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Oude Kriek - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.96%

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of drpimento


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:57:47 | More by drpimento
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 13:17:06 | More by francisweizen
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy red with a small light pink head. Aroma and flavor is quite tart and funky and sour. Some sweet cherry, maybe some fish (?), and acidic notes. Pretty good but a little acidic and there was something odd about it that I couldn't pin down.
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:06:34 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of ArrogantB


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 02:22:57 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of mynie


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:27:27 | More by mynie
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 18:03:26 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Suds


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 13:06:09 | More by Suds
Photo of merlin48


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pinkish orange body with a persistent, and delicate collar of creamy, pink hued lace.
Complex aroma nails the style perfectly, with oak, woodsy and musty yeast, fruity tartness, and tannic acidity.
Mouthfeel begins sour and acidic, but evolves into a smooth and satiny, dry sherry character as it warms.
Taste is dry and tart, with an earthy, barnyard yeastiness. Very tangy and sherry like. Fruity character is dry, without noticeable sweetness, and I could detect no cherry flavors.
Very nice for style, and pleasantly drinkable. I would have given this Lambic much higher scores if some cherry aroma and flavor were present.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 11:08:09 | More by merlin48
Photo of cpetrone84


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 23:00:32 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of ehammond1

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Best Damn Sour Fest
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bright cherries and lots of stinging sourness. This doesn't have quite as complex aroma as the best in class.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with the vibrant, tart cherry and sourness dominating the palette. Juicy and sweet yet dry.

Medium mouthful with high carbonation.


Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 20:09:47 | More by ehammond1
Photo of BARFLYB


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:14:32 | More by BARFLYB
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear light ruby with a pinkish head which rose low and tried to stay long enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was acidic and tart with a strong sour aspect. The main emphasis of the aroma did contain a cherry character, but tart with a bit of barnyard funk seemed to rule the day.

The flavor was tart, acidic and sour, but not overly so. Some cherry fruit character emerged just behind the tartness and though the beer was at no time sweet, a bit of a saccharine flavor was present the longer the beer lingered after contacting the palate.

The finish was dry, yet oddly with a light sweetness in the aftertaste, almost as if the palate had been assaulted by the tartness and was fighting back by secreting a light sweet impression. The body was medium light and the carbonation was nearly none. A nice tart kriek, probably not sweetened, just the palate trying to accept the tartness to allow more consumption of the beer.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 21:17:45 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of KarlHungus


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 20:04:01 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of oline73


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Max's. I was very excited because it was my first cask sour ale.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with some light coming through at the edges. Just a small layer of pink head that went away completely.

Smell: Very sour cherry vinegar with a slight sweetness.

Taste: Amazingly sour. Reminds me of cherry vinegar. Tart and mildly sweet with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed my first cask lambic cask. The lack of carbonation was nice as it let me concentrate on the flavor.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2011 03:12:34 | More by oline73
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the colour of the strawberry jam I have in the fridge, and it even has some purple highlights to it. A small head immediately fizzes to a collar and leaves no lace. The aroma has some funk to it, but is mostly dominated by tart cherries and lactic acid. There's some candy sugar and blue cheese in there too, which makes for a nicer combination than it sounds.

Huge intense sourness hits immediately. Its pleasing in the mouth, but does a number on the stomach. As I type this I'm somewhat regretting spending an evening drinking so many bugs. Asides from the lactic sourness, there's a lot of tart cherry imparting a good fruit character to this kriek, and a nice dose of candy sugar which tones down the initial sour nature of each sip. Medium-light body with a moderate, soft carbonation.

This was certainly drank in classier surroundings than my first Hanssens, but its not as good as the gueuze. It doesn't quite have the complexity of that beer, and this one seems a touch unbalanced and a little harsh. I also like my krieks with a touch less sourness and a touch more funk. Its certainly a slow drinker because of the sourness, but its still an enjoyable beer, and with a few tweaks I think it can be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 14:23:04 | More by bobsy
Photo of kmpitz2


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, Pours a pale, pink color with a finger of head that fell to lightly coat the beer. The nose was Sour and tart, with a bit of acidity with sour cherry and a slight fruity sweetness. The flavor was almost puckering sour, tart and funkey initially that moved to a sweet and sour cherry with slight creamyness to it. The feel was thin to moderate with a moderate carbonation. It left some sticky spit on the back of my throat as I drank it. Very good beer. It was refreshing, not too sour. Very clean and crisp. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 02:39:06 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of illidurit


4/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of scottfrie


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 18:09:54 | More by scottfrie
Photo of msubulldog25


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml bottle (caged/corked, undated) a couple months back at Beaumont Market; poured to a stange. I will always hold a place in my heart for Hanssens as it was one of my favorite places we visited in Belgium back in 2006. Worthy of review #1100...

A: Opens with a soft 'thwip'. An aptly 'cherry'-colored glassful, glowing ruby-ness with a tinge of amber. Bright sheen, not as much carbonation showing as expected. head struggles to stay alive and ultimately disappears after maybe ten minutes.

S: Nostril-tickling fruit, a bracingly tart lemon-lime with tart/sour pie cherries just beneath. Bursts from the glass; if scent were visible there'd be little squiggles fuming above this one. Wow.

T: Good lord, THAT is what a fruit lambic is SUPPOSED to taste like. Ridiculous tartness, lemon juice twang throughout, sour bread dough, chalky 'funkiness'. Barrel/wood in the finish has an ashy/earthy softer side. Pushing the limits of 'vinegar' with a drier finish.

M: Stingingly crisp, a saliva-inducing juiciness. Light-medium bodied. Can't stoop drooling...

D: Not the easiest style to drink, but such a refreshing and 'summer-y' treat. Drinking this in brilliant sunshine with a bowl of fresh Oregon blueberries. Perfect day. Excellent beer. Extremely worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:44:05 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Overlord


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with tinges of purple and lavender. No real head, just a wisp of bubbles

Smells like oak, a huge biting aroma of cherry/berries, and ... hmm ... zesty malted barley and/or wheat? Interesting.

Bracingly sour. Vinous grape-y sourness assaults your senses, a huge berry/cherry backbone ... a little carbonation might help, but twas not to be ... and a biting oak-y yeastiness. Delicious.

I'm starting to get pretty impressed with hanssens.


Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 09:48:32 | More by Overlord
Photo of mdaschaf


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date G, whatever that means.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a large, pink head on top, very foamy. Nice head retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Light funk and barnyard mixed with some cherries and a little bit of wood. A little bit of tartness/vinegar.

T: Cherry mixed with a good bit of woody/oak. Not quite as musty as the aroma, but very earthy. The barrel really shines through as the oak intensifies.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of tartness, was expecting it to be a bit over the top, but very approachable.

O: A pretty nice Kriek, not in your face cherry, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:51:59 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of ADR


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much pop to the cork on this bottle. Reddish brown translucent appearance, no real head on the pour. Slipping dots for lace. Tart aroma, somwhat jam-like with light shoe polish tone. Carbonation is largely spent, but the body is pretty close to medium. Sharp astringency as appropriate, but not over-the-top and with an interesting sweet leathery lingering quality. Leafy with some alkaloids, and for me, not a lot of particularly distinctive cherry qualities. Finishes dry but full and not extremely puckering. I liked this one in drinkability while still retaining authentic qualities.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 20:54:30 | More by ADR
Photo of nickd717


2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from City Beer in SF. This was expensive as hell, $17 or so. Oh man, this was interesting to say the least.

A - Red in color with a small white head.

S - Aroma of cherries, funk, and canned tuna. Yes, tuna. Not too enjoyable.

T - Sweet cherries, then tartness, vinegar, and funk. Horse blanket, pig sweater, llama comforter, elephant jacket, and camel overcoat were all present in the flavor. Tuna on the finish. Pretty good in a way, but a little disturbing in another. It grows on you.

M - Nice sharp, biting palate with lively carbonation.

D - Not so good. This has some nice elements to it but is a little questionable overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 20:46:56 | More by nickd717
Photo of sweemzander


4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 17:26:35 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Crosling


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Falling Rock.

Poured a gloomy light reddish/orange with no head at all. Where was the pink head in krieks that I have grown accustomed to and always get excited about? This did nothing but confuse me.

This smelled sour..just like I like them, almost like vinegar. Not much cherry in the aroma but some stale musty fruit notes.

This was a very unusual but awesome tasting beer. The cherries seem to leave but not fully and are almost taken over by grapes. The cherry and grapes tasted very well together but were overtaken by the sourness. Very sour, very tart and very very dry. This is not a sweet kriek at all. The sour flavor forced me to close my eyes and just let my facial muscles cringe together in total joy. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 07:38:47 | More by Crosling
Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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