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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

593 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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 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 ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml thanks to Bobsy, cheers mate!

Pours a dark reddish brown with not much head, no lacing.

Smells quite acidic, a nice dash of oak, a hint of cherries, earth, vinegar, a hint of horsey funk.

Quite an acidic lambic, sharp and not as drinkable as I would prefer. Tart cherries, sour apples, lemons, oak, a hint of something metallic almost blood like, just a dash of funk. Some candied sugar sweetness weaving through. Not overly complex, trying to wow you with the sour factor. Burns on the way down, detracts heavily from drinkability.

Not my favorite lambic but not bad by any stretch, just wish it was a bit more layered and complex. Carb could have used a bit of sprucing up too. Not quite on the level of their geuze.

Photo of Stum-pub
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of cosmonick
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small sized snifter

Appearance: The body is a red with a fuzzy white head

Aroma: Extremely sour cherry with strong barnyard funk

Taste: Wonderfully tart with light cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery body with light carbonation.

Overall: I have come to really enjoy sour beers and wild ales. I don't think that this is the most complex variation, but it is a great brew.

Eis Igian!
Randall

Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of botham
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep ruby red with a soapy rim of light pink and no retention or lacings.

aroma is of rich earthy funk and overripened cherries with a lightly sweaty funk among a bacterial sourness. wonderfully funky with a sweaty character.

taste is of vinous sour cherries and a lightly tart background along with a semi-sweet profile. the same sweaty funk from the aroma shows up here as well. very pleasant on the palate with an acidic sour note on the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tart texture and an acidic finish and a residual tartness. lightly tart after the fact.

drinkability is good. very funky and full of sour cherry character. very palatable with a nicely concentrated profile. cheers!

Photo of cnbrown313
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a wine glass

A - Beautiful looking beer! Ruby red with a nice 1 finger off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing.

S - Smells like lemons and tart cherries with a little bit of barnyard funk

T - Very tart and acidic up front. You have to be ready for a big, sour, beer - but this doesn't disappoint. The tart cherry flavor that follows is nicely balanced by a little bit of barnyard funk at the end.

M - Dry mouth feel, with a nice, fine carbonation. Maybe not as nice as a 3F or Cantillon, but good.

O - I'm glad that I gave this one a go. When I have an itch for a good sour kriek I will likely revisit this again!

Photo of Wobbly
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Goliath
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/amber color, some red hints to it. Basically no head.

Aroma let's you know right away this will be a tart one! Rather acidic, some "barnyard", fruit. Pretty nice overall.

Taste is ok. Not nearly as tart as the nose would suggest. Actually, it's somewhat sweet. A good bit of cherry is also available.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation not nearly as nice as I would have suspected. Perhaps this bottle is on it's way out?

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is interesting, but mouthfeel is horrible. I really wanted this to be great, but I'm not so sure.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Bottle labelled Lotnr. B. Opens with a pop.

Appearance: Crimson red in color with a small pink head that quickly recedes. Surprisingly low in carbonation.

Aroma: Juicy cherries upfront. Oak and a touch of barnyard funk balance out the fruitiness. Definitely some tart notes are present in there too. Very fruit forward.

Taste: Big sweet and tart cherry notes upfront. Very sour, but maintains a nice juicy feel to it. Some moderate oak, barnyard funk, and a touch of vinegar. The fruit is definitely the star here. Crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel: Surpirsingly flat mouthfeel here. It is light enough that it is not that distracting. There is some light carbonation, but nowhere near enough for the style. Way more carbonation than their Experimental Raspberry, which was dead flat.

Overall, a really nice, well done, fruit forward and sour kriek. Tons of cherry notes makes this refreshing and nicely complex. The lack of carbonation detracts a little, but not enough to keep me from buying this again sometime.

Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Given as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep red with a slim and sudsy pink head. Looks a little still...

Smell -- Barnyard funk, cider vinegar, cherries, burnt popcorn, oaky. I can already tell this is going to be really tart.

Taste -- Quite sour, indeed! Lots of lactic and acetic sourness, cider vinegar, barnyard funk, dry oak, tart cherry, and - again - burnt popcorn. The tartness crescendos in the finish with lacto, tart cherry, and oak.

Mouthfeel -- Leaves a little to be desired. Thick for a Kriek, very mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a sipping Kriek without a doubt. Mouthfeel problems aside, this is a pretty complicated brew. Not sure why I skipped it so many times. Well worth the purchase to sour ale lovers.

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Thirsty Monk, 375ml, no age date (mold on outside of the cork, hmm...) lot tagged "F"... what does it mean!? </Double Rainbow>

Into two glasses at the bar.

A. Amazing color - a clear ruby-orange that grabs the light and never lets go. A low white head fades quick. No active carbonation - but I can't get over the color. Simply gorgeous.

S. The aroma overflows from the glass. Severe sour / tart, and a rush of Belgian funk, dry and pungent. Cherry in there too, sharp, bright and lactic, maybe TOO sharp...? Just pointy all around, and pulls no punches. Personally I am fond of it.

T. A real super tart wallop - more tart, sour and acidic than the Hanssens Gueze. Dry as the South Pole, some cherry flavor peeks out behind the funky-sour, but it's quite secondary. Could be percieved as two-dimensional as the intensity of flavors is a bit overwhelming. A rollicking kriek, probably the most tart I've had to date. On cask at the Brick Store, this was the most puckering beer I've ever had. The bottle is tamer, but once you have this you won't forget it.

M / O. Carbonation is just right for the style, no too fizzy, but stable enough to help move this along. The finish is lactic - tart, and lingers a very long time. A more advanced kriek, I wouldn't start a sour beer lover out with this one. 8 years ago I would have hated this, but today it's mighty fine!

Photo of alcstradamus
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep crimson color with almost no head but a decent amount of effervescent carbonation bubbles up the side.

The aroma is sweaty and funky with cherry pits and morning dew. A bit solventy.

The flavor is bursting with fresh cherry flavor. Luckily, no solvent nature found in the flavor. Notes of tropical fruit, grassiness, and some attic must but mostly that huge cherry flavor. A mouth and sinus engulfing experience.

The body of this one is medium to light and carbonation is very low, definitely too low. The flatness concentrates all of that huge cherry flavor and makes it nearly overwhelming.

Overall, this beer tasted absolutely magnificent but because of the low carbonation the drinkability suffers. I was completely satisfied after only 2 or 3 ounces and didn't really want any more. A fine beer for sure, but one that I would split many ways.

Photo of drseamus
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: red tinged amber body, thin white head. Visible carbonation

S: heavy funk. I believe it's 50% petting zoo.

T: SUPER tart, but not barnyard funk as much as straight up tart. Good tart cherry with a sweet finish.

M: super smooth despite the tartness. Light to medium bodied.

D: fantastic kriek.

Photo of stealth
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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