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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
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright reddish purple color, no head at all.

Nose of bolotin cherry, light tartness light cherry cough syrup, light sweetness, sour cherry, candy like.

Taste is very tart, mouth watering tartness and sour cherry, light cough syrup, bit of med reddish malts, light acetic acid, chewy bolotin cherries, fairly sweet overall, little flemmy too, finishes sour but quick and very mouth watering and lactic acidic.

Mouth is lighter bodied with no carbonation.

Overall OK but not great, sour and tart, acidic, lots of cherry, fairly sweet, flemmy, but mostly no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:02:44 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a tiny white head. The aroma is tart with some cherry and vanilla. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries along with some nice character from the oak aging. Not extremely sour, but a great mix between cherry flavor and tartness. The beer is extremely dry. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:25:58 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-24-2013 00:03:47 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Max's. I was very excited because it was my first cask sour ale.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with some light coming through at the edges. Just a small layer of pink head that went away completely.

Smell: Very sour cherry vinegar with a slight sweetness.

Taste: Amazingly sour. Reminds me of cherry vinegar. Tart and mildly sweet with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed my first cask lambic cask. The lack of carbonation was nice as it let me concentrate on the flavor.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2011 03:12:34 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-26-2011 00:33:29 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by gregoryG,

A: Pours a dark red/purple with a light pinkish white head, nice colour.

S: Some Brett dominates, though I get a light fruitiness.

T: Heavy Bing cherry, but this is not sugary. Compared to Cantillon Kriek, a lot more fruit character, but still very dry and fermented out, though the juicy character remains. Delightful.

M: Off-dry overall, never sweet/cloying. Medium-bodied, high acidity.

D: This is traditional fruit lambic. I like the real fruit flavour in this beer, much more of a crossover from Lindemans than Cantillon would ever be, so there's something to be said for that, but still authentic to a T.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 05:06:59 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange amber in color; no head, no lace

Sour aromas with a touch of orange, slight sugary sweetness; very similar to a SweetTart. The flavor is very sour with a a lip-puckering finish; strong lemon flavors. Also present, many berry flavors--particularly cranberry. Like sucking a lemon, the aftertaste is powerfully sour.

This is far more tart than other krieks I've tried, but still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 01:45:17 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: reddish purple in color with no head.

Smell: cherries and yeast are up front. Some sourness is in the background.

Taste: cherries, yeast, soft bitterness, and an overall sourness is noticeable. Dryness abounds. This lambic is flatter than others I have had in the past.

Mouthfeel: smooth and extremely dry throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors stay in the mouth forever.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipper based on the sour cherries and overall mouthfeel. One glass was enough in a session despite the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2009 01:31:01 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger pink head of good cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a nontransparent darkish red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, and hidden cherry. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nicely sour, with fermented cherry coming through. The bacteria and wild yeast is fantastic. Very clean. The sourness is great, though its pucker-worthy character may turn off some drinkers. Unobtrusive malts. Some sugary sweetness. This is everything I want in a sour. Very subtle. Complex enough. Very balanced even though the sourness is dominant. The tartness is brilliant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Doesn't get in the way of the flavours.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I love this. This is what a Kriek should be. An excellent example of the style; downright paradigmatic. Hides its ABV well. I could drink this all night, though many drinkers could not. A sour lover's dream. It's even well priced. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Awesome. A near perfect beer in the style.

A

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 04:50:57 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cherry/ ruby red with thin pink head that quickly dissipates. Funky sour aroma with sweet cherry juice, cherries and syrup. Very puckering and vinuous. Sweet cherry syrup flavor that stays sour throughout with a very dry and way too acidic finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 07:06:22 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 16:15:39 | More by weeare138
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 20:56:36 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
lotnr:B
A- This beer has a very soft pop to the cork, then pours a deep red wine hue with a thick ring of white foam that is stained a purple hue. There are a few microbubbles gliding to the surface but otherwise the body is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The soft tartness takes on a dark grape note and a dry cherry jam quality to follow. The finish has a bit of wet old wood that holds its ground.

T- The soft tartness of dark fruit has a faint earthy note to it with a soft dark cherry flavor to follow. There is a brett hint in the finish with a soft jam note that is soon overtaken by a tart acidic bite that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft tartness that grows to more of an astringency in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is simple with an acidic bite to the finish with hints of cherries and wild critters and wood. They are all overpowered by the acid.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 21:22:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color, very little head.

Very sharp sour cherry smell to this beer. It also smells very slightly sweet.

Taste, sharply sour beer, as was expected. Mostly tastes of sour cherries, there is a lot of woodiness to the taste. I can also taste some cork. It has a nice bit of bitterness in there. I also think I taste a bit of sour pickles in this too. The sourness is refreshing, this would be quite a shock following a sweet beer.

The mouth feel is hard to describe it is thin but not as thin as say a Budweiser. There is not a lot of carbonation to this. The thinness is acceptable; this is a great choice for a hot day when a cold glass of lemonade would be good.

Drinkability is really dependent on whether or not you like sour beers. I like it, but this is too intense to drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 02:44:04 | More by Zorro
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 17:39:54 | More by orangesol
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oude Kriek
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Style: Lambic - Fruit
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Pours a limp and lifeless ruby color, fine clarity and virtually no head or trace of bubbles. Pours like cranberry juice.

SMELL: Musty basement, red wine vinegar, cherry, leather, shoe polish, barnyard funk.

TASTE: Sour to the extreme, the Oude Kriek has a big lactic bite from the wild yeast, and remains incredibly sour like a cherry warhead. Light wheat and grain elements and a bit of alcohol. There is a small note of sour cherries, then more puckering, straight up gut wrenching sour, and I like it.

FEEL: Medium bodied, with a modest but present carbonation. Has a good amount of life to it, drying sour bite and oaky tannins. Drinks like a true lambic.

OVERALL: An impressively sour and well blended lambic beer. The proportion of cherries just add to the tartness, and this beer ends up not for the weak of heart or stomach. Pounding acidity and a flavor that lasts.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 12:40:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into some small glasses. Let this one warm up over time.

A- Pours a bright blood red with some slight mahogany if you lok closely. Some small soda like bubbles on top for a bit than stillness. just a red liquid. No lace but looks delicious.

S- Smells like a great kreik with cherries and some sense of cherry juice. Really that's all I get from this, It's large. A bit of musky funk towards the end.

T- Great burst's of cherries off of the vine. With some warming it gets a cherry syrup vibe a bit and a bit of vanilla. Some earth and light funk and oh yeah sour.

M- Feel is nice and light with a good amount of carb. On the end there is some acidity that felt like putting a battery on your tounge when you were young. Sweet and tart with some puckering.

D- I take my time with good lambics and I spread my glass over a hour or so, so I guess this one is good. Now I need to find some more. Great stuff that im surprised I have not tried before.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:14:32 | More by BARFLYB
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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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A: Very pretty ruby hue. Minimal head and lace, as expected with the style.

S: Tart cherries, sour funky deliciousness, wild yeast.

T: Very nice. Belgian fruit lambics have always been one of my favorite styles, and this is a good one. The barrel has left its imprint on this beer, and the wood really tastes nice. Delicious cherries and funky barnyard sourness. Well done.

M: A bit thin with a vinegary, acidic kick in the finish.

D: I could sip on this one anytime. Pairs very well with chocolate. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 04:30:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-30-2011 19:24:50 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

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

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in February 2013. Pours fairly clear ruby red color with a 2 finger dense pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a lacing ring that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, grape, pear, clove, pepper, oak, leather, straw, hay, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of cherry, wild/lactic yeast, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, pear, red wine, oak, clove, straw, grass, hay, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, oak, clove, red wine, leather, vinegar, straw, hay, and musty funk on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and wild/lactic yeast flavors; with a very nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour kriek style. All around great complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and lactic/wild yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:06:49 | More by superspak
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my first real lambics, quite a surprise. Pours a cranberry juice red, rose red, virtually no head but a little lace, some proteins floating around. Smells like sour grapes, the wet horse smell, classic lambic! Tastes like sour candy, the sourness is right up front, then move to sweet candy flavor and sour fruit, with a very tart finish, a tear jerker. Mouthfeel was pretty light with good carbonation, very interesting, not sure if lambics are my style but pretty good, thanks sammy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 00:49:09 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date G, whatever that means.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a large, pink head on top, very foamy. Nice head retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Light funk and barnyard mixed with some cherries and a little bit of wood. A little bit of tartness/vinegar.

T: Cherry mixed with a good bit of woody/oak. Not quite as musty as the aroma, but very earthy. The barrel really shines through as the oak intensifies.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of tartness, was expecting it to be a bit over the top, but very approachable.

O: A pretty nice Kriek, not in your face cherry, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:51:59 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Beautiful cherrywood tone to this beer. A good sized bone white head is erected, but deflates almost as quickly. A bubbly collar remains. Some sparse oily lace is left behind as I drink. Nose consists of tart cherry, musty wet horse blanket, lemon rind, vinegar. Very heavy nose. But good. This lambic doesn't have that mind blowing puckering ability that Cantillon posseses, but this is good in its own right. There's a nice sweet and sour blend in this one. Tart cherry. Acetic acid. Sour lemon...they all check in. But so does a sweet and sugary cherry flavor. (This is a traditional lambic, but it is quite tasty and drinkable.) Also a little of that "barnyard" flavor that I love in my lambics. Light body with a fairly lively carbonation noted. This one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 04:43:14 | More by Bighuge
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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