Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Oude KriekOude Kriek

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Connecticut Ave in DC. Served in a Hanssens tumbler.

A: Pours a bright red with a bit of a crimson hue. There's a thin pink head that pops up, but then falls down fairly quickly. Afterward, there's a thin collar around the edges of the glass with a few bubbles on top.

S: The nose brings some fresh, tart cherries with a good dose of lactic acidity. Aside from that, there's some mild earthiness in the background.

F: The cherries start things off, but quickly give way to a fairly-harsh lactic presence. It's really quite over the top, and then comes a bit of vinegar. The vinegar isn't overpowering, but is a bit too much, especially considering the strong lactic character and lack of matching cherry flavor.

M: Light body with moderately-high carbonation and a bracingly-sour finish. Quite dry, though the acidity doesn't last too long after each sip.

O: Too much acidity without enough fruit to back it up. Even with more fruit, the lactic is probably too much and the acetic character needs to be taken down a bit.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque cherry red color with a half inch of pretty pink foam. Head dissipates quickly; very little lacing remains. Strong aroma of tart cherries, vinegar acidity, funky, light barnyard/hay notes. Puckeringly sour and acidic, powerful flavor, with tons of sour cherries and lemon juice; just a touch of sweetness. Funky barn flavor midmouth, with a drying, citric, acidic finish. Lemony in both taste and lingering aftertaste. Somewhat enamel-stripping.

Lively carbonation, decently crisp. The funkiness of this one was really appealing; not at all overpowering, but fully integrated with the beer's other elements. However, I have to disagree with a handful of others who feel this is a good introduction to the sour style-it's strong stuff overall, with concentrated, intense sourness and acidity.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Thirsty Monk, 375ml, no age date (mold on outside of the cork, hmm...) lot tagged "F"... what does it mean!? </Double Rainbow>

Into two glasses at the bar.

A. Amazing color - a clear ruby-orange that grabs the light and never lets go. A low white head fades quick. No active carbonation - but I can't get over the color. Simply gorgeous.

S. The aroma overflows from the glass. Severe sour / tart, and a rush of Belgian funk, dry and pungent. Cherry in there too, sharp, bright and lactic, maybe TOO sharp...? Just pointy all around, and pulls no punches. Personally I am fond of it.

T. A real super tart wallop - more tart, sour and acidic than the Hanssens Gueze. Dry as the South Pole, some cherry flavor peeks out behind the funky-sour, but it's quite secondary. Could be percieved as two-dimensional as the intensity of flavors is a bit overwhelming. A rollicking kriek, probably the most tart I've had to date. On cask at the Brick Store, this was the most puckering beer I've ever had. The bottle is tamer, but once you have this you won't forget it.

M / O. Carbonation is just right for the style, no too fizzy, but stable enough to help move this along. The finish is lactic - tart, and lingers a very long time. A more advanced kriek, I wouldn't start a sour beer lover out with this one. 8 years ago I would have hated this, but today it's mighty fine!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle aged one year in my cellar. No best before date. Explosive cork. Served cellar temp. Clear ruby red color. Little to no head w/o an aggressive pour. Smell good: even though its made from cherries, I get a strong strawberry aroma. Highly acid just in the nose. Taste is tart and fruity, yet very dry. Only slightly carbonated. Flavor is darker fruitiness than smell. I believe the smell is mostly yeast and bacteria where the flavor pushes the actual fruit. Wide range of mouthfeels, lots of lactic acid. Kind of scorching and definitely a last beer of the night kind of beer. It literally made my tongue sore, and I love sour beer and drink them regularly, that's never happened to me before. I still enjoyed it. Unique and exciting.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Lot number G
BB: 07/08/2027

This is the 9th beer in my series of sours and the 2nd of my krieks.

Appearance: Krieks are certainly on of the best looking beer styles! Stunning bright crimson body, that lights up beautifully when back lit. A rough pour yields an average sized light pink head. Sadly retention and lacing are both quite average.

Smell: Wow, this is one powerful nose, I could smell it from the second I popped the cork! Funk is certainly the dominant part of the nose, but the cherries are far from forgotten. Light tart cherries, tannic cherry skins, woody pits, dusty sacks, old hay, wet wood, damp and moldy, undergrowth and nose tingling acidity pretty much sums it up. Warming yields an unexpected sweeter cherry note and cider vinegar.

Taste: Fuck me, this is tart - instantaneous mouth pucker and and an urge to hurriedly swallow! That might sound horrible to some, but it is just what I was hoping for. Once my mouth has adjusted to the sourness, the wonderfully complex flavour begins to emerge. Notes include: very dusty sacks, mold, fungus, damp, old wood, cherry pits and tannic skins.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Mouth puckeringly sour with a wonderful dryness in the finish.

Overall: Hanssens Kriek certainly lived up to my expectations in terms of sourness, even though it didn't quite match the Cantillon Kriek of 2007. Aside from the sourness, this is a delicious beer and one I will seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Clear red/orange color, ½ finger bubbly off white head dissipates to thin layer around the glass, splotching lacing.
S- Really acidic, juicy fruity aroma, cherries, vinegar, tart, nice funky notes.
T- Nice sweetness mixed in with the sour notes, really acidic, really tart, sweet cherries, vinegar, funky, oak is present as well.
M- Medium mouth feel, really tart, nice acidity, minimal carbonation, dry aftertaste.
O- This is a Solid Lambic, well balanced, easy drinking, nice sweetness mixed in with the sourness, enjoyable.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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