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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

605 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best before 10/2034:
Pours a crimson to burgundy, with a dark pink effervescent bubbly head that grows quickly and disappears almost as quickly. Some bubbles are visible riding to the top. The nose is funky tart, almost equally balanced. The funk is most cheese-like, the tart is cherry-based. I also get a hint of wood after a swirl.

The taste starts with sour apple tart, mellowing to a yogurt-like tang, which also brings about a note of cherry. There is definitely a presence of carbonation, but it is subdued on the tongue. The taste dies of fairly quickly, but I detect a remnant of cherry taste after the strength of the taste has left.

Decently tart, mildly dry, but not as much of the cherry as I'd expected. I enjoyed it, but not sure it's worth another purchase at the price I paid.

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Common_Criminal
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ShamasUVA
5/5  rDev +20.2%

The best fruit wild/sour ale I've had. The fruit is extremely prominent in this beer, undoubtedly due to the high ratio of cherries to lambic (400g/L per the label). The base beer is extremely well made... bracingly sour and refreshing with no off flavors. Extremely clear for a fruit beer and lambic-based one at that. This beer shows off the art of brewing at as high of a level as anything on the market.

Photo of Rickus
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Deep red. Huge pink head that settles very slowly. Lively bubbles.

Smell - Lots of cherry. Woody and dried grass. Lightly funky. Lemony acidity.

Taste - Tart cherry. Woody immediately. Sour and kinda malty. Sweet cherry tempers the sourness. Wood flavors linger into the finish with cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Way too highly carbonated. Overpowers the flavor at points. Medium body.

Overall - Couldn't get rid of the excessive carbonation, which affected the taste. Good cherry flavor, decent lambic character.

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Beernoobie
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/18/2032. Cork nearly popped itself off, but I caught it with the cage. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky pink head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful. Aromas of big sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, musty wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, musty wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an oudstanding kriek lambic style. All around awesome complexity and balance of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the modest acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of nerual96
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Corson
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter 8/22/2014.

WARNING: this is a very highly carbonated beverage and the cork hit the ceiling as soon as the cage was unwinded. So be careful when you open this.

A- Clear pink-red body with a fluffy three finger pink head that slowly dissipates. Looks quite effervescent, which is not surprising given how quickly the cork flew off. [4]

S- Musty hay, moldy cheese, cherry skins, tart cherry puree. This is actually what I would imagine to be fairly authentic as far as a kriek goes. Not much in terms of acidity on the nose- just unbridled funk and fruit. [4]

F- Very pleasantly surprising amount of acidity. It's more than enough to make the back of my jaws start tingling. Lactic acid, vinegar, accompanied by a lot of cherry tartness with an earthy farmhouse horse blanket finish. The nose wasn't as complex as the flavour, which is an excellent blend of fruit, sour and funk. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I'd expect from lambic but still plenty substantial. A bit overcarbonated, without the typical fruit dryness. Finish is acidic cherry as expected. [3.75]

O- Very good kriek that you should be able to find in most stores. For what it is, this is an excellent value that I can describe as an authentic Belgian kriek. Highly recommended for those who enjoy sour beers in general, as this is plenty sour for the Warhead-loving crowd. (4.25)

Final score: 4.25

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of trew1
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of MisterGone
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

This is not likely to be an issue of a bad bottle, but of a personal preference. I had many Flemish Reds before this and had expectations of sour cherry with Bego-funk. This ended up tasting like alcoholic cherry soda to me. I do not like cherry soda. I also have a very very limited set of Lambics in my history.

Personal preference bias - disregard this review if you enjoy Lambics.

Photo of RobinLee
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

awesome brew here, as good as any of the 3F stuff I think, and one of the funkier more mature krieks I have had, up there with the best of the Belgians. great rose colored liquid, rather clear for the style, with a pink quartz colored head, thick as whipped cream and rising up like this thing has been ready to burst through the cork and cage for an eternity. so happy to be free, it emits aromas of tart cherries, baking pies, and of course funky oaky lactic lambic that's well blended and especially sour. the cherries sweeten it up only slightly in the taste, and the vinegar smelling salt intensity of the nose is better integrated in the flavor. cherries are enormous, not a faint accent but a dominant flavor, I could have predicted that from the jammy red color. head never settles, and the carbonation on it is effervescent and super bright. tart and sour both from the fruit, sour from the lambic and downright woody from its time in oak. mature as they come, dynamic and never getting too sweet. a lightness hangs in this one, making a small bottle not quite enough for me, its interesting enough that I will likely buy another one because I don't feel done with it. top notch stuff, super fairly priced, and as good as any kriek out there. trust me.

Photo of facesnorth
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.