Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

644 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 49
Gots: 69 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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Ratings: 644 | Reviews: 328
Reviews by bskrtz:
Photo of bskrtz
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in glass beer snifter at Fat Pour, Chicago

A) Deep hazy beet red soup with bright violet red foamy head that never quits.

S) Spicey sweet, citrus juice, sour dough -- classic Belgian Kriek

T) Wonderful! If you like Kriek, you like this. Sweet & Sour cherries, under cooked malt, vineger, nutmeg, mild hops but very complex

M) Sticky sweet, full bodied and loads of fine, bottle conditioned carbonation.

O) Outstanding - one of the standards for Belgian Kriek.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Hopleaf Bar in Chicago, IL.

I was very surprised to see an Oud Beersel product on tap. Aren't they supposed to be out of business? After doing some digging I confirmed that this was indeed an Oud Beersel brew, although it is nothing at all like the Oude Kriek Vieille I am used to. This cherry geuze resembles the kriek lambics of Lindeman's or St. Louis more then it does the wonderful sour in your face monsters of Oud Beersel's past. Perhaps this brew is being produced by another brewer while Oud Beersel gets back up and running.

Appearance: Deep pink-violet, thick pink head. Champaign carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and tart cherries. Cherry cough syrup. Lemons. Funk? no.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Cherry cough syrup. Sweet front and middle. Slightly dry tart finish similar to cherry pie filling with a spritz of lemon and a dash of cinnamon kicked in. Very medicinal.

Drinkability: Not very good. Not dry enough for me and too medicinal.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer can be wrapped up in one word: cherry. It smelled like cherry juice and tasted likewise.However, it wasn't visited by the Kool-Aid Man (oh yeah!); rather, the cherry lingers pretty gently- no over-sugared Red Dye # 5 concotion here. I was expecting sour when I first sipped it, but was surprised by a slight sweetness. The cherry overtakes the drink, but I'm not complaining. It even looks like cherry juice in the glass, with only a slight lace resting on top for a head after the first pour. As a fan of lambics, I enjoyed this brew and would go for another round.

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 37.5 cl bottle that is corked and caged, a best before date stamped on the back label.

Appearance: Semi aggressive carbonation foams up real nice with a faintly pinkish hue, hazed red looking liquid shows the champagne like carbonation well.

Smell: Snappy tartness is strong in the nose with hints of sour cherries, a bit musty and earthy from the yeast also in the aroma.

Taste: Full smack of tartness hits the palate hard, carbonation is unbelievably refreshing with a well textured crispness. Cheery flavours come through right after the wave of tartness starts to settle. Slight musty barn yard flavour peeks in for a brief moment with a powdery earthy yeast flavour. Alcohol is a touch warming in the back with subtle esters. An underlying grain flavour tells the taste buds that this is indeed a beer. Puckering tartness makes way for the dry finish.

Notes: Some like their fruit lambics sweet, this lambic is brewed with sugar but it seems virtually all of the sugars were fermented out leaving it tart and dry. This is the way I like my lambics.

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$4.60 for this 12.7 oz, green, corked and caged bottle at Wines of Distinction, in Abingdon, Virginia. Pours into a tulip glass a clear, cranberry body with a short lived, pinkish/ivory head that quickly falls into a collar of lace. No other lacing. A few suspended particles that, initially, appeared to be yeast "floaties" turned out to be small, pieces of red cherries. Interesting!

Aroma is different from any Kriek I've sampled. I was expecting lots of fresh cherry aromas, but, instead, got slapped in the nose by a tart, sour, acidic, fruitiness that was more balsamic, than cherry. Cherries are definitely in the background, but aren't the major component here. This seems more like a straight gueze than a cherry lambic. I guess I'm used to Lindemans Kriek, and this one is a major departure. The taste is dry, vinous, slightly astringent, and somewhat balsamic. Very sour!

Even the mouthfeel is sour. Very sour! Light bodied, overall, with medium carbonation.

I must confess my lack of familiarity with this style. I enjoyed a few Krieks on visits to Belgium, and the Netherlands, several years ago, enjoyed them, but had no interest in taking notes or learning about the esoterics of the style. I don't intend to disparage this one, simply because I'm now more accustomed to the sweeter Krieks. In fact, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. My personal preference is for a Kriek to have a dominant cherry personality, which this one lacks. Still, this one is nicely complex, and highly drinkable. Obviously, this is a high quality lambic. Just not your average Kriek.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: no head, cloudy, high carbonation-crimson in color that is randomly darker and lighter throughout the beer

Smell: sour cherries

Taste: sour and tart cherries

Mouthfeel: sour taste, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: This is a nice and dry lambic that is highly drinkable. Another in a line of good intro sours. I will look for this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling with a best by date of 4/4/2026. The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a large white head. The aroma is very tart with notes of cherries, oak and vanilla. This is what a fruit lambic is supposed to smell like. The flavor is heavy on the tart cherries with some oak notes. The oak character is pretty strong. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The four years of age on this beer really made it shine and turned it into something special.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind vertical tasting of krieks.

Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Brilliant reddish brown under a 3” pink foam collar that descends like a leaf on a calm day to a thick film.
S: Big cherry nose with a background of barnyard, lemon and citrus. A little bit of a cherry lemonade next to a wet horse aroma.
T: Big tart cherry with some cherry pie aspects in the back laced with lemon and a light funk aspect.
F: Exceptionally creamy, softly floating through your mouth to a crisp, dry finish. The mouthfeel is very soft.
O: I have had this fresh and aged 4 years. Both are exceptional.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luscious red with a pink head. Good cherry tart and sour aroma, wood plays second fiddle.

Expansive sour, fruit seems very fresh for being out of bottle, almost pie like, sour comes back, compliments the fruit, easily overwhelmed my expectations. Mild funkiness, sour still dominating. Dry. Not balanced, but the sweetness from the cherry pie filling like flavor melded well with the sour aspect. Had this at the end of my day at sour fest, and it really stood tall. Carbonation was spot on. Acidity was just right as well. Might even be some lemon there to help amp up the tartness, just the slightest amount of woodyness to it.

Would buy next time I come across it in the bottle. $10 a 375 seems worth it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby red body pink finely carbonated head leaves behind thick patches of lace nice appearance. Aroma: Black tart cherries very acidic in nature with some cherry sweetness as well, pleasant yeast note as well brings a bready subtle tone to the table. Taste: Extremely tart blend of cherries, touch of cask aged notes excellent traditional lambic, not as lip puckering as a Cantillon but tart nonetheless. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied effervescent bubbly texture. Drinkability: Nice all around traditional fruit lambi, excellent stuff and damn affordable around 4 dollars not bad at all. This is a drinkable lambic I love the complexity of a Cantillon and the candy like sweetness of a Lindemann's but this one has a balance that I just find more palatable and consumeable for session drinking.

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark red with a thi white head. The head has slight red tints to it. It fades slowly, leaving decent laces.

This beer has a sour cherry aroma. It has a slight earthy yeasty aroma to it also.

This beer tastes of sour cherries. However, it is definatly not overly sour. It is mild and refreshing. It is sweet, but not too sweet.

This beer is smooth and refreshing. It leaves a sour cherry aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is sweet, but not too overbearing. Also, it is not too high in alcohol. I am happy to have had the oportunity to try this one.

Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rus - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy purplish-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of good amounts of funk with solid amounts of tart cherry aromas. Hints of earthiness come into play more as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Large amounts of funk with moderate amounts of mildly sweet cherry flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip the cherry flavors turn tart and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a nicely done kriek - the funk was at a good level and the cherry flavors were a nice mix of tart and sweet.

Photo of rastaman
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Along with the Beersel Oude Gueuze, this is great for its style (in this case a fruit- cherry- lambic). Gets it spot on. Stinky barnyard nose (which i like) Earthy, dry, acidic, sour, grassy, refreshing and just the right amount of cherry flavour to keep you interested, and it ain't sweet which is good, world class kriek-lambic, a must try.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
best served before 1.12.2025 on bottle

A- This beer pours a deep auburn red clear but dense body that has thin strands of bubbles gliding to the surface. The thick creamy head takes up over half the glass but turns to a strawberry red rocky layer after a bit.

S- This beer has a bold smell of bright cherries, aged brie rind and a note of damp basement. The cherries have a fresh sweet cherry smell but the overall smell is not sweet.

T- The taste of bright tart fresh red cherries has a big flavor of sweet cherry jam without the sweetness. Like Maraschino cherry flavor comes through with a soft cola note and hints of wet wood in the background. There is a tart bite at the finish that leaves a slight tomato juice acid taste hanging on after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a smooth astringent bite but it doesn't make the jaws lock up. There is a tiny fizz in the finish that comes through when it warms a bit.

D- This beer has great cherry presents and a nice tartness with some supporting flavors. It will be interesting to taste this at year 2025 to compare.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked, and rather dear around here Burgundian bottle. I wanted to say something relating this to the Belgian World Cup squad's group play, but I got nothin', despite their barely-contested success. Oh look, I just did!

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.

It smells of tart white wine vinegar, deconstructed cherries, i.e. the acids sans the fleshy fruit, a prominent farmhouse funkiness, milk that has undergone the same treatment as the aforementioned cherries, plain, gritty pale and wheat malt, and a grainy woodiness that is more evocative of dust than barrels at this stage. The taste is tart, but not overly so, cherries, a mild, indistinct funk, more musty, dusty farmhouse notes, understated grainy, wheaty, er, 'malt' essences, a hint of pulpy nuts, a rising oaken astringency, quite subdued savoury spice, and mildew-esque weedy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is on the light side, and generally frothy in its bearing, the body an agreeable enough medium weight, and so-so in its acetic acid-tinged smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the strained fruitiness and heretofore battered malt putting 'em up for one last thrashing.

A decent enough denuded fruit lambic, a la Cantillon and their lot, wherein the guest fruit is only represented in its most basic form - one best appreciated by yer average high school chemistry student, I would proffer. Given that I aced that class (20 or so years ago), I suppose that I have just the right credentials to proclaim this a success, inasmuch as I have any clue what they're actually trying to achieve. Overall, this is something that I could not really justify outside of this particular Belgian ale context, I'm afraid to say too loudly.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby red color, very deep with a one finger pinkish head on top, very nice head retention lasting as a good sized cap for the majority of the time I drank the beer. Thin lacing forms when the beer hits the sides and slowly recedes, eventually leaving clean glass.

S: Deep cherry aroma along with fruit skins, sort of red grape skin. There is some nice funk mixed in, not really barnyardy, just funky though. A litlte bit of oak right at the end.

T: More cherries and cherry skin, nice tartness, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a little bit of oak and some very faint barnyard/must.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Impressed with this kriek, the fruit and tart blend nicely making it enjoyable to drink.

Photo of soper2000
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stopped by Kahn's in Indianapolis again today and was surprised to see 2 of these on the shelf. Why did I only pick one up? Oh well, there'll be some lucky soul to get the last bottle. I didn't really know what to expect this being my first proper Kriek (ie not Lindemans). Merely taking the cage off caused the cork to fly out, hit my 9 foot ceiling than land about 6 feet away. That certainly made a nice first impression. Pours a deep ruby red with an immense (obviously) pinkish head that is very soft and cloud like. Aroma is very sour with just a little hint of mustiness, if you strain (or imagine) a faint note of cherry is perceivable. Taste is intense. Very tart. Definetely causes some pucker. The brett funk becomes more prevalent as the beer warms up. Cherry is present in the finish. Great drinkability. I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to sample at least 1 Oud Beersel product as this Kriek will surely make a fan in mourning of me.

Photo of asabreed
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Huge billowy light red head bubbles up at first. The color is a beautiful and deep dark amber. Clumpy lacing sticks pretty well, and the head recharges very well with light swirls every once in a while.

Smell: Vinegar, vinous qualities, earthiness and funkiness, must and dryness, Belgian yeast of course, and notes of tart and sour cherries in the background.

Taste: Vinegar at first hits the palate with its sour notes, then some Belgian yeast and musty dryness. However, when it's first sipped it's perceived sweet, and then immediately it becomes dry through the swallow, which I think is pretty remarkable. Finishes dry with faint hints of cherries on the tongue, though I wanted more. Like a good, dry champagne with notes of cherry way in the back.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, lots of carbonation, and gets a bit spritzy at the end. Certainly nearly a champagne.

Drinkability: Since it's dry and not to sweet or sugary, I could see someone maybe having more than one bottle. But would you have more than one bottle of champagne? Maybe you would, but I wouldn't. Also it's fairly expensive, and so certainly a good treat. Try it on New Years instead of going to the liquor store for champagne. Your guests may be both surprised and pleased.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear but still a deep deep red color with good barely pink head. Nose is tart with cherry and wood. Taste follows. Very tart flavor up front, and good sour lambic pucker. The cherry flavors come out in the middle with the wood, and continue through the finish. a wonderfully sour beer. The mouthfeel is just about perfect, and the drinkability is good. Goes down easier as it warms. Would love to see how this ages. great lambic

Photo of cokes
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smeared ruby body under a misty, pink-grey head that is slow to depart.
Nose full of oak, and hay, and white grapes, and bile. Cherry pulp is noticed, but barely and in the periphery.
Searing tartness begins the experience. Blisteringly acidic. Acedic acid. Rotten oak-barrel hued chardonnay. Monster white grapes...soured of course. Horse piss. Eye-watering, back-of-the-throat tingle that precedes the eruption of dinner back through whence it came. Bile ducts are pumping. Lightly metallic. Wheaty maltiness shines though when the tartness allows. Dry throughout. Sour cherries materialize towards the finale. Sweetness is non-existent. Pastures are manifest around the time of the swallow.
Oh yeah, this is tart as well.
Light bodied, fully spritzy, and would normally be guzzleable, if it wasn't so intense as to produce tears after each draught.

This one raises a middle-finger to friendly, fruity versions of the style. Then it spits in Lindemans face.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive exploding cork. Very pinkish foam. Medium mouthfeel, creamy, intense cherry skin. Not too tart, not mouth puckering, somewhat malted and a bit of sugar and wood. Appropriate carbonation. Easy drink.Recent batch as expiry date 2024.
Higher than expected alcohol.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fizzes out of the bottle, nice pinkish head. A dark cloudy cherry colour with a touch a purple. Loads of carbonation.

A nice subtle aroma. Some noticeable tartness, but a really laid back sweetness makes up the bulk of the aroma.

A little bit of cherry sweetness when it first touches the tongue, but the tartness, verging on sour, takes over pretty quick. After a couple seconds the flavour starts to round out with some of that sweetness coming through again. A good hint of grain right at the finish, I'd prefer a bit more, but it's nice.

Good carbonation throughout. Enough to wake up the taste buds, but not too much to take away from the flavour.

A great drinker. I'd probably serve it a bit warmer than I usually like my krieks, it lets some of that sweetness comes through. When it was right out of the fridge all I got was sour.

Good stuff.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle... best before 10/03/2030 according to the bottle. Batch code L0069 08:51:45. Uncorked effortlessly.

Appearance- Bright burgundy color that is an exact match to the color on the label. Pink head and lots of it. Bottle art doesn't match the BA label, and is rather majestic with gold trim.

Smell- Very sour, funky and complex. I know that we'll be in for a treat.

Taste- Tart, dry and musty. Flavorful like natural cherries... not artificially sweet at all. Sour balance. A real class balance of sourness and flavor that truly an artisan would have created.

Mouthfeel- Inviting, natural, mouth-puckering and authentic.

This is a fine beer and should be sought out accordingly so... I'm tempted to downgrade my ratings just so that it doesn't become a rarity!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had so many sweet semi-lambics lately (ie. Lindemann's) that I was quite relieved when I popped the cork on this and could smell the tartness of the lambic immediately! It's been refrigerated upright for some time, and carefully poured, but the body is still quite hazy. I guess the high level of carbonation pulled it up as soon as the cork was released. The color is a reddish-orange-brown. The head is magnificent, however, with a glowing pink foam that continually holds a densely creamy 3/4" head. The aroma is blessedly sour - it even smells astringent (can it be? Or is that the hay/straw suggesting it to me?!) - and vinous with just a hint of the fruitiness below. The body is thin but the extremely fine & effervescent carbonation (which starts crisp) warms to give it a creaminess that helps it to appear fuller. A mouth-puckering lactic sourness welcomes you to this exquisite gem before warming to reveal all of the standard lambic qualities: woody with loads of oak and and a touch of pine, horseblanket, barn, sweat, leather, earthy, powdery, soapy... an amazing array of flavors. It's surprisingly bone-dry with the cherries lending only a very minor thread to the cloth; and appearing quite vinous, even more like grapes in the finish. An authentic kriek lambic! An astonishingly complex beer that is meant to be mulled over and enjoyed for a good part of the evening. Highly recommended to those who understand geuze and lambic!

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.