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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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495 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 240
Gots: 127 | 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.

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Photo of CuttDeez


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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.


08-09-2011 20:41:19 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

08-09-2011 14:12:48 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of FrankenBeerStein


3.23/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

07-21-2011 05:14:47 | More by FrankenBeerStein
Photo of Bierlerner


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

07-12-2011 15:59:29 | More by Bierlerner
Photo of orangesol


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

07-11-2011 17:17:23 | More by orangesol
Photo of jwinship83


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

750ml corked and caged bottle that BOLTZ7555 was nice enough to send me a couple of. i actually got a chance to try a small pour of this at the alewatcher/oreo birthday party, but now i get to sit and review it in a quiet room by myself. thanks again jason! drank from my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this one pours out a nice and dark translucent ruby red colored body with a minuscule cream colored head that quickly fizzles away into no more than a crown. little to no lacing gets left behind.

S- fresh fruits are bursting from my glass. raspberries and cherries. a little bit of the barnyard funk i expect in lambics from belgium. mildly acidic smelling. a little bit of wet oak.

T- the taste starts out with some mild acidic notes from the cherries and raspberries. both seem real and not artificial. not overly sour. after that i get some barnyard notes. once again, nothing overpowering. the fruit also adds a decent amount of sweetness to this. some more of the wet oak i could smell. earthy hops come in faintly at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is very subdued. the sourness never seems overbearing. not overly dry like i was expecting.

O- i guess i was expecting more from this. im glad i got to try a bottle now and that i have one more to age. it will be interesting to see what a year or more will do to this. my first odell wild ale, and im not dying to open the other ones i also got in this trade. definitely a decent beer, but it doesnt compare to the likes of supplication like i was expecting.

07-11-2011 03:08:58 | More by jwinship83
Photo of AgentZero


4/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Red colored beer with an off-white head. It didn't stick around for very long and there wasn't really much left afterwards.

S - Lots of cherries, a little bit of oak. A little of tartness and funk.

T - Moderatly tart with some sweet cherries and a bit of funk. There's a bit of oak that adds a nice wood/vanilla on the back, but it's really the cherries that are featured here.

M - Medium bodied beer with active carbonation, which gives it a slightly lighter feel.

O - Solid beer, easy to get down, and tastes pretty good. No problems drinking and enjoying this.

07-09-2011 04:48:15 | More by AgentZero
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Shared this one with the group during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to Rake for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured ruby red with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, cherry, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one tasted a little watered down on the flavors to me which was unfortunate. Not sure why this was the fact, but it really left me craving something more from it. However, the flavors that were present were quite enjoyable though. The aroma was not very complex but was pleasant on the nose though. Worth trying if you get the chance to do so, but not my favorite offering from Odell.

07-07-2011 17:17:09 | More by thagr81us
Photo of emmasdad


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to schmittymack for pulling this one out last Saturday night. Poured a medium reddish color with a small, dirty white head. Nice tart aromas, sour cherries, wood, light raspberry and a little funk. On the palate, this one was light bodied, tart and funky, with early hints of raspberry followed by a long, woody, cherry finish.

07-07-2011 08:12:11 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Ryan011235


3.23/5  rDev -21.2%

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 6/1/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing with the group

Dense, dirty rust brown. Everyone had a wimpy showing of foam. Since I'm renowned for daring pours I figured I'd give it the old Bourbon County classic. With determination I managed a layer flash bubbles. They were gone in mere moments. Weak? Yup.

Tart, sour aroma. Lots of sharp cherry tones. Raspberries are in a supportive role, adding more of a robust puree aroma than anything. Dank, musty notes of water-logged wood. Funk emerges as it warms.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it isn't all that bad. The balance between raspberries and cherries is more even, perhaps even giving a margin in favor of raspberry sweetness. Decent tartness, but not exactly puckering. Touch of oak with dry, musty notions on the finish. Tartness lingers.

Yup - no carbonation for this one. Medium body. Dry finish; a bit wine-like due to the lack of carbonation.

Smells appealing and tastes decent enough but this could really use a shot of the bubbly.

07-06-2011 01:40:36 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of jera1350


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Deep burgundy color with nearly nothing in terms of head. A few spots of bubbles, but that's it. No lacing.

Lactic sourness with sour cherry and raspberry and oak barrel notes.

Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. More of a sour cherry meets naturally tart raspberry, meets oak barrel. The oak notes are there. Fruity and tart with a touch of fruit sweetness. A bit of vanilla, probably from the oak barrels.

Extremely dry feeling. Pretty clean however. Lighter bodied.

This is a lambic that borders on sour without being too sour. Pretty drinkable and refreshingly so. The fruit works really well together and the barrel aging adds depth. I think Odell did a really nice job with this one.

07-02-2011 21:09:10 | More by jera1350
Photo of zeff80


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with pink highlights. It had a small, bubbly white head that left no lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of sour black cherries and raspberries. Great aroma.

T - Very good sour flavor of black cherries and raspberries. Nice and tart.

M - It was sharp and had a puckering bite, but not as strong of a bite as I would like. A light to medium bodied beer.

O - This is a really good lambic. I loved the blend of cherry and raspberries.

06-27-2011 20:34:28 | More by zeff80
Photo of RSchaeffer

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

Review #13
750 mL bottle

A - Pours deep ruby red, fizzy pink head that disappears in a hurry. No lacing. Slight carbonation present, evidenced by bubbles rushing up from the bottom.

S - The Woodcut barrels really come through on this, pick up strong hints of oak and vanilla. A musty, funk appears, quite sour, then finally the fruits. Very nice fruit profile. Lots of cherry and raspberry.

T - Fairly sweet at first, with loads of cherry and raspberry fruit. Quite tart, though not overpowering. Oak and vanilla undertones.

M - Medium in body, with low carbonation. Enough though to keep things interesting I feel, though could improve with more.

O - I've been impressed lately by Odell's sours. A solid effort on their part. I have another bottle that I'm thinking of hanging on too, interested in seeing how it develops as the fruits fade.

06-24-2011 00:59:47 | More by RSchaeffer
Photo of bigaltemple


2.98/5  rDev -27.3%

Poured a deep, ruby red. One finger head vanished immediately leaving nothing behind. Got punched in the face with a vinegar aroma. The cherries come through strongly as well, with some woodiness sneaking up too.

This one was tart! Got the sour cherries instantly. Calmed down slightly to reveal the raspberries. As it warmed the acidity/vinegar characteristic mellowed. Very light carbonation with a crisp, sour bite that finishes very dry.

Felt this was a very middle of the road example of the style.

06-20-2011 12:31:35 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Served in a wine glass. Beer is red and hazy with a white head, large bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation and bad head retention.

Lots of cherries, lots of acetic and lactic, mild oakinesss.

Cherries is dominant, lactic acid is creamy in the mouth, thin body overall. The finish is mildly oaky and overall strong. It is a fruity beer, strong cherries, I"d have it again, a nice sour.

06-17-2011 17:57:43 | More by drabmuh
Photo of corby112


4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and a half finger fizzy pink head that quickly fades leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Funky, musty aroma with lots of earthy oak and barnyard character. Hints of old wood, wet hay and damp basement along with slight vinegary acetic acid and a boat load of fresh fruit. The cherries are pretty strong with a slight syrupy medicinal character but the raspberries are very prominent. I'm even picking up the pits/seeds. Not as funky as a Belgian lambic but kind of like an uber-fresh fruity American version.

Medium bodied but on the lower end of the spectrum with a very tart, mouth-puckering character. Sour without being acidic. Very dry with lots of funky bugs and toasted oak barrel character. This beer is bursting with fresh fruit. There s plenty of tart dark cherry but just like the aroma the tart, funky raspberries are more dominant. This adds to the sour, tart, puckering mouthfeel while being sweet and refreshing, not harsh or solvent like. Very dry and tart but not overly sour or difficult to drink. This beer is pretty interesting and I'm curious how it will hold up as the fruit fades.

06-17-2011 08:05:29 | More by corby112
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

rich reddish and pink toned liquid that came into the glass in front of me. Nice haziness to it and a very bright overall color. There was a quick splash of a one inch high head of white lace, which quickly settled back down and left behind nothing more then the raspberry color liquid in front of me.

rich, and very tart. At first it was hard to get past the sour to find the sweet fruit notes that were lying underneath, however once it warmed a bit, the funkiness settled down quite a bit and some rather nice tones of fruit started to come through. Nice touch of raspberries and cherries, with that unmistakable tartness really starting to show through on this one now.

Rich Raspberry taste wraps around the tongue and then puckers the cheeks with the tartness. Very nicely done. Some subtle apple, maybe pear like flavors dancing around in the back now as well, before really drying out for the finish, leaving a long lasting taste of fruit in the mount, begging you for another sip.

06-16-2011 02:06:49 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter

A- Nice cloudy dark red color, less than a ½ finger white head, dissipates to nothing, little if any lacing.
S- Cherries and raspberries up front, oak, nice mellow funky aroma, sour and fruity tartness.
T- Cherry and raspberry tartness right away, some sweetness there, but the sourness takes over, slightly puckering, fizzy, oak undertones, some spice, slight funk as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, fizzy, nice carbonation.
O- Solid sour, easy drinkability, nice cherry flavors, I’m glad I was able to try it, not amazing or worth paying 18 bucks for but still solid beer.

06-15-2011 05:06:41 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

22 oz bottle shared with steepH20. Thanks, Chris!

Pours a tepid and murky rose tinged pinkish purple with a fast rising head the leaves vanishes alarmingly quickly.

Smells of sweet raspberries, tart cherries, acetic vinegar, and sugar. Overall it's quite fruity.

Tartness and vinegar up front unfolds into a sour cherries and raspberry and a long tannic oak finish.

Low carbonation isn't fully detrimental, but also doesn't help. A nice sour and tart beer that would benefit from a carbonation pick me up.

06-14-2011 04:45:40 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of dbossman


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Reddish purple with no bubbles and no lacing and no head--some hazy murkiness to it too

S: Tart: cherries, apples, raspberries--with a touch of balsamic and cider vinegar quality too; there is a bit of funk and oak here but mostly a pleasant tart and fruity smelling beer

T: Tart up front and fruity: apples, pears, cherries, and raspberries; not as much funk as I would wish but a touch of the oakiness from the smell does pervade

F: Little to no carbonation but fairly decent mouth feel nonetheless

O: refreshing, tart, and fruity but I wish there was carbonation and a bit more complexity to this beer

06-13-2011 17:39:32 | More by dbossman
Photo of HopHead84


3.4/5  rDev -17.1%


Bottle shared by Erik (riko), thanks!

A: Murky pinkish purple with a small head. Really cloudy.

S: Vibrant raspberry and cherry with lots of oak. Brett imparts a little barnyard and wet leather. Lightly sweet. Nice fruit profile.

T: Sweet up front, not unlike sweet tarts, actually. Lots of fruit, obviously cherry and raspberry. Lightly lactic with just a little wet leather. Lots of oak. Finishes a little simple, with fruit and sweetness.

M: Medium in body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and a little thin.

Overall: Nice fruit profile but not super complex. Still enjoyable.

06-12-2011 19:54:28 | More by HopHead84
Photo of marqoid


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into Bruery Tulip

A: Pours a beautiful pink with light carbonation.
S: Cherry, balsamic, acetic, and oak. I don't detect any of the raspberry.
T: Sour cherry upfront, then a bit of acetic sourness, essentially no funk. Fairly straight forward, but tasty. Much more fruit than lambics.
M: Thin, lightly spritzy, could use more carbonation, but very pleasant as it is.
O: I really enjoyed this, a very approachable sour beer. Good fruit flavor, balanced sourness, refreshing.
Great effort from Odell!

06-11-2011 04:46:38 | More by marqoid
Photo of readbaron


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours out a clear, beautiful ruby red, with a bit of white foam. Really attractive beer. The last pours get cloudy from yeast.

Smell is great - tons of cherry, a bit of raspberry, some acetic sour, and a hint of oak and funk. The funk is a lot stronger at the end of the bottle when the yeast is poured out.

Taste is very good. An initial sour burst that fades into tart cherries. Finish has a cherry jolly rancher feel. Quite nice. Not much funk or oak in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good - but could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall - an excellent beer from Odell. The fruit has a stronger presence than the lambic, but it is nonetheless delicious. I've got one extra to cellar for a while. Hopefully it will develop more sourness and funk as it ages.

06-10-2011 21:24:24 | More by readbaron
Photo of Thorpe429


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy red color with an average white head and some sparse, spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a ton of cherry aroma along with a slight bit of oak. The flavor is more of the same -- the cherries really dominate and there's a bit of oak and light acidity in the background. Light body with a dry, slightly-acidic finish. Really nicely done.

06-09-2011 21:18:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of hardy008


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Ruby red with a 1 finger off white / light rose head which fades quickly. The aroma has tart cherries, raspberries, oak, and some funk.

The taste is much like the aroma with tart cherries, raspberries, oak, and funk. This is sweeter than expected. The raspberries are not as tart as the cherries.

Dry, acidic, light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Not as tart or acidic as most sours, but still very nice. A very nice effort by Odell, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

06-09-2011 03:28:00 | More by hardy008
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