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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

562 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 562
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 gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a 375 ml bottle notched a g on side of label

A- pours a mostly clear garnet color with no head some bubbles form on side of class as it warms that produces the slightest film on top,,that stays til finish

S-first is tart cherries mixed with vinegar its mixed with barnyard and an oak wood and leather with barnyard funk

T= is strong sour cherry very tart,with vinegar notes that are followed with a wooden oak taste with leather musty tastes grasses and funk

M- is light and smooth with almost zero carbonation..its like a fine wine to be sipped the tart cherries mix well with the vinegar and oak it gets better as it warms it has almost zero carbonation and finishes dry

D- drink this one very slow and serve it at least 60.. enjoy the subtle nuances as it warms .. this one has a very dry and sour finish

gatornation, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep crimson color with almost no head but a decent amount of effervescent carbonation bubbles up the side.

The aroma is sweaty and funky with cherry pits and morning dew. A bit solventy.

The flavor is bursting with fresh cherry flavor. Luckily, no solvent nature found in the flavor. Notes of tropical fruit, grassiness, and some attic must but mostly that huge cherry flavor. A mouth and sinus engulfing experience.

The body of this one is medium to light and carbonation is very low, definitely too low. The flatness concentrates all of that huge cherry flavor and makes it nearly overwhelming.

Overall, this beer tasted absolutely magnificent but because of the low carbonation the drinkability suffers. I was completely satisfied after only 2 or 3 ounces and didn't really want any more. A fine beer for sure, but one that I would split many ways.

alcstradamus, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tulip glass. I should also note that when the foil and cork were pulled, there was no pop, but merely a mild hiss.

A: A heavy, forceful pour yields zero head or residual lacing. The minut carbonation stuck to the side of the glass. Murky maroon in color, yet when held to the light there is a pink marble-like brilliance. There is edge separation, denoting the three plus years of aging.

S: Immediate hints of astringent vinegar. In an odd way, it almost smelled like a freshly unwrapped band-aid. Once I got past the initial barnyard-like funk, I was able to detect hints of freshly pitted black cherries. Zero hops and malt.

T: Upon contact with my lips, my mouth was swimming in a sea of tart cherry. But within milliseconds, the malic acid overwhelms the fruit and invades my taste sensations. I instantly start salivating as the sour funk, heavy vinegar and tannic acid make their way down the back of my palate.

M: Considering this is almost flat, I do not find it to be offputting. It feels natural, organic, like it's meant to be, and unmanipulated. It feels like it hasn't been played with, that what naturally happens, happens - expectations be damned.

O: This is one to sip on, and slowly. As it warms, the cherries come out to play. So don't rush things, just sit back and enjoy the show.

This is one of my first ventures into the sour realm. I can honestly say that this is one of the most unique and intriguing beverages I've ever consumed. I now understand why there is such a strong following for beers like this, and I can certainly see myself digging deeper and deeper into the style.

Rhettroactive, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of IKR
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A Deep Red with Burgundy Overtones. Zilch for carbonation but a extremely beautifully colored beer

Smell: Tart Cherry, Faint Vinegar Aroma with some barnyard smells. I do get the musky overtones other reviewers have noticed.

Taste: Tart Cherry with a tangy sour that is not dialed down in the least. I love Russian River Sours such as Supplication and Consecration but their sourness level is balanced more towards the sweet side than this beer. If you find those beers have all the sourness you need, you might want to pass on this beer.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with no carbonation. I would have preferred some carbonation.

It's an extremely sour tart beer. I can see a lot of people not liking this but it works for me even without the carbonation.

IKR, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Swimsum
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip, vintage unknown.

No popped when removing the cork, not a good sign. Pours out a crimson color with absolutely no head... Is this from Lost Abbey? Kidding aside, there really is nothing as far as bubbles go. This is quite sad as it is flat like water. When held to light it is a deep cheery red that is slightly hazy. No lacing is left. I wish this had some form of head as I bet it would make the beer look much nicer.

Very sour smelling with some cherries backing up the sour/acidity. The cherries start to come out more as the beer warms. There is also some weird funkiness that comes out every now and then that isn't all that pleasing. Sort of musky.

Mouth puckering sour upon first sip. Acidity hits you right away and like the smell finishes with some nice cherry flavor. As the drinking goes on, the acidity dies down and it actually drinks quite nice but sourness is still very apparent. There is a slight sourness that lingers in the mouth after the beer is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is as expected, pretty thin due to no carbonation. I'm going to guess this would be much better if it has some carbonation.

I can only wonder what this could have been if it had carbonation. It is actually a pretty sour beer as well. Overall it is drinkable but without carbonation it's not the easiest drinking thing. I would like to retry this and hopefully it will be carbonated.

Swimsum, Jan 15, 2011
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 pmlondrigan
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color pinkish read with a red tinted head that fades oh so fast. The nose finds some sour cherry, but much more acetic acid, red wine vinegar, sharp citrus rind, and a bit o' cherry pie. Like a sour punch to the face, wow. So much acetic flavor, vinegar, pithy citrus. Cherry mixes in, faint notes of oak. Not getting alot of brett charecter, or too much from the barrels. A hint of tobacco is detectable. Almost still in the mouth but carbonation is elevated by the sourness. Not the most drinkable Kriek around, but a top one that's for sure.

pmlondrigan, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of TriGuy20
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crimson red/ Very little head/ Slight lace revealed as you tilt glass.
S: Tart Cherry/ Clove/ Mint/ Forest floor- twigs/ Barnyard
T: Sour Cherry/ Clove/ Oak Barrel
MF: Medium body/ Silky/ Slight carbonation/ Nice long sour finish/ Mouthwatering!
Drink: Highly drinkable! With each sip your mouth waters and begs for more.

Overall:
Fabulous beer! With each smell it reveals new dimensions and one sip begs for another.

TriGuy20, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. blown away every time i have one of these. glowing dark cherry red with no head, but a little collar that hangs on the whole time. nose is horse, barn, oak, earth (wet earth/mushroom) and tons of real cherry. very acidic. all is expressed simply wonderfully in the taste and the palate just opens up for loads of sour cherry goodness. it makes me salivate like crazy. virtually still and soft/silky medium body; it is so lovely i never want it to end. the most refined and elegant flavors are going on here and my gears are really turning. i just can't say enough good stuff. not for the faint of heart. very very sour. one of the best lambics i have ever tasted. seriously underrated in my opinion.

timtim, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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
Photo of AJacob81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For my 50th review, the second beer enjoyed with my wife on our recent anniversary trip to Bavarian Lodge. Served in chalices branded with the lodge's logo.

A - Crimson-rose with a pinkish tint when held to the light. A pink, foamy head of about a finger quickly diminishes to a soapy ring that leaves patchy lacing behind.

S - Sour cherries, and heavy tannins. A bit of the ol' barnyard funk as well, just like I expected/wanted this to smell. The cherry aroma is spot-on.

T - Very similar to the nose. Mouth-puckeringly tart cherries dominate up front, with tannins and some vinegar on the back end.

M - Consistent carbonation, low to medium body. Finishes sour, but fairly clean.

D - The vinegar becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. My wife and I split a 25.4 oz bottle, so a smaller serving may have mitigated somewhat. As it was, the last few sips were a chore, although this was a very pleasant drinker early on.

AJacob81, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cranberry color. Good clarity.
S: Musk. Cherry, cranberry. Tart.
T: Dry super-tart finish. Quite puckery from tannins (more so than Beersel). Woody earthiness. Musk is prominent. Vinegar is strong with this one.
M: Carbonation not as much as I'd expect.
O: Not as drinkable as the Beersel (the only other Kriek I've tried) due to extreme tartness and tannic bitterness. Don't get me wrong, still a fine beer with all of the fine Kriek qualities. But for the money, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

jibbyvonjibb, Dec 07, 2010
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
Photo of JAXSON
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375ml bottle. Pours a clear red with a thin ring of head. After like 15 krieks all I can pull out here are the extreme outlying qualities of this. Band aid, hospital room, sour, dry cherry. Heavy acidity in the front palate, which just kills it for me. I'm thinking that it's really difficult to make a sour cherry or raspberry beer, lambic or otherwise, without that blinding acidity. Hanssens failed in this regard.

JAXSON, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked it up while looking for some Thanksgiving sours and it was definitely the highlight. The only other true Kriek I've had is the Lou Pepe which I aged for a year, and while this was a shade under that one the difference is negligible. Combines the sweet and sour aspects of the style superbly; the cherries hit first and quickly it quickly moves onto an excellence puckering sour. This would probably mellow out into a nice sweeter beer within a year, but I like it as is.

ebin6, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark reddish color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, red-colored head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A big, fruity, funky aroma. Lots of raspberries, cherries, and some malt.

T: Tasted of raspberries, cherries, yeast, malt, and that typically Belgian funk. Very vibrant and complex. Quite possibly the most sour beer I've ever tried.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Keep in mind that this beer isn't for everyone. The sourness will put some people off. That being said, I think it's a very drinkable beer.

avalon07, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of ibbjamin
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $10.75 for a 375ml caged and corked bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip to review.

A soft pop of the cork and pour yields almost no head with only slight traces of carbonation. Dark purple in color. No retention or lacing.

Aroma is mainly of old musky basement funk with some raspberry, oak and red grape.

Taste is quite acidic. Definitely more acidic than sour. The funkiness is not as prominent as I was expecting or hoping.

Relatively dry on the mouth with minimal carbonation and a light to medium body.

Certainly there are better examples of the style out there and at this price range, I don't recon I'll be picking this one up again.

ibbjamin, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-dark brownish red. little to no head...looks more like a wine.

S-smells like a sour wine. abv is there...surprising for only 6%. there is a thick cherry scent hidden within.

T-hits with an EXTREME sourness. oh wow, the whole experience is a bit like a warhead candy. its a quite unique and semi-painful experience. there might be some cherry in there but i can't taste anything past the sourness.

M-medium carbonation, almost watery finish. really makes my mouth water.

D-i must say this isn't very drinkable. it does not go down easily at all. its just entirely way too sour for me.

AdamBear, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting. paired with some local dark chocolate

from notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, dark raspberry body, murky, shortlived fizzy head

smell: sour cherry, oak, yeast

taste: I enjoyed this kriek - much closer to Cantillon than Lindemans. Very oaky/woody with moderate sour notes coming from the cherry. Musty and funky with enough complexity to separate itself from the field

mouthfeel: light - tart

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of this with BA roadhouse at Sheffields in Chicago. Poured into tall stemmed wine glasses.

A= This sour ale poured a very clear reddish color with a short lived, fizzy white head. There was a constant tight-bubbled carbonation release that dissipated over time. No lacing of which to speak...

S= The aroma was excellent, with hints of cherry, oak, and funky yeasties all making an appearance. Pretty balanced, but the sourness smelled quite firm.

T= Wow this was a dry and sour beer. Nice cherry flavor throughout, with a great depth and complexity to the sour/yeast character. Finished bone dry and sour, with a nice aftertaste that always inspired the next sip.

MF= Lighter in body, with a decent carbonation that in my opinion should have been higher. Very crisp and refreshing all the same.

D= Not my favorite kriek lambic beer, but certainly a world class example nonetheless. I will drink this beer again in a heartbeat.

spointon, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with tinges of purple and lavender. No real head, just a wisp of bubbles

Smells like oak, a huge biting aroma of cherry/berries, and ... hmm ... zesty malted barley and/or wheat? Interesting.

Bracingly sour. Vinous grape-y sourness assaults your senses, a huge berry/cherry backbone ... a little carbonation might help, but twas not to be ... and a biting oak-y yeastiness. Delicious.

I'm starting to get pretty impressed with hanssens.

**REALLY SOUR.

Overlord, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy blood/ruby red color that produced a good pink bubbly head with some good retention behind it. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Extremely sour and dry smelling with some seriously acidic cherry/raspberry fruits. Some lactic characters in there with some hay/barnyard bits in the dryness aspect.

(T)- Just like the smell. Some serious acidic sour cherry/raspberry fruit notes with a mild creaminess in there too. Dry, but mostly full of vivid sour fruits. Mildly funky.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great fruit profile with a nice level of acidic sourness without being too much over-the-top. Very vivid fruits that I am enjoying alot.

(D)- A great lambic. Tastes great with a great balance and fruit profile. Crisp, and just plain enjoyable. Dare I say, one of the better Krieks out there.

sweemzander, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured poured brwon with pinkish reddish highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: acidic citrus and oak aromas are the most dominate on the nose with funk barrel, slight cherries, and faint vinegar notes.

T: the cherries come out more on the palate with a good sour bite and had oak, funky, musty, and ctiric acidic accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, fruity, sour, and mild dry finish.

D: it drank good but fell a bit short side by side with the cantillon kriek. It is still a pretty damn good fruit lambic.

Gobzilla, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate funky aroma with a nice dose of lactic. Light fruit. Good.

Clear, peach-red colour. No head.

Smooth sourness. A tiny hint of sweetness. Light funk. Cherry. Interesting and good.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

A decent Kriek. Not up to Cantillon standards but not bad.

dgilks, Sep 29, 2010
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
90 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.