Oude Kriek | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of imblane
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow talk about tart! Bought this one at the Bottle Shop in Carlsbad. Poured a nice red with a big bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Tart as tart can be!! Sour cherries, leather and funk come through in about that order. This is by far the most sour beer I have ever tried. LOVE IT!

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Photo of aknight
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I popped the cork on this bottle and sat back waiting for something, anything to happen but it never did. The beer was completely flat. I came here to see if I just had a bad bottle but it appears this is not an isolated bottle.

The look is not so different to cranberry juice. In fact, considering the lack of carbonation it looks exactly like cranberry juice. The smell is deliciously sour. The smell is the first clue that this is not indeed cranberry juice after all. The taste is worth it. This is sour, tart with some definite pucker. Just enough sweetness in the back to make this beer interesting. Mouthfeel suffers from a lack of carbonation. Even just a little carbonation would have gone a long way towards improving this beer.

As it is I enjoyed this beer. The bottle was definitely left lacking for the missing carbonation. I'm not sure that I would buy another bottle but in the right circumstances I don't think I would hesitate.

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

A - Deep red color, some sediment, light head

S - Cherry is very pronounced, funky

T - Sour cherry, very acidic, hints of oak

M - Bigger body than expected, light head

I was expecting as delicious cherry lambic, I wasn't dissapointed. It was more acidic than expected. A possible aperitif

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

A- deep red with a head almost non existent tanish foam from this near still beer

S- maybe some cherry but mostly citric and a funk of cow county

T- sour citric acid, some fruit but not what i was expecting

M- i could feel the sourness it had a good weight to it

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Photo of kruthar
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently started trading and this is my first beer to be obtained froma trade. Im excited, so without further adu. Here's teh play by play.

A - Popping the cork is always fun. I poured the whole bottle straight into the glass and got absolutely no head except for a little ring of reddish white bubbles around the rim. The color is a deep red, almost prurple. looks bubbly.

S - The cork smelled as if it came straight out of a whine bottle, more smell straight from the glass presented a strong wine smell with the vinegar scent of a sour beer.

T - A strong tase of sour vinegar hits your tongue before the liquid does. It really does taste like a general light red wine with a sour bite insted of the strong alcoholic aftertaste that some wines have.

M - The mouthfeel is in three stages, the light carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue, then it feels almost as water would in youre mouth until lastly when you swallow the carbonated bie retursns to say goodbye.

D - But I must say the drinkability on this guy is great, if you love sours that is. It is easy to keep taking sips swallows and gulps in whatever fashion you please.

Over all i lioked this beer, couldn't pick out many flavors but its really the sourness that satisfies me and this one has plenty of it. The first impression is deinitley wine. I would have liked a tad more carbonation, but its still good.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still new at sours and waiting for a 'knock your socks off' experience, but I know what I like and this is pretty good. Poured a deep burgundy out of a 12.7 oz bottle into a goblet. Almost zero carbonation in the form of pink foam that completely disappeared instantly. Nose is funky with a slight hint of tart fruit. First drink was bracingly sour, but rounded out to finish smooth. Feel is somewhat light with just enough body to leave a slight temporary coating. Very enjoyable overall.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged. $13.49 from Vendome in North Hollywood.

A: Slightly translucent cherry red/brown. Minimal head. Slight lacing.

S: Tart cherry, deep vanilla, sour, chocolate

T: Sour from start to finish and keeps lasting, nice! Vinegar, sour cherries, oak.

M: Nicely layered. Puckering.

D: Yep, a sipper. Invites more and more, for sure.

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