Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by Ego:
4.78/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
thanks to my bud yelterdow for schlappin this one on me a few weeks ago... never been a big fan of cherry lambics, but here goes... (cellar temp on an unusually warm october night here in NJ)
the hue: inner flesh of plum, clean and consistent to the gaze throughout, solid but nothing to go gaga over
vinegar burn dryness (in a pleasant way), moldy dry hay with fruit roll ups, cherry cobbler from swanson TV dinners, the dry mold flavor almost smells like cigarette butts at times and others sort of "woodsy" like fungus on a decaying log in a northeast forest after an autumn rain.. OK, obviously this rocks...
much more sour than I expected from the nose (bonus!), immediately you are hit by prickly carbonation on the tongue (unseen in the pour really!), wow.. need .. another.. sip...
ah, now I am getting the amazing cherry aftertaste ... the buds are settling down and getting the subtlety here.. mild mold flavor paves the aftertaste but hides itself below the cherry flavor marvelously.. delicious... this gets better sip by sip, not the sourest lambic and not the sweetest, a very nice balance but yet kicks it up enough in each category for you to take notice.. again I say it, EACH DAMN SIP is better than the next, each reveals a little different character, fullness of cherries, belgian funk, lambic sourness, the sourness and dry finish just beg for more sips.. this is fantastic.
bring me more free bottles dan ! Excellent lambic, I am enjoying this way too much, maybe I should pop a cherry... lambic more often...
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2005 03:13:13 | More by Ego
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4.41/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 04:30:38 | More by LambicPentameter
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.