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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 651
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 58
Gots: 95 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 (484 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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! (766 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip for a well-carb'd ruby body w/ one-finger light pink head and some sticky lace. A very tart/sour smell with cherry and some other fruit (like berries or grape) and hints of oak and funk. Light-bodied and smooth, slightly creamy even, with a good cherry taste that is slightly sour and sharp due to carbonation. Smooths as it warms, although ABV is slightly noticeable as you take your time. Hints of some earthy hops in there as well and cherry gives off some sweetness, but mostly this is a more dry, sour beer that is to be sipped like a red wine. Perhaps the only reason my grades aren't higher is I prefer Saison/Farmhouse Ale kind of sweetness over a dryness. That's more of me than the beer. (717 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.23/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Score re done in march of 2015. Too lazy to do a review.

A-pours a slightly hazy cherry red with a thin bubbly white head.

S-the nose has a nice barnyard funk with notes of hay, vinegar lies underneath, semi tart cherries in the back. great balance in strength and amount of funk, vinegar, and sweetness.

T-the taste is more sweet, the barnyard funk is first, lots of wet hay, very light vinegar, lots of sweet cherry with a light to moderate level of tartness to it. Great balance, everything seems to work really well together and balance is outstanding.

M-lighter body, extremely soft and smooth on the palate, great carbonation and just slighlty dry in the finish.

D-very good beer, great balance as nothing dominates, the flavors are well pronounced and work in tasty lambic harmony. (796 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy blood/ruby red color that produced a good pink bubbly head with some good retention behind it. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Extremely sour and dry smelling with some seriously acidic cherry/raspberry fruits. Some lactic characters in there with some hay/barnyard bits in the dryness aspect.

(T)- Just like the smell. Some serious acidic sour cherry/raspberry fruit notes with a mild creaminess in there too. Dry, but mostly full of vivid sour fruits. Mildly funky.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great fruit profile with a nice level of acidic sourness without being too much over-the-top. Very vivid fruits that I am enjoying alot.

(D)- A great lambic. Tastes great with a great balance and fruit profile. Crisp, and just plain enjoyable. Dare I say, one of the better Krieks out there. (875 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading about the potential for aging the beer, kind of wish I'd done so. Oh well, just have to get some more and do so. Poured this at a good temperature with an amazing roiling head that is maintained by the incredible effervescence of this wonderful brew! No lace, clear amber cherry color and loads of teeny bubble trails. Aroma is cherry, musk, yeast, oak, vinegar. Flavor is brut champagnesque with a demure cherry presence and the yeast bitterness is exactly matched by the small sharp peaks of tartness from carbonic acid and wild yeast. Finish is like flavor, gradually diminishes, and is satisfying. (615 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: pinkish red bodied beer with small white cap of head.

Smell: strong vinegar notes with mild hay funkiness. mild red fruits cherries and red apples.

Taste: moderately sour beer with little bit of vinegar taste to it as well. Lemons and really mellow funk. Little bit of fruitiness also red apples, raspberries, and tart cherries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp carbonation that really carries the sour and fruit flavors. Dry finish very close to a champaign like mouthfeel.

Overall: A really tasty Kriek. It a bit expensive at 12 for 350ml C&C bottle, but its very enjoyable. The vinegar is a bit stronger than I like, but it not horrible. (712 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.74/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

update 2008 purchase date 07/2011 drank date

Still no carbonation but has a beautiful stinky cherry smell, excellent sour cherry flavor, real shit right here. HANSSENS!

375ml bottle with no date, $6.49. Nice rose color with zero head and close to zero carbonation. The aromas are of musty, earthy cherries The flavor is more cherries, sour,tart, actually pretty good. The only problem I seem to have with krieks (including this one) is that the acidity is a little high for me. (479 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark red with a small white cap. It pours out fizzy--didn't glug out or nothing--but no effervescence is noticeable just by looking at it.

Smells sharply tart but also smooth. The oak aging is salient only in the nodes it blots out. Big cherries, not much funk.

Tastes a bit like an organic Shock Tart, like if something unnaturally intense were somehow robbed of its cloying fakeness and all that's left behind seems wholesome and real in spite of its intensity. It's like how exercise feels: a good high. (520 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours beautiful clear deep red with barely a collar of light pink foam. No noticeable carbonation rising.

S - Very acidic cherry aroma, with a pretty good funk presence. The funk elements are definitely reminiscent of the Hanssens Oude Geuze.

T - Initial taste is one of the most sour beers I've ever had. Very acidic, though there is a strong cherry presence as well. Funk presence increases midway through and continues through the finish. Also a faint cherry sweetness on the finish to go with the intense sourness.

M - Body is flat and slick. Not the best, but okay.

O - A good kriek, but well below de Cam and Cantillon for me. (640 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (528 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, my lord – this reminds me so much of my early trips to Belgium in 1994, for every time I drink this beer - I just close my eyes, and I’m there - sat in the Drie Bronnen in Beersel, drinking the awesome Hanssens Kriek from one of those straight sided Gueuze-Kriek tumblers. This is one of the top 5 Krieks available.
Don’t expect a sweet commercial offering; this is how it should be –dry, spritzy, acidic, acerbic and astringent as well as sour - f***ing marvelous. I rue the day when this beer disappears. The Kriek uses cherry pulp nowadays, rather than whole cherries, as was the tradition, try older examples of Hanssens and compare them if you are ever lucky to get chance – there is a difference in color and acidity. Nevertheless, the modern ‘pulp’ Hanssens Kriek is still miles and leagues ahead of any crappy mass-produced Timmermans, De Troch, Belle-Vue or Lindemans that you may have had. The taste of the Kriek is still very traditional, quite harsh, dry, sour, and acidic and with a sharp pull that still draws the cheeks. Nice. This is still a saliva vaporizer – make no mistake.

If you ever get to the Kulminator in Antwerp, and have the money to drink, er.. burn, try the pre-90’s Hanssens offerings. For a start, they will not have any labels, merely white or red/pink sashes of paint. These are the best vintages. Strap yourself down though for the ride of a life time. Also note, that as the EU have now mandated that all beers must have a Sell-By Date (yawn), the next time you see a recent offering from Hanssen, note their own sly slick sense of humor – a nice label that has a Sell-By Date that is dated 20 years hence – LOL. Hmm, if that’s not the equivalent of two fingers to the EU – I don’t know what is.

An American once said to me; how can England have a crime rate, and no weapons?
I don’t know, but I just hope one day that I don’t have to explain why Belgium has great beers but no traditional lambics – then I will start to worry, for sure.
So, drink this beer whenever you see it. Or Else !!!! (2,057 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale red color. There is no head to speak of. The aroma is of cherries, hints of nuts, and a significant sour/tartness. The taste is very sour. This is by far the most sour fruit Lambic I have tasted. There are still some tart cherries, but not as much as in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I will surely drink again. (448 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze day; served in a six-ounce snifter.

A: Bright cherry-red body with a few coarse pink bubbles on top. Pretty nice, and positively brilliant in the late-summer sun out in the back yard.

S: Sharply acidic fruit, juicy cherry, and plenty of spicy, grassy funk. It's like someone dropped a metric ton of sour cherries into a fresh bale of hay. Lovely.

T: Medium sour cherries burst forth, with hay + grass spicing up the tart fruitiness. Long, lingeringly sweet finish - cherries throughout. Delicious.

M: Flat, slick, and lightly sticky. Meh.

O: This beer was very different on cask compared to its bottle form, with the cask being noticeably heavier on the cherries and much less sour. I'm not sure which version I liked, as both were terrifically tasty. Great stuff.

Cheers! (818 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber hued, kissed by auburn, then muddied brown. The head is fairly sparce and fizzy and white.
Dirt-covered tart cherry nose. Intermittent rancid buttermilk. Pig shit. And some light vinous wafts.
Begins with a burst of cherry. Lightly sweet, but tenfold more tart. Then it turns dominantly pinot-like. But only for a few seconds, and especially while cooler. Afterwards, it's all Lambic. Funkiness is varied and wide-ranging. Rusted tin is perhaps the most prominant. Pastures full of manure and mud. Budding leafy vegetables. General dankness, mildew and ground. Minor cherry reprise near the swallow with an increase in sourness.
Lightish bodied, though a bit grabby around the sides of the mouth.
Plenty drainable. Nice enough (and foul enough) Kreik. (763 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz, LOTNR F
Poured into a 3F gueuze glass.

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy peachy-pinky-red with a finger of bubbly pink head that quickly fades to a skim.

Smell. Sour cherries and marzipan with just a little sweet hayloft funk.

Taste. Sour cherries, lemon juice, some dry and earthy funk. Quite dry. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice dry kriek. Plenty sour without being overwhealming. (443 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice Lambic!
This beer is a brownish-cherry color with a modest white head. The aroma is fantastic....lots of funky brett...horse, earth, barnyard and yeast. I love it. Some acidic scents as well, and a little fruit (cherry), but this takes a backseat to the funk. The taste is tart, sour actually, with more fruit coming out in the mid-taste. Bone dry. The sourness sets the stage for the mouthfeel...very puckering. Some carbonation. This stuff is great! It's exactly what I look for in a fruit lambic. (504 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid 90’s vintage shared by the great cpferris.

A: Pours a dark apricot color with no head and no lace.
S: I get notes of cherry skins, dry oak, earthy scents, dirt and super funk.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting with flavors of Belgian sugars and acid. Acetone-like flavors burn alongside biting lemon juice acid. I’m not getting much cherry but there is a splash of sweet cherry juice flavor in there.
M: Acidic, super dry mouthfeel that is clean and goes down well, with a light body and light carbonation.
O: Sugary, sweet and pleasant. Good funk. On the acidic side but not harsh. Great drinking all around. Thanks again, Chad. (639 characters)

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.