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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

532 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 45
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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aranton

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06-26-2014 02:56:49 | More by HeadyBrewsevelt
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hannesdm

Belgium

5/5  rDev +22%

I tasted the 2007 vintage, so it had aged for 7 years.

A: Ruby red in colour

S: Distinctive funk, barnyard, oak wood, cherries, somewhat reminiscent of complex Burgundy red wine.

T: Exquisite sour cherries. Long finish.

M: Lots of tartness, almost like balsamic vinegar.

O: In conclusion, this is a great advocate for its style. The complexity of this beer is overwhelming. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. I look forward to tasting the younger (and older vintages) in comparison.

08-09-2014 15:17:43 | More by hannesdm
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5/5  rDev +22%

10-27-2013 02:27:48 | More by Ak555667
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stealth

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22%

11-06-2012 05:52:17 | More by stealth
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California

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11-16-2011 20:17:06 | More by sstorck
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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +22%

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Georgia

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Ohio

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Florida

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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22%

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North Carolina

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New York

5/5  rDev +22%

12-07-2011 04:44:58 | More by GrindFatherBob
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ebin6

California

4.97/5  rDev +21.2%

Picked it up while looking for some Thanksgiving sours and it was definitely the highlight. The only other true Kriek I've had is the Lou Pepe which I aged for a year, and while this was a shade under that one the difference is negligible. Combines the sweet and sour aspects of the style superbly; the cherries hit first and quickly it quickly moves onto an excellence puckering sour. This would probably mellow out into a nice sweeter beer within a year, but I like it as is.

12-04-2010 09:14:20 | More by ebin6
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20.2%

Served at just over fridge temperature into my new Warsteiner stange. Purchased at Home Liquors in Hackensack for $9.99. No freshness date... that would be because you could sit on this for years.

Appearance- Infused Darjeeling tea amber, exceptionally clear. Beautiful cascading as the bubbles fight their way upwards on the pour. Stubborn pink tinged off-white crown sits elegantly atop the surface, remaining a finger thick for minutes afterwards.

I swear to God a fruit fly just appeared in my office out of nowhere...

Smell- Horseblanket and barnyard funk, done better than anything I've tried to date. Close your eyes and you're on the farm, deep in the country... dodging manure with each step. Lingering sour cherry notes in the background, with a teasing sweetness as a counterpoint.

Taste- Wow, how do you improve on this? Bone dry, sour cherries with that barnyard funkiness right off the bat, going into the sweet notes of the fruit as the beer flows over the tongue, and balancing damn near perfectly as the sourness is left behind on the lips and teeth. Totally refreshing and thirst quenching, and complex as hell because of the three year barrel aging. Hugely delicious and amazing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I have decided to enjoy this 750ml by myself today, to see what temperature and breathing would do to this beer. I am happy to report that, unlike some lambics I've tried, this drinks very smoothly and remains so throughout. Sharp and crisp, the tiny bubbles are perfect for the style and keep the beer lively. I have not paired this with food, and it certainly holds its own. The low ABV allows full enjoyment without reservation or consequence, and I have enjoyed this one completely. Terrific beer, I will always keep a few of these around.

P.S. I just poured the remaining 8 oz. into my glass, resulting in a change in clarity to haze. Sourness has become smoother and even more drinkable.

09-11-2005 00:01:48 | More by yelterdow
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Ego

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%

thanks to my bud yelterdow for schlappin this one on me a few weeks ago... never been a big fan of cherry lambics, but here goes... (cellar temp on an unusually warm october night here in NJ)

eyes...
the hue: inner flesh of plum, clean and consistent to the gaze throughout, solid but nothing to go gaga over

nose...
vinegar burn dryness (in a pleasant way), moldy dry hay with fruit roll ups, cherry cobbler from swanson TV dinners, the dry mold flavor almost smells like cigarette butts at times and others sort of "woodsy" like fungus on a decaying log in a northeast forest after an autumn rain.. OK, obviously this rocks...

taste etc...
much more sour than I expected from the nose (bonus!), immediately you are hit by prickly carbonation on the tongue (unseen in the pour really!), wow.. need .. another.. sip...
ah, now I am getting the amazing cherry aftertaste ... the buds are settling down and getting the subtlety here.. mild mold flavor paves the aftertaste but hides itself below the cherry flavor marvelously.. delicious... this gets better sip by sip, not the sourest lambic and not the sweetest, a very nice balance but yet kicks it up enough in each category for you to take notice.. again I say it, EACH DAMN SIP is better than the next, each reveals a little different character, fullness of cherries, belgian funk, lambic sourness, the sourness and dry finish just beg for more sips.. this is fantastic.

verdict..
bring me more free bottles dan ! Excellent lambic, I am enjoying this way too much, maybe I should pop a cherry... lambic more often...

10-19-2005 03:13:13 | More by Ego
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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.