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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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518 Ratings

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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

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

09-20-2012 02:48:33 | More by HopsintheSack
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

09-28-2012 03:03:42 | More by Diomede
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New Hampshire

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

Poured into a chalice. The color is ruby red. There are just a few bubbles in this one (more often than not I get very little carbonation in this beer, but every now and then a bottle will have some).

The aroma appropriately has a lot of tart, slightly medicinal cherry. A hint of lemon rind is evident.

The taste starts out dry with notes of wheatgrass and quickly evolves into sour lemon juice with cherry notes mixed in. The finish is very clean and very tart.

This has very mellow carbonation if any, with a light body. This is very good. I find this is one that has a lot of bottle variation. At times it's been one of the most acidic beers I've had. This particular bottle strikes a pretty good balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:12:28 | More by andrewinski1
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-21-2013 15:06:09 | More by lunarbrew
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy red color is a bit off-putting, and seems a bit hazy, too. Not the most glorious lambic I've seen, but it keeps its head better than many. I think I'm being generous, but I'm not sure.

Smells musty and slightly of brettanomyces and cherries. Slight at times but fully a lambic in its own right. Could use more time to bring out complexity.

Taste is, for a lambic, highly musty and toasty, creating a good backbone to pair the just-enough amount of fruit. As with the nose, this could use more time for the Brett character to kick in and brings its wildness to the mix. Still, its sour and drinkable, balance and lovely with a few shades short of being a more powerful and dynamic beer.

And yet its moderate balance of the characteristic lambic notes creates the more moderate experience needed for quaffing. A nice kriek that I'll go for again, at least the best available in Michigan without the presence of Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 17:07:55 | More by nomad
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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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New Jersey

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

750 ml bottle. Hanssens Oude Kriek pours out a brownish red color with a small head. The aroma is funky, though nowhere near the geuzue, with cherries and something metallic. Sour, acidic cherry flavor. Much more tart than sweet. Not as funky tasting as it smells. A nice balance of cherry to lambic flavor. A bit woody. Carbonation is low. Drinkability is great. A very tasty kriek, and not overly challenging.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 02:03:06 | More by beveragecaptain
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-22-2012 02:10:40 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-01-2014 06:09:41 | More by JSchock7
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-21-2012 21:14:25 | More by illini4x4
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 20:35:23 | More by nanobrew
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New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to my bud yelterdow for schlappin this one on me a few weeks ago... never been a big fan of cherry lambics, but here goes... (cellar temp on an unusually warm october night here in NJ)

the hue: inner flesh of plum, clean and consistent to the gaze throughout, solid but nothing to go gaga over

vinegar burn dryness (in a pleasant way), moldy dry hay with fruit roll ups, cherry cobbler from swanson TV dinners, the dry mold flavor almost smells like cigarette butts at times and others sort of "woodsy" like fungus on a decaying log in a northeast forest after an autumn rain.. OK, obviously this rocks...

taste etc...
much more sour than I expected from the nose (bonus!), immediately you are hit by prickly carbonation on the tongue (unseen in the pour really!), wow.. need .. another.. sip...
ah, now I am getting the amazing cherry aftertaste ... the buds are settling down and getting the subtlety here.. mild mold flavor paves the aftertaste but hides itself below the cherry flavor marvelously.. delicious... this gets better sip by sip, not the sourest lambic and not the sweetest, a very nice balance but yet kicks it up enough in each category for you to take notice.. again I say it, EACH DAMN SIP is better than the next, each reveals a little different character, fullness of cherries, belgian funk, lambic sourness, the sourness and dry finish just beg for more sips.. this is fantastic.

bring me more free bottles dan ! Excellent lambic, I am enjoying this way too much, maybe I should pop a cherry... lambic more often...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 03:13:13 | More by Ego
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours deep, beautiful burgundy with no head, just a thin ring of bone white foam around the perimeter of the glass.

S-Nose is gorgeous on this. Big, ripe cherry sweetness, balsamic reduction, barnyard funk. The things you expect from a good lambic.

T/M-Intensely tart. Acidity is high, but never overshadows the quality of the fruit sweetness or barnyard funk. There's a metallic note on the finish, probably due to such high acidity, that is slightly off putting. Low carbonation. However, I've gotten used to most Hanssens bottles having no carbonation, so this is fine.

O-As krieks go, this is above average. I like that Hanssens really goes for it with the sharp acidity and bold fruit flavors. A little more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:03:07 | More by DaveHS
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear pinkish golden copper (even its color is complex!) and offers a white ring sustained by fine beading from the bottom of my antique champagne flute.

Delightful mix of Brett. sp. aromas suggesting vinous wild cherry cider with acetic notes splashed on a musty wet horse blanket.

Tart cherry rounds a little mid palate before the tanins and traditional high Lambic acidity ( >1% by weight Titratable Acids = 10,000+ ppm) dry the mouth.

The microflora (Lacto, Pedio, Acetobacter and unknown Enterobacters etc.) of Hanssens oak casks have served up a great Kriek. Tastes are unique and suggest a fine sherry.

Although no showy head arose from my gentle poor, Chose to keep the dregs in tact along the sides of the domed champagne bottle's bottom.

As with most of what I drink from Belgium, Hanssens Oude Kriek stirs my appetite and sends me looking for a slice of apple pie from the kitchen.

Only better when dug out of the cellars surrounding Brussels with a meal from a local cafe.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 15:36:54 | More by karst
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-16-2013 07:55:38 | More by JellyJacket
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on cask at the map room. First drink of the night and started the night off right. poured with the color of a nice red wine with about a quarter inch of bright white head. This receded to a small ring around the outside fairly quickly. The aroma had lots of acid, mostly with some vinegar acidity, not a ton other than some fruityness and acidity. Nice, but nothing super special. The flavor was very nice and refreshing and complex with good cherry and acetic and lactic acid, and some tannic red wine flavors. Pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel was very light with a medium amount of carbonation. Very dry. Overall, a very impressive beer. Good lambic.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2011 09:19:11 | More by Agold
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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has been cellared two years. Bottle opened with no pop. Nice garnet color. Little/no carbonation.

Smells of vinegar with some cherry fruit.

Tastes like Mother Funker on cherries. Very acetic-could use this to make salad dressing. Not mouth puckering though, and there is a good flavor of cherries.

Body is light, no carbonation, and stickiness doesn't make a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is too sour and the acetic acid is too strong, detracting from the cherry and funk aspects. Clearly, I didn't do this any favor by cellaring two years. Hope to try this again fresher/on cask.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:53:25 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with a thin white head. Aromas of wet earth (mulch) cherries and barnyard. Very bracing acidity in the mouth, more so with the cherry flavor. Horse blankety and tart, but with s superb balance of funk, fruit, and acidity. Medium body with a sharp tangy sweet tart finish. Best Kriek Lambic yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 02:30:22 | More by dedrinker
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District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. blown away every time i have one of these. glowing dark cherry red with no head, but a little collar that hangs on the whole time. nose is horse, barn, oak, earth (wet earth/mushroom) and tons of real cherry. very acidic. all is expressed simply wonderfully in the taste and the palate just opens up for loads of sour cherry goodness. it makes me salivate like crazy. virtually still and soft/silky medium body; it is so lovely i never want it to end. the most refined and elegant flavors are going on here and my gears are really turning. i just can't say enough good stuff. not for the faint of heart. very very sour. one of the best lambics i have ever tasted. seriously underrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 00:36:10 | More by timtim
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Portsmouth Snifter

A Murky red with no real head to speak of. Lots of big carbonation bubbles stuck on the side of the glass and some lively carbonation along the glass.

S Vinegar, sour cherries, oak and a hint of sweetness. Really hits all things i wanna smell in a Kriek

T Very tart upfront that goes to the finish. Almost a shock tart pucker toward the middle and some cherry comes out as well. Slight oaky barrel comes out toward the end and the finish is dry and tart

M Medium carbonation for a Kriek, along with a medium feel on the tongue. The finish is quite dry.

O Pretty nice reasonably priced ans easy to find sour in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:07:47 | More by Gushue3
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-28-2012 05:51:48 | More by Beezee
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3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375ml bottle. Pours a clear red with a thin ring of head. After like 15 krieks all I can pull out here are the extreme outlying qualities of this. Band aid, hospital room, sour, dry cherry. Heavy acidity in the front palate, which just kills it for me. I'm thinking that it's really difficult to make a sour cherry or raspberry beer, lambic or otherwise, without that blinding acidity. Hanssens failed in this regard.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:03:06 | More by JAXSON
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-30-2014 03:49:47 | More by ThreeFishes
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at Deus in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red with a fizzy, pinkish-orange head that fades to a sparse ring.

Smell: Sweet cherries, acidic sourness and lambic funkiness. Swirling, like it does for most lambics, brings out the funk.

Taste: Intensely sour with sweet cherries that do little to cut the sourness in the center. The finish is earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation and intensely dry.

Drinkability: Definitely too tart to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 05:07:55 | More by EPICAC
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle

A: Pours a fizzy light red, almost pink under pretty much no head. No lace, no retention.

S: Very tart, fruity, funky. A bit of hay, cherry, yeast. Very good.

T: Very tart again, cherry and fruit character is very fresh tasting. A bit grape-like at times. Very good.

M/D: Light body, carbonation isn't as high as first expected helping a very smooth body. Drinkability is very nice as long as you can stand the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:36:51 | More by NCSUdo
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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