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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

577 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 53
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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Reviews by cooch69:
Photo of cooch69
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a tulip glass. It is a really deep ruby red with some purple highlights. No head at all, maybe some medium sized loose bubbles.

Nose on this one was the first sign for a slight dissapointment. It was very tart cherries up front with a lot of vinegar. The sourness had my nose hairs standing up straight. An almondy note cuz I know they're bringin in the real deal here with an authentic Fruit Lambic production.

My first sip of this beer pretty much gave it away. This beer is surprisingly not that good at all. Hansenns Oude Gueuze is probably one of my favorites and Cantillon makes my favorite Kriek thus far. I don't know exactly where they went wrong with this one but it tastes wild in a spoiled way if that makes sense. I've never had a sour or a wild ale that sat quite this way with me.

This beer has the lack of flavors and complexities that I find noteworthy in many others. It just seems like the vinegar and sourness show off too much and don't let anything else shine thru exept for perhaps some black cherries. And I love sour so it's kind of awkward for me to not like this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Unknown vintage. Tan label with pinkish red lettering. Bright pink body leaning toward the red end of the pink spectrum. Fluffy white head. Average carbonation streams. Aroma is a wallop of funky vinegar with a very subtle hint of tart cherries and rank cheese. Not as outrageous as most geuze. There isn’t any battery acid or anything like that. Mouthfeel is more subdued too. I’m not feeling any extreme tartness or sourness. After a few glasses this one is downright mellow and very champagne like. Flavors are quite mild. Cherry is barely present. Most flavors are vinous, bordering on mild vinegar. Very approachable for this style. A good place to start for people trying to get into geuze/lambics.

Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ricke
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pink with a small white head.

S: Very acidic and puckering - it really stings the nose. Clean cherry aromas, earth and grass. Lots of funk - barnyard and mud.

T: The taste is very sour, but still manageable. In fact, I really like the stuff. There is also a surprisingly noticeable sweetness. Lots of clean cherry flavors and notes of grass, earth and cherry pits. The finish is tart and dry with residual notes of cherries and cherry pits.

M: Medium body, refreshing carbonation.

D: A good one. Lots of acidity, so it's not for the faint of heart.

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NOTE: A quick note about a bottle that had been cellared only for about 6 months (usually they are cellared at least 12 months at the brewery before being released):

Both aromas and flavors are more gentle and slightly edgier than older bottles. The cherries are more pronounced and almost have a candy-like character. It's less acidic and less funky. It has more sweetness to it, due to the bigger cherry flavors. I preferred the older bottle since it was more complex, more sour and all in all more interesting.

Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours beautiful clear deep red with barely a collar of light pink foam. No noticeable carbonation rising.

S - Very acidic cherry aroma, with a pretty good funk presence. The funk elements are definitely reminiscent of the Hanssens Oude Geuze.

T - Initial taste is one of the most sour beers I've ever had. Very acidic, though there is a strong cherry presence as well. Funk presence increases midway through and continues through the finish. Also a faint cherry sweetness on the finish to go with the intense sourness.

M - Body is flat and slick. Not the best, but okay.

O - A good kriek, but well below de Cam and Cantillon for me.

Photo of Todd
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A magnificent beer! Loads of real cherry flavour. Crisp, sour, funky, horsey ... absolutely delicious!

Photo of marvin213
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pinkish orange body with a persistent, and delicate collar of creamy, pink hued lace.
Complex aroma nails the style perfectly, with oak, woodsy and musty yeast, fruity tartness, and tannic acidity.
Mouthfeel begins sour and acidic, but evolves into a smooth and satiny, dry sherry character as it warms.
Taste is dry and tart, with an earthy, barnyard yeastiness. Very tangy and sherry like. Fruity character is dry, without noticeable sweetness, and I could detect no cherry flavors.
Very nice for style, and pleasantly drinkable. I would have given this Lambic much higher scores if some cherry aroma and flavor were present.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smaller bottle, cage and corked, opens with a moderate "pop", pours murky, low carbonation, dark apricot in color. Nose here is the always appreciated funky, sour, woodsy thing. This is a crisply sour brew, surely not for everybody, but lambic lovers will get into this one, plenty sharp, nasty sour notes that get lambic enjoyers (and I'm one of them!) excited. Some mild fruit in the background, cherry, strawbery, but this is about enjoying the sour goodness that this one delivers. Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff...

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a tiny white head. The aroma is tart with some cherry and vanilla. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries along with some nice character from the oak aging. Not extremely sour, but a great mix between cherry flavor and tartness. The beer is extremely dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of deebo
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A fresh bottle. Pours a very dark red with a non-existant head. This beer is very acidic. Acid is predominantly acetic. This dominates but of course there is plently of funk but also notes of smoky oak and even some raw meat. Overall, a decent kriek but a little over the top with too much vinegar taste.

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bright cherries and lots of stinging sourness. This doesn't have quite as complex aroma as the best in class.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with the vibrant, tart cherry and sourness dominating the palette. Juicy and sweet yet dry.

Medium mouthful with high carbonation.

Wonderful.

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Not much pop to the cork on this bottle. Reddish brown translucent appearance, no real head on the pour. Slipping dots for lace. Tart aroma, somwhat jam-like with light shoe polish tone. Carbonation is largely spent, but the body is pretty close to medium. Sharp astringency as appropriate, but not over-the-top and with an interesting sweet leathery lingering quality. Leafy with some alkaloids, and for me, not a lot of particularly distinctive cherry qualities. Finishes dry but full and not extremely puckering. I liked this one in drinkability while still retaining authentic qualities.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask version from the Brick Store during the 12th anniversary party.

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing. The color is very nice.

Smells sour cherries with nice hints of vinegar and light hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour cherry and funky flavors up front are joined by vinegar-like flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms it becomes more tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's tasty but it's a bit too tart to have more than one of these.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, and was happy to have the opportunity to try one of this style on cask. I don't necessarily think the cask makes the beer taste any better, but it's also certainly not any worse. It's just different, and worth a shot.

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

Very interesting stuff, really smelly barnyard/dirty nappy nose, quite balsamic acidity, with a soft cherry aroma noticed. Sour, of course, the way it should be, dry. Nice balance of kriek flavour in their, just the right amount, a very nice kriek lambic, if only i could get it down under, i miss Belgium.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
lotnr:B
A- This beer has a very soft pop to the cork, then pours a deep red wine hue with a thick ring of white foam that is stained a purple hue. There are a few microbubbles gliding to the surface but otherwise the body is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The soft tartness takes on a dark grape note and a dry cherry jam quality to follow. The finish has a bit of wet old wood that holds its ground.

T- The soft tartness of dark fruit has a faint earthy note to it with a soft dark cherry flavor to follow. There is a brett hint in the finish with a soft jam note that is soon overtaken by a tart acidic bite that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft tartness that grows to more of an astringency in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is simple with an acidic bite to the finish with hints of cherries and wild critters and wood. They are all overpowered by the acid.

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date G, whatever that means.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a large, pink head on top, very foamy. Nice head retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Light funk and barnyard mixed with some cherries and a little bit of wood. A little bit of tartness/vinegar.

T: Cherry mixed with a good bit of woody/oak. Not quite as musty as the aroma, but very earthy. The barrel really shines through as the oak intensifies.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of tartness, was expecting it to be a bit over the top, but very approachable.

O: A pretty nice Kriek, not in your face cherry, but good nonetheless.

Photo of soper2000
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another first for me. Picked up at Kahn's in Indy along some old favorites.

Upon finishing my exit interview at college i returned to my now empty apartment and popped open this brew to celebrate. It pours very dead. A flat darkish red copper with absolutely no head at all but aroma seemed right on. A lot of tart and funk are easily detectable in the nose the dark cherries take a little while to sneak up. Taste matches the nose but a little hint of vinegar was present that left me perplexed. Mouthfeel was a little sticky as well. Not a bad beer but as long as its priced the same as my oude beersell krieks, I doubt I will be revisiting this one much.

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bright and slightly hazy ruby red color that glows when held to the light. A fairly fizzy head reduces to a small white ring around the glass.

Nose is full of wild yeast funk, and slight cherry. some nice horseblankety action.

Taste is very much traditional belgian max sourness. Alot of wild sour flavor, some nice dry cherry notes with a tiny touch of very mild sweetness through the middle, but nothing that takes away from the savagely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Great sourness, ample carbonation, good.

Overall a very nice sour. If your looking for a traditional belgian kriek, this one will most certainly not dissapoint. A fine lambic, and one i am glad to be putting some age on. Good stuff

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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