Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by ngandhi:
2.4/5 rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5
With the puddle of drool collecting on my chin as I smell this beer -- a near-perfect display of ripe, earthy acid and hell garden fruit -- I expect the best. And though the beer finishes long and deep, it's tortured by an overwhelming taste of iron -- fresh pig's blood -- that sticks to the tongue, turning uric and fecal. The acidity and dryness, though intense, are well balanced making this one of the more drinkable, yet authentic, lambics in the world.
This is a style of decay, but Oude Kriek has gone too far without any caution or reserve, filling my mouth with the corpal weight of lost souls hanging shallow in the fog -- under the volcano, where death sends the unknown and unloved.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2004 14:17:24 | More by ngandhi
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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 520 ratings.