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 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 moose1980
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very minimal head, which seems to be a theme with Hanssens. Smell is unsurprisingly cherries, though not as complex as their Scharbeekse, but that's to be expected. Taste is like cherry vinegar. Dry, vinegar-like puckering mouthfeel that's typical for Hanssens.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle. Pours a deep, kinda murky red. Has a collar with big discrete bubbles. Smells of sour cherries, a little bit of vinegar, and some oak. Tastes really sour. Vinegar. Some lemon. Sour cherry. Intense, deep sour finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Too sour, but it’s got a pretty good flavor.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look:Bright ruby red, almost purple. No head what so ever detracts from the appearance.
Smell:Cherries, cheese, pungent and sour.
Taste:Extremely tart and obviously cherries. I don't pick up much else, not very complex for a lambic but delicious.
Feel:Not much to report here.
Overall:Great sour beer, Hanssens is underated just not very complex.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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 bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales lambic glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish color with not quite an inch light pink head that fizzled away kinda quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart and sweet cherries, oak, and some funkiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, with tart cherry, oak, sweet cherry, funk, vinegar and lemon flavors all noticeable. It's pretty tart, more than I expected since I thought the aroma had a good amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and has a low amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, I enjoyed the tart fruity flavors. Definitely worth picking up!

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Photo of Awolter
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep red in color, somewhat similar to a red wine. Cherries, funk, and oak on the nose. Tastes like drinking a glass of sour cherries. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the same corked bottle as @somethingclever below me.

It is a deep, crimson red color. The carbonation was fairly low. A hard second pour provided a little bit more fizzy head.

It smells and tastes like very sour cherry and apple cider vinegar. There is a lot of nice oak flavor, but it is a bit too sour for me.

The body was fine outside of being a little flat. Not sure if there was a carbonation issue or it's supposed to be that way, but it feels and tastes like it was left opened in the fridge for a day

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a can glass

A: deep rich red incolor with absolutely no head body is opaque.

S: Lots of sour cherry, vinegar, oak, green apple, this beer smells like it is going to be sour.

T: Lots of tannen sour sour cherry, vinegar, lots of oak wood in the taste

M: Beer tasted flat absolutely no carbonation, for being a lighter ABV beer the way the sourness coats the tongue it drinks bigger.

O: It was a little too sour for me without bring enough flavor. If you like super sour beers this one would be up your alley.

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Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from February 2013, so over three months age on it.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Sixpoint tulip glass.

Pour is a deep burgundy, a lovely balance between light red and purple. Little to no head.

Aroma is slightly funky sour with a definite sweet fruit aroma.

Taste is very sour funky malt. Absolutely wonderful slight sweet cherry note at the end.

Great example of how good Belgian lambics can be.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update 1/29/2016
Bottle in January 2015

A: Pours a hazed, nearly opaque dark pink color. At first a one finger spritzy light pink head forms and recedes in a second. The color here is always stunning to me.
S: Jammy fruits, big tart cherries with a substantial funk. Though not as over barring as I have had before. I think that has to do with the relative freshness. The tart fruits are amazing.
T: Jam like cherry, tart and acidic. Almost to the extreme, with that signature funk. While this is still very intense, the fruit really helps balance this out.
M/O: A light to medium body. Champagne like carbonation, which is fantastic. There is an intense sour and funkiness here, but so much better integrated than previous bottles I have had. This is incredible.

I don't think I have ever had a Hanssens that is within a year of bottling. Everything I have had has always been incredibly old, many many years. I think that has really hurt this, because the fruits pop and are so jam like it is amazing. Since they have hit Houston, I have been really enjoying this. One of the only true Lambics on the shelf here, and in this condition is fantastic.

Review from 6/25/2012----------------------------

Like pretty much everything else I have had from Hanssens, I can not find a bottle date. So who knows how old this bottle is?

A: Pours a bright and vibrant reddish/pink color. I love the color. A one finger white head forms, and vanishes in a second.
S: Tart, acidic, and ultra funky. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Not a lot of cherry sweetness or fruit aromas.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tart, acidic, and sour bite. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Wow, everything is very strong and over powering. I love the style, but this is over barring.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I do like funky sours, and enjoyed this on a hot afternoon. Though, just a bit over powering.

I love me some sour and funk. This certainly fits the bill, and I did enjoy my bottle. Though over barring, in a sense that even puts Cantillon to shame. If you want to impress some sour heads, this is what you should bring.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still new at sours and waiting for a 'knock your socks off' experience, but I know what I like and this is pretty good. Poured a deep burgundy out of a 12.7 oz bottle into a goblet. Almost zero carbonation in the form of pink foam that completely disappeared instantly. Nose is funky with a slight hint of tart fruit. First drink was bracingly sour, but rounded out to finish smooth. Feel is somewhat light with just enough body to leave a slight temporary coating. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of guityler83
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maroon red-ish color with a brown hue. moderately cloudy after leaving the sediment behind in the bottle. White foam with low retention made of small sized bubbles receded to a bead on the top of the beer.

S: Mild to low pie crust, toasty malt aroma. No hop aroma detected. A medium tart cherry tart impression with some vinegar notes. Low funky aroma with damp leaves / basement and oak

T: Big bright lemony tartness with sour cherry flavor bursting through. The medium-low biscuity-crusty malt peeks through. there is a mild funky character similar to the aroma with oak and barnyard taking a backseat to the tartness. Balance is on the cherry and tartness. No hop flavor or bitterness.

M: medium-low body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. No astringency or creaminess but the puckering from the sourness provides a refreshing tingling sensation on the roof of the mouth and cheeks.

O: Good Kriek, the aroma gave me a little viniger which is never a good sign but it didn't come through in the taste. Not as complex as a Cantillon but more tart.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had as a bottle at the Cask Republic. Was going for the gueuze but they were out of it. Pours a nice reddish brown with a big pink head. Sweet and funky aroma, erring on the side of sweet. Strong flavor of cherries upfront, leading into the tart and funky lambic part. Finishes a bit sweet and heavy, but it's more of a sipper regardless of the low ABV, Delish!

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Photo of Roguer
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, deep, clear blood red color, briefly topped by a fizzy head that immediately evaporates.

Strong nose of funk, acid, and oak. Cherries come in far fainter than the lambic base. Lovely nose.

Extremely tart on the palate immediately, living up to the aroma's promise; that tartness lasts throughout. Nearly vinegar levels of sour. Oak envelopes the flavor mid-palate, and the cherries come through on the finish, mostly skin and a bit of pulp (sour, not sweet). As I get more accustomed to the sourness, I can pick the cherries up front a little easier.

Massive puckering from this sour; slick mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper that the thin mouthfeel allows you to drink quicker than you probably should (for maximum enjoyment, anyway).

This is a fantastic sour, extremely tart through-and-through. The oak shows, and the cherries come through in a very organic, unobtrusive way.

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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 Gaddabble
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
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 BrentLepping
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like your sours super sour (while also complex), then this is your beer. Strong cherry, oak, and extreme vinous flavor and aroma upfront, followed by an absolute onslaught from the tart, vinegar and overall acidity on the back.

Slowly sip and get ready to have your taste buds assaulted.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 MNishCT77
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pink color. The head is a finger high, and lavender in shade. Retention is...well, it's horrible. There's no lacing either. Like many sour ales, it has the aesthetic charm of a wart. (2)

Smell: This just hits all the right notes of a good kriek - it's loaded with earthen funk notes, it's loaded with tart cherries, and it's also loaded with oaky qualities. As it evolves, I'm even picking up some vanilla and coconut (!) notes. There's also a shitload of tartness concealed by the oak/funk. Yeah, this smells great, plain and simple. (4.25)

Taste: Whoa momma, this one is tart. For a brief moment, I pick up the nuanced and delicate barrel flavors at first...and then, BOOM! Fruity, acetic tartness explodes on the midtaste. It's like someone mixed Black Cherry Warheads with Jolly Ranchers, and I freaking love it. More cherry flavors build up on the finish. This one is absolutely balls-out next to other krieks/sour ales - while it doesn't have the delicacy or balance of other sours, it makes up for it by being extremely enjoyable regardless (it helps that some of the supplementary notes still come through the intense tartness). (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, and dry. This one bites the palate with oak barrel and sourness without letting go. Because it's so tannic as well, it's not very easy to drink. Still, I don't really care. (3.75)

Overall: Objectively, I have to concede - it's not as balanced as the best sour ales. Subjectively, I also have to concede that I still love the hell out of it. The fact that it still manages to be so extreme in its tartness while revealing a nice complexity is just gravy. Did I mention it's much easier to find than anything from Cantillon/3F? Because it is. (4.25)

4.09/5: Wonderfully in-your-face

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Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle shared with a friend. Pours cherry red with white head. Aroma of sour cherries and some funk. Taste of cherry, funk and sour berries. Very, very tart and sour. Delicious.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

$11.55 for the 375ml bottle, bottled in January 2014.

It pours a murky dark red, reddish head of foam, reddish lacing.

I can sure smell the sour cherries and oak. Delightful.

Sour cherries and the woody oak in the taste with some hints of vanilla, I find a near perfect level of sourness. If I want a tad more, I simply swish the beer in my mouth. I reckon some time in a cellar could do even more for this brew.

About medium bodied, light carbonation.

This is very good indeed.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into chilled 750 mL glass, pours a deep red almost a maroon color with a small half finger white bubbly head, no lacing. It smells slightly of cherries with an earthy lingering scent at the end. It tastes much better than the scent, a strong cherry flavor which surprises you with a strong tart bite, not a bad one though, I was just used to lindemans kriek which is a lot more sweet. The mouthfeel is light with strong carbonation, and as mentioned previously a really strong tart bite, it IS good though. Overall a good kriek, I prefer lindemans to it though!

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