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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

547 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 45
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, $9.99 from Merchants in Dearborn. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler, right on the heels of Hanssens strawberry lambic.

This pours with no carbonation, a dark reddish liquid with zero head. Transparent when held to a light, at least on the first pour.

Nice cherry aroma with lots of funky background noise aromatically speaking. Tart smelling, very similar to aged Cantillon Kriek. And the taste, this is just about what I hoped for. Sour cherries, strong acidity, sort of ulcery feel in my digestive tract.

A great representation of the style, and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

TurdFurgison, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

LambicPentameter, May 06, 2014
Photo of Murph
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a big, slightly red tinged, white foamy head that soon subsides down to a thin film. Classic lambic aromas of musty air, barnyard, hay, blankets, and sour aromas are accompanied by a nice tart cherry twinge. Quick sour cherry taste bites the tongue and slightly puckers the cheeks. Musty basement tastes, kind of like my parents cellar a few days after a bad rainstorm and the cellar has finally dried out, along with some great lip puckering sourness slowly work on your cheeks until they are completely shriveled up and sunk in. Barnyard and decaying hay smells are present as well but are slightly subdued by the cherry flavors. The cherrys ride through in the background before coming back to the forefront in the finish with a quick sweet tartness. Nicely medium to light bodied with great lip puckering and tongue shrivelling properties, although not quite as tart as I like it. An absolute joy to drink, Lambics by themselves are almost reason enough to move to Belgium.

Murph, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of jpmclaug
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey tumbler

dark red body with hardly any head resting on top at all. Looks like cranberry juice. Nice fresh tart cherry aroma with a hint of funk in the finish. A hint of sweetness mingles in the aroma.

I love this style... tart cherries all the way with a bit of a funky undertone. a bit of a sweetness at first before giving way to an awesome mouth puckering sour cherry flavor. Hardly any carbonation at all in this one, reminds me of cranberry juice once again... really though this beer isn't missing anything without the carbonation though.

Overall I really like this beer. I really like the style and this one hits the nail on the head. A big sour kick and nice cherry flavor. I'm going to have to grab a few more of these. Really great stuff, don't tell anyone though I don't want it to disappear from the shelves!

jpmclaug, May 06, 2011
Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with virtually no head or other signs of carbonation. Body is a deep, dark ruby red, with excellent clarity.

S: Sour cherries, slight funk, barnyard aroms, and a touch of oak.

T: Sour cherries come through strong, but not too sweet. Funky, with a barnyard-feel to the flavor. Sour, tart, and acidic. Very dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with very low carbonation. Touch of alcohol warmth.

D: A delicious Kriek. Nicely balanced and very complex at the same time. My first Hanssens... just leaves me wanting more.

berley31, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark reddish color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, red-colored head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A big, fruity, funky aroma. Lots of raspberries, cherries, and some malt.

T: Tasted of raspberries, cherries, yeast, malt, and that typically Belgian funk. Very vibrant and complex. Quite possibly the most sour beer I've ever tried.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Keep in mind that this beer isn't for everyone. The sourness will put some people off. That being said, I think it's a very drinkable beer.

avalon07, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/23/2010 and poured from a 375 mL corked and caged bottle (that looks bad ass and a little scarred up from quite a bit of time on the shelves, if I had to guess) and poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bit of a rusty brown mixed with ruby; starts with a 1/2 finger head that actually has a bit of a pink hue to it and fades very quickly to a thin and incomplete skim; body is a little cloudy and shows tiny bits of carbonation bubbling slowly up from the bottom; only a couple spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Tart, overripe fruits (cherries) and an acidic bit (apple); very slight vinegar-like smell, but not necessarily to be unexpected in something like this and there is a bit of a leathery funk to it as well. Overall, quite pleasing and a little unique, I really like that earthy/leathery smell.

Taste: Wow, blown away by the super tart flavors and my mouth puckers immediately; sweet, sour and tart all at the same time as cherry and apple flavors hit the tongue; bit of a candied sugary presence and overall I'm reminded of a sour Atomic Warhead (remember those?); a very slight leathery aspect in the back as well, and I'm glad it's present as I really liked that bit in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Once the super intense puckering subsides, my mouth is actually dripping with saliva and wanting more of those flavors; it eventually falls to a slightly dry and sticky coating on the roof of the mouth; body is between medium and light in weight and the carbonation is wonderfully prickly and adds to the sensation of the puckering; belly is left a little warm, but not from the mere 6% ABV, but from the acidity.

Drinkability: Very nice and a lot of fun. The moderate ABV and wonderful scents and flavors make for a very enjoyable experience. I will gladly drink this one again, and may even get another to put up for a while and see how it does with a bit more age on it.

bamadog, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Thirsty Monk, 375ml, no age date (mold on outside of the cork, hmm...) lot tagged "F"... what does it mean!? </Double Rainbow>

Into two glasses at the bar.

A. Amazing color - a clear ruby-orange that grabs the light and never lets go. A low white head fades quick. No active carbonation - but I can't get over the color. Simply gorgeous.

S. The aroma overflows from the glass. Severe sour / tart, and a rush of Belgian funk, dry and pungent. Cherry in there too, sharp, bright and lactic, maybe TOO sharp...? Just pointy all around, and pulls no punches. Personally I am fond of it.

T. A real super tart wallop - more tart, sour and acidic than the Hanssens Gueze. Dry as the South Pole, some cherry flavor peeks out behind the funky-sour, but it's quite secondary. Could be percieved as two-dimensional as the intensity of flavors is a bit overwhelming. A rollicking kriek, probably the most tart I've had to date. On cask at the Brick Store, this was the most puckering beer I've ever had. The bottle is tamer, but once you have this you won't forget it.

M / O. Carbonation is just right for the style, no too fizzy, but stable enough to help move this along. The finish is lactic - tart, and lingers a very long time. A more advanced kriek, I wouldn't start a sour beer lover out with this one. 8 years ago I would have hated this, but today it's mighty fine!

kkipple, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of axisjones
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Toronado from a 750mL into the proper Hanssens tumbler.

Pours a brilliant ruby red with a minute head that quickly fizzes out to nothing. Despite the color, this is probably the most unremarkable part of an otherwise fantastic beer.

The smell is pure funk. Super complex, with hints of wet hay, horse blanket, a bit of copper, vinegar, mildew. If you think hard enough, you can pick out nearly anything. This isn't funky, its FUNKAY! Oh yeah, there is a splash of cherry in there as well.

Good lord! Pucker on the first sip. Super tart and acidic, sweet cherries with a vinegar-like acidity. Also funky, but with no taste of metal whatsoever. Finishes bone dry. No hops to speak of.

This is as drinkable as it gets. If you like lambics, this is a sure fire way to go. Not on the beginners side like Lindemans, but also not exclusively for the hard core geueze lovers. Simply awesome.

axisjones, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with tinges of purple and lavender. No real head, just a wisp of bubbles

Smells like oak, a huge biting aroma of cherry/berries, and ... hmm ... zesty malted barley and/or wheat? Interesting.

Bracingly sour. Vinous grape-y sourness assaults your senses, a huge berry/cherry backbone ... a little carbonation might help, but twas not to be ... and a biting oak-y yeastiness. Delicious.

I'm starting to get pretty impressed with hanssens.

**REALLY SOUR.

Overlord, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Brez07
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Novare Res. 16oz pour into my chalice. Reviewing from notes taken last weekend

A: Cherry red hue. Basically cherry red, but you can see through it towards the end. Minimal amount of head, no lacing

S: Big cherry punch from my first whiff. Very tart smelling. Almost like cherry pie. Some yeast thrown in there for good measure

T: Not unlike the bottled version. Fairly tart upfront, consisting of mostly cherry flavor. The lack of carbonation does not detract from the beer. Light funk lays the ground work for the tart fruit

M: Smooth and tangy. Medium bodied. Love the mouthfeel of this beer even though it is quite different for the style

D: Wonderfully delicious. Still has all the classic elements and tartness is almost at the same level. However, cask version provides a smoothness that increases overall drinkability

Brez07, May 11, 2011
Photo of Crosling
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Falling Rock.

Poured a gloomy light reddish/orange with no head at all. Where was the pink head in krieks that I have grown accustomed to and always get excited about? This did nothing but confuse me.

This smelled sour..just like I like them, almost like vinegar. Not much cherry in the aroma but some stale musty fruit notes.

This was a very unusual but awesome tasting beer. The cherries seem to leave but not fully and are almost taken over by grapes. The cherry and grapes tasted very well together but were overtaken by the sourness. Very sour, very tart and very very dry. This is not a sweet kriek at all. The sour flavor forced me to close my eyes and just let my facial muscles cringe together in total joy. Very tasty.

Crosling, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of DovaliHops
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought two bottles of this. One bottle had liquid almost to the top of the bottle, where the other bottle had liquid just to the mid-neck of the bottle. I chose to review the one with less liquid in it and cellar the other one. This beer pours an almost-clear, bright, ruby red color with absolutely no head whatsoever...thats why I chose to do this one now. I hope the other bottle will have better carbonation. Scent is very lovely with some amazing tart cherry aromas and a ton of FUNK. Hints of oak and balsamic vinegar. Taste is just mind-blowing. So many amazing flavors. The cherry is spot-on and just makes for a perfect Kriek beer. Amazing sour, barnyard funkiness with some delightful oak and lactic acid. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with no carbonation whatsoever. The sourness I just tingling all over my mouth from the inside of my cheeks to my teeth. Overall, I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this beer for having zero carbonation. I don't normally enjoy STILL beers.

DovaliHops, May 14, 2011
Photo of julian
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Wow, really clear, almost crystal, bright crimson red. One of the most beautiful looking Kriek’s I’ve seen. Fluffy pink head that creates a nice layer but reduces prompty to a foamy blanket on the surface. 5

S: Some woody must, barnyard funk, a little dry fruit, tart cherries, acidity. Familiar, yet interestingly different aroma. 3.5

T&M: Up front there is some tartness, and general acidity, with a good fruity cherry flavor at the end that finishes extremely crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is perfect for the style, if not too perfect. 4.5 / 4.5

O: This beer is a perfect example of what over a century of traditional Belgian brewing can yield. This beer is perfectly crafted not only in the way it’s spontaneously fermented and blended with cherries but how it’s aged in barrels and then bottle conditioned. After all that, it comes out nearly crystal clear, with head, great carbonation and an amazinlgy crisp, refreshing taste. I can find it locally, but it takes time. This beer is amazing. 5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on cask into a small footed goblet.

It has a bright scarlet jewel tone, with bright clarity. The force of the handpump generated a crown of bubbles on top, larger frothy bubbles, similar to agitated juice. Such a bright, winey appearance, it looks like a Rhone-style wine. In the bottom of the glass there were a few tiny particles... from the barrel, cherries, who really knows.

Aroma was sharp and acidic, some lightly funky wet straw, but dominating cherry stole the show.

Bracing sourness, dry and tannic, bitter cherry pit and ripe fleshy fruit. Finished dry with a puckering effect that pulled the cheeks in, that was felt across the teeth too. Clean, unadulterated sour cherry explosion. Slightly less depth and oak character than a bottle conditioned example. Despite the sourness, it has a smooth and tangy feel from the cask. Extremely drinkable and especially thirst quenching. Even a sour novice can drink this, it's not that overwhelming after the first sip.

This was an exceptionally nice pairing with some spare ribs from Honey 1.

emerge077, May 13, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: my have basically no head but that's what I was expecting. Pours dark clear cherry red. Very thin soft drink like head, but again I was expecting that.
S: nose directly in glass gets sour and funk, nose above the glass gets a sweeter cherry fruit aroma,
T: has a great difference between upfront and on the back end. Upfront is sweet cherries, a touch of honey. On the back-end is more of the vinegar, acidic sourness with the cherry bitterness.
M: makes the mouth pucker up with each sip. Basically no carbonation but the was expected.
O: sour, yes, one must at a minimum like sour beers before trying this. In general my tastes are going more and more toward sours.

rootbeerman, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of sgtaxt
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC. Lambic aged in oak barrels with cherries. Bottle conditioned for over three years.

A: Cloudy with beautiful red hue. Thin white head dissipates quickly but lines the glass.
S: Tart cherries, sour pucker and a light rubber/plastic aroma. Must be some funk from the brett/pedio/lacto(?) bugs.
T: Very low pH. Big lactic acid sour pucker right up front. As my palate normalizes to the acidity, a delicious full tart cherry flavor dominates, with vanilla accents from the oak. Slight vinegar quality.
M: Thin body and tiny bubbles give this beer a crisp, bright mouthfeel that compliments the tart flavor.
O: Delicious beer! The best Lambic I have tasted. Really exemplifies the Belgian stlyle. My grandma wasn't quite as fond but seeing as this was her second sour ever (after Rodenbach Grand Cru) it was a bit of a shock for her. Slightly expensive but with good reason. This is a great beer for special occasions.

sgtaxt, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a thin pink head. minor lacing disolves quick into a placid surface

Smells bitingly lactic, cherrys and funk... like rotting fruit in the cherry orchard. Brett notes are inviting of things to come

Tastes bracingly sour. innundating... giving way to a bretty complexity then morrelo cherries dominate the flavor. Finishes dry and bittersweet. Dynamic

Thin and lively. Tingling of sourness but surprisingly... carbonation as well... yes I lucked out!

Overall, outstanding kriek! glad I got a carbonated bottle.

BrlyHpsWtrYst, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, my lord – this reminds me so much of my early trips to Belgium in 1994, for every time I drink this beer - I just close my eyes, and I’m there - sat in the Drie Bronnen in Beersel, drinking the awesome Hanssens Kriek from one of those straight sided Gueuze-Kriek tumblers. This is one of the top 5 Krieks available.
Don’t expect a sweet commercial offering; this is how it should be –dry, spritzy, acidic, acerbic and astringent as well as sour - f***ing marvelous. I rue the day when this beer disappears. The Kriek uses cherry pulp nowadays, rather than whole cherries, as was the tradition, try older examples of Hanssens and compare them if you are ever lucky to get chance – there is a difference in color and acidity. Nevertheless, the modern ‘pulp’ Hanssens Kriek is still miles and leagues ahead of any crappy mass-produced Timmermans, De Troch, Belle-Vue or Lindemans that you may have had. The taste of the Kriek is still very traditional, quite harsh, dry, sour, and acidic and with a sharp pull that still draws the cheeks. Nice. This is still a saliva vaporizer – make no mistake.

If you ever get to the Kulminator in Antwerp, and have the money to drink, er.. burn, try the pre-90’s Hanssens offerings. For a start, they will not have any labels, merely white or red/pink sashes of paint. These are the best vintages. Strap yourself down though for the ride of a life time. Also note, that as the EU have now mandated that all beers must have a Sell-By Date (yawn), the next time you see a recent offering from Hanssen, note their own sly slick sense of humor – a nice label that has a Sell-By Date that is dated 20 years hence – LOL. Hmm, if that’s not the equivalent of two fingers to the EU – I don’t know what is.

An American once said to me; how can England have a crime rate, and no weapons?
I don’t know, but I just hope one day that I don’t have to explain why Belgium has great beers but no traditional lambics – then I will start to worry, for sure.
So, drink this beer whenever you see it. Or Else !!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazy cherry red with a thin bubbly white head.

S-the nose has a nice barnyard funk with notes of hay, vinegar lies underneath, semi tart cherries in the back. great balance in strength and amount of funk, vinegar, and sweetness.

T-the taste is more sweet, the barnyard funk is first, lots of wet hay, very light vinegar, lots of sweet cherry with a light to moderate level of tartness to it. Great balance, everything seems to work really well together and balance is outstanding.

M-lighter body, extremely soft and smooth on the palate, great carbonation and just slighlty dry in the finish.

D-very good beer, great balance as nothing dominates, the flavors are well pronounced and work in tasty lambic harmony.

cpetrone84, Jul 08, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
This is one bright, vibrant and fiery red beer. Its nearly a neon red when back lit.

Aroma
A nice punch of funk starts things out just how I like it. The aroma gets quite tannic with a cherry skin tartness, cherry pits and stems.

Taste
Tart, but not aggressively sour, at least at first. There is a very dry flavor of cherry skins. The middle holds a biting level of sourness that blends into a fleshy sour cherry sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied and very dry. Ultimately this beer isn't insanely sour, but it has a very formidable tartness all the way through.

Overall
This was a really great beer. I'd love to give this another go. It was one of my favorites from the tasting.

MbpBugeye, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of downes51
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some Krieks are bland syrupy offerings concocted of not-very-good geueze charged with fruit concentrate. Well, this stuff is quite different. No sweetness at all, it's really quite tart, and the underlying quality of the oude geueze used in its production is there to taste and enjoy. Highly reccommended (with the proviso of course that you have to like this sort of thing in the first place!)

By the way I bought a case of the 750cc bottles from the brewery itself which is well worth a visit. But be advised that they don't open on Fridays until the afternoon, which is not what it says on the web-site.

downes51, May 22, 2005
Photo of yamar68
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant raspberry juice color with a finger of noisy light pink carbonation that recedes back to a collar that retains well and laces fittingly.

Super funk, overripe bright fruits, wet hay, intense fruit mash smells, it doesn't get too muddy though... tons of depth without losing balance.

Oooh that is good... intensely sour at first in the best kind of way, waves and waves of red fruit... cherry, raspberry, strawberry... even some sour citrus qualities. The finish is beautifully dry, clean.

What a delicious surprise of a beer this was. Wow.

yamar68, Oct 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.