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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 38
Gots: 56 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002)
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Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle says best by 2026, nice...

pours a nice deep pinkish rose with a very light fizzy head. slight haziness.

lots of deep cherry and plenty of old stale oak.

very tart and puckering. nice bold cherry flavor with a hint of lemon zest. lots of oak. not overly complex however the cherry and oak really blend well. great tartness.

lots of carbonation with a nice dry finish. cherry fades with the oak.

overall, i am impressed. this is delicious. lower price than most krieks making this a great deal.

hooliganlife, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of ajcobb24
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Wow. This Kriek looks exactly like a cherry sitting in the snifter glass that I poured it into. The best looking blood red you will see. Some carbonation is present on an aggressive pour, but it quickly abates. About one half a finger of head.

Smell - Smell could have left something to be desired. I would have liked more cherry scents and less musty earthiness. Overall, an above average smell.

Taste - Pretty darn good. You are greeted with an initial musty, earthy taste that isn't all that pleasant, but this transforms into a faint cherry sweetness near the end of the sip. Not too much difference with/without retro-nasal breathing as far as the taste is concerned; that left me wanting a bit more.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. Can really taste some hidden carbonation here as you swirl it around your mouth.

Overall - A pretty good lambic beer. While framboise is more of my preferred flavor for lambics, kriek is also pretty good as well. I enjoy the fact that this beer was not overally tart and sweet like Lindemans Framboise is, but it tended toward the more not sweet at all side, which I didn't like.

ajcobb24, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle.

Pours a deep red with a big head, touch of pink.

Smell is very funky with a hint of cherries, earthy and barnyard come to mind as well.

Taste has very little cherries, which was a surprise. Very tart, mouth puckering even. Barnyard yeast flavors are pretty evident here. Very good lambic. The finish is where the cherries are most noticed.

Very well carbonated, good body, very effervescent.

Overall a great example of the style, acidic nature made it hard to do much more than sip, but in no way is that a bad thing.

drummermattie02, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy dark cherry color with a tall strawberry head that lasts, leaving no lacing.

N- Tart and acidic with sour cherries and a bit of funk. Also a hint of spice.

T- Acidic and tart with sour cherries and a nice warm layer of cinnamon and nutmeg underneath (possibly from the barrel?). Nice puckering finish with a touch of funk in there. Dry cherry flesh in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Overall, a respectable sour. The carbonation and acidity work together to make this a refreshing beer that goes down easy. Huge cherry presence without the sweetness.

KevinBrewer, May 30, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lost Abbey stemmed glass.
Best by: 27.06.2027

Appearance: Minimal white head that turns to lacing. A nice orangish pink color.

Smell: Tart, funky, sour and fruity. Very enjoyable.

Taste: Nicely acidic. One of the more sour beers I have experienced. More cherry flavor than I expected, but not a bad thing at all.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style. Nice and bubbly.

Overall: Very enjoyable. I think there was a nice balance. A little on the expensive side for a 375ml but worth it.

OddNotion, May 29, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 5/7/11.

A-Pours a dark, hazy red color with a two-finger pink head.

S-Smells of tart cherries with a little bit of balsamic vinegar.

T-Tart, acidic cherries with a slight, bitter finish.

M-Light bodied with heavy carbonation and a drying feel.

D-Pretty nice and refreshing take on the style, although I wish it was a little more tart/sour.

samie85, May 29, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 10-04-2029

A: This poured a clear cherry red with lots of quickly dissipating pink head.
S: It smelled like sweet cherries and tart vinegar, with sour wild yeast and white grapes.
T: It tasted like sweet cherry pie filling with tart white grapes and vinegar and sour wild yeast. It had an unpleasant metallic bitterness in the aftertaste, but was otherwise clean.
M: It was thin and very carbonated, even more carbonated than most champagnes. A bit too fizzy for me.
D: This was an interesting beer, and I personally preferred it over most other krieks I've tried due to the nice balance of sweet and tart. However, the aftertaste was not pleasant, and the body was too bubbly, so it wasn't very easy to drink. I wish the oak was more present, and a bit of funk would add to the complexity nicely. I'm guessing this one really needs some age to shine. Nearly fresh, this was good but definitely not great.

Pencible, May 27, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in a recent trade with Avagadro. Thanks again Aaron! It's even more fitting since I just had Oud Beersel's Framboise within the past week and I really enjoyed it.

This beer pours a very deep and murky rosewood red in color with a two finger bright pink poofy head. The aromas are of apple skins, house yeast and funk, and tart cherries. I'm glad it's not just cherries and then onto the flavor. The complexity is appreciated. The flavor consists of sweet and slightly tart cherries, light yeast, and red apple skins. It's definitely not as tart as it could be but it's a fine drink. It drinks very well and has good flavor. I do enjoy the complexities that show themselves throughout but it could've been a little more bold as far as the tart cherry flavor is concerned. Overall, it's a very good Kriek and worth trying.

aasher, May 21, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This simply an outstanding Kriek Lambic.

Deep red, faintly hazy, big dark pink head steadily shrinks.

Aroma is nice funky, rustic/barnyard aroma, woody and yeasty, and with light cherry element.

Taste is nice rustic/funky yeastiness then cherry and woody leafiness, citric, lightly tart, lightly sweet, hint of sour, and overall slightly on the tart and dryish side but not too tart or dry, and very flavourful. It has excellent lambic character in addition to a firm but gentle cherry/fruity quality and is overall an excellent, complex kriek lambic.

Offa, May 12, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, my first 5 beer. Picked this up at a new store, I think its over 5 years old, best by date of 21/12/2025. Was not properly cellared

Pours a clear deep ruby color with a redish pink half inch head and nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is cherry, oak, funk, lemons, apples, horse blanket, and a tinge of vinegar.

Taste explodes with everything in the smell and more. Cherry is up front and then moves to funk and lemons. Amazing acidity, nicely balanced sweetness, dry oak and funk on the end. This is a perfect lambic.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate with nice sparkling carbonation.

Overall, this may not be my favorite beer, but its in the top 3. Its a perfect lambic and I will be buying the store out.

bs870621345, May 02, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a deep ruby color and a thick consistency. There was a big, pink colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Average lacing.

S: A super sweet, tart aroma of cherries and alcohol.

T: Like the smell, the taste was dominated by tart cherries, some alcohol esters, and a bit of malt. A very sweet and extremely lively flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A superbly focused and drinkable Lambic.

avalon07, May 01, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for the yeast dregs, and to taste it of course:

Poured into a tulip pint glass, wow solid opaque red, with pink head, have not had a kriek in a while very impressive.

Smell is lightly vinegary, hint of sweetness, cherries, tart, hint of must.

Taste is sweet/vinegary mix of flavors, followed by the vinegary tartness and sweet aftertaste. Some light funkiness.

Mouthfeel is good, not overpoweringly sour or mouth puckeringly so, almost a clean finish and well balanced on the tongue.

Overall, I think a very well done kriek, enough residual cherry flavor and a complexity with the aged beer.

mvanaskie13, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

TheSupremeAJ, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of cuttsjp
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful cherry red with luscious foamy pink head that dissipates slowly to a ring

S: Cherries, funk, tartness, some sweetness, a bit of heaven

T: bitter, with a fruity cherry flavor that blends with a healthy dry maltiness that is really wonderful, oaky, very dry with pretty much no sweetness, really delightful and wonderfully complex

M: light, but with creamy effervescent carbonation, perfect for the style

O: wonderful fruit lambic, very complex and could definitely win over some wine drinkers, definitely want to stock one away for a while and see how it tastes further down the road--great experience

cuttsjp, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to jumpjet2k for sharing the bottle. From notes.

A: Pours a cloudy pink color. A white head forms quickly, and recedes. Very Champagne like in that regard.
S: Funky, barnyard like aromas. Earthy yeast. Very tart and slightly acidic. Fresh, tart cherries that are great. A powerful and awesome aroma.
T: A big tartness up front. Slightly acidic and very tart. Cherries up front and center. Mouth puckering, and I love it. Earthy, funky, barnyard yeast as well. Just a great Lambic.
M/D: A medium body. Perfectly carbonated that is very effervescent and Champagne like. So crisp, clean and incredibly dry. Easy to drink. The acidic quality makes this a sipper, but I will be glad to sip on this all day.

An excellent Fruit Lambic. Without a doubt one of the best Lamnbics I have had. Lovers of Cantillon should grab this if they see it. Highly recommended.

champ103, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Braber
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice deep rose color that is hazy. Head is pure white and dissipates quickly, as expected.
S: Great funk up front that you can actually feel tingle a bit in the nose that leads to a bit of a sulfur finish.
T: The sourness comes through right away but is followed almost instantly by the tartness of the cherries. Not sure if the sourness is more from the natural bugs, the cherries, or an even combo of both. Finishes dry and acidic with a slight hint of the oak.
M: Very effervescent and thin but leads to an explosion of CO2 happiness. Almost champagne like.
D: Very nice sour that drinks as one should. Crisp, sour, dry, and full of cherry funk. What's not to like?

Braber, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazy dark dark pink color with a ton of fluffy full light pink head leaving a fair bit of lace.

S-the nose offers a hint of funk up front, pretty focused with very tart sour cherries coming in behind with a decent bit of acidity.

T-this has a fair bit more funk, earthy and dry with notes of blanket. the fruit is slightly more subdued and balanced, decent bit of sour to it with a light acidity in the finish.

M-lighter fluffy body with a strong carbonation and grainy feel throughout.

D-this is well balanced and tasty, nothing supernatural but still enjoyable. the funk is subtle but present and the fruits are there but lighter with a faint acidity.

cpetrone84, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. bottle corked & caged bottle into a lambic tumbler. Best by 10-03-2030.

(A)- Pours a deep blood red color with ruby red highlights. Produced a nice pink colored head that stuck around for awhile until dissipating to froth that stayed around til the last sip. Some lacing.

(S)- A nice acidic cherry fruit profile. A great lactic kick and a dry funky barnyard funk. Just a simple, but complex and classic aroma.

(T)- Not very sour, but a good fruit acidity. The fruits really are vibrant, but with a bigger dry barnyard funk profile.

(M)- A great carbonation level. Was hoping for a more biting sour kick(its there), but the dry earthy funk overpowers it a bit. Still a fantastic feel combined with the acidity of the fruit.

(D)- A slightly milder lambic leaning more towards the lactic funk side of things, but still a great kriek that is easier on the palate and a good starting point for someone just getting into the style. Affordable too, I can see this being a go-to kriek when the mood hits.

sweemzander, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle, Exp: 2030 (what a shelf life!)

A: The cork needs little persuasion to leave the bottle, this beer wants out! What emerges is a fuschia liquid, with a touch of haze. The head is spectacular, with it's gentle pink body willingly climbing an inch out of the glass without daring to dribble down the side. Lacing is prominent, keeping alive the pink froth atop this brew.

S: Bouquet is big, bold, and complex. Musty cellar, horse blanket, and lemon zest are all vibrant, mingling nicely.

T: Bone dry, and puckering, this brew is definitely one that will be remembered. The flavor is composed of sharp acidity, earthy mushrooms, dank cellar, and just a touch of cherry skins at the end.

M: Light, and extraordinarily effervescent, this brew has a delicate astringency to add a nice texture.

D: I came in to this beer worrying that it would be yet another pateurized and sweetened "lambic." What I received, however, is nothing short of lambic genius. Such complexity and depth of flavor are rarely found in this country's lambics, and it is nice to see something this tasty available in my area, which is currently Tallahassee. Sadly, this brewery has shut down as of 2003 according to Wild Brews. It is such a shame, and I can only hope that enough was brewed to last up to the 2030 expiration date.

Avagadro, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous I-want-to-marry-you merlot colour with a two finger white head that busily and noisily drops to zilch. Not a dark tone by any means but surprisingly little light gets through.

Immediate balsamic and fruit vinegar, with plenty of barnyard funk and some seductive musky undertones. Concentrated berry desert sauce and a slight hint of booze emerge as it warms. Quite an engaging contest between sour and sweet, with sweet just gaining the upper hand. Awesome balance.

Taste is more tart and oaky. Mostly sour apples, grapes and cherries, underpinned by oodles of musty funkiness.

Vibrant and aggressively drying, particularly on the back palate - feels like moisture is literally being stripped away. But at the same time there's a kind of residual thick coating of residue. Hmmm.

Drinkability is pretty good overall; a lot to enjoy - but at the same time no way I'd countenance more than one in a session.

spicelab, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant scarlet colour with pale pink head, quite fizzy when poured but sunk to a modest crown, aggressive bead feeds from below. Nice cherry colour, decent otherwise.

Smells very funky. Lots of acid and light cherry juice notes but oddly - and, I think, welcomely - it's dominated not by fruit or puckering tartness but by a barnyard funk. Lots of brett character but quite strong with a wet lucerne and horsey smell. Meshes well with the more subtle tartness to produce what I think is one of the most interesting kriek smells I've had.

Taste is also quite interesting, a ittle bit of a surprise too, but not so much of a delight. Fruit flavours on the front with mostly sweet grape wine notes that develops a pleasant acid on the mid where juicy cherry notes come through, fairly juicy and rich. They trail off at the back and there comes through that funky brett character, ending quite bitter really, a slight fruit rind note and very dry and attenuated on the back. Quite good and curious - oddly I'd like more fruit though, as it's overrun by less characteristic kriek notes.

Quite sharp and tart, as expected. Doesn't "feel" wonderful, but it's stylistically appropriate.

Yeah, hit and miss at the same time. Interesting and pleasant enough but also doesn't leave you feeling great.

laituegonflable, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of punkrkr27
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 10-4-2029. Opens with a very forceful pop of the cork. Pours a deep ruby red color with a large pink head that fades to a lasting ring of pink foam. Deep, vinous aroma with lots of vinegar sourness, mild funk, and a moderately soft dark cherry note. The flavor is dry, grainy and funky upfront with a lasting, tart, dark cherry and spice finish. The body light and effervescent like a nice champagne.

punkrkr27, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of thomasben86
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was excellent. I have just been getting into sour beers and someone at my local brewery suggested this and i thought it was great! It poured very red.. like a raspberry color almost mixed with cola. Upfront you get sour cheery as usual and finishes surprisingly dry. It was a mixture of tart and sweet. before i had this i had a la folie and felt the folie was a bit better of a sour.... i felt this was a little fruity and not enough tart for my preference. I would however definitely buy another one... on occasion as it was 10 bucks for a 12oz. poured very nice with a 2in foam... carbonation was definitely on the heavy side... the cork went sailing across the room. It was very very drinkable.. it was gone in a bout 10 minutes... i tried savoring it but the flavor was too delicious. Overall i think this was a great krieke, i don't think it would ever disappoint anyone... i would have like more of an oaky/vanilla finish.. but it remained fruity throughout in my opinion...

thomasben86, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

emerge077, Jan 05, 2011
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