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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

603 Ratings
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 53
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
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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 BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask at Pizza Paradiso DC into a snifter.

No head given. A real nice cherry red body that is consistent throughout with pink dark hues on the edges and clear. There is no carbonation and no lacing at all. It looks more like wine than beer. Tasty looking!

Smell is the classic once again red wine vinegar and tart sour cherries. Vinegar and acidity hits first but it's tolerable and not overpowering.

Taste is a sour cherry in the mid palate, but finishes very uniquely. Red wine vinegar and acid hit on the swallow, a very big stinging acidity almost a taste of white pepper. Mouthfeel is chewy slightly, but also there is an aftertaste of childrens aspirin with this.

I still think it's quite enjoyable though and it's better out of the cask, I think this needs a food pairing ideally than casual drinking, I'd like to have dinner with this for sure, a nice dry aged steak seems in order but not sure how the vinegar component would fit. Perhaps a Kale vegetable and red wine vinegar reduction on the side and you have magic. I really want food with this beer.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tulip glass. I should also note that when the foil and cork were pulled, there was no pop, but merely a mild hiss.

A: A heavy, forceful pour yields zero head or residual lacing. The minut carbonation stuck to the side of the glass. Murky maroon in color, yet when held to the light there is a pink marble-like brilliance. There is edge separation, denoting the three plus years of aging.

S: Immediate hints of astringent vinegar. In an odd way, it almost smelled like a freshly unwrapped band-aid. Once I got past the initial barnyard-like funk, I was able to detect hints of freshly pitted black cherries. Zero hops and malt.

T: Upon contact with my lips, my mouth was swimming in a sea of tart cherry. But within milliseconds, the malic acid overwhelms the fruit and invades my taste sensations. I instantly start salivating as the sour funk, heavy vinegar and tannic acid make their way down the back of my palate.

M: Considering this is almost flat, I do not find it to be offputting. It feels natural, organic, like it's meant to be, and unmanipulated. It feels like it hasn't been played with, that what naturally happens, happens - expectations be damned.

O: This is one to sip on, and slowly. As it warms, the cherries come out to play. So don't rush things, just sit back and enjoy the show.

This is one of my first ventures into the sour realm. I can honestly say that this is one of the most unique and intriguing beverages I've ever consumed. I now understand why there is such a strong following for beers like this, and I can certainly see myself digging deeper and deeper into the style.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml Brenda picked this up for me today at the Coop for $7... poured into my Koningshoeven tulip.. Edit: probably should have used a flute.. oh well.

No head.. descent collar.. Brew is hazy dark orange/pink.

Aroma is in no particular order.. musky.. horsey.. funky and fruity... I can probably only pick out cherry because I saw the label.

Flavor is very approachable for a kriek.. more fruit forward than funky.. still pretty sour and fruity.. but there is a shortlasting sweetness that ties the yeasty funks to the fruits and into the tart. Sour cherries and subtle barnyard.. Finish is sour without being vinegary... Body is light and carbonation is amazing.. I don't remember liking this as much as the cantillon.. but it is still fantastic... I am just damn happy that Boise finally has a proper fruit lambic.... Cheers to Matt and Ashton!! Thanks.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: exceedingly deep, rich red hue with basically no head at all. Usually the latter would be a problem, but the color is so rich and beautiful ... wow.

Smell: slightly tart wild-yeast aroma with a hint of dark cherries. A bit mild, but nice.

Taste: very tart, somewhat sweet flavor. Reminds me more of an unflavored lambic than a kriek. Cherries are barely there, and what is present is buried in the tartness. Way too tart, even for the style, and not enough cherries in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: astringent, light mouthfeel with a minimum of carbonation. Quite undercarbonated for a beer of the style. Odd.

Overall: I'm rather disappointed by this beer, though it is possible I've got a bad bottle. How does a naturally tart and wild-fermented beer go bad? I don't know, but this beer is undercarbonated, over-tart and just not cherry enough for the style.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque cherry red color with a half inch of pretty pink foam. Head dissipates quickly; very little lacing remains. Strong aroma of tart cherries, vinegar acidity, funky, light barnyard/hay notes. Puckeringly sour and acidic, powerful flavor, with tons of sour cherries and lemon juice; just a touch of sweetness. Funky barn flavor midmouth, with a drying, citric, acidic finish. Lemony in both taste and lingering aftertaste. Somewhat enamel-stripping.

Lively carbonation, decently crisp. The funkiness of this one was really appealing; not at all overpowering, but fully integrated with the beer's other elements. However, I have to disagree with a handful of others who feel this is a good introduction to the sour style-it's strong stuff overall, with concentrated, intense sourness and acidity.

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask version from the Brick Store during the 12th anniversary party.

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing. The color is very nice.

Smells sour cherries with nice hints of vinegar and light hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour cherry and funky flavors up front are joined by vinegar-like flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms it becomes more tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's tasty but it's a bit too tart to have more than one of these.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, and was happy to have the opportunity to try one of this style on cask. I don't necessarily think the cask makes the beer taste any better, but it's also certainly not any worse. It's just different, and worth a shot.

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle labeled Lot E with no other information. This beer poured a medium bodied dark, dark rich red in color with no a single bubble of carbonation. It poured really flat. The aromas are of slightly tart cherries with slight funk. There isn't much complexity. It tastes good, there just isn't too much going on. It tastes of subtle sour cherries with a light sweet tart esque finish. It drinks kind of watery in consistency but it easy to drink. Overall this is a pretty lackluster Kriek. I'm surprised because I normally love Hanssens but this one could've been better.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

$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.

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

375 mL bottle, $9.99 from Merchants in Dearborn. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler, right on the heels of Hanssens strawberry lambic.

This pours with no carbonation, a dark reddish liquid with zero head. Transparent when held to a light, at least on the first pour.

Nice cherry aroma with lots of funky background noise aromatically speaking. Tart smelling, very similar to aged Cantillon Kriek. And the taste, this is just about what I hoped for. Sour cherries, strong acidity, sort of ulcery feel in my digestive tract.

A great representation of the style, and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 375ml green wired and corked bottle a deep luminous orange with a minimal in size head that is frothy and the color and off white, the remaining lace a velum like film to cover the class. Nose sweet with a tart backing, fresh and pleasing to the eye and nose, start is sweet with the top light in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, sour, vinous, exceedingly dry, a drinkable beer.

Photo of bark
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is bottle is brewed in 2005.

The colour is deep red-brown, the liquid almost clear. The minimal head disappears quickly, leaving no lacing.

The smell is tart with notes of vinegar, yeast, earthy hints and a sweet touch of cherry candy.

The taste is dry and tart with the expected notes of minerals, vinegar, iodine, salt and earthy-chemical notes as well as dry flavours of sour cherries, cherry candy and hips. The aftertaste is sour-tart with metallic bitter flavours and an artificial flavour of cherries.

The carbonation is medium strong; medium sized bubbles. The liquid is dry and a little light, yet sticky.

A little too tart for a kriek, I think.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting. paired with some local dark chocolate

from notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, dark raspberry body, murky, shortlived fizzy head

smell: sour cherry, oak, yeast

taste: I enjoyed this kriek - much closer to Cantillon than Lindemans. Very oaky/woody with moderate sour notes coming from the cherry. Musty and funky with enough complexity to separate itself from the field

mouthfeel: light - tart

drinkability: good

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark reddish color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, red-colored head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A big, fruity, funky aroma. Lots of raspberries, cherries, and some malt.

T: Tasted of raspberries, cherries, yeast, malt, and that typically Belgian funk. Very vibrant and complex. Quite possibly the most sour beer I've ever tried.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Keep in mind that this beer isn't for everyone. The sourness will put some people off. That being said, I think it's a very drinkable beer.

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
92 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.