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Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of biegaman
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Oude Kriek has not only the tartness of cranberry juice, but the appearance too. Ruby red in colour and completely flat (less the few bubbles that periodically dance around the glass like ballerinas), this looks like something much better for your kidney than it actually is.

The bouquet is something like a red-wine vinegar that's been infused with cherries and cranberries. It has a good deal of fruit but far more vinegar-like must and sharp, rousing acidity. It has a definite Gueuze-like quality (whereas if that style is characterized by 'locker room sweat', this one might be said to have a 'moldy basement sweat'). Put simply: it stinks.

Technically, Krieks made outside of the Pajottenland region or greater Brussels area are not "authentic". I'd suggest an alternative distinction that considers the ratio of sweetness to stink. In my opinion that's a much better barometer for how 'true' Lambic should be defined.

Kriek is historically characterized not by a candy-like fruit flavour (as are many modern so-called Krieks that feel entitled to the moniker because of their Belgian origins) but by the trademark mustiness and acetic tartness imparted by the bacterium and wild yeasts of the Senne Valley.

According to these standards, Hanssens Kriek passes with flying colours (all shades of red, naturally). It is so incredibly high in that bracing sourness that it almost resembles vinegar (to the point many couldn't drink it). Nevermind the cherries, this thing drinks like unfiltered, unpasteurized cranberry juice. And it is has a mustiness like an old barrel just farted.

Indeed, for a cherry beer, Hanssens Oude Kriek has lots of candid, unvarnished Lambic qualities. Some fruit is appreciable, but not as much as the dusty cellar in which this surely spent considerable time aging before, during, and after the fruit was added. It's arguably one of the most genuine (least embellished) examples on the market. I loved it!

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Photo of jeff1973
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 2013. 750ml bottle to a "Piggly Wiggly" tulip (thanks beerbyrd).

A - Dull ruby red. Very clear. Pink, bubbly head that dissipates very fast.

S - Apple cider vinegar, bright berry smell (cherries, raspberries, strawberries). A little funk.

T - Very bright sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry. Very fruity. Slight acidic tang (especially as it warms), but not overpowering. Very little Belgian funk (blue cheese). Not extremely complex, but tasty.

M - Light and crisp. Aggressive carbonation that scrubs palate. Nice for this style.

O - Really good beer. Very enjoyable drink. Price point is excessive for what it is. $22 @ Whole Foods Newport Beach.

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Photo of beepill
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 375ml bottle to try from Cask n Flask in SJ. Poured into a white wine glass because that's the best glassware I could find at my friends house. Reviewed from tasting notes from a few weeks ago.

A - Pours a nice, opaque, and deep red color. Does not seem like too much carbonation, as the head is almost non-existant.

S - First whiff is intensely fruity. Sour cherries obviously dominate, but I can also get hints of other sour fruits like raspberries and citrus. Slight vinegary smell, but not too overpowering.

T - Right off the bat, definitely one of, if not the most sour beer I have consumed. Strong sour cherry and lemon zest. Losing the raspberry I thought I smelled. Also quite vinegary, but not so much as to make it taste like an infused vinegar. You can still tell it is a beer.

M - Mouthpuckering because of the intense sourness. Very light carbonation at the start, but it seems like the carbonation is lost by the time I finished the bottle.

O - Great appearance, smells, taste... A great Belgian sour beer at a decent price (I think I paid about $10). I will definitely buy this one again if I see it on the shelves. Also, for those who care about food pairing, I really thought this was one of the best beers I ever paired with Filipino pork BBQ skewers and pickled papayas, who knew?

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Photo of ncketchum
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky red, almost purple. No head to speak of, appears well-carbonated

S - aroma is initially funky, musty, followed by ripe sour cherries

T - intensely sour, cherries, lemon up front with earthy, yeasty undertones

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

O - very easy drinking, especially on a hot day. not too overpowering with the cherries, one of the most sour beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. $9.99, don;t remember from where. No date, but I've had it for two years or so.

Appearance: Clear, deep red garnet color. Almost no head. Appears undercarbonated.

Smell: Very oaky, vinous. Lemon, cherry, apple cider vinegar, a little funk.

Taste: Super sour and puckering. Very oaky and tannic. Cherry and maybe raspberry flavors. Lots of vinegar. Long sour and sticky tannic finish.

Mouthfeel: Drastically undercarbonated for this style.

Overall: I believe this bottle is an exception and the beer is likely usually better carbed than this. Very tasty though.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hello enamel eater! This is the sour of legends, bordering on vinegar.

Pours from a 750 with a pink tinted broken head which fades rather quickly.

Smells of cherry, tart fruit, and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is legit sour. Tons and tons of in your face enamel eating sour. Cherries, a hint of pie crust, and more sour. At times it is almost overwhelming. I have to take very small sips. Whole bottle took 2+ hours to finish.

Overall a very solid kreik, though I find myself wanting a bit more balance at times.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-06-02 in Columbia, PA. Thanks to Matador677 for the bottle

A - Ruby pink with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Sour cherries, citrus, straw, funk. Bold.

T - Much like the aroma. Sour cherry, light malt, lemon flesh, funky.. Good and sour/tart but no vinegar, which I appreciate. Well done.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Dries nicely.

O - Very nice example of a sour kriek. My wife really enjoyed it too. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a wine glass

A - Beautiful looking beer! Ruby red with a nice 1 finger off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing.

S - Smells like lemons and tart cherries with a little bit of barnyard funk

T - Very tart and acidic up front. You have to be ready for a big, sour, beer - but this doesn't disappoint. The tart cherry flavor that follows is nicely balanced by a little bit of barnyard funk at the end.

M - Dry mouth feel, with a nice, fine carbonation. Maybe not as nice as a 3F or Cantillon, but good.

O - I'm glad that I gave this one a go. When I have an itch for a good sour kriek I will likely revisit this again!

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Photo of deebo
3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A fresh bottle. Pours a very dark red with a non-existant head. This beer is very acidic. Acid is predominantly acetic. This dominates but of course there is plently of funk but also notes of smoky oak and even some raw meat. Overall, a decent kriek but a little over the top with too much vinegar taste.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has been cellared two years. Bottle opened with no pop. Nice garnet color. Little/no carbonation.

Smells of vinegar with some cherry fruit.

Tastes like Mother Funker on cherries. Very acetic-could use this to make salad dressing. Not mouth puckering though, and there is a good flavor of cherries.

Body is light, no carbonation, and stickiness doesn't make a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is too sour and the acetic acid is too strong, detracting from the cherry and funk aspects. Clearly, I didn't do this any favor by cellaring two years. Hope to try this again fresher/on cask.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Portsmouth Snifter

A Murky red with no real head to speak of. Lots of big carbonation bubbles stuck on the side of the glass and some lively carbonation along the glass.

S Vinegar, sour cherries, oak and a hint of sweetness. Really hits all things i wanna smell in a Kriek

T Very tart upfront that goes to the finish. Almost a shock tart pucker toward the middle and some cherry comes out as well. Slight oaky barrel comes out toward the end and the finish is dry and tart

M Medium carbonation for a Kriek, along with a medium feel on the tongue. The finish is quite dry.

O Pretty nice reasonably priced ans easy to find sour in my area.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle served in a flute glasd.

A: Pours a dark red to violet clear color forming a minimum rose bubbled head with low retention and only few lacings left

S: Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of cherries and Lambic yeasts. Tart in the nose with some light notes of oak

T: Slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of cherry, grapes, vinegar and oak. In overall, a wuite dry and fruity taste. Lambic yeasts. A little bit metallic

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Fruity and tart aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good Lambic Kriek

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: ruby red with a redish foam head that goes away quickly opaque

S: smells like oak cherries and funk but mostly the oak barrels

T: starts off with a crisp taste then A punch of sour cherries but is not overwhelming I can taste the oak with a bit of funk that would definitely come out more if it was aged

M: there is a crisp tingling on the tongue then a lip puckering sour it is a bit oily but very drinkable for me at-least

O:this is my fist kriek but I feel like I started off with a bang and I really like the style I am interested in seeing how this beer would change with age but I like it right now as I have a very high tolerance for sour which this really gives I would recommend it to anyone who likes krieks or sours

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Photo of spicelab
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle. Lot D. BB 07/08/2027. Based on quick internet research, there's at least 3 years of age on this.

Deep crimson with just a skerrick of carbonation that quickly disspates, despite the healthy pop of the cork. Swirling produces the same effect.

Broodingly dark and rich, dank and woody, balsamic sour cherries. Moderate sweaty sock character. At once straightforward and complex.

Taste isn't quite as layered, but is still seriously good. Strong tannins, moderately lactic and salty. Striking resemblance to a big Shiraz or Cab Sav.

Pretty big from the tannins and fruit. A tad more carbonation than anticipated, which helps cut the intensity a little. Plenty of lactic tartness.

Impressive and seriously assertive. One of the better Oude Krieks I've had, although not quite in the league of 3F.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, no bottle date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear red color with a finger of pink head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Mild cherry aroma, lots of dry musty funk.

T- Lots of lactic acidity, dry, musty, barnyard funk, cherry skins. Dry wood and barrel flavor, it's a very dry, super acidic kriek.

M- Light-bodied, high carbonation with a dry finish.

O- A solid kriek, there are others that I like more but this is a really enjoyable beer, definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark red with a small white cap. It pours out fizzy--didn't glug out or nothing--but no effervescence is noticeable just by looking at it.

Smells sharply tart but also smooth. The oak aging is salient only in the nodes it blots out. Big cherries, not much funk.

Tastes a bit like an organic Shock Tart, like if something unnaturally intense were somehow robbed of its cloying fakeness and all that's left behind seems wholesome and real in spite of its intensity. It's like how exercise feels: a good high.

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Photo of gr0g
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber red with lots of head. Tastes of cherries and dark fruits, with some good tart sourness finishing through. Not overpowering was the sour taste however. Drinks down really smooth and I would have no problem drinking more bottles of this. I love the way sours tastes on the tongue.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading about the potential for aging the beer, kind of wish I'd done so. Oh well, just have to get some more and do so. Poured this at a good temperature with an amazing roiling head that is maintained by the incredible effervescence of this wonderful brew! No lace, clear amber cherry color and loads of teeny bubble trails. Aroma is cherry, musk, yeast, oak, vinegar. Flavor is brut champagnesque with a demure cherry presence and the yeast bitterness is exactly matched by the small sharp peaks of tartness from carbonic acid and wild yeast. Finish is like flavor, gradually diminishes, and is satisfying.

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Photo of wd40
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby red color with a bit of reddish/white foam. The smell initially was off to my nose (chlorphenols?). After the brew settle down a little, the fragrance was definitely that of a sour beer, but not a ton of fruit. The taste has a bit more cherry in it than the smell would suggest, but overall it's a pretty light beer. The sourness is pretty strong, but it ends up being a very nice refreshing beer. The carbonation helps give it a bit of lift as well. Overall, I would probably drink this beer more regularly if it was a bit less expensive and I didn't have so many other beers I still want to try!

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Photo of yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz, LOTNR F
Poured into a 3F gueuze glass.

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy peachy-pinky-red with a finger of bubbly pink head that quickly fades to a skim.

Smell. Sour cherries and marzipan with just a little sweet hayloft funk.

Taste. Sour cherries, lemon juice, some dry and earthy funk. Quite dry. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice dry kriek. Plenty sour without being overwhealming.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date G, whatever that means.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a large, pink head on top, very foamy. Nice head retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Light funk and barnyard mixed with some cherries and a little bit of wood. A little bit of tartness/vinegar.

T: Cherry mixed with a good bit of woody/oak. Not quite as musty as the aroma, but very earthy. The barrel really shines through as the oak intensifies.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of tartness, was expecting it to be a bit over the top, but very approachable.

O: A pretty nice Kriek, not in your face cherry, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle courtesy of TPatuto. I believe this is from 2009. Reviewed on 8/31 from notes.

A: Dark cherry red, appropriately. No lacing, but carbonation freckles swarm the side of the glass.

N: Pronounced cherry and oak. Acidic sourness hits me pretty well. Marionberry, vinegar and acetone. Plum and grape.

T: Very powerful acetic sourness. Dark sour cherry and a heavy amount of tannic oakiness. Definite acetone and vinegar presence. Not a ton of funk which I'm alright with in a fruit lambic. I do have to say this super, super sharp, so drink accordingly.

M: Somewhat oily and prickly.

O: A good fruit lambic in a pinch, but at this point, it's more like a venomous Flanders Red. Or a Rodenbach Grand Cru with an extra dose of sour power.

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