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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

510 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 37
Gots: 48 | 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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NWHopinator

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-29-2014 03:05:27 | More by NWHopinator
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 05:03:45 | More by biboergosum
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 18-04-2032 at 50 degrees into standard pint; when I removed the cage, the cork popped out
Aroma cherry
Head large (5 cm), pink, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a fizzy 4 mm layer
Lacing - none
Body –deep purple, opaque
Flavor totally sour cherries; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; the sourness fades as the end nears
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 22:04:47 | More by Ozzylizard
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-25-2014 10:35:32 | More by SpasmWaiter
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Kimchi270


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-25-2014 04:23:34 | More by Kimchi270
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pottergator

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-21-2014 19:52:37 | More by pottergator
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-19-2014 01:59:50 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-18-2014 23:02:50 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-15-2014 23:46:24 | More by Kmat10
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous appearance, as is typical of Belgian kriek lambics. Dark ruby body with a thick, creamy lavender cap. The aroma is musty funk and cherry. The flavor is a showcase for the cherries, with additional notes of earth, nuts, cherry pit, hay, wet basement. This is a particularly good bottle of this beer. A fairly common bottle as far as lambics are concerned. I should keep this in stock. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 03:23:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-09-2014 21:36:43 | More by IAmHollywood13
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andilane

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-09-2014 02:02:31 | More by andilane
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allenson21

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-05-2014 03:52:21 | More by allenson21
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

06-01-2014 02:27:16 | More by captainbearcat
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carlitosbronson1

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-31-2014 19:38:21 | More by carlitosbronson1
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-27-2014 07:04:23 | More by Jamison85
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy cherry red with a plush pink head. She's a beaut.
smell: tart, funky and sour, and earthy. The nose is potent.
taste: As you would expect from the nose. all this tart, funky, sour notes. A hint of sweetness, mostly dry with a long lingering sour finish.
overall: I don't have a lot of experience with these sours but damn i think i'm gonna soon. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 22:46:43 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-21-2014 06:28:42 | More by sloelco
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/19/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Deep purple, with some dark red - remarkably, absurdly, borderline hilariously bright pink head - very large, fluffy, slowly fades to a (still) large head, leaves a little lacing

Smell: Cherry-soaked Band-Aids? - huge, huge amounts of cherries - tart cherry skins and some tart cherry flesh - this isn't just cherry flavored, this smells like cherries in a blender - big phenolic aroma, with a touch of vinegar - lots of wood - sour and funky notes, but the emphasis here is clearly on the cherries

Taste: Sour, tart cherries with some funk and vinegar - touch of acidity, but mostly this is a damp, musty, lactic funk, and for what it is, it's very funky - some yeasty and barnyard flavors - an abundance of cherry flesh and cherry skin - maraschino cherry flavors minus virtually any sweetness - some wood and more woody funk - nicely low level of sweetness, finishes mostly dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes dry with some funk

Overall: Pink is a beer style

The aroma is potently phenolic at first, but it improves substantially as it warms up. And the taste is consistently good. This isn't the most complex Kriek, but it's definitely interesting, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 01:53:32 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super deep pink. Dark reds and burgundy as it settles. Head is bubbly and a nice dark pink. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Decent head retention leaves a small cap. Negligible lacing.

Smell: Cherry juice and flesh and more cherry. Slight lactic bite to the whole thing. Underlying funk. So much cherry flesh. Phenolic and medicinal. Band-Aids. Sweet with some underlying funk. Musty and damp. So much cherry. Some ripe cheese. Warming ups the sweetness a touch and lets the tart edges brighten a bit. A bit of pie crust and butter.

Taste: A bit more tart than the nose indicates. Slightly acidic with some tart cherry flesh and juice. Mild tannins with a solid oak backing. Lots of wood. Damp and musty with old stone basement. A hint of cheese. Phenolic, but it works with the tart cherry juice. Medicinal. Cherry flashes up front and then fades quickly. Leaves a lingering citric tartness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Moderate to light carbonation. A touch dry on the back with a juicy front sip.

Overall: Cherry Band-Aids are good for the soul.

A nice but unexciting "sour." Cherry is prevalent, but so are Band-Aids.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 01:46:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-16-2014 04:22:36 | More by AndyEdgar
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-15-2014 18:46:32 | More by Kelp
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 18/04/32

A - Gorgeous, deep burgundy. Resounding pop from the cork. Blocky, frothy, rose head with great longevity.

S - Cherry blended with wood chips. Sour blue-cheese funk. 30/30/40 split between cherry/wood/funk.

T - Very sour cherry, a little bitter oak and woodiness provide the body of flavour. Lambic funk arrives at the end. Promises complexity, on which it definitely delivers. Minimal sweetness. Dust cherry skins.

M - Smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Feels very rustic. Dry

O - Surprised at the depth of flavours this beer offers. For comparison, I greatly preferred this to the (much) more highly rated Fou'Foune I had early this week. Dials up the wood and fruit and dials down the lambic funk. May have to grab a bottle with which to test the best before date. Underrated.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 22:27:36 | More by abeeronthebeach
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IRONRakkasan

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-10-2014 19:43:57 | More by IRONRakkasan
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Chris00710

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-06-2014 15:30:38 | More by Chris00710
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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