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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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311
Ratings:
710
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
17.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 311 | Ratings: 710
Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forced pour into wine glass yields a nice glowing amber color and a soapy beige head. Woody, barnyardy character with a good dosage of sour cherry essence. Very mouthpuckering and tart, which I find equate to greatness in a lambic. It really hits the salivary glands, yet an oud bruin-like maltiness is maintained through the sourness. A bit syrupy in mouthfeel, but not overwhelming. Very noteworthy and drinkable, finishing dry and cleansing with residual sour cherry-laden acidity.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy reddish orange copper with a creamy but small white head,

Smell: The smell is a strong sour cherry smell. Incredibly fruity.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This is an incredibly juicy lambic. The cherry flavor isn't as fizzy as normal lambics, but it makes up for it sourness and tartness. It's incredibly balanced without missing any key notes. The mouthfeel is full-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: I really like Kriek Lambics, and this one is killer. This is one of the better lambics I've ever had. Incredibly smooth, tart, but highly drinkable. This is really one to try if you like lambics. This is new beer #6 of my session today, and it's incredible.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hanssens Oude Kriek pours in with just a litle bit of foam. Uhhm is it a beer? Has a beautifull orange/brown/red colour.
Smell is oak, oak and further some sourness. Well it always takes up some time to get into the taste of a fine kriek but this one is realy hard. Lots of oak and sourness and of cherries not much left. Good if you like extremes but for me just to sour. And even with the sourness not fresh but just full of oak and muffy smells... and then after more then 10 minutes analyzing taste and smell I got the taste, finaly cherries comming up and enjoying the Brew, finding the malt yeah its a good beer.

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Photo of nomad
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy red color is a bit off-putting, and seems a bit hazy, too. Not the most glorious lambic I've seen, but it keeps its head better than many. I think I'm being generous, but I'm not sure.

Smells musty and slightly of brettanomyces and cherries. Slight at times but fully a lambic in its own right. Could use more time to bring out complexity.

Taste is, for a lambic, highly musty and toasty, creating a good backbone to pair the just-enough amount of fruit. As with the nose, this could use more time for the Brett character to kick in and brings its wildness to the mix. Still, its sour and drinkable, balance and lovely with a few shades short of being a more powerful and dynamic beer.

And yet its moderate balance of the characteristic lambic notes creates the more moderate experience needed for quaffing. A nice kriek that I'll go for again, at least the best available in Michigan without the presence of Cantillon.

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Photo of filabrazilia
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a lightly copper colored beer that has shades of pink and red. No head whatsoever.

There is a musky, earthy aroma that is woody, dank, and almost malodorous. I'm not sure if this how it's supposed to smell, but it's definitely unusual.

The taste is exceptionally tart with hints of vinegar and sour cherries. I was initially overwhelmed by the strange flavor but eventually wanred up to it as I drank.

The mouthfeel is a tad bit too sour for me. I feel like I pucker as I take this into my mouth. The texture of this beer is just too tart for my taste. This is a very dry, almost winelike quality in the mouth.

I supppose I'm just not evolved enough to appreciate the finer points of this style. Perhaps a little more exposure to this style will open my mind. I didn't score this lower because I felt like this is the way this style is intended.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pinkish orange body with a persistent, and delicate collar of creamy, pink hued lace.
Complex aroma nails the style perfectly, with oak, woodsy and musty yeast, fruity tartness, and tannic acidity.
Mouthfeel begins sour and acidic, but evolves into a smooth and satiny, dry sherry character as it warms.
Taste is dry and tart, with an earthy, barnyard yeastiness. Very tangy and sherry like. Fruity character is dry, without noticeable sweetness, and I could detect no cherry flavors.
Very nice for style, and pleasantly drinkable. I would have given this Lambic much higher scores if some cherry aroma and flavor were present.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first true Belgian Kriek. Pours a thick amber with a pinkish tint around the sides, a nice pinkish white head with tiny bubbles. It's picturesque. A brief aroma of sweet fruit followed by a horrible barnyard aroma. Sweaty horse blanket, yes indeed. I don't care for it at all, but this is what I was told to expect for the style. The flavor is different starting with a sweet ketchup (yes I said ketchup), followed by a strong tart cherry/crab apple flavor. It finishes slighty sweaty with tiny champagne like fizz. This is definitely not my type of beer, but I believe it to be good for what it is. Realistically one and out.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked green 750 - Upon opening the first wiff of barnyard must, acidic tannin, and tart citrus pulp float through the air giving a familiar raw presense of a true lambic. At which I'm still trying to appreciate and not having much luck at.
Looks like a rosy orange kool-aid with a slight pinkish/white bubbly egding around the top that sits very briefly. Aroma is as mentioned above with the added sweet and tart cherry soda mixed in - now that its breathing some in the glass. But the barnyard and must thing is hangin' strong with a measureable medicinal edge in its corners. Earthly dirty and smokey even. A keeper for sure in the nose.
Taste is more so metallic and medicinal then I was hoping. Mostly a mellow front with a light fruitish cherry and tart start, middle gains some acidic citrus and metals with touches of the earth and musty barnyard, cherry finishes it off in the end with a grab of added cherry flavor and acid washed rocks. Not overly complex nor is it overly tasty, just alot of acidity and tart. Would like to see a bit more cherry make its way through all that. But thats just me.
Glad to have tried it, but not something I'd be willing to go after again.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.54/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

With the puddle of drool collecting on my chin as I smell this beer -- a near-perfect display of ripe, earthy acid and hell garden fruit -- I expect the best. And though the beer finishes long and deep, it's tortured by an overwhelming taste of iron -- fresh pig's blood -- that sticks to the tongue, turning uric and fecal. The acidity and dryness, though intense, are well balanced making this one of the more drinkable, yet authentic, lambics in the world.

This is a style of decay, but Oude Kriek has gone too far without any caution or reserve, filling my mouth with the corpal weight of lost souls hanging shallow in the fog -- under the volcano, where death sends the unknown and unloved.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 375ml green wired and corked bottle a deep luminous orange with a minimal in size head that is frothy and the color and off white, the remaining lace a velum like film to cover the class. Nose sweet with a tart backing, fresh and pleasing to the eye and nose, start is sweet with the top light in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, sour, vinous, exceedingly dry, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color reminiscent of a certain drie fonteinen framboos, dirty brownish red, but at the same time orangey with a light haze. Shy off-white ring though. Rather mild aroma, musty, barnyardy. Not as complex as many other lambics as far as the nose go.Very phenolic, horsey and sweaty. On the tongue though, the yeast expresses itself in a serenade of funkiness. Give me a shot of this someone. Highly intense mouth presence. Multiple levels of acidity, all at once citric, acetic, lactic and balsamic. Funky cherries, obvious cask wood, horsey, hay, must, lemon and grapefruit juice. Soft carbonation, medium body lets the flavors express rather than stealing the show. Almost tear bringing taste.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out deep red, almost like cranberry juice with a thin head which dissipated quickly. The smoked sour cherry scent was in evidence, and was strong.

Taste is very much like the flavour, sour with a faint rememberence of smoke lurking in the background and a massive tart bite to go with it. I'm getting all sorts of dark berries: black berries, cherries, cranberries. A strong, distinct flavour!

Mouthfeel, well, not bad, but nothing remarkable, an adequate body and amount of carbonation, but nothing that leapt out at me. Drinkability was quite good, not sure how alcohol is in these, but I have the feeling that the flavour is masking a high content, easy to drink in any case.

Pretty tasty stuff, but a dessert drink to be sure, and for my tastes, a little expensive for what you get (though understandable as it's imported and aged 3 years), but definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange amber in color; no head, no lace

Sour aromas with a touch of orange, slight sugary sweetness; very similar to a SweetTart. The flavor is very sour with a a lip-puckering finish; strong lemon flavors. Also present, many berry flavors--particularly cranberry. Like sucking a lemon, the aftertaste is powerfully sour.

This is far more tart than other krieks I've tried, but still delicious.

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Photo of nortmand
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice red pour, with the expected white dollop of foam.
Very smoky, sour smell, with a buried cherry presence.
Excellent flavor, something all BA's need to try at least once. Astringent dominance, with a rounded mouthfeel makes for a very special beer.
Definitely a "treat" beer that you respect and drink in low quantities.

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Photo of cokes
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber hued, kissed by auburn, then muddied brown. The head is fairly sparce and fizzy and white.
Dirt-covered tart cherry nose. Intermittent rancid buttermilk. Pig shit. And some light vinous wafts.
Begins with a burst of cherry. Lightly sweet, but tenfold more tart. Then it turns dominantly pinot-like. But only for a few seconds, and especially while cooler. Afterwards, it's all Lambic. Funkiness is varied and wide-ranging. Rusted tin is perhaps the most prominant. Pastures full of manure and mud. Budding leafy vegetables. General dankness, mildew and ground. Minor cherry reprise near the swallow with an increase in sourness.
Lightish bodied, though a bit grabby around the sides of the mouth.
Plenty drainable. Nice enough (and foul enough) Kreik.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Poured a hazy copper red color with a pinkish head that quickly fades. Aroma is musky, dank and earthy like an old pair of socks. Taste starts off with the cherries, then the sourness of the gueuze kicks in. The finish is very dry and you get a little sweetness in the end as the sourness fades. Very nice!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot pink color and very limited head and carbonation apparent in the glass. Horse blanket funky barnyard nose with very little fruit in the nose. A very funky taste with funky, barnyard , earthy, dry, sour cheery twang tastes. Viscous coating mouth with a dry cherry finish on the tongue. Medium acidity. Quite refreshing and quenching..

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Photo of Crosling
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Falling Rock.

Poured a gloomy light reddish/orange with no head at all. Where was the pink head in krieks that I have grown accustomed to and always get excited about? This did nothing but confuse me.

This smelled sour..just like I like them, almost like vinegar. Not much cherry in the aroma but some stale musty fruit notes.

This was a very unusual but awesome tasting beer. The cherries seem to leave but not fully and are almost taken over by grapes. The cherry and grapes tasted very well together but were overtaken by the sourness. Very sour, very tart and very very dry. This is not a sweet kriek at all. The sour flavor forced me to close my eyes and just let my facial muscles cringe together in total joy. Very tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rosy, raspberry jam color, bold, dark, and murky, with the beginnings of a head, that fizzles to a mere whitish ring.
Aroma: utterly unique, in the way all real lambics, are, dank, gunky, funky, yeasty and wild, smelling of a thousand rustic things at once, and in this case, containing a faint echo of cherries.
Taste: brisk tartness greets the palate, mellows eventually, but returns with every sip. Fruitiness is significant in the flavor, but the sour clearly dominates and easily quells any sweetness insurgency. A delightful buzz on the tongue happens every time, at once fruity, sweet, and sour, and I want to credit it to hops, but I don't ever know what to make of lambics, some times. I liked it, I enjoyed it, but never the sort of thing I'll turn to too often.
A truly intriquing representative of the style, as I must admit I've only encountered sweeter versions before. Now I know what those lambic-lovers are talking about!

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Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color, very little head.

Very sharp sour cherry smell to this beer. It also smells very slightly sweet.

Taste, sharply sour beer, as was expected. Mostly tastes of sour cherries, there is a lot of woodiness to the taste. I can also taste some cork. It has a nice bit of bitterness in there. I also think I taste a bit of sour pickles in this too. The sourness is refreshing, this would be quite a shock following a sweet beer.

The mouth feel is hard to describe it is thin but not as thin as say a Budweiser. There is not a lot of carbonation to this. The thinness is acceptable; this is a great choice for a hot day when a cold glass of lemonade would be good.

Drinkability is really dependent on whether or not you like sour beers. I like it, but this is too intense to drink all the time.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherrywood tone to this beer. A good sized bone white head is erected, but deflates almost as quickly. A bubbly collar remains. Some sparse oily lace is left behind as I drink. Nose consists of tart cherry, musty wet horse blanket, lemon rind, vinegar. Very heavy nose. But good. This lambic doesn't have that mind blowing puckering ability that Cantillon posseses, but this is good in its own right. There's a nice sweet and sour blend in this one. Tart cherry. Acetic acid. Sour lemon...they all check in. But so does a sweet and sugary cherry flavor. (This is a traditional lambic, but it is quite tasty and drinkable.) Also a little of that "barnyard" flavor that I love in my lambics. Light body with a fairly lively carbonation noted. This one's a winner.

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Photo of Joss
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry and wooden, somewhat redwine-like aroma.
Hazy brown coloring, head is to the low side.
Tart citric sour flavors dominate - not too sweet, currants, leather and cobbwebbs tastenotes are appareant.
Bone-dry finish which makes you crave another sip.

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Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy maroon hue. Head audibly fizzles into a thin, spotty pink tinged white foam ring that clings and manages sparse lace. Pronounced wet horse blanket and musty hay in aroma, contrasted by a vibrantly tart impression of immature, budding cherries. Subtle sherryish oxidation notes and a bittersweet lactic presence surfaces as it breathes. Intense and enticing aromawise. Acerbic acetic acid bath incipient in flavor is ensued and offset by sweetly woody cork and hints of grainy wheat. Tartness begrimes somewhat mid palate, with enteric, bile acid notes competing with citric, fruit derived tartness for dominance. Fruit presence is surprisingly tepid in outright cherry character, and at least when combined with the microflora derived fermentation end products is more of a pucker inducing, sour citrus kuwkuat nature. Woodiness augments slightly late, and a vinous, oak aged sherry vinegar impression forms late. Quite dry overall, yet a soft viscosity is acheived in mouthfeel. Finishes with a nearly seemless tart extension, albeit with a slightly sweet balsamic tinge. Hanssens Oude Kriek is almost a great lambic. Fruit flavor and bacterial acidity haven't quite coalesced yet. Superbly tart and satiating nonetheless. With cellaring this will be top notch.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear strawberry color and is topped by a tan head. It is fairly well carbonated and I get a funky enteric aroma at first when I am pouring the beer. As I sniff deeper I get sour, acetic, mushroom, stinky cheese, and musty barnyard notes. My first impression is that this is sweet (though certainly light for a sweetened Lambic), and has a strong vegetal character to it. The vegetal character diminishes with time though. The cherry is evident, but on subtly so. The taste is sour and grapefruity, with lots of Lambic funk hanging around, the finish is astringently tannic. Unfortunately not totally traditional, there is an obvious use of artificial sweeteners here. This is a great intro to Lambics as it is sweet but still is chalk full of funkiness.


Sampled 2001, in Belgium
Quite a cherry red color to it, a bit hazy with a light tan head. Aroma is sour with a bit of cherry in the nose. Fruit overwhelms any other aromas. This beer is actually sweet (makes one wonder if the add unfermentable sugars to it) though definitely not sickly so. Has lots of good lambic flavor, though the sweetness was not what I was expecting from a traditional bottle conditioned Kriek. Quite sour still, and please don't think that I am putting this in the same category as Lindeman's and there ilk. This beer does have a very good cherry flavor to it.

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Photo of Jon
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This traditional kriek lambic pours a glowing red color with a pink-shaded head. Absolutely beautiful. The nose is almost overwhelming with a huge musky, effervescent, funky aroma that one could smell across the room. Reminded me of dirty socks and funky cheese -- perfect for the style! Taste is huge on real cherry flavor. It's very tart and astringently sour at first, but once the mouth becomes acclamated, a sweet, sugary quality follows. The mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated at first, then turns somewhat syrupy, all while maintaining a distinctive level of refreshment. This is an impressive creation.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.06 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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