Style: American Wild Ale
Odell Brewing Company Friek
What the brewers say
“Multiple Kriek-style ales are fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries, then moved into oak barrels. We add raspberries just before the final blending. Sweet and tart flavors mingle with a sparkling dry finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Earthy and deep, with the aroma of a big fruit stash hiding behind the corner. Floral components, and light cherry note, perhaps blackberry, and light raspberry. Some light Brett funk and light-to-moderate acidity.”
Flavor: “Smooth and slightly sweet with a potent fruit flavor that is a bit of a mélange and hard to place. Moderately strong berry and tasty L_acto _sourness with a champagne-like effervescence.”
Overall: “I like the spritzy nature of this beer. It’s simultaneously light and substantial. Well-balanced, all the flavors complement each other nicely. Firm sourness up front with fruit following quickly. The earthy/woody character is assertive. The berry notes are there, as is the Brett and Lacto character, but none of them are out of place. This is an easy drinking berry sour that could be enjoyed by itself or with a light meal (savory crepes come to mind).”
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