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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

605 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 53
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle courtesy of TPatuto. I believe this is from 2009. Reviewed on 8/31 from notes.

A: Dark cherry red, appropriately. No lacing, but carbonation freckles swarm the side of the glass.

N: Pronounced cherry and oak. Acidic sourness hits me pretty well. Marionberry, vinegar and acetone. Plum and grape.

T: Very powerful acetic sourness. Dark sour cherry and a heavy amount of tannic oakiness. Definite acetone and vinegar presence. Not a ton of funk which I'm alright with in a fruit lambic. I do have to say this super, super sharp, so drink accordingly.

M: Somewhat oily and prickly.

O: A good fruit lambic in a pinch, but at this point, it's more like a venomous Flanders Red. Or a Rodenbach Grand Cru with an extra dose of sour power.

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DanK4
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pours dark ruby red, just beautiful. Decent head to it but it dissipates quickly. Looks like cherries.

S: Tart sour cherries, some raspberry, big lemon hint, and a bit of funk. Almost like a farmhouse funk but tart from the lemons.

T: Big cherry and sour raspberry flavor right off the bat. The carbonation keeps the beer off the tongue so it was hard to get a real flavor profile at first, but as it warmed up the carbonation died down and you could pick up even more lemon. The taste is what made this beer for me.

M: Lighter than I anticipated. Light to medium, once it's been sitting for a bit.

O: Solid lambic in my opinion. A nice step up from a Monk's Cafe.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is ruby red. There are just a few bubbles in this one (more often than not I get very little carbonation in this beer, but every now and then a bottle will have some).

The aroma appropriately has a lot of tart, slightly medicinal cherry. A hint of lemon rind is evident.

The taste starts out dry with notes of wheatgrass and quickly evolves into sour lemon juice with cherry notes mixed in. The finish is very clean and very tart.

This has very mellow carbonation if any, with a light body. This is very good. I find this is one that has a lot of bottle variation. At times it's been one of the most acidic beers I've had. This particular bottle strikes a pretty good balance.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of kojevergas
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

A

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oude Kriek
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Style: Lambic - Fruit
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Pours a limp and lifeless ruby color, fine clarity and virtually no head or trace of bubbles. Pours like cranberry juice.

SMELL: Musty basement, red wine vinegar, cherry, leather, shoe polish, barnyard funk.

TASTE: Sour to the extreme, the Oude Kriek has a big lactic bite from the wild yeast, and remains incredibly sour like a cherry warhead. Light wheat and grain elements and a bit of alcohol. There is a small note of sour cherries, then more puckering, straight up gut wrenching sour, and I like it.

FEEL: Medium bodied, with a modest but present carbonation. Has a good amount of life to it, drying sour bite and oaky tannins. Drinks like a true lambic.

OVERALL: An impressively sour and well blended lambic beer. The proportion of cherries just add to the tartness, and this beer ends up not for the weak of heart or stomach. Pounding acidity and a flavor that lasts.

Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like pretty much everything else I have had from Hanssens, I can not find a bottle date. So who knows how old this bottle is?

A: Pours a bright and vibrant reddish/pink color. I love the color. A one finger white head forms, and vanishes in a second.
S: Tart, acidic, and ultra funky. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Not a lot of cherry sweetness or fruit aromas.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tart, acidic, and sour bite. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Wow, everything is very strong and over powering. I love the style, but this is over barring.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I do like funky sours, and enjoyed this on a hot afternoon. Though, just a bit over powering.

I love me some sour and funk. This certainly fits the bill, and I did enjoy my bottle. Though over barring, in a sense that even puts Cantillon to shame. If you want to impress some sour heads, this is what you should bring.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.