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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

614 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 53
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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Ratings: 614 | Reviews: 305
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4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pink color. The head is a finger high, and lavender in shade. Retention is...well, it's horrible. There's no lacing either. Like many sour ales, it has the aesthetic charm of a wart. (2)

Smell: This just hits all the right notes of a good kriek - it's loaded with earthen funk notes, it's loaded with tart cherries, and it's also loaded with oaky qualities. As it evolves, I'm even picking up some vanilla and coconut (!) notes. There's also a shitload of tartness concealed by the oak/funk. Yeah, this smells great, plain and simple. (4.25)

Taste: Whoa momma, this one is tart. For a brief moment, I pick up the nuanced and delicate barrel flavors at first...and then, BOOM! Fruity, acetic tartness explodes on the midtaste. It's like someone mixed Black Cherry Warheads with Jolly Ranchers, and I freaking love it. More cherry flavors build up on the finish. This one is absolutely balls-out next to other krieks/sour ales - while it doesn't have the delicacy or balance of other sours, it makes up for it by being extremely enjoyable regardless (it helps that some of the supplementary notes still come through the intense tartness). (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, and dry. This one bites the palate with oak barrel and sourness without letting go. Because it's so tannic as well, it's not very easy to drink. Still, I don't really care. (3.75)

Overall: Objectively, I have to concede - it's not as balanced as the best sour ales. Subjectively, I also have to concede that I still love the hell out of it. The fact that it still manages to be so extreme in its tartness while revealing a nice complexity is just gravy. Did I mention it's much easier to find than anything from Cantillon/3F? Because it is. (4.25)

4.09/5: Wonderfully in-your-face

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle shared with a friend. Pours cherry red with white head. Aroma of sour cherries and some funk. Taste of cherry, funk and sour berries. Very, very tart and sour. Delicious.

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$11.55 for the 375ml bottle, bottled in January 2014.

It pours a murky dark red, reddish head of foam, reddish lacing.

I can sure smell the sour cherries and oak. Delightful.

Sour cherries and the woody oak in the taste with some hints of vanilla, I find a near perfect level of sourness. If I want a tad more, I simply swish the beer in my mouth. I reckon some time in a cellar could do even more for this brew.

About medium bodied, light carbonation.

This is very good indeed.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into chilled 750 mL glass, pours a deep red almost a maroon color with a small half finger white bubbly head, no lacing. It smells slightly of cherries with an earthy lingering scent at the end. It tastes much better than the scent, a strong cherry flavor which surprises you with a strong tart bite, not a bad one though, I was just used to lindemans kriek which is a lot more sweet. The mouthfeel is light with strong carbonation, and as mentioned previously a really strong tart bite, it IS good though. Overall a good kriek, I prefer lindemans to it though!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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