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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

522 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 43
Gots: 72 | 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.

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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 08:30:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2009 23:47:21 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

04-08-2014 20:35:48 | More by afsdan
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Gusler

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 21:26:35 | More by Gusler
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 16:29:50 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 01:40:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks cj

Pours a deep ruby color with some darker, ruddy hues. Pinkish, foamy head bubbles up and dissipates, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Funky and fruity in the nose with cherries. Tart and sour with lactic hints, horse blanket funk and bread crust malts.

Nice biting sourness with cherries and lactic dryness up front. Sour and funky throughout with an emphasis on the yeast, horse blanket and barnyard. Oak and cherry skin with a slight vinous character. Finishes dry and sour with a light cherry sweetness.

Medium body, nicely carbonated (unlike the experimental lambics) and dry on the tongue. A nicely done fruit lambic, although there's better available, especially considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 13:57:24 | More by xnicknj
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:44:52 | More by tobelerone
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ccrida

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet Oude Kriek is murky dull red with very thin white head skim that quickly dissipates, basically still.

Smell is great, lots of emphasis on the lambic base, big pithy citrus with a hint of sour cherries.

Taste is awesome, loads of tartness and bicarbonate, with the cherries providing a faint secondary flavor, which love. One of the best true (oude) fruit lambics I've had.

Mouthfeel is very acidic and dry, with a light body. The extreme pucker, combined with the tannins, makes up for very low carbonation level.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing fruit lambic. I couldn't ask for anything else other then a lower price! I'll have to enjoy this one again, defiantly worth a second visit soon!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:26:55 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage green bottle split in a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: B, no info.

Big old wet kiss thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this awesome sour with a fellow addict.

A - Expecting no carbonation, it looks great. No head, retention, etc. Beautiful blood red merlot wine color with great clarity!

S - Tart cherries and sublimely funky aroma full of yeast and lactic acid sourness. One-dimensional but damn good.

T - Lactic sourness assaults the tongue with tart cherry and funky yeast all over the board. Delicious is an understatement.

M - Light-bodied and incredibly tart/sour with an acidic finish. Near perfection as far as biting sourness in the mouthfeel goes.

O - Fantastic all-around, this kriek is delicious with a huge sourness that's one of the more sour beers I've ever experienced. I grabbed another bottle to share with TheDTrain which wasn't anywhere near as sour. This one gets much better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 12:18:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bark

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:07:24 | More by bark
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 20:12:17 | More by Rhettroactive
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 13:06:19 | More by avalon07
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flagmantho

Washington

3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:41:19 | More by flagmantho
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked green 750 - Upon opening the first wiff of barnyard must, acidic tannin, and tart citrus pulp float through the air giving a familiar raw presense of a true lambic. At which I'm still trying to appreciate and not having much luck at.
Looks like a rosy orange kool-aid with a slight pinkish/white bubbly egding around the top that sits very briefly. Aroma is as mentioned above with the added sweet and tart cherry soda mixed in - now that its breathing some in the glass. But the barnyard and must thing is hangin' strong with a measureable medicinal edge in its corners. Earthly dirty and smokey even. A keeper for sure in the nose.
Taste is more so metallic and medicinal then I was hoping. Mostly a mellow front with a light fruitish cherry and tart start, middle gains some acidic citrus and metals with touches of the earth and musty barnyard, cherry finishes it off in the end with a grab of added cherry flavor and acid washed rocks. Not overly complex nor is it overly tasty, just alot of acidity and tart. Would like to see a bit more cherry make its way through all that. But thats just me.
Glad to have tried it, but not something I'd be willing to go after again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 01:52:36 | More by tavernjef
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

07-12-2013 00:41:07 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's. I love the bottled version of this beer and was really looking forward to this.

Beautiful color, mostly flat, thin ring this is a very pretty kriek. The nose has a great cherry character, leathery, fruity and tannic with a nice lambic backbone. The cherry character is about as far from bright as you can possibly get. The palate opens with a blend of funk, cherries and noticeable sulfur. Rather fart-like, the sulfur gets in the way of enjoyability of the beer. Lots of sour cherry with leather and oak. Moderate vinegar, fruity acidity, this is mildly watery on the finish. Too much acidity for my palate, this is not as good as the bottled version IMO.

Serving type: cask

06-25-2011 00:20:04 | More by DefenCorps
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dgilks

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate funky aroma with a nice dose of lactic. Light fruit. Good.

Clear, peach-red colour. No head.

Smooth sourness. A tiny hint of sweetness. Light funk. Cherry. Interesting and good.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

A decent Kriek. Not up to Cantillon standards but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 10:12:38 | More by dgilks
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-21-2012 02:45:15 | More by bsuedekum
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champ103

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like pretty much everything else I have had from Hanssens, I can not find a bottle date. So who knows how old this bottle is?

A: Pours a bright and vibrant reddish/pink color. I love the color. A one finger white head forms, and vanishes in a second.
S: Tart, acidic, and ultra funky. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Not a lot of cherry sweetness or fruit aromas.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tart, acidic, and sour bite. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Wow, everything is very strong and over powering. I love the style, but this is over barring.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I do like funky sours, and enjoyed this on a hot afternoon. Though, just a bit over powering.

I love me some sour and funk. This certainly fits the bill, and I did enjoy my bottle. Though over barring, in a sense that even puts Cantillon to shame. If you want to impress some sour heads, this is what you should bring.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 05:10:03 | More by champ103
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant cherry red color with a fizzy off-white head that dies out quickly from all the acidity. Aroma is sour black cherries and a slight funky note. Flavor is tart cherry and strawberry with some nice acidity. Not too sour. Some funky oaky character on the finish. Medium-thin body, dry, lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 06:19:53 | More by illidurit
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Gobzilla

California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured poured brwon with pinkish reddish highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: acidic citrus and oak aromas are the most dominate on the nose with funk barrel, slight cherries, and faint vinegar notes.

T: the cherries come out more on the palate with a good sour bite and had oak, funky, musty, and ctiric acidic accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, fruity, sour, and mild dry finish.

D: it drank good but fell a bit short side by side with the cantillon kriek. It is still a pretty damn good fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:09:10 | More by Gobzilla
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one tart and funky traditional lambic beer! This beer (vintage unknown) poured a suprisingly clear, dark red colour with a fizzy, white head. The aromas are of horse blanket, various farm odors, musty fruits, and vinegar. The taste was of very tart cherries, blended gueze, and musty dark fruits. The mouthfeel was lip puckering and excellent. The drinkability? This is a definite sipping beer, one that is meant to be savored slowly.

An interesting introduction to the world of traditional lambics...Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 13:17:06 | More by francisweizen
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-09-2013 18:25:17 | More by mrfrancis
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.