Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a brilliant, slightly murky coppery-red. A three finger pink head leaves no lace, but retention is good and an ever-persistent small head remains. Aroma has nice depth and complexity starting with a slight vinegar and following with a musty, earthy scent. Of course, there's some cherry, too - sour cherries amid a light funk.
From other reviews I expected this to be quite sour, and it is, though not bracingly so. Tart and sour pick up immediately and hold on through to the finish. I could do with a bit less, as i feel that it's masking other elements of the flavor profile. What I could do with a bit more of is fruit, which would counteract and even balance out the sourness. Vinegar presence is well-muted. I get a little bit of oak, but it's being squashed by sour. Mouthfeel seems to be a really good match for the style. Medium carbonation that's in the Goldilocks zone - not too harsh and not too soft.
While this is only my 3rd lambic or so, and only the first I've reviewed, I think I might be coming around to the style. On a hot day this would be quite enjoyable as-is, but I could do with a little more fruit and a little less sour. Those who are big on sour notes would do well to seek this out.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 20:28:38 | More by gr0g
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