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Felix Kriek

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Formerly brewed at Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (2076) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
One of the beers continued elsewhere after Clarysse’s demise. Very sweet, only slight sourishness and no oud bruin character, totally different from the original version (on 75 cl), which was a real oud bruin kriekenbier with actual sour cherries and all nice things about oud bruin (lactic acidity, malt complexity, fruitiness). I have no idea why they made it more bland and much more sweet afterwards, should be two different beers here; I will rate it here in the more recent 25 cl version.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12278) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy brownish maroon color, medium off white head. Aroma of fruit and fruitcake. Taste is mildy sour cherries, lemons. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 21, 2012
1000th rate, courtesy of traPissed Deep burgundy with sour cherry nose and slight head. At first a little acrid with burnt malt, lots of Brett funk and refreshing sourness. Chery fruit flavour builds to a fruit balsamic. Lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
traPISSED (104) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 12, 2012
1972 vintage bottle at home. This was closed with only a cork and is one of the original unsweetened bottles that used to be produced until the 1980s. Label reads "Felix Kriek Speciaal". It had held up extremely well considering it’s 40 years old! Reminded me of Rodenbach Grand Cru crossed with Goudenband. The cherry profile had mostly disappeared, however there where hints of the fruit throughout. The sourness was strong and certainly equal to the Rodenbach. Carbonation was low but even when new im guessing it was low as the cork was not clamped down or caged but just put in like a bottle of wine. Possibly the best conditioned vintage beer I’ve tried.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2012
20 year old bottle at DRBM. The aroma has some marzipan, fruits, cork. Murky brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is quite sweet, light sourish and has some caramel, light cork tones, cherries. Bit oily/sticky mouthfeel. Well kept, is quite a nice desert beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2011
2000 Vintage (supposedly – the bottle had a best before strip dating from ‘88 – ’92) 75 cl. bottle shared @ Kulminator – brewed at Clarysse – A: murky brown with a hazy musty red hue, small rusty white head, mysterius brown sediment – S: this clearly had some sweetness in it before (actually going by the taste it was probably pretty damn sweet & still quite is) – smell is not that good due to the aging and this, not much of a factor for me but everyone else found it revolting, pure cobwebs, lots of rotting cellar, rotting cherries & most of all rotting aspartame – T: glazy, thinned out arpartham cherries coated with cherry grenadine mixed with cellar, musty, rotting touch, fermenting cherries in the finish, lots of cobwebs & very dusty in the end – B: dusty really with some medium glazy qualities – Aging beers like this remains mostly the work of a madman for me & a typical Kulminator thing – curious & curiosity

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2011
About 20 years old, still from Clarysse
Red brown colour, small beige head. Bit of a gusher. Aroma of cherry, madeira, cellar, light sour notes, raspberry and slight cork. Flavour light tart, light sweet, cherry, madeira, raspberry. Finish somewhat tart with sweet madeira. Very nice, great in it’s age.
(75cL bottle @ DRBM, courtesy of PotjeBier)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle @ DRBM. Many years old as Oudenaards Kriekenbier. A clear red/brown colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of cork, fruits. Also a kind of cellar flavor. The taste is flat, fruits with cork. More raspberries than cherries. The aftertaste of fruits with cork.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1732) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle @ DRBM 2011, from my own cellar, about 20 years old (from the original Clarysse brewery). Murky brown color. Very lively, beer came gushing out of the bottle. Aroma was, alas, quite corky, mouldy. Flavor, however, was amazing, nice sweet ’n’ sour, with notes of raspberries, I wouldn’t have thought it was 20 years old.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (4781) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2011
75cl Bottle at DRBM, as Felix Oudenaards Kriekbier, BBF ’92. Hazy amber brown colour, thin off white head. Aroma of cork, mould, fungus, basement, sourish, cherry pits, raspberries. Flavour is light sour, sweetish, raspberries, light malty, sour finish that fades fast. Light bodied. Not bad actually..


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