Oude Kriek
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #51
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4.16 | pDev: 11.06%
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Sigmund from Norway

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, corked champagne style, at Plan B, Copenhagen. Red / "pinkish" / brown colour, moderate pale pink head. Sour cherry and funky barnyard aroma. Flavour is very sour cherries and red wine vinegar.

Mar 20, 2021
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 2015. Not as balanced and jammy as say 3F. No almonds, but very nice all-around. Very dry and on tarter side but not overly tart and unbalanced.

Mar 07, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Vibrant cherry red color with no carbonation and no lacing.

S - Tart acidic cherry, tang with light oak on the nose.

T - Surprises here as it follows the nose exactly. Extremely tart, face puckering cherry sourness from start to finish that punches you in the face.

M - Thick and wet throughout the mouth with a big dry spot on the back of the tongue.

O - No bitterness here, just face puckering cherry through and through.

Feb 01, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

somehow it has taken me a really long time to try this one, which seems like one of their more popular beers. they do quite a few different kriek types, and this is another really good one, 2014 vintage if the notch on the label is correct, thankful to be sharing this in an online session with the homies! beautiful clear and glassy looking ruby red color through the first two thirds of the bottle, hazy thick sludgy dark and sedimented (even an apparent piece of cherry stem) blood red through the last bit, some head too which isnt always the case with their lambics. it smells brightly fruity, very natural, quite tart like acidic pie cherries, and has all the funk, woodiness, and maturity of good blended lambic, definitely old in a good way, and smelling very sour, even for the style, which a lot of theirs have been, but more mellow on the acidity when i actually drink it, way less intimidating than it smells on that. the flavor is crazy good, sour sure but equally as funky and weird, highly vinous with an obvious red wine and red berry character, oak tannins all through it, and a density to the fruit which seems to get more intense withe very sip and every degree it warms. traces of smoke, vanilla, raspberry jam, and even cinnamon, but this isnt one of those krieks that feels wintery like some do. very sharp, but i easily drink the whole bottle, enough carbonation but pretty light on it, very natural on the fruit, and not so much of it that its juice, the base lambic is distinctive and old and very good, a nice blend. i get to the point every month or so where i like physically need good kriek, and this was a great fix. always a treat to have beer from these guys, especially with the boys, even if digitally. yum! an awesome start to the weekend.

Aug 08, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

File this under 'dude, i've had this beer a dozen times, why haven't I reviewed it yet?'

Pours a darker shade of red. Off white head, pretty thin 1/5" then recedes, might not be the greatest job on being carbonated. Aroma brings the dark cherry notes. Such a weird funky aroma, like equal parts woody brett and plastic underneath the cherries.

Taste is pretty standard unsweetened lambic/kriek. Plenty sour and dry, plenty of fruit notes. Everyone be all chasing Loons and Drie, but they forgot about Hannsens. But they didn't, its just too readily available for collectors versus drinkers or some shit. Its a hefty bit of sour, maybe 8.5 on the 10 pt lambic scale. I didn't get the cinnamon others spoke of, but there is so much cherry, I could see how the mind might gravitate to imagining pie crust and all the accoutrements. Its plenty good and serviceable. Its not Cuvee Rene levels of quality and affordability, but its close to the next best thing.

Jul 08, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May have gotten a bad bottle. Overpowering balsamic vinegar acidity, scent and taste. Redeeming qualities came through as it warmed but will need to try again*

* after trying another bottle it seems the first was compromised.

Black cherry red haze, slight head.

Sour cherry, yeast funk and faint oak.

Medium light body, tart and drying.

I see now what this was going for, kriek isn’t my favorite lambic style but still enjoyable and worth a try.

May 03, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

January 2016 consumed 4/20.

Little pop. Little white head. Ruby cherry red.

Starts out jolly rancher cherry, but it fades as it warms. Cherry pie filling. Tart, sour, citrusy. Not overwhelming like some of the other Hanssens fruit beers. I wish the sourness would calm down a bit so the other flavors could show, as there is a lot underneath. Big cherry flavor, however, which makes me happy. Some of that cinnamon and pie crust. Could be LPK level if it wasn’t as sour.

Apr 17, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Artisanaal bvba "Oude Kriek Lambic"
750 ml green glass bottle, corked & caged. Bottled in 2015.
$14.99 on clearance @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is most likely 4 years old by now and it's probably time to get around to pouring it. The cork came out with nary a sound, which is not a good omen. It's still wet on the bottom but it seems hard and inflexible. It's poured a hazy dark ruby body beneath the finest of heads that then immediately reduced to just a collar, and not much of one at that. The aroma is quite intense and funky. It's acidic, vinous, vinegary, earthy, oaky, otherwise woody and leafy, quite barnyard-y with plenty of "horse blanket", and the fruit is a kind of generic fruitiness... it's actually a lot like a rotting apple. On to the flavor... well that's intense. Did I just say that about the aroma? Ahh, yes I did. It's sour, certainly sour, but not too much so for the initiated - non-sour beer drinkers beware; and I guess for those who might think that this is a "cherry beer", well not so much. This is what I would consider a true lambic, and although there's a distinct cherry note to it, the beer itself is also quite prominent. For notes on that taste simply refer back to everything I just said about the aroma and add in some blackberry, elderberry, currant, white grape, and lemon. The blend of the vinous and funky lambic with the cherry is fantastic, and it's sour and sharp and then quite dry in the finish. In the mouth it's light bodied but leaning towards light-medium in body, and astringent. The acidic bite livens it and more than makes up for the lower level of carbonation - there's still some there by the way, it's not flat, and I'm getting some fairly solid burps out of it, but it's certainly not effervescent. Overall I'm quite impressed. I won't name any names, but some of the so-called lambic producers out there these days are really just making sweet fruit beers with a little bit of a sour geueze beneath it for balance. This is the real thing.
Review #6,756

Oct 20, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, deep, dark ruby red coloration with no head. Smells of tart black cherries, oaky tannins and a pronounced white vinegar note. Taste is dominated by white vinegar, with a biting sourness and some tart black cherries, cardboard and earthy, tannic oak notes as well. Finishes with a very strong sourness and some white vinegar lingering in the aftertaste. Flat mouthfeel with a medium body and very low carbonation.

Even though their Oude Geuze was excellent, this is another drainpour from Hanssens after the Oudbeitje I had by them, suffering from the same flat, overly vinegary, oxidized flavor profile. I don't know if this is just extremely poorly balanced or I'm dealing with a bad bottle here, but considering I detected the same faults in their Oudbeitje already they seem to either be suffering from serious consistency issues or using bad corks.

Aug 04, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tim for sharing this 2012.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy ruby hue with a thin wispy head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Big aromas of cherry pit cinnamon aromas. Floral fruits, bright acidity.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of slightly sweet cherry jam and almond cinnamon.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean, spot on.

O - Overall this was a very solid Kriek. Excellent cherry and cinnamon notes.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 27, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green colored bottle. Label is marked that the bottling date was February of 2014.
Amber red colored body. There is no real head, just some large bubbles upon pouring, but there is an active surface that supports a small island and full ring. No lacing.
Aroma of sour green apple and cherry, along with the scent of oak barrel.
Taste is sour, with lots of cherry, which goes from sour cherry juice to sour cherry skins, along with the oak barrel.
Medium mouth feel. Lower carbonation.
Has a feel of unsweetened cherry juice with a little alcohol and some oak chips. Nothing real subtle here, just a sour ale with the fruit, and on the way to wine. Expresses a good spectrum of the juice flavors, but not complex.

Mar 03, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Emily Didanto when she puts on her favorite rouge
Smells like Olivia Culpo cooking with tart cherries and vinegar
Tastes like Kate Upton having a pillow fight with Olivia
Feels like Behati Prinsloo giving you a rub down

Do it now.

Jun 18, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-plum color that carries a bit of fog to it, giving it an even darker appearance. Head formation is minimal. Aroma is cherries and green apple. Flavor profile has a sour puckering finish, with cherries, and tart green apple forming the delicious flavor. Mouth feel is smooth and still, with a medium thickness. Overall, cherries and green apples blended up into a bottle with a little bit of alcohol.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

Jun 02, 2018
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage.

A- Ruby red body from the 375ml bottle to a taster chalice. A small pink cap rises to a mm high with decent retention. The foamy ring at the edges leaves small sheets of lace.

S- My cheek muscles already hurt after a few sips. Insane sour cherries with about ten pounds of pure lactic acid and some bug funk. Pure sour ass cherries; yea.

T- Again the lactic acid ferment is off the charts. The sourness is about as big as it comes and the cherries compliment it very well joined by hints of wet oak, lemon sours, slight funk, yogurt and sour grapes. Sour patch kids really come to mind.

MF- Light bodied with a somewhat low end carbonation and an acidic oily slickness coating the palate similar to yogurt. Slightly foamy consistency. Ends extremely sour.

No suprise with Hanssens. Sour patch cherry kids with lactic acid surplus.

Nov 27, 2017
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 bottled Jan 2016 in a wine glass

Beautiful hazy red with a small head - quick to a thin collar, sour cherries on the nose, very sour, sharp acetic/cherry vinegar, minimal carb, light body. Pucker up! Great beer if you can handle the twang!

Sep 16, 2017
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Moose21 from New York

3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Opened a 375 cl bottle
Bottled 2/2013

Look: Virtually no carbonation. Looks flat. Pours a medium ligt red.

Smell: light cherry

Taste: Vinegar, tart, sour. Sharp then flattns out. Light carbonation.

Finish: Dry, nice lambic finish. Best part of this beer.

Overall: Not my favorite in style, more similar to a flemish sour than a Kriek. My first Hanssens, so this may be the brewer. The beer lacks complexity and funk. There is a nice sour flavor which incorporates the cherries with subtlety. An OK beer.

Jun 23, 2017
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Quafftastic from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened a young 750 ml bottled in 2012.
Poured lovely deep red with minimal head that disappeared quickly. Smell off tart cherries and lactic acid. Taste is sharp then cherries, taste shifts to geuze backbone with good mouth feel and very light carbonation to a dry finish.
Highly recommend as solid example of the style to share.
This bottle aged well but was still young. Will be looking to restock and for vertical opportunities to fully experience the breadth this beer can offer.

Mar 29, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very minimal head, which seems to be a theme with Hanssens. Smell is unsurprisingly cherries, though not as complex as their Scharbeekse, but that's to be expected. Taste is like cherry vinegar. Dry, vinegar-like puckering mouthfeel that's typical for Hanssens.

Mar 27, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle. Pours a deep, kinda murky red. Has a collar with big discrete bubbles. Smells of sour cherries, a little bit of vinegar, and some oak. Tastes really sour. Vinegar. Some lemon. Sour cherry. Intense, deep sour finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Too sour, but it’s got a pretty good flavor.

Feb 28, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look:Bright ruby red, almost purple. No head what so ever detracts from the appearance.
Smell:Cherries, cheese, pungent and sour.
Taste:Extremely tart and obviously cherries. I don't pick up much else, not very complex for a lambic but delicious.
Feel:Not much to report here.
Overall:Great sour beer, Hanssens is underated just not very complex.

Feb 26, 2017
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ljdrinksbeer from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan. 2015. Poured into wine glass.
l - Deep purple, murky, no head, pratically still.
s - sour, funk, vinegar and cherry.
t - super acidic, vinegary, cherry pie. In my mind way too vinegary for a lambic, tastes more like a flanders red. I've had Hanssens Gueuze and it seemed spot on so I'm not sure what's going on here.
f - nice and crisp bite with medium body.
o - really shocked at how much like salad dressing this tastes. Not bad tasting to me, but not what I'd expect for the stlye.

Feb 11, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales lambic glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish color with not quite an inch light pink head that fizzled away kinda quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart and sweet cherries, oak, and some funkiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, with tart cherry, oak, sweet cherry, funk, vinegar and lemon flavors all noticeable. It's pretty tart, more than I expected since I thought the aroma had a good amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and has a low amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, I enjoyed the tart fruity flavors. Definitely worth picking up!

Dec 17, 2016
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Awolter from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep red in color, somewhat similar to a red wine. Cherries, funk, and oak on the nose. Tastes like drinking a glass of sour cherries. Absolutely delicious.

Oct 19, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the same corked bottle as @somethingclever below me.

It is a deep, crimson red color. The carbonation was fairly low. A hard second pour provided a little bit more fizzy head.

It smells and tastes like very sour cherry and apple cider vinegar. There is a lot of nice oak flavor, but it is a bit too sour for me.

The body was fine outside of being a little flat. Not sure if there was a carbonation issue or it's supposed to be that way, but it feels and tastes like it was left opened in the fridge for a day

Aug 29, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a can glass

A: deep rich red incolor with absolutely no head body is opaque.

S: Lots of sour cherry, vinegar, oak, green apple, this beer smells like it is going to be sour.

T: Lots of tannen sour sour cherry, vinegar, lots of oak wood in the taste

M: Beer tasted flat absolutely no carbonation, for being a lighter ABV beer the way the sourness coats the tongue it drinks bigger.

O: It was a little too sour for me without bring enough flavor. If you like super sour beers this one would be up your alley.

Aug 29, 2016
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