and forgetfu last night at Upland. I think this was a bottle Caleb gave us.

Pours a clear red with very minimal white head. A few pours contained none at all. Dissipated almost immediately.

Subtle raspberry aromas with some barnyard funk are present. A little bit of oak as well. All aromas are a bit more subdued than most sours.

Taste is pretty good. Again more subtly than in your face boldness. A sweet and sour raspberry flavor is present throughout with a light spice and oak kick near the end.

Feared there was no carbonation at all from the pour, but it was present albeit lower than normal. Mouthfeel is pretty decent.

Overall a good, but not great beer. Good flavors, but nothing extremely great and the carbonation issue knock it down a peg, but would still try again.

jmarsh123, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely unique WHITE crystally soapy head. Head dissipates amazingly quick. Brew is clear red with amber and orange hues. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Scent is so light it's almost strawberry. What scent is there is quite tart and light raspberry. Also, there's a tiny bit of heat. Cherry's provide quite a bit of barn funk.

T - WOW! Almost a sour! Great Light fruit flavor, not overwhelming fruit flavor at all. Perfect Raspberry brew. Some good funk in this one. No heat.


O - An awesome brew to share with some great friends! Glad I got to try this one, highly recommended. This is not a brew for the extreme fruit lover, it's light and relaxed, not aggressive. Great work Odell Brewing!

chugalug06, Oct 18, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish hue, good white head, don't see that too often with lambics (speaking of which, this is an excellent version to bring up when people say you can't make a lambic outside of Belgium).

Nice mix of virgin wood, cherry and sour in the nose. Taste stays away from the sweetened type of lambic, this seems to be just straight blended cherry and wood with substantial, but not overpowering tart and pucker factor. Low carbonation, but not a flaw, allows for more cherry in the mouthfeel and greater appreciation for the tartness.

Body stays light throughout, big points for not relying on added sugar (or at least it not tasting that way). The fruit really comes out in this one. Highly recommended.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 12, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As I commit this rating to the internets, I must admit shock or bewilderment at the mere B+ this delectable brew currently holds; this beer is fantastic! Big thanks to G311 for the share. The brew pours a rustic ruby hue and is capped with a filmy pink head; good looking stuff. The aroma is excellent; rasperry leads the way in the aromatic department with cherry hiding behind oak and vanilla notes, and also revealing itself through the fruity tartness, which hides the acidity well. The flavor is just as good as the nose, but is apportioned quite differently. In this case sour cherry is readily evident, paired with a musty oak funk - the raspberry shows up on the finish with a sort of clean sweetness. The feel is petillant, and just under medium-bodied. Overall, this is an extremely enjoyable beer, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

ktrillionaire, Oct 06, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently for $16 despite passing on it earlier in the year. It's dark purple-red-burgundy and had a head for a moment then it disappeared. It is carbonated fine though so maybe my glass was dirty. Smells very woody like barrels and a hint of cherries and Brett. Taste is cherries, tart raspberry, very strong wood barrel flavor, not bad at all. This really doesn't taste like lambic to me but as an American Wild Ale it works. Only problem is the price tag, the quality if this beer does not justify $16 and I would never buy it again.

ArrogantB, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours 1 inch of pinkish white head that settles fairly quickly. The beer is clear and red with purple hues.

S - The aroma has a big raspberry smell along with some medium tartness. There are hints of cherry, but not quite as strong as the raspberry.

M - Light in body with active carbonation.

T - Similar to the nose the raspberry is more apparent in the taste then the cherry. Begins with a bold raspberry flavor that is followed up by light tartness. Some cherries come through mid taste and then a longer lasting more prominent tartness hits along with some funkiness.

A very nice lambic fruit style attempt by Odell. The mixture of two fruits adds a little extra character. It's not quite as funky as it's Belgian brethren, but still quite good.

boralyl, Oct 03, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mauve color with a modest cap (as to be expected from the style) that leaves a smattering of dots behind (though they slide back into the liquid quite readily

Smell: The raspberry dominates, though there is clearly some cherry underneath; quite tart, but the funk is rather modest; overall, the fruit smells natural and fresh

Taste: The tart cherry and raspberry flavors intermingle from the outset, though the fresh raspberry character is dominant, by mid-palate and through the finish; in the middle, there is some yeasty complexity and in the finish, the oak shows through nicely

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; some puckering character, as well

Overall: While I understand the criticism of some BAs on this one, I truly like what Odell has produced; the fruit flavors taste natural and fresh and, while the funk is understated, the drinkability is clearly enhanced

Thanks, crajun (from the other site), for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 28, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. Poured from a 25oz. corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Reviewed from notes.

1 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a dark, cloudy reddish-purple. No lacing. Not the most attractive but par for the style.

Nose is woody with notes of sweet cheesiness, cherries, mellow raspberry puree, and some yeasty spiciness. Clean anbd moderately aromatic but not really funky.

Opens tart cherry, raspberry puree, very fruity and sweet upfront. Yeasty spiciness makes its entrance towards the middle with some tart cherry emerging to complement the raspberry presence. Finish is yeasty and tart with little to no aftertaste. Not great in comparison to the traditional style but very solid nonetheless.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles going down. Slightly accented finish with no aftertaste. Nice.

A nice american interpretation of the fruit lambic style. Very solid though lacking a noticeable cheesy funk. Still, pretty good and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at SAVOR

A - A bright red bubbly body with a medium sized white bubbly head.

S - A cherry funk acidity all ovver the nose. The back end is more of the same but you can certianly pick up oaked notes.

T & M & D - The taste mimics the smell almost exactly. The tart notes are not overwhelming and the oak notes allow the brew to finish clean and easy instead of dry and acidic. The body is light to medium and they was good carbination in the beer making it drinkable and great on the mouth.

O - Very good beer and one of my first experiences with Odell - Based upon this experience I will look for more.


CuttDeez, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a scant, one-finger thick, pale pink tinged, off-white colored head that disappears fairly quickly. The beer is a dark cherry color that shows a bright, lightly hazed, pale red / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a spicy tartness to it that speaks to either cherry acid character or acetic acid or both, it is not overly aggressive. There is a chewy, cherry skin complexity and fruitiness here in the aroma as well as maybe a touch of tart raspberry character; the tart raspberry notes become a bit more noticeable as the beer warms up. Other sharper notes of oak contribute a touch of spiciness and just a general soft woodiness. There is a touch of medicinal / phenolic aromatic character.

Sharply tart, though not exceedingly so (I am not puckering up), there is a just a hint of sweetness here and both of these accentuate a tart cherry flavor and a chewy raspberry pulp fruitiness. There is just a hint of carbonation to this beer that adds just enough texture so that it is not flat. There is an acidity to this beer that combines with the carbonic acid to give this beer a fair amount of bite. The finish has a slight woodiness to it that is a touch astringent and just a hint spicy, as well as just a bit like a woody plank. This is actually quite light bodied; it is definitely very drinkable. The tartness here, while not very aggressive, provides a nice balancing note to the fruit; much of it comes from the fruit itself, but there also seems to be a fair amount of lactic acidity to this beer. As the beer significantly warms a sense of the malt starts to become apparent; there is some biscuit like malt character and a touch of toasted whole grain flavors that are noticed, especially in the long finish of this beer.

This is not the most complex beer in the world; calling this a Lambic could certainly lead one to be a bit disappointed, though I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be anything like a Lambic, so I am not nearly so disappointed as I would be. I definitely feel like I should be able to say more about this beer than I am able; it is certainly a bit more simplistic than it should be. The beer actually has a bit more carbonation than the feeble head would suggest. In some ways this can taste a bit like watered down cherry / raspberry juice, though it is not quite all that bad.

Gueuzedude, Aug 09, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took forever to get the cork out, but when I did, it poured out with a good red color, but no head to speak of. One definitely notices the fruit aroma coming from it, and they are also evident in the taste, which is nice and tart. Finishes with a little bit of a puckering in the aftertaste. Would I drink it again....? If someone else was buying, sure. Otherwise, it's a bit too expensive ($17/750 ml) for what I am getting for it.

FrankenBeerStein, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Bierlerner
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice murky ruby red color with a 1 finger of off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Funky. Little bit of sourness and oak. Definite cherries in the mix. Possibly a bit of raspberries too. Neither aroma is dominating. Very balanced. As it warms, the aromas start meddling a little more towards the cherry side.

T- Fantastic. Sour, sweet, cherry, tart, etc. A lot going in. Some nice oak and vanilla. A bit of funk. Again, nothing dominating, just really nicely balanced. More funk in the nose than in the taste though. I wish it had just a bit more funk. But the cherries are awesome. Always there and as it warms, they stand out even more and bring more sweetness along with it as well.

M- Smooth. Medium body with low carb. Great creamy mouthfeel. Nice tart, and a bit acidic, finish as well.

O- I need more of this for sure. Quite excellent. Well done, Odell!

Bierlerner, Jul 12, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this to the Pre-Ffej of July Party.

A - Pours murky red with a small one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass. It was carbonated at least.

S - Smells of your typical kriek but with a bit less sweetness. Hints of cherries, dulled funk, light sourness, and wet oak. It was pretty funky initially but it faded as it warmed up and allowed some of the sweet fruits to come through.

T - Starts off with a nice dose of tart cherries slowly giving way to a mix of dry oak tannins, dulled fruity sweetness, and light horse blanket funk. Based on the nose I thought this one might be pretty funky but it isn't. Finish is a mix of light sweetness and dulled sourness, lingering for a short period of time. Pretty good.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Light tartness in the feel, lingering through the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one. The flavors worked well together and it never got to the point of being overpowering. I didn't detect much of the raspberries but it still had plenty of cherries to make up for it.

orangesol, Jul 11, 2011
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