Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz, LOTNR F
Poured into a 3F gueuze glass.

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy peachy-pinky-red with a finger of bubbly pink head that quickly fades to a skim.

Smell. Sour cherries and marzipan with just a little sweet hayloft funk.

Taste. Sour cherries, lemon juice, some dry and earthy funk. Quite dry. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice dry kriek. Plenty sour without being overwhealming.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date G, whatever that means.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a large, pink head on top, very foamy. Nice head retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Light funk and barnyard mixed with some cherries and a little bit of wood. A little bit of tartness/vinegar.

T: Cherry mixed with a good bit of woody/oak. Not quite as musty as the aroma, but very earthy. The barrel really shines through as the oak intensifies.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of tartness, was expecting it to be a bit over the top, but very approachable.

O: A pretty nice Kriek, not in your face cherry, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle courtesy of TPatuto. I believe this is from 2009. Reviewed on 8/31 from notes.

A: Dark cherry red, appropriately. No lacing, but carbonation freckles swarm the side of the glass.

N: Pronounced cherry and oak. Acidic sourness hits me pretty well. Marionberry, vinegar and acetone. Plum and grape.

T: Very powerful acetic sourness. Dark sour cherry and a heavy amount of tannic oakiness. Definite acetone and vinegar presence. Not a ton of funk which I'm alright with in a fruit lambic. I do have to say this super, super sharp, so drink accordingly.

M: Somewhat oily and prickly.

O: A good fruit lambic in a pinch, but at this point, it's more like a venomous Flanders Red. Or a Rodenbach Grand Cru with an extra dose of sour power.

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Photo of DanK4
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pours dark ruby red, just beautiful. Decent head to it but it dissipates quickly. Looks like cherries.

S: Tart sour cherries, some raspberry, big lemon hint, and a bit of funk. Almost like a farmhouse funk but tart from the lemons.

T: Big cherry and sour raspberry flavor right off the bat. The carbonation keeps the beer off the tongue so it was hard to get a real flavor profile at first, but as it warmed up the carbonation died down and you could pick up even more lemon. The taste is what made this beer for me.

M: Lighter than I anticipated. Light to medium, once it's been sitting for a bit.

O: Solid lambic in my opinion. A nice step up from a Monk's Cafe.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is ruby red. There are just a few bubbles in this one (more often than not I get very little carbonation in this beer, but every now and then a bottle will have some).

The aroma appropriately has a lot of tart, slightly medicinal cherry. A hint of lemon rind is evident.

The taste starts out dry with notes of wheatgrass and quickly evolves into sour lemon juice with cherry notes mixed in. The finish is very clean and very tart.

This has very mellow carbonation if any, with a light body. This is very good. I find this is one that has a lot of bottle variation. At times it's been one of the most acidic beers I've had. This particular bottle strikes a pretty good balance.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger pink head of good cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a nontransparent darkish red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, and hidden cherry. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nicely sour, with fermented cherry coming through. The bacteria and wild yeast is fantastic. Very clean. The sourness is great, though its pucker-worthy character may turn off some drinkers. Unobtrusive malts. Some sugary sweetness. This is everything I want in a sour. Very subtle. Complex enough. Very balanced even though the sourness is dominant. The tartness is brilliant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Doesn't get in the way of the flavours.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I love this. This is what a Kriek should be. An excellent example of the style; downright paradigmatic. Hides its ABV well. I could drink this all night, though many drinkers could not. A sour lover's dream. It's even well priced. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Awesome. A near perfect beer in the style.

A

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oude Kriek
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Style: Lambic - Fruit
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Pours a limp and lifeless ruby color, fine clarity and virtually no head or trace of bubbles. Pours like cranberry juice.

SMELL: Musty basement, red wine vinegar, cherry, leather, shoe polish, barnyard funk.

TASTE: Sour to the extreme, the Oude Kriek has a big lactic bite from the wild yeast, and remains incredibly sour like a cherry warhead. Light wheat and grain elements and a bit of alcohol. There is a small note of sour cherries, then more puckering, straight up gut wrenching sour, and I like it.

FEEL: Medium bodied, with a modest but present carbonation. Has a good amount of life to it, drying sour bite and oaky tannins. Drinks like a true lambic.

OVERALL: An impressively sour and well blended lambic beer. The proportion of cherries just add to the tartness, and this beer ends up not for the weak of heart or stomach. Pounding acidity and a flavor that lasts.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: pinkish red bodied beer with small white cap of head.

Smell: strong vinegar notes with mild hay funkiness. mild red fruits cherries and red apples.

Taste: moderately sour beer with little bit of vinegar taste to it as well. Lemons and really mellow funk. Little bit of fruitiness also red apples, raspberries, and tart cherries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp carbonation that really carries the sour and fruit flavors. Dry finish very close to a champaign like mouthfeel.

Overall: A really tasty Kriek. It a bit expensive at 12 for 350ml C&C bottle, but its very enjoyable. The vinegar is a bit stronger than I like, but it not horrible.

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

Appearance: bright ruby-red with a large pink head

Smell: funky and slightly earthy, bright, fresh tart cherries with some raspberries and a big dose of acidity

Taste: Tart cherries are front an center, slightly more sour than I think it should be, possibly due to the vinegar element. It is good but could be a little more complex

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body and slightly higher carbonation than I would expect. Despite all the cherries it is very dry, and also very sour on the finish

Drinkability: Bottle is just a hare too sour and needs a bit more complexity, otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (looks different than the picture). Bottle is denoted with "Lotnr C". Poured this one into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, reddish pink color. Strange carbonation initially. Ends up being a ring of off white head.

S: I am pulling barnyard funk and tart cherries. I also get some white grape and mild green apple character underneath all that.

T: Crazy tart bitter beer. Really attacks the palate. Ting daggers. I took this one much differently than other reviewers. I thought this was quite sour, and that the nose didn't lead you to believe that. Definitely get that sour cherry in the mid palate. Nice dry finish.

M: Light to medium.

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

First time trying this one, served alongside the Raspberry and gueuze.

A - Pours murky red with a small half finger tall white head leaving very small trails of lace down parts off the glass.

S - Smells of light funk, sour cherries, wet leather and some dry oak. This one smells much better than the raspberry one. It still smells very sour but more in control.

T - Starts off with a nice sour cherry note quickly giving way to hints of light barnyard funk, drying oak, wet leather and plenty of lactic sourness. Not as intensely sour as the raspberry, in a good way. Finish has a good bit of sourness, leaving the pallet dried long after consumption.

M - Like the raspberry the body is slick with intense sour flavor. Unlike the raspberry this one still retains a touch of carbonation, thank god.

O - I didn't like the raspberry very much but this one was a little better. The flavors are more balanced and the sourness is more manageable. For the right price I would get another but I wouldn't run to the store to get some like others from the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark crimson with no head and no lace. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, earth, and some woody aromas. I am getting a sharp whiff of acidic notes if I really stick my nose in the glass. Taste is of extremely tart and sour cherries, earthy funk, and wood. There is a very acidic feeling left in the mouth with each sip. This beer is basically flat with a very tiny amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer as it stands but the carbonation level is pretty lacking (which seems to be a common theme for Hanssens).

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Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours beautiful clear deep red with barely a collar of light pink foam. No noticeable carbonation rising.

S - Very acidic cherry aroma, with a pretty good funk presence. The funk elements are definitely reminiscent of the Hanssens Oude Geuze.

T - Initial taste is one of the most sour beers I've ever had. Very acidic, though there is a strong cherry presence as well. Funk presence increases midway through and continues through the finish. Also a faint cherry sweetness on the finish to go with the intense sourness.

M - Body is flat and slick. Not the best, but okay.

O - A good kriek, but well below de Cam and Cantillon for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: exceedingly deep, rich red hue with basically no head at all. Usually the latter would be a problem, but the color is so rich and beautiful ... wow.

Smell: slightly tart wild-yeast aroma with a hint of dark cherries. A bit mild, but nice.

Taste: very tart, somewhat sweet flavor. Reminds me more of an unflavored lambic than a kriek. Cherries are barely there, and what is present is buried in the tartness. Way too tart, even for the style, and not enough cherries in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: astringent, light mouthfeel with a minimum of carbonation. Quite undercarbonated for a beer of the style. Odd.

Overall: I'm rather disappointed by this beer, though it is possible I've got a bad bottle. How does a naturally tart and wild-fermented beer go bad? I don't know, but this beer is undercarbonated, over-tart and just not cherry enough for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
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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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid 90’s vintage shared by the great cpferris.

A: Pours a dark apricot color with no head and no lace.
S: I get notes of cherry skins, dry oak, earthy scents, dirt and super funk.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting with flavors of Belgian sugars and acid. Acetone-like flavors burn alongside biting lemon juice acid. I’m not getting much cherry but there is a splash of sweet cherry juice flavor in there.
M: Acidic, super dry mouthfeel that is clean and goes down well, with a light body and light carbonation.
O: Sugary, sweet and pleasant. Good funk. On the acidic side but not harsh. Great drinking all around. Thanks again, Chad.

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Photo of cosmonick
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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!
Randall

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Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and red with pink edges and a thin pink head. Leaves small spots and thin webs of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bright cherries and lots of stinging sourness. This doesn't have quite as complex aroma as the best in class.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with the vibrant, tart cherry and sourness dominating the palette. Juicy and sweet yet dry.

Medium mouthful with high carbonation.

Wonderful.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze day; served in a six-ounce snifter.

A: Bright cherry-red body with a few coarse pink bubbles on top. Pretty nice, and positively brilliant in the late-summer sun out in the back yard.

S: Sharply acidic fruit, juicy cherry, and plenty of spicy, grassy funk. It's like someone dropped a metric ton of sour cherries into a fresh bale of hay. Lovely.

T: Medium sour cherries burst forth, with hay + grass spicing up the tart fruitiness. Long, lingeringly sweet finish - cherries throughout. Delicious.

M: Flat, slick, and lightly sticky. Meh.

O: This beer was very different on cask compared to its bottle form, with the cask being noticeably heavier on the cherries and much less sour. I'm not sure which version I liked, as both were terrifically tasty. Great stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Cisco619
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice. No Date on bottle or cork.

A: Crimson hue that painted my palm in a blood red glow as i held my glass. Light bubbles on top after pouring, but no lacing to speak of. The way this brew plays with the light is captivating.

S: Cherries & tartness up front. A touch of barnyard funk sneaks in after a candy sweetness for the finish.

T: A meld of acidic tart flavors up front with a sweet cherry finish that lingers on the back of the tongue to a dry, crisp finish.

M: This is where this beer lacks for me. The lack of carbonation makes this a bit syrupy. Light sour tingle lingers around the edge of the tongue.

O: The appearance of this brew is enthralling, but it lacks in the flavor & feel. Some carbonation would have really helped this one out.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
91 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.
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