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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

553 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 48
Gots: 74 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Dweedlebug, Mar 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Ak555667, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL corked & caged bottle.

Pours a nice ruby color with little to no head. Strong, sour aroma of, predictably, cherries, with farmhouse hay and wood. Crisp, nice, sour in the mouth. Finishes very tart on the tongue, nice and clean. I really appreciate the strength of the tartness. An excellent sample.

RockyTopHeel, Nov 09, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Matthewpakula, Mar 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Flashyspoons, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
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.

infi, Sep 20, 2010
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.

muttyd, Dec 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of mlazzaro
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle aged one year in my cellar. No best before date. Explosive cork. Served cellar temp. Clear ruby red color. Little to no head w/o an aggressive pour. Smell good: even though its made from cherries, I get a strong strawberry aroma. Highly acid just in the nose. Taste is tart and fruity, yet very dry. Only slightly carbonated. Flavor is darker fruitiness than smell. I believe the smell is mostly yeast and bacteria where the flavor pushes the actual fruit. Wide range of mouthfeels, lots of lactic acid. Kind of scorching and definitely a last beer of the night kind of beer. It literally made my tongue sore, and I love sour beer and drink them regularly, that's never happened to me before. I still enjoyed it. Unique and exciting.

mlazzaro, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 3F wine glass. Ruby red color with virtually no carbonation. Only an occasional few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Tart acidity in the smell. Has a spicy and fruity character, but also a funky almost sulfur note as well. There is also a worchestershire sauce quality in the nose too.

Taste is tart with cherries and other fruit. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Sourness gives your parotid a workout.

Overall this was excellent. I have only recently started to gain an appreciation for the style.

TrappistJohnMD, Aug 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

ACarp, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SStein, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of julian
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Wow, really clear, almost crystal, bright crimson red. One of the most beautiful looking Kriek’s I’ve seen. Fluffy pink head that creates a nice layer but reduces prompty to a foamy blanket on the surface. 5

S: Some woody must, barnyard funk, a little dry fruit, tart cherries, acidity. Familiar, yet interestingly different aroma. 3.5

T&M: Up front there is some tartness, and general acidity, with a good fruity cherry flavor at the end that finishes extremely crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is perfect for the style, if not too perfect. 4.5 / 4.5

O: This beer is a perfect example of what over a century of traditional Belgian brewing can yield. This beer is perfectly crafted not only in the way it’s spontaneously fermented and blended with cherries but how it’s aged in barrels and then bottle conditioned. After all that, it comes out nearly crystal clear, with head, great carbonation and an amazinlgy crisp, refreshing taste. I can find it locally, but it takes time. This beer is amazing. 5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

beerFool28607, Aug 11, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another first for me. Picked up at Kahn's in Indy along some old favorites.

Upon finishing my exit interview at college i returned to my now empty apartment and popped open this brew to celebrate. It pours very dead. A flat darkish red copper with absolutely no head at all but aroma seemed right on. A lot of tart and funk are easily detectable in the nose the dark cherries take a little while to sneak up. Taste matches the nose but a little hint of vinegar was present that left me perplexed. Mouthfeel was a little sticky as well. Not a bad beer but as long as its priced the same as my oude beersell krieks, I doubt I will be revisiting this one much.

soper2000, May 26, 2005
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Ivegotmule, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

GreatBloomer, Apr 29, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a flat looking ruby cherry colour with little to no head. To be expected I guess.

Brilliant Kriek aromas of cherry and sour stink. Has a ton of "poo" to go with some more barnyard/feral notes. Farmy, fruity and spicy with hints of leather, tar and DMS. Very complex. Very good stuff.

Sour sour cherry dominates the palate. This is long and lasting in flavour, with a very strong sour edge. Very tart to begin with, yet it mellows with time with strong fruit flavours of grape and under ripe red fruits. Good flavour that expands over time/warmth. Develops a darker edge, more oak, leather and a salty finish.

Good drop and a good example of the style.

koolk, Dec 05, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

skydogpenn, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Rmatuszak2, Aug 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

RoyFokker, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ASUBeer, Jan 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Matthew1788, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Ken_P, Jul 28, 2014
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.