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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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92
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619 Ratings
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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 54
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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Ratings: 619 | Reviews: 307
Photo of Roguer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, deep, clear blood red color, briefly topped by a fizzy head that immediately evaporates.

Strong nose of funk, acid, and oak. Cherries come in far fainter than the lambic base. Lovely nose.

Extremely tart on the palate immediately, living up to the aroma's promise; that tartness lasts throughout. Nearly vinegar levels of sour. Oak envelopes the flavor mid-palate, and the cherries come through on the finish, mostly skin and a bit of pulp (sour, not sweet). As I get more accustomed to the sourness, I can pick the cherries up front a little easier.

Massive puckering from this sour; slick mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper that the thin mouthfeel allows you to drink quicker than you probably should (for maximum enjoyment, anyway).

This is a fantastic sour, extremely tart through-and-through. The oak shows, and the cherries come through in a very organic, unobtrusive way.

Photo of Tele
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.17.15

A: 4.25 Pours a rather hazy, reddish-purple. The one-inch, light pink head lasts about a minute with little lacing.

S: 4.5 Tons of cherries up front with a good amount of funk just behind the fruit. A bit of lemon and aged hops in the background, but the cherries and funk really dominate.

T: 4.5 Lots of very sour, lactic flavors a pretty strong sour cherry flavor lingering as the tartness fades. Musty, damp, oak comes through as the beer warms up and followed by more cherry, although it starts to get slightly sweeter.

M: 4.25 Carbonation and body are both good. The intense acidity gives the beer a slightly slick feel, which isn’t bad, just a little strange for me. In contrast, I love the very dry finish.

O: 4.5 Just about exactly what I look for in a kriek. Very sour with lots of cherry and complex flavors coming through as the beer opens up.

Photo of Gaddabble
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer is very difficult for me to rate and should probably be taken with a "grain of salt". It hits all of the marks of the style (e.g. look, funky/fruity smell, funky/tart flavor, etc.) and is probably an extremely solid option for those who love sours. I have enjoyed sours, but I much prefer that the sourness itself be on the milder end of the spectrum. This beer was just a bit too much for me to handle in terms of tartness.

Photo of BrentLepping
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like your sours super sour (while also complex), then this is your beer. Strong cherry, oak, and extreme vinous flavor and aroma upfront, followed by an absolute onslaught from the tart, vinegar and overall acidity on the back.

Slowly sip and get ready to have your taste buds assaulted.

Photo of metsfan1
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is an exceptional sour beer. Very complex, if you see it and enjoy sours its a must by.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark purplish red in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has an eighth finger tall sudsy pinkish head that quickly reduces to a tiny patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries with some very light aromas of oak, vinegar, and barnyard funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sour cherries. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of vinegar, oak, and some very light barnyard funkiness. Minimal amounts of bitterness but the tartness/sourness lingers for a short while beyond the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Really enjoyable but definitely a slower sipping beer because of the level of tartness/sourness.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle (don't recall the format) from Fri., 01/02/2015 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

Photo of jm6367
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Half red wine / Half sour beer. Like it!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pink color. The head is a finger high, and lavender in shade. Retention is...well, it's horrible. There's no lacing either. Like many sour ales, it has the aesthetic charm of a wart. (2)

Smell: This just hits all the right notes of a good kriek - it's loaded with earthen funk notes, it's loaded with tart cherries, and it's also loaded with oaky qualities. As it evolves, I'm even picking up some vanilla and coconut (!) notes. There's also a shitload of tartness concealed by the oak/funk. Yeah, this smells great, plain and simple. (4.25)

Taste: Whoa momma, this one is tart. For a brief moment, I pick up the nuanced and delicate barrel flavors at first...and then, BOOM! Fruity, acetic tartness explodes on the midtaste. It's like someone mixed Black Cherry Warheads with Jolly Ranchers, and I freaking love it. More cherry flavors build up on the finish. This one is absolutely balls-out next to other krieks/sour ales - while it doesn't have the delicacy or balance of other sours, it makes up for it by being extremely enjoyable regardless (it helps that some of the supplementary notes still come through the intense tartness). (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, and dry. This one bites the palate with oak barrel and sourness without letting go. Because it's so tannic as well, it's not very easy to drink. Still, I don't really care. (3.75)

Overall: Objectively, I have to concede - it's not as balanced as the best sour ales. Subjectively, I also have to concede that I still love the hell out of it. The fact that it still manages to be so extreme in its tartness while revealing a nice complexity is just gravy. Did I mention it's much easier to find than anything from Cantillon/3F? Because it is. (4.25)

4.09/5: Wonderfully in-your-face

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle shared with a friend. Pours cherry red with white head. Aroma of sour cherries and some funk. Taste of cherry, funk and sour berries. Very, very tart and sour. Delicious.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

$11.55 for the 375ml bottle, bottled in January 2014.

It pours a murky dark red, reddish head of foam, reddish lacing.

I can sure smell the sour cherries and oak. Delightful.

Sour cherries and the woody oak in the taste with some hints of vanilla, I find a near perfect level of sourness. If I want a tad more, I simply swish the beer in my mouth. I reckon some time in a cellar could do even more for this brew.

About medium bodied, light carbonation.

This is very good indeed.

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into chilled 750 mL glass, pours a deep red almost a maroon color with a small half finger white bubbly head, no lacing. It smells slightly of cherries with an earthy lingering scent at the end. It tastes much better than the scent, a strong cherry flavor which surprises you with a strong tart bite, not a bad one though, I was just used to lindemans kriek which is a lot more sweet. The mouthfeel is light with strong carbonation, and as mentioned previously a really strong tart bite, it IS good though. Overall a good kriek, I prefer lindemans to it though!

Photo of GJ40
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle dated Mar 2014.

A - A brilliant red color with great clarity. A small white head with steadily rising bubbles.

S - Incredible cherries! So fresh and so good. More tart than sweet.

T - Nice tart/sour flavor offset by a mild sweetness and a fresh sherry flavor. Good depth and complexity.

M - Moderate carbonation and consistency.

O - An outstanding kriek! I love that I can still find this easily and will enjoy it until the American market realizes what they're passing up.

Photo of hannesdm
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tasted the 2007 vintage, so it had aged for 7 years.

A: Ruby red in colour

S: Distinctive funk, barnyard, oak wood, cherries, somewhat reminiscent of complex Burgundy red wine.

T: Exquisite sour cherries. Long finish.

M: Lots of tartness, almost like balsamic vinegar.

O: In conclusion, this is a great advocate for its style. The complexity of this beer is overwhelming. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. I look forward to tasting the younger (and older vintages) in comparison.

Photo of Jonada
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottled February 2013. Served in a small Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red color with minimal head that fizzles away instantly. Body is only slightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of oak, sour cherry, barnyard, earthy.

Taste: Tart cherry, cherry skins, lemon, high acidic sourness, oak, slight nutty character and moderate amount of funk.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but good enough to keep the beer from feeling at all flat.

Overall: Pretty good stuff and one of the better "shelf" krieks out there. Worth picking up.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a purdy clear darker red body with a pinkish head that sticks around.

Dirty, cherry, yogurt, almond smell.

Light tartness with some juicy sour cherry and cranberry fruitiness. Funkiness is there in a big way balanced out with the fruit and sour.

Mouthfeel is spot on with carbonation, body and dryness.

Really enjoyed this kriek.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a green 375 mL bottle with a cork and cage topper. Label is notched with a bottling date of February 2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Careful pour so as not to dump a bunch of sediment into the glass yields a gentle bubbly head a shade under a full finger. The foam is a light tan with a pinkish tint to it, resting atop a deep garnet red with ruby highlights. The minimal head is not for long and leaves no lacing.

Smell - A wonderfully tart blend of sour cherries and woody, musty funk. There are also underlying notes of acetic red wine vinegar and vinous cabernet sauvignon spice, reminiscent of cinnamon soaked apples.

Taste - The relatively complex aroma is supplanted by a mouthful of puckering acidity. There are strong notes of cherry and red currant, along with oak and notes of woody tannins, and again the musty, wet hay funk that lends some balance to the sourness. Finish is dry with just a kiss of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate to low carbonation, with a considerable amount of puckering to the palate including a bit of mouthwatering factor as well.

Overall, a wonderful take on the style. I'm admittedly a sucker for krieks, but this one is exceedingly well done. Sour and puckering, with a nice depth of aroma and a nice dry finish that entices the next sip in spite of the aggressive sourness. I don't know what this one tastes like fresh, but honestly, I don't care. It's fantastic with over a year on it, and I will have to make a point to grab bottles of this when I see it around town. It's an acceptable substitute for it's more famous Belgian sour beer making counterparts, and more readily available.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Served in a Prairie Teku

A - Crystal clear, Raspberry red good clarity, tiny head,

S - Chery cough syrup, must, dirt, sharp cherries and raspberries, candy sweettarts,

T - Red-wine vinegar slays the senses, dull tartness grows into a raspberry and cherry acidic lock jaw. Bigtime sour, old funk, salt, tart cherries, granny smith apple skins, raw cranberry juice, finishes dry and very acidic.

M - Light body, wine like, silky, little to no carbonation, sour, dry finish

Excellent sour Lambic. It has some funk but the sourness is the main player. If your in the mood for some puckering sour lambic juice, this is your liquid. Haassens doesn't mess around.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in February 2013. Pours fairly clear ruby red color with a 2 finger dense pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a lacing ring that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, grape, pear, clove, pepper, oak, leather, straw, hay, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of cherry, wild/lactic yeast, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, pear, red wine, oak, clove, straw, grass, hay, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, oak, clove, red wine, leather, vinegar, straw, hay, and musty funk on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and wild/lactic yeast flavors; with a very nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour kriek style. All around great complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and lactic/wild yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2013.

Beer is dark pink, purplish. Small pinkish head fades quite quickly.

Nose contains funky barnyard scents, a bit cheesy. Tart cherry.

The cherry is a bit stronger in the flavour than the nose, but the funky barnyard is undiminished. Quite sour. Some oak. The cherry flavour is very nice, and well balanced with the funk- both are prominent.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Quite puckering.

Overall, good stuff. A nice kriek.

Photo of sgtaxt
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC. Lambic aged in oak barrels with cherries. Bottle conditioned for over three years.

A: Cloudy with beautiful red hue. Thin white head dissipates quickly but lines the glass.
S: Tart cherries, sour pucker and a light rubber/plastic aroma. Must be some funk from the brett/pedio/lacto(?) bugs.
T: Very low pH. Big lactic acid sour pucker right up front. As my palate normalizes to the acidity, a delicious full tart cherry flavor dominates, with vanilla accents from the oak. Slight vinegar quality.
M: Thin body and tiny bubbles give this beer a crisp, bright mouthfeel that compliments the tart flavor.
O: Delicious beer! The best Lambic I have tasted. Really exemplifies the Belgian stlyle. My grandma wasn't quite as fond but seeing as this was her second sour ever (after Rodenbach Grand Cru) it was a bit of a shock for her. Slightly expensive but with good reason. This is a great beer for special occasions.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 3F wine glass. Ruby red color with virtually no carbonation. Only an occasional few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Tart acidity in the smell. Has a spicy and fruity character, but also a funky almost sulfur note as well. There is also a worchestershire sauce quality in the nose too.

Taste is tart with cherries and other fruit. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Sourness gives your parotid a workout.

Overall this was excellent. I have only recently started to gain an appreciation for the style.

Photo of biegaman
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Oude Kriek has not only the tartness of cranberry juice, but the appearance too. Ruby red in colour and completely flat (less the few bubbles that periodically dance around the glass like ballerinas), this looks like something much better for your kidney than it actually is.

The bouquet is something like a red-wine vinegar that's been infused with cherries and cranberries. It has a good deal of fruit but far more vinegar-like must and sharp, rousing acidity. It has a definite Gueuze-like quality (whereas if that style is characterized by 'locker room sweat', this one might be said to have a 'moldy basement sweat'). Put simply: it stinks.

Technically, Krieks made outside of the Pajottenland region or greater Brussels area are not "authentic". I'd suggest an alternative distinction that considers the ratio of sweetness to stink. In my opinion that's a much better barometer for how 'true' Lambic should be defined.

Kriek is historically characterized not by a candy-like fruit flavour (as are many modern so-called Krieks that feel entitled to the moniker because of their Belgian origins) but by the trademark mustiness and acetic tartness imparted by the bacterium and wild yeasts of the Senne Valley.

According to these standards, Hanssens Kriek passes with flying colours (all shades of red, naturally). It is so incredibly high in that bracing sourness that it almost resembles vinegar (to the point many couldn't drink it). Nevermind the cherries, this thing drinks like unfiltered, unpasteurized cranberry juice. And it is has a mustiness like an old barrel just farted.

Indeed, for a cherry beer, Hanssens Oude Kriek has lots of candid, unvarnished Lambic qualities. Some fruit is appreciable, but not as much as the dusty cellar in which this surely spent considerable time aging before, during, and after the fruit was added. It's arguably one of the most genuine (least embellished) examples on the market. I loved it!

Photo of jeff1973
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 2013. 750ml bottle to a "Piggly Wiggly" tulip (thanks beerbyrd).

A - Dull ruby red. Very clear. Pink, bubbly head that dissipates very fast.

S - Apple cider vinegar, bright berry smell (cherries, raspberries, strawberries). A little funk.

T - Very bright sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry. Very fruity. Slight acidic tang (especially as it warms), but not overpowering. Very little Belgian funk (blue cheese). Not extremely complex, but tasty.

M - Light and crisp. Aggressive carbonation that scrubs palate. Nice for this style.

O - Really good beer. Very enjoyable drink. Price point is excessive for what it is. $22 @ Whole Foods Newport Beach.

Photo of beepill
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 375ml bottle to try from Cask n Flask in SJ. Poured into a white wine glass because that's the best glassware I could find at my friends house. Reviewed from tasting notes from a few weeks ago.

A - Pours a nice, opaque, and deep red color. Does not seem like too much carbonation, as the head is almost non-existant.

S - First whiff is intensely fruity. Sour cherries obviously dominate, but I can also get hints of other sour fruits like raspberries and citrus. Slight vinegary smell, but not too overpowering.

T - Right off the bat, definitely one of, if not the most sour beer I have consumed. Strong sour cherry and lemon zest. Losing the raspberry I thought I smelled. Also quite vinegary, but not so much as to make it taste like an infused vinegar. You can still tell it is a beer.

M - Mouthpuckering because of the intense sourness. Very light carbonation at the start, but it seems like the carbonation is lost by the time I finished the bottle.

O - Great appearance, smells, taste... A great Belgian sour beer at a decent price (I think I paid about $10). I will definitely buy this one again if I see it on the shelves. Also, for those who care about food pairing, I really thought this was one of the best beers I ever paired with Filipino pork BBQ skewers and pickled papayas, who knew?

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.