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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

518 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 71 | 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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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

10-13-2013 14:17:00 | More by Bandi
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

09-27-2013 22:33:53 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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sgtaxt

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC. Lambic aged in oak barrels with cherries. Bottle conditioned for over three years.

A: Cloudy with beautiful red hue. Thin white head dissipates quickly but lines the glass.
S: Tart cherries, sour pucker and a light rubber/plastic aroma. Must be some funk from the brett/pedio/lacto(?) bugs.
T: Very low pH. Big lactic acid sour pucker right up front. As my palate normalizes to the acidity, a delicious full tart cherry flavor dominates, with vanilla accents from the oak. Slight vinegar quality.
M: Thin body and tiny bubbles give this beer a crisp, bright mouthfeel that compliments the tart flavor.
O: Delicious beer! The best Lambic I have tasted. Really exemplifies the Belgian stlyle. My grandma wasn't quite as fond but seeing as this was her second sour ever (after Rodenbach Grand Cru) it was a bit of a shock for her. Slightly expensive but with good reason. This is a great beer for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:22:02 | More by sgtaxt
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Benjiehorn

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-12-2013 22:33:52 | More by Benjiehorn
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +22.2%

09-09-2013 20:34:38 | More by Ivegotmule
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 3F wine glass. Ruby red color with virtually no carbonation. Only an occasional few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Tart acidity in the smell. Has a spicy and fruity character, but also a funky almost sulfur note as well. There is also a worchestershire sauce quality in the nose too.

Taste is tart with cherries and other fruit. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Sourness gives your parotid a workout.

Overall this was excellent. I have only recently started to gain an appreciation for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:13:13 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Jasonp79

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-31-2013 00:16:24 | More by Jasonp79
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-25-2013 14:06:33 | More by Satchboogie
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Madskill

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-16-2013 03:32:26 | More by Madskill
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-14-2013 22:56:57 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-12-2013 12:43:45 | More by CB_Crowe
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Oude Kriek has not only the tartness of cranberry juice, but the appearance too. Ruby red in colour and completely flat (less the few bubbles that periodically dance around the glass like ballerinas), this looks like something much better for your kidney than it actually is.

The bouquet is something like a red-wine vinegar that's been infused with cherries and cranberries. It has a good deal of fruit but far more vinegar-like must and sharp, rousing acidity. It has a definite Gueuze-like quality (whereas if that style is characterized by 'locker room sweat', this one might be said to have a 'moldy basement sweat'). Put simply: it stinks.

Technically, Krieks made outside of the Pajottenland region or greater Brussels area are not "authentic". I'd suggest an alternative distinction that considers the ratio of sweetness to stink. In my opinion that's a much better barometer for how 'true' Lambic should be defined.

Kriek is historically characterized not by a candy-like fruit flavour (as are many modern so-called Krieks that feel entitled to the moniker because of their Belgian origins) but by the trademark mustiness and acetic tartness imparted by the bacterium and wild yeasts of the Senne Valley.

According to these standards, Hanssens Kriek passes with flying colours (all shades of red, naturally). It is so incredibly high in that bracing sourness that it almost resembles vinegar (to the point many couldn't drink it). Nevermind the cherries, this thing drinks like unfiltered, unpasteurized cranberry juice. And it is has a mustiness like an old barrel just farted.

Indeed, for a cherry beer, Hanssens Oude Kriek has lots of candid, unvarnished Lambic qualities. Some fruit is appreciable, but not as much as the dusty cellar in which this surely spent considerable time aging before, during, and after the fruit was added. It's arguably one of the most genuine (least embellished) examples on the market. I loved it!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:30:41 | More by biegaman
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-07-2013 00:44:18 | More by scott2269
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M1A2

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.2%

08-03-2013 00:36:49 | More by M1A2
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jeff1973

California

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 2013. 750ml bottle to a "Piggly Wiggly" tulip (thanks beerbyrd).

A - Dull ruby red. Very clear. Pink, bubbly head that dissipates very fast.

S - Apple cider vinegar, bright berry smell (cherries, raspberries, strawberries). A little funk.

T - Very bright sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry. Very fruity. Slight acidic tang (especially as it warms), but not overpowering. Very little Belgian funk (blue cheese). Not extremely complex, but tasty.

M - Light and crisp. Aggressive carbonation that scrubs palate. Nice for this style.

O - Really good beer. Very enjoyable drink. Price point is excessive for what it is. $22 @ Whole Foods Newport Beach.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 03:08:37 | More by jeff1973
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beepill

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 375ml bottle to try from Cask n Flask in SJ. Poured into a white wine glass because that's the best glassware I could find at my friends house. Reviewed from tasting notes from a few weeks ago.

A - Pours a nice, opaque, and deep red color. Does not seem like too much carbonation, as the head is almost non-existant.

S - First whiff is intensely fruity. Sour cherries obviously dominate, but I can also get hints of other sour fruits like raspberries and citrus. Slight vinegary smell, but not too overpowering.

T - Right off the bat, definitely one of, if not the most sour beer I have consumed. Strong sour cherry and lemon zest. Losing the raspberry I thought I smelled. Also quite vinegary, but not so much as to make it taste like an infused vinegar. You can still tell it is a beer.

M - Mouthpuckering because of the intense sourness. Very light carbonation at the start, but it seems like the carbonation is lost by the time I finished the bottle.

O - Great appearance, smells, taste... A great Belgian sour beer at a decent price (I think I paid about $10). I will definitely buy this one again if I see it on the shelves. Also, for those who care about food pairing, I really thought this was one of the best beers I ever paired with Filipino pork BBQ skewers and pickled papayas, who knew?

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:48:08 | More by beepill
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-22-2013 04:05:20 | More by Kunstman
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ib21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-20-2013 18:11:20 | More by ib21
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mborden

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-19-2013 18:31:17 | More by mborden
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-18-2013 05:42:08 | More by duff247
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky red, almost purple. No head to speak of, appears well-carbonated

S - aroma is initially funky, musty, followed by ripe sour cherries

T - intensely sour, cherries, lemon up front with earthy, yeasty undertones

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

O - very easy drinking, especially on a hot day. not too overpowering with the cherries, one of the most sour beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:26:27 | More by ncketchum
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

07-16-2013 03:35:14 | More by facesnorth
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powz87

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-15-2013 01:47:22 | More by powz87
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. $9.99, don;t remember from where. No date, but I've had it for two years or so.

Appearance: Clear, deep red garnet color. Almost no head. Appears undercarbonated.

Smell: Very oaky, vinous. Lemon, cherry, apple cider vinegar, a little funk.

Taste: Super sour and puckering. Very oaky and tannic. Cherry and maybe raspberry flavors. Lots of vinegar. Long sour and sticky tannic finish.

Mouthfeel: Drastically undercarbonated for this style.

Overall: I believe this bottle is an exception and the beer is likely usually better carbed than this. Very tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:04:36 | More by rapidsequence
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-14-2013 15:26:15 | More by jkane101
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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