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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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306 Reviews
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Reviews: 306
Hads: 660
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 59
Gots: 95 | 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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-red appearance. Very smooth, not harsh on palate, not too sour, was expecting harsher. Sweet finsish. Nutty cherry and cidery aroma. A fine concoction of woodiness,hay, lemon and grapefruit and vinegar . Palate cleaner. Full mouthfeel. Real cherry?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark crimson with no head and no lace. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, earth, and some woody aromas. I am getting a sharp whiff of acidic notes if I really stick my nose in the glass. Taste is of extremely tart and sour cherries, earthy funk, and wood. There is a very acidic feeling left in the mouth with each sip. This beer is basically flat with a very tiny amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer as it stands but the carbonation level is pretty lacking (which seems to be a common theme for Hanssens).

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with only a few bubbles floating on the surface. There are no signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of sour cherries in the nose along with some hints of vinegar.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both very sour and quite tart and has some notes of cherries in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation. There is dryness in the finish.
D: With all of the sour flavors, this beer is definitely a sipper.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rose color with some pale brown edging; not much head after the original pour and no lacing

Smell: Brett - barnyard funk, and, perhaps some cherry but that may be the power of suggestion

Taste: Starts out with a touch of tartness and funk but after the swallow, the flavors really progress; the cherry pokes it nose in there but the aggressive sour acidity pushes it out of the way and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with acerbic acidity

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of lambics but I enjoyed this as much as possible for me

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kriek's just don't get better than this one. If they do, then they are well beyond my realm of appreciation. The pour delivers a promising Valentine red color, sparkling clarity and a head formation that's caught somewhere between creamy and spritzy. Aromas of pure lambic tartness, wrapped in berries and cherries dot the aroma profile, while giving a soft wheat, barley maltiness. Flavors are intensly cherries, vineousness, acidity, woodsy, white grapes, kiwi, and lemon zest. Mouth puckering astringency awaits in the mouthfeel, but totally expected. Quite efforvescent to keep the beer powdery, dry, and palate-cleansing. The beer basically evaporates in the mouth, leaving a tart hint of cherries and lambic tartness. Thanks Nathan.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Connecticut Ave in DC. Served in a Hanssens tumbler.

A: Pours a bright red with a bit of a crimson hue. There's a thin pink head that pops up, but then falls down fairly quickly. Afterward, there's a thin collar around the edges of the glass with a few bubbles on top.

S: The nose brings some fresh, tart cherries with a good dose of lactic acidity. Aside from that, there's some mild earthiness in the background.

F: The cherries start things off, but quickly give way to a fairly-harsh lactic presence. It's really quite over the top, and then comes a bit of vinegar. The vinegar isn't overpowering, but is a bit too much, especially considering the strong lactic character and lack of matching cherry flavor.

M: Light body with moderately-high carbonation and a bracingly-sour finish. Quite dry, though the acidity doesn't last too long after each sip.

O: Too much acidity without enough fruit to back it up. Even with more fruit, the lactic is probably too much and the acetic character needs to be taken down a bit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arne. Pours the color of black cherries, darker toward the center and slightly translucent around the edges. Low carbonation and little head. Tart dark cherries dominate the nose, but there's a solid backing of sweaty funk. The cherry aroma has a lot of depth, smelling of skin, flesh and pit. Big tart cherry taste, acidic and dry with low carbonation. There's a lot of lactic sourness, tannic oak, a hint of buttery slickness. Very tart and fruity finish. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Max's. I was very excited because it was my first cask sour ale.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with some light coming through at the edges. Just a small layer of pink head that went away completely.

Smell: Very sour cherry vinegar with a slight sweetness.

Taste: Amazingly sour. Reminds me of cherry vinegar. Tart and mildly sweet with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed my first cask lambic cask. The lack of carbonation was nice as it let me concentrate on the flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy bright red color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: The nose is very tart with plenty of lactic and acetic acid coming through. There is a mild funkiness, but it is covered up by the acidity and the cherry aromas.

T: The flavors follow the nose quite well. Plenty of sweet and sour berries and cherries with a very powerful acidity. The vinegar is quite pronounced on the tongue.

M: Like all of their beers that I've had, this is incredibly acidic and sour. The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The high acidity makes it a little tougher to drink than other sour beers, but it has really great fruit flavors a surprisingly sweetness to balance things out a bit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
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!

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright reddish purple color, no head at all.

Nose of bolotin cherry, light tartness light cherry cough syrup, light sweetness, sour cherry, candy like.

Taste is very tart, mouth watering tartness and sour cherry, light cough syrup, bit of med reddish malts, light acetic acid, chewy bolotin cherries, fairly sweet overall, little flemmy too, finishes sour but quick and very mouth watering and lactic acidic.

Mouth is lighter bodied with no carbonation.

Overall OK but not great, sour and tart, acidic, lots of cherry, fairly sweet, flemmy, but mostly no carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger pink head of good cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a nontransparent darkish red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, and hidden cherry. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nicely sour, with fermented cherry coming through. The bacteria and wild yeast is fantastic. Very clean. The sourness is great, though its pucker-worthy character may turn off some drinkers. Unobtrusive malts. Some sugary sweetness. This is everything I want in a sour. Very subtle. Complex enough. Very balanced even though the sourness is dominant. The tartness is brilliant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Doesn't get in the way of the flavours.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I love this. This is what a Kriek should be. An excellent example of the style; downright paradigmatic. Hides its ABV well. I could drink this all night, though many drinkers could not. A sour lover's dream. It's even well priced. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Awesome. A near perfect beer in the style.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy reddish hue. No head. Nose is antiseptic and funky like I want the lambics to be. Ahhhh. Pure heaven. It's been too long since I have had a lambic. Oh how I have missed thee, my love. Mildly sour, but not overpowering. The fruit tones caress the tongue. Beautiful earthy tones. Feel is very, very smooth. Fairly full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. Like I said. It's been some time since I have had a lambic. Now I remember why I love them so much. (actually...I never really forgot...how could I have?)

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

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in February 2013. Pours fairly clear ruby red color with a 2 finger dense pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a lacing ring that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, grape, pear, clove, pepper, oak, leather, straw, hay, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of cherry, wild/lactic yeast, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, pear, red wine, oak, clove, straw, grass, hay, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, oak, clove, red wine, leather, vinegar, straw, hay, and musty funk on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and wild/lactic yeast flavors; with a very nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour kriek style. All around great complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and lactic/wild yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange amber in color; no head, no lace

Sour aromas with a touch of orange, slight sugary sweetness; very similar to a SweetTart. The flavor is very sour with a a lip-puckering finish; strong lemon flavors. Also present, many berry flavors--particularly cranberry. Like sucking a lemon, the aftertaste is powerfully sour.

This is far more tart than other krieks I've tried, but still delicious.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rosy, raspberry jam color, bold, dark, and murky, with the beginnings of a head, that fizzles to a mere whitish ring.
Aroma: utterly unique, in the way all real lambics, are, dank, gunky, funky, yeasty and wild, smelling of a thousand rustic things at once, and in this case, containing a faint echo of cherries.
Taste: brisk tartness greets the palate, mellows eventually, but returns with every sip. Fruitiness is significant in the flavor, but the sour clearly dominates and easily quells any sweetness insurgency. A delightful buzz on the tongue happens every time, at once fruity, sweet, and sour, and I want to credit it to hops, but I don't ever know what to make of lambics, some times. I liked it, I enjoyed it, but never the sort of thing I'll turn to too often.
A truly intriquing representative of the style, as I must admit I've only encountered sweeter versions before. Now I know what those lambic-lovers are talking about!

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this one, served alongside the Raspberry and gueuze.

A - Pours murky red with a small half finger tall white head leaving very small trails of lace down parts off the glass.

S - Smells of light funk, sour cherries, wet leather and some dry oak. This one smells much better than the raspberry one. It still smells very sour but more in control.

T - Starts off with a nice sour cherry note quickly giving way to hints of light barnyard funk, drying oak, wet leather and plenty of lactic sourness. Not as intensely sour as the raspberry, in a good way. Finish has a good bit of sourness, leaving the pallet dried long after consumption.

M - Like the raspberry the body is slick with intense sour flavor. Unlike the raspberry this one still retains a touch of carbonation, thank god.

O - I didn't like the raspberry very much but this one was a little better. The flavors are more balanced and the sourness is more manageable. For the right price I would get another but I wouldn't run to the store to get some like others from the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark purplish red in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has an eighth finger tall sudsy pinkish head that quickly reduces to a tiny patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries with some very light aromas of oak, vinegar, and barnyard funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sour cherries. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of vinegar, oak, and some very light barnyard funkiness. Minimal amounts of bitterness but the tartness/sourness lingers for a short while beyond the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Really enjoyable but definitely a slower sipping beer because of the level of tartness/sourness.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium tulip. Beer is red and hazy, ruby, with almost no head no lacing and very low carbonation.

Aroma is biting a little, mildly harsh, very acidic. Lactic and acetic with some citric in there. There isn't that leathery smell I get from some De ranke but it smells pretty good, not as complex as some others.

Beer is thin as expected and quite sour on the get on, there is a moderate tartness and a dry finish on the end. There is a malic flavor and a mild acetic flavor next, it's not as complex again as some others but it is quite good.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty ruby hue. Minimal head and lace, as expected with the style.

S: Tart cherries, sour funky deliciousness, wild yeast.

T: Very nice. Belgian fruit lambics have always been one of my favorite styles, and this is a good one. The barrel has left its imprint on this beer, and the wood really tastes nice. Delicious cherries and funky barnyard sourness. Well done.

M: A bit thin with a vinegary, acidic kick in the finish.

D: I could sip on this one anytime. Pairs very well with chocolate. Recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a tiny white head. The aroma is tart with some cherry and vanilla. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries along with some nice character from the oak aging. Not extremely sour, but a great mix between cherry flavor and tartness. The beer is extremely dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

Poured from the cask at Pizza Paradiso DC into a snifter.

No head given. A real nice cherry red body that is consistent throughout with pink dark hues on the edges and clear. There is no carbonation and no lacing at all. It looks more like wine than beer. Tasty looking!

Smell is the classic once again red wine vinegar and tart sour cherries. Vinegar and acidity hits first but it's tolerable and not overpowering.

Taste is a sour cherry in the mid palate, but finishes very uniquely. Red wine vinegar and acid hit on the swallow, a very big stinging acidity almost a taste of white pepper. Mouthfeel is chewy slightly, but also there is an aftertaste of childrens aspirin with this.

I still think it's quite enjoyable though and it's better out of the cask, I think this needs a food pairing ideally than casual drinking, I'd like to have dinner with this for sure, a nice dry aged steak seems in order but not sure how the vinegar component would fit. Perhaps a Kale vegetable and red wine vinegar reduction on the side and you have magic. I really want food with this beer.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
90 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.