Friek
Odell Brewing Company

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From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #524
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,772
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.49%
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
605
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 14, 2022
Added:
Oct 08, 2009
Wants:
  248
Gots:
  202
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.

With every batch of Friek we set out to create a unique blend of framboise (raspberry sour sale) and traditional lambic kriek (cherry sour ale). Each year, multiple generations of kriek ale age patiently in oak barrels, some dating back ten years in our cellar. Fresh raspberries are then added to the wild fermented brew just prior to the final blending, creating a subtle sweetness to balance the tart cherry flavors and the effervescent dry finish.
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Rated: 4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jun 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by 150lRoast from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The color has a raspberry red and is slightly cloudy. The smell is slightly fruity. The taste is not too sour, but has a nice tartness on the front end. The finish is sour on the back of the tongue and has a slight barrel taste. Over all this is a good bottled sour from odell and is worth a try. it does not have the depth that a lot of other barrel sours aspire to be, but it is really easy to drink.
Feb 16, 2022
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
pour is a ruby / pink hue with a fizzy head that fades quickly to a little ring around the glass.
nose is dried raspberries, a bit of cherry, oak lemon rind.
Taste follows. tart cherry, followed by sweet ripe raspberries, firm but not unpleasant lemony sour. A hint of tart green apple.
crisp, highly carbonated beer.
very good.
Oct 27, 2021
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Reviewed by MattDecker from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: rhubarb color, medium white-pink head that quickly dissappates to nothing
Smell: tart apple & rasberry
Taste: tart rasberry and apple, not completely dry, some sweetness under the tart,
Feel: medium feel, high carbonation
Overall: very tart, but pleasantly so, fruity and well rounded. The GF was a big fan and "she's not a fan of beer". So there's that.
Aug 06, 2021
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled 2017/A it looks like it says, faded out, in a black box with white letters in the bottom left corner of the label. 12oz bottle with a foil-wrapped cap poured into Lindemans flute.

Appearance - Thin white head with very slight lacing with no stick. Quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Maybe a little on the small and short lived side. Slightly hazy light amber brown body that gets darker as you get closer to the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. 4.5

Smell - Tart sour raspberry and cherry. Alcohol is completely hidden despite being a healthy 6.9%. 4.75

Taste - Tart sour raspberry and cherry. Once again, alcohol is completely hidden. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Extremely clean and refreshing. 5

Overall - No flaws whatsoever. No unpleasant lingering aftertaste. No weird artificialness. Possibly a near perfect example of the style. 5
Jun 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by rawbraves from Colorado

Apr 12, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by 10_bathrooms from Texas

Nov 05, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.03 by jstern from California

Jul 09, 2020
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Reviewed by HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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
 
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by cgrunin from Texas

Dec 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by Dicers from California

Dec 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.13 by kds2437 from Texas

Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27%
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
 
Rated: 4.18 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Aug 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.48 by WillieMoe from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by VashonGuy from Washington

Jun 09, 2019
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Rated by epercuoco from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Everything about this sour is perfect and I would measure all sours against it
Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.32 by oldred1492 from Minnesota

May 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by Dalbeast from Wyoming

May 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Mar 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Nunya from Ohio

Mar 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by Aurascoper from Missouri

Feb 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.32 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Feb 06, 2019
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Reviewed by matcris from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.18 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Jan 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by VaporDome from New York

Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Dec 16, 2018
Friek from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 819 ratings