Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Oude KriekOude Kriek
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88.4%
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4.12 w/ 734 ratings
Oude KriekOude Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,925
Reviews:
319
Ratings:
734
Liked:
649
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
11.65%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Set down in front of me a deep, reddish-purple, still body. Gulp.

Smell: Heady nose of marinated cherry skins with lesser fruity notes of cranberries and black muscats. Stingy scents of decomposing wood drenched with citric, sour lemon juice and vinegar.

Taste: Predominate cherry-like fruitiness, but (gah!) it's nearly obscured behind the intense, jarring acidity and seemingly sea salt-like qualities. Oh so acetic. Hint of musty, rotting wood. Oh so salty. Thinking back on it is giving me a hankering for some salt-n-vinegar chips. Dry finish laced with acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, still body as it's completely flat carbonationwise.

Drinkability: By far the most acidic beverage I believe I've ever come across. Fairly tasty, but it's a real gut-wrencher -- you can literally feel yourself rotting away from the inside due to your newly-formed, bleeding Hanssens Ulcers. So, please, have some TUMS handy!

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Photo of deebo
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A fresh bottle. Pours a very dark red with a non-existant head. This beer is very acidic. Acid is predominantly acetic. This dominates but of course there is plently of funk but also notes of smoky oak and even some raw meat. Overall, a decent kriek but a little over the top with too much vinegar taste.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle (don't recall the format) from Fri., 01/02/2015 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of Swimsum
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip, vintage unknown.

No popped when removing the cork, not a good sign. Pours out a crimson color with absolutely no head... Is this from Lost Abbey? Kidding aside, there really is nothing as far as bubbles go. This is quite sad as it is flat like water. When held to light it is a deep cheery red that is slightly hazy. No lacing is left. I wish this had some form of head as I bet it would make the beer look much nicer.

Very sour smelling with some cherries backing up the sour/acidity. The cherries start to come out more as the beer warms. There is also some weird funkiness that comes out every now and then that isn't all that pleasing. Sort of musky.

Mouth puckering sour upon first sip. Acidity hits you right away and like the smell finishes with some nice cherry flavor. As the drinking goes on, the acidity dies down and it actually drinks quite nice but sourness is still very apparent. There is a slight sourness that lingers in the mouth after the beer is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is as expected, pretty thin due to no carbonation. I'm going to guess this would be much better if it has some carbonation.

I can only wonder what this could have been if it had carbonation. It is actually a pretty sour beer as well. Overall it is drinkable but without carbonation it's not the easiest drinking thing. I would like to retry this and hopefully it will be carbonated.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PEBKAC
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Champagne-sized variety.

Pours out a dull pink, but settles into my tulip a sherry vinegar-like color. Murky. A good spritz of off-white head dies & lingers around the edges.

Smells of strawberries & sweat at first, eventually becoming the imitation sugar-laden cherry syrup that gets oozed over your Carvel sundae. Tail end is acrid wood & burnt sugar.

A notion of turned wine at first, it is immediately replaced with a nice, only slightly offensive pucker that is similar to old white grapefruit juice. Lightly caramelized sugar fills in just before an idea of cherry pits, cork, & what seems like apricot. The finish is tart & dry with vinegar & bread crust.

Carbonation is mild, but whips up the acid at the end. Feel is slightly, slightly, yeasty.

Overall, not too memorable, if only that I rarely make work of a 750 of anything but cheap champagne. Drinkability suffers because of price & the unmemorable qualities my limited short-term memory retains.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa. Super strong smell. Over powering fish scent IMO. Like canned tuna.

This beer is either WAY above me or off. I'm guessing I wasn't ready.

Too real man. The shit is to real. I feel like I'm biting into a piece of wood soaked in dark cherry juice. It's intense.

I like sours, I like wild ales, I like the funk. This is taking the sour to a far end of the dark corner of funk.

Not for the weak of heart. I'm hoping to review this again down the line.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a wine class.

A- Reminds me of tropical Kool-Aid. Pours a cranberry red that is relatively clear. Absolutely no head to speak of.

S- Very pungent. Smells like it is going be mouthpuckering sour. Lots of oak and some farmhouse funk. Cherries are slightly represented but pretty muted.

T- On the initial taste this beer has the potential to be a great sour. Lots of brett, oak, sour cherries, and just the perfect amount of acidity. If it ended here, this would be awesome. Alas, this is not the case. Just at the pinnacle of great taste, a sweet, cherry vinegar flavor takes over, very akin to that of a Flander Red Ale. Unfortunately you have to ride this flavor all the way to the finish.

M- Possibly even worse than the taste. Absolutely no carbonation, which makes the sweet vinegar taste just that more prevalent.

D- This one was very hard to put down to say the least. I don't mind a Flanders every now and then, but not when it's mixed with a sour.

Overall, won't be buying or trying this one again.

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Photo of IPAIsaac
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Euroglot
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ibbjamin
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $10.75 for a 375ml caged and corked bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip to review.

A soft pop of the cork and pour yields almost no head with only slight traces of carbonation. Dark purple in color. No retention or lacing.

Aroma is mainly of old musky basement funk with some raspberry, oak and red grape.

Taste is quite acidic. Definitely more acidic than sour. The funkiness is not as prominent as I was expecting or hoping.

Relatively dry on the mouth with minimal carbonation and a light to medium body.

Certainly there are better examples of the style out there and at this price range, I don't recon I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of beerhan
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle split two ways, no bottle date

A-Pours a dark red with no head whatsoever. There are some white bubbles that were forced with a rough pour. A loud cork pop with no carbonation...

S-Lots of funk very musty. Smell is quite appropriate to style, very stinky.

T-Very tart with a lot of funk. It is filled with cherry and barnyard funk with not much else going on.

M-Very flat and tart. The tartness does not balance too well with the low carbonation.

O-I was a bit disappointed by this one. The price was okay, 17.99 for a 750. I think I was kind of expecting a little more on this one. The carbonation is really what lowers the score on this one. It was just too flat. I would not recommend this one.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow! This beer is sour! Definitely the most tart beer that I have ever tried. I thought it would mellow-out as it warmed and the sugars broke down, but no luck. The sour-ness just keep coming and coming and kicking me in the butt!

Luckily the meal that I had it with (rabbit in a nice wine reduction) was an excellent pairing that made the beer tolerable. A must-try, but be sure to have it with good food.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle tried 28 Nov 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter (did not realize what a workout we gave this glass for a while...). Small tan head quickly dissipates. Well carbonated. Cloudy rosy color. Smells quite sour (A says like something gone bad, I disagree), cherry pits. Starts quite sour (A cannot taste anything else), very lactic, cherry pits. Fairly acidic and sharp, slightly mellowing in the middle. Some tart cherry comes out as the sour acclimates on the palate. Light body. Moderate alcohol.

A says like a kiss between two punches to the face. We disagreed on the score to this one...

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Photo of JAXSON
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 375ml bottle. Pours a clear red with a thin ring of head. After like 15 krieks all I can pull out here are the extreme outlying qualities of this. Band aid, hospital room, sour, dry cherry. Heavy acidity in the front palate, which just kills it for me. I'm thinking that it's really difficult to make a sour cherry or raspberry beer, lambic or otherwise, without that blinding acidity. Hanssens failed in this regard.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish with a bit of head around the edges. Smells like sweaty dog ass. Lots of funk on the nose. tastes sweet and funky. Vry very sour. Lote of cherry hitting hard. Good mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. Overall, interesting and fairly tasty but nothing special

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Photo of Cisco619
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice. No Date on bottle or cork.

A: Crimson hue that painted my palm in a blood red glow as i held my glass. Light bubbles on top after pouring, but no lacing to speak of. The way this brew plays with the light is captivating.

S: Cherries & tartness up front. A touch of barnyard funk sneaks in after a candy sweetness for the finish.

T: A meld of acidic tart flavors up front with a sweet cherry finish that lingers on the back of the tongue to a dry, crisp finish.

M: This is where this beer lacks for me. The lack of carbonation makes this a bit syrupy. Light sour tingle lingers around the edge of the tongue.

O: The appearance of this brew is enthralling, but it lacks in the flavor & feel. Some carbonation would have really helped this one out.

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Photo of benito
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had this bottle sitting around for a few months and figured that I would give it a shot. It's a cherry red brew, very transluscent, with hints of brown. The head dissipates quickly after the pour. The bouquet is the real treat here: a mix of sulfur, cherry, and must make for a very dry impression overall. The dryness is evident in the flavor as well which is dominated by cherry and puckeringly sour.

Though I like the main body of this brew, the sourness is so biting and dominant that it becomes less palatable over the course of a pint: it is light bodied and dry up front and then almost overpoweringly sour on the finish. The finale's strength leaves a biting, acidic feeling in my chest that doesn't sit that well.

A worthwhile though slightly flawed beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought a 750 ml bottle to a friend's house to have with dessert after a bbq. The homeowners were novices to lambics, so I was interested to gauge their response. Split the bottle four ways into white wine glasses. It had an earthy, cherry, and sour smell once I popped the cork. It poured a hazy red into the glasses. The taste was very tart at first, since I was expecting a bit of mellowness since this was a 3 year aged bottle. Once it warmed up some, the tartness grew on me. I think the rookies took a liking to it, and I was glad to introduce them to a new style of beer. Overall, it was a decent example of an oude kriek at a pretty good price ($10.75).

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stange-like glass.

Appearance: A clear, ruby red, with a tinge of brown. A thin bubbly head dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Is this a beer? Because aroma I got was more wine-like - a hint of grape mixed with an intense, funky cherry aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Sourness dominates the palate: starts out lemony then quickly becomes vinegary. The cherry flavor is pushed into the background, emerging only in the dry finish and leaving a pleasant, tart aftertaste. The sourness might be too much if the mouthfeel wasn't so light and crisp.

Drinkability: The intense sourness might be too much after one glass.

Notes: Maybe I've been drinking sweetened lambics too much, but the sourness of this beer reminds me of a Flanders red ale. And I know it's hard to make wine/beer comparisons, but a wine drinker might really like this one.

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Photo of marvin213
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle labeled Lot E with no other information. This beer poured a medium bodied dark, dark rich red in color with no a single bubble of carbonation. It poured really flat. The aromas are of slightly tart cherries with slight funk. There isn't much complexity. It tastes good, there just isn't too much going on. It tastes of subtle sour cherries with a light sweet tart esque finish. It drinks kind of watery in consistency but it easy to drink. Overall this is a pretty lackluster Kriek. I'm surprised because I normally love Hanssens but this one could've been better.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 88.4% out of 100 with 734 ratings
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