Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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4.71/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
08-11-2014 22:25:47 | More by GJ40
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
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
375 ml bottled February 2013. Served in a small Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red color with minimal head that fizzles away instantly. Body is only slightly hazy with light visible carbonation.
Smell: Lots of oak, sour cherry, barnyard, earthy.
Taste: Tart cherry, cherry skins, lemon, high acidic sourness, oak, slight nutty character and moderate amount of funk.
Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but good enough to keep the beer from feeling at all flat.
Overall: Pretty good stuff and one of the better "shelf" krieks out there. Worth picking up.
08-03-2014 21:49:42 | More by Jonada
4.18/5 rDev +2%
Pours a purdy clear darker red body with a pinkish head that sticks around.
Dirty, cherry, yogurt, almond smell.
Light tartness with some juicy sour cherry and cranberry fruitiness. Funkiness is there in a big way balanced out with the fruit and sour.
Mouthfeel is spot on with carbonation, body and dryness.
Really enjoyed this kriek.
07-31-2014 12:29:35 | More by MattSweatshirt
4.41/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
05-06-2014 04:30:38 | More by LambicPentameter
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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