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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

571 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 38
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002)
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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with cork closure purchased at Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio into gold lined glass.

A Thin, pink body with no head. Interesting look.

S Mild Cherries, not much sweetness.

T Strong, short lived taste, bitter, dissapears quickly.

M Thin, harsh, brief.

D Above average for the style but this is my first beer of this style and I am not into it yet.

Notes: I may consider re reviewing this beer at a later date when I develop my taste for this style.

adamette, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pink with a fluffy pink head. It smells good, sour, cherries, and a little bit of manure! The taste was not too heavy on the cherry, some sourness, a little bit of acidity this was cool. I'll be interested to try their framboise and gueuze. Mmm gueuze.

ArrogantB, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New in BC this is a nice antidote to the sweet Chapeau and lindemans that have also arrived.

Very much looking like Raspberry juice and Iced Tea mixed together with a pink head. The nose is pure lambic with some fruit rising up. This is a bracing beer with a dark fruit flavour matching up against the sour lambic body. The finish is quite dry with a fairly quick drop off. Not on the Cantillon level but very nice and unsweetened.

canucklehead, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep raspberry color with a pinkish head. The nose has fresh mountain cherries, funky oak and some tart sour aromas. The taste is also a nice blend between funk, tart fruits and sweet cherries. A delicious brew complimented by a crisp body. I could enjoy this masterpiece all night.

rye726, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy in color. There's a pinkish/white head that forms. Plenty of carbonation on the pour. Smell is cherry and all kinds of funky, tart. Taste is more of the cherry and funk, but the cherries have more of a "green" taste. Good carbonation again in the mouthfeel. Very tart and funky lambic. I like it.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of israel
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - brilliant ruby red

S - very recognizable as a lambic w/cherries in the foreground,
very inviting...

T - Initially dry and tart with an explosian of fruit that lingers and
begs for more...

M - Carbonation is low which really allows the true nature of this
beer shine through.

D - This one just leaves me wanting more and more with each sip

This was a great example of a style I can't seem to have enough of, and would recomend this lambic to anyone interested in lambics.

israel, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, best before 14.04.2026, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Striking bright ruby red color, small creamy pink head, bits of lace.

Smells tart and lively, and attractively funky. Cherry, apple, leaves, dry grass, nutty woody cherry pit, damp bacterial earth, some farm animal. Plenty else going on too, quite complex.

Tastes sour, with only a touch of sweetness that quickly fades to total dryness. Cranberry, sour cherry, apple cider, woody astringency. Some underlying toasty, honeyed malt. Cohesive, characterful, contemplative, and very tasty.

Powerful superfine astringency. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Great beer in all respects, I need to get more of this.

Edit: A bottle purchased about a year later (mid-2009) had very little acidity, very strange. Not bad, but not very good either, kind of like a boring version of Orval. Probably a fluke, I guess.

Beerzebub, May 15, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like reading info on breweries on Wikipedia. Anywho, pours a more dark colored red with more chestnut brown hues throughout. A bit darker than what you typically see but a good pour leaves a off pink colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose has some nice lambic qualities. A nice fruity nose with sweeter almost bing like cherry nose. A nice blend between fruity and acidic. Mostly a has a lacto sour tartness versus a more barnyard sour. A nice complexity and great tart finish.

The taste has a great complexity as well. The cherry is more of a sweeter cherry with a hint of tartness on the front end. A nice balance between the fruity cherry and sourness. More complexity from the sourness than the nose indicated with a more barnyard funk and a light lacto sourness. Surprisingly some malty notes with a sugary like finish. Hints of caramel. Very well blended with all flavors.

The body is more on the dry side but some residual. Maybe a bit sweeter than typical krieks but the aftertaste accentuates the cherry finish. Also carbonation seems light for style but also helps the cherry. Overall very enjoyable. As my mouth got use to the sour, it became very easy to drink. A must have for kriek lovers.

Oxymoron, May 14, 2008
Photo of cabsandking
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear ruby red color and just crown of carbonation on top. Black cherries dominate the aroma with a general tartness and acidity, and hints of pineapple, hay, and a yeasty character. Cherry is less dominant in the taste allowing for more beer qualities to come through and also more tart, not as sweet as the nose hinted. Medium acidity with citrus tones, slight pucker, charcoal dryness, belgian yeast character, and slightly nutty, caramel maltiness. Sharp carbonation with an initial fizz eases up before in becomes too much. Thin mouthfeel is quite enjoyable here.

cabsandking, May 06, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear but still a deep deep red color with good barely pink head. Nose is tart with cherry and wood. Taste follows. Very tart flavor up front, and good sour lambic pucker. The cherry flavors come out in the middle with the wood, and continue through the finish. a wonderfully sour beer. The mouthfeel is just about perfect, and the drinkability is good. Goes down easier as it warms. Would love to see how this ages. great lambic

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for more than two years, this will be served in a tall Warsteiner stange at between fridge and cellar temperature. Paired with a wedge of cheese washed in dark beer from Germany. Best by (can you believe this) 2024. Corked and caged 375ml bottle.

Appearance- With a terrific pop, the neck of the bottle goes cloudy instantly. This beer pours the most beautiful, rich rose color with a fluffy, resilient pink head. As the moments pass, this looks like cotton candy resting atop an island cocktail. Extraordinary eye candy.

Smell- Thank goodness for the funk! I miss this aroma, as it's been way too long since I've enjoyed a great geueze or kriek. Before the sour cherries comes good ol' horseblanket and musty barnyard relics, then we dumpsterdive the fruit cart. Fabulous.

Taste- Surprisingly, this beer isn't nearly as sour or tart as some of Belgium's other classic krieks. I find the fleeting manner in which the flavor comes and goes a bit of a letdown, it all transpires in about five seconds from start to finish. Initially mildly tart, it bursts quickly and crisply into a semisweet middle... then burns out with just barely a hop bitterness. I've elected to swirl and include the sediment for the last few sips, which thins out the mouthfeel and lengthens the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Active and well carbonated, it certainly provides a launching pad for the fruit to show its stuff. It smooths out over the duration, but it's good the whole time. This beer is easier to drink than most, due to its refreshment factor and milder tartness relative to the style.

yelterdow, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark red with a bright red foamy head.

S: Sweet tarts with menthol.

T: The cherry character came through and was nice in the flavor department. More tartness right up front than Ive had on others of the style but not cloying. Still a little much.

M: Bland and not much other than puckering tartness.

D: Got easier to drink, but tartness was just numbing after a while.

I figured I would try this one given the chance, but this was not enjoyable at all. I am not a huge fan of the style, but this was just overpowering in my book and tartness doesnt give much characther.

marcpal, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red, almost purple with a strong clarity and decent ring of foam. The aroma yields a strong, sour funk at first, but then you can detect the tart fruit below. The cherry is very subtle here.

Strong mix of tart and spicy cherry in the flavor, finishing with a bit of cringing, smokey astringence. I would say it's rather intense, but in a mostly enjoyable way. The carbonation is a beast as it really sparkles and foams up in the mouth, a bit much making it difficult to concentrate on what I am tasting.

I have wanted to try this beer for sometime, however I think it would be best with some more age, to let it gather some more complexities. The best before date was 21.10.2025. so I definitely think it was too young...

bennetj17, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a small corked bottle at Bauer for $6.99. Removed the cork to hear a loud snapping pop. Poured into two tulip shaped glasses. The color was fire engine red. The smell invades the nose with a very pronounced sharpness. Taste wise, it was an awesome kriek lambic. So tart on the tongue first, but became delightful after the first few sips. The subtle cherry flavor showed up more as the beer warmed. Not for the faint of heart, this one is one of the more tart beers I've tried. Bits of dark sediment left in the bottom of the glasses at the end though. Due to all that funk, it was nice to have only a small bottle on hand. Lambics, to me, should only be enjoyed a small dose at a time. Glad I bought this one.

morebeergood, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish with a pink hued head that rises high and falls for the most part quickly. Nose is very funked. Fairly thick antiseptic tone. Flavors got a nice level of the funky wih a mild amount of sour. Yes my friends. This is a lambic. Why have I stayed away from you for so long. Quite a smooth feel with a full carbonation. So drinkable. I would buy cases of this at a time. I would bathe in it, but that would be a stupid waste! Why dirty it? Just drink it!

RblWthACoz, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to seaoflament for providing this for me.

A: This baby opens with a great pop. It has an brilliantly clear apple red body with a thick white head that fell pretty quickly. There is a bunch of visible carbonation.

S: The smell is nice and tart with a good tart cherry body. Nice heavy brett earthiness in there also. Oh, and it's tart. I love this aroma.

T: This baby is extra tart and pretty tasty. There is a nice kick of cherry initially and it fades into a good tartness. The brett is very apparent with a very dry earthiness in the middle and the end of the flavor. Ultimately, I wish the flavor would last a bit longer.

M: Nice light body with a good amount of carbonation adds a great sensation.

D: Good kriek all around, but lacking a bit of length on the flavor. I would definitely drink this again though.

drseamus, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the corked and caged 375ml bottle.

Poured into a chalice, very nice cloudy red, some pinkish head. Sour funk evident to the nose as soon as I started pouring. Lots of oak-soaked cherries, as you'd expect. The nose doesn't leave me wanting.

Taste - Definitely on the sour side, with a balsamic finish. Some sweetness tries to fight through the sour, but sour wins this battle by a landslide. Funk is evident, but it's that refined old-leathery funk, not the barn variety.

Feel is not so syrupy, maybe just a little, not tremendously carbonated, just enough.

Drinkability - no problems with this bottle. Not at all for the intro lambic drinker; definitely an excellent lambic. I could drink this early and often, but of course it isn't cheap.

Patrick999, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375ml bottle, corked and caged.

Pours a nice vermillion color with a half inch of very active rosy foam.

Aroma of vinegar with sugar, tart cherries, aspirin, chalk, and a little bit of funky fruit.

Taste is mildly sour with some tart berries upfront, cherries, black berries, blue berries, vinegar, and some sweet wheat flavors.

It has a great dry finish which leaves you wanting more. I wasn’t a fan of sour beers or lambics, but I’ve been craving some and picked this one up and now I’d say I’m starting to become interested in this style and others like it. The aroma still doesn’t do much for me but they sure taste great.

Great drinkability.

seaoflament, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of dauss
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 355ml caged and corked. Best before date of 03.12.2023, which would be over 14 years from now today.

Appearance: Ruby amber color with highlights of gold. A large dull earthy red head rests on top. Quite lively, though it is at cellar temp.

Smell: First whiff is the smell of a real lambic. Sour with that Belgian Lambic funk. Cherries come out in the middle with hints of honey, damp wood, and mushrooms. At 6.5% ABV, the alcohol can be picked up as it warmed up more.

Taste: Big burst of sour cherries in the beginning. Tart and dry like a true lambic but not as potent as a Cantillon or Drie Fountainen. Dry and sour until the end with some more wood.

Notes: A good exmple of a kriek. Much better than the more tame Lindemans version.

dauss, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ reddish color with a pink head. Aromas of a sour, dark cherry.As in the taste, dry to a sour dark cherry flavor. A sour, bigger body in the mouthfeel, and a sour cherry aftertaste. A true lambic, great sour cherry flavor. Not sweet, all tartness.

OWSLEY069, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/12/2023

A - Pours a thick dirty brown, auburn with very little head that disappeared immediately.

S - Fresh sweet cherries which give way to tart cherries, slight barnyard funk found in the background. Maybe a hint of oak in the background. It smells like a beuatiful blend of the NG Belgian red cherry aspect and a very nice Gueze. Well done.

T - Tart biting cherry acidity up front with a touch of sweet cherry mixed in and then sour barnyard funk with a lingering horse blanket flavor on the tongue.

M - Started spritzy at first but then lost a lot of carbonation. On the light side of medium and ended up being somewhat still.

D - A tasty beer that would have been even better if the gueze and cherry flavors blended a little better. It is weird how sweet the aroma is but how tart the flavor is.

brewcrew76, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Will46andbrew
2.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep red with a pink head.

S - Sweet cherry nose. Doesn't smell like it's going to be sour.

T - Slight sweet cherry taste, almost like a Sucret. Wish it was sour, but it's on the sweet side, not too sweet, but sweet none-the-less.

M - Kind of missing, falls off the tongue without much effort. Kind of dissapointing.

D - Not much to say here, goes down too easy. Good, but not great.

Overall I don't think that I would buy this again. I have had Oud Beersel's Gueze Vielle and Kriek Vielle and this is not even in the same league. I can tell that this Kriek is for the sweet Kriek lovers. I like them sour.

Will46andbrew, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this thing is pink. if it's going to be like lindeman's it's going down the drain. the head is like the color of a valentine's cake: pink. the actual beer is a darker garnet with a pinkish tint

smells damn good. tart, cinnamon, lambic. reminds me of rodenbach, but there really is some spice in there; i say cinnamon because it makes me think of those little red hot candies

sooo sour. super tar with a touch of oxidation and cork. the kriek is reclusive, however. really very little sign of cherry, or any other fruit for that matter. i do detect some distinct oak character, however

bruachan, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
best served before 1.12.2025 on bottle

A- This beer pours a deep auburn red clear but dense body that has thin strands of bubbles gliding to the surface. The thick creamy head takes up over half the glass but turns to a strawberry red rocky layer after a bit.

S- This beer has a bold smell of bright cherries, aged brie rind and a note of damp basement. The cherries have a fresh sweet cherry smell but the overall smell is not sweet.

T- The taste of bright tart fresh red cherries has a big flavor of sweet cherry jam without the sweetness. Like Maraschino cherry flavor comes through with a soft cola note and hints of wet wood in the background. There is a tart bite at the finish that leaves a slight tomato juice acid taste hanging on after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a smooth astringent bite but it doesn't make the jaws lock up. There is a tiny fizz in the finish that comes through when it warms a bit.

D- This beer has great cherry presents and a nice tartness with some supporting flavors. It will be interesting to taste this at year 2025 to compare.

rhoadsrage, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, tea-like ruddy rouge. Fizzy head barely forms and lasts barely long enough for me to admire its demure pale pink color.

Smell: At first, the acidity is over powering - like whiffing a glass of pure red wine vinegar. But as it warms and releases some of its volatiles, other notes emerge - barnyard funk, roses, plastic phenols, cherry pie, white wine, tangy wheat. Bright and complex.

Taste: Sour and dry - citric, lactic, a touch acetic, with a perfumey cherry essence and just enough lambic funk to keep things interesting. Not overwhelmingly sour like SOME lambics (cough cough Cantillon cough), with a light wheat-malt apple juicy sweetness underneath the tart acidity. Finish is funky, tart, a little bit oaky, and very dry, with a long-lasting aftertaste of underripe cherry flesh. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, bright enough to match the tartness but not too sharp.

Drinkability: This is a very special lambic, and it is devastatingly wonderful with some creamy goat cheese. A great summer beer, too - as refreshing and crisp as it is complex and robust.

soulgrowl, Jun 10, 2007
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.