Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of hannesdm
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ebin6
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of metsfan1
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is an exceptional sour beer. Very complex, if you see it and enjoy sours its a must by.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red color and has low carbonation and little head. The smell is wonderful light cherry smell a good funk and nice sourness. The taste is fairly similar to the smell with the cherries having a slightly more pronounced flavor and the sourness being stronger than the funk. This beer is sour and awesome I will be sinking more hanssens from now on. The mouthfeel lose points for being under carbonated but other than that it is thin dry and Puckering. This beer even though it is so sour is still very drinkable and is going to become somewhat of a regular in my lineup

Photo of Ego
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of GJ40
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle dated Mar 2014.

A - A brilliant red color with great clarity. A small white head with steadily rising bubbles.

S - Incredible cherries! So fresh and so good. More tart than sweet.

T - Nice tart/sour flavor offset by a mild sweetness and a fresh sherry flavor. Good depth and complexity.

M - Moderate carbonation and consistency.

O - An outstanding kriek! I love that I can still find this easily and will enjoy it until the American market realizes what they're passing up.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split and poured into to tulips.

A: Deep dark red color. No head no lace. Typical kriek.

S: Mildly funky lactic sourness. Tart macerated cherries, Plastic pool toys, musty basement, vinegar, wet straw. Smells like a winner.

T: Hell yeah! Eye crossing sour punch in the mouth. After a few sips the sour mellows out and the cherry really comes through. Barrel wood, vanilla, mildew, mild spice and vinegar.

M: Medium silky body. Very light carbonation.

O: This is now my third favorite kriek behind LP kriek and Cantillon 100% kriek. Much easier to find too.

Photo of timtim
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. blown away every time i have one of these. glowing dark cherry red with no head, but a little collar that hangs on the whole time. nose is horse, barn, oak, earth (wet earth/mushroom) and tons of real cherry. very acidic. all is expressed simply wonderfully in the taste and the palate just opens up for loads of sour cherry goodness. it makes me salivate like crazy. virtually still and soft/silky medium body; it is so lovely i never want it to end. the most refined and elegant flavors are going on here and my gears are really turning. i just can't say enough good stuff. not for the faint of heart. very very sour. one of the best lambics i have ever tasted. seriously underrated in my opinion.

Photo of Todd
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A magnificent beer! Loads of real cherry flavour. Crisp, sour, funky, horsey ... absolutely delicious!

Photo of gbontrag
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I started this at 54 degrees. This is the color of fresh squeezed Montmorency cherries with the clarity of cloudy vinegar. There’s a silly wisp of froth that melts away and decides to hang out along the edge of the beer leaving lace. Describing these wild Belgian beers can be difficult because they provide an experience beyond any other beer experience. The aroma starts with a bowl of sour cherries. Now rip a cherry sapling out of the ground and pound the cherries with the dirty roots. Then take the bowl into an old, well used horse stable and sit down next to the water trough. The stable is decorated with garlands of blooming cherry branches, and sage and bay leaves. Now breathe deep. You will smell the horses, the straw, the fruit essences, and the well water with herbal and compost overtones. This is so sour my face is twitching. I think I taste sodden old barn beams. I taste green apples and green plums, wild cherries, pineapple sage and shiso, and sour whey. Whew, this beer is a challenge. I think it cries for shellfish and seafood. There’s body to it like an overripe cheese, melting and dripping with pungency thinned with sparkling sour juices. This kriek is an adventure that ends upstream at the source of a beer style that is inspirational.

Photo of jminsc76
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Exhibits very little head, but that could be from the slight quantity of carbonation (and/or from the aging). The body is a deep red, slightly orange, and very dirty, with plenty of floating sediment.

Aromas are an intense tart, lifting the nose immediately. A bouquet that includes both sweet and sour cherries, plus some oak and wood chips when agitated.

Crazy flavors of tartness and acidity hitting the palate like a freight train, including vinegar, the aforementioned sweet and sour cherries, earth/dirt, and even tomato (amazing that I am enjoying tomato flavor when I can't eat raw tomatoes to begin with).

Plenty of puckering going on here, with a slight burn on the mouthfeel and a pinch on the two sides of the throat just below the angles of the jawbone (think the A1 steak sauce commercial "it gets you right here, and here, and..."). Also sticks to the roof and upper corners of the mouth, which is great for tasting later. :-D

There were a couple of moments when the acidity became a little too intense, so I brought out a triple creme cheese and some crackers to calm the fires and balance the palate. Excellent pairing.

This is indeed a world class Kriek that deserves repeated indulgences. BUT A WORD OF CAUTION: I naively followed it up with a Rochefort 8 and the latter was NOT its usual delicious. If you drink this, make it the last thing you drink for the evening.

Photo of TriGuy20
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crimson red/ Very little head/ Slight lace revealed as you tilt glass.
S: Tart Cherry/ Clove/ Mint/ Forest floor- twigs/ Barnyard
T: Sour Cherry/ Clove/ Oak Barrel
MF: Medium body/ Silky/ Slight carbonation/ Nice long sour finish/ Mouthwatering!
Drink: Highly drinkable! With each sip your mouth waters and begs for more.

Overall:
Fabulous beer! With each smell it reveals new dimensions and one sip begs for another.

Photo of ccrida
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet Oude Kriek is murky dull red with very thin white head skim that quickly dissipates, basically still.

Smell is great, lots of emphasis on the lambic base, big pithy citrus with a hint of sour cherries.

Taste is awesome, loads of tartness and bicarbonate, with the cherries providing a faint secondary flavor, which love. One of the best true (oude) fruit lambics I've had.

Mouthfeel is very acidic and dry, with a light body. The extreme pucker, combined with the tannins, makes up for very low carbonation level.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing fruit lambic. I couldn't ask for anything else other then a lower price! I'll have to enjoy this one again, defiantly worth a second visit soon!

Photo of scott
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unknown Vintage
I love this!
Huge pungent aroma engulfs your personal space only moments after popping the cork.
This has an artful apricot body with a tight, spritzy head with delicate retention. Nicely carbonated, and very livey, just like a champagne. This really looks amazing in a stange.
Smell is not so powerful that it knocks your socks off, but it does have slight worn sock appeal. Very mellow and sublime, though it does have a funky cheese aroma going, but not to worry.
Taste bowls me over - it follows the nose. Intensely tart, but with a finish that is easy and enjoyable. I detect no cherry. Gueze-light.
To me, this could and should be brought out weekly. It has a clean, but meal-like approach. Filling, and somehow mouth- watering. Very complex, and you don't have to be a beerman to enjoy it.

Photo of roblowther
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

37,5 cl corked & caged. Pours an orange-tinted ruby red with a thin head that leaves a hint of lacing. Just looks like a kriek should. Smells musty and fruity, like a basket of cherries sitting on a pile of straw. Has an earthiness to it as well. Wow. That's sour. The cherries start the party off, promising a sweetness that dives down underneath the sharp, apple-like sour note that comes on. Oddly enough, subsequent sips find the sourness disappearing rapidly & just leaving the crispness. I feel like I've got a sourness hangover, somehow. The aftertaste is malty and pleasant, really taking the edge off the finish. Really, really remarkable. The mouthfeel is slippery and light but not watery. Nice carbonation. The drinkability is really great, particularly for such a sour beer. A very, very nice sour lambic.

Photo of karst
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear pinkish golden copper (even its color is complex!) and offers a white ring sustained by fine beading from the bottom of my antique champagne flute.

Delightful mix of Brett. sp. aromas suggesting vinous wild cherry cider with acetic notes splashed on a musty wet horse blanket.

Tart cherry rounds a little mid palate before the tanins and traditional high Lambic acidity ( >1% by weight Titratable Acids = 10,000+ ppm) dry the mouth.

The microflora (Lacto, Pedio, Acetobacter and unknown Enterobacters etc.) of Hanssens oak casks have served up a great Kriek. Tastes are unique and suggest a fine sherry.

Although no showy head arose from my gentle poor, Chose to keep the dregs in tact along the sides of the domed champagne bottle's bottom.

As with most of what I drink from Belgium, Hanssens Oude Kriek stirs my appetite and sends me looking for a slice of apple pie from the kitchen.

Only better when dug out of the cellars surrounding Brussels with a meal from a local cafe.

Photo of Wiid
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Light reddish/maroon color, very pretty. No head.

S - Funky, sour, delicious fruit. Cherry specifically.

T - Very similar to the nose. Sour cherries and smooth funk. Very acidic. There is a mild syrupy thickness that seems to lessen the kick of this one. Very balanced.

M - Smooth and tart. Mild carbonation.

D - Definitely a slow sipper, but it goes down easy. I don't think I would drink more than one per session, it is an intense beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Would definitely a beer I would drink again and again. Awesome.

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing fruit taste. Awesome sour.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle

A: Pours a fizzy light red, almost pink under pretty much no head. No lace, no retention.

S: Very tart, fruity, funky. A bit of hay, cherry, yeast. Very good.

T: Very tart again, cherry and fruit character is very fresh tasting. A bit grape-like at times. Very good.

M/D: Light body, carbonation isn't as high as first expected helping a very smooth body. Drinkability is very nice as long as you can stand the tartness.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml bottle (caged/corked, undated) a couple months back at Beaumont Market; poured to a stange. I will always hold a place in my heart for Hanssens as it was one of my favorite places we visited in Belgium back in 2006. Worthy of review #1100...

A: Opens with a soft 'thwip'. An aptly 'cherry'-colored glassful, glowing ruby-ness with a tinge of amber. Bright sheen, not as much carbonation showing as expected. head struggles to stay alive and ultimately disappears after maybe ten minutes.

S: Nostril-tickling fruit, a bracingly tart lemon-lime with tart/sour pie cherries just beneath. Bursts from the glass; if scent were visible there'd be little squiggles fuming above this one. Wow.

T: Good lord, THAT is what a fruit lambic is SUPPOSED to taste like. Ridiculous tartness, lemon juice twang throughout, sour bread dough, chalky 'funkiness'. Barrel/wood in the finish has an ashy/earthy softer side. Pushing the limits of 'vinegar' with a drier finish.

M: Stingingly crisp, a saliva-inducing juiciness. Light-medium bodied. Can't stoop drooling...

D: Not the easiest style to drink, but such a refreshing and 'summer-y' treat. Drinking this in brilliant sunshine with a bowl of fresh Oregon blueberries. Perfect day. Excellent beer. Extremely worthy.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The beer pours a nice red violete color with no head. But damn this color is great. The smell is sour. Sour cherries and barnyard with notes of red wine vinnegar all the way through. This is the most insanely sour beer! Lost of crisp sour cherry flavor. The feel is good, flat as far as I notice and light. A bit tough on the pallet after a while, but this one rocks hard.

Photo of drseamus
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: red tinged amber body, thin white head. Visible carbonation

S: heavy funk. I believe it's 50% petting zoo.

T: SUPER tart, but not barnyard funk as much as straight up tart. Good tart cherry with a sweet finish.

M: super smooth despite the tartness. Light to medium bodied.

D: fantastic kriek.

Photo of brdc
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked and caged bottle.
Poured this into a snifter, crimson with some golden highlights, a quickly fading light pink head.
That aroma typical of lambics, vinegary, woody, earthy, yeasty, not exactly moldy but close, with cherry and other fruits all over, all suggesting the sourness to come.
(and) It comes full force; crispy on the mouth, tangy, tart, puckering all the way, with multiple fruity, sugary notes in between that get swamped by the tartness over and over again. Layers of flavor.
Not exactly a session beer, but a very flavorful, tart lambic, one to be had many times.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Served in a Prairie Teku

A - Crystal clear, Raspberry red good clarity, tiny head,

S - Chery cough syrup, must, dirt, sharp cherries and raspberries, candy sweettarts,

T - Red-wine vinegar slays the senses, dull tartness grows into a raspberry and cherry acidic lock jaw. Bigtime sour, old funk, salt, tart cherries, granny smith apple skins, raw cranberry juice, finishes dry and very acidic.

M - Light body, wine like, silky, little to no carbonation, sour, dry finish

Excellent sour Lambic. It has some funk but the sourness is the main player. If your in the mood for some puckering sour lambic juice, this is your liquid. Haassens doesn't mess around.

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