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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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93
outstanding

610 Ratings
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Belgium

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 popery
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Delicious kriek. This beer pours a bright shade of crimson with an enormous, bubbly pink head. It's obviously very carbonated as tiny bubbles race up the glass, champagne-like. The aroma is a fantastic mix of bright cherries and softly sour funk. It's really good cherry pie as a lambic. There's a little bit of vinegar in the flavor and somewhat more sour funk. It's a dry beer but the cherries nearly seem sweet. The mouthfeel is bubbly but soft and very clean. Excellent.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Huge pink head, light and fluffy at first, falls into a dense, steady head; looks creamy on top as the carbonation nucleates on the bottom of the glass. Body is a dark opaque reddish purple.

S: Sour cherry aromas. Not only sour, but complex.

T: Flavor is slightly underwhelming, not as much fruit as the nose would suggest, though the beer is nicely sour with a hint of fruit, there isn't a whole lot more going on. Maybe some nice finishing sweetness though.

M: Rather thin, but nicely carbonated.

T: Highly drinkable, a little tart, but refreshing.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red with nice, large pink head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is cherry, raspberry, leathery funk, with a buttery element. Flavor is vinous, with a hint of fruity sweetness evoking sour and/or black cherry, and nice funk aromas on the dry finish.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this the night before. I can do a pretty straight forward review of this though. I had been confused in the store about how old the bottle was. It was mixed in with some newer ones. I think they changed the label for this beer. The one I had was in the picture here but the others had a different/newer label.

The beer had a nice red color, bordering on pink. White head. The smell was pretty sour. Some funk, not so much cherry aroma.

The taste was pretty light. Reading reviews made me think that some aging may have mellowed the flavor a bit. I didn't find any bold flavors at all. It was mostly a light sour and vinegar taste. It almost felt watered down to me.

It was pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel was wonderful though. Perfectly carbonated for me. The vinegar was a little much for me which is why one bottle would be enough for me.

I may go back and try a fresher batch. I think this is a sour that is good for people that are trying to get into the style because it's not too sour. Unfortunately I'm beyond that.

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: no head, cloudy, high carbonation-crimson in color that is randomly darker and lighter throughout the beer

Smell: sour cherries

Taste: sour and tart cherries

Mouthfeel: sour taste, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: This is a nice and dry lambic that is highly drinkable. Another in a line of good intro sours. I will look for this again.

Photo of Xul
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent red with a pink hue when held up to the light, a deep ruby when not. A one to two finger head formed upon a careful pour, receding into a layer of lacing that remains through the beer's completion.

S: Vinegar, cherries, and alternating notes of funk and sweetness. Hints of cinnamon come through at times, but never enough to distract from the beer's sour nature.

T: A bit understated compared to the smell, but not in a negative sense. Cherries throughout while the sour and funky aspects are obvious without being mouth puckering, contrasting with a bit of sweetness that comes in on the aftertaste.

M: The first few sips feel slightly over carbonated but as the beer warms and settles in the glass, it levels out to a perfectly appropriate level.

D: A very drinkable kriek but I can't see wanting more than one or two of these in a sitting. The combined effects of the funk and tartness would eventually dull one's taste to the point where nuances would be missed.

Photo of Paisan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If only this had been the first kriek beer I ever tried.
This is cherries, pure and simple, and being a farm girl, I know what I'm talking about.

Nothing of that sticky sweet lemonade-like stuf that leaves you wanting to rinse your mouth. This is a kriek that shows you where it got its name from.

Pour gently, or you'll have a pale pink head that's bigger than the body, and you'll be waiting a long time before it starts to recede.

You smell sour cherries, and you taste sour cherries, but this was what you expected, and exactly what the beer delivers. Pleasant carbonation, quite a dry finish, totally different from most of the "commercial" kriek beers. I am so glad the people at d'Afspraak in Mechelen recommended this one, or I might never have tried another kriek.

Photo of rhinos00
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle. Bottled in 2006, so just a little over 3 years old. Poured into a tulip glass. Review #300.

A- Just beautiful. Pours a vibrant, crimson red with shades of garnet throughout. Great clarity. Produced three fingers width of white/pinkish head. Nice head retention.

S- The cherries are unmistakable. Tart and potent. Goes very well with the slight funkiness in the nose.

T- A bit underwhelming. Upfront the cherries give off a wonderful tartness. I kept having the sensation that this would grow, unfortunately it did not. A bit of oak character comes in leading the way to a semi-sweet, flanders like finish. For a lambic, this is definitely not what I was expecting.

M- Light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- I'm not a big fan of flanders, so that definitely made it less drinkable for me.

Overall, not what I was expecting from a lambic. If you like flanders, this may peak your interest, but even then it wasn't that great.

Photo of bum732
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy red, almost brown. Nice bubbly pink creamy head with amazing retention. Smells of cherries, sweet tarts, citrus, oak, rasberry, divine. Taste of tart cherry sweetness, undertones of oak and a vanilla like sweetness. Nice lemony sour bitterness finishing surprisingly clean. Just a touch of tartness on the finish. Nice crisp carbonation and fairly full mouthfeel.

A fantastic lambic, a little sweeter than Cantillon but not cloying like Lindemanns. Good tartness with just enough sweetness on the backbone to bring forth a nice full bodied and absolutely delicious lambic. Probably my favorite so far.

Re-review 8-24-2013

S: Slight barnyard funk with a rich, cherry aroma. Cherry blossoms, touch of tartness detectable, but fairly mild. Some oak and vanilla.

L: Very dark pink with a pink, creamy head with solid retention.

T: Lactic tartness up front with a rich, dark cherry following. Oak is pretty strong heading to the finish. Quite dry finish and dry overall. Some barnyard in the finish as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Not bad, but not great. Oak is a little top heavy and I fell like a lot of the flavors clash as opposed to integrating.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cork exploded out, but no overflwo, pours a huge light pink head, even with a careful pour, at one point it was all head and no visible beer, transformed into beer in a short time, the beer is ruby-pink and hazy

S - sour cherries, big and bold. if there were other aromas they drowned out by the kriek-ness

T - sour cherries of course, high quality cherries, not the cough syrup variety, sweetens up on the finish to a candy like cherryness

M&D - fizzy, with a champagne like body and carbonation, dry finish, a nice kriek, not too sweet, not too sour, man those Belgians know what there doing

Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the amazing bosse - best before November 2007 (whoops!). I think that makes it 22 years old (or at least 12?). Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Cork almost exploded out of the bottle - didn't gush though. Poured with big white foam that quickly dissipated to a finger-wide cap that sticks around indefinitely. Hazy pink-brown body with lots of sediment.

S - After 20+ years this is smelling a lot like a Flanders red. Not so much in the way of cherries - mostly red wine, vinegar, barnyard funk, a hint of cherries, and a surprising amount of sweet ripe raspberry flavor; not sure where that is coming from. Anyways, it smells pretty awesome for a beer of this vintage.

T - The taste seems to have gone a little downhill - still pretty good though. There's a lot more tart and acidic vinegar character, with a good amount of sour cherry and maybe a hint of sweetness. Still it seems to be a little unbalanced.

M - The beer seems thin, and a touch over-carbonated, which distracts and interrupts the flavor profile. However these are only marginal complaints for a fruit lambic, as those are fairly typical qualities for the style (lighter body and higher carbonation). Super dry finish.

D - The low ABV makes this surprisingly easy drinking, even if it probably should have been consumed 10 years ago. It was really interesting to see what happens to a kriek as it reaches its best-before date, and it's still eminently drinkable, albeit different. The carbonation is a little too much for my liking, but otherwise it goes down easy.

Photo of Kristing
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I and a couple of friends shared a bottle of this brand, pouring it into a tall legged wine glass.

The apperance is quite similar to that of a sparkling rosé, with a light cherry colour and minimum head. The bouquet is reminiscient of white wine and is intensely fresh with a clear cherry aroma. The taste is much more tart and dry, in comparison to other krieks. But the complexity of it makes for a rather interesting drink.

The mouthfeel is rather carbonated and complex. The brew is an excellent apéritif, although not very suitable, in my opinion, for other purposes due to the dry nature.

Photo of wd40
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pink foamy head about a finger thick. Color is a beautiful deep red with brilliant highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is tart and acidic but packed with essence of cherry!
I also get a bit of hay or grass in there. It has just a hint of the country!

Taste strikes a great balance of tartness and sweetness.

The carbonation is fairly soft and the various elements of the beer really play on the tongue. At first its acidic, then a hint of sweet and finally a bit of grassiness to finish it off.

Very drinkable because it is neither too sweet nor too tart. Easy drinking, although its depth makes one want to savor it a bit.

Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100

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.

Photo of vrazionale
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Best Before date is 2027, so it's probably bottled in 2007?

A - Dark, velvety crimson body with a quickly-dissipating head. Lots of floating yeasties can be seen around the edges of the beer.

S - Dark, earthy cherry flavor marries exceptionally well with the funky, musky basement aromas. There is a distinct apple character as well - both fresh, juicy tart apples, earthy apple cider, and robust apple cider vinegar. I get the slightest touch of fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, even a little bit of clove.

T - A real rollercoaster. The first second is a subtle note of earthy cherries but after swallowing, the tartness of the cherries kicks in. The finish is long, long, long, and delicious. The development of the flavor is remarkable - you've got to try this beer to see it for yourself.

M - Refreshing and zippy. Any more carbonation would have been distracting from the deeply complex flavor profile.

D - One of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a while. Wonderfully quaffable and drinkable. If you're at all a fan of gueuze and/or sours, you'll love this. I only wish that I had the patience to wait until 2027 to see how this beer develops over time!

Photo of Suomi411
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 ml bottle into large wine glass (BBD of 27.6.2027).
A: Similar in appearance to cider; hazy, light brown in color with a slight red hue; head was about an inch thick and dissipates rather quickly to leave an elegant, small head approximately 1 mm thick with a pink tint; lacing is minimal and disappears quite quickly. Carbonation also present.
S: Powerful scent of cherries; initially sweet followed by a sour component, a bit of woodiness as well
T: Again, initially taste is of sweet cherries that quickly disappears to an excellent tart, sour cherry. Slight hint of woody/oak flavor and "funk" with a very dry aftertaste.
M/D: Medium body with heavy carbonation; the sour/tart aspect is not overpowering making this extremely drinkable

I have not had much experience with this style, but this is definitely a wonderful example of a Kriek, although not in a traditional sense. Will definitely revisit this one again!

Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shopping at Julio's I was in the mood for a lambic and gueze or 2 so I snagged this C&C beauty. 375 ml with BBD of 6/27/2027. OK, I get it...built to last. Anyway, this round it's in my meager hotel water glass, so let's see what kinda game it's bringin'...

Solid pop of the cork with no gush. As a precursor the scent of cherries is very powerful - along with a little funkiness. OK, a lot of funkiness. And that's from the bottle alone - I haven't even tried to smell this and it's off the hook already!

I give this a mildly agressive pour and it delivers. A huge full-finger head from a 5 oz. glass is excellent to see. The color is sort of a dark honey and light caramel with a significant dollop of cherry essence. The head dissipates - not too quickly but eventually. Only the opaqueness - faint translucence of this is holding it back in the appearance front. Can't see a whole lot of activity through the haze. Otherwise...awesome.

Oooh, the cherries are sour and they are representin'...BIG TIME. Slight citric sour notes from the wild strains and a fair amount of hay and barnyard scent - maybe a little fresher than the "horse blanket" route but it's powerful and inviting. That it hit the nose with the first pop of the cork brings extra credit.

Well, sheeeit. After all that build-up - the inviting look and scent, this isn't the proverbial "dead fish" but I gotta admit - the rather metallic feel and shallow depth of the first sip is a bit disappointing. It's improving by the second, mind you but the first blush has a tight, almost tannic-aluminum tinge alongside the sour citrus and some mild funk. It's almost as if the carbonation is a little too salty and that brings out all the off-flavors. It's corked and caged so it's not some funky cap crap. OK...amazing what a mere 5 minutes will do. The metal has burned off, the carbonation has subsided nicely and all that's left is a wild citric taste and a whole lot of nice sour cherries. Impact is slightly muted but still quite good.

Now that it has gained time to breathe, the cherry essence really stands out here. First the skins, then the musks and the deep fruit. There's a little carbonation that still spritens it up along with a bit of citrus, but the horse-blanket funk is really quiet - more of a rustic hay on deep background. This is pretty damn exquisite and enjoyable if I do say so myself.

When reviewing beer on this site I think an error factor of 0.1-0.2, while high, may be reasonable for those offerings with wild cultures. This one caught me on a good day. The funk doesn't overpower the cherries and the light grains (first time mentioned...I know) really provide that hay-ish bed for nesting of the yeast and ripe cherries. I do like the almost "solera" blending of young and old - having read and thinking of it depth is certainly enhanced. There is a slight heft to this depth so it's something that I sip and I savor, but this is an extremely enjoyable and contemplative effort.

Photo of philipquarles
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle with BBD of 6.12.2024, making this a 4.5 y.o. bottle, I think. Pours an opaque dark red with a large, fizzy light pink head that lasts. Looks like a glass of blood with some sediment mixed in. The smell is largely barnyard, must, and tart cherry. Definite lacto character. Sour cherry taste, but the tartness is rather restrained compared to offerings from some other traditional producers. A certain "funk" and woody earthiness to it. Overall quite dry, as it should be. Medium body with heavy carbonation. Nice, traditional kriek that makes for an easy drinker (as far as lambics go).

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 375ml green bottle, corked and caged. BB 27/06/2027(!), served just mildly chilled (around 10゚C) in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: pours an ultra-elegant, translucent, light purple-red colour, coming with semi-lively streams of very fine carbonation and a pinky-beige froth settling slowly to a thin cap to last throughout the drink. Handsome!
S: the savoury-sour-bitter fruits are seamlessly blended with the sweaty/musty aroma of lambic, with a fine wheat-ish touch and "resinous notes" in the background. A swirl gives rise to more tartness of raspberries and sour cherries, but only just. The resins come as a surprise to me, as I don't recall having noticed this kind of element in other Kriek Lambic before - possibly coming from the wooden casks/barrels?
T: the taste is lightly metallic and salty-sour upfront, uncompromisingly, but not in the same astringent fashion as Cantillon, as a delicious and rounded flavour of lambic beer weighs equally to balance off the fruits. The tartness settles pretty fast, leaving the lambic's musty-citric flavour with a distinctive wheat-ish aroma and a semi-dry, chewy-zesty palate to prolong the joy in the end of each sip.
M&D: granted, I'm not a fruit-lambic drinker (i.e. big fan), but this one really ticks all the boxes for me as a reasonably complex yet immensely, pleasantly drinkable example. The fine and soft carbonation supports a medium body that in turn shows the moderately tart fruitiness treading light on a mature and rounded lambic platform - maybe the secret lies in the "old" lambic base? As pointed out by many previous reviewers, I also share the opinion that, although this is not the most "distinctive" Kriek beer, it's nonetheless a harmonious and superbly-crafted one. I truly like it.

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pour is red translucent with a rather nice pink head. no lace. a bright smell of thyme, cherries, musk, wood and pollen... then fades to a metal for a bit. grassy metallic. taste is predominately tart and that metallic grass. not flemish cherry but brighter... musky cellar and honey. not earthy but a mild doughy honey malt finish. quite herbal. thyme, pollen, a steady cherry of a mild sweetness. i wonderful kriek. very well balenced. not as poignant complex but a broader palate range that makes it so wonderful. not as floral as some. or as acidic.

drink it at 55 degrees. the warmer the better. would highly recommend this one to anyone as a traditional kriek. not to abrasive. an easy to go.

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12.7 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Pours a cloudy, medium to dark red color. has an off-white, I guess you could say pink colored head about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of cherry sourness, like a good wine, is certainly present. Has a sweet and sour tart cherry flavor with a bit of vinegar and some oak wine barrel goodness. Very dry aftertaste. I haven't had much experience with lambics thus far, but it this is how a true lambic is supposed to taste then that is a very good thing indeed! Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Much easier to drink than I would have thought. I really enjoyed this. I plan to drink more lambics soon!

Eric

Photo of mikecharley
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Track1646 for breaking this out at our tasting yesterday, to accompany some other stellar beers as well. Gotta love when a beer has a 20 year shelf life (best by date of 2025)

Pours a ruddy, unseethroughable garnet. White rosey head. The head sticks around through the whole experience.

The nose is of spoiled cherries, some cab barrels. Some vinegary, acidic characteristics too. It smells like I really want to drink this!

The taste is amazing for a sour. This is what a lambic should be like. Vinegar, acidic, funk, some small oak charactaristics, obviously cherries. Yum

The drinkability of this beer is amazing for the style. The vinegar/tartness is perfect. great example of the style. High recommendation.

Photo of RuudJH
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first serious encounter with Kriek beer. You have to try, even if it's late.
The appearance and smell of this one is all about cherries, obviously. It's hard to notice anything else, allthough the smell is pretty neutral overall.

But then the taste. I was completely surprised as to how sour/tart it is. Unsweetened. It strongly reminds of unripe fruit (cherries), dry in the mouth.

At first, I really wondered if this beer is bottled the way it's intended, but then I remembered reading about how sour beer could be in the MiddleAges, i feel timewarped.
I can understand people sometimes felt more safe to drink this than water, by fear of infected water.

Alll of a sudden I begin to like this. It's very refreshing. I'm a fan of tradition, and a beer that wakes me up for a little while, can't be bad anyway.

An interesting experience. Not one to drink steadily, but a nice sipper.

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93 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.