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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 42
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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 EPICAC
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits along with a bottle of Oude Kriek Boon. I served it at around 50º F in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep burgundy. It's topped by a fluffy, two-finger, pink head that sticks around as a quarter-inch layer.

Smell: Sharp acidic tartness, sweet cherries and a mild funkiness, that almost seems to be musty. This is a characteristic of Oud Beersel lambics that I've noticed. Swirling brings out the funkiness, but it's still relatively mild.

Taste: Sour throughout, but fairly mild. The fact that the sweetness is relatively low helps to accentuate the sourness. There are also sharp cherry flavors that mingle with the sweet flavors. There's a mild medicinal quality in the finish, which has a light pucker as well as some woodiness and a mild earthiness that's accompanied by a low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, with a mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: Sourness is present, but isn't overpowering.

Overall: Milder, but still has some nice lambic qualities.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my first Lambic experiences was Oud Beersel Gueuze at Delirium Tremens in 2004. Ive been anticipating tasting the Kriek ever since. Here we go.

Pours a deep purpley red color with a fluffy pink head that never dissipates. The aroma is horsey funk, woods, sour cherries and some sweet cherries as well. Sour cherry flesh and woody pits are the first thing to hit my tastebuds. Tartness quickly builds and barnyard flavors pour in in the middle. A sharp sourness pierces through the melee in an astonishingly dry finish. The mouthfeel is thick for a lambic and perfectly carbonated with cream-like bubbles.

Very complex with scads of lambic flavor and very fresh fruit flavors. This stuff reminds me of Drie Fonteinen Scharsbeek Kriek. A must try.

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

Appearance: cloudy black cherry soda look. Short 1/2" head lingers a bit.

Smell: loads of tart cherries and berries.

Taste: lip smacking tart cherries are a bit too upfront, while some other berry and fruity sweetness lingers in the background. This is wrapped in a bit of muskiness.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp. Aftertaste is sharp with the tart cherry tones. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipper, and if the tart cherry tones were a bit mellower I would really like this. Interesting beer everyone should try as personal thoughts will vary.

Photo of Jredner
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is heavy with tart, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, yeasty funk and that mildly funky/chemicalish aroma I can only describe as stir fried chinese baby corn. The body is a dark pink leaning to red in darker light. The head a pink tinted white, a thumb thick and lasting. Tart funky fore is very acidic and tangy with balsamic vinegar notes. faintly oaky in the middle. Quite dry and crisp on the tongue. very long lingering sour flavor goes well into the aftertaste.

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

serving type: 375ml bottle corked and caged
This beer poured a deep red with a tall foamy pink head.
The aroma was tart with cherries.
The flavor was very tart, there were cherries, and maybe hints of grape? some spices, orange rind. It was very earthy/musty, and very very dry. It reminded me a little of a dark sparkling red wine. There was a sweet/ tartness to it but I would hesitate to call it sweet. Overall I enjoyed it.

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

Best by 3/12/23

A: Pours a hazy pink color with a big frothy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: A wine-like smell with only a subtle sweet cherry aroma.

T: A tart cherry flavor up front followed by a great amount of sourness. Lots of musty farmhouse funk in the finish. Quite a complex taste.

M: Medium-full bodied with very active carbonation, which makes the sourness of the beer a bit more palatable.

D: A bit on the pricey side, but well-worth it. Complex and refreshing. This is definitely one for the beer geeks and not the masses.

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

Caged and corked 375 ml bottle.

The carbonation is aggressive. Cork nearly launched when I lifted the cage. Big plume of reddish tan foam. Full and fine, long lasting. Lots of suds and lace. Deep red mahogany not too cloudy. The cherry aromas wash around the room even before you get yer nose near the glass. Cherries, along with a buzzy lemon zest, background funk and must. Vaguely metallic but not in an unpleasant way. Fresh and exuberant.
The taste is tart and puckering, flashing through dark cherries, grain, lemon rind, oak, and grapefruit, to an agressive sour finish, very dry. Long aftertaste of tart cherries and tea.
Great mouthfull of dense and smooth carbonation, very drinkable, wonderfully refreshing.

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

375 mL bottle ordered at Allen St. Hardware Cafe in Buffalo. Served in a tulip, this kriek is an opaquely hazy magenta with steady carbonation and a modest pink head. Sour funk and assertive brett aromas with a distinctly cherry character throughout. The taste is tart, indeed, but not nearly as mouth-puckering as offerings from Cantillon or De Ranke. Tannic sour cherry skin flavors ride along a dense and driving bretty funk train. Vinous and terribly refreshing, with an appropriate and satisfying dryness to the finish that provokes the next sip. Not quite phenomenal, but certainly a world-class fruit lambic. Recommended.

Photo of aforbes10
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy, red like squeezed strawberries, small tan colored head. smells like alcohol, grapes and red fruit, a bit like the odor of a light red wine. Taste is a mild fruity, cherry tartness up front....changing to...nothing at all. After the tartness leaves its as if I drank a glass of water, or at least pretty close to that. My wife said the flavor was like non-alcoholic red wine and too tart. Fizzy and full bodied, like a soda without the sweetness. Easy enough to drink, but i can't say that i'd want to buy another.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LauraAndrew for sending this as a surprise bottle in a trade. I;d seen it in stores, but just never got around to picking one up.

Pours a lovely crimson, so hazy it's nearly opaque. Head is pink and active, just over a finger. It falls quickly to a coating on top of the beer.

The smell is full of spice and sour cherries...there's also some woody maltiness here.

Flavour is that same woody maltiness up front, along withpowdery sweetness, and sour cherry building quickly, and overcoming it. There's a bit of a medicinal quality, but it is not unpleasant at all. On the finish, there's sour cherry, some hop bitteness, and a lingering dryness. Very nice.

The liquid is hearty and slightly oily. There's a high carbonation here- which I usually do not like much- but in this style, it works well, and is pleasing.

I find this one very drinkable, though I doubt I'd make a session beer out of it. Much as I get annoyed at the people who hate fruit beers, I tend to like something non-fruit for sessions. ;)

Be well

Photo of expatsteve
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a goblet of this at Zeno's in State College, PA.

Appearance: Inky dark ruby color, with a cloudy finish. No head, and light stick lacing. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Immediate smeel of maraschino cherries - a little offputting at first, but quickly relaxed to reveal some raspberry notes.

Taste: I was worried by the smell that this would taste like store cherries, but instead the beer was wonderfully balanced and flavored. Nice sudsy malt development, light yeast, and a sweet cherry background. Everything is perfectly proportioned, leaving a fruity taste that is nonetheless not too sweet. Some raisin and faint caramel developments as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Gentle carbonation and smooth finish. The lack of any syrupy sweetness makes the fruit aspect particularly refreshing.

Drinkable: While I have a hard time drinking more than one or two fruit beers at a time, I imagine that lambic fans would find this totally session-friendly. A beer I'll definitely e keeping my eye out for from now on.

Photo of Prufrock
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small corked and caged bottle into a goblet.

bright, hazy red with a touch of foamy head.

powerfully sour cherry aroma. astringent and tart with a touch of sugary, syrupy sweetness.

drinks easily. sweet and sour cherries most prominent, with a lemony sourness. heavily and tightly carbonated for a fizzy, light feel. cherry component cuts through the barny tartness with a sweetness and a delicate cherry-skin tartness. drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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

This beer can be wrapped up in one word: cherry. It smelled like cherry juice and tasted likewise.However, it wasn't visited by the Kool-Aid Man (oh yeah!); rather, the cherry lingers pretty gently- no over-sugared Red Dye # 5 concotion here. I was expecting sour when I first sipped it, but was surprised by a slight sweetness. The cherry overtakes the drink, but I'm not complaining. It even looks like cherry juice in the glass, with only a slight lace resting on top for a head after the first pour. As a fan of lambics, I enjoyed this brew and would go for another round.

Photo of ElGordo
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in 375oz bottle with bailed champagne cork, and "Best by" date of 06-10-2024. After removing the bail, the cork needed only the slightest nudge before blasting off with the force of a shotgun, echoing loudly as it flew across my apartment.
Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, the body is a slightly cloudy pink/purple hybrid, topped by a substantial inch or so of creamy pinkish head. Excellent carbonation keeps coming for quite a while. Aroma is a bit musty, with sour cherries and lambic yeast battling it out for supremacy, ultimately fiighting to a draw. Palate strikes a balance between the ultra-sour gueuze lambics and the syrup-sweetened fruit lambics. Sour cherries blend with a tarter, more vinegary base from the gueuze. A fairly sharp astringency seizes the tongue at first, but subsides a bit after a few more sips. Body is smooth, lightly creamy, and beautifully sparkling. Certainly a tasty beer, although it is too assertive and challenging to be a frequent selection.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured about half of a small corked bottle into my Stone Old Guardian glass - With a proper, gentle pour, the head EXPLODED, giving me about an inch and a half of deep cherry red beer and four to five inches of head. The head is amazing, like dense red-colored lemon meringue or whipped cream; I poured it up to nearly an inch tall over the rim of the glass, and it sat there like a pink styrofoam mountain, fat and happy. Slowly fading down to a thick layer over a few minutes in the thin neck of the glass, it left sticky gobs of styrofoam lacing.

The smell is, quite naturally, sour-smelling cherries and yeast. I'm not exactly a lambic connesseur, and that's pretty much all I get.

Very tart, very sour flavor - cherries, very slight barnyard horsiness. There's just a little malt graininess in the finish, but most of the flavor is sour.

Spicy, tart in the mouth, with a somewhat grainy, dry finish.

It's still going to be a long time before I really know what to look for in a lambic. However, this is rather drinkable.

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

This beer pours a dark red with a thi white head. The head has slight red tints to it. It fades slowly, leaving decent laces.

This beer has a sour cherry aroma. It has a slight earthy yeasty aroma to it also.

This beer tastes of sour cherries. However, it is definatly not overly sour. It is mild and refreshing. It is sweet, but not too sweet.

This beer is smooth and refreshing. It leaves a sour cherry aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is sweet, but not too overbearing. Also, it is not too high in alcohol. I am happy to have had the oportunity to try this one.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive exploding cork. Very pinkish foam. Medium mouthfeel, creamy, intense cherry skin. Not too tart, not mouth puckering, somewhat malted and a bit of sugar and wood. Appropriate carbonation. Easy drink.Recent batch as expiry date 2024.
Higher than expected alcohol.

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

375ml date on back ends in 202x, cannot make out clearly what number x is. I have had this bottle at least 2 years, and I think they actually quit bottling over 3 years ago?

pours large 1/3 height white head.
smells very acidic, some cherry smell. refreshingly sour.

taste pucker-acidic but not excesive with some sweetness, light taste of cherry mixed in, this beer is perfectly balanced. the finish is mildly acidic with just a hint of cherry, leaving you wanting more.

This kriek has improved from what i remember this batch of bottles tasting like a few years ago, and it is a great loss to the lambic world that it is no longer available.

I have not seen a 750ml of this in years. There seem to still be 375ml's of this and their gueuze floating around - if you see it, grab it.

this bottle was stored upright for at least 2 years without apparent cork issues.

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

A bold and delicate blend of what is good with Belgian beers. A hazy maroon - brown color with a light, yet vigorous carbonation. Smells very tart and fruity with a woodsy, musky, earthy tone. Tastes very fruity and vineous. Quite musky and earthy flavors woven around an abundance of raspberry. A light apple cider flavor persists. Carbonation and fruitiness adds to much creaminess, but the light souness thins the beer in the finish for easy drinking. A pleasure to drink. Much complexity in here.

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

375 ml bottle. Oud Beersel Kriek has a hazy red color with a large pink head. Earthy aroma of cherries, oak, and vinegar. Much more of a subtle aroma that I remember from previous tastings. The flavor is mainly cherries. Notably dry. A minimum of lambic funkiness, but beware if you are not used to sour beers. This one if pretty sour. The cherry flavor is very nice. Not at all artificial tasting, unlike mainly fruit lambics. Finish is short and very dry. This is a very nice beer, but I list it among the elite of the style.

Photo of asabreed
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Huge billowy light red head bubbles up at first. The color is a beautiful and deep dark amber. Clumpy lacing sticks pretty well, and the head recharges very well with light swirls every once in a while.

Smell: Vinegar, vinous qualities, earthiness and funkiness, must and dryness, Belgian yeast of course, and notes of tart and sour cherries in the background.

Taste: Vinegar at first hits the palate with its sour notes, then some Belgian yeast and musty dryness. However, when it's first sipped it's perceived sweet, and then immediately it becomes dry through the swallow, which I think is pretty remarkable. Finishes dry with faint hints of cherries on the tongue, though I wanted more. Like a good, dry champagne with notes of cherry way in the back.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, lots of carbonation, and gets a bit spritzy at the end. Certainly nearly a champagne.

Drinkability: Since it's dry and not to sweet or sugary, I could see someone maybe having more than one bottle. But would you have more than one bottle of champagne? Maybe you would, but I wouldn't. Also it's fairly expensive, and so certainly a good treat. Try it on New Years instead of going to the liquor store for champagne. Your guests may be both surprised and pleased.

Photo of Iguana
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I want to start this out by saying this is my first ever Lambic/Gueuze. Picked this up at Belmont Station in Portland, OR last week. Like many others stated quite amusing to see that best by 2024 date on it.

Appearence - Pours ruby red with a small maybe 1 inch pink head. Looks almost like cranberry juice.

Smell - Sour, very sour. Almost like a fruity vinegar. Completely different from any beer i've ever had, but intrigueing.

Taste - Wow, tastes almost exactly like it smells, sour, and very acidic. A nice taste of carbonation, which fades quickly to an almost clean tasting palette for the next sip. Almost like a champagne.

Mouthfeel - Sour, dry, fades really fast. Not much else I can think of, the taste doesnt linger around long. This is interesting because it paves the way for an intense sip every time.

Drinkability - Definitly wouldnt drink more then 1 in a sitting, and dont know as i'd drink another whole bottle by myself, but if I was splitting with someone it would be just right. This would go well with some fine cheese, or some kind of appetizer to complement its sourness.

Photo of jaluria
2.66/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a brilliant ruby red with a rose-colored head that has very good retention and leaves behind some lacing. A high level of carbonation is visible after the initial pour. Aromas of cherries and alcohol seem to dominate. The taste is, well...different to say the least. I can best describe it as a subtle fruit-flavored champagne. This doesn't really have the consistency, taste, or feel of beer. The cherry flavor doesn't come out all that much. It's the tartness and dryness of this beer that doesn't suit me. The aftertaste is very dry (like champagne or even a chardonnay). I won't be having this beer again...in fact, I couldn't finish my pint.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funky little 375 ml green bottle, caged and corked, with an outrageous best before date of like 2025!

Poured a murky, pink-reddish brown, like the color of raspberry puree. A light pink champagne like head settles to a thin topper.

Cherries are up front in the nose, tart but not sweet, with a bit of leather and barnard funk.

Light in body, with a sparkling carbonation. This isn't your typical sweet and fruity kriek. It goes from lightly tart to bone dry, which gives it a great drinkability. Lots of strange funkiness, which just makes it more inticing and complex.

The best I've had of the style.

Photo of kmcnair
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crazy sour vinegar nose, smells like a stale musty barnyard with a hint of sour cherries. Pours a deep burgundy/brick red hue and makes a fizzy pink head. Flavor is vinegary, hint of sour cherries, tastes very much like a sour red wine... very tart and astringent, hint of cranberry. Light on the palate, coats the mouth very thin and finishes quite dry. Nice quality lambic, moderately complex, enjoyed this one.

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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