Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by axisjones:
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured at Toronado from a 750mL into the proper Hanssens tumbler.
Pours a brilliant ruby red with a minute head that quickly fizzes out to nothing. Despite the color, this is probably the most unremarkable part of an otherwise fantastic beer.
The smell is pure funk. Super complex, with hints of wet hay, horse blanket, a bit of copper, vinegar, mildew. If you think hard enough, you can pick out nearly anything. This isn't funky, its FUNKAY! Oh yeah, there is a splash of cherry in there as well.
Good lord! Pucker on the first sip. Super tart and acidic, sweet cherries with a vinegar-like acidity. Also funky, but with no taste of metal whatsoever. Finishes bone dry. No hops to speak of.
This is as drinkable as it gets. If you like lambics, this is a sure fire way to go. Not on the beginners side like Lindemans, but also not exclusively for the hard core geueze lovers. Simply awesome.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2005 09:24:55 | More by axisjones
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4.41/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 04:30:38 | More by LambicPentameter
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.