Oude Kriek
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
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4.16 | pDev: 11.3%
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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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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Premo88 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. glass poured into tulip

L: mostly clear dark red with pink head of foam that just covers the top surface; clears up over time; keeps a tight pink collar of foam; almost no sticking or lacing

S: vinous and tart, fingernail polish, tart cherries in background; as it warms, the cherries add a bit of sweetness; funky barn must, wet sacks of grain left to dry kind of funk

T: mouth-puckering sour, lemons, hay, musty barn air; the flavor notes are there but the big sour flavor up front dominates; as the palate adjusts, a hint of tart cherries peeks in ... they add an earthy flavor that cuts some of the sour

F: lightweight, feels lightly carbonated, a bit watery -- works well for the style

O: intensely sour to begin with, and it takes awhile for the palate to adjust to allow some of the cherry flavor to show up; very complex with a lot of different notes competing for attention; a big sweet aroma seems to be locked up and hidden in the nose and never allowed to break loose, while the flavor is always more sour with the cherries adding much more earthy/tart flavor than sweetness; a true "sour" lover's kriek lambic -- there's no hint of syrup

Jun 05, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've now had 19 Lambic Fruits and while I am starting to learn to tell the difference, I cannot say that I get why growing numbers of connoisseurs appreciate -- and even like -- this style. Tart can be good, but too tart can be, well, too sour.

Given my bias, best that I quote Michael Jackson's review in "The Great Beers of Belgium" saying it is "fruity, and jammy. It has a good interplay of sweetness and acidity, with the latter winning." For me, the acidity is an attack that wears off as a survival tactic, but hardly encourages taking another sip... nor, I hope, buying another bottle.

May 07, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from February 2013, so over three months age on it.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Sixpoint tulip glass.

Pour is a deep burgundy, a lovely balance between light red and purple. Little to no head.

Aroma is slightly funky sour with a definite sweet fruit aroma.

Taste is very sour funky malt. Absolutely wonderful slight sweet cherry note at the end.

Great example of how good Belgian lambics can be.

May 07, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update 1/29/2016
Bottle in January 2015

A: Pours a hazed, nearly opaque dark pink color. At first a one finger spritzy light pink head forms and recedes in a second. The color here is always stunning to me.
S: Jammy fruits, big tart cherries with a substantial funk. Though not as over barring as I have had before. I think that has to do with the relative freshness. The tart fruits are amazing.
T: Jam like cherry, tart and acidic. Almost to the extreme, with that signature funk. While this is still very intense, the fruit really helps balance this out.
M/O: A light to medium body. Champagne like carbonation, which is fantastic. There is an intense sour and funkiness here, but so much better integrated than previous bottles I have had. This is incredible.

I don't think I have ever had a Hanssens that is within a year of bottling. Everything I have had has always been incredibly old, many many years. I think that has really hurt this, because the fruits pop and are so jam like it is amazing. Since they have hit Houston, I have been really enjoying this. One of the only true Lambics on the shelf here, and in this condition is fantastic.

Review from 6/25/2012----------------------------

Like pretty much everything else I have had from Hanssens, I can not find a bottle date. So who knows how old this bottle is?

A: Pours a bright and vibrant reddish/pink color. I love the color. A one finger white head forms, and vanishes in a second.
S: Tart, acidic, and ultra funky. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Not a lot of cherry sweetness or fruit aromas.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tart, acidic, and sour bite. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Wow, everything is very strong and over powering. I love the style, but this is over barring.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I do like funky sours, and enjoyed this on a hot afternoon. Though, just a bit over powering.

I love me some sour and funk. This certainly fits the bill, and I did enjoy my bottle. Though over barring, in a sense that even puts Cantillon to shame. If you want to impress some sour heads, this is what you should bring.

Jan 29, 2016
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beerwolf72 from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still new at sours and waiting for a 'knock your socks off' experience, but I know what I like and this is pretty good. Poured a deep burgundy out of a 12.7 oz bottle into a goblet. Almost zero carbonation in the form of pink foam that completely disappeared instantly. Nose is funky with a slight hint of tart fruit. First drink was bracingly sour, but rounded out to finish smooth. Feel is somewhat light with just enough body to leave a slight temporary coating. Very enjoyable overall.

Jan 22, 2016
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maroon red-ish color with a brown hue. moderately cloudy after leaving the sediment behind in the bottle. White foam with low retention made of small sized bubbles receded to a bead on the top of the beer.

S: Mild to low pie crust, toasty malt aroma. No hop aroma detected. A medium tart cherry tart impression with some vinegar notes. Low funky aroma with damp leaves / basement and oak

T: Big bright lemony tartness with sour cherry flavor bursting through. The medium-low biscuity-crusty malt peeks through. there is a mild funky character similar to the aroma with oak and barnyard taking a backseat to the tartness. Balance is on the cherry and tartness. No hop flavor or bitterness.

M: medium-low body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. No astringency or creaminess but the puckering from the sourness provides a refreshing tingling sensation on the roof of the mouth and cheeks.

O: Good Kriek, the aroma gave me a little viniger which is never a good sign but it didn't come through in the taste. Not as complex as a Cantillon but more tart.

Nov 13, 2015
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