Hanssen's Oude Kriek opens with a healthy POP! Pours like cranberry juice, with a slight haze, into my flute a still liquid. There's an occasional large carbonation bubble rising to the surface but that's few and far between. A minimal white bubbly head formed on the pour but quickly fell to a tiny micro bubble ring around the glass. This kriek looks very refreshing.
I'm really digging the aroma on this one. A little earthy with a touch of funk upfront that quickly segues into tart cherries. There's a hint of sweetness but it's well in the rear. This lambic certainly focuses more on the tartness than some other available lambics and I salute Hanssens for that.
Solid respectable tartness right upfront makes me pucker immediately. The sourness is in check though and combines with a touch of sweetness on the swallow. There's some earthiness but it stays in the background and lets the tart cherries take the lead without being overbearing.
This lambic is all at once spritzy, sour, tart, light bodied and most importantly, refreshing. This lambic finishes bone dry and leaves you wanting more. Although I'm dry on the swallow there's a residual cherriness that lingers long after.
This is without a doubt an easy drinker. Like I said before it's very refreshing. This 375ml is enough for me in one sitting but that's because there's only so much sour I can drink at any given moment.
Although I'm not very well traveled when it comes to lambics this is, without a doubt, an enjoyable drinker. Whether this is a world class cherry lambic, I have yet to see but the journey should be an enjoyable one.
A - Pours a clean light amber body with no head to speak of. There are only a few bubbles around the edges of the glass. Not that unusual for a brew that has been aged in the bottle for more than 3 years.
S - It's been too long since I have had a lambic. Nice clean smell of tart and sour with sour cherries riding along. Very light in the funk department.
T - Starts off with mostly cherry fruit juice. Slightly sugary and mild, there is a lot of depth to the cherry. Makes me think of white cranberries a bit too. Tartness takes hold, but is subtle and smooth rather than being up front and aggressive. Finishes clean with only a slight bit of tartness hanging on in the very mild aftertaste.
M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is light, working well with the overall make up of the beer.
Overall - Very well done fruit lambic. I could drink this time and time again. Recommended.
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