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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 39
Gots: 57 | 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 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
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork on this could have flown, but I controlled it. Pours red with slight pink tint with a very light lavenderish pink head that is dense with tight carbonation. Light cherry fruity aroma meets the nose supported by some wet oak, basement, and Brett scents. Light vinous notes too. Fantastic smooth flavor that bounces between fruity and tart. I would not say this beer is a lip puckering sour, but it is tart. Tart cherry, wet hay, vaguely sweet. Pie crust is a go. Nice mouthfeel, I love the pricklyness of a lambic. This is a real quafable kriek.

pmlondrigan, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Ruby red, its hazy with a whit fizzy head.

S-Vinegar, cherries, slightly musty, hint of barnyard, and a weird new plastic smell.

T-Tart cherries, white pepper, and a strong apple cider like flavor. As it warms the cherry flavor shines through more.

M-Thick and nicely carbonated.

D-The strong cider like flavor really hindered its drinkability for me.

This was my first, and possibly last lambic, at least in the near future. I just didn't like this beer, however those who like lambics my really enjoy it.

thegodfather2701, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks Chris! Best before 28*10*2029 L9301 16:25:26. Opened with a bunch of indifferent family members.

A: Opaque maroon with a big fizzy magenta head. Great color.

S: Sweet cherry flesh and lightly tart skin greets me when I plunge my nose into the snifter. Fruit is vibrant, and there's a complex interplay between oak, and musty barnyard and horsey wet leather Brett. Really nice aroma.

T: Piquant cherry skin and flesh. A combination of sweet and dry, with oak adding to the drying sensation. Moderately tart, with some lactic sour notes and a moderate acetic presence. I detect musty notes with moderate tannins. Tantalizing and complex.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation, could have used a bit more. Dry and tannic on the palate.

Overall: A complex and delicious Kriek.

HopHead84, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely murky reddish-pink color with a big pink head that hangs around for a bit. Funkiness reaches the nostrils as soon as the cork is popped. Scent is vinegar, sour cherries, and sweet cherries as well. Taste is DELICIOUS! The sour cherry taste is spot on in almost every possible way. The balance of sweetness and sour is awesome. The tartness comes first, followed by the sweetness. I also get great wooden flavors and acidic fruit juice. This beer is delicious. All the Cantillon heads must have reviewed this beer, because they made it seem like it wasn't sour at all. Although this lambic finishes with a sweet cherry flavor, it definitely has a sour taste. Which I LOVE! I'm so glad my local Whole Foods got this beer! Mouthfeel is dry and crisp like a champagne that has tartness lingering. Drinkability is very high.

DovaliHops, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark cranberry or blood red color. Opaque. Pink thin head.
S: Tart cherries. Barnyard funk.
T: Sharp cherry tartness upfront. Tastes very much like Kompot (an Eastern European juice from cherries). Smooth, dry finish. Bitterness restrained.
M: Light mouthfeel. High carbonation. Puckery tartness, but not overwhelming.
O: A very complex well balanced beer. Most importantly for this style, it is dry yet has a tart sweetness for balance. A great beer overall.

jibbyvonjibb, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

metter98, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish red color, with a fairly active carbonation holding up a pink foam. Final drops (not decanted) are a darker pink yeast slurry. Great look for a classic lambic beer.

Nose is active enough to get through the cap. Sure cherries are noticeable, but the base beer is quite prevalent as well. Quite tart with a hint of horse blanket and untilled soil.

Hugely tart up front, not exactly funky as it is quite citric and straightforward. Very little mustiness, although it's noticeably rural. Huge carbonation, and quite zesty like an even mix of Pellegrino and lemon juice. There is some cherry present, and it emerges with warming, but Oud Beersel has wisely kept the overly sweet, cloyingly syrupy aspect of many Krieks out of the equation.

Hell yes. Excellent mix of old and new lambic with huge tartness and little of the sugars remaining. This is fantastic and a damn good price. Can't recommend this highly enough.

BretSikkink, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of irishgurl4
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in a puckery mood so I rummaged in the cellar and pulled out this little puppy. Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip from a 375ml bottle with a best buy date of 10 03 2030.

Pours a beautiful deep reddish-pink with a two finger thick fluffy pink head that gently dissipates.

Smells of sweet and sour cherries. An initial whiff brings the sweet and a deeper inhale brings the sour, but not overwhelmingly.

The taste is overwhelmingly cherry tartness with just a little bit of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and prickly on the tongue. No real astringency that leaves your tongue going WTF.

Drinkability is pleasant. The barely balanced/leaning slightly tart is not overwhelming and the distinct cherry flavor is quite tasty.

Overall I have to give Oude Kriek Vielle a nomelettes.

irishgurl4, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12.7 oz. dark green bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Best by date: 10 03 2030. The body was opaque and a dull grape/cherry Kool Aide color. The head was a deep pink color and left little lacing.

The aroma was of powdered sugar and cherries. Spicy but not funky. I think I smell cinnamon. I wish there was more wildness in this one.

The taste was puckering tart cherries. Woody and pretty dry. There was a sour bite up front but it finishes with some fruit sweetness. A little watery.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected but it had plenty of zippy carbonation.

Cresant, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, best by 3/10/30,

A: Pours a brilliant deep dark cherry red, with a sparkling pink head, good retention, no lace.

S: Real cherry juice, minor leather and wool notes.

T: Great Bing cherry type flavour, mild acidity. Tasty, but fairly one-dimensional for a lambic, the spontaneous fermentation is hard to get to except at the finish with a bit of drying lemon rind and Brett. Aside from then the taste is controlled by the cherries.

M: Fairly mild acidity (definitely lactic), feels a bit like a sparkling red wine. Slightly sweet, not a dry beer aka Cantillon. Medium-bodied overall, prickly carbonation.

D: Solid tasty fruit lambic. The true lambic fermentation and use of real fruit restrains the beer into going over the top with sugar. Bit of an unstable balance IMO, but it's there. Would make a good food pairing beer for sure.

Halcyondays, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at State Line about 4 hours back. Best by 10th April 2029

Right as I undo the cage, I'm greeted with an exploding cork. Thankfully, there's no gushing, and what I'm presented with is a deep cherry pink liquid capped with a ridiculously pink head with excellent retention. The nose is excellent, with a deep, rich, cherry character. Some varietals bring to mind an almost cocoa-like character, and that's present here, though not as prominent as in the Lou Pepe Kriek. Some leather, some cherry skin, a little solvent and some lemon round out the nose.

The palate opens plenty sour with a blend of lactic (dominant) and lemony (secondary) sourness upon which a brilliant, ripe cherry character is present, very bright and fruity. Rich and deep, there's some leather, some earth (petrichor?) and a little bit of dust, all beautifully balanced. Drying and tart on the finish, there's some leather, cherry skins, and of course, a copious amount of cherry flavor. Acidity is moderate, with no acetic character present, just mostly lactic with some citric. Mildly tannic, this beer is medium-light in body with medium-low carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, one I'm disappointed I've passed on in the past. A very well structured beer.

DefenCorps, Aug 23, 2010
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
91 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.