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Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#4,046
Reviews:
324
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752
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pink color. The head is a finger high, and lavender in shade. Retention is...well, it's horrible. There's no lacing either. Like many sour ales, it has the aesthetic charm of a wart. (2)

Smell: This just hits all the right notes of a good kriek - it's loaded with earthen funk notes, it's loaded with tart cherries, and it's also loaded with oaky qualities. As it evolves, I'm even picking up some vanilla and coconut (!) notes. There's also a shitload of tartness concealed by the oak/funk. Yeah, this smells great, plain and simple. (4.25)

Taste: Whoa momma, this one is tart. For a brief moment, I pick up the nuanced and delicate barrel flavors at first...and then, BOOM! Fruity, acetic tartness explodes on the midtaste. It's like someone mixed Black Cherry Warheads with Jolly Ranchers, and I freaking love it. More cherry flavors build up on the finish. This one is absolutely balls-out next to other krieks/sour ales - while it doesn't have the delicacy or balance of other sours, it makes up for it by being extremely enjoyable regardless (it helps that some of the supplementary notes still come through the intense tartness). (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, and dry. This one bites the palate with oak barrel and sourness without letting go. Because it's so tannic as well, it's not very easy to drink. Still, I don't really care. (3.75)

Overall: Objectively, I have to concede - it's not as balanced as the best sour ales. Subjectively, I also have to concede that I still love the hell out of it. The fact that it still manages to be so extreme in its tartness while revealing a nice complexity is just gravy. Did I mention it's much easier to find than anything from Cantillon/3F? Because it is. (4.25)

4.09/5: Wonderfully in-your-face

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Photo of biegaman
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Oude Kriek has not only the tartness of cranberry juice, but the appearance too. Ruby red in colour and completely flat (less the few bubbles that periodically dance around the glass like ballerinas), this looks like something much better for your kidney than it actually is.

The bouquet is something like a red-wine vinegar that's been infused with cherries and cranberries. It has a good deal of fruit but far more vinegar-like must and sharp, rousing acidity. It has a definite Gueuze-like quality (whereas if that style is characterized by 'locker room sweat', this one might be said to have a 'moldy basement sweat'). Put simply: it stinks.

Technically, Krieks made outside of the Pajottenland region or greater Brussels area are not "authentic". I'd suggest an alternative distinction that considers the ratio of sweetness to stink. In my opinion that's a much better barometer for how 'true' Lambic should be defined.

Kriek is historically characterized not by a candy-like fruit flavour (as are many modern so-called Krieks that feel entitled to the moniker because of their Belgian origins) but by the trademark mustiness and acetic tartness imparted by the bacterium and wild yeasts of the Senne Valley.

According to these standards, Hanssens Kriek passes with flying colours (all shades of red, naturally). It is so incredibly high in that bracing sourness that it almost resembles vinegar (to the point many couldn't drink it). Nevermind the cherries, this thing drinks like unfiltered, unpasteurized cranberry juice. And it is has a mustiness like an old barrel just farted.

Indeed, for a cherry beer, Hanssens Oude Kriek has lots of candid, unvarnished Lambic qualities. Some fruit is appreciable, but not as much as the dusty cellar in which this surely spent considerable time aging before, during, and after the fruit was added. It's arguably one of the most genuine (least embellished) examples on the market. I loved it!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in February 2013. Pours fairly clear ruby red color with a 2 finger dense pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a lacing ring that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, grape, pear, clove, pepper, oak, leather, straw, hay, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of cherry, wild/lactic yeast, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, cranberry, green apple, pear, red wine, oak, clove, straw, grass, hay, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, oak, clove, red wine, leather, vinegar, straw, hay, and musty funk on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and wild/lactic yeast flavors; with a very nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour kriek style. All around great complexity and balance of cherry, oak, and lactic/wild yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Served in a Prairie Teku

A - Crystal clear, Raspberry red good clarity, tiny head,

S - Chery cough syrup, must, dirt, sharp cherries and raspberries, candy sweettarts,

T - Red-wine vinegar slays the senses, dull tartness grows into a raspberry and cherry acidic lock jaw. Bigtime sour, old funk, salt, tart cherries, granny smith apple skins, raw cranberry juice, finishes dry and very acidic.

M - Light body, wine like, silky, little to no carbonation, sour, dry finish

Excellent sour Lambic. It has some funk but the sourness is the main player. If your in the mood for some puckering sour lambic juice, this is your liquid. Haassens doesn't mess around.

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Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.69 750 mL

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear rose blush spattered with mild carbonation that leads to a thin bright white head.

Aroma:

Faintly musty with a wet sock odor accompanied by a sharp acidic tang of cherries.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Intensely sharp and acidic with fresh fruit flavors that make you pucker up for more. Wet sock sourness continues into the flavor. Lacking in sweetness entirely, this is sour and tart all the way, though not in a bad way.

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Photo of infi
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent and hazy pink color with a thin foamy white head on top. Looks like a lighter shade of fruit punch. Head retention is fairly short as it condenses down into a thin cap. Little to no lacing on the glass as well. The aromas is very pungent and sour- basically a held back cider vinegary aroma, like red wine vinegar. Deep sniffs find the sour cherry sweetness and that traditional barnyard funk.

Taste is quite mouth-puckering! Sour and tart cherries throughout. No medicinal qualities found, which is pretty desirable and lets me know that no supplemental sugars were added- just some countryside cherries. As sour as it may be, the glass still beckons to be sipped on. A notable aspect to be said is that the sourness doesn't linger for too long in the mouth and doesn't leave that sour after effect on your face. But it's basically like sipping on melted cherry Warheads. The taste finishes with a hum funkiness and slight breadyness. Quite engaging overall.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with palpable carbonation on the tongue. This lambic drinks very well, albeit sipper-slow but very intriguing. This Oude Kriek is definitely easing my transition into the sour beers realm very nicely.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of nomad
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy red color is a bit off-putting, and seems a bit hazy, too. Not the most glorious lambic I've seen, but it keeps its head better than many. I think I'm being generous, but I'm not sure.

Smells musty and slightly of brettanomyces and cherries. Slight at times but fully a lambic in its own right. Could use more time to bring out complexity.

Taste is, for a lambic, highly musty and toasty, creating a good backbone to pair the just-enough amount of fruit. As with the nose, this could use more time for the Brett character to kick in and brings its wildness to the mix. Still, its sour and drinkable, balance and lovely with a few shades short of being a more powerful and dynamic beer.

And yet its moderate balance of the characteristic lambic notes creates the more moderate experience needed for quaffing. A nice kriek that I'll go for again, at least the best available in Michigan without the presence of Cantillon.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
This is one bright, vibrant and fiery red beer. Its nearly a neon red when back lit.

Aroma
A nice punch of funk starts things out just how I like it. The aroma gets quite tannic with a cherry skin tartness, cherry pits and stems.

Taste
Tart, but not aggressively sour, at least at first. There is a very dry flavor of cherry skins. The middle holds a biting level of sourness that blends into a fleshy sour cherry sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied and very dry. Ultimately this beer isn't insanely sour, but it has a very formidable tartness all the way through.

Overall
This was a really great beer. I'd love to give this another go. It was one of my favorites from the tasting.

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Photo of mattizmyname
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Indybeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Poured a hazy copper red color with a pinkish head that quickly fades. Aroma is musky, dank and earthy like an old pair of socks. Taste starts off with the cherries, then the sourness of the gueuze kicks in. The finish is very dry and you get a little sweetness in the end as the sourness fades. Very nice!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze day; served in a six-ounce snifter.

A: Bright cherry-red body with a few coarse pink bubbles on top. Pretty nice, and positively brilliant in the late-summer sun out in the back yard.

S: Sharply acidic fruit, juicy cherry, and plenty of spicy, grassy funk. It's like someone dropped a metric ton of sour cherries into a fresh bale of hay. Lovely.

T: Medium sour cherries burst forth, with hay + grass spicing up the tart fruitiness. Long, lingeringly sweet finish - cherries throughout. Delicious.

M: Flat, slick, and lightly sticky. Meh.

O: This beer was very different on cask compared to its bottle form, with the cask being noticeably heavier on the cherries and much less sour. I'm not sure which version I liked, as both were terrifically tasty. Great stuff.

Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of moon0
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an auburn color, like seltzer with a drop of blood. The head was a splash of bubbles that dissipated to nothing very quickly. No lace. It posses an overwhelming nose: musky, vinegary, and funky. There's a hint of cherry but the lambic power is tops: tart, astringent, sour. The back of my tongue was seriously puckered. You can really appreciate the craftsmenship in the making of this classic style. Not for everyone.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is ruby red. There are just a few bubbles in this one (more often than not I get very little carbonation in this beer, but every now and then a bottle will have some).

The aroma appropriately has a lot of tart, slightly medicinal cherry. A hint of lemon rind is evident.

The taste starts out dry with notes of wheatgrass and quickly evolves into sour lemon juice with cherry notes mixed in. The finish is very clean and very tart.

This has very mellow carbonation if any, with a light body. This is very good. I find this is one that has a lot of bottle variation. At times it's been one of the most acidic beers I've had. This particular bottle strikes a pretty good balance.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of tavernjef
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked green 750 - Upon opening the first wiff of barnyard must, acidic tannin, and tart citrus pulp float through the air giving a familiar raw presense of a true lambic. At which I'm still trying to appreciate and not having much luck at.
Looks like a rosy orange kool-aid with a slight pinkish/white bubbly egding around the top that sits very briefly. Aroma is as mentioned above with the added sweet and tart cherry soda mixed in - now that its breathing some in the glass. But the barnyard and must thing is hangin' strong with a measureable medicinal edge in its corners. Earthly dirty and smokey even. A keeper for sure in the nose.
Taste is more so metallic and medicinal then I was hoping. Mostly a mellow front with a light fruitish cherry and tart start, middle gains some acidic citrus and metals with touches of the earth and musty barnyard, cherry finishes it off in the end with a grab of added cherry flavor and acid washed rocks. Not overly complex nor is it overly tasty, just alot of acidity and tart. Would like to see a bit more cherry make its way through all that. But thats just me.
Glad to have tried it, but not something I'd be willing to go after again.

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Photo of TheBronze
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biggcb for this...
Appears a hazy orange amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild collar in the glass.
Smell is of cork, tart cherries, horseblanket, musty antiques, & old socks.
Taste is of tart, vinegar soaked, sour cherries with mild cork present in the taste.
Mouthfeel is bone dry, mouth puckering, and acidic.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: reddish purple in color with no head.

Smell: cherries and yeast are up front. Some sourness is in the background.

Taste: cherries, yeast, soft bitterness, and an overall sourness is noticeable. Dryness abounds. This lambic is flatter than others I have had in the past.

Mouthfeel: smooth and extremely dry throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors stay in the mouth forever.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipper based on the sour cherries and overall mouthfeel. One glass was enough in a session despite the overall enjoyment of the beer.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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