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Friek | Odell Brewing Company

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90
outstanding
182 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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.

Added by Oxymoron on 10-08-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
700
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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Photo of sjdevel
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: 3.75
Pours a deep crimson red color. Low carbonation, but remains a bit foamy throughout the drinking experience. Looks more like a glass of sparkling cherry juice than any sort of brewed beverage.

Smell: 3.75
Smells a bit tart, sour, and vegetablely (oddly enough). Cannot really make out raspberry or cherry in the aroma, but it’s definitely a red fruit. Slight vinegary scent.

Taste: 4
Decent sour tang right at first before the fruit kicks in. It is a tad bit sweet just for a brief moment, but then quickly dries out. A vinegary flavor forces its way through all other flavors and it seems to get a bit salty. After the tart fruit flavor starts to fade out, you get a decent balance of fruit, sour, malt, and yeast flavors.

Feel: 4
Medium bodied -but lighter. Stays a bit foamy and interesting on the tongue. Quite dry and acidic overall.

Overall: 3.75
Decent sour. I expected more flavor on the fruit side and more of a full sourness. There is sourness, but it seems a bit flat and not quite as interesting as most sours. I’ve seen this brew in stores for quite a while and finally went with it. I have heard a lot about it, but I am not super impressed. It’s good, just not outstanding.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from 1st Ave HyVee in beautiful Iowa City, Iowa. Drank out of a Boulevard Brewery tulip.

First off, how great to see more non-Illinois distributed beer when I'm in Iowa. It makes it a special treat.

Look: Aggressively dissipating two fingers of light pink head. Highly carbonated with quick, small bubbles throughout. The color of organic cranberry juice (the good stuff). Almost no lacing to be spoken of along the glassware.

Smell: Definite yogurty sour, lots of berry as one would guess. Surprisingly sweet smell to reel in the tartness somewhat. A touch of oak.

Taste: Subdued tart berry, barrel, yogurt, a bit of stomach acid on the back end, a hint of the sweetness found on the nose towards the front.

Feel: Medium body, effervescent. A bit dry from the bugs and oak. Very slick and tongue coating.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty special beer here. I enjoyed it right from the beginning, from the purchase to the moment I popped the cork. Pours a deep ruby red with a deep orange hue. A little bit of white foam that dissipates quickly although the bubbles continue to flow through the beer. Sour berries on the nose with Brett and a bit of a yogurt smell. Taste of first, the sour berries/Brett, tart cherry and sweet raspberry a tiny bit of vinager that quickly transition into a berry yogurt taste. Some slight barrel comes through on this beer at the end. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brilliant ruby red colour. Tart vinegar but mostly sour fruits, cherry and a little oaky. Mild but pleasant carbonation, tastes like it smells; cherry and hints of raspberry notes. Sour and tart but fruity and berry notes. Delicious and lighter than expected.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reddish amber in color with no head at all. Tiny carbonation bubbles continue to erupt from within. The aroma is of tart cherries and tart Brett. I taste plenty of tart cherries and the tart peppery Brett plays a background note in the back of the palate. I think the raspberries keep the tartness a bit in check and the oak gives it a lightly woodsy note. The mouth is highly carbonated, dry (likely with some help from the oak), and slightly acidic.

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

On tap at buster's, into a tulip, fairly light clear raspberry/rhubarb red with a touch of pink and orange at the edge. Nose is good but nothing special...some tart fruit (cherry, not entirely ripe plum), very faint hint of bretty funk but not enough, and a little oak. Things really get going once it warms a little on the tongue. Fruit is more complex, there's a nice interplay of sour and sweet

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Photo of Benish
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 750 ml bottle into snifter glass.

Appearance: looked like a sparkly soda. Dark pink or raspberry in color. It is completely translucent and fizzy with its bubbles quickly rising to the top. Very little foam appeared after pouring but lasted for seconds. No lacings around the glass.

Smell: instantly smell raspberries and cherries. Also pick up some notes of oak and Brett funk. But that seems to be it.

Taste: lactic tartness throughout the entire tasting with obvious taste of both cherries and raspberries. The sour comes through, just not too intense. Can also taste the some mild barnyard character.

Mouthfeel: fizzy and light-bodied.

Overall: seems like a good basic sour for someone to try. I love the fruits as its prominent throughout and adds a little dimension to the beer. However it doesn't get more complex then that.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked
2015 Vintage
ABV: 6.9%
Bottled Conditioned

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice clean/clear ruby red color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small fizzy off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherry/raspberry notes, kinda funky. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, tart/sour, with some very nice cherry/raspberry notes, some oakyness. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter/tart finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from Odell.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light red, mild white head 1/5". Aroma hits with plenty of wood, sourness and cherry and raspberry. Nice.

Amazing taste here, seriously good, ample fruit, solid 6 on the 1-10 sour scale. Mildly carbonated allows for more and more fruit mouthfeel without sweetness.

I really liked this one. Have come across it a few times. Not rare enough to be get its due respect. I'd buy a bottle every time I see it, one of the best American Wilds out there. Very lambic like.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque orange-red. No head, OK for the style.

Aroma/Flavor: cedary type of wood, sweet cherry, stone fruit, mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly too sweet for me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber and lightly Hazy. Momentary thin layer of crackling foam. Not much lace.
Wonderfully oaky aroma, minor vanilla and floral wood traces, light berry acidity.
Taste is clean and finishes dry, crisp fruity acidity, more raspberry than cherry.
Crisp, tart, and acidic, clean and easily drinkable. Great oak smell and taste.
Overall recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Taphouse. In your face sour, readily apparent from the get-go. Pours out kind of dull and unexciting, but more than makes up for it in aroma and taste. Lots of fruit, notably plums, puckering tartness. Cottonmouth dry finish.

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

2014 bottle aged a year. Age helps this beer out a lot! I tried fresh and thought it fell a little flat. The tartness and cherry flavor come through stronger after a year. Good stuff

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Has that nice lambic nose – tart. Lemony, slight barnyard, some cherry. Brilliant red tinted amber with a thin pinkish foam collar. Definite cherry lambic with a nice lemony tart finish small grass in the nose. Nicely done.

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer varies so much batch to batch. Bottle last night was very oaky with a balanced sour vinegar character. Last month on draft, very sour. a year ago, much sweeter. Overall, a solid buy

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

Appearance - The beer was a reddish copper color with white bubbles topping the glass.

Smell - In the nose, I detect raspberry and the oak with an overall sour profile.

Taste - At the front, the raspberries are tough to miss. With the sour notes, the raspberries are puckering but lack any real sweetness. The oak aging adds a little more dryness to the profile. Also present are cherry skin and a hint of yeast. The dry aftertaste watches the fruit notes disappear, leaving you thirsty for more.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a little muted, but does quickly sweep away mire intense notes.

Overall - I would like the fruit to be amped up a notch. Sweet fruits would add another level to an overall solid beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a snifter. The brew is a darker pink color with a white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is quite oaky with a touch of mineral character and some earthen funk. Seedy raspberry character blends with a slightly medicinal cherry note. Some cheesy lacto yogurt notes are present across the finish.

The taste carries a bit of that medicinal and herbal tartness with raspberry seeds, cherry pits and juice with a cheese and funk appeal. Some oaky vanilla flavors are present across the back.

This is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall nice stuff with lots barrel flavor to balance the tartness. I would drink this again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty sour from the pros @ Odell.

Not my favorite style, but I can tell by the way it is that people that like sours would only dream of bathing in this sweet nectar.

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Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
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 mhksuccess
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

poured from bottle into bruery hoarder tulip
color is reddish and light head no lacing
smell is super fruit packed cherry raspberry
and the taste follow it is awesome light and crisp sour and fruit undertones
slight acidity to it but the overall texture makes this a winner
A+

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

friek is a clever beer, a mix of cherries and raspberries added at differetn stages of the brewing and barrel aging process, it is complex and unique, delicious and drinkable, and a great expression of both fruits. thin reddish in color, purple and mahogany undertones, and just a mild off white patchy layer of bubbles on top. the nose is more cherry than raspberry, a touch medicinal perhaps, but the sourness in it brings it right back. the raspberry adds some tartness, while an unexplained lemon citrus component is also there. the flavor i think balanced both fruits well, but the raspberry seems like fresh berries while the cherries seems more of a candy thing, maybe to do with when they were added and how long residual yeasts have been working on them. not overly sour in taste, but there is definitely a lambic-esque mix of yeast and bacterial character, between lacto acidity and bretty funk, it fits the bill pretty well, although brett is not readily apparent here, some other yeasts may be acting similarly upon it. fruit is forward but its beer first, which i appreciate, but to me the body is too thin for all the flavor. carbonation could be ramped up a bit, and the watered down fruit syrup texture needs a lift. either more grain body or less leftover sugar, its a tricky balance in a beer like this, and its not quite reached. overall though this is amazing beer, maybe the best balance of the two fruits ive encountered.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku from the 750mL bottle.

A vigorous pour produces a fizzy, pale white head with pinkish hues. The body is red like a cherry skin and resembles cranberry juice. It also looks to have a body like a wine.

Cherry and funk hit my nose. The aroma is sort of orchard-like and earthy.

Tart with fruity flavors of cherry and raspberry, but still earthy and funky. There's a touch of vinegar.

It's tart, yeasty, effervescent,and feels like a wine.

It's another gem from Odell.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fizzes away quickly leaving behind a clear orange-red body.

Plenty of fruitiness with the raspberries and cherries, oak, and a light mustiness. Lots of carbonation and a sharp acidity.

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.
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