Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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741
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Thanks, Arne. Pours the color of black cherries, darker toward the center and slightly translucent around the edges. Low carbonation and little head. Tart dark cherries dominate the nose, but there's a solid backing of sweaty funk. The cherry aroma has a lot of depth, smelling of skin, flesh and pit. Big tart cherry taste, acidic and dry with low carbonation. There's a lot of lactic sourness, tannic oak, a hint of buttery slickness. Very tart and fruity finish. Excellent stuff.

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Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours with no head whatsoever. The body is brilliant, perfectly clear, and the hue of liquid rubies and grape juice. Beautiful and striking.

Smelling this reminds me of why no other beverage on earth captivates me as lambic does. Instantly I am transported to the countryside where I can smell the living soil, the damp forests and the rustic farm. More than just "musty" or "horsey" these aromas are shrouded in complexity that my olfactory senses cannot dissect fully. Vinous, earthy, sourdough, and sour cherries come to mind. There is a mild whiff of enteric acid (vomit) that consider to be a blemish, but this is very subtle.

On the palate this beer packs power. The pucker factor is intense, and the sourness is considerable. This beer isn't as dry as a typical gueuze however, and there is some sweetness present that pushes back against the sourness. I wonder if any of the sweetness is artificial? This is just so tart! On to the flavors: Notes of vinegar and citric acid are evident, along with a small touch of cherries and earthy brett.

The mouthfeel is lighter but is so sour that it is hard to let it sit and be analyzed. The carbonation is quite low.

Conclusion: This is an awesome kriek, and one that I imagine would benefit from aging. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. The flavor seems to me to be masked by the intense tartness and sourness, but know the little know about the blenders that made this, I think that the end product is exactly what they intend it to be, so I will strive to appreciate what they produce. If you are a lover of traditional lambic or of wild ales in general, I recommend you try this as soon as possible.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 741 ratings
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