Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 248
Gots: 144 | 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 -2.2%

Photo of km715
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of blakelive784
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a goblet, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-transparent pink/amber color, reminiscent of grapefruit juice, with a pink head the recedes WAY too fast, almost like champagne.

S - Tart cherries and raspberries, caramel, sweet candy, funky sourness. Very complex, and almost indescribable.

T - Sour cherries open over a pale caramel malt foundation. It's a bit oaky until the finish, where a tart raspberry bleeds into the finish. It's adequately sour, but not overly so. Really well balanced.

M - HIGHLY carbonated, and very dry on the finish, coaxing the next sip. Very well executed.

D - Bravo. Really well built and balanced. It's complex without being overbearing, drinkable, and delicious. I'd certainly have this one again.

Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 Friek:

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 25cl La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a fizzy champagne-esque head, pink in colour, real thin, with no cream, and bad retention. Must be extremely carbonated because the ABV is low. The retention is (at best) 5 seconds. Colour is a nontransparent watermelon.

Sm: Souring hops, bacteria, some funk, crystal malts, raspberries, and cherries. Complex, balanced, and incredibly inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Sourness, bacteria, some funkiness, crystal malts, and hints of sour fermented raspberry and cherry. No oak notes. Wonderfully sour, not compromising the balance at all. Built extremely well. It's a bit too crystal malty for my tastes. No alcohol comes through (if it did, I'd be concerned). Structurally, most of the flavour is in the first half - which is problematic. Surprisingly little yeast.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit too thin and fragile for the complex flavours. I'd like it more bolstered and confident.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, well balanced, and of high quality. I dig this one something fierce. I have to ask - why oak and not cherry wood? It's really nicely built, and I'd definitely have it again. Might be real good out of a cask.



2012 Friek:

In a side by side during a tasting, I noticed the 2012 version was far less carbonated. The 2011 Friek poured like champagne. 2012 had awful retention in comparison, and tasted more muted. If the 2011 was a B+, the 2012 is a B.


2014 Friek:

Tart cherry and raspberry. Excellent.


Photo of Flounder57
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle was poured into a Guiness pint glass. At someone else's place and improvising with what she has in her cabinet.

Appearance: The beer poured a three finger head that was fizzling and crackling. Reduced to a thin layer with five seconds. a redddish orange color with good clarity and lots of carbonation coming up through the middle of the glass.

Smell: yeasty, sour, funky, cherries, raspberries, oak, vanilla, and some rubber tire aroma from the yeast too.

Taste: Very tart from the yeast and cherries. Raspberries and rubber tires are very subtle too. Acidity is high and enjoyable. Tartness and cherries stick around for a little bit too.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, very bubbly, a little chewy too. After you get used to the high carbonation, it is easy to drink.

Overall: This was a nice spin on the style. I liked the mixture of aged beers and the carbonation and funkiness produced from the yeast. Another beer that gets me used to sours and wild ales. Like them a lot and not sure I can fit a bottle of this in my suitcase to take back to Boston. Enjoying what I can't bring back while I am here in Denver.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip. 2010 vintage. Huge thanks to Beerwolf for sharing the wealth!

(A)- Pours a deep blood red hue with some white froth produced.

(S)- A nice fruity tartness with an oaky funk. Nice fruits in there with a dry finish.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A great combo of oaky funk, tart & sour fruits and acidic finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and an even nicer balance to it. Great fruits and a great oak/barrel sour characters.

(D)- A great wild ale that works well and balanced well too. Overall, just an excellent take on the style. Very surprised by the other reviews on this one; bottle variation?

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a light pink with some nice reddish hues. There i some slight copper notes on the edges as well. There is no head to speak off.

S - Sightly acidic notes start off with some nice tartness in there as well. There is a mild funk and some slight yeast notes. There is also some slight and delicious cherry sweetness and tartness and some nice raspberry sweetness.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice slightly acidic tartness. Some mild lemon notes are present. There is also some nice cherry tartness that comes up around the middle of the beer and gets balanced out by some cherry and raspberry sweetness. The feel and taste are quite light an approachable. There is some nice woody notes on the back end along with a slight funk. this finish is dry with a nice slightly tart/sweet aftertaste.

O - Pretty good wild ale. Not too intense. Very approachable and a good balance of sweet and tart with some nice funk. Refreshing.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's during the beer release this past weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a gold hue. There isn't a whole lot of head, just an off white ring.

Smell: Sour cherry with a malt sweetness in the background. There is a vanilla note that is divine.

Taste: Tart cherry with a very acidic sourness. There is some malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is quite sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The smell of this beer is just great. I wish the taste lived up to it, but it's still good. I would have another.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.