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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 53
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice rose color with active carbonation yet very little head.

S- Sour, funkiness dominates with great barnyard and cheese-like aromas. Providing a strong backing to the fantastic tart cherry smell. Very nice.

T- Puckeringly sour, enough so that it is difficult to focus on anything else (although that's not really a negative for me). The cherry flavor is much more evident than the nose would suggest. Tart cherries throughout (very tart), accompanied by that intense vinegary sourness.

M- On the thin side, which is fine for this beer. Could use a little more carbonation I suppose, but I'm nitpicking.

D- Very good. Not as amazingly drinkable as Cantillon, but I'm having no problem downing this bottle.

Another winner of a traditional lambic. This and Cantillon are the only "traditional" fruit lambics I've had and they're both similar with their intense sour flavors. Cantillon may have the slight edge on this one in a couple of categories, but they're both great. If you're a fan of traditional lambics, definitely seek this one out. Recommended.

Photo of karst
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear pinkish golden copper (even its color is complex!) and offers a white ring sustained by fine beading from the bottom of my antique champagne flute.

Delightful mix of Brett. sp. aromas suggesting vinous wild cherry cider with acetic notes splashed on a musty wet horse blanket.

Tart cherry rounds a little mid palate before the tanins and traditional high Lambic acidity ( >1% by weight Titratable Acids = 10,000+ ppm) dry the mouth.

The microflora (Lacto, Pedio, Acetobacter and unknown Enterobacters etc.) of Hanssens oak casks have served up a great Kriek. Tastes are unique and suggest a fine sherry.

Although no showy head arose from my gentle poor, Chose to keep the dregs in tact along the sides of the domed champagne bottle's bottom.

As with most of what I drink from Belgium, Hanssens Oude Kriek stirs my appetite and sends me looking for a slice of apple pie from the kitchen.

Only better when dug out of the cellars surrounding Brussels with a meal from a local cafe.

Photo of morebeergood
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought a 750 ml bottle to a friend's house to have with dessert after a bbq. The homeowners were novices to lambics, so I was interested to gauge their response. Split the bottle four ways into white wine glasses. It had an earthy, cherry, and sour smell once I popped the cork. It poured a hazy red into the glasses. The taste was very tart at first, since I was expecting a bit of mellowness since this was a 3 year aged bottle. Once it warmed up some, the tartness grew on me. I think the rookies took a liking to it, and I was glad to introduce them to a new style of beer. Overall, it was a decent example of an oude kriek at a pretty good price ($10.75).

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smaller bottle, cage and corked, opens with a moderate "pop", pours murky, low carbonation, dark apricot in color. Nose here is the always appreciated funky, sour, woodsy thing. This is a crisply sour brew, surely not for everybody, but lambic lovers will get into this one, plenty sharp, nasty sour notes that get lambic enjoyers (and I'm one of them!) excited. Some mild fruit in the background, cherry, strawbery, but this is about enjoying the sour goodness that this one delivers. Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff...

Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer at Union Jack on the Manatawny. I was talking to Tom about my love for sours and he asked me if I happened to have this beer. What a nice addition it made to our sour beer tasting. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

Sampled next Beersel Oude Kriek, this beer was almost too hot to drink. WOOWWEEE!! That burns =) Hanssens Oude Kriek is not for the meek of heart or palate or stomach holy smokes.

Appearance: This is a beautiful brew. It pours a luminous red brown color with a decent white head and lots of carbonation activity.

Smell: Intensely huge cherry aroma. Massive amounts of hot sour coming from this brew. Slatetank pointed out this one exclaims "Take no prisoners" from an arm length away I can smell it coming.

Taste: who-ha! RA! ARGH! man. OH MY! That is hot. It is like atomic fireball candies we had as kids. Very very intense. The vinegar like sourness is so intense it slides very slowly through the mouth and by the finish it is quite enjoyable, and I think the next sip might burn less but... alas it is the same thing.

Mouthfeel: Hot sharp acidity burned like vinegar and whiskey.

Drinkability: I enjoyed my share but good god I don't need any more for at least a week or maybe a month =) I do like sours. This one may be out of my league yet.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby with a strawberry colored head into my La Chouffe tulip style glass. The head is somewhat fizzy but leaves lacing and leaves a ring around the edge of the beer that lasts the entire session.

Aroma is sour cherries.

Flavor is sour cherries as well. Other red fruits like raspberry and sterawberry seem to lend a hand as well. Nice and tart and crisp.

I am growing fond of these sour lambic and gueze beers. Everyone warned me that once I start it will be nearly impossible to start and to expect my beer budget to increase. Well, everyone was right damn you!!! This is a nice tart and crisp beer that would be perfect on a warm spring or summer day.

Photo of scott
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unknown Vintage
I love this!
Huge pungent aroma engulfs your personal space only moments after popping the cork.
This has an artful apricot body with a tight, spritzy head with delicate retention. Nicely carbonated, and very livey, just like a champagne. This really looks amazing in a stange.
Smell is not so powerful that it knocks your socks off, but it does have slight worn sock appeal. Very mellow and sublime, though it does have a funky cheese aroma going, but not to worry.
Taste bowls me over - it follows the nose. Intensely tart, but with a finish that is easy and enjoyable. I detect no cherry. Gueze-light.
To me, this could and should be brought out weekly. It has a clean, but meal-like approach. Filling, and somehow mouth- watering. Very complex, and you don't have to be a beerman to enjoy it.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Saffron color with rootbeer highlights. Full head made up of medium sized bubbles with a pink tint.

S: Dry oak, ascorbic acid, faint cherries and musk

T: Begins dry, but not overly. Cherry then pops up but its really not over the top at all, one of the less aggresive cherry flavored krieks I've had. Sour tang is fairly straight forward as well. An earthy wood base adds nice stability. Finishes buttery and sour with hints of cherry.

M: Medium body, little fizzy.

D: One of the most balanced krieks I've had. Very easy to drink.

Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle pours a bright orange red honey color, with a two finger head. Minimal retention gives way to a thin blanket of foam on top of the glass. Zero lacing.

Aroma is well balanced, much more so than I expected. Definite tart/acid presence, with a good amount of funk mixed in, but also has a bit of sweet cherry aroma mixed into the back. Interesting, and invites me for a sip, where I find that the...

Flavor is equally as well balanced. When the beer first hits your tongue, you think "good lord this is tart!" As the beer flows around your mouth, you do begin to pick up some of the slightly sweet flavors from the cherries. Devoid of hops, but it is tart, spritsy, dry, and bubbly.... just the way a kriek should be. Not overly funky, although there is some definite brett character in here. Pretty nice overall. Mouthfeel is thin yet smooth. Drinkability is decent over all. It's not as tart or funky as some, but still tart enough to make this a sipper.

Overall, this is a nice aperitif beer, with some great flavors. Well rounded overall, and a great example of a true kriek. Perhaps not a great beer to choose as someone's first experience in the lambic/oude category, but good nonetheless.

Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at Deus in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red with a fizzy, pinkish-orange head that fades to a sparse ring.

Smell: Sweet cherries, acidic sourness and lambic funkiness. Swirling, like it does for most lambics, brings out the funk.

Taste: Intensely sour with sweet cherries that do little to cut the sourness in the center. The finish is earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation and intensely dry.

Drinkability: Definitely too tart to drink a lot of.

Photo of electrojosh
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Talk about a kick in the head!

A - red in color with a hint of purple

S - The first whiff out of the bottle smells like any other good lambic. And then the sourness hits you.. and provides a hint of what is to come!

T - Oh my god this is f*cking sour! Definitely the most sour I have ever tasted for under $10. But beyond that, there is fruit and some other complex undercurrents--I'm not really sure what. The restrained sweetness became more apparent once I acclaimated to the incredible tartness.

M - Smoother than the average lambic, but not the smoothest I've ever tasted. Good for it's price.

D - Do you have the stones to drink this? Hanssens Kriek is a lambic that will scream in your face and demand you pay attention. Can you handle it? I dare you!

I'm going right out to buy another bottle. I guess I'm a sucker for punishment, and it's a terrific value at only $9.50 for 750ml.

Photo of mdagnew
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk...

Poured a nice, slightly hazy, pinky red / light brown colour... Pinky white head poured quite foamy but faded fairly quickly to light ring... some sparse carbonation shoots to the surface... no real lacing..

A - Strong lambic sourness bursts out of the glass, quite light sour cherry notes, some faint almond nuttiness, cider vinegar - maybe some red wine vinegar too, definite mustiness, some pepperiness, no real sweetness comes through, lemony, no maltes or hops, wet hay traces..

T – Very tart fruits (strong lemons and cherries, some grapefruits), very strong lambic sourness, some very light sugary sweetness comes through towards the end, some faint marzipan, definite cider vinegar notes, faint hints of vanilla...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry initially with some smoothness just coming through... pretty refreshing but probably couldn't drink more than one in a sitting...

Overall - A good kriek... probably not for everyone but definitely worth a try...

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 750ml bottle at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA. I used a fluted glass. Appearance was ruby-red and was topped by a thin, sputtery pinkish layer of bubbles that quickly faded.
Nose was sharply astringent with a vinegar aspect that ran headlong into an undercurrent of cherry. Also sported a bit of that wild, funky aroma.
Very puckery taste with a rising vinegar-and-cherry flavor. Sharp, tart bite implodes the cheeks and scourges the tongue. A bit earthy in the finish. Feels light and insanely dry.
Overall, pretty tasty although my stomach gave me hell for trying more than one glass. Definitely not the cloyingly sweet fruit lambics; this one leans more toward the Cantillon end of the spectrum for the style. Worth giving a try when you see it.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stange-like glass.

Appearance: A clear, ruby red, with a tinge of brown. A thin bubbly head dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Is this a beer? Because aroma I got was more wine-like - a hint of grape mixed with an intense, funky cherry aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Sourness dominates the palate: starts out lemony then quickly becomes vinegary. The cherry flavor is pushed into the background, emerging only in the dry finish and leaving a pleasant, tart aftertaste. The sourness might be too much if the mouthfeel wasn't so light and crisp.

Drinkability: The intense sourness might be too much after one glass.

Notes: Maybe I've been drinking sweetened lambics too much, but the sourness of this beer reminds me of a Flanders red ale. And I know it's hard to make wine/beer comparisons, but a wine drinker might really like this one.

Photo of benito
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had this bottle sitting around for a few months and figured that I would give it a shot. It's a cherry red brew, very transluscent, with hints of brown. The head dissipates quickly after the pour. The bouquet is the real treat here: a mix of sulfur, cherry, and must make for a very dry impression overall. The dryness is evident in the flavor as well which is dominated by cherry and puckeringly sour.

Though I like the main body of this brew, the sourness is so biting and dominant that it becomes less palatable over the course of a pint: it is light bodied and dry up front and then almost overpoweringly sour on the finish. The finale's strength leaves a biting, acidic feeling in my chest that doesn't sit that well.

A worthwhile though slightly flawed beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rose color with some pale brown edging; not much head after the original pour and no lacing

Smell: Brett - barnyard funk, and, perhaps some cherry but that may be the power of suggestion

Taste: Starts out with a touch of tartness and funk but after the swallow, the flavors really progress; the cherry pokes it nose in there but the aggressive sour acidity pushes it out of the way and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with acerbic acidity

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of lambics but I enjoyed this as much as possible for me

Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.69 750 mL


Pours a crystal clear rose blush spattered with mild carbonation that leads to a thin bright white head.


Faintly musty with a wet sock odor accompanied by a sharp acidic tang of cherries.


Intensely sharp and acidic with fresh fruit flavors that make you pucker up for more. Wet sock sourness continues into the flavor. Lacking in sweetness entirely, this is sour and tart all the way, though not in a bad way.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

Pours a deep reddish coppery brown with a thin ivory head. Head goes away quick and the beer is very still. Smell is strong brett. Aggressive funkiness. Some tart cherry in there but quite frankly it's hard to find. Just big sour barnyard funk.

Taste assaults the tongue with a tangy fruitiness. Very sour. Some light funkiness. Some fruity apples in the tongue. Shockwave after shockwave of sour. Medium bodied with a tart and funky aftertaste. Not that drinkable but a quite interesting beer to say the least and it grows on you nicely.

I've had this bottle in the cellar for almost three years and I've had it fresh. I don't remember it being this agressive. For fans of sour lambics, I can say this seems to turn into a beast in the bottle if you lay it down for a couple years.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear light ruby with a pinkish head which rose low and tried to stay long enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was acidic and tart with a strong sour aspect. The main emphasis of the aroma did contain a cherry character, but tart with a bit of barnyard funk seemed to rule the day.

The flavor was tart, acidic and sour, but not overly so. Some cherry fruit character emerged just behind the tartness and though the beer was at no time sweet, a bit of a saccharine flavor was present the longer the beer lingered after contacting the palate.

The finish was dry, yet oddly with a light sweetness in the aftertaste, almost as if the palate had been assaulted by the tartness and was fighting back by secreting a light sweet impression. The body was medium light and the carbonation was nearly none. A nice tart kriek, probably not sweetened, just the palate trying to accept the tartness to allow more consumption of the beer.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small corked bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with almost no head or sign of carbination. Smell has cherries and lambic funk. Smells and looks great. Taste is great as well. Cherries hit the tounge first then comes the mouth puckering sour tartness that I love in lambics. Not very sweet like some of the more commerical lambics. Mouthfeel is great, even with the low carbination, the cherry flavor fills the mouth followed by the bone dry tartness from the beer's acidity. Very drinkable. A great Kriek.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Unknown vintage. Tan label with pinkish red lettering. Bright pink body leaning toward the red end of the pink spectrum. Fluffy white head. Average carbonation streams. Aroma is a wallop of funky vinegar with a very subtle hint of tart cherries and rank cheese. Not as outrageous as most geuze. There isn’t any battery acid or anything like that. Mouthfeel is more subdued too. I’m not feeling any extreme tartness or sourness. After a few glasses this one is downright mellow and very champagne like. Flavors are quite mild. Cherry is barely present. Most flavors are vinous, bordering on mild vinegar. Very approachable for this style. A good place to start for people trying to get into geuze/lambics.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biggcb for this...
Appears a hazy orange amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar in the glass.
Smell is of cork, tart cherries, horseblanket, musty antiques, & old socks.
Taste is of tart, vinegar soaked, sour cherries with mild cork present in the taste.
Mouthfeel is bone dry, mouth puckering, and acidic.

Photo of sacfly
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml
Pours a ruby red. Flat as hell. Smell is an Earthy and lightly tart. Taste is… POW! Tart then sweet then tart then cherry then tart again. Cherry sour patch kids. Interesting finish. Not dry. Mouth watering. Just when you feel the slightest touch of dryness, your mouth waters. Simply a superb drink.

Photo of gdogalishus
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. The beer was completely flat. No carbonation, No head, no lace. Other than that... outstanding.Earthy aroma with tartness in the background. A sweet smell of sour cherries as it warmed. The color in this particular glass was awsome. A bright red and brown that got darker as it went up the glass. Brown cherry koolaid fading into an amber copper color. Looks great except for the lack of head and lace.
The taste was super tart... then some more tart after that. Candied cherries and sour patch kids. Incredibly delicious. Gets that pucker sensation all the way to the end of the bottle. Light and crisp on the tongue, easy to drink. A wonderful brew.

Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sour, yeasty with hints of dried cherries and musty soil. Color is amber leaning toward orange/red with a well established, firm white head. Flavor is quite sour with dominating notes of rotting oranges and hints of fresh cherries. Mild wood notes, but some cork flavors as well. Not sure of the date on my bottle, but it is probably 2004ish. I feel like this could age amazingly well, but as of now it still needs to sit and mellow out some.

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.