Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color pinkish read with a red tinted head that fades oh so fast. The nose finds some sour cherry, but much more acetic acid, red wine vinegar, sharp citrus rind, and a bit o' cherry pie. Like a sour punch to the face, wow. So much acetic flavor, vinegar, pithy citrus. Cherry mixes in, faint notes of oak. Not getting alot of brett charecter, or too much from the barrels. A hint of tobacco is detectable. Almost still in the mouth but carbonation is elevated by the sourness. Not the most drinkable Kriek around, but a top one that's for sure.

Photo of TriGuy20
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crimson red/ Very little head/ Slight lace revealed as you tilt glass.
S: Tart Cherry/ Clove/ Mint/ Forest floor- twigs/ Barnyard
T: Sour Cherry/ Clove/ Oak Barrel
MF: Medium body/ Silky/ Slight carbonation/ Nice long sour finish/ Mouthwatering!
Drink: Highly drinkable! With each sip your mouth waters and begs for more.

Fabulous beer! With each smell it reveals new dimensions and one sip begs for another.

Photo of timtim
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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 muttyd
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red pour with little to no head. Almost still looking pour. Big cherry aroma with some barnyard funk. Slight vinegar/acidic aroma as well. Flavor has a big cherry sweetness up front, followed by an oaky/woody earthiness. Dry, tart, and astringent finish. Low to moderate carbonation with a silky smooth mouth feel. Mouth wateringly sour with a pleasant warming feeling as it goes down.

Photo of AJacob81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For my 50th review, the second beer enjoyed with my wife on our recent anniversary trip to Bavarian Lodge. Served in chalices branded with the lodge's logo.

A - Crimson-rose with a pinkish tint when held to the light. A pink, foamy head of about a finger quickly diminishes to a soapy ring that leaves patchy lacing behind.

S - Sour cherries, and heavy tannins. A bit of the ol' barnyard funk as well, just like I expected/wanted this to smell. The cherry aroma is spot-on.

T - Very similar to the nose. Mouth-puckeringly tart cherries dominate up front, with tannins and some vinegar on the back end.

M - Consistent carbonation, low to medium body. Finishes sour, but fairly clean.

D - The vinegar becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. My wife and I split a 25.4 oz bottle, so a smaller serving may have mitigated somewhat. As it was, the last few sips were a chore, although this was a very pleasant drinker early on.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cranberry color. Good clarity.
S: Musk. Cherry, cranberry. Tart.
T: Dry super-tart finish. Quite puckery from tannins (more so than Beersel). Woody earthiness. Musk is prominent. Vinegar is strong with this one.
M: Carbonation not as much as I'd expect.
O: Not as drinkable as the Beersel (the only other Kriek I've tried) due to extreme tartness and tannic bitterness. Don't get me wrong, still a fine beer with all of the fine Kriek qualities. But for the money, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear red color ale with a large lightly pink head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funk and barnyard notes with some tart cherries. Taste is also a funky mix between some tart and barnyard notes with light oak and fresh tart cherries. Body is about average with good carbonation. Refreshing while being complex and funky as hell. Better then the strawberry with good controlled acidity level.

Photo of JAXSON
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375ml bottle. Pours a clear red with a thin ring of head. After like 15 krieks all I can pull out here are the extreme outlying qualities of this. Band aid, hospital room, sour, dry cherry. Heavy acidity in the front palate, which just kills it for me. I'm thinking that it's really difficult to make a sour cherry or raspberry beer, lambic or otherwise, without that blinding acidity. Hanssens failed in this regard.

Photo of ebin6
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked it up while looking for some Thanksgiving sours and it was definitely the highlight. The only other true Kriek I've had is the Lou Pepe which I aged for a year, and while this was a shade under that one the difference is negligible. Combines the sweet and sour aspects of the style superbly; the cherries hit first and quickly it quickly moves onto an excellence puckering sour. This would probably mellow out into a nice sweeter beer within a year, but I like it as is.

Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $10.75 for a 375ml caged and corked bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip to review.

A soft pop of the cork and pour yields almost no head with only slight traces of carbonation. Dark purple in color. No retention or lacing.

Aroma is mainly of old musky basement funk with some raspberry, oak and red grape.

Taste is quite acidic. Definitely more acidic than sour. The funkiness is not as prominent as I was expecting or hoping.

Relatively dry on the mouth with minimal carbonation and a light to medium body.

Certainly there are better examples of the style out there and at this price range, I don't recon I'll be picking this one up again.

Photo of AdamBear
2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-dark brownish red. little to no head...looks more like a wine.

S-smells like a sour wine. abv is there...surprising for only 6%. there is a thick cherry scent hidden within.

T-hits with an EXTREME sourness. oh wow, the whole experience is a bit like a warhead candy. its a quite unique and semi-painful experience. there might be some cherry in there but i can't taste anything past the sourness.

M-medium carbonation, almost watery finish. really makes my mouth water.

D-i must say this isn't very drinkable. it does not go down easily at all. its just entirely way too sour for me.

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting. paired with some local dark chocolate

from notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, dark raspberry body, murky, shortlived fizzy head

smell: sour cherry, oak, yeast

taste: I enjoyed this kriek - much closer to Cantillon than Lindemans. Very oaky/woody with moderate sour notes coming from the cherry. Musty and funky with enough complexity to separate itself from the field

mouthfeel: light - tart

drinkability: good

Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of this with BA roadhouse at Sheffields in Chicago. Poured into tall stemmed wine glasses.

A= This sour ale poured a very clear reddish color with a short lived, fizzy white head. There was a constant tight-bubbled carbonation release that dissipated over time. No lacing of which to speak...

S= The aroma was excellent, with hints of cherry, oak, and funky yeasties all making an appearance. Pretty balanced, but the sourness smelled quite firm.

T= Wow this was a dry and sour beer. Nice cherry flavor throughout, with a great depth and complexity to the sour/yeast character. Finished bone dry and sour, with a nice aftertaste that always inspired the next sip.

MF= Lighter in body, with a decent carbonation that in my opinion should have been higher. Very crisp and refreshing all the same.

D= Not my favorite kriek lambic beer, but certainly a world class example nonetheless. I will drink this beer again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy blood/ruby red color that produced a good pink bubbly head with some good retention behind it. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Extremely sour and dry smelling with some seriously acidic cherry/raspberry fruits. Some lactic characters in there with some hay/barnyard bits in the dryness aspect.

(T)- Just like the smell. Some serious acidic sour cherry/raspberry fruit notes with a mild creaminess in there too. Dry, but mostly full of vivid sour fruits. Mildly funky.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great fruit profile with a nice level of acidic sourness without being too much over-the-top. Very vivid fruits that I am enjoying alot.

(D)- A great lambic. Tastes great with a great balance and fruit profile. Crisp, and just plain enjoyable. Dare I say, one of the better Krieks out there.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured poured brwon with pinkish reddish highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: acidic citrus and oak aromas are the most dominate on the nose with funk barrel, slight cherries, and faint vinegar notes.

T: the cherries come out more on the palate with a good sour bite and had oak, funky, musty, and ctiric acidic accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, fruity, sour, and mild dry finish.

D: it drank good but fell a bit short side by side with the cantillon kriek. It is still a pretty damn good fruit lambic.

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate funky aroma with a nice dose of lactic. Light fruit. Good.

Clear, peach-red colour. No head.

Smooth sourness. A tiny hint of sweetness. Light funk. Cherry. Interesting and good.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

A decent Kriek. Not up to Cantillon standards but not bad.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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)

Photo of codewarrior
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL Singleton, poured into a red-wine glass.

I procured this guy during my first trip to Colorado Liquor Mart, upon discovering their variety of delightful spontaneously fermented lambics in the walk-in. I asked the gentleman which he recommended, and he explained the taste of all of them, and then pointed to Oude Kriek and said: "if you want something lip-puckeringly tart, go with this guy." it did not disappoint.

A: Musty and purple like unfiltered grape juice. Little to no head.

S: Tart, sour cherries. Almost smells like a super-sweet sour-brown ale.

T: tart. ZING! seriously ... ZING! Zesty finish, this thing just keeps going ... :: pucker ::

F: Thick for a lambic, certainly leave an impression.

D: Awesome, and completely unexpected. Man ... amaZING!

Photo of infi
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent and hazy pink color with a thin foamy white head on top. Looks like a lighter shade of fruit punch. Head retention is fairly short as it condenses down into a thin cap. Little to no lacing on the glass as well. The aromas is very pungent and sour- basically a held back cider vinegary aroma, like red wine vinegar. Deep sniffs find the sour cherry sweetness and that traditional barnyard funk.

Taste is quite mouth-puckering! Sour and tart cherries throughout. No medicinal qualities found, which is pretty desirable and lets me know that no supplemental sugars were added- just some countryside cherries. As sour as it may be, the glass still beckons to be sipped on. A notable aspect to be said is that the sourness doesn't linger for too long in the mouth and doesn't leave that sour after effect on your face. But it's basically like sipping on melted cherry Warheads. The taste finishes with a hum funkiness and slight breadyness. Quite engaging overall.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with palpable carbonation on the tongue. This lambic drinks very well, albeit sipper-slow but very intriguing. This Oude Kriek is definitely easing my transition into the sour beers realm very nicely.

Photo of kruthar
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently started trading and this is my first beer to be obtained froma trade. Im excited, so without further adu. Here's teh play by play.

A - Popping the cork is always fun. I poured the whole bottle straight into the glass and got absolutely no head except for a little ring of reddish white bubbles around the rim. The color is a deep red, almost prurple. looks bubbly.

S - The cork smelled as if it came straight out of a whine bottle, more smell straight from the glass presented a strong wine smell with the vinegar scent of a sour beer.

T - A strong tase of sour vinegar hits your tongue before the liquid does. It really does taste like a general light red wine with a sour bite insted of the strong alcoholic aftertaste that some wines have.

M - The mouthfeel is in three stages, the light carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue, then it feels almost as water would in youre mouth until lastly when you swallow the carbonated bie retursns to say goodbye.

D - But I must say the drinkability on this guy is great, if you love sours that is. It is easy to keep taking sips swallows and gulps in whatever fashion you please.

Over all i lioked this beer, couldn't pick out many flavors but its really the sourness that satisfies me and this one has plenty of it. The first impression is deinitley wine. I would have liked a tad more carbonation, but its still good.

Photo of RickS95
1.27/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Doesn't look like a beer. Looks like cranberry juice. Pours burgundy with zero head.

It smells like salad dressing. A mix between vinegar and some sort of berry.

The taste is simply terrible. Based on the look, smell and taste, if I hadn't bought this in a beer store, I'd never guess it to be a beer. The vinegar taste just overwhelms everything else.

This thing destroys your mouth. It's sooo bitter that I literally squint each time I swallow. It burns the back of your throat, it's extremely unpleasant.

I'm not sure I can finish this. Not so much because it's so bad, but because the pain my mouth and throat are in. I don't know what it's like to drink bleach, but it has to be similar to this.

Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like pomegranate juice in the glass. Cloudy, little to no head at all. The few bubbles that came up from the pour settle rather quickly into a flat surface with just a ring skimming the edges of the glass.

S: Very tart and cidery. Vinegar, some very light almond and cherry. Smells about right for the style.

T: PUCKER! That is sour. Tart cherries, and vinegar up front, just a hint of funk in the back.. slightly barnyard in the back.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is hard to tell on this one. It definitely feels alive. Almost a bit of burn in the throat.

D: Definitely a sipper. Tart and tasty, but not something I would drink a whole lot of. A nice change, and definitely something to quench the sour craving.

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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