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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%

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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 korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage.

Poured redish pink with zero head or lacing.

Bright cherries with funk, lemon and cranberry. Very light and fruity.

Massive cherries with a nice barnyard finish. Slight dry with a lingering tart finish.

Awesome carbonation and light feel.

Probably the most balanced and least funk forward lambic I've ever experienced. Wonderful.treat on my vacation to compliment my meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:17:19 | More by korguy123
Photo of amphion1065


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, with a 28 10 2029 "Best before" date. Served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark, ruby red. A deep purple, one-finger head with wonderful retention forms. A really delightful appearance.

Lots of tart cherries in the nose, with a deep lactic tartness throughout. It's funky and sour, but the fruit flavors still really shine. Perhaps a little more sweetness than I'd like, but it's certainly not a turn-off.

This is very, very cherry-forward. Overwhelmingly sweet, with just a slight sour twang. A vinous, slightly wild yeast component is largely subdued by the cherries at play. Vanilla comes through as well.

This is a touch undercarbonated, though not terribly so. The tartness is mild enough that this never becomes exhausting to the palate.

Totally fine, and pretty tasty. I can't really dock the fruit for being too vibrant, but a slightly deeper level of complexity and sourness would certainly help.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:38:08 | More by amphion1065
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" pink head that dissipated quickly over cloudy red liquid.

S: Funk, oak, yeast and cherries.

T: Yeast, oak, funk and sour cherries. Quite nice and refreshing.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Excellent lambic that is up there with Cantillon in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:09:21 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of csiewert


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

This beer pours a ruby red color out of its bottle into a tulip glass.

A-today color, not much head but just the right amount of have. Laces well.

S-tart roght up front... Let it cool down a little and the cherries begin to peak out

T-tart Cherie's overwhelms the flavor... But not in a bad way... Peppery aftertaste.

M-slightly acidic leftover, but is to be expected... No other harsh afterfecra, just lingering cherry

O-great kriek... Would definitely get again

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 10:37:24 | More by csiewert
Photo of Keffa


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

Bottle shared by Steve, thanks man.

Live review.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark red, 1 finger pink tinged head settles into a small cap, a little light lacing.

S: Oaky, funky, acidic; main components are joined by cherries and a light sweetness. Musty too. Good.

T: Cherries, oaky, funk, slight acidity and vinegar. Leans heavily towards the acidic side of sour. No abv detected. Acidic finish is accompanied by drying Brett.

M: Decent carbonation, light side of medium, coating.

O: Good. No expectations going in, and none coming out. Good for what it is, and well worth trying. Just don't expect super sour on this one. It's more acidic.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 07:35:49 | More by Keffa
Photo of danedelman


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large sniffter glass

A-pale strawberry red color with a nice tight bubbled head that hangs around for quite a while.

S-funky cherry smell. goat cheese. some wheat, sourness very present.

T-fairly tart with a small amount of black cherry flavor, not like lindemans which is sweet. pretty dry but does have a nice sweetness to it. Funky from the wild fermentation which of course I love!! at this point it is too cold, I will come back.

M-bubbly and smooth. tart feels great in the back of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 21:50:41 | More by danedelman
Photo of bump8628


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

Pale red with a pretty pink head of bubbles of that fades quickly. Nice balance of acidity and tartness. The cherry seems to soften the sourness and mute some of the funkier lambic characteristics. Hay and lemon peel seem to be the most prominent flavors emerging from the sourness. Perfect dryness and spot-on carbonation. A well done, if not understated Kriek.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 21:24:00 | More by bump8628
Photo of fragilehearted


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, corked and caged, into a snifter. Best till March 2030? Yeah, couldn't wait that long. ;)

A - dark rosy red, cloudy. 1.5 finger pink head, goes down slowly to a ring that sticks around. No lace.

S - oh so delicious. Tart cherries, smells fairly sour. Lots of musty funk. Lemon, oak. Seriously delightful!

T - Puckering sourness and acidity. More of the funk comes into the taste than the cherries. Cherries are sour, but not as present as in the smell. The sour lemon comes through moreso than the cherries, and the oak finishes this one off. The lack of cherries would be my only criticism here.

M - medium bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D/O - very good lambic. Would have liked a little more fruit, but leaps and bounds better than the ones that are syrupy - this is not.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 06:43:46 | More by fragilehearted
Photo of Bitterbill


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375ml bottle, best by March 10, 2030.

It pours a murky pink/red, has a +1 finger of pinkish foam and is loaded with lacing.

Can you just smell the cherries? A little bit sweet, very much tart. And I'm getting a few whiffs of the oak in between the layers of cherry. This smells fine.

The taste is what I'd expect from a beer labeled Lambic Fruit. Cherries up front bringing mild cherry sweet with a base of tart cherries and an underlying oak influence. Just the right amount of each to make this so easy drinking and enjoyable. I had their Framboise earlier and it, imho, didn't come together as well as this. There's a hint or 2 of some Brett but I won't stand behind that statement.

On the upper end of light bodied with a brisk level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite lively and the beer is, like I said, a joy to drink. A very well executed beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:23:15 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of drtth


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The best by date is 10 Mar., 2030

Appearance: As poured the beer is a mostly clear dark ruby red color with a 1 ½” light pink head that has a few nice billowy hills and valleys as it slowly recedes. Eventually the foam recedes to a ring around the glass and thin swirls of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a few speckles of lacing, some of which cling and some of which recede slowly back to the liquid.

Smell: As the bottle is opened with a soft “phutt” the aroma of cherries spreads into the room. During the pour this becomes more pronounced. Underlying the cherry there is a nice subtle tartness tinged with a light woody basement character that reflects the beer’s time in the oak.

Taste: The flavor includes lots of tart cherry with just a hint of residual sweetness. There are also some musky, woody notes from the oak. In the background is that wee bit of funk and barnyard that should emerge and become more pronounced with more time in the bottle.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with good active carbonation. The finish is long, tart and very dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this one quite sippable as each follows the last slowly but surely and as I focus on sorting out the components of the aroma and flavor here. This is nicely complex but also relatively subtle and something I’ll be more than happy to have again. My overall impression is that this is a first rate kriek. The cherries add a wonderful dimension of flavor to the lambic and this is a complex and subtle beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:49:50 | More by drtth
Photo of tobelerone


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head at all on this despite a vigorous pour but good lacing and carbonation nonetheless. Deep, dark cherry color with lots of sour, musty barnyard aroma. Full of suspended floaties that don’t exactly look appetizing but fortunately didn’t effect the taste or mouthfeel negatively, although there were chunks left in the bottom of the glass at the end.

Very tart aroma follows in the taste. Sweet but not overly so, under ripe cherry sourness, touches of barnyard funk and mustiness. Pleasantly puckering tartness; very refreshing and crisp. Finishes fairly dry and clean. Excellent paired with deli sandwiches and vinegar chips!

I’d enjoy this bottle again and recommend it to those interested in sour beers, particularly newcomers to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 13:45:12 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Bierguy5


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, 6.5% abv. Best before 10/03/2030. Dark red in color, close to ruby. Pink fizzy head is fun to look at, but disappears rather quickly, leaving a small ring.

Nose is big on sour cherries and oak. Vinegar, and slightly funky as well.

Only a slight tartness up front, without a great deal of sweetness. Sour cherry, but not overwhelming. Oak dries things out a bit. A bit of an earthy feel, especially in the finish.

Light body, with lots of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Not a great deal of fruit flavors going on here, mainly oak and earthy notes. Still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:51:19 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of eric5bellies


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pink red colour with a decending white head.

S - Plenty of wild yeast and funk but not much cherry.

T - Very tart and acidic without much cherry.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A kriek without much kriek,could have had more cherries for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 13:29:34 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of orangesol


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. I drank this one right after the Geuze. When I opened this one it shot the cork out of the bottle and left a dent in my roof...

A - Pours dark red with a one and a half finger tall light pink colored head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. With all that carb I am seeing small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass for the duration.

S - Smells of tart cherries, musty funk, wet hey, light lactic sourness, and some dry oak. Smells like your typical kriek to me.

T - Starts off with lots of tart cherries slowly giving way to a mix of horse blanket funk, damp earth, dry oak, and some lactic sourness. The finish is quite dry mixing with some musty funk and tart sweetness from the cherries, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Very dry finish with a touch of sweetness. This one clearly had to much carbonation.

O - I am not going to knock this one very much for its explosive carbonation because the taste was pretty good. I will have to grab another bottle of this in the future to give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:39:27 | More by orangesol
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

Pours a vibrant pinkish red with a big pinkish white froth. Aroma of wild funky yeast and cherry. In the flavor, big time sour notes with a mild complimentary tart cherry note. Mostly acidic, sour, and funky. The abv is hidden well by the strong puckering wild yeast notes and cherry. Light bodied feel, effervescent, semi dry sophisticated feel. Overall, this is a lovely Kriek lambic, very unique and full of character.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 18:24:29 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ThaCreep


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color with hints of red blood pure. Nose powerfully tannic cherry skins which give bitterness and with wreaths of red wine very pleasant. The mouth gives the sensation of biting into juicy cherries - the flavor of the fruit feels more than in other Kriek - but without any sweetness that does not come to disturb or saturated tasting. We also note the presence of bitterness due to the nuclei of cherry that gives a taste of almonds, but it really does not persist in the palace. A place we find ourselves with a touch of red fruit jam style and I must say that this is successful, even very well in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:42:20 | More by ThaCreep
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a dark ruby color with a frothy pink foam rising an inch above the body. Very nice color and head to it.

The aroma has a very nice sour cherry flavor going on. It's slightly acidic with a little sourness, but more tart overall. The cherries really come out nicely in it.

The taste is a little sharper up front with some tart, acidic flavors coming through. The cherries really come out towards the finish and add some fruity, sweetness that cuts through the acidic sourness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall it was a delicious beer. The cherries were very nice in it. It wasn't the sourest of the style, but it was very flavorful and drinkable and felt nicely balanced in relation to the style. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:08:45 | More by billab914
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

375ml corked and capped bottle bought from De Bier Tempel in Brussels about 6 years ago...

Poured a nice, slightly hazy, pinky red / light brown colour... Pinky white head poured quite foamy but faded fairly quickly to light ring... some sparse carbonation shoots to the surface... no real lacing..

A - Strong lambic sourness bursts out of the glass, quite light sour cherry notes, some faint almond nuttiness, cider vinegar - maybe some red wine vinegar too, definite mustiness, some pepperiness, very light sweetness comes through, lemony, no maltes or hops, wet hay traces..

T - Very tart fruits (strong lemons and cherries, some grapefruits), very strong lambic sourness, some very light sugary sweetness comes through towards the end, some faint marzipan, definite cider vinegar notes, faint hints of vanilla...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry initially with some smoothness just coming through... pretty refreshing but probably couldn't drink more than one in a sitting...

Overall - An excellent kriek which has mellowed nicely in the 6 years since i bought it... one of my favourites of this style...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 08:26:49 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Filosoof


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

L: top is okay, but doesn't stay long; colour is beautiful dark purple (old red).
S: sour apple ofcourse, light cherry, tart oak and a tiny amandle.
T: I expected a little more body after the great smell; but it's nice, not too tart like some geuzes; that's why it's quite drinkable;
M: light bodied, nice carbonation;
O: very good Oude Kriek, but a little less complex than the Cantillon Oude Kriek Bio I tried last week.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 18:22:44 | More by Filosoof
Photo of BeerAmbassador


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy deep cherry red (shocking I know) with a frothy pinkish head. The foam on this beer is dense and tightly packed and sticks around for a while. Best before date says 10/03/2030. Wow. Some musty (in a good way) earthy and barnyard aromas along with that ever present cherry. Sharp tartness upfront that hits your tongue in a wave and the acidity moves to the side of your tongue and to the back of your palate. Next comes the cherry flavor to give you a bit of a break from that acidity. A little maltiness to remind you that you are in fact drinking a beer. Followed by a long dry finish that leaves the palate cleansed and ready for another sip. This is one of my favorite Lambics and a great example of its particular style. I only wish I could afford to drink it more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:44:27 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6.5% ABV, Best Before 10.03.2030 (Holy crap!) Serve at 46°-54°F, PL 12 on the cork.

Thanks to my brother-in-sour, Beerwolf77 for splitting another great brew with me!

A - Bright blood red in color topped by a lightly tan-hued pink head with absolutely superb retention for a lambic. Arches of lace are left on the tulip.

S - This funky aroma takes me straight to my aunt and uncle's wood-paneled basement up in the northwoods. Horse blanket and faint cherry skin, this beer smells more funky than it does sour and it's borderline orgasmic.

T - Completely lacking in lactic acidity and yeast funk, all that's left in the flavor is tart, fresh cherry skin. Tasty but a major league let-down from what the aroma presents.

M - Tart cherry gives the mouthfeel a little kick but no real acidic or sour characteristics come through.

O - While it's good, it's hard to get past how disappointing the beer is after the out-of-this-world aroma. Well-balanced and flavorful anyway.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:29:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375ml bottle split and poured in to tulips.

A: Deep dark red hue. Full finger of bright pink head fades leaving soapy lace. A cap forms.

S: The initial whiff yields a full on armpit funk blast. I love it! Sour cherry, wet moldy wood, sweaty gym socks, damp basement. Cherry pie comes to mind as well.

T: The flavor is not as funky as the nose. However it is full on tart cherry. Hints of wet wood, attic dust, earthy. A can actually pick out a sweetness that seems to be vanilla.

M: Light to medium body. Decent amount of carbonation.

O: A very nice kriek. The nose was super tart and funky yet the flavor was mainly tart. Not bad but not my favorite kriek by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 18:40:07 | More by beerwolf77
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C&C 375ml bottle. Vintage 2004 with a best by date of 6/10/2024. It doesn't take much encouragement and the cork forces itself out the bottle. Poured into a flute, this brew appears a clear ruby color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy pink stained head. It audibly pops and fizzes away to a thin film across the top. A little bit spotty lace clings to the glass. A few bubbles of carbonation rise through the solution maintaining a ring of lacework around the outside perimeter of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is pleasantly funky with notes of stinky cheese that blend into a fruited quality. The initial fruit character smells lemony and lactic before turning to the pitted scent of cherry. The cherry is quite earthy smelling some what like rotten cherries and it is not nearly as bold as you would expect. The cherry incorporation is pleasantly subdued and only plays a minor role in the nose behind the lactic character and funky tones. Very nicely done. As the brew warms, across the back is a faint smell of wood imparting a very mild vanilla sweetness and faint must.

The taste of this brew is quite earthy with funk, mild diaper, cheese, dirt, wood, and rotten cherries. There is a sharp lactic character which imparts mild lemon rind puckering quality before returning to the depth of flavors listed above. The cherry inclusion in the taste is much different from the aroma, it has brighter notes tasting more fresh than you would expect for being 7 or so years old. The cherry inclusion has it's moments where it tastes a bit medicinal but all in all tastes quite well mixed with mild vanilla flavors from the wood aging. I am quite surprised by the bold presence of the wood flavoring throughout the lasting aftertaste. At some points it hits an uneasy flavor with me almost like mildew on the wood.

This is quite a complex brew, one of the better krieks I have had. It is medium to light bodied with a lively amount of fizzy carbonation but not excessively done. The alcohol is very well hidden, it takes more than a glass and a warming up to room temperature before I even start to pick up on the alcohol's contribution of warmth down the back of the throat. Overall a very earthy brew that was a pleasure to drink. This brew finishes quite crisp and dry leaving you wanting more. My only gripe about this brew is how much the oak comes through in the aftertaste, it is a little over the top even for someone who loves oak inclusion in a brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 17:42:16 | More by stakem
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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 375ml bottle, dated best before 3/10/2030. An audible pop is produced when pulling out the cork. Pouring the beer into a tulip produces a big fizzy pink head. It's got nice retention. The beer is clear and dark red in color, think mahogany.

S - The nose has a nice lactic sourness combined with sour cherries and a little funkiness. There is also a little bit of vanilla and oak character.

M - The body falls somewhere between light and medium. It's highly carbonated and very dry.

T - Bright sour cherry flavors hit first followed by sourness. A little bit of funk shows up in the tail end. The finish brings some more sour flavors lasting into the finish. It's not overly sour, nor overly sweet. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being sweet, and 10 being mouth puckering, I'd give it a 6 or 7.

A superb Kriek. Not overly sour or sweet, and nicely carbonated. I'd certainly pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:16:04 | More by boralyl
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark non see through cherry hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is fresh tobacco,cherries,horse blanket and hay,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of sour cherries,sour funk,a touch of nuts and finishes with a mouthpuckering sherbet sourness that is bone dry and overall ive been pleasantly suprised by this brew as i have to admit im not the biggest fans of Krieks im more of a Framboise bloke but this one is in a class of its own as the cherry is there but it doesnt overpower and is just another ingredient to this brew and i would drink this again anyday of the week cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 12:44:04 | More by ADZA
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.