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Friek | Odell Brewing Company

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183 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 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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Photo of MrTopher
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Jim (RatedZ) for sending me two bottles of this, #2 will be aged to see how it changes.
Served from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very murky when poured from the bottle, wasn’t expecting that. It’s in between a strawberry color and a plum color but very murky/hazy. Carbonation was present, but wasn’t enough to develop a head, did leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Cherry smell dominate the nose over the raspberry, maybe next time you a different variation of raspberries and it might add more to the nose. Also some funk and oak smell, mixed with a dominating sour/acidic smell, so I would call this sour cherries over all others.

T: The Cherry and Raspberry blend in a ballet of flavors that dance on the tongue and make this very enjoyable. The cherry again dominates over the raspberry, but its there just not as forth coming. The tartness in this is there and really makes you pucker. There is some oak and funk also in this. Can’t wait to see how this age.

M: Medium, but thicker than expected, this is one of my first Lambics, but it really steps up to the plate and is a home run. Could be a little more carbonated though, but I’m not complaining.

O: This was an experience, and for my first Lambic I was really impressed. Odell’s is really onto something here and they seem to consistently produce better and better beers. They continue to impress me.

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Photo of benpopper
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on 4/23, from notes

Holy crap, I needed a wine opener to pull the cork on this.

Pours a murky red/orange. No head. Uh-oh...

Smelled just like I was hoping. Very sour. You can faintly catch hints of the barrel, but the cherries are probably the most upfront.

Taste is about the opposite. Tastes like cherries and the oak barrel blended very nicely, but not really tart at all.

Mouthfeel, I would like it have been a bit more carbonated, but it did fine. Smooth, easy to drink.

Overall, I am glad I traded for this, but wouldn't try to get one again. Worth the effort in a fair trade I'd say.

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Photo of crusian
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend, from some place in Sioux falls...
Cork takes a LOT of work to pull out which usually is a bad sign, and sure enough, pour is dead. No carbonation. I am so Damn tired of the flat beers lately.
Smell is really sour... cherry and a bit of oak, but this smells really sour.
Taste is really watery... cherry comes through a bit, nice oak flavors coming through. The sour is not really as strong as the nose would let on. It is kind of disappointing. Raspberries are faintly present. Overall this is a bit of a disappointment. I was really interested in this, but just... Meh.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a Russian River goblet.

Pours dark ruby red with a fizzy head that disappears almost instantly. Looks more like cherry cola than beer.

Smells funky and fruity. More raspberry than cherry, with a little wood mixed in for good measure.

Taste is a nice mellow tartness. Slightly funky with really nice fruit flavors balancing out the tart. This is a very good tasting beer.

A little thin and fizzy in the mouth. Appropriately dry, but not quite substantial enough to be great.

Overall, this is a really nice American made fruit Lambic. I like.

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Photo of jIsh
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Odell's latest single bottle offering Friek, has all of the right intentions, but doesn't quite deliver.

This beer comes in a champagne style bomber that is slightly different than their usual offerings. The label is pleasant enough with subtle lettering flanked by the fruits used in it's brewing process. It claims to be an oak-aged ale brewed with cherries and raspberries. Sounds right up my alley.

The pour into my Belgian tulip is encouraging, deep ruby color with slightly pink head that dissipates quickly. The distinctive lambic/sour cherry smell fills the air above my glass.

The taste is somewhat pleasant, relatively tart (cherry) up front with lingering sweetness as a backbone (raspberries). The mouth-feel is quite thin and it feels as though each mouth-full never quite materializes. There is something incomplete about this beer and it was not quite what I was expecting. Definitely worth trying (although the price tag is quite steep), but not one of the finer examples of the style.

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Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is it a beer, a wine, a malt beverage, what??? When I read about this one, I knew my wife would be a fan. Unfortunately, i couldn't find any in the area until on a random trip to the liquor store I saw a bottle hanging out on the back counter all by itself. To my wife's joy, it was not claimed and came home with us.

Once poured into our Lost Abbey tulip glasses, we were very impressed with the color and smell. My wife was very excited because it did not smell like beer and had a very fruity promise. I was slightly more reserved. The color is very different and left me not knowing what to expect.

Upon first sip, I immediately puckered while my wife savored. I was not expecting the tart cherry and raspberry flavors. My wife was delighted and moved past the first sip very quickly. I continued to be unsure of what type of beverage I was drinking. My wife continued to be thrilled. She loved the blend of flavors and the tart taste. Too bad for her that we only had one bottle, and it went down quickly, mostly in her glass.

This is not a beer that I would go to on a regular basis, but I am sure my wife would if we had an unlimited supply of it!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Thanks to mnbearsfan for sharing this bottle!

And now the true Dark Lord Day festivities can begin in earnest: the random group tastings. This product thereof pours a murky amber grapefruit juice (red, o' course) topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises cobwebs, oak, caramel, and black cherry. The taste holds notes of sour cherry, ruby red grapefruit, light cobweb, oak, and dank raspberries. The body is a stoic medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, a solid bit o' lambic, something very akin to New Glarus Enigma in taste, though the occasional pricks of tartness and cobwebs, without some sort of consistency (if that makes any sense to anyone but me, I'll be surprised), keep this from making it up to that lofty point (I really enjoyed the Enigma). Still, a tasty specimen indeed.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Jane, MO...

Opens with barely a pop, pours a dingy brown with minimal ivory colored head, doesn't last at all.

S: Sour cherries not much else

T: Follows the nose, raspberry tartness, some cherry sweetness as well along with dryness up front. Sourness licks in a bit more as this warms, raspberry & a touch of leather mingle with acidity, the oak aging is really asserting itself, there's a bit of figgyness as well. Finishes tart & with oaky dryness, the cherry & raspberry mix well

MF: Medium bodied, near still as far as carbonation goes, this is a bit warming at the end. Carbonation actually picks up once warmer

This is a approachable take on the style, but I expected a bit more from these Guys. Glad I got to try it, but would rather have their India Barley wine for that price.

Probably not sour enough for true sour Frieks...

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Friek from Odell Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 703 ratings.
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