Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2013.

Beer is dark pink, purplish. Small pinkish head fades quite quickly.

Nose contains funky barnyard scents, a bit cheesy. Tart cherry.

The cherry is a bit stronger in the flavour than the nose, but the funky barnyard is undiminished. Quite sour. Some oak. The cherry flavour is very nice, and well balanced with the funk- both are prominent.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Quite puckering.

Overall, good stuff. A nice kriek.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC. Lambic aged in oak barrels with cherries. Bottle conditioned for over three years.

A: Cloudy with beautiful red hue. Thin white head dissipates quickly but lines the glass.
S: Tart cherries, sour pucker and a light rubber/plastic aroma. Must be some funk from the brett/pedio/lacto(?) bugs.
T: Very low pH. Big lactic acid sour pucker right up front. As my palate normalizes to the acidity, a delicious full tart cherry flavor dominates, with vanilla accents from the oak. Slight vinegar quality.
M: Thin body and tiny bubbles give this beer a crisp, bright mouthfeel that compliments the tart flavor.
O: Delicious beer! The best Lambic I have tasted. Really exemplifies the Belgian stlyle. My grandma wasn't quite as fond but seeing as this was her second sour ever (after Rodenbach Grand Cru) it was a bit of a shock for her. Slightly expensive but with good reason. This is a great beer for special occasions.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 3F wine glass. Ruby red color with virtually no carbonation. Only an occasional few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Tart acidity in the smell. Has a spicy and fruity character, but also a funky almost sulfur note as well. There is also a worchestershire sauce quality in the nose too.

Taste is tart with cherries and other fruit. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Sourness gives your parotid a workout.

Overall this was excellent. I have only recently started to gain an appreciation for the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Oude Kriek has not only the tartness of cranberry juice, but the appearance too. Ruby red in colour and completely flat (less the few bubbles that periodically dance around the glass like ballerinas), this looks like something much better for your kidney than it actually is.

The bouquet is something like a red-wine vinegar that's been infused with cherries and cranberries. It has a good deal of fruit but far more vinegar-like must and sharp, rousing acidity. It has a definite Gueuze-like quality (whereas if that style is characterized by 'locker room sweat', this one might be said to have a 'moldy basement sweat'). Put simply: it stinks.

Technically, Krieks made outside of the Pajottenland region or greater Brussels area are not "authentic". I'd suggest an alternative distinction that considers the ratio of sweetness to stink. In my opinion that's a much better barometer for how 'true' Lambic should be defined.

Kriek is historically characterized not by a candy-like fruit flavour (as are many modern so-called Krieks that feel entitled to the moniker because of their Belgian origins) but by the trademark mustiness and acetic tartness imparted by the bacterium and wild yeasts of the Senne Valley.

According to these standards, Hanssens Kriek passes with flying colours (all shades of red, naturally). It is so incredibly high in that bracing sourness that it almost resembles vinegar (to the point many couldn't drink it). Nevermind the cherries, this thing drinks like unfiltered, unpasteurized cranberry juice. And it is has a mustiness like an old barrel just farted.

Indeed, for a cherry beer, Hanssens Oude Kriek has lots of candid, unvarnished Lambic qualities. Some fruit is appreciable, but not as much as the dusty cellar in which this surely spent considerable time aging before, during, and after the fruit was added. It's arguably one of the most genuine (least embellished) examples on the market. I loved it!

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