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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

516 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 37
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002)
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TXHops

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.5 % ABV

Since Oude Beersel is currently shut down, based on info provided by the esteemed TheLongBeachBum, I needed to make sure I got my hands on a bottle of the kriek while I was in Boston. This beer was clearly ready for me to review it, because before I even finished unwrapping the wire cage, the cork popped out and flew all the way to the other side of the room, after smashing into the ceiling. Oddly enough, the beer didn’t gush at all—just a Herculean pop. The strikingly beautiful hazy pink body coordinated dashingly with the light pink head of constantly-replenished foam. The tart aroma suggested brettanomyces and lactobacillus, as well as dirt, cranberries and leather: appetizing! Although the nose suggested that this was gonna be a sour beer (and I knew that going in as well) I was shocked, nay STUNNED by how sour this beer actually was. One sip forced my right eye to close entirely, while my left eye fought through tears to maintain a slit through which to stare in disbelief at the glass. The odd thing was, the beer didn’t start quite that sour. In fact, while the kriek was in the my mouth, I could taste tart fruit and sour Geueze, but I could also discern a hint of vanilla or oak. But as soon as I swallowed—SLAM! When the air touched the inside of my mouth and allowed the taste buds to think about what had happened to them, the reaction was quick and sudden. This beer literally took my breath away.

After a 10 minute reflective period that also served as an acclimation session for my palate, I was able to taste the fruit more clearly. The cherries really did take on sort of a cranberry character. I’ve never eaten a sour Belgian cherry, but I assume they don’t taste like Bings or Maraschinos ;). Still, the tartness is more reminiscent of the native swamp berry of the Northeastern US. The soft carbonation is very reminiscent of any other Belgian style beer (dubbel or tripel especially) and the licorice-like flavor that emerged late reminded me instantly of Orval. A bit of warmth resulted in very little dulling of Oude Kriek’s intensity. I was still shaking my head at the end of the bottle…

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 20:32:06 | More by TXHops
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This beer pours a murky, dark pink-tinged red brick amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and rather caked pale magenta head, which leaves but a few disparate specks of wayward lace around the glass as it genially abates.

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.