Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color reminiscent of a certain drie fonteinen framboos, dirty brownish red, but at the same time orangey with a light haze. Shy off-white ring though. Rather mild aroma, musty, barnyardy. Not as complex as many other lambics as far as the nose go.Very phenolic, horsey and sweaty. On the tongue though, the yeast expresses itself in a serenade of funkiness. Give me a shot of this someone. Highly intense mouth presence. Multiple levels of acidity, all at once citric, acetic, lactic and balsamic. Funky cherries, obvious cask wood, horsey, hay, must, lemon and grapefruit juice. Soft carbonation, medium body lets the flavors express rather than stealing the show. Almost tear bringing taste.

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Photo of crossovert
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, corked and caged. I have no idea the year of it, though it is at least 3 years old according to the label.

It struggles to form a head as I pour it into my Duvel tulip. It ends up with a thin, centimeter-thick white head after a vigorous pour and a cheery cherry colored body.

Smells really funky, among the oak and sour cherry I smell latex and candy corn, very odd. The barnyard funk is there too.

This one is mindblowingly sour but most importantly it is sour cherry, not sour for sour's sake. It works really well with the thick cherry flavor. There is also some sour lemon-citrus in there. There is not too much vinegar or off the wall funk and it is also very sweet to go along with the sour. It is a punch of flavor to your taste buds.

The mouthfeel is almost sport on, with a very nice tart, dry finish, but not too dry. The drinkability is also up there.

This is a fine beer all around, it is very sour, but also very tart, with a good underlying sweetness, a very well crafted brew.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small corked bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with almost no head or sign of carbination. Smell has cherries and lambic funk. Smells and looks great. Taste is great as well. Cherries hit the tounge first then comes the mouth puckering sour tartness that I love in lambics. Not very sweet like some of the more commerical lambics. Mouthfeel is great, even with the low carbination, the cherry flavor fills the mouth followed by the bone dry tartness from the beer's acidity. Very drinkable. A great Kriek.

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Photo of sacfly
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml
Pours a ruby red. Flat as hell. Smell is an Earthy and lightly tart. Taste is… POW! Tart then sweet then tart then cherry then tart again. Cherry sour patch kids. Interesting finish. Not dry. Mouth watering. Just when you feel the slightest touch of dryness, your mouth waters. Simply a superb drink.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage green bottle split in a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: B, no info.

Big old wet kiss thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this awesome sour with a fellow addict.

A - Expecting no carbonation, it looks great. No head, retention, etc. Beautiful blood red merlot wine color with great clarity!

S - Tart cherries and sublimely funky aroma full of yeast and lactic acid sourness. One-dimensional but damn good.

T - Lactic sourness assaults the tongue with tart cherry and funky yeast all over the board. Delicious is an understatement.

M - Light-bodied and incredibly tart/sour with an acidic finish. Near perfection as far as biting sourness in the mouthfeel goes.

O - Fantastic all-around, this kriek is delicious with a huge sourness that's one of the more sour beers I've ever experienced. I grabbed another bottle to share with TheDTrain which wasn't anywhere near as sour. This one gets much better with some age.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy blood/ruby red color that produced a good pink bubbly head with some good retention behind it. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Extremely sour and dry smelling with some seriously acidic cherry/raspberry fruits. Some lactic characters in there with some hay/barnyard bits in the dryness aspect.

(T)- Just like the smell. Some serious acidic sour cherry/raspberry fruit notes with a mild creaminess in there too. Dry, but mostly full of vivid sour fruits. Mildly funky.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great fruit profile with a nice level of acidic sourness without being too much over-the-top. Very vivid fruits that I am enjoying alot.

(D)- A great lambic. Tastes great with a great balance and fruit profile. Crisp, and just plain enjoyable. Dare I say, one of the better Krieks out there.

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Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red in color with very little head. Horse, grass, and tartness come across in the aroma with only the subtlest hint of cherries. Sweet, slight fruit taste that really demonstrates mastery of brewing. Very dry finish that leaves a tanginess on the back of the tongue. By far my favorite kriek.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy reddish hue. No head. Nose is antiseptic and funky like I want the lambics to be. Ahhhh. Pure heaven. It's been too long since I have had a lambic. Oh how I have missed thee, my love. Mildly sour, but not overpowering. The fruit tones caress the tongue. Beautiful earthy tones. Feel is very, very smooth. Fairly full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. Like I said. It's been some time since I have had a lambic. Now I remember why I love them so much. (actually...I never really forgot...how could I have?)

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Lot number G
BB: 07/08/2027

This is the 9th beer in my series of sours and the 2nd of my krieks.

Appearance: Krieks are certainly on of the best looking beer styles! Stunning bright crimson body, that lights up beautifully when back lit. A rough pour yields an average sized light pink head. Sadly retention and lacing are both quite average.

Smell: Wow, this is one powerful nose, I could smell it from the second I popped the cork! Funk is certainly the dominant part of the nose, but the cherries are far from forgotten. Light tart cherries, tannic cherry skins, woody pits, dusty sacks, old hay, wet wood, damp and moldy, undergrowth and nose tingling acidity pretty much sums it up. Warming yields an unexpected sweeter cherry note and cider vinegar.

Taste: Fuck me, this is tart - instantaneous mouth pucker and and an urge to hurriedly swallow! That might sound horrible to some, but it is just what I was hoping for. Once my mouth has adjusted to the sourness, the wonderfully complex flavour begins to emerge. Notes include: very dusty sacks, mold, fungus, damp, old wood, cherry pits and tannic skins.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Mouth puckeringly sour with a wonderful dryness in the finish.

Overall: Hanssens Kriek certainly lived up to my expectations in terms of sourness, even though it didn't quite match the Cantillon Kriek of 2007. Aside from the sourness, this is a delicious beer and one I will seek out again.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine artisan ale from this Belgian brewery. Pours a redwood color with a silky tan head. The nose has tart cherries, sweet malts, oak and funk. The taste is a nice balance between oak, manure, sour funk and sweet cherries. Crisp body drinks well. Pairs well with a fish and game.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherrywood tone to this beer. A good sized bone white head is erected, but deflates almost as quickly. A bubbly collar remains. Some sparse oily lace is left behind as I drink. Nose consists of tart cherry, musty wet horse blanket, lemon rind, vinegar. Very heavy nose. But good. This lambic doesn't have that mind blowing puckering ability that Cantillon posseses, but this is good in its own right. There's a nice sweet and sour blend in this one. Tart cherry. Acetic acid. Sour lemon...they all check in. But so does a sweet and sugary cherry flavor. (This is a traditional lambic, but it is quite tasty and drinkable.) Also a little of that "barnyard" flavor that I love in my lambics. Light body with a fairly lively carbonation noted. This one's a winner.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

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.

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

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 yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant raspberry juice color with a finger of noisy light pink carbonation that recedes back to a collar that retains well and laces fittingly.

Super funk, overripe bright fruits, wet hay, intense fruit mash smells, it doesn't get too muddy though... tons of depth without losing balance.

Oooh that is good... intensely sour at first in the best kind of way, waves and waves of red fruit... cherry, raspberry, strawberry... even some sour citrus qualities. The finish is beautifully dry, clean.

What a delicious surprise of a beer this was. Wow.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a thin pink head. minor lacing disolves quick into a placid surface

Smells bitingly lactic, cherrys and funk... like rotting fruit in the cherry orchard. Brett notes are inviting of things to come

Tastes bracingly sour. innundating... giving way to a bretty complexity then morrelo cherries dominate the flavor. Finishes dry and bittersweet. Dynamic

Thin and lively. Tingling of sourness but surprisingly... carbonation as well... yes I lucked out!

Overall, outstanding kriek! glad I got a carbonated bottle.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, my lord – this reminds me so much of my early trips to Belgium in 1994, for every time I drink this beer - I just close my eyes, and I’m there - sat in the Drie Bronnen in Beersel, drinking the awesome Hanssens Kriek from one of those straight sided Gueuze-Kriek tumblers. This is one of the top 5 Krieks available.
Don’t expect a sweet commercial offering; this is how it should be –dry, spritzy, acidic, acerbic and astringent as well as sour - f***ing marvelous. I rue the day when this beer disappears. The Kriek uses cherry pulp nowadays, rather than whole cherries, as was the tradition, try older examples of Hanssens and compare them if you are ever lucky to get chance – there is a difference in color and acidity. Nevertheless, the modern ‘pulp’ Hanssens Kriek is still miles and leagues ahead of any crappy mass-produced Timmermans, De Troch, Belle-Vue or Lindemans that you may have had. The taste of the Kriek is still very traditional, quite harsh, dry, sour, and acidic and with a sharp pull that still draws the cheeks. Nice. This is still a saliva vaporizer – make no mistake.

If you ever get to the Kulminator in Antwerp, and have the money to drink, er.. burn, try the pre-90’s Hanssens offerings. For a start, they will not have any labels, merely white or red/pink sashes of paint. These are the best vintages. Strap yourself down though for the ride of a life time. Also note, that as the EU have now mandated that all beers must have a Sell-By Date (yawn), the next time you see a recent offering from Hanssen, note their own sly slick sense of humor – a nice label that has a Sell-By Date that is dated 20 years hence – LOL. Hmm, if that’s not the equivalent of two fingers to the EU – I don’t know what is.

An American once said to me; how can England have a crime rate, and no weapons?
I don’t know, but I just hope one day that I don’t have to explain why Belgium has great beers but no traditional lambics – then I will start to worry, for sure.
So, drink this beer whenever you see it. Or Else !!!!

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Photo of downes51
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some Krieks are bland syrupy offerings concocted of not-very-good geueze charged with fruit concentrate. Well, this stuff is quite different. No sweetness at all, it's really quite tart, and the underlying quality of the oude geueze used in its production is there to taste and enjoy. Highly reccommended (with the proviso of course that you have to like this sort of thing in the first place!)

By the way I bought a case of the 750cc bottles from the brewery itself which is well worth a visit. But be advised that they don't open on Fridays until the afternoon, which is not what it says on the web-site.

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Photo of Tele
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.17.15

A: 4.25 Pours a rather hazy, reddish-purple. The one-inch, light pink head lasts about a minute with little lacing.

S: 4.5 Tons of cherries up front with a good amount of funk just behind the fruit. A bit of lemon and aged hops in the background, but the cherries and funk really dominate.

T: 4.5 Lots of very sour, lactic flavors a pretty strong sour cherry flavor lingering as the tartness fades. Musty, damp, oak comes through as the beer warms up and followed by more cherry, although it starts to get slightly sweeter.

M: 4.25 Carbonation and body are both good. The intense acidity gives the beer a slightly slick feel, which isn’t bad, just a little strange for me. In contrast, I love the very dry finish.

O: 4.5 Just about exactly what I look for in a kriek. Very sour with lots of cherry and complex flavors coming through as the beer opens up.

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on cask into a small footed goblet.

It has a bright scarlet jewel tone, with bright clarity. The force of the handpump generated a crown of bubbles on top, larger frothy bubbles, similar to agitated juice. Such a bright, winey appearance, it looks like a Rhone-style wine. In the bottom of the glass there were a few tiny particles... from the barrel, cherries, who really knows.

Aroma was sharp and acidic, some lightly funky wet straw, but dominating cherry stole the show.

Bracing sourness, dry and tannic, bitter cherry pit and ripe fleshy fruit. Finished dry with a puckering effect that pulled the cheeks in, that was felt across the teeth too. Clean, unadulterated sour cherry explosion. Slightly less depth and oak character than a bottle conditioned example. Despite the sourness, it has a smooth and tangy feel from the cask. Extremely drinkable and especially thirst quenching. Even a sour novice can drink this, it's not that overwhelming after the first sip.

This was an exceptionally nice pairing with some spare ribs from Honey 1.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a green 375 mL bottle with a cork and cage topper. Label is notched with a bottling date of February 2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Careful pour so as not to dump a bunch of sediment into the glass yields a gentle bubbly head a shade under a full finger. The foam is a light tan with a pinkish tint to it, resting atop a deep garnet red with ruby highlights. The minimal head is not for long and leaves no lacing.

Smell - A wonderfully tart blend of sour cherries and woody, musty funk. There are also underlying notes of acetic red wine vinegar and vinous cabernet sauvignon spice, reminiscent of cinnamon soaked apples.

Taste - The relatively complex aroma is supplanted by a mouthful of puckering acidity. There are strong notes of cherry and red currant, along with oak and notes of woody tannins, and again the musty, wet hay funk that lends some balance to the sourness. Finish is dry with just a kiss of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate to low carbonation, with a considerable amount of puckering to the palate including a bit of mouthwatering factor as well.

Overall, a wonderful take on the style. I'm admittedly a sucker for krieks, but this one is exceedingly well done. Sour and puckering, with a nice depth of aroma and a nice dry finish that entices the next sip in spite of the aggressive sourness. I don't know what this one tastes like fresh, but honestly, I don't care. It's fantastic with over a year on it, and I will have to make a point to grab bottles of this when I see it around town. It's an acceptable substitute for it's more famous Belgian sour beer making counterparts, and more readily available.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: my have basically no head but that's what I was expecting. Pours dark clear cherry red. Very thin soft drink like head, but again I was expecting that.
S: nose directly in glass gets sour and funk, nose above the glass gets a sweeter cherry fruit aroma,
T: has a great difference between upfront and on the back end. Upfront is sweet cherries, a touch of honey. On the back-end is more of the vinegar, acidic sourness with the cherry bitterness.
M: makes the mouth pucker up with each sip. Basically no carbonation but the was expected.
O: sour, yes, one must at a minimum like sour beers before trying this. In general my tastes are going more and more toward sours.

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Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Thirsty Monk, 375ml, no age date (mold on outside of the cork, hmm...) lot tagged "F"... what does it mean!? </Double Rainbow>

Into two glasses at the bar.

A. Amazing color - a clear ruby-orange that grabs the light and never lets go. A low white head fades quick. No active carbonation - but I can't get over the color. Simply gorgeous.

S. The aroma overflows from the glass. Severe sour / tart, and a rush of Belgian funk, dry and pungent. Cherry in there too, sharp, bright and lactic, maybe TOO sharp...? Just pointy all around, and pulls no punches. Personally I am fond of it.

T. A real super tart wallop - more tart, sour and acidic than the Hanssens Gueze. Dry as the South Pole, some cherry flavor peeks out behind the funky-sour, but it's quite secondary. Could be percieved as two-dimensional as the intensity of flavors is a bit overwhelming. A rollicking kriek, probably the most tart I've had to date. On cask at the Brick Store, this was the most puckering beer I've ever had. The bottle is tamer, but once you have this you won't forget it.

M / O. Carbonation is just right for the style, no too fizzy, but stable enough to help move this along. The finish is lactic - tart, and lingers a very long time. A more advanced kriek, I wouldn't start a sour beer lover out with this one. 8 years ago I would have hated this, but today it's mighty fine!

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Photo of sgtaxt
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC. Lambic aged in oak barrels with cherries. Bottle conditioned for over three years.

A: Cloudy with beautiful red hue. Thin white head dissipates quickly but lines the glass.
S: Tart cherries, sour pucker and a light rubber/plastic aroma. Must be some funk from the brett/pedio/lacto(?) bugs.
T: Very low pH. Big lactic acid sour pucker right up front. As my palate normalizes to the acidity, a delicious full tart cherry flavor dominates, with vanilla accents from the oak. Slight vinegar quality.
M: Thin body and tiny bubbles give this beer a crisp, bright mouthfeel that compliments the tart flavor.
O: Delicious beer! The best Lambic I have tasted. Really exemplifies the Belgian stlyle. My grandma wasn't quite as fond but seeing as this was her second sour ever (after Rodenbach Grand Cru) it was a bit of a shock for her. Slightly expensive but with good reason. This is a great beer for special occasions.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey tumbler

dark red body with hardly any head resting on top at all. Looks like cranberry juice. Nice fresh tart cherry aroma with a hint of funk in the finish. A hint of sweetness mingles in the aroma.

I love this style... tart cherries all the way with a bit of a funky undertone. a bit of a sweetness at first before giving way to an awesome mouth puckering sour cherry flavor. Hardly any carbonation at all in this one, reminds me of cranberry juice once again... really though this beer isn't missing anything without the carbonation though.

Overall I really like this beer. I really like the style and this one hits the nail on the head. A big sour kick and nice cherry flavor. I'm going to have to grab a few more of these. Really great stuff, don't tell anyone though I don't want it to disappear from the shelves!

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with virtually no head or other signs of carbonation. Body is a deep, dark ruby red, with excellent clarity.

S: Sour cherries, slight funk, barnyard aroms, and a touch of oak.

T: Sour cherries come through strong, but not too sweet. Funky, with a barnyard-feel to the flavor. Sour, tart, and acidic. Very dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with very low carbonation. Touch of alcohol warmth.

D: A delicious Kriek. Nicely balanced and very complex at the same time. My first Hanssens... just leaves me wanting more.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.06 out of 5 based on 726 ratings.
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