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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 653
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 59
Gots: 95 | 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 champ103
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like pretty much everything else I have had from Hanssens, I can not find a bottle date. So who knows how old this bottle is?

A: Pours a bright and vibrant reddish/pink color. I love the color. A one finger white head forms, and vanishes in a second.
S: Tart, acidic, and ultra funky. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Not a lot of cherry sweetness or fruit aromas.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tart, acidic, and sour bite. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Wow, everything is very strong and over powering. I love the style, but this is over barring.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I do like funky sours, and enjoyed this on a hot afternoon. Though, just a bit over powering.

I love me some sour and funk. This certainly fits the bill, and I did enjoy my bottle. Though over barring, in a sense that even puts Cantillon to shame. If you want to impress some sour heads, this is what you should bring.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: pinkish red bodied beer with small white cap of head.

Smell: strong vinegar notes with mild hay funkiness. mild red fruits cherries and red apples.

Taste: moderately sour beer with little bit of vinegar taste to it as well. Lemons and really mellow funk. Little bit of fruitiness also red apples, raspberries, and tart cherries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp carbonation that really carries the sour and fruit flavors. Dry finish very close to a champaign like mouthfeel.

Overall: A really tasty Kriek. It a bit expensive at 12 for 350ml C&C bottle, but its very enjoyable. The vinegar is a bit stronger than I like, but it not horrible.

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Photo of craytonic
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright ruby-red with a large pink head

Smell: funky and slightly earthy, bright, fresh tart cherries with some raspberries and a big dose of acidity

Taste: Tart cherries are front an center, slightly more sour than I think it should be, possibly due to the vinegar element. It is good but could be a little more complex

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body and slightly higher carbonation than I would expect. Despite all the cherries it is very dry, and also very sour on the finish

Drinkability: Bottle is just a hare too sour and needs a bit more complexity, otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (looks different than the picture). Bottle is denoted with "Lotnr C". Poured this one into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, reddish pink color. Strange carbonation initially. Ends up being a ring of off white head.

S: I am pulling barnyard funk and tart cherries. I also get some white grape and mild green apple character underneath all that.

T: Crazy tart bitter beer. Really attacks the palate. Ting daggers. I took this one much differently than other reviewers. I thought this was quite sour, and that the nose didn't lead you to believe that. Definitely get that sour cherry in the mid palate. Nice dry finish.

M: Light to medium.

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this one, served alongside the Raspberry and gueuze.

A - Pours murky red with a small half finger tall white head leaving very small trails of lace down parts off the glass.

S - Smells of light funk, sour cherries, wet leather and some dry oak. This one smells much better than the raspberry one. It still smells very sour but more in control.

T - Starts off with a nice sour cherry note quickly giving way to hints of light barnyard funk, drying oak, wet leather and plenty of lactic sourness. Not as intensely sour as the raspberry, in a good way. Finish has a good bit of sourness, leaving the pallet dried long after consumption.

M - Like the raspberry the body is slick with intense sour flavor. Unlike the raspberry this one still retains a touch of carbonation, thank god.

O - I didn't like the raspberry very much but this one was a little better. The flavors are more balanced and the sourness is more manageable. For the right price I would get another but I wouldn't run to the store to get some like others from the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark crimson with no head and no lace. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, earth, and some woody aromas. I am getting a sharp whiff of acidic notes if I really stick my nose in the glass. Taste is of extremely tart and sour cherries, earthy funk, and wood. There is a very acidic feeling left in the mouth with each sip. This beer is basically flat with a very tiny amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer as it stands but the carbonation level is pretty lacking (which seems to be a common theme for Hanssens).

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Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours beautiful clear deep red with barely a collar of light pink foam. No noticeable carbonation rising.

S - Very acidic cherry aroma, with a pretty good funk presence. The funk elements are definitely reminiscent of the Hanssens Oude Geuze.

T - Initial taste is one of the most sour beers I've ever had. Very acidic, though there is a strong cherry presence as well. Funk presence increases midway through and continues through the finish. Also a faint cherry sweetness on the finish to go with the intense sourness.

M - Body is flat and slick. Not the best, but okay.

O - A good kriek, but well below de Cam and Cantillon for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: exceedingly deep, rich red hue with basically no head at all. Usually the latter would be a problem, but the color is so rich and beautiful ... wow.

Smell: slightly tart wild-yeast aroma with a hint of dark cherries. A bit mild, but nice.

Taste: very tart, somewhat sweet flavor. Reminds me more of an unflavored lambic than a kriek. Cherries are barely there, and what is present is buried in the tartness. Way too tart, even for the style, and not enough cherries in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: astringent, light mouthfeel with a minimum of carbonation. Quite undercarbonated for a beer of the style. Odd.

Overall: I'm rather disappointed by this beer, though it is possible I've got a bad bottle. How does a naturally tart and wild-fermented beer go bad? I don't know, but this beer is undercarbonated, over-tart and just not cherry enough for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Connecticut Ave in DC. Served in a Hanssens tumbler.

A: Pours a bright red with a bit of a crimson hue. There's a thin pink head that pops up, but then falls down fairly quickly. Afterward, there's a thin collar around the edges of the glass with a few bubbles on top.

S: The nose brings some fresh, tart cherries with a good dose of lactic acidity. Aside from that, there's some mild earthiness in the background.

F: The cherries start things off, but quickly give way to a fairly-harsh lactic presence. It's really quite over the top, and then comes a bit of vinegar. The vinegar isn't overpowering, but is a bit too much, especially considering the strong lactic character and lack of matching cherry flavor.

M: Light body with moderately-high carbonation and a bracingly-sour finish. Quite dry, though the acidity doesn't last too long after each sip.

O: Too much acidity without enough fruit to back it up. Even with more fruit, the lactic is probably too much and the acetic character needs to be taken down a bit.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque cherry red color with a half inch of pretty pink foam. Head dissipates quickly; very little lacing remains. Strong aroma of tart cherries, vinegar acidity, funky, light barnyard/hay notes. Puckeringly sour and acidic, powerful flavor, with tons of sour cherries and lemon juice; just a touch of sweetness. Funky barn flavor midmouth, with a drying, citric, acidic finish. Lemony in both taste and lingering aftertaste. Somewhat enamel-stripping.

Lively carbonation, decently crisp. The funkiness of this one was really appealing; not at all overpowering, but fully integrated with the beer's other elements. However, I have to disagree with a handful of others who feel this is a good introduction to the sour style-it's strong stuff overall, with concentrated, intense sourness and acidity.

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Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Thirsty Monk, 375ml, no age date (mold on outside of the cork, hmm...) lot tagged "F"... what does it mean!? </Double Rainbow>

Into two glasses at the bar.

A. Amazing color - a clear ruby-orange that grabs the light and never lets go. A low white head fades quick. No active carbonation - but I can't get over the color. Simply gorgeous.

S. The aroma overflows from the glass. Severe sour / tart, and a rush of Belgian funk, dry and pungent. Cherry in there too, sharp, bright and lactic, maybe TOO sharp...? Just pointy all around, and pulls no punches. Personally I am fond of it.

T. A real super tart wallop - more tart, sour and acidic than the Hanssens Gueze. Dry as the South Pole, some cherry flavor peeks out behind the funky-sour, but it's quite secondary. Could be percieved as two-dimensional as the intensity of flavors is a bit overwhelming. A rollicking kriek, probably the most tart I've had to date. On cask at the Brick Store, this was the most puckering beer I've ever had. The bottle is tamer, but once you have this you won't forget it.

M / O. Carbonation is just right for the style, no too fizzy, but stable enough to help move this along. The finish is lactic - tart, and lingers a very long time. A more advanced kriek, I wouldn't start a sour beer lover out with this one. 8 years ago I would have hated this, but today it's mighty fine!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle aged one year in my cellar. No best before date. Explosive cork. Served cellar temp. Clear ruby red color. Little to no head w/o an aggressive pour. Smell good: even though its made from cherries, I get a strong strawberry aroma. Highly acid just in the nose. Taste is tart and fruity, yet very dry. Only slightly carbonated. Flavor is darker fruitiness than smell. I believe the smell is mostly yeast and bacteria where the flavor pushes the actual fruit. Wide range of mouthfeels, lots of lactic acid. Kind of scorching and definitely a last beer of the night kind of beer. It literally made my tongue sore, and I love sour beer and drink them regularly, that's never happened to me before. I still enjoyed it. Unique and exciting.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Lot number G
BB: 07/08/2027

This is the 9th beer in my series of sours and the 2nd of my krieks.

Appearance: Krieks are certainly on of the best looking beer styles! Stunning bright crimson body, that lights up beautifully when back lit. A rough pour yields an average sized light pink head. Sadly retention and lacing are both quite average.

Smell: Wow, this is one powerful nose, I could smell it from the second I popped the cork! Funk is certainly the dominant part of the nose, but the cherries are far from forgotten. Light tart cherries, tannic cherry skins, woody pits, dusty sacks, old hay, wet wood, damp and moldy, undergrowth and nose tingling acidity pretty much sums it up. Warming yields an unexpected sweeter cherry note and cider vinegar.

Taste: Fuck me, this is tart - instantaneous mouth pucker and and an urge to hurriedly swallow! That might sound horrible to some, but it is just what I was hoping for. Once my mouth has adjusted to the sourness, the wonderfully complex flavour begins to emerge. Notes include: very dusty sacks, mold, fungus, damp, old wood, cherry pits and tannic skins.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Mouth puckeringly sour with a wonderful dryness in the finish.

Overall: Hanssens Kriek certainly lived up to my expectations in terms of sourness, even though it didn't quite match the Cantillon Kriek of 2007. Aside from the sourness, this is a delicious beer and one I will seek out again.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Clear red/orange color, ½ finger bubbly off white head dissipates to thin layer around the glass, splotching lacing.
S- Really acidic, juicy fruity aroma, cherries, vinegar, tart, nice funky notes.
T- Nice sweetness mixed in with the sour notes, really acidic, really tart, sweet cherries, vinegar, funky, oak is present as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, really tart, nice acidity, minimal carbonation, dry aftertaste.
O- This is a Solid Lambic, well balanced, easy drinking, nice sweetness mixed in with the sourness, enjoyable.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid 90’s vintage shared by the great cpferris.

A: Pours a dark apricot color with no head and no lace.
S: I get notes of cherry skins, dry oak, earthy scents, dirt and super funk.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting with flavors of Belgian sugars and acid. Acetone-like flavors burn alongside biting lemon juice acid. I’m not getting much cherry but there is a splash of sweet cherry juice flavor in there.
M: Acidic, super dry mouthfeel that is clean and goes down well, with a light body and light carbonation.
O: Sugary, sweet and pleasant. Good funk. On the acidic side but not harsh. Great drinking all around. Thanks again, Chad.

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Photo of cosmonick
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small sized snifter

Appearance: The body is a red with a fuzzy white head

Aroma: Extremely sour cherry with strong barnyard funk

Taste: Wonderfully tart with light cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery body with light carbonation.

Overall: I have come to really enjoy sour beers and wild ales. I don't think that this is the most complex variation, but it is a great brew.

Eis Igian!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Best Damn Sour Fest
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bright cherries and lots of stinging sourness. This doesn't have quite as complex aroma as the best in class.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with the vibrant, tart cherry and sourness dominating the palette. Juicy and sweet yet dry.

Medium mouthful with high carbonation.


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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze day; served in a six-ounce snifter.

A: Bright cherry-red body with a few coarse pink bubbles on top. Pretty nice, and positively brilliant in the late-summer sun out in the back yard.

S: Sharply acidic fruit, juicy cherry, and plenty of spicy, grassy funk. It's like someone dropped a metric ton of sour cherries into a fresh bale of hay. Lovely.

T: Medium sour cherries burst forth, with hay + grass spicing up the tart fruitiness. Long, lingeringly sweet finish - cherries throughout. Delicious.

M: Flat, slick, and lightly sticky. Meh.

O: This beer was very different on cask compared to its bottle form, with the cask being noticeably heavier on the cherries and much less sour. I'm not sure which version I liked, as both were terrifically tasty. Great stuff.


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Photo of Cisco619
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice. No Date on bottle or cork.

A: Crimson hue that painted my palm in a blood red glow as i held my glass. Light bubbles on top after pouring, but no lacing to speak of. The way this brew plays with the light is captivating.

S: Cherries & tartness up front. A touch of barnyard funk sneaks in after a candy sweetness for the finish.

T: A meld of acidic tart flavors up front with a sweet cherry finish that lingers on the back of the tongue to a dry, crisp finish.

M: This is where this beer lacks for me. The lack of carbonation makes this a bit syrupy. Light sour tingle lingers around the edge of the tongue.

O: The appearance of this brew is enthralling, but it lacks in the flavor & feel. Some carbonation would have really helped this one out.

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Photo of cooch69
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a tulip glass. It is a really deep ruby red with some purple highlights. No head at all, maybe some medium sized loose bubbles.

Nose on this one was the first sign for a slight dissapointment. It was very tart cherries up front with a lot of vinegar. The sourness had my nose hairs standing up straight. An almondy note cuz I know they're bringin in the real deal here with an authentic Fruit Lambic production.

My first sip of this beer pretty much gave it away. This beer is surprisingly not that good at all. Hansenns Oude Gueuze is probably one of my favorites and Cantillon makes my favorite Kriek thus far. I don't know exactly where they went wrong with this one but it tastes wild in a spoiled way if that makes sense. I've never had a sour or a wild ale that sat quite this way with me.

This beer has the lack of flavors and complexities that I find noteworthy in many others. It just seems like the vinegar and sourness show off too much and don't let anything else shine thru exept for perhaps some black cherries. And I love sour so it's kind of awkward for me to not like this one.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask, gravity-poured.

I had this one two days in a row. The first day was much more sparkly and cooler in temperature. The glass on day #1 was much better I think, but this is a review of the glass I had on day #2.

Orange-red, almost lipstick red. Virtually still. Served at room temp.
A bit of vinegar in the finish, like a flander's red. This was a bit less desirable for me. Funky cherries. The most striking part of the beer was the very strong sourness, and the very soft, round mouthfeel. Would still drink this often if I could! I do wish the cask could be kept a bit cooler somehow.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours with no head whatsoever. The body is brilliant, perfectly clear, and the hue of liquid rubies and grape juice. Beautiful and striking.

Smelling this reminds me of why no other beverage on earth captivates me as lambic does. Instantly I am transported to the countryside where I can smell the living soil, the damp forests and the rustic farm. More than just "musty" or "horsey" these aromas are shrouded in complexity that my olfactory senses cannot dissect fully. Vinous, earthy, sourdough, and sour cherries come to mind. There is a mild whiff of enteric acid (vomit) that consider to be a blemish, but this is very subtle.

On the palate this beer packs power. The pucker factor is intense, and the sourness is considerable. This beer isn't as dry as a typical gueuze however, and there is some sweetness present that pushes back against the sourness. I wonder if any of the sweetness is artificial? This is just so tart! On to the flavors: Notes of vinegar and citric acid are evident, along with a small touch of cherries and earthy brett.

The mouthfeel is lighter but is so sour that it is hard to let it sit and be analyzed. The carbonation is quite low.

Conclusion: This is an awesome kriek, and one that I imagine would benefit from aging. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. The flavor seems to me to be masked by the intense tartness and sourness, but know the little know about the blenders that made this, I think that the end product is exactly what they intend it to be, so I will strive to appreciate what they produce. If you are a lover of traditional lambic or of wild ales in general, I recommend you try this as soon as possible.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired with a cherry pie made with Duchesse de Bourgogne.

A: Pours a nice, clear, red without any head. Looks to have a low amount of carbonation.

S: Very tart, the vinegar and barnyard funk are strong but not dominant. A ton of cherries are noticed, sweet, wonderful cherries.

T: The taste is extremely acidic, but the tart cherries and funk aren't to be outdone. Very intricate taste that keeps you coming back.

MF: Acidic, low carbonation, not terribly drinkable. A sipping, after dinner beer for sure.

O: This was great, paired nicely with the pie. Couldn't do more than a glass though.

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Photo of julian
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Wow, really clear, almost crystal, bright crimson red. One of the most beautiful looking Kriek’s I’ve seen. Fluffy pink head that creates a nice layer but reduces prompty to a foamy blanket on the surface. 5

S: Some woody must, barnyard funk, a little dry fruit, tart cherries, acidity. Familiar, yet interestingly different aroma. 3.5

T&M: Up front there is some tartness, and general acidity, with a good fruity cherry flavor at the end that finishes extremely crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is perfect for the style, if not too perfect. 4.5 / 4.5

O: This beer is a perfect example of what over a century of traditional Belgian brewing can yield. This beer is perfectly crafted not only in the way it’s spontaneously fermented and blended with cherries but how it’s aged in barrels and then bottle conditioned. After all that, it comes out nearly crystal clear, with head, great carbonation and an amazinlgy crisp, refreshing taste. I can find it locally, but it takes time. This beer is amazing. 5

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a thin pink head. minor lacing disolves quick into a placid surface

Smells bitingly lactic, cherrys and funk... like rotting fruit in the cherry orchard. Brett notes are inviting of things to come

Tastes bracingly sour. innundating... giving way to a bretty complexity then morrelo cherries dominate the flavor. Finishes dry and bittersweet. Dynamic

Thin and lively. Tingling of sourness but surprisingly... carbonation as well... yes I lucked out!

Overall, outstanding kriek! glad I got a carbonated bottle.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.