Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/18/2032. Cork nearly popped itself off, but I caught it with the cage. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky pink head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful. Aromas of big sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, musty wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, musty wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an oudstanding kriek lambic style. All around awesome complexity and balance of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the modest acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.
08-30-2014 21:17:06 | More by superspak
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
750ml bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter 8/22/2014.
WARNING: this is a very highly carbonated beverage and the cork hit the ceiling as soon as the cage was unwinded. So be careful when you open this.
A- Clear pink-red body with a fluffy three finger pink head that slowly dissipates. Looks quite effervescent, which is not surprising given how quickly the cork flew off. 
S- Musty hay, moldy cheese, cherry skins, tart cherry puree. This is actually what I would imagine to be fairly authentic as far as a kriek goes. Not much in terms of acidity on the nose- just unbridled funk and fruit. 
F- Very pleasantly surprising amount of acidity. It's more than enough to make the back of my jaws start tingling. Lactic acid, vinegar, accompanied by a lot of cherry tartness with an earthy farmhouse horse blanket finish. The nose wasn't as complex as the flavour, which is an excellent blend of fruit, sour and funk. [4.5]
M- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I'd expect from lambic but still plenty substantial. A bit overcarbonated, without the typical fruit dryness. Finish is acidic cherry as expected. [3.75]
O- Very good kriek that you should be able to find in most stores. For what it is, this is an excellent value that I can describe as an authentic Belgian kriek. Highly recommended for those who enjoy sour beers in general, as this is plenty sour for the Warhead-loving crowd. (4.25)
Final score: 4.25
(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
08-23-2014 05:38:05 | More by Stevedore
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
awesome brew here, as good as any of the 3F stuff I think, and one of the funkier more mature krieks I have had, up there with the best of the Belgians. great rose colored liquid, rather clear for the style, with a pink quartz colored head, thick as whipped cream and rising up like this thing has been ready to burst through the cork and cage for an eternity. so happy to be free, it emits aromas of tart cherries, baking pies, and of course funky oaky lactic lambic that's well blended and especially sour. the cherries sweeten it up only slightly in the taste, and the vinegar smelling salt intensity of the nose is better integrated in the flavor. cherries are enormous, not a faint accent but a dominant flavor, I could have predicted that from the jammy red color. head never settles, and the carbonation on it is effervescent and super bright. tart and sour both from the fruit, sour from the lambic and downright woody from its time in oak. mature as they come, dynamic and never getting too sweet. a lightness hangs in this one, making a small bottle not quite enough for me, its interesting enough that I will likely buy another one because I don't feel done with it. top notch stuff, super fairly priced, and as good as any kriek out there. trust me.
08-14-2014 22:14:19 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured into a Bruery tulip. Best by 10-04-2014.
A: Pours about three fingers of dense pink head with a ruby body.
S: Mostly gueze up front; briny, lemon sour, funk, lacto tang. Some cherry sweetness does poke out in a fleshy, cherry pit kind of way. Has that nice cinnamon/barrel note that you get in krieks.
T: You notice the gueze base first before getting the cherries. Nice cherry tartness along with more of that cinnamon/barrel note I mentioned in the smell. Jammy and tart.
Mf: Prickly carbonation with a lip smacking sourness and a residual cherry sweetness.
O: At first it was too cold and the cherries were very hidden, but as it warmed a good amount of the fruit sweetness came through. The fruit is obviously from actual fruit and really works well with the base beer. Solid, authentic kriek.
07-31-2014 06:04:11 | More by CowsandBeer
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.