Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Oude KriekOude Kriek
736 Ratings
Oude KriekOude Kriek

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice rose color with active carbonation yet very little head.

S- Sour, funkiness dominates with great barnyard and cheese-like aromas. Providing a strong backing to the fantastic tart cherry smell. Very nice.

T- Puckeringly sour, enough so that it is difficult to focus on anything else (although that's not really a negative for me). The cherry flavor is much more evident than the nose would suggest. Tart cherries throughout (very tart), accompanied by that intense vinegary sourness.

M- On the thin side, which is fine for this beer. Could use a little more carbonation I suppose, but I'm nitpicking.

D- Very good. Not as amazingly drinkable as Cantillon, but I'm having no problem downing this bottle.

Another winner of a traditional lambic. This and Cantillon are the only "traditional" fruit lambics I've had and they're both similar with their intense sour flavors. Cantillon may have the slight edge on this one in a couple of categories, but they're both great. If you're a fan of traditional lambics, definitely seek this one out. Recommended.

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Photo of IKR
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A Deep Red with Burgundy Overtones. Zilch for carbonation but a extremely beautifully colored beer

Smell: Tart Cherry, Faint Vinegar Aroma with some barnyard smells. I do get the musky overtones other reviewers have noticed.

Taste: Tart Cherry with a tangy sour that is not dialed down in the least. I love Russian River Sours such as Supplication and Consecration but their sourness level is balanced more towards the sweet side than this beer. If you find those beers have all the sourness you need, you might want to pass on this beer.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with no carbonation. I would have preferred some carbonation.

It's an extremely sour tart beer. I can see a lot of people not liking this but it works for me even without the carbonation.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrkrispy
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a small bottle of the Kriek sitting around, decided to drink it. Not sure of the batch, but it is a recent arrival to the store (April 2010).

Pours a rich, deep crimson, hazy, looks like 100% fruit juice. Beautiful.

Nose is a dull oak and bug funk...not Brett horseblanket. Not good at describing the pedio/lactic aromas. Not much else going on, no fruit aromas.

Noticeably heavy mouthfeel, not viscous but big body. Taste of dark fruits but not very sweet. Very nice, a lot going on, some funk but not heavy. Quite balanced, in the direction of a very subtle acidity. Astringent tart finish (a drying and slight puckering effect on the inside of the mouth). Some noticeable tannins there. A great beer, quite drinkable.

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Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours beautiful clear deep red with barely a collar of light pink foam. No noticeable carbonation rising.

S - Very acidic cherry aroma, with a pretty good funk presence. The funk elements are definitely reminiscent of the Hanssens Oude Geuze.

T - Initial taste is one of the most sour beers I've ever had. Very acidic, though there is a strong cherry presence as well. Funk presence increases midway through and continues through the finish. Also a faint cherry sweetness on the finish to go with the intense sourness.

M - Body is flat and slick. Not the best, but okay.

O - A good kriek, but well below de Cam and Cantillon for me.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Very interesting stuff, really smelly barnyard/dirty nappy nose, quite balsamic acidity, with a soft cherry aroma noticed. Sour, of course, the way it should be, dry. Nice balance of kriek flavour in their, just the right amount, a very nice kriek lambic, if only i could get it down under, i miss Belgium.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of straightlambic
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark purplish red in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has an eighth finger tall sudsy pinkish head that quickly reduces to a tiny patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries with some very light aromas of oak, vinegar, and barnyard funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sour cherries. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of vinegar, oak, and some very light barnyard funkiness. Minimal amounts of bitterness but the tartness/sourness lingers for a short while beyond the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Really enjoyable but definitely a slower sipping beer because of the level of tartness/sourness.

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

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: pinkish red bodied beer with small white cap of head.

Smell: strong vinegar notes with mild hay funkiness. mild red fruits cherries and red apples.

Taste: moderately sour beer with little bit of vinegar taste to it as well. Lemons and really mellow funk. Little bit of fruitiness also red apples, raspberries, and tart cherries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp carbonation that really carries the sour and fruit flavors. Dry finish very close to a champaign like mouthfeel.

Overall: A really tasty Kriek. It a bit expensive at 12 for 350ml C&C bottle, but its very enjoyable. The vinegar is a bit stronger than I like, but it not horrible.

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

375 ml bottle, no bottle date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear red color with a finger of pink head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Mild cherry aroma, lots of dry musty funk.

T- Lots of lactic acidity, dry, musty, barnyard funk, cherry skins. Dry wood and barrel flavor, it's a very dry, super acidic kriek.

M- Light-bodied, high carbonation with a dry finish.

O- A solid kriek, there are others that I like more but this is a really enjoyable beer, definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Bottle labelled Lotnr. B. Opens with a pop.

Appearance: Crimson red in color with a small pink head that quickly recedes. Surprisingly low in carbonation.

Aroma: Juicy cherries upfront. Oak and a touch of barnyard funk balance out the fruitiness. Definitely some tart notes are present in there too. Very fruit forward.

Taste: Big sweet and tart cherry notes upfront. Very sour, but maintains a nice juicy feel to it. Some moderate oak, barnyard funk, and a touch of vinegar. The fruit is definitely the star here. Crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel: Surpirsingly flat mouthfeel here. It is light enough that it is not that distracting. There is some light carbonation, but nowhere near enough for the style. Way more carbonation than their Experimental Raspberry, which was dead flat.

Overall, a really nice, well done, fruit forward and sour kriek. Tons of cherry notes makes this refreshing and nicely complex. The lack of carbonation detracts a little, but not enough to keep me from buying this again sometime.

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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 Zekenyce
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

update 2008 purchase date 07/2011 drank date

Still no carbonation but has a beautiful stinky cherry smell, excellent sour cherry flavor, real shit right here. HANSSENS!

375ml bottle with no date, $6.49. Nice rose color with zero head and close to zero carbonation. The aromas are of musty, earthy cherries The flavor is more cherries, sour,tart, actually pretty good. The only problem I seem to have with krieks (including this one) is that the acidity is a little high for me.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adamdescott
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL corked & caged bottle.

Pours a nice ruby color with little to no head. Strong, sour aroma of, predictably, cherries, with farmhouse hay and wood. Crisp, nice, sour in the mouth. Finishes very tart on the tongue, nice and clean. I really appreciate the strength of the tartness. An excellent sample.

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml green glass corked-and-caged bottle. Lot B. Poured into a Boon flute.

A - Pours a dark ruby red with very little carbonation, just the slightest white haze. Some bubbles do congregate on the inside of the glass.
S - Smells of sour cherries, red wine vinegar, wood, and a touch of moldy basement. Great smelling Kriek.
T - Wow that's sour! Huge flavors of tart cherry and red wine vinegar with a good level of oak and general "funk". Incredibly tart, with an instant mouth-puckering tannin sensation.
M - Crisp and sharp with a medium-low body and low carbonation. The high tartness does a good job of implying a higher level of carbonation.
D - Well, you'd better like sours if you decide to tackle this one! Easily one of the most sour beers I've had, but I'm really digging it. One bottle is plenty for now, but I'll certainly keep one or two of these around for a special "sour" mood.

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Photo of Jonnyqrn
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bright and slightly hazy ruby red color that glows when held to the light. A fairly fizzy head reduces to a small white ring around the glass.

Nose is full of wild yeast funk, and slight cherry. some nice horseblankety action.

Taste is very much traditional belgian max sourness. Alot of wild sour flavor, some nice dry cherry notes with a tiny touch of very mild sweetness through the middle, but nothing that takes away from the savagely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Great sourness, ample carbonation, good.

Overall a very nice sour. If your looking for a traditional belgian kriek, this one will most certainly not dissapoint. A fine lambic, and one i am glad to be putting some age on. Good stuff

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Photo of topcattcw
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 736 ratings
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