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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

614 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 53
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
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

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4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
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...

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4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +13.6%
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!

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4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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