Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-29-2006 01:23:56 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a semi-opaque deep ruby red color with a huge 3 inch foamy light red head that lasts. Lacing after each sip slips back down into the beer after a few seconds. Smells of sour dark cherries, red wine vinegar, and funk/must. My mouth waters with each sniff in anticipation of the sourness. Taste is of delicious sour cherries, vinegar, and a musty funkiness. There is a bitter tartness on the palate after each sip that is puckering. Very carbonated beer that is prickly on the drink down. Almost soda like in that regard. Overall, a very good lambic that I am glad I got to try.
04-08-2011 04:34:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottle picked up at State Line and consumed on 11.15.2010. Served in a Bruery tulip. Bottle shows a best by date of 2029.
Pours a dark ruby color plus a finger-finger pink Head. Quite pretty. There's some really tight lacing. The nose is sweet and tart cherry plus some nice hay and funk underneath. Moderate oak presence as well. The cherries are quite excellent.
The taste falls back to mostly cherry with some lactic character. Some mild oak and funk with a slight pucker factor. Light body and medium carbonation. This is a bit dry with a slightly-sour finish. I keep coming back for more; this is quite drinkable and one of the better krieks I've had.
11-16-2010 12:06:02 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
A: The beer is cloudy light red in color, somewhat resembling rosé wine. It poured with a thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns covering the surface. Numerous yeast particles are visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass.
S: Sour aromas primarily dominate the smell; there are some hints of spices and cherries. There is also a bit of funkiness, but nothing that's strong or overpowering.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by flavors of sour cherries. There are also some notes of oak and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: It's not difficult to drink this beer because the sour aromas and flavors are not overpowering.
11-14-2010 13:35:49 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: Pours a cherry red color with a bountiful pink head that retains reasonably well though doesn't lace
Smell: Tart cherry with a lemony aspect
Taste: Tart cherry flavors up front with the lemony pucker building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor is fruity, tart and dry
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation
Drinkability: Though it is tart and fruity and undeniably dry, the flavor profile lacks funky complexity in the middle; still, a very nice beer
08-27-2010 22:46:33 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Thrilled to be able to try this one. Generously shared at a recent tasting I was glad to finally be able to try it.
Nice color on the pour with a good amount of cloudiness to it. Nice two fingers of foam raise up quickly but fade down and leave simply a nice round circle.
Aroma of woody notes,hints of light cherries, pears, nice little tart notes sneaking up in here. Warming really brings up the woody notes. Clean, smooth, and very well blended flavor. Nice fruit notes, almost raspberry or blackberry at times meld with a musky, woody or corky flavor. Really well done. Clean finish is slightly dry with a really nice long, dry finish.
Overall glad to try it and damn right on for the style. Would do it again.
06-22-2010 02:14:56 | More by mikesgroove
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
A bold and delicate blend of what is good with Belgian beers. A hazy maroon - brown color with a light, yet vigorous carbonation. Smells very tart and fruity with a woodsy, musky, earthy tone. Tastes very fruity and vineous. Quite musky and earthy flavors woven around an abundance of raspberry. A light apple cider flavor persists. Carbonation and fruitiness adds to much creaminess, but the light souness thins the beer in the finish for easy drinking. A pleasure to drink. Much complexity in here.
02-08-2006 02:09:45 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle: Poured a deep pink color lambic with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sour cherry, oak and tart is well balance. Taste is a well balance mix between some sour cherry, oak and tart with some well balance level of acidity and sweetness. This was a very refreshing beer after a long cross-country ski outing. Definitely one of the most well balance fruit lambic Ive tried.
02-21-2007 18:19:31 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Deep, dark red color, with a rose colored foam that quickly dissipates into a thin layer.
S: Definite tartness, cherries and perhaps some other red fruits. A slight musty smell, along with some "barnyard" aromas.
T: Very tart, absolutely delicious. Tons of sour cherries, a bit of vinegar, slight oak, and a decent funk on the finish.
M: Very dry, good carbonation provides a bubbly mouthfeel.
D: A wonderful beer, tons of flavor and just a great choice for my 100th review.
08-20-2009 23:14:44 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a deep raspberry red with a light pink head.
Nose is "raspberry sour" and pleasant, assuming you like sour beer.
Mouthfeel is full, big and bold. Pleasant carbonation and a light creamy character that is most pleasant.
Flavors are big, bold, fruity, fresh, bright, uplifting and nicely sour. A most pleasant big fruity acid character that makes this pretty damn good with lots of food, despite the fruity and sour cherry, raspberry quality.
Finish is all sour cherries and citric lemon.
A nice drink.
12-26-2009 21:48:45 | More by GRG1313
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Quick re-review since Oud Beersel got re-launched with new labels.
Sustained pop from the cork, bright crimson in the glass. Plenty of pink foam that remains for the duration of the glass. Very classic, it puffs above the rim of the glass like a soufflé.
Wet stone minerality, cherry pits, natural fruit with no artificial sweetness. A little bit faint though, it could be dialed up a bit. Not much funk to speak of.
Brisk tartness, very effervescent, almost soda-like to a fault. Prominent cherry flavor, mild puckering tartness. Dry finish with some oak that is slightly noticeable. Very quenching and easy to drink, though it's not big on complexity. A good traditional Lambic for beginners.
A- / 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4
Bottled June 2004.
Cellared for one year.
Pours a dark rosy crimson. Pink foam rises and settles at the two finger mark.
Smell is musty, like a basement vault. Vague cherry is there but muted. Faint citric note.
Mildly sour in taste, but with a rich body. Cherry is not especially pronounced in flavor, but it's there. Seems to have a base similar to mineral water. Carbonation is effervescent, but soon tapers off leaving the finish to be thin and dry.
Slow drinker, definitely one to sip and savor. A good example of a traditional Kriek.
01-05-2011 01:02:31 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottle at The Alibi Room in Vancouver. Dark murky brown in color, topped with a finger of head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma is massively funky, sweaty and mineral with a hint of tart cherry and red wine vinegar. On the tongue, the fruit flavor is much more pronounced and complex, largely sour but with a very subtle hint of sweetness. Acidity is moderate to high, making for a slow sipper, but a highly enjoyable one. A touch of grain and esters appear in the dry finish, but the cherry flavor dominates here. An exemplary kriek, I'll be seeking this one out again.
05-21-2009 02:39:29 | More by largadeer
3.94/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-27-2014 05:03:45 | More by biboergosum
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
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!
11-30-2002 17:58:20 | More by NeroFiddled
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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