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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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524 Ratings

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
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 imblane


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow talk about tart! Bought this one at the Bottle Shop in Carlsbad. Poured a nice red with a big bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Tart as tart can be!! Sour cherries, leather and funk come through in about that order. This is by far the most sour beer I have ever tried. LOVE IT!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:53:31 | More by imblane
Photo of glid02


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask version from the Brick Store during the 12th anniversary party.

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing. The color is very nice.

Smells sour cherries with nice hints of vinegar and light hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour cherry and funky flavors up front are joined by vinegar-like flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms it becomes more tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's tasty but it's a bit too tart to have more than one of these.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, and was happy to have the opportunity to try one of this style on cask. I don't necessarily think the cask makes the beer taste any better, but it's also certainly not any worse. It's just different, and worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2009 23:47:21 | More by glid02
Photo of NCSUdo


4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle

A: Pours a fizzy light red, almost pink under pretty much no head. No lace, no retention.

S: Very tart, fruity, funky. A bit of hay, cherry, yeast. Very good.

T: Very tart again, cherry and fruit character is very fresh tasting. A bit grape-like at times. Very good.

M/D: Light body, carbonation isn't as high as first expected helping a very smooth body. Drinkability is very nice as long as you can stand the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:36:51 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of jwinship83


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml corked and caged bottle purchased on a whim. poured and drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a beautiful murky reddish orange colored body with a very small beige colored head on it. the head is a crown almost immediately, and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this one smells a lot more vinegary than im used to. lots of cherry as well. it smells sweet, yet sour at the same time. some horse barn too. im starting to get excited about this one.

T- the initial blast of sour was hard to get over at first, but i soon loved it. it tastes like real cherries and not some sort of artificial candy. very wild/sour.

M- light bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- i liked this one a lot more than i was expecting to. something id like to treat myself to once in a while. i doubt that i could have another one. the sourness felt like it was quickly eroding my stomach lining and teeth. a wonderful night cap, but unless i was willing to wait a while trying something else wouldnt have worked out well.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:52:48 | More by jwinship83
Photo of jackofclubs


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep red with a head almost non existent tanish foam from this near still beer

S- maybe some cherry but mostly citric and a funk of cow county

T- sour citric acid, some fruit but not what i was expecting

M- i could feel the sourness it had a good weight to it

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 17:12:16 | More by jackofclubs
Photo of roblowther


4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

37,5 cl corked & caged. Pours an orange-tinted ruby red with a thin head that leaves a hint of lacing. Just looks like a kriek should. Smells musty and fruity, like a basket of cherries sitting on a pile of straw. Has an earthiness to it as well. Wow. That's sour. The cherries start the party off, promising a sweetness that dives down underneath the sharp, apple-like sour note that comes on. Oddly enough, subsequent sips find the sourness disappearing rapidly & just leaving the crispness. I feel like I've got a sourness hangover, somehow. The aftertaste is malty and pleasant, really taking the edge off the finish. Really, really remarkable. The mouthfeel is slippery and light but not watery. Nice carbonation. The drinkability is really great, particularly for such a sour beer. A very, very nice sour lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:37:36 | More by roblowther
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Set down in front of me a deep, reddish-purple, still body. Gulp.

Smell: Heady nose of marinated cherry skins with lesser fruity notes of cranberries and black muscats. Stingy scents of decomposing wood drenched with citric, sour lemon juice and vinegar.

Taste: Predominate cherry-like fruitiness, but (gah!) it's nearly obscured behind the intense, jarring acidity and seemingly sea salt-like qualities. Oh so acetic. Hint of musty, rotting wood. Oh so salty. Thinking back on it is giving me a hankering for some salt-n-vinegar chips. Dry finish laced with acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, still body as it's completely flat carbonationwise.

Drinkability: By far the most acidic beverage I believe I've ever come across. Fairly tasty, but it's a real gut-wrencher -- you can literally feel yourself rotting away from the inside due to your newly-formed, bleeding Hanssens Ulcers. So, please, have some TUMS handy!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 13:58:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of illidurit


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant cherry red color with a fizzy off-white head that dies out quickly from all the acidity. Aroma is sour black cherries and a slight funky note. Flavor is tart cherry and strawberry with some nice acidity. Not too sour. Some funky oaky character on the finish. Medium-thin body, dry, lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 06:19:53 | More by illidurit
Photo of jminsc76


4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Exhibits very little head, but that could be from the slight quantity of carbonation (and/or from the aging). The body is a deep red, slightly orange, and very dirty, with plenty of floating sediment.

Aromas are an intense tart, lifting the nose immediately. A bouquet that includes both sweet and sour cherries, plus some oak and wood chips when agitated.

Crazy flavors of tartness and acidity hitting the palate like a freight train, including vinegar, the aforementioned sweet and sour cherries, earth/dirt, and even tomato (amazing that I am enjoying tomato flavor when I can't eat raw tomatoes to begin with).

Plenty of puckering going on here, with a slight burn on the mouthfeel and a pinch on the two sides of the throat just below the angles of the jawbone (think the A1 steak sauce commercial "it gets you right here, and here, and..."). Also sticks to the roof and upper corners of the mouth, which is great for tasting later. :-D

There were a couple of moments when the acidity became a little too intense, so I brought out a triple creme cheese and some crackers to calm the fires and balance the palate. Excellent pairing.

This is indeed a world class Kriek that deserves repeated indulgences. BUT A WORD OF CAUTION: I naively followed it up with a Rochefort 8 and the latter was NOT its usual delicious. If you drink this, make it the last thing you drink for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 16:56:40 | More by jminsc76
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip for a well-carb'd ruby body w/ one-finger light pink head and some sticky lace. A very tart/sour smell with cherry and some other fruit (like berries or grape) and hints of oak and funk. Light-bodied and smooth, slightly creamy even, with a good cherry taste that is slightly sour and sharp due to carbonation. Smooths as it warms, although ABV is slightly noticeable as you take your time. Hints of some earthy hops in there as well and cherry gives off some sweetness, but mostly this is a more dry, sour beer that is to be sipped like a red wine. Perhaps the only reason my grades aren't higher is I prefer Saison/Farmhouse Ale kind of sweetness over a dryness. That's more of me than the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 18:03:26 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Suds


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice Lambic!
This beer is a brownish-cherry color with a modest white head. The aroma is fantastic....lots of funky brett...horse, earth, barnyard and yeast. I love it. Some acidic scents as well, and a little fruit (cherry), but this takes a backseat to the funk. The taste is tart, sour actually, with more fruit coming out in the mid-taste. Bone dry. The sourness sets the stage for the mouthfeel...very puckering. Some carbonation. This stuff is great! It's exactly what I look for in a fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 13:06:09 | More by Suds
Photo of KarlHungus


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale red color. There is no head to speak of. The aroma is of cherries, hints of nuts, and a significant sour/tartness. The taste is very sour. This is by far the most sour fruit Lambic I have tasted. There are still some tart cherries, but not as much as in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 20:04:01 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bright and slightly hazy ruby red color that glows when held to the light. A fairly fizzy head reduces to a small white ring around the glass.

Nose is full of wild yeast funk, and slight cherry. some nice horseblankety action.

Taste is very much traditional belgian max sourness. Alot of wild sour flavor, some nice dry cherry notes with a tiny touch of very mild sweetness through the middle, but nothing that takes away from the savagely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Great sourness, ample carbonation, good.

Overall a very nice sour. If your looking for a traditional belgian kriek, this one will most certainly not dissapoint. A fine lambic, and one i am glad to be putting some age on. Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:16:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a wine class.

A- Reminds me of tropical Kool-Aid. Pours a cranberry red that is relatively clear. Absolutely no head to speak of.

S- Very pungent. Smells like it is going be mouthpuckering sour. Lots of oak and some farmhouse funk. Cherries are slightly represented but pretty muted.

T- On the initial taste this beer has the potential to be a great sour. Lots of brett, oak, sour cherries, and just the perfect amount of acidity. If it ended here, this would be awesome. Alas, this is not the case. Just at the pinnacle of great taste, a sweet, cherry vinegar flavor takes over, very akin to that of a Flander Red Ale. Unfortunately you have to ride this flavor all the way to the finish.

M- Possibly even worse than the taste. Absolutely no carbonation, which makes the sweet vinegar taste just that more prevalent.

D- This one was very hard to put down to say the least. I don't mind a Flanders every now and then, but not when it's mixed with a sour.

Overall, won't be buying or trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:33:22 | More by rhinos00
Photo of LaPeste


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and caged. $13.49 from Vendome in North Hollywood.

A: Slightly translucent cherry red/brown. Minimal head. Slight lacing.

S: Tart cherry, deep vanilla, sour, chocolate

T: Sour from start to finish and keeps lasting, nice! Vinegar, sour cherries, oak.

M: Nicely layered. Puckering.

D: Yep, a sipper. Invites more and more, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 07:18:54 | More by LaPeste
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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
Photo of brendan13


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky dark pink/orangey colour with half a centimetre of white head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Tart cherry and funky , earthy barnyard aromas.
T - Light cherry and funky, earthy flavours.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Quite a sharp acidic bite.
D - A Decent example of the style. But not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 13:27:41 | More by brendan13
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Champagne-sized variety.

Pours out a dull pink, but settles into my tulip a sherry vinegar-like color. Murky. A good spritz of off-white head dies & lingers around the edges.

Smells of strawberries & sweat at first, eventually becoming the imitation sugar-laden cherry syrup that gets oozed over your Carvel sundae. Tail end is acrid wood & burnt sugar.

A notion of turned wine at first, it is immediately replaced with a nice, only slightly offensive pucker that is similar to old white grapefruit juice. Lightly caramelized sugar fills in just before an idea of cherry pits, cork, & what seems like apricot. The finish is tart & dry with vinegar & bread crust.

Carbonation is mild, but whips up the acid at the end. Feel is slightly, slightly, yeasty.

Overall, not too memorable, if only that I rarely make work of a 750 of anything but cheap champagne. Drinkability suffers because of price & the unmemorable qualities my limited short-term memory retains.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 05:38:35 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of cvfish


2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a light reddish color that produced no head whatsoever

S - The aromas of sour cherries and yeast

T - To me, this beer is a sour mess, way too much for me, some yeast and cherry

M - This mouthfeel on this beer had a light to moderate body and a light amount of carbonation

D - Like I have already stated, this beer was like sticking several warheads in your mouth, it had a huge sour cherry kick that really made this beer undrinkable, not a good Lambic

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 01:43:13 | More by cvfish
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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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3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep red, with not a hint of carbonation. No bubbles present.

Nose is vibrant sour cherries, vinegar tartness, light solvent-like alcohol note, a bit harsh.

Taste is acidic, vinegar tartness, sour cherry, hints of wet leather and horse blanket, and more solvent alcohol bite at the back of the throat, almost like nail polish remover. Pinchingly dry, this one doesn't mess around.

Mouthfeel is still, but the acidic bite lends some perceived activity. Medium-light body, just a bit oily.

Even with the solvent-like pinch in there, it's hard to stop drinking this one - the hand just keeps going back to the glass no matter what. That said, I think the carbonation in the bottled version does a lot to soften the bite of this one, which seems counter intuitive. Still worthy of a try.

Serving type: cask

02-27-2009 14:22:02 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of mmmbeer


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL green champagne bottle with no freshness date. Not that it matters - it's been aged for three years before being released, and I've had it for at least a year and a half. It pours into the flute glass an auburn-tinged amber, fairly clear, with moderate carbonation and a thin, light-tan head. The aroma is nice and sour, earthy, with mouth-watering sour cherry that opens my nostrils like menthol. Insanely pungent sour cherries pinch my salivary glands and tingle the back of my throat on the way down. There are hints of wildness and oak that blend well with the extreme acidity, and little, if any, residual sweetness. The body is light and tingly, dry and puckering, yet it's crazy drinkable - but only a sip at a time. A delicious kriek that any fan of sour ales needs to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 18:54:58 | More by mmmbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine artisan ale from this Belgian brewery. Pours a redwood color with a silky tan head. The nose has tart cherries, sweet malts, oak and funk. The taste is a nice balance between oak, manure, sour funk and sweet cherries. Crisp body drinks well. Pairs well with a fish and game.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 06:32:47 | More by rye726
Photo of bark


3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is bottle is brewed in 2005.

The colour is deep red-brown, the liquid almost clear. The minimal head disappears quickly, leaving no lacing.

The smell is tart with notes of vinegar, yeast, earthy hints and a sweet touch of cherry candy.

The taste is dry and tart with the expected notes of minerals, vinegar, iodine, salt and earthy-chemical notes as well as dry flavours of sour cherries, cherry candy and hips. The aftertaste is sour-tart with metallic bitter flavours and an artificial flavour of cherries.

The carbonation is medium strong; medium sized bubbles. The liquid is dry and a little light, yet sticky.

A little too tart for a kriek, I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:07:24 | More by bark
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy red with a small light pink head. Aroma and flavor is quite tart and funky and sour. Some sweet cherry, maybe some fish (?), and acidic notes. Pretty good but a little acidic and there was something odd about it that I couldn't pin down.
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:06:34 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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