Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.43/5 rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Grabbed a bottle of this at the Thirsty Monk, 375ml, no age date (mold on outside of the cork, hmm...) lot tagged "F"... what does it mean!? </Double Rainbow>
Into two glasses at the bar.
A. Amazing color - a clear ruby-orange that grabs the light and never lets go. A low white head fades quick. No active carbonation - but I can't get over the color. Simply gorgeous.
S. The aroma overflows from the glass. Severe sour / tart, and a rush of Belgian funk, dry and pungent. Cherry in there too, sharp, bright and lactic, maybe TOO sharp...? Just pointy all around, and pulls no punches. Personally I am fond of it.
T. A real super tart wallop - more tart, sour and acidic than the Hanssens Gueze. Dry as the South Pole, some cherry flavor peeks out behind the funky-sour, but it's quite secondary. Could be percieved as two-dimensional as the intensity of flavors is a bit overwhelming. A rollicking kriek, probably the most tart I've had to date. On cask at the Brick Store, this was the most puckering beer I've ever had. The bottle is tamer, but once you have this you won't forget it.
M / O. Carbonation is just right for the style, no too fizzy, but stable enough to help move this along. The finish is lactic - tart, and lingers a very long time. A more advanced kriek, I wouldn't start a sour beer lover out with this one. 8 years ago I would have hated this, but today it's mighty fine!
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2012 17:30:51 | More by kkipple
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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.