Friek
Odell Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #434
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,187
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
813
From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  203
SCORE
92
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Notes: Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.
Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 813 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolute fire, they could have picked one fruit and I think it would be excellent. In a night a tried a lot of great things I remeber this the most. Excellent fruit flavor and smoothness, the alcohol tastes non existent

Mar 18, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Friek Raspberry Cherry Sour aged in Oak barrels

cloudy ruby red with red-tinged white head with minimal retention

aroma is sour cherry with sweet and sour tinge and earthy raspberry comes across damp and dank

taste follows the nose, with a deep funk of oak aged bugs

high carbonation, medium light body, effervescent as ever and finishing dry and earthy

overall:
wild. but perfected. neat. effervescent. cultivated may be the most appropriate word - drenched in weirdness and sweet and sour oak aged bugs.

Oct 28, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottled (“Bottled 2018A”) poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Clear, deep and dark ruby pink. Just a brief cap of airy head the quickly dissipated without lacing.

Smell: Bright, fresh raspberry aromas followed by sweeter, jammier notes, straw and light buttery barrel notes.

Taste: Plenty of juicy fresh raspberries and cherry hard candies. Closes with a tart, lactic acid finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with soft, gentler carbonation.

Overall: Bright, refreshing and berry forward.

Sep 05, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy cherry juice look, brief white head.
S: Sweet grains, fresh fruit jam, tart cherry juice, a bit like fruit wine.
T: Tart cherry with a mixed berry candy aftertaste.
F: Very sour, tart, dry, an interesting experience.
O: My first introduction to sours and its pretty good

Jun 28, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 10.74 (Including tax and discount)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.895/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala Road, SAT. Reviewed 10/3/19.
Stamped on back of label “BOTTLED 2018A”. On room temp shelf at store, stored and served at reefer temperature. Final temperature unknown but sipped over half an hour.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Pink, hazy.
Body – Vermillion, murky.
Head – Tiny (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), dirty pink, fizzy, gone by the end of the pour.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Weak raspberry.
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly bitter with a bit of oak tannins then shifts to cloying raspberries. Primary flavor is raspberry. No alcohol (6.5% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, fizzy.
Final impression and summation – 3. Very average wild ale with entirely too many raspberries and too few cherries, a waste of oak barrels. Had to force myself not to make it a drain pour.

Oct 03, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.

A nice cherry sour but a tad too sweet for me. It's juicy more so than funky and complex, with only subtle tartness. Cherry and grape with slight lemon zing and bread. Medium sticky feel. Good but not an urgent repeat for me.

Sep 02, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a dark raspberry cranberry red with a small white head and no lacing

S:. Raspberry and strawberry jam, a bit of cherry, and cracker malt.

T:. Raspberry and strawberry jam, a bit of tart cherry, slightly cracker malt, sour and tart.

F:. Tart with a medium body, acid and prickly carbonation.

O:. A very enjoyable kriek.

Aug 19, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 2012 and a 2015 in the same sitting. Found the appearance of the newer to be slightly brighter, while the head the same bubbly white collar in both.

2012 Friek was sweeter, heavier on oak, and almost acetic with funky raspberry and a soft froth but light body finishing semi-dry. The 2015 was softer still, but also drier, and exhibited some darker fruit unexpectedly, yet also more raspberry, without the sourness.

Jul 22, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a clear and vivid red color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like jammy raspberry, oak, ripe cherry, red grapes, lemon, and some breadiness.

This is quite good. There's a bit lemony sourness, but it's mostly jammy sweet fruitiness - almost New Glarus like in execution, which is obviously a god thing. There's definitely more raspberry than cherry, but they're both there and they meld together super well. There's some nice toasty oakiness, too.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, with a great level of drinkability.

This is really very well done. It's super pleasant, there's no off-flavors, and the fruit is expressed so well.

Jun 07, 2019
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matcris from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Opaque, red ale, with almost no head. Nice carbonation when I rock the glass; tight bubbles.
AROMA: Very tart cherries, white grapes, and Granny Smith's.
TASTE: Ditto. The raspberries do come out in the flavor.
FEEL: Nice, tight carbonation, dry, sticky, and medium bodied.
OA: Refreshing, and good balance of sweet and tart. I'd pick it up again.

Jan 27, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pleasing brownish pink color with nice head and lacing. Pleasant smell of raspberries and cherries that are also prominent in the taste. Not overly sour and refreshing. Felt like a sour today and this beer nicely filled the bill.

Jan 20, 2019
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TH28 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 2017 vintage. Appearance: Cherry red and clear, with a light head that dissipated immediately.
Aroma: Sharp lactic cherry, raspberry, and strawberry
Taste: Starts with a vinous cherry, a touch of toasted malt, and a sharp lactic acidity, giving way to a toasted oak character on the back end with low bitterness
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied for the style with a light carbonation.
Finish: Pretty dry on the finish with a strong lingering tartness. Raspberry seems to stand out more retronasally on the finish.
Overall: Very nice sour that leans more towards a kriek than framboise. Acidity is high, and the oak aging adds a nice layer of complexity and flavor on the back end. Nice body and sweetness suggests the beer is not overly attenuated

Aug 19, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released November 2017; drank 7/22/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque red/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; almost no lace.

Raspberry, tart cherry, sea salt & a whole lotta sour notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Raspberry, oak & tart cherry flavors up front; sea salt & a mildly puckering note on the finish.

This is sour, to be sure, and may be a bit much for me. but the fruit notes are effervescent & enjoyable. I'd like to lay one down for a couple years...

Jul 23, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TART. That's the dominant flavor of this beer, and if you like that, you'll enjoy this beer. I thought it was just a little too unbalanced for my taste. The label says sweet raspberries offset the sourness of the cherry lambic kriek base, but I actually got a mix of that, with the strong tart raspberry flavor and very little cherry. The smell didn't tip me off to the overwhelming tartness that I was about to experience either, so I was surprised by this one. Still good, just not quite what I expected.

Jul 16, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Friek, 6.5% ABV. Pours cloudy pale red, with no real head. Nose is tart cherry, taste follows, with slight sweetness and almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent. Could't pick up much raspberry.

Jun 02, 2018
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Brolegario from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful vermillion red pour. The initial aroma is reminiscent of cherry jubille. The carbonation in the mouth feel was a welcome compliment to the tart flavors of the beer. Theres a hint if cherry pie filling and I imagine this beer would pair nicely with a cherry or raspberry pie.

May 10, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the craft beer quick stop 12-30-17 for 7.99. Bottle day sometime in 2017.
Beer poured reddish pink with an okay white head with the initial pour. Nose is raspberry and cherry forward, very nice.
Taste follows the nose, raspberry and Cherry forward, very tart, with a touch of barnyard. Finish it is tart and a touch of sweet.
Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very smooth.
Overall I was surprised that I really like this beer as this is not really my style. Definitely a well-made beer that I would recommend for somebody on the fence with sours.

Apr 03, 2018
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cherry, dark raspberry color. 2017 vintage.

Aroma is of jammy fruit. Lots of raspberry and cherry. A slight citric note is present, but a extremely nice organic sweet fruit character is most notable.

Taste is again of raspberry and tart cherry, but the taste is much more tart than sweet. Nice citrus quality, with a decent amount of oak, and a lingering funk. A bit salty on the finish.This is a prime example of a nice barrel-aged fruited sour. Ample fruit, nicely tart, and just enough funk to keep it interesting.

Overall, great beer, but a bit pricey. Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thick, but the carbonation is nice. I see it pairing well with nearly any fruit-forward dessert, especially a chocolate covered strawberry. It gets a 90/100.

Mar 15, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into both flute and tulip glasses. Had 3/4/17.

Pours a mostly clear orange/amber, with a pinkish tint. About a one inch foamy head, with a good amount of foamy lacing. Smell is some sour, some tart, malt, yeast, some berries, light cherries, a little oak, spices- maybe cinnamon? The flavor opens up much more than the nose- cherries, tart, sour, raspberries, malt, a little yeasty, hint of licorice, oak. All that said, the fruit is not as intense as expected. Mostly smooth, good body for the style, well carbonated.

Doing this from notes and wondering if I have overrated this. Good flavor and aroma, raspberries surprisingly as potent as the cherries.

Jan 25, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Could not find a bottling date. Label is very layered with brewing notes, labeled as a 'Lambic'.
Very clear body, cherry red color. Fizzy, noisy head upon pouring quickly dissipates. Some small carbonation bubbles arise continuously. No lacing.
Aroma of cherry, oak tannins, sweeter raspberry.
Taste is sweet and tart, more sweet at front end and more tart at the back end. Mostly cherry, but raspberry is in the mix. Oak barrel tannins are there also. Funk is present but not intrusive. Main taste profile is short lived, with some oak barrel and tart aftertaste.
Mouth feel is thin and refreshing. Quite right for the brew. Dry.
Straightforward bright fruit and tart beer. Not complex. Last pour introduces cloudiness to the beer. Looks more intriguing on last pour than on first pour. Last pour has contrast of murky red body with lines of carbonation streaming to the surface.

Dec 19, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cherry red with no head. Aroma is tart cherry, oak, and floral notes. Flavor profile is resounding notes of cherry, with floral and resin hops behind. Nice body and presence here. Mouth feel is smooth, and crisp, but is medium-thin. Overall, loads of cherry in this brew. It gives off a light aroma, but a strong flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

Nov 12, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear red color with foam that dissipated quickly. Good bit of cherry forward smell. Taste is still cherry and quite sweet. Not overly sour or acidic. More like cherry juice. Drier finish.

Aug 23, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raspberry colored ale with minimal head. Jammy berry aroma, very fresh. Raspberry and cherry flavor, of coarse. Somewhat overwhelmed with an earthy funk. Moderate acidity, mostly citric in character. Borderline medium body. Lively bubbles. Dry finish with a grainy texture. Solid. The seemingly excessive funk took away from the experience slightly.

Mar 07, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown, no head, but some effervescence. The aroma is fruity....berries and cherry, a bit of grain, and not a lot of malt or hops. The taste is tart and refreshing...spritz and lots of fruit...I get more raspberry than cherry. Not sweet at all, this is a dry and engaging beer. Medium in body and nice.

Jan 28, 2017
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Sour_Lord from Missouri

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome, easy to find sour! Big cherry flavor and a refreshing tartness. So drinkable, it almost feels like you're drinking a soft drink. I highly recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys a good sour/wild ale.

Jan 19, 2017
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