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Friek | Odell Brewing Company

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90
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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

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182
Ratings:
700
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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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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Photo of mverity
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share at Proof. Rosy pink in color with only the thinnest of collars, and no head present. Aroma is fruity (more raspberry than cherry) and tart/dry yeast. Taste is sour cherry, a slight raspberry, but mostly just sour and not well balanced. Light body, low carbonation and tongue puckering from the tartness.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 3 March 2014.

Pours a lovely pinkish amber. Two fingers of fizzy pinkish-white head, sizzling down quickly and leaving little lacing (as expected). Thick column of bubbles rising up the center.

Smell is predominantly sweet, with fruity undertones and just a touch of tartness. Rounded, sweet fruits, filling my nose with honey and juice.

Taste comes through powerfully fruity but well balanced. Plays the sour-sweet line really well, tilting first to one, then to the other. Eventually it settles on sweet, but I love the acidic elements and the balance they provide.

Feel is outstanding. Medium-bodied, a little sticky. Prickly carbonation that is near perfect, causing the flavors to dance and play. Makes this beer significantly better than it otherwise would be.

A very enjoyable fruity almost-sour. The play of fruit and sour is lovely. And the feel is top-notch.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clean amber with a 1 finger dense head that lingers for a bit

S- Raspberries control the nose. Notes of vino and red wine. A mix of fruits that is difficult to decipher at times

T- Some acid, but not over bearing. Sweet berry notes until the oak takes over. Seems to lack any real intensity or clear direction. A bit spotty

M- I like the feel. Silky, yet slightly dry.

O- this one missed the mark for me. Love almost everything from Odell, but this one seemed like a tart cool-aid to.

$15 for 750 ml bottle

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Photo of Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml into teku.

A - Transparent and sparkling ruby red with a 2 finger salmon head that fades in about 10 seconds. No lacing to be found.

S - Sweet and tart Bing cherries, sour apple-cider, lemon peel, and just a little barrel wood. The raspberries are hidden, but present.

T - Bright and tart cherries/apples, raspberry, with some light lemon peel. A nice pie like sweetness helps hold back the tartness a bit.

M - Light bodied and bubbly, excellent carbonation.

O - A very good Kriek like beer that I found very enjoyable. I thought it was perfect for my new years champagne.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear blood orange with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch fizzy white head that quickly recedes.
S: Cherries (dark and tart), oak, and raspberry up front. Tobacco, mild caramel malt, and vanilla fill in the background.
T: Tart cherries hit first followed by mild sweet raspberries, oak, and vanilla.
M: Light body. Tart and sweet. Lightly acidic with a dry finish. Moderately effervescent.
D: Excellent drinkability and sessionability. A solid brew, but not superb. Another nice offering from Odell.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 poured to snifter.

Translucent cherry pie red. Fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, like a champagne.

Smell is big on tart cherry and raspberry, some damp wood and yeast notes.

Very tart, sharp flavor up front, sour cherries and green apples primarily, that tapers to aftertaste notes of oak, unripe raspberry, a hint of booze, and a tinge of vinegar and vague bretty horsiness.

Mouthfeel is sharp from carbonation, effervescent, and medium-light in the body.

Definitely a wild one, crazy tart, almost vinuous at times. Nothing too strange going on, however, I'd almost call it classically wild. Raspberry flavor mostly gets lost in the mix. A nifty beer that sour fans should experience at least once, but perhaps too aggressively tart for many palates. I generally go for more sweet with my sour, but Friek is so well done, I'll make an annual exception to check it out again anytime I find it.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red with a little brown along with a fizzy white head that leaves no lacing. Looks a bit like soda.

Smells of tart cherries with a little funk to it.

Tastes of the tart cherries with some sweetness to it. Fruity notes lead off with red cherries, green apples, white grapes, and raspberries. A nice tartness to it. Wood notes come through in the middle before being washed out by some syrupy sweetness. Finishes with some yeast spice and vinegar notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty, light, fruity beer. However, the price is absurd ($17.62 for 750) and the barrel aging, which increases the price, doesn't seem to add much.

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Photo of Spattastic
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep candy apple/cranberry red. Active carbonation. The color reminds me of the liquid in a hummingbird feeder or artificial strawberry syrup. Very pretty and intriguing.

S - Sweet, bright canned cherries (the kind you would use to bake a pie), tart, apple-cider vinegar, citrus zest, and just a little barrel wood. I also get a slightly medicinal note, like cherry cough suppressant, but it's not off putting. The raspberries are present, but only slightly.

T - Raspberry jam, overly ripe tart cherries/cranberries, dried bing cherries, apple-cider vinegar, lemongrass, fresh lemons, light woodiness, a Riesling-like (wine) quality.

M - Effervescent and light. Works well with the style.

O - I like this a lot. It has a very fruit-forward flavor (not too sweet though) but is balanced nicely by its sourness (it certainly won't make you pucker). Compared to other sours that I've tried, this is much less "funky" and would be a good choice for someone interested in trying wild ales. Well worth it's $12-$14 price tag.

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Photo of denver10
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Redoing my review of this one for the 2013 version, which seems to be my favorite of the annual releases I have tried (2011, 2012, 2013).

Pours bright, translucent red with a slight amber hue the deeper into the drink you get. Minimal off white head that recedes to the sides and leaves no lacing on the sides. Aroma offers a little funkiness, the raspberries are stronger while its colder and cherries become a little stronger as it warms, the fruits give offsome sweetness and tartness, there's some vinegar hanging out, as well some funk and oak. Flavor pretty much follows suit. Pleasantly moderately sour. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall. great beer. Wish it wasn't so expensive so I could buy another bottle (or 2).

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

2012 version on tap at Bulldog-uptown. Like most lambic a this isn't much to look at. Light pink and quite clear. Served with no head. Smells like a Kriek and that is a complement. Aromas of cherries and musty funk. Tastes like the aroma with a bit of lactic and acetic sourness in the finish. Light bodied and easy to drink. Refreshing for a sour. This is one of the best American lambic style beers out there. Has that Belgian funk. Tart and refreshing.

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Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Steasy66 for this long time want.

Appearance. Pours an orangy red with a thin, almost white head.

Smell. Cherry and dank old wood with a dank old musty funk. Dank and old, yep. It actual;ly smells better than that, but the dank and old does play a big part.

Taste. Sour cherry, some old barrel wood with light notes of vanilla and almond (presumably from the cherry seeds). Not getting much raspberry but if I look for it I get a bit among other red berries. There's a light bit of musty funk there as well.

Mouthfeel. Light body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Pretty damn decent for an american lambic. I would definitly drink this again but I seem to remember it being quite expensive. If that's the case, I'll stick to the real Belgians.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The offering I was given was from a bottle that had aged for some time but was unknown as to just how long. The aging created an almost carbonatedless, wine like experience. The color though was a beautiful hue of raspberry red.

The aromas were like a raspberry champagne with some of the airy white grape aroma inside.

This had obviously mellowed nicely as the taste was cherry tartness without any brashness. Creamy and buttery in taste and feel I got sour cherry notes and a mild easy ride.

Well done and that's after it had lost its pizzazz.

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Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mauve-colored beer, close to red but with shades of pink and orange, there's no doubt it is, at the very least, a fruit beer. The head is sparsely constructed, though it sticks together longer than expected. It fizzles a bit but still sticks around as a bubbly cap, and in turn it leaves spotty lacing.
This beer brings the funk and the acidity. What's beautiful, though, is that it doesn't overshadow the sweetness while the sweetness lets the funk take center stage, but not without a really complex supporting cast, and all the fruits are let out. The fruit is juicy and ripe, an excellent blend of tart and sweet, while a gently vinegar-like note rests underneath and rides it out the whole way. It hits the tongue without overpwoering it, allowing it simply to taste the full array. The yeast is musty and earthy. The fruits all mingling together provides the impression of things that aren't there; sweetness of charries and raspberries, yes, but notes of grapefruit and other citruses, tart green apple, lemon peel, and even tropical fruits. The flavor brings in a slight hint of astringency. Overall, though, it's just suck a nice mix of sourness, sweetness, tartness and acidity. It really hits the mark.
The medium body swells nicely, and it's a pretty dry beer overall. Crispness is big without biting too hard.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Reddish orange body. Kinda hazy. Some off white foam but not much of a head.

Smell - Cherry and some must. Malt. Acidic.

Taste - Tart cherry. Malty. Not sweet, though. Musty and grainy. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Dry. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Decent sour. This bottle might be old, for the record.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. No freshness or bottling date that I can find.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields an effervescent one finger (maybe slightly more) head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing and just a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Foam is a pinkish hue and sits atop a jewel-like ruby red body with light magenta and burgundy highlights and depth.

Smell - Tart, with wild cherries and even some elements of spicy red wine. I can also detect the grain bill, although faint behind the woody notes from the aging. Some sweetness as well.

Taste - Wonderfully tart, but not overwhelming. Sweet and sour cherries are the star, with the sweetness subduing the otherwise very sour characteristic and a minimal amount of funkiness.

Mouthfeel - Healthy amount of carbonation and a light body. Drying finish that gets you ready to take the next sip. A very drinkable sour beer.

Overall, this is one of the better American-made kriek "style" beers I've had, although I've admittedly had only a small sampling. But this could stand up to any well-made Belgian kriek. Not saying it tastes the same as some of the greats, but it would hold it's own.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely attractive copper-red hue with a crystal-clear body and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of fizzy foam which dissipated almost instantly. I am willing to overlook this lack of head because I love the color so much.

Smell: lightly sour, lightly woody aroma with a little bit of diacetyl. Definitely a wild ale, but the fruit doesn't come through very strongly at all.

Taste: a quick hit of sourness right up front, which transitions right away into a sweet, caramelly, woody, buttery body with a definite cherry character that is almost subconscious in its subtlety. A very interesting beer; I like it, but could do with less diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and a big ol' fizziness that works with beers of this sourness and attenuation. I like it.

Overall: this is a good beer, but not a great one. Even though the cherry is subtle, I still really like it. Its piquant yet not-overdone sourness also makes it easy to quaff. Recommended.

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Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous ruby red with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. Lovely to behold. Scents of barnyard funk, slight cherry and slight raspberry and hints of oak. Flavors of strong sour lambic, some sour raspberry notes, slight hint of sour cherry and oak on the finish. Very complex, the fruit flavors have blended together with time and sour brett character has increased. The oak from the barrel aging remains and is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. True to style for a Belgian sour. An excellent sour, with a good deal of complexity and excellent flavors added by the oak aging. Well worth the $18 price tag.

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

A: pours a deep red that is almost brown with burgundy highlights with a small white head that fades quickly into a duel tulip
S: smells fruity, funky and sour with raspberries being prominent in the aroma
T: tart raspberry up front mingles with some sour cherry and a slight funk with hints of oak. nice sourness throughout the drink with the swallow bringing a nice blast of funky vanilla and oak.
M: lighter side of medium with soft carbonation from bottle condition that is perfect for the style
O: A very well crafted and tasty beer. fantastic complexity and oh so good. the sourness is there without being overbearing and the fruit flavors are nice without being overpowering

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Ommegang flute wine glass

A: ruby red in color it has lots of bubbles but very little white head with no lacing. It is completely translucent and looks extremely clean could almost past as soda or juice.

S: The nose definitely has a nice light funk to it. There are fruity notes but they are not necessarily desirable as cherry or raspberry. Also there is a noticeable scent from the oak barrels that is more powerful then the fruity sweetness. overall fairly good balance

T: Its got a sour flavor upfront that is strong but not overpowering and it lasts. Though once the initial sour flavor fades and there is as a bunch of fruity juicy flavors the cherries definitely has a stronger flavor but the raspberries are there in the finish to add a little more sweetness. There are also wine flavors in there with other dry flavors like grape must. The sour flavor does come through again in the finish to cap things off.

M: It is nice, light, and very juicy making it so it goes down easily and cleanly, which is pretty impressive. The carbonation is right on point as well it is delicate on the tongue and brings out the fruity notes as well as the wood from the barrels.

O: This is a solid sour it is really fruity and juicy while maintaining a nice sour flavor though I wish it was more powerful or tart. This was the first I've tried from odell's and I'm impressed/will be back.I wish I was able to get two bottles so I could taste it in a few years but nonetheless I definitely recommend this beer

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Photo of andrenaline
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Props to my in-laws for grabbing a bottle of this on a recent trip to the US, super pumped to take it for a spin.

A - Pours a light ruby red, finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by tart raspberries, wild yeast funk, grassy notes, toasted crackers and a white wine vineous scent.

T - Much like the nose, with the vineous white wine dominating alongside sour grapes, sour apple and sweet tart candies. The cherry and raspberry notes come through and linger on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, with heavy body carbonation, and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Overall this is a stand-out sample of the style that I really enjoyed. Loads of flavour and a nice balance between sweet and sour, with the fruit notes coming through on the finish making for a memorable brew. Highly recommended and really glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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