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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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherrywood tone to this beer. A good sized bone white head is erected, but deflates almost as quickly. A bubbly collar remains. Some sparse oily lace is left behind as I drink. Nose consists of tart cherry, musty wet horse blanket, lemon rind, vinegar. Very heavy nose. But good. This lambic doesn't have that mind blowing puckering ability that Cantillon posseses, but this is good in its own right. There's a nice sweet and sour blend in this one. Tart cherry. Acetic acid. Sour lemon...they all check in. But so does a sweet and sugary cherry flavor. (This is a traditional lambic, but it is quite tasty and drinkable.) Also a little of that "barnyard" flavor that I love in my lambics. Light body with a fairly lively carbonation noted. This one's a winner.

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

After reading about the potential for aging the beer, kind of wish I'd done so. Oh well, just have to get some more and do so. Poured this at a good temperature with an amazing roiling head that is maintained by the incredible effervescence of this wonderful brew! No lace, clear amber cherry color and loads of teeny bubble trails. Aroma is cherry, musk, yeast, oak, vinegar. Flavor is brut champagnesque with a demure cherry presence and the yeast bitterness is exactly matched by the small sharp peaks of tartness from carbonic acid and wild yeast. Finish is like flavor, gradually diminishes, and is satisfying.

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

Moderate funky aroma with a nice dose of lactic. Light fruit. Good.

Clear, peach-red colour. No head.

Smooth sourness. A tiny hint of sweetness. Light funk. Cherry. Interesting and good.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

A decent Kriek. Not up to Cantillon standards but not bad.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, $9.99 from Merchants in Dearborn. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler, right on the heels of Hanssens strawberry lambic.

This pours with no carbonation, a dark reddish liquid with zero head. Transparent when held to a light, at least on the first pour.

Nice cherry aroma with lots of funky background noise aromatically speaking. Tart smelling, very similar to aged Cantillon Kriek. And the taste, this is just about what I hoped for. Sour cherries, strong acidity, sort of ulcery feel in my digestive tract.

A great representation of the style, and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask version from the Brick Store during the 12th anniversary party.

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing. The color is very nice.

Smells sour cherries with nice hints of vinegar and light hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour cherry and funky flavors up front are joined by vinegar-like flavors midway through the sip. As the beer warms it becomes more tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's tasty but it's a bit too tart to have more than one of these.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, and was happy to have the opportunity to try one of this style on cask. I don't necessarily think the cask makes the beer taste any better, but it's also certainly not any worse. It's just different, and worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update 1/29/2016
Bottle in January 2015

A: Pours a hazed, nearly opaque dark pink color. At first a one finger spritzy light pink head forms and recedes in a second. The color here is always stunning to me.
S: Jammy fruits, big tart cherries with a substantial funk. Though not as over barring as I have had before. I think that has to do with the relative freshness. The tart fruits are amazing.
T: Jam like cherry, tart and acidic. Almost to the extreme, with that signature funk. While this is still very intense, the fruit really helps balance this out.
M/O: A light to medium body. Champagne like carbonation, which is fantastic. There is an intense sour and funkiness here, but so much better integrated than previous bottles I have had. This is incredible.

I don't think I have ever had a Hanssens that is within a year of bottling. Everything I have had has always been incredibly old, many many years. I think that has really hurt this, because the fruits pop and are so jam like it is amazing. Since they have hit Houston, I have been really enjoying this. One of the only true Lambics on the shelf here, and in this condition is fantastic.

Review from 6/25/2012----------------------------

Like pretty much everything else I have had from Hanssens, I can not find a bottle date. So who knows how old this bottle is?

A: Pours a bright and vibrant reddish/pink color. I love the color. A one finger white head forms, and vanishes in a second.
S: Tart, acidic, and ultra funky. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Not a lot of cherry sweetness or fruit aromas.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tart, acidic, and sour bite. Cheesy, stinky, funk. Wow, everything is very strong and over powering. I love the style, but this is over barring.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I do like funky sours, and enjoyed this on a hot afternoon. Though, just a bit over powering.

I love me some sour and funk. This certainly fits the bill, and I did enjoy my bottle. Though over barring, in a sense that even puts Cantillon to shame. If you want to impress some sour heads, this is what you should bring.

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

The beer dispenses from the 375ml green wired and corked bottle a deep luminous orange with a minimal in size head that is frothy and the color and off white, the remaining lace a velum like film to cover the class. Nose sweet with a tart backing, fresh and pleasing to the eye and nose, start is sweet with the top light in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, sour, vinous, exceedingly dry, a drinkable beer.

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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 dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting. paired with some local dark chocolate

from notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, dark raspberry body, murky, shortlived fizzy head

smell: sour cherry, oak, yeast

taste: I enjoyed this kriek - much closer to Cantillon than Lindemans. Very oaky/woody with moderate sour notes coming from the cherry. Musty and funky with enough complexity to separate itself from the field

mouthfeel: light - tart

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage green bottle split in a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: B, no info.

Big old wet kiss thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this awesome sour with a fellow addict.

A - Expecting no carbonation, it looks great. No head, retention, etc. Beautiful blood red merlot wine color with great clarity!

S - Tart cherries and sublimely funky aroma full of yeast and lactic acid sourness. One-dimensional but damn good.

T - Lactic sourness assaults the tongue with tart cherry and funky yeast all over the board. Delicious is an understatement.

M - Light-bodied and incredibly tart/sour with an acidic finish. Near perfection as far as biting sourness in the mouthfeel goes.

O - Fantastic all-around, this kriek is delicious with a huge sourness that's one of the more sour beers I've ever experienced. I grabbed another bottle to share with TheDTrain which wasn't anywhere near as sour. This one gets much better with some age.

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Photo of ccrida
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet Oude Kriek is murky dull red with very thin white head skim that quickly dissipates, basically still.

Smell is great, lots of emphasis on the lambic base, big pithy citrus with a hint of sour cherries.

Taste is awesome, loads of tartness and bicarbonate, with the cherries providing a faint secondary flavor, which love. One of the best true (oude) fruit lambics I've had.

Mouthfeel is very acidic and dry, with a light body. The extreme pucker, combined with the tannins, makes up for very low carbonation level.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing fruit lambic. I couldn't ask for anything else other then a lower price! I'll have to enjoy this one again, defiantly worth a second visit soon!

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Photo of Suds
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice Lambic!
This beer is a brownish-cherry color with a modest white head. The aroma is fantastic....lots of funky brett...horse, earth, barnyard and yeast. I love it. Some acidic scents as well, and a little fruit (cherry), but this takes a backseat to the funk. The taste is tart, sour actually, with more fruit coming out in the mid-taste. Bone dry. The sourness sets the stage for the mouthfeel...very puckering. Some carbonation. This stuff is great! It's exactly what I look for in a fruit lambic.

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

update 2008 purchase date 07/2011 drank date

Still no carbonation but has a beautiful stinky cherry smell, excellent sour cherry flavor, real shit right here. HANSSENS!

375ml bottle with no date, $6.49. Nice rose color with zero head and close to zero carbonation. The aromas are of musty, earthy cherries The flavor is more cherries, sour,tart, actually pretty good. The only problem I seem to have with krieks (including this one) is that the acidity is a little high for me.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks cj

Pours a deep ruby color with some darker, ruddy hues. Pinkish, foamy head bubbles up and dissipates, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Funky and fruity in the nose with cherries. Tart and sour with lactic hints, horse blanket funk and bread crust malts.

Nice biting sourness with cherries and lactic dryness up front. Sour and funky throughout with an emphasis on the yeast, horse blanket and barnyard. Oak and cherry skin with a slight vinous character. Finishes dry and sour with a light cherry sweetness.

Medium body, nicely carbonated (unlike the experimental lambics) and dry on the tongue. A nicely done fruit lambic, although there's better available, especially considering the price.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.23/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Score re done in march of 2015. Too lazy to do a review.

A-pours a slightly hazy cherry red with a thin bubbly white head.

S-the nose has a nice barnyard funk with notes of hay, vinegar lies underneath, semi tart cherries in the back. great balance in strength and amount of funk, vinegar, and sweetness.

T-the taste is more sweet, the barnyard funk is first, lots of wet hay, very light vinegar, lots of sweet cherry with a light to moderate level of tartness to it. Great balance, everything seems to work really well together and balance is outstanding.

M-lighter body, extremely soft and smooth on the palate, great carbonation and just slighlty dry in the finish.

D-very good beer, great balance as nothing dominates, the flavors are well pronounced and work in tasty lambic harmony.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark red with a small white cap. It pours out fizzy--didn't glug out or nothing--but no effervescence is noticeable just by looking at it.

Smells sharply tart but also smooth. The oak aging is salient only in the nodes it blots out. Big cherries, not much funk.

Tastes a bit like an organic Shock Tart, like if something unnaturally intense were somehow robbed of its cloying fakeness and all that's left behind seems wholesome and real in spite of its intensity. It's like how exercise feels: a good high.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pink color. The head is a finger high, and lavender in shade. Retention is...well, it's horrible. There's no lacing either. Like many sour ales, it has the aesthetic charm of a wart. (2)

Smell: This just hits all the right notes of a good kriek - it's loaded with earthen funk notes, it's loaded with tart cherries, and it's also loaded with oaky qualities. As it evolves, I'm even picking up some vanilla and coconut (!) notes. There's also a shitload of tartness concealed by the oak/funk. Yeah, this smells great, plain and simple. (4.25)

Taste: Whoa momma, this one is tart. For a brief moment, I pick up the nuanced and delicate barrel flavors at first...and then, BOOM! Fruity, acetic tartness explodes on the midtaste. It's like someone mixed Black Cherry Warheads with Jolly Ranchers, and I freaking love it. More cherry flavors build up on the finish. This one is absolutely balls-out next to other krieks/sour ales - while it doesn't have the delicacy or balance of other sours, it makes up for it by being extremely enjoyable regardless (it helps that some of the supplementary notes still come through the intense tartness). (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, and dry. This one bites the palate with oak barrel and sourness without letting go. Because it's so tannic as well, it's not very easy to drink. Still, I don't really care. (3.75)

Overall: Objectively, I have to concede - it's not as balanced as the best sour ales. Subjectively, I also have to concede that I still love the hell out of it. The fact that it still manages to be so extreme in its tartness while revealing a nice complexity is just gravy. Did I mention it's much easier to find than anything from Cantillon/3F? Because it is. (4.25)

4.09/5: Wonderfully in-your-face

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

This beer pours a hazy pale red color. There is no head to speak of. The aroma is of cherries, hints of nuts, and a significant sour/tartness. The taste is very sour. This is by far the most sour fruit Lambic I have tasted. There are still some tart cherries, but not as much as in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I will surely drink again.

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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 tavernjef
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked green 750 - Upon opening the first wiff of barnyard must, acidic tannin, and tart citrus pulp float through the air giving a familiar raw presense of a true lambic. At which I'm still trying to appreciate and not having much luck at.
Looks like a rosy orange kool-aid with a slight pinkish/white bubbly egding around the top that sits very briefly. Aroma is as mentioned above with the added sweet and tart cherry soda mixed in - now that its breathing some in the glass. But the barnyard and must thing is hangin' strong with a measureable medicinal edge in its corners. Earthly dirty and smokey even. A keeper for sure in the nose.
Taste is more so metallic and medicinal then I was hoping. Mostly a mellow front with a light fruitish cherry and tart start, middle gains some acidic citrus and metals with touches of the earth and musty barnyard, cherry finishes it off in the end with a grab of added cherry flavor and acid washed rocks. Not overly complex nor is it overly tasty, just alot of acidity and tart. Would like to see a bit more cherry make its way through all that. But thats just me.
Glad to have tried it, but not something I'd be willing to go after again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant cherry red color with a fizzy off-white head that dies out quickly from all the acidity. Aroma is sour black cherries and a slight funky note. Flavor is tart cherry and strawberry with some nice acidity. Not too sour. Some funky oaky character on the finish. Medium-thin body, dry, lingering finish.

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

Wow, this is one tart and funky traditional lambic beer! This beer (vintage unknown) poured a suprisingly clear, dark red colour with a fizzy, white head. The aromas are of horse blanket, various farm odors, musty fruits, and vinegar. The taste was of very tart cherries, blended gueze, and musty dark fruits. The mouthfeel was lip puckering and excellent. The drinkability? This is a definite sipping beer, one that is meant to be savored slowly.

An interesting introduction to the world of traditional lambics...Cheers!

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

Oh, my lord – this reminds me so much of my early trips to Belgium in 1994, for every time I drink this beer - I just close my eyes, and I’m there - sat in the Drie Bronnen in Beersel, drinking the awesome Hanssens Kriek from one of those straight sided Gueuze-Kriek tumblers. This is one of the top 5 Krieks available.
Don’t expect a sweet commercial offering; this is how it should be –dry, spritzy, acidic, acerbic and astringent as well as sour - f***ing marvelous. I rue the day when this beer disappears. The Kriek uses cherry pulp nowadays, rather than whole cherries, as was the tradition, try older examples of Hanssens and compare them if you are ever lucky to get chance – there is a difference in color and acidity. Nevertheless, the modern ‘pulp’ Hanssens Kriek is still miles and leagues ahead of any crappy mass-produced Timmermans, De Troch, Belle-Vue or Lindemans that you may have had. The taste of the Kriek is still very traditional, quite harsh, dry, sour, and acidic and with a sharp pull that still draws the cheeks. Nice. This is still a saliva vaporizer – make no mistake.

If you ever get to the Kulminator in Antwerp, and have the money to drink, er.. burn, try the pre-90’s Hanssens offerings. For a start, they will not have any labels, merely white or red/pink sashes of paint. These are the best vintages. Strap yourself down though for the ride of a life time. Also note, that as the EU have now mandated that all beers must have a Sell-By Date (yawn), the next time you see a recent offering from Hanssen, note their own sly slick sense of humor – a nice label that has a Sell-By Date that is dated 20 years hence – LOL. Hmm, if that’s not the equivalent of two fingers to the EU – I don’t know what is.

An American once said to me; how can England have a crime rate, and no weapons?
I don’t know, but I just hope one day that I don’t have to explain why Belgium has great beers but no traditional lambics – then I will start to worry, for sure.
So, drink this beer whenever you see it. Or Else !!!!

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Oude Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.06 out of 5 based on 708 ratings.
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