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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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518 Ratings

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of foogerd

New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a ruby grapefruit pale red with no head even after an aggressive pour just some bubbles which died out
S- really sweet funky cherries some vinegar
T- a smack of tart cherries a very strong sourness which I got used to after a few sips. The sourness then became quite enjoyable lots of funk and woody dryness
M- pretty thin with almost no carbonation
D- really sour but extremely tasty great for a once in awhile treat cant imagine going through more than one of these at a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:01:33 | More by foogerd
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange hazy blood grapefruit color with no head to speak of. Tart and acidic on the nose, like a slightly sweeter geueze. Some phenol in the nose too. Taste has the familiar lemony twang of a geueze, but with a hint of cheery peel. Moderate tannins dry the finish. The body and drinkability are right for the style, well in the good range. I'm not sure about the cherry flavor itself, however. It comes through quite pleasantly sometimes, but then it is sometimes very medicinal. I don't like phenol/medicinal flavors when they overpower the rest of the flavor. Not bad, I'll stick to the Oude Geueze.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 20:27:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks cj

Pours a deep ruby color with some darker, ruddy hues. Pinkish, foamy head bubbles up and dissipates, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Funky and fruity in the nose with cherries. Tart and sour with lactic hints, horse blanket funk and bread crust malts.

Nice biting sourness with cherries and lactic dryness up front. Sour and funky throughout with an emphasis on the yeast, horse blanket and barnyard. Oak and cherry skin with a slight vinous character. Finishes dry and sour with a light cherry sweetness.

Medium body, nicely carbonated (unlike the experimental lambics) and dry on the tongue. A nicely done fruit lambic, although there's better available, especially considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 13:57:24 | More by xnicknj
Photo of CortexBomb


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out deep red, almost like cranberry juice with a thin head which dissipated quickly. The smoked sour cherry scent was in evidence, and was strong.

Taste is very much like the flavour, sour with a faint rememberence of smoke lurking in the background and a massive tart bite to go with it. I'm getting all sorts of dark berries: black berries, cherries, cranberries. A strong, distinct flavour!

Mouthfeel, well, not bad, but nothing remarkable, an adequate body and amount of carbonation, but nothing that leapt out at me. Drinkability was quite good, not sure how alcohol is in these, but I have the feeling that the flavour is masking a high content, easy to drink in any case.

Pretty tasty stuff, but a dessert drink to be sure, and for my tastes, a little expensive for what you get (though understandable as it's imported and aged 3 years), but definitely worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 01:08:32 | More by CortexBomb
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a 375 ml bottle notched a g on side of label

A- pours a mostly clear garnet color with no head some bubbles form on side of class as it warms that produces the slightest film on top,,that stays til finish

S-first is tart cherries mixed with vinegar its mixed with barnyard and an oak wood and leather with barnyard funk

T= is strong sour cherry very tart,with vinegar notes that are followed with a wooden oak taste with leather musty tastes grasses and funk

M- is light and smooth with almost zero carbonation..its like a fine wine to be sipped the tart cherries mix well with the vinegar and oak it gets better as it warms it has almost zero carbonation and finishes dry

D- drink this one very slow and serve it at least 60.. enjoy the subtle nuances as it warms .. this one has a very dry and sour finish

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 23:13:07 | More by gatornation
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first true Belgian Kriek. Pours a thick amber with a pinkish tint around the sides, a nice pinkish white head with tiny bubbles. It's picturesque. A brief aroma of sweet fruit followed by a horrible barnyard aroma. Sweaty horse blanket, yes indeed. I don't care for it at all, but this is what I was told to expect for the style. The flavor is different starting with a sweet ketchup (yes I said ketchup), followed by a strong tart cherry/crab apple flavor. It finishes slighty sweaty with tiny champagne like fizz. This is definitely not my type of beer, but I believe it to be good for what it is. Realistically one and out.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 21:09:03 | More by redmosquito
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this at TJ's Paoli.Poured into my lindemans glass. Ruby colored with a decent white heading.Settles to a fine thin ring around the edging.Seems a bit heavier than anticipated.

Smell is mostly sour cherry.Soft grain notes. Not much else.

Taste however is the most sour beer I have ever had. The tartness to this beer is unbelievable.Though the cherry is there it is a far second to the overwhelming sourness. A touch of vinegar in the finish.After I let it breath for a little bit the heavy barnyard funk really does settle to a more palateable sourness.

Extremely low carbonation and very thin in the mouth.Decent medium body.

A good sour. I usually do like a bit more carbonation and fizzy pop on the tongue to my lambic's. So this was sort of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:40:07 | More by TheFightfan1
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright reddish purple color, no head at all.

Nose of bolotin cherry, light tartness light cherry cough syrup, light sweetness, sour cherry, candy like.

Taste is very tart, mouth watering tartness and sour cherry, light cough syrup, bit of med reddish malts, light acetic acid, chewy bolotin cherries, fairly sweet overall, little flemmy too, finishes sour but quick and very mouth watering and lactic acidic.

Mouth is lighter bodied with no carbonation.

Overall OK but not great, sour and tart, acidic, lots of cherry, fairly sweet, flemmy, but mostly no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:02:44 | More by jlindros
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Given as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep red with a slim and sudsy pink head. Looks a little still...

Smell -- Barnyard funk, cider vinegar, cherries, burnt popcorn, oaky. I can already tell this is going to be really tart.

Taste -- Quite sour, indeed! Lots of lactic and acetic sourness, cider vinegar, barnyard funk, dry oak, tart cherry, and - again - burnt popcorn. The tartness crescendos in the finish with lacto, tart cherry, and oak.

Mouthfeel -- Leaves a little to be desired. Thick for a Kriek, very mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a sipping Kriek without a doubt. Mouthfeel problems aside, this is a pretty complicated brew. Not sure why I skipped it so many times. Well worth the purchase to sour ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 22:49:47 | More by yeahnatenelson
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I popped the cork on this bottle and sat back waiting for something, anything to happen but it never did. The beer was completely flat. I came here to see if I just had a bad bottle but it appears this is not an isolated bottle.

The look is not so different to cranberry juice. In fact, considering the lack of carbonation it looks exactly like cranberry juice. The smell is deliciously sour. The smell is the first clue that this is not indeed cranberry juice after all. The taste is worth it. This is sour, tart with some definite pucker. Just enough sweetness in the back to make this beer interesting. Mouthfeel suffers from a lack of carbonation. Even just a little carbonation would have gone a long way towards improving this beer.

As it is I enjoyed this beer. The bottle was definitely left lacking for the missing carbonation. I'm not sure that I would buy another bottle but in the right circumstances I don't think I would hesitate.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:46:47 | More by aknight
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Dark blood red body. No signs of bubbles except for those that naturally formed during the course of pouring. No lace.

S: Rich, flavorful cherries. Signs of tartness and sourness that will hit hard upon the first sip. Hints of oak and barnyard funk.

T: Mind melting tart and sour cherries. This beer does not fuck around with the assertive flavor profile. Clean oak (not musty) and a bit of barnyard funk.

M: Basically still. Little to no carbonation. I think a bit more effervescence would have made this even more enjoyable. Medium bodied. Massive puckering finish. One of the sourest beers out there.

D: A delicious, but intense kriek that even I had to take slowly. I think increased carbonation would have helped with the drinkability here (same with the Cassis)

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:34:20 | More by callmemickey
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Clear red/orange color, ½ finger bubbly off white head dissipates to thin layer around the glass, splotching lacing.
S- Really acidic, juicy fruity aroma, cherries, vinegar, tart, nice funky notes.
T- Nice sweetness mixed in with the sour notes, really acidic, really tart, sweet cherries, vinegar, funky, oak is present as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, really tart, nice acidity, minimal carbonation, dry aftertaste.
O- This is a Solid Lambic, well balanced, easy drinking, nice sweetness mixed in with the sourness, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:27:03 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant, slightly murky coppery-red. A three finger pink head leaves no lace, but retention is good and an ever-persistent small head remains. Aroma has nice depth and complexity starting with a slight vinegar and following with a musty, earthy scent. Of course, there's some cherry, too - sour cherries amid a light funk.

From other reviews I expected this to be quite sour, and it is, though not bracingly so. Tart and sour pick up immediately and hold on through to the finish. I could do with a bit less, as i feel that it's masking other elements of the flavor profile. What I could do with a bit more of is fruit, which would counteract and even balance out the sourness. Vinegar presence is well-muted. I get a little bit of oak, but it's being squashed by sour. Mouthfeel seems to be a really good match for the style. Medium carbonation that's in the Goldilocks zone - not too harsh and not too soft.

While this is only my 3rd lambic or so, and only the first I've reviewed, I think I might be coming around to the style. On a hot day this would be quite enjoyable as-is, but I could do with a little more fruit and a little less sour. Those who are big on sour notes would do well to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 20:28:38 | More by gr0g
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquid is a deep cranberry color. Carbonation is almost non-existent (much like their Gueuze), leaving no head or lacing... or excitement. I was a bit unimpressed by the stillness, but there was still something about this purplish liquid that was mysterious and intriguing.

Aroma is bursting with a dry cheese stank. It's aggressive and super funky, reminding me of the 2-month old sharp provolone I just threw out last weekend.

Wow! This is one tart SOB. Vinegar and cherry blend together for a concentrated sour blast. The ending is very dry and musky, but it never cuts into that initial tart wave, which is so powerful that its warmth resonates for a long time after. As the liquid warms, a certain nuttiness comes out, which adds another level of complexity. I'm really taken by the balance and tastiness, after being a little unimpressed by the visual and aromatic aspects.

Oddly enough, the lack of carbonation might show the balance off more on the tongue. It's also rather drinkable, once again proving that you can't judge a book by its cover... or smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:42:42 | More by deapokid
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when this was bottled. I'd guess 2-5 years ago, perhaps longer. poured into a lost abbey tulip.

my first Kriek

This is a beautiful looking beer. deep pink approaching red in color, see through. soapy white foam that quickly settles to a long lasting collar. lacing is minimal.

The smell is musty, vinegar. as it warms some funk and cold sweat comes out. the cherries are not as pronounced in the nose as I had hoped. you can smell the tartness, however.

tart cherries, acidity, funk, vinegar notes. this is by far the most tart beer i've tasted to date. a bit too acidic for me

the sourness and tartness are mouthcoating. not as effervescent as the pour indicated. fairly thin upfront but the carbonation becomes known shortly thereafter. mouth-drying

overall - pretty impressed, however, I found the beer to be quite acidic. I'll be looking to compare this Kriek to others such as Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:03:07 | More by 700Uave
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk...

Poured a nice, slightly hazy, pinky red / light brown colour... Pinky white head poured quite foamy but faded fairly quickly to light ring... some sparse carbonation shoots to the surface... no real lacing..

A - Strong lambic sourness bursts out of the glass, quite light sour cherry notes, some faint almond nuttiness, cider vinegar - maybe some red wine vinegar too, definite mustiness, some pepperiness, no real sweetness comes through, lemony, no maltes or hops, wet hay traces..

T – Very tart fruits (strong lemons and cherries, some grapefruits), very strong lambic sourness, some very light sugary sweetness comes through towards the end, some faint marzipan, definite cider vinegar notes, faint hints of vanilla...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry initially with some smoothness just coming through... pretty refreshing but probably couldn't drink more than one in a sitting...

Overall - A good kriek... probably not for everyone but definitely worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 15:11:09 | More by mdagnew
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: reddish purple in color with no head.

Smell: cherries and yeast are up front. Some sourness is in the background.

Taste: cherries, yeast, soft bitterness, and an overall sourness is noticeable. Dryness abounds. This lambic is flatter than others I have had in the past.

Mouthfeel: smooth and extremely dry throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors stay in the mouth forever.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipper based on the sour cherries and overall mouthfeel. One glass was enough in a session despite the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2009 01:31:01 | More by Gavage
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pinkish orange body with a persistent, and delicate collar of creamy, pink hued lace.
Complex aroma nails the style perfectly, with oak, woodsy and musty yeast, fruity tartness, and tannic acidity.
Mouthfeel begins sour and acidic, but evolves into a smooth and satiny, dry sherry character as it warms.
Taste is dry and tart, with an earthy, barnyard yeastiness. Very tangy and sherry like. Fruity character is dry, without noticeable sweetness, and I could detect no cherry flavors.
Very nice for style, and pleasantly drinkable. I would have given this Lambic much higher scores if some cherry aroma and flavor were present.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 11:08:09 | More by merlin48
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my first real lambics, quite a surprise. Pours a cranberry juice red, rose red, virtually no head but a little lace, some proteins floating around. Smells like sour grapes, the wet horse smell, classic lambic! Tastes like sour candy, the sourness is right up front, then move to sweet candy flavor and sour fruit, with a very tart finish, a tear jerker. Mouthfeel was pretty light with good carbonation, very interesting, not sure if lambics are my style but pretty good, thanks sammy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 00:49:09 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky copper-red with only a lace cap. Nose was nice: berries, musty banana, wet horse blanket. Puckering mouth feel...this Kreik has more of a sour decernment than a tart berry profile, musty malty body is eclipsed by the sourness....finish is puckering sour...after a few sips you appreciate it more...this is well made but I prefer rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 04:22:58 | More by pootz
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-red amber. Very red with almost no head.
S-very funky in the nose. "smelly gym socks" and "musty dog ass"
T-alot better than it smells. For sure. Nice tart and fruity. Almost cherry. Way better than it smells.
M-light crisp with a tart aftertaste.
D-very drinkable. Taste was gone in no time!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:51:48 | More by brew3crew
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Saffron color with rootbeer highlights. Full head made up of medium sized bubbles with a pink tint.

S: Dry oak, ascorbic acid, faint cherries and musk

T: Begins dry, but not overly. Cherry then pops up but its really not over the top at all, one of the less aggresive cherry flavored krieks I've had. Sour tang is fairly straight forward as well. An earthy wood base adds nice stability. Finishes buttery and sour with hints of cherry.

M: Medium body, little fizzy.

D: One of the most balanced krieks I've had. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 21:00:00 | More by Westsidethreat
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-07-2013 18:04:49 | More by aztraz
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown with almost no head. Smells immediately of Brett character; kind of cheesy and musty. Some sour cherry/citrus. The taste is predominately, though far from overpoweringly, sour with some funk. Noticeable sweetness with cherry; tastes somewhat artificial. Some earthy, woody notes. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not a fan of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:02:41 | More by philipquarles
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-10-2012 03:59:04 | More by vrbulldog22
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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