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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 81 | 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 DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's. I love the bottled version of this beer and was really looking forward to this.

Beautiful color, mostly flat, thin ring this is a very pretty kriek. The nose has a great cherry character, leathery, fruity and tannic with a nice lambic backbone. The cherry character is about as far from bright as you can possibly get. The palate opens with a blend of funk, cherries and noticeable sulfur. Rather fart-like, the sulfur gets in the way of enjoyability of the beer. Lots of sour cherry with leather and oak. Moderate vinegar, fruity acidity, this is mildly watery on the finish. Too much acidity for my palate, this is not as good as the bottled version IMO.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, $9.99 from Merchants in Dearborn. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler, right on the heels of Hanssens strawberry lambic.

This pours with no carbonation, a dark reddish liquid with zero head. Transparent when held to a light, at least on the first pour.

Nice cherry aroma with lots of funky background noise aromatically speaking. Tart smelling, very similar to aged Cantillon Kriek. And the taste, this is just about what I hoped for. Sour cherries, strong acidity, sort of ulcery feel in my digestive tract.

A great representation of the style, and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this at TJ's Paoli.Poured into my lindemans glass. Ruby colored with a decent white heading.Settles to a fine thin ring around the edging.Seems a bit heavier than anticipated.

Smell is mostly sour cherry.Soft grain notes. Not much else.

Taste however is the most sour beer I have ever had. The tartness to this beer is unbelievable.Though the cherry is there it is a far second to the overwhelming sourness. A touch of vinegar in the finish.After I let it breath for a little bit the heavy barnyard funk really does settle to a more palateable sourness.

Extremely low carbonation and very thin in the mouth.Decent medium body.

A good sour. I usually do like a bit more carbonation and fizzy pop on the tongue to my lambic's. So this was sort of a let down.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a La Chouffe snifter.

A- Light rasberry appearance.

S- Vinegar, tart cherries, and some oak

T- Vinegar and tart cherries hit you upfront just like the aroma. Do not really detect the oak. Decent acidity at the finish.

M- Thin with low carbonation.

O- Not an expert in sours, but I really enjoyed this one. The acidity, vinegar, and tartness is not overpowering. Would recommend to anyone who has not had a lot of sours.

Photo of megahurts4
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hanssens Oude Kriek

Appearance: cherry red, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: funk and cherry fruit.

Taste: sweettart sourness, cherry, and an oak barrel flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a great brew. The flavors are very well balanced and prominent.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa. Super strong smell. Over powering fish scent IMO. Like canned tuna.

This beer is either WAY above me or off. I'm guessing I wasn't ready.

Too real man. The shit is to real. I feel like I'm biting into a piece of wood soaked in dark cherry juice. It's intense.

I like sours, I like wild ales, I like the funk. This is taking the sour to a far end of the dark corner of funk.

Not for the weak of heart. I'm hoping to review this again down the line.

Photo of deapokid
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquid is a deep cranberry color. Carbonation is almost non-existent (much like their Gueuze), leaving no head or lacing... or excitement. I was a bit unimpressed by the stillness, but there was still something about this purplish liquid that was mysterious and intriguing.

Aroma is bursting with a dry cheese stank. It's aggressive and super funky, reminding me of the 2-month old sharp provolone I just threw out last weekend.

Wow! This is one tart SOB. Vinegar and cherry blend together for a concentrated sour blast. The ending is very dry and musky, but it never cuts into that initial tart wave, which is so powerful that its warmth resonates for a long time after. As the liquid warms, a certain nuttiness comes out, which adds another level of complexity. I'm really taken by the balance and tastiness, after being a little unimpressed by the visual and aromatic aspects.

Oddly enough, the lack of carbonation might show the balance off more on the tongue. It's also rather drinkable, once again proving that you can't judge a book by its cover... or smell.

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle labeled Lot E with no other information. This beer poured a medium bodied dark, dark rich red in color with no a single bubble of carbonation. It poured really flat. The aromas are of slightly tart cherries with slight funk. There isn't much complexity. It tastes good, there just isn't too much going on. It tastes of subtle sour cherries with a light sweet tart esque finish. It drinks kind of watery in consistency but it easy to drink. Overall this is a pretty lackluster Kriek. I'm surprised because I normally love Hanssens but this one could've been better.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought two bottles of this. One bottle had liquid almost to the top of the bottle, where the other bottle had liquid just to the mid-neck of the bottle. I chose to review the one with less liquid in it and cellar the other one. This beer pours an almost-clear, bright, ruby red color with absolutely no head whatsoever...thats why I chose to do this one now. I hope the other bottle will have better carbonation. Scent is very lovely with some amazing tart cherry aromas and a ton of FUNK. Hints of oak and balsamic vinegar. Taste is just mind-blowing. So many amazing flavors. The cherry is spot-on and just makes for a perfect Kriek beer. Amazing sour, barnyard funkiness with some delightful oak and lactic acid. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with no carbonation whatsoever. The sourness I just tingling all over my mouth from the inside of my cheeks to my teeth. Overall, I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this beer for having zero carbonation. I don't normally enjoy STILL beers.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage green bottle split in a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: B, no info.

Big old wet kiss thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this awesome sour with a fellow addict.

A - Expecting no carbonation, it looks great. No head, retention, etc. Beautiful blood red merlot wine color with great clarity!

S - Tart cherries and sublimely funky aroma full of yeast and lactic acid sourness. One-dimensional but damn good.

T - Lactic sourness assaults the tongue with tart cherry and funky yeast all over the board. Delicious is an understatement.

M - Light-bodied and incredibly tart/sour with an acidic finish. Near perfection as far as biting sourness in the mouthfeel goes.

O - Fantastic all-around, this kriek is delicious with a huge sourness that's one of the more sour beers I've ever experienced. I grabbed another bottle to share with TheDTrain which wasn't anywhere near as sour. This one gets much better with some age.

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Agold
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on cask at the map room. First drink of the night and started the night off right. poured with the color of a nice red wine with about a quarter inch of bright white head. This receded to a small ring around the outside fairly quickly. The aroma had lots of acid, mostly with some vinegar acidity, not a ton other than some fruityness and acidity. Nice, but nothing super special. The flavor was very nice and refreshing and complex with good cherry and acetic and lactic acid, and some tannic red wine flavors. Pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel was very light with a medium amount of carbonation. Very dry. Overall, a very impressive beer. Good lambic.

Photo of Brez07
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Novare Res. 16oz pour into my chalice. Reviewing from notes taken last weekend

A: Cherry red hue. Basically cherry red, but you can see through it towards the end. Minimal amount of head, no lacing

S: Big cherry punch from my first whiff. Very tart smelling. Almost like cherry pie. Some yeast thrown in there for good measure

T: Not unlike the bottled version. Fairly tart upfront, consisting of mostly cherry flavor. The lack of carbonation does not detract from the beer. Light funk lays the ground work for the tart fruit

M: Smooth and tangy. Medium bodied. Love the mouthfeel of this beer even though it is quite different for the style

D: Wonderfully delicious. Still has all the classic elements and tartness is almost at the same level. However, cask version provides a smoothness that increases overall drinkability

Photo of jpmclaug
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey tumbler

dark red body with hardly any head resting on top at all. Looks like cranberry juice. Nice fresh tart cherry aroma with a hint of funk in the finish. A hint of sweetness mingles in the aroma.

I love this style... tart cherries all the way with a bit of a funky undertone. a bit of a sweetness at first before giving way to an awesome mouth puckering sour cherry flavor. Hardly any carbonation at all in this one, reminds me of cranberry juice once again... really though this beer isn't missing anything without the carbonation though.

Overall I really like this beer. I really like the style and this one hits the nail on the head. A big sour kick and nice cherry flavor. I'm going to have to grab a few more of these. Really great stuff, don't tell anyone though I don't want it to disappear from the shelves!

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of 700Uave
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when this was bottled. I'd guess 2-5 years ago, perhaps longer. poured into a lost abbey tulip.

my first Kriek

This is a beautiful looking beer. deep pink approaching red in color, see through. soapy white foam that quickly settles to a long lasting collar. lacing is minimal.

The smell is musty, vinegar. as it warms some funk and cold sweat comes out. the cherries are not as pronounced in the nose as I had hoped. you can smell the tartness, however.

tart cherries, acidity, funk, vinegar notes. this is by far the most tart beer i've tasted to date. a bit too acidic for me

the sourness and tartness are mouthcoating. not as effervescent as the pour indicated. fairly thin upfront but the carbonation becomes known shortly thereafter. mouth-drying

overall - pretty impressed, however, I found the beer to be quite acidic. I'll be looking to compare this Kriek to others such as Cantillon.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split and poured into to tulips.

A: Deep dark red color. No head no lace. Typical kriek.

S: Mildly funky lactic sourness. Tart macerated cherries, Plastic pool toys, musty basement, vinegar, wet straw. Smells like a winner.

T: Hell yeah! Eye crossing sour punch in the mouth. After a few sips the sour mellows out and the cherry really comes through. Barrel wood, vanilla, mildew, mild spice and vinegar.

M: Medium silky body. Very light carbonation.

O: This is now my third favorite kriek behind LP kriek and Cantillon 100% kriek. Much easier to find too.

Photo of cpmichael
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a yellow-reddish color. Very little foam retention.

S: Tart cherries, Vinegar, and Barnyard Funk.

T: Sour/tart cheeries, vinegar, and a slight oak character.

M/D: Mouthpuckering sour and has you begging for another sip. Not a lot of carbonation, works well though. Awesome beer for the style.

Photo of larryi86
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice deep ruby red color, no head.

S- Barnyard funk, sour cherries.

T- Very sour and tart cherries, lemons, hint of funk in the finish.

M- Crisp, smooth, a little on the light side, almost no carbonation.

O- A great sour cherry lambic. Worth the price, will pick it up again.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark purple. No head, as you'd expect from a lambic. Really murky looky...almost looks like a denser juice

S- funky cherries. Yummy

T- the sourness isn't really too biting with this one...really tart cherries dominate. The key word is "tart" and not "sour". Reminds me a lot of New Glarus's Raspberry Tart. Except these are cherries, not raspberries. So, a cross between that and Wisconsin Belgian Red? OK then

M- it's really thin, as most lambics are. The sourness adds a little bit of a backbone to it, though.

O- I think I might overall prefer wilds to lambics...who knows in the end, both are solid styles. As for this one, it was good to try

Photo of Wiid
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Light reddish/maroon color, very pretty. No head.

S - Funky, sour, delicious fruit. Cherry specifically.

T - Very similar to the nose. Sour cherries and smooth funk. Very acidic. There is a mild syrupy thickness that seems to lessen the kick of this one. Very balanced.

M - Smooth and tart. Mild carbonation.

D - Definitely a slow sipper, but it goes down easy. I don't think I would drink more than one per session, it is an intense beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Would definitely a beer I would drink again and again. Awesome.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish with a bit of head around the edges. Smells like sweaty dog ass. Lots of funk on the nose. tastes sweet and funky. Vry very sour. Lote of cherry hitting hard. Good mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. Overall, interesting and fairly tasty but nothing special

Photo of mwa423
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep red with a slight haze at the bottom of the bottle and a clear ruby red at the top of the bottle. Little lacing, but the deep red is enticing.

S - Yeasty, sour, with some cherry and alcohol. Very enticing. From what I'm hearing around me, smell's like a dog's ass. Myself, I keep away from the dogs' hind ends.

T - Taste is sour and cherry, almost nothing else. The taste makes my tongue curl like a cherry warhead. Sour and loving it!

M/D - Mouthfeel is harsh and tart but smooth on the tongue. Reasonably drinkable and great when shared among a group.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared my bottle at urbancaver's sour tasting tonight.

Pours a cloudy cherry with a nice, pink top.

The nose is a wall of gym sock funk and fruit punch. Musty dog ass. Brewer's yeast. Light nail polish remover.

The taste masks the funk. Light cherry, sour nail polish and mustiness.

Very neat beer. I'd have this again.

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.