RasmusOtt (1083) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky amber with no head. Aroma is lots of cherries, raspberries, some vinegar, balsamic, ripe sweet fruits, fruit gummy and oaky notes. Taste is alot more tart, white wine, oark, raspberries, cherry, balsamic, vinegar, some sweets and strawberries. Soft thick palate.
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle from Jubilation. $17.99. Well, I was hesitant to purchase this as I didnít know much about it, but Iím happy. Carbonation is a bit low for the style, but fine. Could be more sour, but itís sour enough I suppose. Finishes with a little fresh burst of fruit that is quite nice. A little more earthy funk would be nice too. I should probably grab another bottle to hold onto.
mnmike (1030) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample when Odell was in town at the local Four Firkins shop. This one is different even for a sour - big time like.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 02/10/2012. Pours cherry brown, no head, with a still surface. Aroma dominated by raspberries and tart cherries, juicy, with some lactic notes, hint of yogurt, and funky oak finish. Flavor has an initial tart, acidic bite, leading into cherry, some balsamic in the mid-flavor, and surprisingly mellow, dry finish with notes of oak. Palate is maybe a bit thin with low carbonation, but somehow works and reminds me of unblended lambic in texture.
thome50 (1018) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle via South Dakota bottle shop. Pours a nice copper color with an off white head. Aroma is of sour and raspberry but nothing that blows you away. Taste is again, light cherry with a bit of raspberry on the finish but nothing that stands out to me. Forgettable and very sad for the price.
GarrettB (1015) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 24th, 2012 - Hereís a treat: a special indulgence to mark the last evening of my summer vacation, to conclude my stay with my family back home, and a kick-off before returning to a strict and stringent ketogenic diet. With a special kind of affected reverence, I poured the Friek into my favorite glass (which has not nor will travel with me for fear of breaking it), revealing a brew with a blushing peach color, and little to no head. Thereís a moment of alarm as I consider the possibility that the beer has gone flat, but I see enough bubbles in the body to assuage myself. I donít have to crane my head too far to take in the aroma - the dominant note is an oak sourness that reminds me of some of the heavier Belgian brews my old roommate and I used to sip with relish back in Colorado. Lighter touches of rose, vanilla, sour cherry, and some dark chocolate shavings decorate the central pillar of sourness and pungent wood like a pagan decoration. On the taste I catch more ripe raspberry than I did on the nose, and a lighter, brighter cherry flavor swells and takes on more prominence. Overall, the flavor of the Friek begins very quiet and placid, ramping up as the sourness and oak burn kick in, and then bringing in a cornucopia of little sweet fruit flavors. After that, itís a quick drop from the cacophony of tastes, leaving a low, exhausted oak note and a lumbering, deep, mashed raspberry and cherry taste to contrast with the earlier, brighter fruit notes. In the case that you couldnít tell from the above, this is a powerful beer drinking experience. Each sip brings the drinker on a roller coaster loop of flavors and tastes, replicating the peak and drops. This is a fruit beer worth splurging on, and a worthy way to end a relaxing vacation home with the family.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby red with a head that lasts for a fraction of a second. Looks like soda pop. The nose is intense cherry, raspberry, vanilla, vinegar and funk! Taste is very sweet but the sour balances this beer nicely. The oak adds a very subtle vanilla flavor that blends well. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light body and a long finish. Very good
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phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 75 cl, courtesy of MatSciGuy - Thanks! Pours murky amber/red with a head thatís gone after 2 seconds, then no head at all. Aroma is rather vinegary, like a raspberry vinegar, cause it has lots of raspberries and cherries, tart oakiness, English winegums, sweet balsamico and vanilla. Less funky and more balsamico and wine-like than belgian lambiks. Taste has a good deal of sweetness at first, cherry winegums, Rodenbach-like lushness to the sourness, the sourness is really mellow, not at all tart like a belgian lambik, just very smooth and pleasant. The fruitiness is actually spot on in this beer, it just needs to be a bit more wild on the yeast. Would be excellent as an aperitif.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Dark red with no head, although I can see the carbonation. Aroma is rich with sour cherry and sour yeast. Very tart and fruity with lots of subtle oak in the mid palate. This is great it really does have something going on. Great brew.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
17/02/2013 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Rossastra con riflessi arancia, schiuma leggerissima bianca che scompare immediatamente. Al naso sentori di frutta rossa, note citriche e acetiche, non un granchť. In bocca conferma le stesse sensazioni, piuttosto sgraziata, con un acetico importante, non molto secca e pulita nel finale. Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Non allíaltezza delle aspettative.