Oude Kriek
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #86
Ranked #5,360
4.12 | pDev: 11.17%
Feb 11, 2022
Oct 14, 2001
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Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Rhetion from Florida

Feb 09, 2022
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 3.97 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rose-colored pour generating zero head. What stands out is the deep, deep cherry flavor, at once sour and sweet. Tartness does prevail, but never goes over the line. There is a subtle underlying touch of oak that creeps in. Had this with a barbecued steak, which complemented it well. Do yourself a favor and leave the sediment at the bottom of the bottle where it is unless you want to pucker up.
Aug 31, 2021
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Rated by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
2yo (2019) bottle: any reviews higher than 3.50/5.00 are mistaken. Bottles from the past 6 years have been garbage.
Jun 10, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Apr 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Reviewed by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1%
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
Rated: 4.5 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by Budlum from Maryland

Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Rated: 3.92 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Rated: 4.02 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by gshak from Texas

Jun 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Bruno74200 from France

May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Rated: 4.4 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Apr 27, 2020
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4.25 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Jan 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by spoony from Colorado

Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Rated: 3.85 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.53/5  rDev -38.6%
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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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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
Rated: 3.95 by Narkee from Australia

May 31, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Hop_God from California

May 09, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

May 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from California

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by donspublic from Texas

Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 4 by YvesB from Belgium

Feb 04, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by GarthT from Hong Kong

Aug 13, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jul 20, 2018
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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