Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
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 crossovert
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, corked and caged. I have no idea the year of it, though it is at least 3 years old according to the label.

It struggles to form a head as I pour it into my Duvel tulip. It ends up with a thin, centimeter-thick white head after a vigorous pour and a cheery cherry colored body.

Smells really funky, among the oak and sour cherry I smell latex and candy corn, very odd. The barnyard funk is there too.

This one is mindblowingly sour but most importantly it is sour cherry, not sour for sour's sake. It works really well with the thick cherry flavor. There is also some sour lemon-citrus in there. There is not too much vinegar or off the wall funk and it is also very sweet to go along with the sour. It is a punch of flavor to your taste buds.

The mouthfeel is almost sport on, with a very nice tart, dry finish, but not too dry. The drinkability is also up there.

This is a fine beer all around, it is very sour, but also very tart, with a good underlying sweetness, a very well crafted brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of pootz
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky copper-red with only a lace cap. Nose was nice: berries, musty banana, wet horse blanket. Puckering mouth feel...this Kreik has more of a sour decernment than a tart berry profile, musty malty body is eclipsed by the sourness....finish is puckering sour...after a few sips you appreciate it more...this is well made but I prefer rodenbach.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby with a strawberry colored head into my La Chouffe tulip style glass. The head is somewhat fizzy but leaves lacing and leaves a ring around the edge of the beer that lasts the entire session.

Aroma is sour cherries.

Flavor is sour cherries as well. Other red fruits like raspberry and sterawberry seem to lend a hand as well. Nice and tart and crisp.

I am growing fond of these sour lambic and gueze beers. Everyone warned me that once I start it will be nearly impossible to start and to expect my beer budget to increase. Well, everyone was right damn you!!! This is a nice tart and crisp beer that would be perfect on a warm spring or summer day.

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Photo of AGust82
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GJ40
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle dated Mar 2014.

A - A brilliant red color with great clarity. A small white head with steadily rising bubbles.

S - Incredible cherries! So fresh and so good. More tart than sweet.

T - Nice tart/sour flavor offset by a mild sweetness and a fresh sherry flavor. Good depth and complexity.

M - Moderate carbonation and consistency.

O - An outstanding kriek! I love that I can still find this easily and will enjoy it until the American market realizes what they're passing up.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 moarmare
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peabody
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really clear tea color with only 1/2 of finger of white suds.
Smell is like a bunch of cherries that have rotted into a very sour mash. I am getting a sugar with a very slight hop. No malt but am hoping there is.
Taste is smoked cherries. I get a smokey taste right before the sour cherry then I get a spicy aftertaste with a mellow maltiness with a dark cherry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is superb with the lingering of the sour going on for quite a while.
Drinkability would be a 5 if I could get this locally.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of meanmutt
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightrain87
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer at Union Jack on the Manatawny. I was talking to Tom about my love for sours and he asked me if I happened to have this beer. What a nice addition it made to our sour beer tasting. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

Sampled next Beersel Oude Kriek, this beer was almost too hot to drink. WOOWWEEE!! That burns =) Hanssens Oude Kriek is not for the meek of heart or palate or stomach holy smokes.

Appearance: This is a beautiful brew. It pours a luminous red brown color with a decent white head and lots of carbonation activity.

Smell: Intensely huge cherry aroma. Massive amounts of hot sour coming from this brew. Slatetank pointed out this one exclaims "Take no prisoners" from an arm length away I can smell it coming.

Taste: who-ha! RA! ARGH! man. OH MY! That is hot. It is like atomic fireball candies we had as kids. Very very intense. The vinegar like sourness is so intense it slides very slowly through the mouth and by the finish it is quite enjoyable, and I think the next sip might burn less but... alas it is the same thing.

Mouthfeel: Hot sharp acidity burned like vinegar and whiskey.

Drinkability: I enjoyed my share but good god I don't need any more for at least a week or maybe a month =) I do like sours. This one may be out of my league yet.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.05 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
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