Friek | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
187 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.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.

Added by Oxymoron on 10-08-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
723
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
246
Gots:
196
For Trade:
11
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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Friek pours a reddish color with no head. Sweet and fruity aroma with a big sour bite. Taste is a bit sour with noticeable fruit, good sweetness. Good feel. Overall very solid wild ale.

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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rose in color, with tons of carbonation. Smells of oak, funk, cherries, lemon peel and raspberries. Tastes like it smells, with lemon peel and oak dominating. Perfect balance of sweet and tart. Raspberry and cherry come through after the swallow. Mouth feel is as you would expect from a sour. Thin, but not watery. Overall, an enjoyable beer that i'd be glad to have again!

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Photo of NeilFlaiz
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful ruby/pink color, head retention is fairly shortlived similar to champagne.Smell is faint raspberries and funk but the taste is what makes this beer. Jammy, tart and dry very balanced, thin mouthfeel. Would prefer a little more body but this beer is a fantastic go to for any occasion, esp because it's fairly inexpensive, easy to find and approachable for most sour beer lovers.

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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 MFMB
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 it's worth a try.

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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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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 723 ratings.
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