Oude Kriek (2020)
pFriem Family Brewers
A Note on This Beer
“No other brewery even comes close. pFriem is unequivocally The Beer Connoisseur’s best brewery of all time.” — Lynn Davis founder, editor, and publisher of the renowned website.
It’s been just under ten years since the Belgian-influenced pFriem Family Brewers first opened their doors.
Back then, their pantry of brews was small, and their fans were limited solely to folks residing in the evergreen-covered Oregon countryside, along the banks of the Columbia River. Things were pretty quiet for the first year as founders Josh Pfriem, Ken Whiteman, and Rudy Kellner spent their days perfecting their Old World-inspired recipes.
Then, less than a year after opening, local lifestyle publication Willamette Week selected pFriem’s Belgian Strong Dark Ale as its 2013 Beer of the Year!
Craft fans, homebrewers, and industry experts across the Pacific Northwest took notice as this brand-spankin’ new brewery from tiny Hood River beat out more established breweries like Breakside, De Garde, and even the then-independent 10 Barrel.
And that was just the beginning.
Now, a decade later and more GABF, World Beer Cup, and Oregon Beer Awards than we can count (amongst many, many others), the brewers at pFriem have established themselves as a legend of the North American craft scene.
It isn’t just The Beer Connoisseur that holds this family-run brewery in such high esteem. Thrillist names them as one of the Best Breweries in America, and Paste Magazine lists pFriem as one of their Top 3 Best Breweries of the 2010s!
So today, join us in celebrating these North American masters with this box of funky, fruity, and flavorful brews. Here’s what ya get:
Oude Kriek — 5.6% ABV — 96/100 on The Beer Connoisseur
As the folks at TBC describe it: “This is what ‘world-class tastes like.” And we bet that after one sip of this oak-aged masterpiece, you’ll agree.
Stuffed with locally-sourced Van, Bing, and Royal Anne cherries and aged for 10 months in French Oak barrels, this Kriek brims with notes of jammy dark fruit and a touch of vinous funk. Hints of almonds and berries on the nose give way to biscuity, cherry pie-like flavors wrapped in a light and effervescent body.
*Rated 4.15 on Untappd; 91/100 on BeerAdvocate
Oud Bruin — 8.7% ABV — 96/100 on The Beer Connoisseur
According to TBC, this “delightful brew” is best enjoyed by the fireplace as the aromas of caramelized apples, vinous cherry, and caramel wash over your palate.
And delightful it is.
Aged in French Oak barrels and French Oak foudres, this tart, jammy Bruin bursts with bold, Old World-inspired flavors! Notes of sherry and tannic leather give way to splashes of marionberry and fig on the finish.
*Ranked in the Top 50 Beers of its Style in the World on BeerAdvocate
Flanders-style Red Ale —7.0% ABV — 94/100 on The Beer Connoisseur
Every drop of this Barrel-Aged Ale will transport you to the picturesque hillsides of Belgium where, as TBC puts it, you’ll dine on fine, local cuisine, “and the only thing better would be to share the entire experience with friends.”
18 months in French Oak barrels imparts vinous notes of Pinot Noir and splashes of tart cherry. Nuances of tobacco and leather swirl around a Bretty funk, lingering delicately on the palate before disappearing with a dry and tannic finish.
*Rated 90/100 and ranked in the Top 30 Beers of its Style in the World on BeerAdvocate; Gold Medal Winner at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards
Nectarine Golden Ale — 6.9% ABV — 95/100 on The Beer Connoisseur
With 3 lbs per gallon of locally-sourced nectarines stuffed into this brew, it’s no wonder TBC calls it “a wonderful beer that expresses nectarine in subtle, but enjoyable ways, on top of a mildly sour and tart, slightly wild fermentation.”
After spending 6 months in Sauvignon Blanc barrels, this nectarous sipper drips with notes of citrus zest and sweet marmalade. Hints of crumbly biscuit swirl around layers of drippy stonefruit, making every sip taste like a homemade peach pie.
*Rated 4.07 on Untappd; Gold Medal winner at the 2018 World Beer Cup
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Not my favorite style, not even the cherries were able to win me over.
Very good. Slightly lacking in depth but overall very well made oude Kreik
One of the best I ever had
Supremely effervescent, very nice color, as well. Quite tart and noticeably dry (not a complaint). Starts tart and cherry, finishes a bit bitter/oakey. Quite nice.
Never had a kriek before but that was a pleasant surprise. Not sure if it fits the Christmas winter theme but still tasty.
Great kriek! Tart cherries