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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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 750ml bottle at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA. I used a fluted glass. Appearance was ruby-red and was topped by a thin, sputtery pinkish layer of bubbles that quickly faded.
Nose was sharply astringent with a vinegar aspect that ran headlong into an undercurrent of cherry. Also sported a bit of that wild, funky aroma.
Very puckery taste with a rising vinegar-and-cherry flavor. Sharp, tart bite implodes the cheeks and scourges the tongue. A bit earthy in the finish. Feels light and insanely dry.
Overall, pretty tasty although my stomach gave me hell for trying more than one glass. Definitely not the cloyingly sweet fruit lambics; this one leans more toward the Cantillon end of the spectrum for the style. Worth giving a try when you see it.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

Pours a deep reddish coppery brown with a thin ivory head. Head goes away quick and the beer is very still. Smell is strong brett. Aggressive funkiness. Some tart cherry in there but quite frankly it's hard to find. Just big sour barnyard funk.

Taste assaults the tongue with a tangy fruitiness. Very sour. Some light funkiness. Some fruity apples in the tongue. Shockwave after shockwave of sour. Medium bodied with a tart and funky aftertaste. Not that drinkable but a quite interesting beer to say the least and it grows on you nicely.

I've had this bottle in the cellar for almost three years and I've had it fresh. I don't remember it being this agressive. For fans of sour lambics, I can say this seems to turn into a beast in the bottle if you lay it down for a couple years.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml thanks to Bobsy, cheers mate!

Pours a dark reddish brown with not much head, no lacing.

Smells quite acidic, a nice dash of oak, a hint of cherries, earth, vinegar, a hint of horsey funk.

Quite an acidic lambic, sharp and not as drinkable as I would prefer. Tart cherries, sour apples, lemons, oak, a hint of something metallic almost blood like, just a dash of funk. Some candied sugar sweetness weaving through. Not overly complex, trying to wow you with the sour factor. Burns on the way down, detracts heavily from drinkability.

Not my favorite lambic but not bad by any stretch, just wish it was a bit more layered and complex. Carb could have used a bit of sprucing up too. Not quite on the level of their geuze.

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Photo of SStein
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of cosmonick
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small sized snifter

Appearance: The body is a red with a fuzzy white head

Aroma: Extremely sour cherry with strong barnyard funk

Taste: Wonderfully tart with light cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery body with light carbonation.

Overall: I have come to really enjoy sour beers and wild ales. I don't think that this is the most complex variation, but it is a great brew.

Eis Igian!

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer is very difficult for me to rate and should probably be taken with a "grain of salt". It hits all of the marks of the style (e.g. look, funky/fruity smell, funky/tart flavor, etc.) and is probably an extremely solid option for those who love sours. I have enjoyed sours, but I much prefer that the sourness itself be on the milder end of the spectrum. This beer was just a bit too much for me to handle in terms of tartness.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 tripledbrew
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of botham
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep ruby red with a soapy rim of light pink and no retention or lacings.

aroma is of rich earthy funk and overripened cherries with a lightly sweaty funk among a bacterial sourness. wonderfully funky with a sweaty character.

taste is of vinous sour cherries and a lightly tart background along with a semi-sweet profile. the same sweaty funk from the aroma shows up here as well. very pleasant on the palate with an acidic sour note on the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tart texture and an acidic finish and a residual tartness. lightly tart after the fact.

drinkability is good. very funky and full of sour cherry character. very palatable with a nicely concentrated profile. cheers!

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a wine glass

A - Beautiful looking beer! Ruby red with a nice 1 finger off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing.

S - Smells like lemons and tart cherries with a little bit of barnyard funk

T - Very tart and acidic up front. You have to be ready for a big, sour, beer - but this doesn't disappoint. The tart cherry flavor that follows is nicely balanced by a little bit of barnyard funk at the end.

M - Dry mouth feel, with a nice, fine carbonation. Maybe not as nice as a 3F or Cantillon, but good.

O - I'm glad that I gave this one a go. When I have an itch for a good sour kriek I will likely revisit this again!

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of KevChiTown
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of Goliath
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/amber color, some red hints to it. Basically no head.

Aroma let's you know right away this will be a tart one! Rather acidic, some "barnyard", fruit. Pretty nice overall.

Taste is ok. Not nearly as tart as the nose would suggest. Actually, it's somewhat sweet. A good bit of cherry is also available.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation not nearly as nice as I would have suspected. Perhaps this bottle is on it's way out?

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is interesting, but mouthfeel is horrible. I really wanted this to be great, but I'm not so sure.

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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. glass poured into tulip

L: mostly clear dark red with pink head of foam that just covers the top surface; clears up over time; keeps a tight pink collar of foam; almost no sticking or lacing

S: vinous and tart, fingernail polish, tart cherries in background; as it warms, the cherries add a bit of sweetness; funky barn must, wet sacks of grain left to dry kind of funk

T: mouth-puckering sour, lemons, hay, musty barn air; the flavor notes are there but the big sour flavor up front dominates; as the palate adjusts, a hint of tart cherries peeks in ... they add an earthy flavor that cuts some of the sour

F: lightweight, feels lightly carbonated, a bit watery -- works well for the style

O: intensely sour to begin with, and it takes awhile for the palate to adjust to allow some of the cherry flavor to show up; very complex with a lot of different notes competing for attention; a big sweet aroma seems to be locked up and hidden in the nose and never allowed to break loose, while the flavor is always more sour with the cherries adding much more earthy/tart flavor than sweetness; a true "sour" lover's kriek lambic -- there's no hint of syrup

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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 pperez38
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Given as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep red with a slim and sudsy pink head. Looks a little still...

Smell -- Barnyard funk, cider vinegar, cherries, burnt popcorn, oaky. I can already tell this is going to be really tart.

Taste -- Quite sour, indeed! Lots of lactic and acetic sourness, cider vinegar, barnyard funk, dry oak, tart cherry, and - again - burnt popcorn. The tartness crescendos in the finish with lacto, tart cherry, and oak.

Mouthfeel -- Leaves a little to be desired. Thick for a Kriek, very mild prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is a sipping Kriek without a doubt. Mouthfeel problems aside, this is a pretty complicated brew. Not sure why I skipped it so many times. Well worth the purchase to sour ale lovers.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 742 ratings
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