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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

571 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 53
Gots: 77 | 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 Urbancaver
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Urbancaver, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

mwa423, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

beachbum1975, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-red amber. Very red with almost no head.
S-very funky in the nose. "smelly gym socks" and "musty dog ass"
T-alot better than it smells. For sure. Nice tart and fruity. Almost cherry. Way better than it smells.
M-light crisp with a tart aftertaste.
D-very drinkable. Taste was gone in no time!

brew3crew, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml green glass corked-and-caged bottle. Lot B. Poured into a Boon flute.

A - Pours a dark ruby red with very little carbonation, just the slightest white haze. Some bubbles do congregate on the inside of the glass.
S - Smells of sour cherries, red wine vinegar, wood, and a touch of moldy basement. Great smelling Kriek.
T - Wow that's sour! Huge flavors of tart cherry and red wine vinegar with a good level of oak and general "funk". Incredibly tart, with an instant mouth-puckering tannin sensation.
M - Crisp and sharp with a medium-low body and low carbonation. The high tartness does a good job of implying a higher level of carbonation.
D - Well, you'd better like sours if you decide to tackle this one! Easily one of the most sour beers I've had, but I'm really digging it. One bottle is plenty for now, but I'll certainly keep one or two of these around for a special "sour" mood.

jsanford, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red color and has low carbonation and little head. The smell is wonderful light cherry smell a good funk and nice sourness. The taste is fairly similar to the smell with the cherries having a slightly more pronounced flavor and the sourness being stronger than the funk. This beer is sour and awesome I will be sinking more hanssens from now on. The mouthfeel lose points for being under carbonated but other than that it is thin dry and Puckering. This beer even though it is so sour is still very drinkable and is going to become somewhat of a regular in my lineup

rowingbrewer, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of berley31
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with virtually no head or other signs of carbonation. Body is a deep, dark ruby red, with excellent clarity.

S: Sour cherries, slight funk, barnyard aroms, and a touch of oak.

T: Sour cherries come through strong, but not too sweet. Funky, with a barnyard-feel to the flavor. Sour, tart, and acidic. Very dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with very low carbonation. Touch of alcohol warmth.

D: A delicious Kriek. Nicely balanced and very complex at the same time. My first Hanssens... just leaves me wanting more.

berley31, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The beer pours a nice red violete color with no head. But damn this color is great. The smell is sour. Sour cherries and barnyard with notes of red wine vinnegar all the way through. This is the most insanely sour beer! Lost of crisp sour cherry flavor. The feel is good, flat as far as I notice and light. A bit tough on the pallet after a while, but this one rocks hard.

Bendurgin, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into New Glarus flute.

A- Pours a deep reddish purple with absolutely no head whatsoever. No head means no lacing on the glass. Pretty transparent as well.

S- Big amounts of funk, some damp wood, spiderwebs and old books. This is shaping up to be a good one.

T- Funk dominates right away but gives way to a sweet cherry flavor. There is good tartness to go with a decent oak and must.

M- Lighter bodied with almost no feel of carbonation. There is a good tartness that you feel in the side of your cheeks. Dry on the finish leaving you wanting more.

D- Hanssens makes some very good beers at an affordable price. Although they aren't quite Cantillon, for the price, they are close enough. Another winner.

Wisconsinality, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.4%
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%
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%
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 -22.1%
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 -0.2%
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 -5.1%
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 +11.9%
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 +14.8%
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 -10.5%
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
Photo of AJacob81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -5.1%
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 +5.4%
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 -16.5%
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 +20.9%
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
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.