pFriem Oude Kriek
What the brewers say
“pFriem’s Oude Kriek is made by adding lush, juicy cherries grown right up the road, to our year-old lambic ale and letting them get to know each other for another 10 months. Judging from the aromas of fruity nuttiness and bright flavors of cherry pie and berries with a dry, tangy finish, they’re a perfect match.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Subtle tart fruitiness, pleasant woodsy oak character. You can detect cherries, but just barely.”
Flavor: “Great balance of tart cherry character with an underlying sweetness, so it’s not overly puckering or cloying. Fantastic finish. The carbonation accentuates a subtle spicy fermentation character, and you’re left with lingering cherry and candy notes with some oak character to round things out.”
Overall: “A really nice beer. The cherry character adds subtle complexity throughout, but isn’t overdone.”