Friek | Odell Brewing Company

187 Reviews

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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

Thanks to schmittymack for pulling this one out last Saturday night. Poured a medium reddish color with a small, dirty white head. Nice tart aromas, sour cherries, wood, light raspberry and a little funk. On the palate, this one was light bodied, tart and funky, with early hints of raspberry followed by a long, woody, cherry finish.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 6/1/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing with the group

Dense, dirty rust brown. Everyone had a wimpy showing of foam. Since I'm renowned for daring pours I figured I'd give it the old Bourbon County classic. With determination I managed a layer flash bubbles. They were gone in mere moments. Weak? Yup.

Tart, sour aroma. Lots of sharp cherry tones. Raspberries are in a supportive role, adding more of a robust puree aroma than anything. Dank, musty notes of water-logged wood. Funk emerges as it warms.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it isn't all that bad. The balance between raspberries and cherries is more even, perhaps even giving a margin in favor of raspberry sweetness. Decent tartness, but not exactly puckering. Touch of oak with dry, musty notions on the finish. Tartness lingers.

Yup - no carbonation for this one. Medium body. Dry finish; a bit wine-like due to the lack of carbonation.

Smells appealing and tastes decent enough but this could really use a shot of the bubbly.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy color with nearly nothing in terms of head. A few spots of bubbles, but that's it. No lacing.

Lactic sourness with sour cherry and raspberry and oak barrel notes.

Sour, but not overwhelmingly so. More of a sour cherry meets naturally tart raspberry, meets oak barrel. The oak notes are there. Fruity and tart with a touch of fruit sweetness. A bit of vanilla, probably from the oak barrels.

Extremely dry feeling. Pretty clean however. Lighter bodied.

This is a lambic that borders on sour without being too sour. Pretty drinkable and refreshingly so. The fruit works really well together and the barrel aging adds depth. I think Odell did a really nice job with this one.

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Photo of zeff80
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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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #13
750 mL bottle

A - Pours deep ruby red, fizzy pink head that disappears in a hurry. No lacing. Slight carbonation present, evidenced by bubbles rushing up from the bottom.

S - The Woodcut barrels really come through on this, pick up strong hints of oak and vanilla. A musty, funk appears, quite sour, then finally the fruits. Very nice fruit profile. Lots of cherry and raspberry.

T - Fairly sweet at first, with loads of cherry and raspberry fruit. Quite tart, though not overpowering. Oak and vanilla undertones.

M - Medium in body, with low carbonation. Enough though to keep things interesting I feel, though could improve with more.

O - I've been impressed lately by Odell's sours. A solid effort on their part. I have another bottle that I'm thinking of hanging on too, interested in seeing how it develops as the fruits fade.

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Photo of bigaltemple
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, ruby red. One finger head vanished immediately leaving nothing behind. Got punched in the face with a vinegar aroma. The cherries come through strongly as well, with some woodiness sneaking up too.

This one was tart! Got the sour cherries instantly. Calmed down slightly to reveal the raspberries. As it warmed the acidity/vinegar characteristic mellowed. Very light carbonation with a crisp, sour bite that finishes very dry.

Felt this was a very middle of the road example of the style.

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

Served in a wine glass. Beer is red and hazy with a white head, large bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation and bad head retention.

Lots of cherries, lots of acetic and lactic, mild oakinesss.

Cherries is dominant, lactic acid is creamy in the mouth, thin body overall. The finish is mildly oaky and overall strong. It is a fruity beer, strong cherries, I"d have it again, a nice sour.

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Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich reddish and pink toned liquid that came into the glass in front of me. Nice haziness to it and a very bright overall color. There was a quick splash of a one inch high head of white lace, which quickly settled back down and left behind nothing more then the raspberry color liquid in front of me.

rich, and very tart. At first it was hard to get past the sour to find the sweet fruit notes that were lying underneath, however once it warmed a bit, the funkiness settled down quite a bit and some rather nice tones of fruit started to come through. Nice touch of raspberries and cherries, with that unmistakable tartness really starting to show through on this one now.

Rich Raspberry taste wraps around the tongue and then puckers the cheeks with the tartness. Very nicely done. Some subtle apple, maybe pear like flavors dancing around in the back now as well, before really drying out for the finish, leaving a long lasting taste of fruit in the mount, begging you for another sip.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter

A- Nice cloudy dark red color, less than a ½ finger white head, dissipates to nothing, little if any lacing.
S- Cherries and raspberries up front, oak, nice mellow funky aroma, sour and fruity tartness.
T- Cherry and raspberry tartness right away, some sweetness there, but the sourness takes over, slightly puckering, fizzy, oak undertones, some spice, slight funk as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, fizzy, nice carbonation.
O- Solid sour, easy drinkability, nice cherry flavors, I’m glad I was able to try it, not amazing or worth paying 18 bucks for but still solid beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared with steepH20. Thanks, Chris!

Pours a tepid and murky rose tinged pinkish purple with a fast rising head the leaves vanishes alarmingly quickly.

Smells of sweet raspberries, tart cherries, acetic vinegar, and sugar. Overall it's quite fruity.

Tartness and vinegar up front unfolds into a sour cherries and raspberry and a long tannic oak finish.

Low carbonation isn't fully detrimental, but also doesn't help. A nice sour and tart beer that would benefit from a carbonation pick me up.

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Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish purple with no bubbles and no lacing and no head--some hazy murkiness to it too

S: Tart: cherries, apples, raspberries--with a touch of balsamic and cider vinegar quality too; there is a bit of funk and oak here but mostly a pleasant tart and fruity smelling beer

T: Tart up front and fruity: apples, pears, cherries, and raspberries; not as much funk as I would wish but a touch of the oakiness from the smell does pervade

F: Little to no carbonation but fairly decent mouth feel nonetheless

O: refreshing, tart, and fruity but I wish there was carbonation and a bit more complexity to this beer

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Photo of HopHead84
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle shared by Erik (riko), thanks!

A: Murky pinkish purple with a small head. Really cloudy.

S: Vibrant raspberry and cherry with lots of oak. Brett imparts a little barnyard and wet leather. Lightly sweet. Nice fruit profile.

T: Sweet up front, not unlike sweet tarts, actually. Lots of fruit, obviously cherry and raspberry. Lightly lactic with just a little wet leather. Lots of oak. Finishes a little simple, with fruit and sweetness.

M: Medium in body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and a little thin.

Overall: Nice fruit profile but not super complex. Still enjoyable.

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

Poured into Bruery Tulip

A: Pours a beautiful pink with light carbonation.
S: Cherry, balsamic, acetic, and oak. I don't detect any of the raspberry.
T: Sour cherry upfront, then a bit of acetic sourness, essentially no funk. Fairly straight forward, but tasty. Much more fruit than lambics.
M: Thin, lightly spritzy, could use more carbonation, but very pleasant as it is.
O: I really enjoyed this, a very approachable sour beer. Good fruit flavor, balanced sourness, refreshing.
Great effort from Odell!

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

Pours out a clear, beautiful ruby red, with a bit of white foam. Really attractive beer. The last pours get cloudy from yeast.

Smell is great - tons of cherry, a bit of raspberry, some acetic sour, and a hint of oak and funk. The funk is a lot stronger at the end of the bottle when the yeast is poured out.

Taste is very good. An initial sour burst that fades into tart cherries. Finish has a cherry jolly rancher feel. Quite nice. Not much funk or oak in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good - but could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall - an excellent beer from Odell. The fruit has a stronger presence than the lambic, but it is nonetheless delicious. I've got one extra to cellar for a while. Hopefully it will develop more sourness and funk as it ages.

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Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red with a 1 finger off white / light rose head which fades quickly. The aroma has tart cherries, raspberries, oak, and some funk.

The taste is much like the aroma with tart cherries, raspberries, oak, and funk. This is sweeter than expected. The raspberries are not as tart as the cherries.

Dry, acidic, light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Not as tart or acidic as most sours, but still very nice. A very nice effort by Odell, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Boatshoes for this requested bottle. Shared with Spider889 and Ryan011235.

Discouraged by the utter lack of propulsion behind the cork that pulled out without the typical pop, I poured my share into a Mikkeller flute. Sure enough, and as the cork told, this beer is flat. Not 100%, totally uncarbonated, flat as water, flat; but very, very severely lacking adequate carbonation. So for the sake of description, and keeping the 5,000 character limit in mind, we'll call this bottle flat.

Ryan's typical arm length decant notwithstanding, the beer only showed us loose air bubbles that quickly popped leaving a flaccid, muddy red beer. It has a color reminiscent to black cherry. Indeed there was visible carbonation activity as there were some bubbles forming on the inside of some of the glasses, but not enough to form a head.

The beer still smelled nicely, but without a viable head to release the bouquet it was ultimately weak. It shows lots of vanilla oak, those Woodcut barrels seem to be very nice. Lots of raspberry sweetness, countered by cherry tartness. A nice funk builds steadily with warmth. Its a dry yeasty funk.

A strong cherryskin tartness is accented by raspberry sweetness. Its sour, but not puckeringly so. Just enough sourness to keep your tongue on its moist little feet. Sweet raspberry takes over and sees things through to the end. A lovely vanilla comes in just in time to blend with the raspberry to give a cheesecake finish. Yeah, these Woodcut barrels are nice.

Like I said above, this beer is not 100% flat, but its enough to weight heavily against the score. There are only suggestions of carbonation. The body seems bolstered by this lack of liveliness.

At times this one is very nice, but its also very middle of the road at other times. Pull out its high points and you'll like it just fine. Trouble is, its not all that unique. Ultimately good, but forgettable.

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Photo of csiewert
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy ruby color with a trace of white bubbly head. The aroma has notes of raspberry, cherry and vinegar. The flavor is like a Warhead candy... if you don't know what that means... is has a very sour taste to start with a fruity flavor afterward... In this case, raspberry and cherry. The mouthfeel is nice and clean... maybe could use a little more carb. This beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from belgbeerdrinker. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a small big-bubbled foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving some hazy wisps and no lace. Lightly hazed raspberry red body.

S - Raspberry, cherries, oak, and the typical American wild ale yeasty funky aroma. Light acetic acid and tart fruits. It's a bit sweet, but otherwise quite nice.

T - Taste is more fruity and sour and less funky. Green underripe raspberries, some oak, and thankfully not overly sweet. There's a light plastic note in the finish, but it's pretty faint.

M - Pleasant medium carbonation, medium-light body, dry tannic body with some grit, and no perceptible alcohol.

D - This is pretty good. Not sure where the various Ds are coming from, as even without carbonation I can imagine this would still be pretty enjoyable. Extremely easy to drink - I could have tackled the 750ml on my own quite easily.

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Photo of ardeano
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly fresh for a beer aged so long!

Appearance: deep 'pink' and effervescent - exciting!

Smell: sour, fruitiness with a bite, if you could smell a 'bite'

Taste: fruiti-tart explosion! Pretty amazing with hints of oak and a bit of puckerness.

Mouthfeel: medium with perfect carbonation for me!

Drinkability: great! If you savor it for a bit you can sense the subtle oak, bubbly tartness and an amazing sour finish.

I had to share the bottle with co-workers, which was fine since we all got to try it and I would say it really surprised me - I'm not much of a sour guy but this was pretty darn good.
I would pair the Friek with strong cheeses - that would be awesome!

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on-tap at Cafe Vino in Fort Collins, CO.

A: Pours a light cherry red with red-tinted head. Rather assertive carbonation.

S: Tart cherries and raspberries.

T: Tart and semi-sour.

M: Medium bodied... a nice smooth finish lingers but doesn't overwhelm.

D: Great drinkability. Not overly complex, and not as agressively sour as many of its contemporaries. But given O'Dells background this is a step in an intriguing direction for them.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

493rd review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750 Ml C/C

Split 4 ways for Bottle 1 of 5 for Birthday dinner.

App- A very bright and crisp red. A nice 1/2 finger of head formed which I wasn't expecting. No lacing on this one either.

Smell- The crispy, tart cherries and a little vinegar. I was hoping for a bigger fuller boquet. Not too bad.

Taste- Very oaky with the spritziness of the cherries and raspberries. A bit smaller than I thought it would be without a little water in the taste as well.

Mouth- A very light bodied beer with a high carbonation level. A little bit of bubbles dance on the tounge.

Drink- This was a perfect way to start a tasting event. It was light, tasty and sweet. Not over done or underdone and was pretty tasty.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a mury and cloudy reddish brown, almost copper colored (think like an old penny, not like a new penny). Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a small amount of bubbles that circle the glass. Tart cherry aroma explodes throughout the aroma, with familiar and yet complex hints of oak and sour funk. Aroma is definitly a highlight of the beer. First taste is sour fruit, as the sour raspberries and cherries really stand out. As your palate adjusts you can start to pick out the fruit notes, which really work well. Oak finishes. This beer could use a little bit more complexity in the finish, as it goes straight from sour fruit to the light oak finish. Sourness is abrupt at the beginning but fades as you continue to drink it. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and the carbonation is relatively light. This means the beer kind of melts off your tongue as you drink it. Not sure if there's such a thing as an easy drinking sour, but if there is, this beer would likely be it.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2011

pours a slighty dirty and quite murky ruby. very little head on this.

on the nose, you'd think think would be quite sour. lots of lemon and cherry with a slightly lighter raspberry. nice amount of oak.

not quite as sour as it smells but nice and tart with a subtle pucker. a perfect balance of cherry and raspberry. loads of fruit flavor. nice amount of oak towards the finish.

although there is no head, nice amount of tingle in the mouth. drinks very easy not really dry at all.

i was impressed with this. i hope odell continues with lambics.

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