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Friek - Odell Brewing Company

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585 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 246
Gots: 156 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 10-08-2009

Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.
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Ratings: 585 | Reviews: 167
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of portia99
3.99/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +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.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.82/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What do you get when you cross a Framboise and a Kriek (don't forget to throw in a little barrel aging)??

In this case you get Odell's GABF Gold Medal winning Friek. A tart and sour combination that plays on lambic styles mixed with wild yeast strains, aged in oak barrels, and completed with locally picked raspberries. Friek pours a ruby-red with flashes of orange, a thin ring of a white head comes and goes, leaving no lacing. The aroma of cherries leads to a tart nose, underlined by the raspberries. The mouthfeel of this brew seems a bit light, but is brightened by tongue prickling carbonation. A slight puckishness first greets the pallet from the tartness of cherries, but develops a wider range of flavors (including tartness, fruitiness, and sourness) that mingle well on the tongue with the sourness preceding the dry finish. An interesting interpretation on a classic style, and Odell's has a winner here.

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2.49/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml Bottle poured with a ton of carbonation. A slow pour made a large 4 finger head that dissipated almost immediately. A lot of sparking wine similarities in it's appearance. It had a translucent rose appearance in the glass with big bubbles.

The nose had raspberries, tons or barnyard funk and was a little musty and leathery. Not a lot came through but the barnyard smell, a little overpowering. The taste right away was tart raspberry, and a ton more barnyard funk with a little vinegar. I could taste other elements but the barnyard taste with the sour musty finish overpowered any sign of cherries that could have been in the background. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with a nice effervescence.

Overall, the more subtle notes made it seem like this could have been a terrific beer. I don't mind farmhouse ales, and I love a good kriek, but the amount of funk I got from this overpowered most of what it was trying to be.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review!!! mildly hazy reddish-pinkish-amber with a pink-white head that pops and fizzes like crazy while it dissipates and then disappears. cherry and raspberry blend to create an earthy strawberry scent that leads the nose. undertones of earth, funk and wood as well. really nice balance. nod to the og producers and tradition, but with a nice american flare. taste is near perfect balance of tart and sweet. sweet wins out, but the finish is tart and fairly dry. tingly carbonation that really elevates the flavors on the palate. fun experiment from a great brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I picked up in April while visiting the cities. Not sure what batch that would make this.

Dark blood red nearing purple. Simply wonderful nose. Raspberries and cherries fight for my attention. Flavors are a great blend of both fruits. Mildly tart yet cut with a sweetness that doesn't come off cloying at all. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fantastic beer. Shame it seems the bottles vary.

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2.91/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared by MbpBugeye.

A - Dead flat. There was a pseudo head of large ugly air bubbles, but it was clear this wasn't from any lingering carbonation. Nice dark crimson color and good clarity though. Would be a stunning beer in the right circumstances.

S - Tart cherries are there alright, mild sweetness, this is definitely a sour, but exhibits nothing truly funky or extreme though.

T - Quite tart which quickly leads into acidic territory. This causes some serious warming in the throat. Fresh raspberry-esque flavor filters in and out of the sourness. Cherry is also noted and the flavor is of sweet, ripened fruit. Lactic build up makes this one a sipper as I fight off heartburn.

M - Flat. A little carbonation would really help this beer to pop. Dry leafy finish, and bitter like strawberry greens. Thin body.

O - I really wanted to like this beer but the lack of carbonation essentially harmed every single aspect of the beer. Shame, really...

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.