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Friek | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odellbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kriek Lambic blended from three different aged beers up to 2 years old, aged in Woodcut barrels.

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pDev:
9.51%
 
 
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to KeefD for this.

3.0 A: Heavily hazed deep amber, not quite ripe plum color. Aggressive pour yielded just a touch of head, but it fell really quickly and left no lacing.

3.5 S: The cherry sticks out slightly more than the raspberry, but neither are very intense. A decent tartness, but just a touch of acidic sourness. Somewhat grassy with a mountain stream freshness.

3.5 T: Cherry and raspberry mesh together well, but there could be some more power behind them. Only mildly acidic with a touch of acetic acid and not much more in terms of lactic acid. Any mouthpuckering comes from a cranberry-like tartness and not the sourness. The oak is surprisingly mild and there is nearly no tannic astringency. A moderate sweetness to balance out the tartness.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit undercarbonated and the carbonation that is there needs to be spritzier. It lies a bit heavy on the tongue. Otherwise, okay.

3.0 D: I'm not really that impressed with this one, especially given the high price tag. I would have preferred a much bigger fruit component, with a "buggier" base beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks Dave!

A: Pours a clear cranberry juice color with super fizzy layer of bubbles that disappeared almost as quickly as I pour. Very active carbonation.
S: Bright notes of cherries and raspberries (and cranberries) dominate the nose. The berries are tart and lightly sweet smelling. Dry oak barrel, lemon-like acidity, and tannic oak and fruit skins mix with the fresh berry tartness. This smells very dry and very puckering.
T: The raspberry seems to come through more than the cherry, but it is there. The oak barrel really shines and it adds a dry, earthy, woodiness to the fruit. I also get hints of lemon and also a mild sweaty funk. In the finish, I get tart berry notes that remind me of cranberries, and fruity flavors in the aftertaste are jam-like and slightly sweet.
M: Medium body with a thicker mouthfeel than I expected given the ample carbonation. The carbonation is soda-like but softer and fuller. Definitely smoother and heavier than I’d of thought. Drinks very well. Not as tart as the nose let on.
O: A clean and easy fruit sour. Fruit/oak flavors complement each other rather than overpower. Thanks again, buffs9!

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Ommegang flute wine glass

A: ruby red in color it has lots of bubbles but very little white head with no lacing. It is completely translucent and looks extremely clean could almost past as soda or juice.

S: The nose definitely has a nice light funk to it. There are fruity notes but they are not necessarily desirable as cherry or raspberry. Also there is a noticeable scent from the oak barrels that is more powerful then the fruity sweetness. overall fairly good balance

T: Its got a sour flavor upfront that is strong but not overpowering and it lasts. Though once the initial sour flavor fades and there is as a bunch of fruity juicy flavors the cherries definitely has a stronger flavor but the raspberries are there in the finish to add a little more sweetness. There are also wine flavors in there with other dry flavors like grape must. The sour flavor does come through again in the finish to cap things off.

M: It is nice, light, and very juicy making it so it goes down easily and cleanly, which is pretty impressive. The carbonation is right on point as well it is delicate on the tongue and brings out the fruity notes as well as the wood from the barrels.

O: This is a solid sour it is really fruity and juicy while maintaining a nice sour flavor though I wish it was more powerful or tart. This was the first I've tried from odell's and I'm impressed/will be back.I wish I was able to get two bottles so I could taste it in a few years but nonetheless I definitely recommend this beer

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mauve color with a modest cap (as to be expected from the style) that leaves a smattering of dots behind (though they slide back into the liquid quite readily

Smell: The raspberry dominates, though there is clearly some cherry underneath; quite tart, but the funk is rather modest; overall, the fruit smells natural and fresh

Taste: The tart cherry and raspberry flavors intermingle from the outset, though the fresh raspberry character is dominant, by mid-palate and through the finish; in the middle, there is some yeasty complexity and in the finish, the oak shows through nicely

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; some puckering character, as well

Overall: While I understand the criticism of some BAs on this one, I truly like what Odell has produced; the fruit flavors taste natural and fresh and, while the funk is understated, the drinkability is clearly enhanced

Thanks, crajun (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The cork pops with a lot of gun smoke coming out of the bottle. Pours a slightly hazed pink/red color. A noisy and bubbly white head forms to about two finger, but fizzes out completely in a second.
S: Sweet berries up front, with a fleshy, acidic twang. Musty yeast and wood. Not a lot else I can discern.
T: A sharp acidic bite up front with the fleshy berry fruits again. Musty yeast, kind of muddled, old wood. in the finish. No real definition here.
M/D: A medium body that is super spritzer like. Champagne like carbonation. Kind of tannin like, a bit muddled and finishes dry. The the sharp acidic bite really makes this a slow sipper. It is a bit of a chore to finish the bottle.

Not one of Odell's better attempts, and there are way better American Wild Ales out there. A miss, from an all around great brewery for me.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 poured to snifter.

Translucent cherry pie red. Fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, like a champagne.

Smell is big on tart cherry and raspberry, some damp wood and yeast notes.

Very tart, sharp flavor up front, sour cherries and green apples primarily, that tapers to aftertaste notes of oak, unripe raspberry, a hint of booze, and a tinge of vinegar and vague bretty horsiness.

Mouthfeel is sharp from carbonation, effervescent, and medium-light in the body.

Definitely a wild one, crazy tart, almost vinuous at times. Nothing too strange going on, however, I'd almost call it classically wild. Raspberry flavor mostly gets lost in the mix. A nifty beer that sour fans should experience at least once, but perhaps too aggressively tart for many palates. I generally go for more sweet with my sour, but Friek is so well done, I'll make an annual exception to check it out again anytime I find it.

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Photo of zonker17
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wils1705
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012

A - pours a pink rose red with a thin white head of fine bubbles

S - salty and lactic aroma, leathery oak wood, tart raspberries, floral notes, lemons, vinegar.

T - starts out with flat raspberry flavor but a lactic tartness slowly builds to a salty sour finish. As it warms the raspberries really start to come out and bring more acidity. The dry oaky flavors give this some some depth. The finish is snappy, tart and very crisp.

M - light body, low carbonation,tart and dry finish.

A nice fruity sour with oak and yeast drying out the sweetness and adding depth. I will pick up several of these the next time I see them.

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Photo of Cazlo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dtomes
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and a half finger fizzy pink head that quickly fades leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Funky, musty aroma with lots of earthy oak and barnyard character. Hints of old wood, wet hay and damp basement along with slight vinegary acetic acid and a boat load of fresh fruit. The cherries are pretty strong with a slight syrupy medicinal character but the raspberries are very prominent. I'm even picking up the pits/seeds. Not as funky as a Belgian lambic but kind of like an uber-fresh fruity American version.

Medium bodied but on the lower end of the spectrum with a very tart, mouth-puckering character. Sour without being acidic. Very dry with lots of funky bugs and toasted oak barrel character. This beer is bursting with fresh fruit. There s plenty of tart dark cherry but just like the aroma the tart, funky raspberries are more dominant. This adds to the sour, tart, puckering mouthfeel while being sweet and refreshing, not harsh or solvent like. Very dry and tart but not overly sour or difficult to drink. This beer is pretty interesting and I'm curious how it will hold up as the fruit fades.

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Photo of km715
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yummy yummy in my tummy!!

It tastes like unicorn farts if a unicorn were farting while jumping over a rainbow. Delicious!

It is some of the prettiest beer I have ever seen. Golden like the hair of a mystical warrior combined with caramel and pure happiness. I would surely bring this beer home to mother based purely on the looks of it.

Smell is oh so lovely.

A delicious treat. Truly yum yums.

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Photo of Biff_Tannen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of zeledonia
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 3 March 2014.

Pours a lovely pinkish amber. Two fingers of fizzy pinkish-white head, sizzling down quickly and leaving little lacing (as expected). Thick column of bubbles rising up the center.

Smell is predominantly sweet, with fruity undertones and just a touch of tartness. Rounded, sweet fruits, filling my nose with honey and juice.

Taste comes through powerfully fruity but well balanced. Plays the sour-sweet line really well, tilting first to one, then to the other. Eventually it settles on sweet, but I love the acidic elements and the balance they provide.

Feel is outstanding. Medium-bodied, a little sticky. Prickly carbonation that is near perfect, causing the flavors to dance and play. Makes this beer significantly better than it otherwise would be.

A very enjoyable fruity almost-sour. The play of fruit and sour is lovely. And the feel is top-notch.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cornejo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 format cage and cork bottle open with a small pop. No vintage date on bottle that i could find.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: clear and brilliant cherry red bodied beer with a solid finger of white lively and fizzy head. White head dropped down to a thin ring around outside of the glass. It honestly looks like cherry 7UP in a beer glass!

Smell: Faint cherry and raspberry. A slight bit of funk. Really fruity with a hint of vinegar sourness.

Taste: moderate sour with a nice balance of red fruits mainly cherry and raspberry. A touch of sweetness from the fruits. The middle of the beer the barrel really takes the centerstage with big wood notes and a touch of earthiness almost brett like fink too. The beer finishes with a mild amount of tartness and more fruit... mainly a hint of berries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation that is at a moderate level. The beer has a really lite and crisp snap to it from the aggressive carbonation in this beer. Its a a bit stronger than semi-dry. Its also a very refreshing beer. Carbonation is done very well! Very near perfection.

Overall: Friek is a really solid sour; probably one of the better shelf sours. I would put this on the same level as most Russian River sours. This beer doesnt see the credit or hype that is due to this fruited wild ale. I would definately more Friek give the oppurtunity. Thanks to TATURBO for bringing this home for me the recent trip to the western part of the USA!

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of thereal_adam
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of portia99
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet stemmed glass.

A - After an extemely difficult cork removal and a disappointing non-pop, pours with a surprisingly vigorous carbonation...very fizzy, dull pinkish half finger of head briefly lingers on top of a slightly dirty/muddy ruby red colored body. No lacing on this one...not even the thinnest of collars appears on this.

S - Ummm...quite tart on the nose, nice earthy funk, lactic sourness, cherries, raspberries...actually quite a distinct and powerful red wine character here. Nice notes of woody oak.

T - The red wine aspects continue into the flavors as well and give quite a dominant first impression. Tartness is subdued in the flavor giving only a small contribution in constrast to the aroma. Fruitiness is high...cherries at first and thru the middle. Raspberries kick in on the back end and leave a more lasting impression that lingers past the swallow (and actually after a second pour to refill the glass, got some of the yeasty dregs in the bottom of the bottle (intentionally) got quite a bit more raspberry impression). Mild oaky, woody flavors too. Getting a bit of an herbal coolness on the finish, that I'm thinking resembles wintergreen life savors - odd, but not entirely undesirable either.

M - Somewhat on the thin side as expected, carbonation is also on the light side. Earthy and marginally funky and a bit yeasty too. Overall fruity and quite wine-like. The combination of cherries and raspberries works quite well (with the oak too). Rich overall and fairly complex.

O - Quite good, rich and fruity, and fairly unique as well. I'm really enjoying the combination of fruit flavors...this is somewhat dessert like in its fruitiness. I could picture this being made into an outstanding sorbet (but would definitely be hesitant to "waste" a bottle doing this). I wouldn't call this the best wild ale I've ever had, but definitely enjoyable, on the very mild side of tartness/sourness/wildness, but satisfying nonetheless.

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Photo of jfstilling
5/5  rDev +22%

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 790 ratings