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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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503 Ratings

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.96%

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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 Joss


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry and wooden, somewhat redwine-like aroma.
Hazy brown coloring, head is to the low side.
Tart citric sour flavors dominate - not too sweet, currants, leather and cobbwebbs tastenotes are appareant.
Bone-dry finish which makes you crave another sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 21:52:51 | More by Joss
Photo of marc77


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy maroon hue. Head audibly fizzles into a thin, spotty pink tinged white foam ring that clings and manages sparse lace. Pronounced wet horse blanket and musty hay in aroma, contrasted by a vibrantly tart impression of immature, budding cherries. Subtle sherryish oxidation notes and a bittersweet lactic presence surfaces as it breathes. Intense and enticing aromawise. Acerbic acetic acid bath incipient in flavor is ensued and offset by sweetly woody cork and hints of grainy wheat. Tartness begrimes somewhat mid palate, with enteric, bile acid notes competing with citric, fruit derived tartness for dominance. Fruit presence is surprisingly tepid in outright cherry character, and at least when combined with the microflora derived fermentation end products is more of a pucker inducing, sour citrus kuwkuat nature. Woodiness augments slightly late, and a vinous, oak aged sherry vinegar impression forms late. Quite dry overall, yet a soft viscosity is acheived in mouthfeel. Finishes with a nearly seemless tart extension, albeit with a slightly sweet balsamic tinge. Hanssens Oude Kriek is almost a great lambic. Fruit flavor and bacterial acidity haven't quite coalesced yet. Superbly tart and satiating nonetheless. With cellaring this will be top notch.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 22:28:22 | More by marc77
Photo of Gueuzedude


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear strawberry color and is topped by a tan head. It is fairly well carbonated and I get a funky enteric aroma at first when I am pouring the beer. As I sniff deeper I get sour, acetic, mushroom, stinky cheese, and musty barnyard notes. My first impression is that this is sweet (though certainly light for a sweetened Lambic), and has a strong vegetal character to it. The vegetal character diminishes with time though. The cherry is evident, but on subtly so. The taste is sour and grapefruity, with lots of Lambic funk hanging around, the finish is astringently tannic. Unfortunately not totally traditional, there is an obvious use of artificial sweeteners here. This is a great intro to Lambics as it is sweet but still is chalk full of funkiness.

Sampled 2001, in Belgium
Quite a cherry red color to it, a bit hazy with a light tan head. Aroma is sour with a bit of cherry in the nose. Fruit overwhelms any other aromas. This beer is actually sweet (makes one wonder if the add unfermentable sugars to it) though definitely not sickly so. Has lots of good lambic flavor, though the sweetness was not what I was expecting from a traditional bottle conditioned Kriek. Quite sour still, and please don't think that I am putting this in the same category as Lindeman's and there ilk. This beer does have a very good cherry flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 17:01:07 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Jon


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This traditional kriek lambic pours a glowing red color with a pink-shaded head. Absolutely beautiful. The nose is almost overwhelming with a huge musky, effervescent, funky aroma that one could smell across the room. Reminded me of dirty socks and funky cheese -- perfect for the style! Taste is huge on real cherry flavor. It's very tart and astringently sour at first, but once the mouth becomes acclamated, a sweet, sugary quality follows. The mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated at first, then turns somewhat syrupy, all while maintaining a distinctive level of refreshment. This is an impressive creation.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 22:06:28 | More by Jon
Photo of moon0

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an auburn color, like seltzer with a drop of blood. The head was a splash of bubbles that dissipated to nothing very quickly. No lace. It posses an overwhelming nose: musky, vinegary, and funky. There's a hint of cherry but the lambic power is tops: tart, astringent, sour. The back of my tongue was seriously puckered. You can really appreciate the craftsmenship in the making of this classic style. Not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 07:49:35 | More by moon0
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one tart and funky traditional lambic beer! This beer (vintage unknown) poured a suprisingly clear, dark red colour with a fizzy, white head. The aromas are of horse blanket, various farm odors, musty fruits, and vinegar. The taste was of very tart cherries, blended gueze, and musty dark fruits. The mouthfeel was lip puckering and excellent. The drinkability? This is a definite sipping beer, one that is meant to be savored slowly.

An interesting introduction to the world of traditional lambics...Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 13:17:06 | More by francisweizen
Photo of jreitman


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red in color with very little head. Horse, grass, and tartness come across in the aroma with only the subtlest hint of cherries. Sweet, slight fruit taste that really demonstrates mastery of brewing. Very dry finish that leaves a tanginess on the back of the tongue. By far my favorite kriek.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 11:13:24 | More by jreitman
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

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

To amuse my girlfriend I sent the cork of the 750ml bottle off of the ceiling, then window, then computer monitor. Some explosive force. Despite the impressive “pop”, the beer poured without a head, only a wispy ring. The body itself was hazy and pink, but it was tinted slightly brown. The beer smelled like sour, dusty cherries. Very nice. This was what a kriek should be. Tart with nice black cherry flavor. It wasn’t sweet at all, but as it warmed a little bit of sugar came out. Thankfully this beer never came close to Lindemans.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 06:51:53 | More by yen157
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz (375 mL) green bottle, corked.

I guess they don't call this Oude Kriek (Old Style Kriek) for nothing. (See this brewer's web site -- it is interesting.)

This lambic poured a clear, reddish amber color (more towards amber than red), with a trace of white foam. The aroma was evident from the moment the bottle was uncorked: a very tart/sour smell (similar to a Gueze) with only a hint of dark cherries and some musty grapes. The taste was very tart, and cherries take a back seat. This is not a sweet Kriek. Other flavors were oak, musty grapes, wild yeast, apples, and some earthy flavors. The mouthfeel was typical for a lambic, but this one was a bit puckering, though crisp and clean. The drinkability was very good, though this one was closer to a Gueze than to a Kriek that I am familiar with. I guess I am getting to like the more tart lambics after repeated exposure.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 17:58:37 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of AudioGilz


3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sour! The scent reminds me of amishland outside of Philly close to where I grew up. It wasn't very pleasing, rather tough to breathe in. But then the taste. The flavors are very much enjoyable. Very sour cherries, smooth mouthfeel, and a dry finish. I'm amazed that something that smells this weird can taste this good. Lambics definitely need some time to grow on me. This one was rough at first, but as I drank a few more small pours, it got better.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 23:56:47 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, my lord – this reminds me so much of my early trips to Belgium in 1994, for every time I drink this beer - I just close my eyes, and I’m there - sat in the Drie Bronnen in Beersel, drinking the awesome Hanssens Kriek from one of those straight sided Gueuze-Kriek tumblers. This is one of the top 5 Krieks available.
Don’t expect a sweet commercial offering; this is how it should be –dry, spritzy, acidic, acerbic and astringent as well as sour - f***ing marvelous. I rue the day when this beer disappears. The Kriek uses cherry pulp nowadays, rather than whole cherries, as was the tradition, try older examples of Hanssens and compare them if you are ever lucky to get chance – there is a difference in color and acidity. Nevertheless, the modern ‘pulp’ Hanssens Kriek is still miles and leagues ahead of any crappy mass-produced Timmermans, De Troch, Belle-Vue or Lindemans that you may have had. The taste of the Kriek is still very traditional, quite harsh, dry, sour, and acidic and with a sharp pull that still draws the cheeks. Nice. This is still a saliva vaporizer – make no mistake.

If you ever get to the Kulminator in Antwerp, and have the money to drink, er.. burn, try the pre-90’s Hanssens offerings. For a start, they will not have any labels, merely white or red/pink sashes of paint. These are the best vintages. Strap yourself down though for the ride of a life time. Also note, that as the EU have now mandated that all beers must have a Sell-By Date (yawn), the next time you see a recent offering from Hanssen, note their own sly slick sense of humor – a nice label that has a Sell-By Date that is dated 20 years hence – LOL. Hmm, if that’s not the equivalent of two fingers to the EU – I don’t know what is.

An American once said to me; how can England have a crime rate, and no weapons?
I don’t know, but I just hope one day that I don’t have to explain why Belgium has great beers but no traditional lambics – then I will start to worry, for sure.
So, drink this beer whenever you see it. Or Else !!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 22:55:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Viking


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

Clear and deep harvest orange body, with a few strong trails of CO2. Small, fizzy head. Moderate head retention, witha a thin lace continually remaining atop the brew. Richy, musky, horse-blankety aroma with strong undertones of tart cherry and light hints of spicy hops. Very sour flavor, rich in tart cherries. CO2 makes a big statement in the slightly oily mouthfeel. This seems to me to be what a true fruit lambic is all about!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 09:57:33 | More by Viking
Photo of Murph


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a big, slightly red tinged, white foamy head that soon subsides down to a thin film. Classic lambic aromas of musty air, barnyard, hay, blankets, and sour aromas are accompanied by a nice tart cherry twinge. Quick sour cherry taste bites the tongue and slightly puckers the cheeks. Musty basement tastes, kind of like my parents cellar a few days after a bad rainstorm and the cellar has finally dried out, along with some great lip puckering sourness slowly work on your cheeks until they are completely shriveled up and sunk in. Barnyard and decaying hay smells are present as well but are slightly subdued by the cherry flavors. The cherrys ride through in the background before coming back to the forefront in the finish with a quick sweet tartness. Nicely medium to light bodied with great lip puckering and tongue shrivelling properties, although not quite as tart as I like it. An absolute joy to drink, Lambics by themselves are almost reason enough to move to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 17:20:30 | More by Murph
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting stuff, really smelly barnyard/dirty nappy nose, quite balsamic acidity, with a soft cherry aroma noticed. Sour, of course, the way it should be, dry. Nice balance of kriek flavour in their, just the right amount, a very nice kriek lambic, if only i could get it down under, i miss Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 18:22:47 | More by rastaman
Photo of sprinkle


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich with age,this beer you could sniff out the rusticness,is that a word?But anyway.Almost a barnyard smell.Complex like a fine Champagne,with a tart ligering finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 22:28:08 | More by sprinkle
Photo of Todd


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A magnificent beer! Loads of real cherry flavour. Crisp, sour, funky, horsey ... absolutely delicious!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2001 12:09:51 | More by Todd
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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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