Friek | Odell Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
734
Reviews:
188
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
194
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cranberry with a pinkish head that fades fast; not much of a head like many lambics.

Nose is a very assertive rich sour cherry, raspberry. Very true to the fruit and not that synthetic "surgar free" sweetener smell some fruit beers seem to have. Light wood comes through on the nose as does a bit of wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold and very well balanced. Carbonation is good and does not have heavy big bubbles which really helps a beer like this shy away from the "soda pop" character it could easilsy have because of the big fruit.

Flavors of sour cherry and big rasberry with hints of cocoa and a lime acidic charcter dominate. Again, you get the barrel with nice balance. Tart but not as tart or sour as I expected (or wanted.)

This is another really nice effort from Odell and actually one that may be worth watching age for a year or so.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a slightly hazy light red with no head and no lace. Smell is of sour cherries and some funky aromas. Taste is of funky and sour cherry flavors with an acidic quality. This beer has a high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour with a nice cherry presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tart cherries, berries, oranges, and apples garner a complete "sour patch" taste with light fruit sweetness and dry malts for a sour ale that is all about the fruit.

Pouring the color of blood orange pulp, but with riper red grapefruit highlights, the beer appears to be as much of a fruit juice as it does a beer. But its loosely knit head becomes disjointed and falls back into the beer when the champagne-like carbonation dissipates. This happens nearly half way through the glass, leaving the beer with its fruit juice appearance.

Juicy, ripe and tart fruits abound in the nose, bringing out the scent of fresh-crushed cherries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, oranges, and white grape. Tartness of wine must smolders just beneath the fruit and take the form of cidery vinegar with alternating whiffs. A thin malt aroma is lightly spice and subtly robust and reminds the senses of graham crackers.

And in taste, the beer behaves as predicted. The tongue piercing flavor of sour fruit is lead by cherries but also offers up a complementary white grape, apple, orange, and berry medley. Its dry taste allows for the exposure of white wine vinegar and musty vine-dried fruit. Light oak draws in the malt influences of dry graham crackers that, with its terse display, supports the sourness and fruit acidity quite well.

On the early palate, the zesty beer springs off of the tongue with its prickly champagne bubbly effect. But as the carbonation subsides so does much of the beer's vibrancy. Soon after, the beer's acidity lays on the middle palate and saturates with sourness and warmth. Finishing clean, lightly powdery, and mildly astringent- the beer closes with a refreshing and palate cleansing effects.

Friek is a fruit-forward sour ale that supresses the more earthy or "funky" aromas and taste in order to allow the dry and tart fruit to become the showcase. I rather like the beer as its balance begins to tilt to the world of fruit beers as much as it does wild ale.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 Friek:

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 25cl La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a fizzy champagne-esque head, pink in colour, real thin, with no cream, and bad retention. Must be extremely carbonated because the ABV is low. The retention is (at best) 5 seconds. Colour is a nontransparent watermelon.

Sm: Souring hops, bacteria, some funk, crystal malts, raspberries, and cherries. Complex, balanced, and incredibly inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Sourness, bacteria, some funkiness, crystal malts, and hints of sour fermented raspberry and cherry. No oak notes. Wonderfully sour, not compromising the balance at all. Built extremely well. It's a bit too crystal malty for my tastes. No alcohol comes through (if it did, I'd be concerned). Structurally, most of the flavour is in the first half - which is problematic. Surprisingly little yeast.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit too thin and fragile for the complex flavours. I'd like it more bolstered and confident.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, well balanced, and of high quality. I dig this one something fierce. I have to ask - why oak and not cherry wood? It's really nicely built, and I'd definitely have it again. Might be real good out of a cask.

B+

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2012 Friek:

In a side by side during a tasting, I noticed the 2012 version was far less carbonated. The 2011 Friek poured like champagne. 2012 had awful retention in comparison, and tasted more muted. If the 2011 was a B+, the 2012 is a B.

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2014 Friek:

Tart cherry and raspberry. Excellent.

B+

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's during the beer release this past weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a gold hue. There isn't a whole lot of head, just an off white ring.

Smell: Sour cherry with a malt sweetness in the background. There is a vanilla note that is divine.

Taste: Tart cherry with a very acidic sourness. There is some malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is quite sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The smell of this beer is just great. I wish the taste lived up to it, but it's still good. I would have another.

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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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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with pink highlights. It had a small, bubbly white head that left no lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of sour black cherries and raspberries. Great aroma.

T - Very good sour flavor of black cherries and raspberries. Nice and tart.

M - It was sharp and had a puckering bite, but not as strong of a bite as I would like. A light to medium bodied beer.

O - This is a really good lambic. I loved the blend of cherry and raspberries.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbulter1 for sharing this one!

Poured into duvel chalice.

Pours a finger of pink hued white head that fades to a ring. Color is a bright raspberry ruby red.

Aroma: Fresh rasperries, oak, sourness. Fresh and fruity. Still funky.

Taste: A bit sour with a light about of tartness. Oaky with a touch of spices. The raspberries are fresh and provide a layer of fruitiness and tartness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice sour. I was shocked by this one after having Odells first sour. This was a lot better. Really drinkable as well. Good flavors. Good stuff.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy red color with an average white head and some sparse, spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a ton of cherry aroma along with a slight bit of oak. The flavor is more of the same -- the cherries really dominate and there's a bit of oak and light acidity in the background. Light body with a dry, slightly-acidic finish. Really nicely done.

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