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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 41
Gots: 57 | 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 Tupperwolf
3.33/5  rDev -20%
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.

Tupperwolf, Apr 13, 2006
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.

OStrungT, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2006
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.

dogfooddog, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

beveragecaptain, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

asabreed, Jan 10, 2006
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.

Iguana, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of jaluria
2.58/5  rDev -38%
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.

jaluria, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Shultzerdugen, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

kmcnair, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A kriek lambic presented in a heavy 375 ml corked and caged bottle that made an enthused POP upon uncorking. This beer has a pungent, sour aroma of considerable endurance and a tall head of bubbles the color of plums or cyanotic lips. The color of the body is also very sexy – a ruddy cherry color like a lipstick, a sportscar, or Vegas casino dice.

I can’t quite read the “best before” date unless it actually says best before 10, 2024. <Laugh! I’ve just read reviews with similarly absurd observations.>

I suppose I was expecting some fruited sweetness from the cherries to emerge – especially with all the color they contribute to the body. But this was effectively overruled by the full lambic sourness. I can’t say as I’d care to drink any great measure of this beer, but the puckering tartness has a frolicking refreshment to it.

RedDiamond, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick pastel pink froth rises to the top of my New Belgium snifter tightly packing the glass. Then it starts a show of decomposition and falls just like it rose; steadily and with purpose ending in an uneven rocky froth that covers a rosy liquid with a dash of orange - someone should really develop a tea rose called Kriek.
The lace is provocative as it covers, stretches, rips and slides off the side of the chalice.
Why should I even describe this to you? She was wet and sour and she quenched my fire. She gave me sweet tender kisses inside raspberry tendrils covered in not quite ripe fruit. Her finger tips tasted of sandalwood, patchouli, and sex. If I could own this, all of it, every sexy bit of her, I would never share her. I'd laugh as she teased you; I'd laugh as I described my passion with her; I'd never share a taste with anybody. She's my Cleopatra.

gbontrag, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by sometime in 2022. This is my first real Kriek so I may be updating this review as I gain more experience in the style (and finish off the Cantillon and De Ranke in my fridge). Smell is a little oak and vinegar in the back dominated by an overpowering sourness. There is some mustiness that perks up at one point bringing to mind an old cobwebby barn. Very subtle though. Taste is shockingly sour! This is possibly the sourest thing ever. Very acidic. And yet behind it all, there is a little bit of bread, and of course the cherry flavor, though it is purely tart and not sweet at all as others have mentioned. The cherry comes out more as it warms, making this taste juicier, but I prefer it served very cold. The finish is extremely dry and never ending! It took me forever to finish this bottle, but I savored every last drop.

PatYoda, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of egajdzis
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best before 03 04 2023.... Poured a hazy, deep ruby red color with a small pink head that didn't leave any lacing on the glass. Funky, barnyard, oak, and tart cherry aroma. Tart cherry skin, sour lemon taste. Mouthfeel of soft lively bubbles.

egajdzis, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purply garnet with a pinkish mountain of foam. Gem like quality on the edges, just gorgeous in the snifter. Smell is like an unblended lambic, with a tiny bit of cherry syrup coming through. Taste is tart, bubbly, cherries throughout, and a long cherry finish, yet not sweet at all, never overly aspirinish. Wet in the middle and then dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, especially pleasant for this type of beer. So this is a real lambic without the heavy duty fruitiness that makes one think of malternatives. For being so tart, it is surprisingly drinkable. Worth nabbing if you can find it.

pentathlete, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of maggotbrain
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer sure is a looker. It pours a deep rose red with a whitish pink head that sticks around.

It smells exceedingly sour with a hint of ripe cherries.

The taste is shocking at first, my senses are overcome with the tartness of this brew. After the initial sour shock, a smooth hint of cherries comes through. The aftertaste is tart and dry. There seems to be no sweetness at all.

The mouth feel of this brew is good. It has a medium body with a level of carbonation that lends a certain softness to the beer.

Though I really enjoy the flavor of this beer greatly, I feel that the drinkablity of it is limited because of its sheer tartness. But I think that this is a good thing in a way. Such a unique and interesting brew perhaps should be enjoyed in limited quantities.

This is one brew that really sticks out in my mind and haunts my memory.

maggotbrain, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Chris.

The beer pours a nice rosey color with a 2 finger slightly pink head that falls to a light coating over the brew. Very pretty. The nose is super, with a big sour acrid blast but I can actually smell the sour cherry playing around underneath that. Very enticing. The flavor is intense. Upon taking a sip, my cheeks pucker in and my salivar glands close off, giving me that stickey spit thing going on. The sour and acidic flavor intensifies as I swallow the beer, but fading as quickly as they assaulted my taste buds. It leaves a residual cherry flavor and gives nice sweet cherry burps. The feel is light moderate with a nice moderate carbonation. It leaves my mouth with the sticeky spit feel. This is a refreshing beer. Easy to drink and it tastes really good. I like this beer a lot. Very nice.

kmpitz2, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pink color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Looks kinda like a wine. The aroma is very nice - lots of Belgian funkiness and a nice sweetness from the cherries. The flavor isn't as sour as I expected, but still plenty sour. Slightly sweet with an intense cherry flavor. Slightly drying on the finish. Drinkability is very good. The mouthfeel is light to moderate, but right on for the style. Great brew.

clvand0, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice hazy and red, actually more of a burgundy. The head was pink and rose tall but fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with notable cherries. The cherry aroma did not seem artificial like other fruit lambics. The aroma also contained a definite yet restrained barnyard aroma. It was slightly sweaty and slightly oaky.

The flavor was decidely sour with cherry fruit flavor. The cherry flavors tasted authentic in the lambic sourness. The flavor was decidely acidic, but not enteric. The flavor was also quite earthy and somehow refreshing. The flavor was also very tart and interesting, but was missing something.

The finish was decidedly dry with lasting acidity and slight cherry flavor with the acidity into the aftertaste. The body was almost medium, but seemed less due to the carbonation level of the beer. The sour cherry and tart belches that emerged after consumption are worth the price of admission alone.

12.7 ounce bottle corked and bailed. Date on back of bottle was an unbelievable Best Before 11.12.2022. The cork near exploded from the bottle after the bail was removed and the beer allowed to warm a few minutes.

GCBrewingCo, May 03, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance is perfect- redness, healthy head and so many bubbles, looks perfect in a champagne glass

smell runs parallel with cantillon and less of the syrup-based sweetness here. fermentation and soothing spices like lavender. smells great.

taste is the perfect balance of gueze and fruit. not much to say on flavor here as it fits the usual profile, but it doesn't oversour you. there is just enough fruit sweetness to make it noticeable.. after all, you want to notice the indulgent cherry flavor in a kriekbier.

best of its class, in my book. miles above de ranke.

goodbyeohio, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I need to adjust to this style. The huge champagne head and pink hue were beautiful, but it tasted like sour patch kids without the sweetness. Yes, I can see how one would enjoy this, but I'm not there yet. Beyond the overbearing sourness, there was an interesting funk. I really want to like it, maybe I can try some others and work up to it.

swamiswamu, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of nogoodreason
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy salmon, aggressive pink head grows quickly to a 3 finger size and retreats back to about a quater inch and stays until the beer is finished.

Nose is of aggressive acidity and dark cherries. Some bretty funk is apparent, though not outstanding.

Brashly carbonated, with puckering acidty and an appropriate body, not too thick, not too thin. Initially, taste is of high acidity with a simple, but nice cherry accent and a dry finish. As it warms, it becomes more complex, with a distinct sour funk creeping in, adding a dimension to the acid/fruit equation. There's a wet straw-like quality, and some other generic 'funk' that my palate can't indentifiy. It finishes dry, with a nice sourness and that lingering hint of cherries.

Nice stuff. Oh, and the Best By Date was in 2023. Comical.

nogoodreason, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this should be the one for today. Opening it up and pouring it in even boosted this feeling.... woww what a carbonation and what a great (bit) pink head and a clouwdy red colour. Smell is very aggresive there so to say. Giving you chery, sourness and everything you want to smell in a kriek. What a presance, to bad the taste is a litle less without offence. Sour, fruity and dry. Bitter in aftertaste for its kind but all in all one to try!

paterlodie, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2022. Poured into an oversized red wine glalss

On removing the cork, a soft hiss was heard. At first I thought I smelled vinegar. I poured it gently into my goblet and left just the sediment in the bottle. It was still too cold, so I drank the sediment while I waited. It really needs some warming for the aroma to come out. The beer itself poured a dark pink, like a rose wine, but with a slightly deep orange hue betraying its life as beer. The small white head disappears to nothingness quickly. It is clear except for some bits of sediment.

The aroma is of huge cherries, some alcohol, and a dark earthy fruit. That barnyard funk is actually somewhat mild. After the soft carbonation, sweet cherries hit the tongue. The sourness/tartness builds to a high level very quickly. No hop bitterness or distracting biscuit or toast. All cherries. The finish is so dry, your tongue doesn't even realize what just went down. Very smooth, alcohol subtle, medium bodied. Definitely a sipper, because of the tartness.

I had this with an assortment of cheese, and it really does go better with a strong cheese like English stilton.

Overall: Very tart cherry lambic. I need to try more of this style, as my reference points are Lindemans and Rock Bottom.

oggg, Dec 31, 2004
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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