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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

561 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 50
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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?

Sammy, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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).

UCLABrewN84, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

acurtis, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.4%

nmann08, May 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

metter98, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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

brentk56, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 16, 2010
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jul 03, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

largadeer, May 25, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 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
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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
90 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.