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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a small bottle of the Kriek sitting around, decided to drink it. Not sure of the batch, but it is a recent arrival to the store (April 2010).

Pours a rich, deep crimson, hazy, looks like 100% fruit juice. Beautiful.

Nose is a dull oak and bug funk...not Brett horseblanket. Not good at describing the pedio/lactic aromas. Not much else going on, no fruit aromas.

Noticeably heavy mouthfeel, not viscous but big body. Taste of dark fruits but not very sweet. Very nice, a lot going on, some funk but not heavy. Quite balanced, in the direction of a very subtle acidity. Astringent tart finish (a drying and slight puckering effect on the inside of the mouth). Some noticeable tannins there. A great beer, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 18:18:25 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty ruby hue. Minimal head and lace, as expected with the style.

S: Tart cherries, sour funky deliciousness, wild yeast.

T: Very nice. Belgian fruit lambics have always been one of my favorite styles, and this is a good one. The barrel has left its imprint on this beer, and the wood really tastes nice. Delicious cherries and funky barnyard sourness. Well done.

M: A bit thin with a vinegary, acidic kick in the finish.

D: I could sip on this one anytime. Pairs very well with chocolate. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 04:30:40 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle tried 28 Nov 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter (did not realize what a workout we gave this glass for a while...). Small tan head quickly dissipates. Well carbonated. Cloudy rosy color. Smells quite sour (A says like something gone bad, I disagree), cherry pits. Starts quite sour (A cannot taste anything else), very lactic, cherry pits. Fairly acidic and sharp, slightly mellowing in the middle. Some tart cherry comes out as the sour acclimates on the palate. Light body. Moderate alcohol.

A says like a kiss between two punches to the face. We disagreed on the score to this one...

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 05:28:37 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of bamadog


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/23/2010 and poured from a 375 mL corked and caged bottle (that looks bad ass and a little scarred up from quite a bit of time on the shelves, if I had to guess) and poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bit of a rusty brown mixed with ruby; starts with a 1/2 finger head that actually has a bit of a pink hue to it and fades very quickly to a thin and incomplete skim; body is a little cloudy and shows tiny bits of carbonation bubbling slowly up from the bottom; only a couple spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Tart, overripe fruits (cherries) and an acidic bit (apple); very slight vinegar-like smell, but not necessarily to be unexpected in something like this and there is a bit of a leathery funk to it as well. Overall, quite pleasing and a little unique, I really like that earthy/leathery smell.

Taste: Wow, blown away by the super tart flavors and my mouth puckers immediately; sweet, sour and tart all at the same time as cherry and apple flavors hit the tongue; bit of a candied sugary presence and overall I'm reminded of a sour Atomic Warhead (remember those?); a very slight leathery aspect in the back as well, and I'm glad it's present as I really liked that bit in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Once the super intense puckering subsides, my mouth is actually dripping with saliva and wanting more of those flavors; it eventually falls to a slightly dry and sticky coating on the roof of the mouth; body is between medium and light in weight and the carbonation is wonderfully prickly and adds to the sensation of the puckering; belly is left a little warm, but not from the mere 6% ABV, but from the acidity.

Drinkability: Very nice and a lot of fun. The moderate ABV and wonderful scents and flavors make for a very enjoyable experience. I will gladly drink this one again, and may even get another to put up for a while and see how it does with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 18:21:58 | More by bamadog
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with the old lady.

A- a half inch of off white head from a hard pour that instantly vanishes. Hazy pink orange in color.

S- jeepers creepers there's some bugs in there. Super sour and funky with lots of acidity in the nose.

T- so sour and tart with tons of acidity. Bright brilliant sour cherries, strawberries and underipe plums. Lots horse blanket, funky oak and some straw. A mild wheat touch buried in there.

M- thin body and low carb. The liquid sits on the palate and puckers the cheeks very aggressively

D- its one of the most sour brews I've ever had but its so tasty that you want more. I had no problem enjoying my half a bottle but might have been soured out if I had the whole thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:20:11 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, corked and caged. I have no idea the year of it, though it is at least 3 years old according to the label.

It struggles to form a head as I pour it into my Duvel tulip. It ends up with a thin, centimeter-thick white head after a vigorous pour and a cheery cherry colored body.

Smells really funky, among the oak and sour cherry I smell latex and candy corn, very odd. The barnyard funk is there too.

This one is mindblowingly sour but most importantly it is sour cherry, not sour for sour's sake. It works really well with the thick cherry flavor. There is also some sour lemon-citrus in there. There is not too much vinegar or off the wall funk and it is also very sweet to go along with the sour. It is a punch of flavor to your taste buds.

The mouthfeel is almost sport on, with a very nice tart, dry finish, but not too dry. The drinkability is also up there.

This is a fine beer all around, it is very sour, but also very tart, with a good underlying sweetness, a very well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:23:05 | More by crossovert
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:03:41 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BearsOnAcid


3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other day I was on the train. I noticed a girl sitting across from me. Older, long legs, casually dressed with an edge, face was okay, and her almost flat hair was a dark, faded crimson red.

I noticed she had a spongy personality as I started a conversation from 4 feet away. She would politely nod and agree with whatever I said. Never, did she ask any questions about me because I had so many for her.

"Where did you come from?"
"How old are you?"
"What side of the bed do you sleep on?"

She responded quickly, "Belgium. Old enough. In the middle."
She piqued my curiosity, so I took a seat next to her just as the train had made its third stop. A quick gust of wind from the open door had wafted her fragrance right below my nose. A very intriguing scent of musty dark cherries, vinegar, and horse blanket. A band-aid was stuck to her right knee. It didn't look painful though.

We got off at the next stop together. I had two more stops to go but I lied just to walk with her. She quickly grabbed me at the moment we passed an alley and pressed against me. By instincts, I kissed her. Our tongues locked tightly and all I could think of was, "Wow. this is sour." Her taste ran out down my throat and out my nose. She'd eaten a farm-fresh meal earlier. I could taste the bread, scrambled eggs and some cranberry sauce.

Her mouth pull back quickly leaving me nothing but the hunger for more. I've never experienced such a velvety, smooth and sensual kiss before. Quickly she hurried away and before I could see where she went she had turned a corner and vanished. I was left with a burning pit in my stomach that could only be neutralized with her.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 23:19:28 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml thanks to Bobsy, cheers mate!

Pours a dark reddish brown with not much head, no lacing.

Smells quite acidic, a nice dash of oak, a hint of cherries, earth, vinegar, a hint of horsey funk.

Quite an acidic lambic, sharp and not as drinkable as I would prefer. Tart cherries, sour apples, lemons, oak, a hint of something metallic almost blood like, just a dash of funk. Some candied sugar sweetness weaving through. Not overly complex, trying to wow you with the sour factor. Burns on the way down, detracts heavily from drinkability.

Not my favorite lambic but not bad by any stretch, just wish it was a bit more layered and complex. Carb could have used a bit of sprucing up too. Not quite on the level of their geuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 19:24:28 | More by ritzkiss
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the colour of the strawberry jam I have in the fridge, and it even has some purple highlights to it. A small head immediately fizzes to a collar and leaves no lace. The aroma has some funk to it, but is mostly dominated by tart cherries and lactic acid. There's some candy sugar and blue cheese in there too, which makes for a nicer combination than it sounds.

Huge intense sourness hits immediately. Its pleasing in the mouth, but does a number on the stomach. As I type this I'm somewhat regretting spending an evening drinking so many bugs. Asides from the lactic sourness, there's a lot of tart cherry imparting a good fruit character to this kriek, and a nice dose of candy sugar which tones down the initial sour nature of each sip. Medium-light body with a moderate, soft carbonation.

This was certainly drank in classier surroundings than my first Hanssens, but its not as good as the gueuze. It doesn't quite have the complexity of that beer, and this one seems a touch unbalanced and a little harsh. I also like my krieks with a touch less sourness and a touch more funk. Its certainly a slow drinker because of the sourness, but its still an enjoyable beer, and with a few tweaks I think it can be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 14:23:04 | More by bobsy
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into some small glasses. Let this one warm up over time.

A- Pours a bright blood red with some slight mahogany if you lok closely. Some small soda like bubbles on top for a bit than stillness. just a red liquid. No lace but looks delicious.

S- Smells like a great kreik with cherries and some sense of cherry juice. Really that's all I get from this, It's large. A bit of musky funk towards the end.

T- Great burst's of cherries off of the vine. With some warming it gets a cherry syrup vibe a bit and a bit of vanilla. Some earth and light funk and oh yeah sour.

M- Feel is nice and light with a good amount of carb. On the end there is some acidity that felt like putting a battery on your tounge when you were young. Sweet and tart with some puckering.

D- I take my time with good lambics and I spread my glass over a hour or so, so I guess this one is good. Now I need to find some more. Great stuff that im surprised I have not tried before.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:14:32 | More by BARFLYB
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It's a good lambic. Not as sweet as some I've had, and not as fruity. I like it, but there are better ones, but it worth drinking again. I want to try their strawberry lambic.

A: Deep ruby red, pale, pink head just is no more than a thin ring around the glass. Beautiful to look at.

S: Tart cherry, barn, wet wool and a hard to describe twang (funk?). Nothing is over powering, it all blends into an intriguing aroma.

T: A little sharp at first, sour cherry, acidic bite up front, olive brine. A touch of candy sweetness rises in the middle then fades to a sour cherry finish with a hint of bitterness and black pepper.

M: Lighter bodied, smooth and effervescent on the tongue.

D: Drinkability is good for a beer so sour. Requires small sips to appreciate the flavor. I think a gulp would be unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 23:52:00 | More by diechipmunk
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2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from City Beer in SF. This was expensive as hell, $17 or so. Oh man, this was interesting to say the least.

A - Red in color with a small white head.

S - Aroma of cherries, funk, and canned tuna. Yes, tuna. Not too enjoyable.

T - Sweet cherries, then tartness, vinegar, and funk. Horse blanket, pig sweater, llama comforter, elephant jacket, and camel overcoat were all present in the flavor. Tuna on the finish. Pretty good in a way, but a little disturbing in another. It grows on you.

M - Nice sharp, biting palate with lively carbonation.

D - Not so good. This has some nice elements to it but is a little questionable overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 20:46:56 | More by nickd717
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pink with a small white head.

S: Very acidic and puckering - it really stings the nose. Clean cherry aromas, earth and grass. Lots of funk - barnyard and mud.

T: The taste is very sour, but still manageable. In fact, I really like the stuff. There is also a surprisingly noticeable sweetness. Lots of clean cherry flavors and notes of grass, earth and cherry pits. The finish is tart and dry with residual notes of cherries and cherry pits.

M: Medium body, refreshing carbonation.

D: A good one. Lots of acidity, so it's not for the faint of heart.


NOTE: A quick note about a bottle that had been cellared only for about 6 months (usually they are cellared at least 12 months at the brewery before being released):

Both aromas and flavors are more gentle and slightly edgier than older bottles. The cherries are more pronounced and almost have a candy-like character. It's less acidic and less funky. It has more sweetness to it, due to the bigger cherry flavors. I preferred the older bottle since it was more complex, more sour and all in all more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 22:41:59 | More by ricke
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a beutiful, clear, cherry red color, with a very light over tone of golden brown. A minimal head of foam, which is a light pink color, forms and recedes quickly. Lacing is good, but also very slipperey.

Super tart cherry smell. Worn leather. Some good barnyard funk notes, also. Hints of hay and a light touch of wet horse. A mild undertone of dark chocolate.

The tip of your tongue gets a nice kiss of cherry sweetness, but before you have the chance to savor it, the tart cherries declare war on your palate. This is a very good thing to happen, though. The cherries are a very prominent flavor here, which is great. Too many times, I think the fruit flavors in lambics get 'blended down' or lost. The tartness, combined with the oak aging, give this one heck of a dry finish.

Light and crisp body, which is according to style. The high acidity level makes it quite rough around the edges, though.

This one has great flavor, but the sharpness of the mouthfeel would keep most people from enjoying it in abundance.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 20:07:42 | More by coldmeat23
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite red, with a golden glow. The head required an assertive pour in order to produce any sort of head. White, somewhat frothy, and holding a solid retention when it does get the opportunity to form.

S: Cherry, hay bale, horseblanket, hints of black pepper. Scents are modest, delicate, and complex... a finer attribute of the beer.

T: Cherry isn't as intense as I may have expected. Rather, it provides a nice accent for the other flavours.... wonderfully sour, horsey, and an earthy, damp, mustiness.

M + D: Tingling carbonation, medium bodied, with a puckering, dry finish, giving it a bit of a 'dusty feel' moments after finish. The sour qualities make it a sipping brew, but like a lemon, finish with that mouth-watering savoury note. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:06:15 | More by Proteus93
Photo of botham


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep ruby red with a soapy rim of light pink and no retention or lacings.

aroma is of rich earthy funk and overripened cherries with a lightly sweaty funk among a bacterial sourness. wonderfully funky with a sweaty character.

taste is of vinous sour cherries and a lightly tart background along with a semi-sweet profile. the same sweaty funk from the aroma shows up here as well. very pleasant on the palate with an acidic sour note on the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tart texture and an acidic finish and a residual tartness. lightly tart after the fact.

drinkability is good. very funky and full of sour cherry character. very palatable with a nicely concentrated profile. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 16:08:09 | More by botham
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: red tinged amber body, thin white head. Visible carbonation

S: heavy funk. I believe it's 50% petting zoo.

T: SUPER tart, but not barnyard funk as much as straight up tart. Good tart cherry with a sweet finish.

M: super smooth despite the tartness. Light to medium bodied.

D: fantastic kriek.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:50:40 | More by drseamus
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep ruby red that is slightly hazy and has some nice orange highlights at the edges. Has a nice crystal ball effect going on. The white head is rather thin, but does have some decent retention.

S- A nice snap of vinegar at the front, some fruit- most notably cherries, and then an odd cooked vegetable smell. There is also that distinct horse blanket aroma in the background as well.

T- Very tart at first, but once it settles in it isn't too bad. I get some vinegar, cherries, an odd vegetable taste, a bit of earth, olives, and sometimes peanut butter and jelly pop up in there. This is complex and unique, but it seems like something is missing.

M- Very tart and dry. About what you would expect for the style.

D- An overall enjoyable beer that is a bit of a sipper. There are better lambics out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:42:24 | More by david131
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow talk about tart! Bought this one at the Bottle Shop in Carlsbad. Poured a nice red with a big bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Tart as tart can be!! Sour cherries, leather and funk come through in about that order. This is by far the most sour beer I have ever tried. LOVE IT!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:53:31 | More by imblane
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask version from the Brick Store during the 12th anniversary party.

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing. The color is very nice.

Smells sour cherries with nice hints of vinegar and light hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour cherry and funky flavors up front are joined by vinegar-like flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms it becomes more tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's tasty but it's a bit too tart to have more than one of these.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, and was happy to have the opportunity to try one of this style on cask. I don't necessarily think the cask makes the beer taste any better, but it's also certainly not any worse. It's just different, and worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2009 23:47:21 | More by glid02
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle

A: Pours a fizzy light red, almost pink under pretty much no head. No lace, no retention.

S: Very tart, fruity, funky. A bit of hay, cherry, yeast. Very good.

T: Very tart again, cherry and fruit character is very fresh tasting. A bit grape-like at times. Very good.

M/D: Light body, carbonation isn't as high as first expected helping a very smooth body. Drinkability is very nice as long as you can stand the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:36:51 | More by NCSUdo
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml corked and caged bottle purchased on a whim. poured and drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a beautiful murky reddish orange colored body with a very small beige colored head on it. the head is a crown almost immediately, and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this one smells a lot more vinegary than im used to. lots of cherry as well. it smells sweet, yet sour at the same time. some horse barn too. im starting to get excited about this one.

T- the initial blast of sour was hard to get over at first, but i soon loved it. it tastes like real cherries and not some sort of artificial candy. very wild/sour.

M- light bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- i liked this one a lot more than i was expecting to. something id like to treat myself to once in a while. i doubt that i could have another one. the sourness felt like it was quickly eroding my stomach lining and teeth. a wonderful night cap, but unless i was willing to wait a while trying something else wouldnt have worked out well.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:52:48 | More by jwinship83
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep red with a head almost non existent tanish foam from this near still beer

S- maybe some cherry but mostly citric and a funk of cow county

T- sour citric acid, some fruit but not what i was expecting

M- i could feel the sourness it had a good weight to it

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 17:12:16 | More by jackofclubs
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

37,5 cl corked & caged. Pours an orange-tinted ruby red with a thin head that leaves a hint of lacing. Just looks like a kriek should. Smells musty and fruity, like a basket of cherries sitting on a pile of straw. Has an earthiness to it as well. Wow. That's sour. The cherries start the party off, promising a sweetness that dives down underneath the sharp, apple-like sour note that comes on. Oddly enough, subsequent sips find the sourness disappearing rapidly & just leaving the crispness. I feel like I've got a sourness hangover, somehow. The aftertaste is malty and pleasant, really taking the edge off the finish. Really, really remarkable. The mouthfeel is slippery and light but not watery. Nice carbonation. The drinkability is really great, particularly for such a sour beer. A very, very nice sour lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:37:36 | More by roblowther
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.