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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

562 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 50
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
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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 yeahnatenelson
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Given as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep red with a slim and sudsy pink head. Looks a little still...

Smell -- Barnyard funk, cider vinegar, cherries, burnt popcorn, oaky. I can already tell this is going to be really tart.

Taste -- Quite sour, indeed! Lots of lactic and acetic sourness, cider vinegar, barnyard funk, dry oak, tart cherry, and - again - burnt popcorn. The tartness crescendos in the finish with lacto, tart cherry, and oak.

Mouthfeel -- Leaves a little to be desired. Thick for a Kriek, very mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a sipping Kriek without a doubt. Mouthfeel problems aside, this is a pretty complicated brew. Not sure why I skipped it so many times. Well worth the purchase to sour ale lovers.

yeahnatenelson, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009:375ml

A: Dark blood red body. No signs of bubbles except for those that naturally formed during the course of pouring. No lace.

S: Rich, flavorful cherries. Signs of tartness and sourness that will hit hard upon the first sip. Hints of oak and barnyard funk.

T: Mind melting tart and sour cherries. This beer does not fuck around with the assertive flavor profile. Clean oak (not musty) and a bit of barnyard funk.

M: Basically still. Little to no carbonation. I think a bit more effervescence would have made this even more enjoyable. Medium bodied. Massive puckering finish. One of the sourest beers out there.

D: A delicious, but intense kriek that even I had to take slowly. I think increased carbonation would have helped with the drinkability here (same with the Cassis)

callmemickey, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL Singleton, poured into a red-wine glass.

I procured this guy during my first trip to Colorado Liquor Mart, upon discovering their variety of delightful spontaneously fermented lambics in the walk-in. I asked the gentleman which he recommended, and he explained the taste of all of them, and then pointed to Oude Kriek and said: "if you want something lip-puckeringly tart, go with this guy." it did not disappoint.

A: Musty and purple like unfiltered grape juice. Little to no head.

S: Tart, sour cherries. Almost smells like a super-sweet sour-brown ale.

T: tart. ZING! seriously ... ZING! Zesty finish, this thing just keeps going ... :: pucker ::

F: Thick for a lambic, certainly leave an impression.

D: Awesome, and completely unexpected. Man ... amaZING!

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of infi
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent and hazy pink color with a thin foamy white head on top. Looks like a lighter shade of fruit punch. Head retention is fairly short as it condenses down into a thin cap. Little to no lacing on the glass as well. The aromas is very pungent and sour- basically a held back cider vinegary aroma, like red wine vinegar. Deep sniffs find the sour cherry sweetness and that traditional barnyard funk.

Taste is quite mouth-puckering! Sour and tart cherries throughout. No medicinal qualities found, which is pretty desirable and lets me know that no supplemental sugars were added- just some countryside cherries. As sour as it may be, the glass still beckons to be sipped on. A notable aspect to be said is that the sourness doesn't linger for too long in the mouth and doesn't leave that sour after effect on your face. But it's basically like sipping on melted cherry Warheads. The taste finishes with a hum funkiness and slight breadyness. Quite engaging overall.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with palpable carbonation on the tongue. This lambic drinks very well, albeit sipper-slow but very intriguing. This Oude Kriek is definitely easing my transition into the sour beers realm very nicely.

infi, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of kruthar
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently started trading and this is my first beer to be obtained froma trade. Im excited, so without further adu. Here's teh play by play.

A - Popping the cork is always fun. I poured the whole bottle straight into the glass and got absolutely no head except for a little ring of reddish white bubbles around the rim. The color is a deep red, almost prurple. looks bubbly.

S - The cork smelled as if it came straight out of a whine bottle, more smell straight from the glass presented a strong wine smell with the vinegar scent of a sour beer.

T - A strong tase of sour vinegar hits your tongue before the liquid does. It really does taste like a general light red wine with a sour bite insted of the strong alcoholic aftertaste that some wines have.

M - The mouthfeel is in three stages, the light carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue, then it feels almost as water would in youre mouth until lastly when you swallow the carbonated bie retursns to say goodbye.

D - But I must say the drinkability on this guy is great, if you love sours that is. It is easy to keep taking sips swallows and gulps in whatever fashion you please.

Over all i lioked this beer, couldn't pick out many flavors but its really the sourness that satisfies me and this one has plenty of it. The first impression is deinitley wine. I would have liked a tad more carbonation, but its still good.

kruthar, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of RickS95
1.27/5  rDev -69%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Doesn't look like a beer. Looks like cranberry juice. Pours burgundy with zero head.

It smells like salad dressing. A mix between vinegar and some sort of berry.

The taste is simply terrible. Based on the look, smell and taste, if I hadn't bought this in a beer store, I'd never guess it to be a beer. The vinegar taste just overwhelms everything else.

This thing destroys your mouth. It's sooo bitter that I literally squint each time I swallow. It burns the back of your throat, it's extremely unpleasant.

I'm not sure I can finish this. Not so much because it's so bad, but because the pain my mouth and throat are in. I don't know what it's like to drink bleach, but it has to be similar to this.

RickS95, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like pomegranate juice in the glass. Cloudy, little to no head at all. The few bubbles that came up from the pour settle rather quickly into a flat surface with just a ring skimming the edges of the glass.

S: Very tart and cidery. Vinegar, some very light almond and cherry. Smells about right for the style.

T: PUCKER! That is sour. Tart cherries, and vinegar up front, just a hint of funk in the back.. slightly barnyard in the back.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is hard to tell on this one. It definitely feels alive. Almost a bit of burn in the throat.

D: Definitely a sipper. Tart and tasty, but not something I would drink a whole lot of. A nice change, and definitely something to quench the sour craving.

Beejay, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of foogerd
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a ruby grapefruit pale red with no head even after an aggressive pour just some bubbles which died out
S- really sweet funky cherries some vinegar
T- a smack of tart cherries a very strong sourness which I got used to after a few sips. The sourness then became quite enjoyable lots of funk and woody dryness
M- pretty thin with almost no carbonation
D- really sour but extremely tasty great for a once in awhile treat cant imagine going through more than one of these at a single sitting.

foogerd, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of geryeb624
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL corked and caged bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

A- Pours a deep, dark ruby red with basically no head. A white ring of foam surrounds the top, but little else.

S- Winey dark sour cherries with some vinegary funk and a little alcohol.

T- Sour punch in the face, balance by a bit of sweetness from the cherries. Funky yeast tastes and a slight metallic twang come through. Finishes dry and crisp.

M- Thin, but creamy, with nice carbonation.

D- Goes down pretty easy, though it is quite sour and could probably get to be a bit much. The bottle was plenty.

A very nice kriek lambic. Funky, sour, and very tasty.

geryeb624, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of CPeterson
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a deep mahagony red with a light fizz when and rests nicely with a faint skim of head. Fairly hazy even though I'm fairly sure this bottle has seen it's age, and it was in my cellar for a few months following.

S -- A huge scent of of brett funk and cherry washes through to woody earthiness.

T -- Tart and slightly funky to start, strong bittersweet cherry in the middle and a strong wood (oak?) finish that blends together all the layers of flavor into an extremely complex and interesting brew.

M -- All that I would expect from a huge gueuze / lambic, acidic and slightly drying. A residual pucker is present, as is a smile.

D -- As with most good brews of the style, very good flavor quotient but high acidity content leads to a brew that you don't mind reaching for regularly, but can't drink in excess.

CPeterson, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by gregoryG,

A: Pours a dark red/purple with a light pinkish white head, nice colour.

S: Some Brett dominates, though I get a light fruitiness.

T: Heavy Bing cherry, but this is not sugary. Compared to Cantillon Kriek, a lot more fruit character, but still very dry and fermented out, though the juicy character remains. Delightful.

M: Off-dry overall, never sweet/cloying. Medium-bodied, high acidity.

D: This is traditional fruit lambic. I like the real fruit flavour in this beer, much more of a crossover from Lindemans than Cantillon would ever be, so there's something to be said for that, but still authentic to a T.

Halcyondays, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly darker than I expected. Intense, vibrant red with a pink cap of foam that recedes to a thin cover. Great clarity, though there is a bit of sediment from me accidentally jostling the bottle before I poured it.

S - Very balanced between a traditional lambic nose and the fruitiness from the cherries. Funky, musty brett and the sort of 'thick,' nostril-filling acetic notes common to lambics pushing against the cherries, which come off as very natural and give the nose a sort of sweet quality. Pouring the second half of the bottle(and the yeast) in added a huge old-sock punch.

T - While the smell was almost subdued, the taste just ripped through on the first few sips. Bracing tartness and lots of funky, complex flavors. The acidity is overwhelming at first, but once it subsides a little the cherry becomes evident. It's sour, but there's also a slightly lingering sweetness. It's not a sweet beer by any means, but there is just a touch of it in there along with a ton of acidity.

MF - Lots of carbonation keeps the beer feeling lighter and very refreshing without stripping it entirely of body. Just when you start to get a good feel for it, it strips away into dryness.

D - The minor, sweet cherry note does a lot for drinkability. Being more tart wouldn't be a bad thing, but it would probably cut drinkability back more. At this point it's very tart, but feels manageable halfway through the bottle. My first from Hanssens, but I'll be looking for more.

HitokiriNate85, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet Oude Kriek is murky dull red with very thin white head skim that quickly dissipates, basically still.

Smell is great, lots of emphasis on the lambic base, big pithy citrus with a hint of sour cherries.

Taste is awesome, loads of tartness and bicarbonate, with the cherries providing a faint secondary flavor, which love. One of the best true (oude) fruit lambics I've had.

Mouthfeel is very acidic and dry, with a light body. The extreme pucker, combined with the tannins, makes up for very low carbonation level.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing fruit lambic. I couldn't ask for anything else other then a lower price! I'll have to enjoy this one again, defiantly worth a second visit soon!

ccrida, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml bottle (caged/corked, undated) a couple months back at Beaumont Market; poured to a stange. I will always hold a place in my heart for Hanssens as it was one of my favorite places we visited in Belgium back in 2006. Worthy of review #1100...

A: Opens with a soft 'thwip'. An aptly 'cherry'-colored glassful, glowing ruby-ness with a tinge of amber. Bright sheen, not as much carbonation showing as expected. head struggles to stay alive and ultimately disappears after maybe ten minutes.

S: Nostril-tickling fruit, a bracingly tart lemon-lime with tart/sour pie cherries just beneath. Bursts from the glass; if scent were visible there'd be little squiggles fuming above this one. Wow.

T: Good lord, THAT is what a fruit lambic is SUPPOSED to taste like. Ridiculous tartness, lemon juice twang throughout, sour bread dough, chalky 'funkiness'. Barrel/wood in the finish has an ashy/earthy softer side. Pushing the limits of 'vinegar' with a drier finish.

M: Stingingly crisp, a saliva-inducing juiciness. Light-medium bodied. Can't stoop drooling...

D: Not the easiest style to drink, but such a refreshing and 'summer-y' treat. Drinking this in brilliant sunshine with a bowl of fresh Oregon blueberries. Perfect day. Excellent beer. Extremely worthy.

msubulldog25, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange hazy blood grapefruit color with no head to speak of. Tart and acidic on the nose, like a slightly sweeter geueze. Some phenol in the nose too. Taste has the familiar lemony twang of a geueze, but with a hint of cheery peel. Moderate tannins dry the finish. The body and drinkability are right for the style, well in the good range. I'm not sure about the cherry flavor itself, however. It comes through quite pleasantly sometimes, but then it is sometimes very medicinal. I don't like phenol/medicinal flavors when they overpower the rest of the flavor. Not bad, I'll stick to the Oude Geueze.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazy cherry red with a thin bubbly white head.

S-the nose has a nice barnyard funk with notes of hay, vinegar lies underneath, semi tart cherries in the back. great balance in strength and amount of funk, vinegar, and sweetness.

T-the taste is more sweet, the barnyard funk is first, lots of wet hay, very light vinegar, lots of sweet cherry with a light to moderate level of tartness to it. Great balance, everything seems to work really well together and balance is outstanding.

M-lighter body, extremely soft and smooth on the palate, great carbonation and just slighlty dry in the finish.

D-very good beer, great balance as nothing dominates, the flavors are well pronounced and work in tasty lambic harmony.

cpetrone84, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Around $6 if I remember correctly.

A: Pours a faded red/pink color with a white head that sticks around for all of about a second and recedes to an island of bubbles in the center of the glass, and a ring around the outside edges. Surprisingly clear (or I'm getting better at pouring). A few spots of lacing left behind.

S: Smells incredibly harsh right from the start, quite acetic, cherries, funk, lots and lots of funky nastyness. Not quite as barnyard-esque as a Cantillon, medicinal, sort of on the verge of cough syrup.

T: Excellent sour flavor up front, lemon like tartness with a considerable amount of funk, very acidic flavors. This leads into a decent amount of cherry flavor, not overpowering, and more of an aftertaste when stacked up against the funk and sour provided in this beer. The 4.5 I'm giving it is generous, as in my eyes it'd be a 4.35, I'll round up. Damn tasty.

M: Light and acidic, tart, decent amount of puckering power on this beer, fairly dry. Spot on here.

D: Pretty intensely sour and I don't think I could quite handle a second serving of this. However it is a damn fine lambic, and this is my first beer from Hanssens. Recommended.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arne. Pours the color of black cherries, darker toward the center and slightly translucent around the edges. Low carbonation and little head. Tart dark cherries dominate the nose, but there's a solid backing of sweaty funk. The cherry aroma has a lot of depth, smelling of skin, flesh and pit. Big tart cherry taste, acidic and dry with low carbonation. There's a lot of lactic sourness, tannic oak, a hint of buttery slickness. Very tart and fruity finish. Excellent stuff.

largadeer, May 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a tiny white head. The aroma is tart with some cherry and vanilla. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries along with some nice character from the oak aging. Not extremely sour, but a great mix between cherry flavor and tartness. The beer is extremely dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of mrkrispy
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

mrkrispy, May 09, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 09, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
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...

htomsirveaux, May 06, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

bamadog, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

oglmcdgl, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

crossovert, Feb 22, 2010
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
90 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.