What the Friek

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by Goosey, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. Goosey

    Goosey Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    I just passed up a Abyss at $12 for a Odell Friek at $20 (though I do already have 2 Abyss). Anyone have any thoughts on this guy? I've never had it, but it was the last on the shelf, and it sold out in a day. That makes me think that it must at least be something worth having, but it is hard to imagine why this cost more than an Abyss. Hopefully it is as good as Deconstruction, which is great with a few years on it. I am really thinking age is the way to go with this one. Thoughts?
  2. jhu1995

    jhu1995 Jun 18, 2005 Maryland

    Had Friek at the Savor Beer DC event two years ago. By far my favorite beer at that event (my bro's as well). You chose wisely. Not sure if it was aged at all prior to the event, but all I know is it was delicious. Very jealous right now.
  3. busternuggz

    busternuggz Mar 9, 2008 California

    I thought Friek was pretty tasty. It's not too sour (you decide if that is good or bad) and the fruit flavors are nice. At $20 it is a bit steep though.
  4. robwater

    robwater Jan 14, 2012 Colorado

    Very solid kriek. Solid cherry (like the actual fruit - not Ludens cough drops - see Lindeman's kriek), but not crazy sour like a Jacobins Rouge. It's a good grab for sure.
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    It's good, but not $20 good.
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  6. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    You did a smart thing piking it up. You already have a couple bottles of Abyss, so why not try something new?

    And me, I love Friek. It's a very solid kriek from a local brewery (and its $16 here, $20 is pretty steep). Personally, I'd rather drink it than Abyss...buy I'm a sour guy
  7. cselby

    cselby Sep 14, 2012 California

    i just received a friek in a trade. although i have never tried it, should i sit on the bottle for a little bit longer, or since it is fruited, should i enjoy it sooner?
  8. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    You've never had it, so no point in sitting on it. Crack her open!
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  9. iadler

    iadler Aug 12, 2009 Illinois
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    Just had it on tap and there was a lot of cherry and raspberry. I thought it wasn't too sour, but had more of a tart taste from the fruit. I enjoyed it, but could see it maybe getting a little more funky and sour and less sweet as time goes on.
  10. cselby

    cselby Sep 14, 2012 California

    this weekend it is, then! thanks!
  11. mondegreen

    mondegreen Nov 4, 2009 Georgia

    I had Friek a couple years back. It wasn't very sour at all. Almost like an alcoholic fruit soda.
  12. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    If you already had a couple abyss and enjoy a great kreik, then you made the right decision. It's an amazing beer, probably my favorite small release from odell.
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  13. bushmat2

    bushmat2 Feb 18, 2011 Colorado

    I personally like it much much better fresh.
  14. Goosey

    Goosey Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    I have no idea why Todd moved this to U.S. Mountain. I am in Missouri, and is not really a region specific question, but thanks for the thoughts anyway. New thread... reducing cognitive dissonance.
  15. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I thought I read somewhere that Chad from Crooked Stave was involved in originally creating this beer. Anyone know anything about this?
  16. denver10

    denver10 Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    $16 seems to be the standard price, which is more than I want to spend for it in the first place. So $20 is definitely very high. That said, its a good beer and worth trying. I'd have overpaid that once and given it a try, I like trying stuff.

    What I find frustrating is I looked to if see this beer was on tap around me so I wouldn't have to buy a full bottle,, it wasn't so went and finally grabbed a bottle. Within that week it finally started hitting taps around town.
  17. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Apr 5, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Almost bought a bottle of this, but I'm glad I didn't. Had it on tap and was really disappointed, tasted watered down to me, still pretty good, but nowhere near what I was expecting. Would love to try it again because I always think there's a chance something happened somewhere down the line that held it back from what it should really taste like, but at the prices it's going for that's a hard sell.
  18. drumrboy22

    drumrboy22 Jul 22, 2005 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I don't know much in the way of details, but he worked at Odell for a year or so before opening Crooked Stave. I heard he helped create Friek and Saboteur.
  19. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Love the beer. Prefer it fresh and wish it was cheaper.
  20. kojevergas

    kojevergas Aug 15, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Loved it. Excellent sour, maybe even on par with La Folie. I don't hesitate when I see it on the shelf, even with its hefty pricetag. Probably my favourite beer from Odell.
  21. MileHighShooter

    MileHighShooter Nov 23, 2010 Colorado

    Better fresh. Still pretty good with time but I put away a batch 1 and compared it to batch 2 when it was last released, the freshness of the berries was kind of lost on it. The fruit doesn't hold up as well as say a Cantillon. 20$ for not being bought in Denver, doesn't seem way out of line. I wish all of Odell's specialty stuff was cheaper, but Friek is the only one I don't even think twice about dropping the cash on. Good beer.
  22. alexipa

    alexipa Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    There's about 8-9 bottles of this at my tiny local liquor store in the back, in a corner, priced at $11. I might just have to go clear em out!
  23. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard May 19, 2005 Colorado

    We got about a case left. :cool:
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