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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

339 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 701
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 57
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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Photo of Etan
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a cervoise.

A: Pours auburn with a large light-pink head.

S: Smell brings cherry, light acetic note, soft woody funk.

T: Taste brings tart, dry cherry flesh, clean lactic acidity, a bit of wheat, tannic oak.

M: Light-bodied with soft yet zingy carbonation.

O: A very dry, clean kriek, not too sour. Pretty nice.

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

A very nice kriek, if not quite at the top of the class. This kriek is a bit softer in mouthfeel and less intense than the best of the true (unsugared) krieks- not as intensely sour, as deeply flavored, and mostly lacking any funky notes. It does have a nice acidity, especially in the finish, pure sour cherry flavors, and a long moderately refreshing finish just touched by some wood notes that help round things out. Very pleasurable in any case, and probably the best that can be found over here on any sort of regular basis these days- though even that's a spotty proposition.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I did a vertical tasting with this, one from 2006 and a newish one. The review is of course focusing on the recently purchased one but I will make some comments about the aging as well.

Color: This Kriek has a pleasant ruddy brown color, with a nice 1/4" soda head. The bubbles actually have a pinkish hue! After some age, the second old bottle's beer poured more of a garnet color, a few shades darker, with little to no head.

Aroma: Very tart fruit esters, cherries of course, along with some sour apple. With age, the second bottle had more of a port wine and melon scent.

Taste: Powerful cherry flavors, as well as fairly strong spice, for example nutmeg, and something almost cinnamon-like. With age, the beer gets more bready and sweet, with earthy undertones. I got the excellent idea to mix them together because I imagined that the fresher beer was a bit like pie, while the older pone had elements that could compliment it like it's "crust." The beer remains spicy with age.

Mouthfeel & Overall: The mouth feel is actually rather soft, yest with a crisp, dry finish. It's a really enjoyable sour right out of the bottle, but I really suggest aging this in a cool dark place for as long as possible. It becomes less acidic and a little more complex. The date on the bottle says "best before 2024." As if anyone can wait nearly that long.

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Photo of JdoubleA
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Samichlaus snifter

Appearance - Deep cherry/raspberry red with a huge pink head.

Smell - Musty cherries with a mild barnyard funk.

Taste - Tart dry cherries with a slight barnyard funk, not overpowering. The mustiness of it isn't for me, it was similar to a damp mildewy basement.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and very carbonated.

Overall - I'm going 3.5 as the flavors I don't care for aren't out of the parameters of the style, but I don't think I would buy this one again.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a BIF from ufmj, thank you!!

A- Pours a deep red, hazy body with a gushing, huge, light cherry colored, fluffy head that reduces slowly and leaves little lacing.

S- Medicinal cherry, tart berry skin, yeasty funk. Very unique, I'm actually having a hard time describing it. Maybe some musty wood.

T- Tart cherries, sweet berry juice, a medicinal dryness, somewhat plastic-like. I've never tasted anything like this.

M- Light and effervescent. High carbonation.

Not what I was expecting, and interesting kriek. Not getting much woody character here, just odd flavors. Bad bottle?

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Photo of MCain04
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle poured into a GI Matilda glass for $11. Big pop on the uncorking.

Deep red body with a light purple head which is quite fizzy and containing large bubbles, dissipates quickly without significant lacing.

Smell if of cherries, simple sugar, cotton candy, musty, a little tart.

Taste is sour cherries and simple sugar, tart, bitter on the finish, lingering musty taste.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a sticky dry finish and a light body.

i am not a fan but I don't really like the style either. No specific knock on it but tastes more like cherry champagne than a lambic/gueze, at least what's going on with my tastebuds.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle, best by 7.12.2030 from Davis Beer Shoppe, enjoyed on 1 September 2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazy vibrant ruby with 1/2 finger of pink bubbly head. Head dissipates to a ring leaving a still surface and little to no lacing.

S: Aroma is up front with tartness, sourness, and sweetness. Cherries, and a little oak and earthiness are the primary aromas.

T/M: Tart and a little bit of puckering sour up front with swelling cherry character and moderate carbonation. The finish is incredibly clean and fairly crisp. Some earthiness is evident from yeast, and oak isn't very detectable in the taste -- mostly just the smell. A little sourness steps up mid-sip and then lingers a bit through the finish.

O: Good, tart, and refreshing. I'm always happy to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My wife and I sampled this with Oud Beersel’s Oude Geuze Vieille and Framboise together. They were purchased at Bottle Revolution and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh. As I pulled the cork on this one, it sounded like a firecracker. I almost fell out of my seat.

A – A bright red color with good clarity and a huge white head. Actually the first pour was almost all head.

S – Rich cherry aroma with hints of cherry candy, cough drops and soda.

T – Tart and dry through the rich cherry flavor gives it a perception of sweetness. Complex. Great from start to finish.

M – High carbonation (especially at first) and a moderate consistency. It helps delivery the flavors nicely.

O – A good balance of cherry and tartness. Nice from start to finish.

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

Kriek is a style of beer to be seen as much as experienced: Oud Beersel Oude Kriek is a glowing ruby colour and has a hot pink head (seriously, where else do you find pink foam?). The whole appearance is as vivid and sexy as an expensive brand-name lipstick.

Though it has its fair share of 'funk' - more than enough to establish it as an authentic, traditional Kriek - this offering isn't as dank as others (i.e., Hanssens, Cantillon). Instead, it has far more of an almond and marzipan focus, the contribution of the cherry pits. The fruit is there too; cherry cough drops and a hint of menthol are noted.

The taste provides the familiar 'horse saddle' and 'sweaty sock' elements as any other spontaneously fermented, wild yeast and bacteria-inoculated beers from the Senne Valley. But it also has, as in the aroma, lots of almond as well as cherry lozenge flavour. The fruitiness is definitely marked by tartness but fortunately not entirely lost to it.

Relatively speaking, this Kriek also lacks the intense acidity of others in the style. It is refreshingly acetic but far from piercing. Interestingly enough, this has a sort of mintiness in the texture that is a wonderful partner to the refreshing (loosely vinegar-like) tartness.

I honestly believe that beer would have an entirely differently reputation if brands like Oud Beersel Oude Kriek were more readily available. Seriously, try it - bring a bottle to your next party. For better or for worse, you'll be the most popular person there; the few people who don't love it will at least be impressed (and realize there's more to beer than bland, fizzy lagers).

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Photo of devlishdamsel
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Kriek. Having been a Kriek drinker for years that is really saying something. No it's not hyped like other beers, but it definitely deserves the highest praise. The problems with most other krieks ranges anywhere from a bold bitterness which results from the cherry pits to cloyingly sweet. The aging in the oak really rounded out and mellowed that flavor and this beer is fully attenuated so there is virtually no residual sweetness. The body is almost like velvet but still thin enough to make this beer insanely drinkable. Such a dark rich red color, its almost like a fine rose champagne, with the bubbles to match. The smell of vanilla oak and cherries hit. You drink in and are intoxicated with fresh juicy cherry essence. There is absolutely no trace of hotness in this beverage, you would think its alcohol free! the aftertaste is pleasant and sings of cherries. Perfection! I will be keeping this on stock as often as possible! Such a fine beverage.

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Photo of nesarebad
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, poured in to my FW Barrelworks Teku

A - Deep dark rose, with a fluffy 3 finger head. This is a cherry looking beer, so cherry.

S - Canned cherry pie cherries, funk, and a touch of oak, mostly sweet pie cherries, smells like mom's cherry pie.

T - More of the canned cherry pie cherries, which I was not too fond of growing up. Though, if these cherries had the tartness here I would not mind so much. Subtle oak in the background tie together the tartness. Very balanced.

M - Puckering, effervescent, highly carbed - sour cherries and oak flicker and dance on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great fruit lambic. A spectrum of tastes, sweet, tart, oakey, it is all here and plays in a wonderful spectrum of flavors. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Jonada
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Best before April 18 2032. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass

Appearance: Ruby red in color with 3 fingers of a pink head. Quite a bit of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Body is hazy. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries, basement, oak, vinegar.

Taste: Cherries, lots of cherry skin and juice, as well as oak, funk, and earth, but the cherries are the real star here. Sourness is on the lower end of medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The carbonation is high (a bit too high IMO) but still maintains somewhat of a soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry

Overall: One of the best, easily obtainable krieks around. The sourness and funk are more subdued, which allows the cherries to really shine through. At the same time it's stays away from being too sweet and artificial as some krieks tend to be. I'd definitely recommend trying this.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark garnet color, slightly hazy, with a reddish beige head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Nose is redolent of fresh cherries, with a note of almond, vanilla, and oak. Nothing much funky in the smell.

Tastes of fresh sour red cherries, almond, old wood. Natural cherry tartness. Finishes a little dry.

Body is medium and carbonation is slightly fizzy, but it does go flat after a while. So the advice is to drink it quicker.

Overall, this is a very drinkable oude kriek. It is not very complex, funky, nor highly tart. But it is a pleasant kriek that really tastes of fresh cherries and respects tradition; it is delightfully not the cherry syrup or worse versions that are out there.

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Photo of MShirokov
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like carbonated berry juice. Not really my thing, but I'd be able to appreciate it more if it wasn't insanely bubbly, to the point where I had trouble swallowing it. Took about 5 sips and couldn't do more. Maybe I'll try other beers of this style, but this one really isn't for me.

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Photo of JohnQPublic
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent brew. I had it a couple times in Turnhout, Belgium in March (2013).

This is a sour Kriek, with a definate tart taste of cherries. I am sitting here with a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, and though ok, there is no comparison (the Sam Adams is sweet cherries + "natural flavors").

This was my favorite find this trip.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Dark hazy brownish/red with very thin pinkish head.

Smell- Cherry, funk, oaky vanilla, earthy yeast.

Taste- Tart up front, then cherry, funky yeast, something weird (in that order). Finishes very smooth with no tartness.

Mouthfeel- Not very carbonated, which is nice. Crisp and smooth. Not so tart that it makes my face change.

Overall- I was in the mood for nice fruity lambic and this is a niceone.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a deep berry red with high carbonation producing a 1 inch pink bubbly head. Good retention.
S: Fresh cherries abound. Hint of malt in the background.
T: Sweet, tart, and sour cherry notes...must be the mixing of young and old lambic that produces this complexity.
M: Bright and fresh. Sweet, tart, and sour. Light body with carbonated effervescence. Dry finish.
D: Highly refreshing and drinkable with good complexity especially for style. The color alone makes it a perfect Valentine's Day beer.

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

Best by date 28-10-2029. Served in a Rochefort goblet. 750ml bottle.

A. Dark red almost maroon body and a small pinkish head.

S. Very sour and tart(nail polish remover, but in a good way). Not many cherries on the nose. Love the smell!!!

T&M: Yowza! Not too tart, not too sweet and not much cherry either. Super bubbly mouthfeel keeps this one nice and light on the tongue.

Overall this is a fantastic Kriek and am glad I held on to a few of these to taste over the years. When fresh these just taste like cherry soda but give them a few years and DAMN it really comes alive!!!

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Photo of cocojoe
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Beautiful Dark Dark red/Purple color. Minimal lavender colored head. Impossible to see through.

S: Dark cherries, slight balsamic vinegar, tart, bright and fresh.

T: Smoothe, Juicy black cherries, tart, light, semi sweet, dry finish

M: Light bodied and semi dry

O: Enjoyed. Much dark cherry flavor than I recall having in some other Krieks I have had. Great blend as well. Somewhere between tart and sour. Has that lovely sour quality but a smoothe body that balances that out.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 28-10-2029, bet you that sucker would be vinegar by then! Picked this up at Macadoodles, Springdale, AR

Pours a chestnut tinged purple with 2 fingers of fast falling pink head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Leather & sour cherry

T: Follows the nose, pretty much, loads of tartness. Cherry & a touch of oaky dryness as this warms. Finishes puckery & slightly tart

MF: Light bodied, delicate, but noticable carbonation

Drinks easy, not as tart as I figured. I might sit on that bottle of Gueze for a while to get some more age on it. Well worth a try, but not world-class by any means & pricey to boot

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6.5% ABV. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger pink colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Lacing is a bit restrained. Body colour is a dull amber-ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart cherry, bacterial character, and clean fruit esters. An above average strength aroma.

T: Nicely tart and bacterial, with restrained sourness. Balanced and enjoyable, but still lacking. A tasty brew. I'd have this again.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Enjoyable. Great carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely have it again. Quite a tasty sour. Very enjoyable.

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06.21.15: 2nd impressions from a bottle served into a pilsner glass in Helsinki:

6.0% ABV. BB: 14-11-2034.

A: Gorgeous pink head immediately attracts the eye, and lasts ~5 minutes. Body is a bit dark, but definitely red. I see no yeast.

Sm: Powdered sugar, above average acidity, tart cherries, mild sourness (~2-3/10 in terms of intensity), neutral wheat/malts, cherry skin, and light juice.

Aromatic strength is average. Sour lovers will find this aroma suggests a beer which isn't as sour as they'd like, and I'd like more of a lactobacillus presence. The lambicus yeast is great, though.

T/Mf: Showcases spontaneous fermentation nicely, with the tartness of the cherries accentuated beautifully by the complex lambicus yeast and sour lactobacillus bacteria. Sourness is a pleasant but not puckering 4-5/10 - enough to satisfy sour lovers. Powdered sugar is evoked from the combination of its soft, light, powdery mouthfeel and its simple straightforward sweetness. Balanced though, juggling tartness, sourness, sweetness, and acidity brilliantly. No hop profile is notable.

Refreshing and near perfectly carbonated, with a tingly feel on the palate and a great overall presence.

O: An oft-overlooked lambic worthy of aging. This will please sour lovers, but more diehard fans of the style may crave more sourness and tartness still. For my money, it boasts a gestalt build and an incredible balance, and offers plenty of subtlety and nuance - particularly in terms of the yeast and bacteria. Very drinkable, with none of the medicinal off-notes that plague so many krieks. I'll be revisiting this, and would love to try it with some age on it. That said, it can't quite compete with world-class examples from the likes of say, Cantillon or Hanssens. But it's a damn respectable second-tier kriek.

Will pair well with acidic salads and/or dark chocolate.

High B

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Photo of bskrtz
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in glass beer snifter at Fat Pour, Chicago

A) Deep hazy beet red soup with bright violet red foamy head that never quits.

S) Spicey sweet, citrus juice, sour dough -- classic Belgian Kriek

T) Wonderful! If you like Kriek, you like this. Sweet & Sour cherries, under cooked malt, vineger, nutmeg, mild hops but very complex

M) Sticky sweet, full bodied and loads of fine, bottle conditioned carbonation.

O) Outstanding - one of the standards for Belgian Kriek.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red with a bit of purple mixed in with a finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries, wheat, funky farmhouse smells, vanilla, oak, and some lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of strong sour cherries with some wheat, vanilla, and a touch of citrus zest. Through the middle, the sourness continues to build with some tartness and funky farmhouse flavors coming through, some oak, and a bit of funky yeast. The finish is mix of sour cherries, oak, vanilla, wheat, tart, and funky flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very bold and sour, but still smooth and decently balanced.

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Photo of pschul4
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Rempo!!

A- Pours a dark red/marroon with a one inch pink head

S- Nice tart cherry in front and this odd metalic scent in the end, weird but I kinda like it

T- More of the same from the nose. Really like the front end cherry sourness but right in the end of the mouth it goes metalic

M- Pretty smooth with some carbonation to clean things up

O- Decent kriek, probably wouldnt pursue on a reguarl basis but I enjoyed consuming it

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

Beer bottle (37.5 cl.) purchased from Chez Clem', and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : reddish brown colour with a pink foamy head.
Smell : moderate cherry aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : cherries flavors, with sour and vinegary notes.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the Belgian style Traditional Lambic. To drink at cellar temperature.

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