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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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 CPeterson
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a deep mahagony red with a light fizz when and rests nicely with a faint skim of head. Fairly hazy even though I'm fairly sure this bottle has seen it's age, and it was in my cellar for a few months following.

S -- A huge scent of of brett funk and cherry washes through to woody earthiness.

T -- Tart and slightly funky to start, strong bittersweet cherry in the middle and a strong wood (oak?) finish that blends together all the layers of flavor into an extremely complex and interesting brew.

M -- All that I would expect from a huge gueuze / lambic, acidic and slightly drying. A residual pucker is present, as is a smile.

D -- As with most good brews of the style, very good flavor quotient but high acidity content leads to a brew that you don't mind reaching for regularly, but can't drink in excess.

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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 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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Photo of ebin6
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked it up while looking for some Thanksgiving sours and it was definitely the highlight. The only other true Kriek I've had is the Lou Pepe which I aged for a year, and while this was a shade under that one the difference is negligible. Combines the sweet and sour aspects of the style superbly; the cherries hit first and quickly it quickly moves onto an excellence puckering sour. This would probably mellow out into a nice sweeter beer within a year, but I like it as is.

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

Poured from a small corked bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with almost no head or sign of carbination. Smell has cherries and lambic funk. Smells and looks great. Taste is great as well. Cherries hit the tounge first then comes the mouth puckering sour tartness that I love in lambics. Not very sweet like some of the more commerical lambics. Mouthfeel is great, even with the low carbination, the cherry flavor fills the mouth followed by the bone dry tartness from the beer's acidity. Very drinkable. A great Kriek.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a yellow-reddish color. Very little foam retention.

S: Tart cherries, Vinegar, and Barnyard Funk.

T: Sour/tart cheeries, vinegar, and a slight oak character.

M/D: Mouthpuckering sour and has you begging for another sip. Not a lot of carbonation, works well though. Awesome beer for the style.

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

Bought a 375ml bottle to try from Cask n Flask in SJ. Poured into a white wine glass because that's the best glassware I could find at my friends house. Reviewed from tasting notes from a few weeks ago.

A - Pours a nice, opaque, and deep red color. Does not seem like too much carbonation, as the head is almost non-existant.

S - First whiff is intensely fruity. Sour cherries obviously dominate, but I can also get hints of other sour fruits like raspberries and citrus. Slight vinegary smell, but not too overpowering.

T - Right off the bat, definitely one of, if not the most sour beer I have consumed. Strong sour cherry and lemon zest. Losing the raspberry I thought I smelled. Also quite vinegary, but not so much as to make it taste like an infused vinegar. You can still tell it is a beer.

M - Mouthpuckering because of the intense sourness. Very light carbonation at the start, but it seems like the carbonation is lost by the time I finished the bottle.

O - Great appearance, smells, taste... A great Belgian sour beer at a decent price (I think I paid about $10). I will definitely buy this one again if I see it on the shelves. Also, for those who care about food pairing, I really thought this was one of the best beers I ever paired with Filipino pork BBQ skewers and pickled papayas, who knew?

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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 HitokiriNate85
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly darker than I expected. Intense, vibrant red with a pink cap of foam that recedes to a thin cover. Great clarity, though there is a bit of sediment from me accidentally jostling the bottle before I poured it.

S - Very balanced between a traditional lambic nose and the fruitiness from the cherries. Funky, musty brett and the sort of 'thick,' nostril-filling acetic notes common to lambics pushing against the cherries, which come off as very natural and give the nose a sort of sweet quality. Pouring the second half of the bottle(and the yeast) in added a huge old-sock punch.

T - While the smell was almost subdued, the taste just ripped through on the first few sips. Bracing tartness and lots of funky, complex flavors. The acidity is overwhelming at first, but once it subsides a little the cherry becomes evident. It's sour, but there's also a slightly lingering sweetness. It's not a sweet beer by any means, but there is just a touch of it in there along with a ton of acidity.

MF - Lots of carbonation keeps the beer feeling lighter and very refreshing without stripping it entirely of body. Just when you start to get a good feel for it, it strips away into dryness.

D - The minor, sweet cherry note does a lot for drinkability. Being more tart wouldn't be a bad thing, but it would probably cut drinkability back more. At this point it's very tart, but feels manageable halfway through the bottle. My first from Hanssens, but I'll be looking for more.

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Photo of wd40
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby red color with a bit of reddish/white foam. The smell initially was off to my nose (chlorphenols?). After the brew settle down a little, the fragrance was definitely that of a sour beer, but not a ton of fruit. The taste has a bit more cherry in it than the smell would suggest, but overall it's a pretty light beer. The sourness is pretty strong, but it ends up being a very nice refreshing beer. The carbonation helps give it a bit of lift as well. Overall, I would probably drink this beer more regularly if it was a bit less expensive and I didn't have so many other beers I still want to try!

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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 mrkrispy
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a small bottle of the Kriek sitting around, decided to drink it. Not sure of the batch, but it is a recent arrival to the store (April 2010).

Pours a rich, deep crimson, hazy, looks like 100% fruit juice. Beautiful.

Nose is a dull oak and bug funk...not Brett horseblanket. Not good at describing the pedio/lactic aromas. Not much else going on, no fruit aromas.

Noticeably heavy mouthfeel, not viscous but big body. Taste of dark fruits but not very sweet. Very nice, a lot going on, some funk but not heavy. Quite balanced, in the direction of a very subtle acidity. Astringent tart finish (a drying and slight puckering effect on the inside of the mouth). Some noticeable tannins there. A great beer, quite drinkable.

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Photo of TriGuy20
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crimson red/ Very little head/ Slight lace revealed as you tilt glass.
S: Tart Cherry/ Clove/ Mint/ Forest floor- twigs/ Barnyard
T: Sour Cherry/ Clove/ Oak Barrel
MF: Medium body/ Silky/ Slight carbonation/ Nice long sour finish/ Mouthwatering!
Drink: Highly drinkable! With each sip your mouth waters and begs for more.

Fabulous beer! With each smell it reveals new dimensions and one sip begs for another.

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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 barrelman
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unknown year of the vintage. Poured amber with slight head that instantly dissipated.

Carbonation level was spot on. Aroma was skunky like some good herb with horse-blanket splashes.

Mouthfeel was good, but a little thin for the style for me. Taste was good and sour with cherry tones coming through strong. Not quite as powerful as the New Glarus Belgian Red, but smoother and more drinkable.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a thin pink head. minor lacing disolves quick into a placid surface

Smells bitingly lactic, cherrys and funk... like rotting fruit in the cherry orchard. Brett notes are inviting of things to come

Tastes bracingly sour. innundating... giving way to a bretty complexity then morrelo cherries dominate the flavor. Finishes dry and bittersweet. Dynamic

Thin and lively. Tingling of sourness but surprisingly... carbonation as well... yes I lucked out!

Overall, outstanding kriek! glad I got a carbonated bottle.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. The beer was completely flat. No carbonation, No head, no lace. Other than that... outstanding.Earthy aroma with tartness in the background. A sweet smell of sour cherries as it warmed. The color in this particular glass was awsome. A bright red and brown that got darker as it went up the glass. Brown cherry koolaid fading into an amber copper color. Looks great except for the lack of head and lace.
The taste was super tart... then some more tart after that. Candied cherries and sour patch kids. Incredibly delicious. Gets that pucker sensation all the way to the end of the bottle. Light and crisp on the tongue, easy to drink. A wonderful brew.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip, vintage unknown.

No popped when removing the cork, not a good sign. Pours out a crimson color with absolutely no head... Is this from Lost Abbey? Kidding aside, there really is nothing as far as bubbles go. This is quite sad as it is flat like water. When held to light it is a deep cheery red that is slightly hazy. No lacing is left. I wish this had some form of head as I bet it would make the beer look much nicer.

Very sour smelling with some cherries backing up the sour/acidity. The cherries start to come out more as the beer warms. There is also some weird funkiness that comes out every now and then that isn't all that pleasing. Sort of musky.

Mouth puckering sour upon first sip. Acidity hits you right away and like the smell finishes with some nice cherry flavor. As the drinking goes on, the acidity dies down and it actually drinks quite nice but sourness is still very apparent. There is a slight sourness that lingers in the mouth after the beer is swallowed.

Mouthfeel is as expected, pretty thin due to no carbonation. I'm going to guess this would be much better if it has some carbonation.

I can only wonder what this could have been if it had carbonation. It is actually a pretty sour beer as well. Overall it is drinkable but without carbonation it's not the easiest drinking thing. I would like to retry this and hopefully it will be carbonated.

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

Rich with age,this beer you could sniff out the rusticness,is that a word?But anyway.Almost a barnyard smell.Complex like a fine Champagne,with a tart ligering finish.

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Photo of downes51
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some Krieks are bland syrupy offerings concocted of not-very-good geueze charged with fruit concentrate. Well, this stuff is quite different. No sweetness at all, it's really quite tart, and the underlying quality of the oude geueze used in its production is there to taste and enjoy. Highly reccommended (with the proviso of course that you have to like this sort of thing in the first place!)

By the way I bought a case of the 750cc bottles from the brewery itself which is well worth a visit. But be advised that they don't open on Fridays until the afternoon, which is not what it says on the web-site.

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Photo of diechipmunk
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It's a good lambic. Not as sweet as some I've had, and not as fruity. I like it, but there are better ones, but it worth drinking again. I want to try their strawberry lambic.

A: Deep ruby red, pale, pink head just is no more than a thin ring around the glass. Beautiful to look at.

S: Tart cherry, barn, wet wool and a hard to describe twang (funk?). Nothing is over powering, it all blends into an intriguing aroma.

T: A little sharp at first, sour cherry, acidic bite up front, olive brine. A touch of candy sweetness rises in the middle then fades to a sour cherry finish with a hint of bitterness and black pepper.

M: Lighter bodied, smooth and effervescent on the tongue.

D: Drinkability is good for a beer so sour. Requires small sips to appreciate the flavor. I think a gulp would be unpleasant.

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Photo of axisjones
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Toronado from a 750mL into the proper Hanssens tumbler.

Pours a brilliant ruby red with a minute head that quickly fizzes out to nothing. Despite the color, this is probably the most unremarkable part of an otherwise fantastic beer.

The smell is pure funk. Super complex, with hints of wet hay, horse blanket, a bit of copper, vinegar, mildew. If you think hard enough, you can pick out nearly anything. This isn't funky, its FUNKAY! Oh yeah, there is a splash of cherry in there as well.

Good lord! Pucker on the first sip. Super tart and acidic, sweet cherries with a vinegar-like acidity. Also funky, but with no taste of metal whatsoever. Finishes bone dry. No hops to speak of.

This is as drinkable as it gets. If you like lambics, this is a sure fire way to go. Not on the beginners side like Lindemans, but also not exclusively for the hard core geueze lovers. Simply awesome.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stange-like glass.

Appearance: A clear, ruby red, with a tinge of brown. A thin bubbly head dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Is this a beer? Because aroma I got was more wine-like - a hint of grape mixed with an intense, funky cherry aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Sourness dominates the palate: starts out lemony then quickly becomes vinegary. The cherry flavor is pushed into the background, emerging only in the dry finish and leaving a pleasant, tart aftertaste. The sourness might be too much if the mouthfeel wasn't so light and crisp.

Drinkability: The intense sourness might be too much after one glass.

Notes: Maybe I've been drinking sweetened lambics too much, but the sourness of this beer reminds me of a Flanders red ale. And I know it's hard to make wine/beer comparisons, but a wine drinker might really like this one.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask, gravity-poured.

I had this one two days in a row. The first day was much more sparkly and cooler in temperature. The glass on day #1 was much better I think, but this is a review of the glass I had on day #2.

Orange-red, almost lipstick red. Virtually still. Served at room temp.
A bit of vinegar in the finish, like a flander's red. This was a bit less desirable for me. Funky cherries. The most striking part of the beer was the very strong sourness, and the very soft, round mouthfeel. Would still drink this often if I could! I do wish the cask could be kept a bit cooler somehow.

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.06 out of 5 based on 726 ratings.
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