Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by kojevergas:
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a three finger pink head of good cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a nontransparent darkish red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing.
Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, and hidden cherry. A mild strength aroma.
T: Nicely sour, with fermented cherry coming through. The bacteria and wild yeast is fantastic. Very clean. The sourness is great, though its pucker-worthy character may turn off some drinkers. Unobtrusive malts. Some sugary sweetness. This is everything I want in a sour. Very subtle. Complex enough. Very balanced even though the sourness is dominant. The tartness is brilliant.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Doesn't get in the way of the flavours.
Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I love this. This is what a Kriek should be. An excellent example of the style; downright paradigmatic. Hides its ABV well. I could drink this all night, though many drinkers could not. A sour lover's dream. It's even well priced. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Awesome. A near perfect beer in the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2012 04:50:57 | More by kojevergas
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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.