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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

339 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 701
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 55
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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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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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best before 10/2034:
Pours a crimson to burgundy, with a dark pink effervescent bubbly head that grows quickly and disappears almost as quickly. Some bubbles are visible riding to the top. The nose is funky tart, almost equally balanced. The funk is most cheese-like, the tart is cherry-based. I also get a hint of wood after a swirl.

The taste starts with sour apple tart, mellowing to a yogurt-like tang, which also brings about a note of cherry. There is definitely a presence of carbonation, but it is subdued on the tongue. The taste dies of fairly quickly, but I detect a remnant of cherry taste after the strength of the taste has left.

Decently tart, mildly dry, but not as much of the cherry as I'd expected. I enjoyed it, but not sure it's worth another purchase at the price I paid.

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Photo of ShamasUVA
5/5  rDev +20.2%

The best fruit wild/sour ale I've had. The fruit is extremely prominent in this beer, undoubtedly due to the high ratio of cherries to lambic (400g/L per the label). The base beer is extremely well made... bracingly sour and refreshing with no off flavors. Extremely clear for a fruit beer and lambic-based one at that. This beer shows off the art of brewing at as high of a level as anything on the market.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Deep red. Huge pink head that settles very slowly. Lively bubbles.

Smell - Lots of cherry. Woody and dried grass. Lightly funky. Lemony acidity.

Taste - Tart cherry. Woody immediately. Sour and kinda malty. Sweet cherry tempers the sourness. Wood flavors linger into the finish with cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Way too highly carbonated. Overpowers the flavor at points. Medium body.

Overall - Couldn't get rid of the excessive carbonation, which affected the taste. Good cherry flavor, decent lambic character.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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. [4]

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. [4]

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)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Photo of MisterGone
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

This is not likely to be an issue of a bad bottle, but of a personal preference. I had many Flemish Reds before this and had expectations of sour cherry with Bego-funk. This ended up tasting like alcoholic cherry soda to me. I do not like cherry soda. I also have a very very limited set of Lambics in my history.

Personal preference bias - disregard this review if you enjoy Lambics.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle.
I decided that I would give this beer a whirl. I didn't mind Oud Beersel's Oude Geuze. So I figured I would see what their Cherry brew is about. Ok first the appearance of the Oude Kriek is pretty outstanding. She is dense and dark blood red, with a cute tight bubbly pink head. Looks great IMO. Now for the smell of this Dracula looking nectar. Cherries with a wave of grains underneath. Very pleasant on the nose, sweet almost like candy. Hints of wood, yet the cherries are dominant. Ok what does she taste like? This tastes of pure candy. Sour pitted cherries with the right amount of grain sweetness. The sourness isn't all that puckering, doesn't mKe that a bad thing. Finishes semi-dry very low bitterness. Aftertaste of more cherries and a hint of spice. The feel for this Kriek is a bit complex. It's light yet smooth body almost counteracts the lively carbonation. The carbonation is playing on palate yet isn't harsh like some other Belgian brews can do.

Overall: A fine Ale here. So far this is my favorite Kriek Lambic to date. The flavors are balanced yet scream on your palate. Very raw yet sophisticated. A nice dose of complexity yet not exhausting. All in all, this brew is Recommended.

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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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
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.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a white wine glass as that's all that was available

A: Pours burgundy red with a substantial light-pink head and bubbles.

S: Sour cherry, oak and funk.

T: tart cherry, malt, earthy-funk and tannic oak.

M: Light-bodied with champagne quality carbonation.

O: Really good for the money. Clean and crisp kriek; minimally sour with good balance.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is outstanding, and a great example of a Kriek.

Very tart, tarter than most krieks I have had.
Nice dry mouthfeel, and a beautiful carbonation appearance.

Might be a little intense for someone who has not had tart or sour beer.

Will improve with age.
I bought a case of this after I had it for the first time.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, frothy pink head, requiring several pours to get a half-glass. Brew is a deep, dark red, opaque and beautiful. Head retention is impressive, always retaining at least a quarter finger of pink foam. Lacing is nice but quickly slides down the glass back into the head, leaving little trace.

Aroma is what you would expect: sour cherries, wild yeast, flowers, and light wheat. Very delicate, especially for a Kriek.

Flavor is more organic and sharper, more sourer, than many other Kriek lambics. It isn't particularly sweet. Up front tartness, cherry-pit-like flat sourness, extremely light funk in the background. A bit of smokiness and wood as it warms, with some light, dry pepper.

Consistently dry from start to finish. Noticeable pucker. Moderate/thin, but with a long, long finish, and a residual stickiness that is not unpleasant.

This isn't the Kriek for you if you need them sugary and sweet. It is, however, very well-crafted, focusing on cherries more than any overly sour, sweet, or wild aspects. If you're looking for something a little more organic and less sugary, you should give this a try.

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Photo of Bbates
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is Kriek the way it should be! Unlike most Krieks which are brewed for American tastes, this beer is not at all sweet. A wonderful, funky, barnyard smell gives way to an amazing tart and dry sip. The true nature of this beer comes out at warmer temperatures- drinking it too cold is a waste. The spontaneous fermentation by lactobacillus means this is a truly one of a kind brew which is unique to it's location. Think terrior for beer! While admittedly a "different" experience, every person I have seen take a properly poured sip has been amazed. This beer is worth seeking out!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oud Beersel's Oude Kriek Vieille. 6.5%. Malt beverage aged in oak, with cherries added. Good solid pop.

A: Nice rosy pink head. Dark pink/light purple in color.

S: Tart cherry. Tons of acidity (moreso than the cherry scent, itself).

T/MF: Okay, wow. I was not expecting that. There is very active carbonation, in the mouth. And, the beer is BONE dry. The acidity is actually pretty subdued on the palate (for a sour beer, anyway). Really, I think the fruit and acidity is lacking something without the added sweetness to back it up, personally. Not bad, but not what I want in a Lambic.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

And, I had such high hopes for this one...

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Photo of buzzardman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fruity slight funk.

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep purple, like a red grape. Nice two finger pinkish head that drops to a covering layer.

Flavor: Tangy wine, sour on the tongue but not overly sour, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry with high carbonation and slight sour pucker.

Overall: I really liked this Kriek, very wine like and carries a not overly harsh sourness. Would buy it again. Paid $16

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cherry color. almost towards brown but with some pinkish hues. huge haziness and completely opaque. a huge pink foamy head. fades at a decent rate and leaves a lacing that is about a centimeter tall across the top

Smell: funk and oak. tart cherries. some vinegar

Taste: opens up with cherries, pits add some cinnamon flavor that adds complexity. towards the end there is some muskiness and oak, along with lemon juice, vinegar and acetic acid.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. not overly sour. extremely drinkable. lightly funkiness

Overall: a solid true belgian kriek. great true cherry flavor and good complexity. pretty easy drinking for a lambic. the funkiness is fairly relaxed but still shows itself.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting 2014 off with the first Kriek ale I've had. Had this one at Parker Pie Wings at KEFK (Newport State Airport) during their New Years celebration.

A- Pours dark ruby red with a pretty nice pink-red foam on top. Quite a bit of bubbling from the bottom.
S- As soon as the cork comes off the bottle you can smell the funk. Poured, you get the prominent sour lambic notes and then it's like having two sour cherries stuck in your nostrils. Didn't pick up on much more fruit other than the wapping amount of cherry.
T- Pretty much how it smells, lots of sour cherry.
M-I had two separate thoughts on the mouthfeel of this beer: The first being "cherry pepto bismol?" and then as it warmed up it was "cherry soda?". It began very dry, almost chalky then became just kinda sweet kinda sour and not really much of anything else.
O-Probably won't be having this one again, but it was worth the experience. I remember not liking Dieu Du Ciel's Solstice d'été aux cerises when I had it over the summer, but I would prefer it to this one and would certainly try it again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April 18, 2032. Just in the nick of time!

Luckily I was holding down on the cork when I opened the cage, as this one started to pop immediately. Beer is dark purplish-pink in colour, with a huge pink head. Head fades steadily. Looks a bit like cream soda!

Nose is very nice. Quite funky, with the expected horse blanket-esque scents. Cherry cuts this a bit and blends in nicely. A bit of oak and perhaps vanilla.

Taste is also quite good. Cherry is upfront, slightly tart. Funk is there, but more restrained than the nose had suggested. As lambics go, not particularly sour. Oak is there, more so than in the nose.

Light bodied, strongly carbonated, but not irritating. A bit puckery.

Overall, a good kriek. Not the best, but very enjoyable.

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.