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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek VieilleOud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

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467 Ratings

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website

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 cocojoe


4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 09:07:42 | More by cocojoe
Photo of russpowell


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 00:19:15 | More by russpowell
Photo of kojevergas


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude 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.


Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 08:09:45 | More by kojevergas
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:43:09 | More by bskrtz
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 06:37:56 | More by ngeunit1
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

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:07:21 | More by pschul4
Photo of thierrynantes


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 17:10:22 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of mactrail


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIg foam in the tall Cristal Alken glass which settles down nicely. The surprise is the Technicolor bright beet-colored head. The beer itself is a rusty cherry color.

The fruit flavor is unmistakable and thoroughly pleasant. The sugar is more fermented out of this compared to some of the popular Krieks. A malty flavor emerges after the cherries. There is a little sour touch, but just enough to give it an edge, and more like the tartness of fruit than a bacterial acidity.

Totally great beer with a wonderful fruity flavor and a highly drinkable character. From the 37.5 ml corked bottle purchased at Beer And Gin House in Gent.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 17:01:11 | More by mactrail
Photo of eduardolinhalis


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

500ml bottle served in a Morte Subite chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber to violet color forming a big bubbled aired fizzy ping head. Medium retention and a thin bubbled layer that lasts for long time. Almost no lacings left

S: Fruit and tart. Cherry juice wi notes of metallic carbonation and Lambic yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet upfront, intense cherry tartness. Overall dry taste with. Rust metal finish

M: Light body and high carbonation. Very smooth mouth sensation to a Kriek beer. It's a tart but not extremely acid beer. Aftertaste is mainly tart with metallic notes

O: Absolutely drinkable. Excellent quality Belgian Kriek which can be easily compared with a Cantillon or a Drie Fonteinen

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 20:14:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of mdaschaf


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

2011 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby red color, very deep with a one finger pinkish head on top, very nice head retention lasting as a good sized cap for the majority of the time I drank the beer. Thin lacing forms when the beer hits the sides and slowly recedes, eventually leaving clean glass.

S: Deep cherry aroma along with fruit skins, sort of red grape skin. There is some nice funk mixed in, not really barnyardy, just funky though. A litlte bit of oak right at the end.

T: More cherries and cherry skin, nice tartness, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a little bit of oak and some very faint barnyard/must.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Impressed with this kriek, the fruit and tart blend nicely making it enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 01:46:18 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of spoony


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle into a Beersel glass.

A-Coppery red hue that was quite pretty...more brown than most beers of this style. Head died down quickly to leave a thin collar. Some lacing.

S-Tart. Very tart. Sour cherries, vinegar, and a little funky wet earth. My wife claimed to smell (and taste toast), but I did not get that impression.

T-Sour. Very sour from start to finish. I got sour cherries, vinegar, and a hint of vanilla and almond. Not much sweetness to balance out the sour.

M-Mild carbonation and medium body with just a hint of oily mouthfeel.

O-I was surprised by the powerful sour flavor of this one. The flavors were good and complex, so I cannot complain that it was a one-note wonder, but I prefer a touch more balance in this style of brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 14:59:50 | More by spoony
Photo of StaveHooks


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

750ml bottle served into an over-sized wine glass.
Best before: 28-10-2029

A - Slightly hazed ruby color with a light pink head that forms a collared ring around the glass.

S - Sour cherries, strawberry preserves, vinous grapes, old damp wood, musky and sharp funk, leather, peppery spice, funky fruity alcohol.

T - Sour fruit, cherries, strawberries, lemon citrus, notes of seafood brine, musky wood. A light candy sweetness in the middle. Finishes tart and very dry.

M - Light body, lively fine carbonation, bone dry finish.

Excellent looking beer! Very balanced levels of sweet and sour. Funk levels are musky and dusty. Good sharp sourness with loads of fruit and a dry finish. I'd love to have a couple of cases of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 00:09:48 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of seand


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

A: Pours a deep fruit-punch red with a fair amount of frothy pink head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving thin walls of lacing.

S: Cherry pie, raisins, spice, and mild funk.

T: Starts tart and light. A little thicker through the mid palate, still with a strong sour cherry note. The funk comes through in the finish, balancing the tartness a bit.

M: Light bodied to start, medium to finish, medium carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable and balanced lambic. Not sweet, not overly tart, not overly funky, and the flavors are well constructed. It's still not my favorite style of beer, but I'd have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:39:00 | More by seand
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy opaque light garnet red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. There is also moderate amounts of yeast particles towards the bottom of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish purple head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal abouts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of funkiness and sour cherries - this beer has a fairly sour smell. There are also some light aromas of yeast spiciness.

T: The dominant flavor for this beer is the sour cherries. In the sour cherry flavor, there is a fair amount of oak and lighter notes of yeast spiciness. Additionally there is a fair amount of funk to the flavor as well.

M: Light bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue from the tartness and dry in the finish.

O: While I personally found this beer to be very enjoyable and easy to drink, I could see this beer being tough for folks that are not huge fans of the more funky fruit lambics (it is not sweet like some of the others in the style). I don't think of this as a sessionable beer but I would say that is mostly true for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:25:58 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottled 27.06.2007

Appearance. Pours a murky pink-peach with a finger of pale pink, bubbly head.

Smell. Big sweet and sour cherries, some old wet wood and spicy funk. Smells really, really good!

Taste. Awesome sour cherries, some smooth wood and just the faintest hint of cinnamon and spice

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Not as fine and lively as others.

Overall. This beer is 5 years old and the cherry smell and taste is still absolutely amazing. Would love to try an older one!!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:56:57 | More by Rutager
Photo of shleepy


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

Served from 750 bottle into tulip glasses.

A: Cranberry red, bordering on purple, with very pink, medium-sized head.

S: Funky "cellar" notes and cherries.

T: Excellently balanced levels of sourness, oak, horseblanket funk, and cherries galore.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel. Medium body / carbonation.

O: Honestly, I've had a lot of kriek, and this is probably the best common, mass-produced one (including Cantillon). Other krieks generally suffer from an inbalance of some sort - too sour, too funky, etc. This one is good, all around, and also happens to have the smoothest mouthfeel. I believe that it won our blind tasting of all the krieks that we could find locally, when we had one with a small group of friends. Cantillon Lou Pepe is the only kriek that is on a higher level, and it's there on its own.

I should mention that some of the Oud Beersel krieks and gueuzes we tried in the SF Bay Area seemed to have an unpleasant metallic flavor to them in most of 2011, and were then back to normal. It was especially noticeable in the gueuzes. So, I think that they may suffer from some inconsistency issues / poor quality control, or else the importers handled the bottles badly... We first thought it was limited to bottles from Lunardi's, but then realized that the taste was present, regardless of the local source. That said, as of 2012, they seem just fine... There may still some very slight metallic flavor, but nothing unusual.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:34:25 | More by shleepy
Photo of srandycarter


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

A - One BEAUTIFUL beer. Purple hue, purple huge head, purple haze (lace).

S - Cooked and tart cherries, a small amount of funk.

T - Tart, cooked cherries evident, fairly dry and refreshing.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - I could drink this one all night. Does it come in a keg?

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:23:08 | More by srandycarter
Photo of superspak


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/10/2029. Pours cloudy brick red color with a foamy 2 finger pink head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Slight wisps of lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining a head. Aromas of huge tart cherry, cherry skin, wet hay, grass, earth, pepper, leather, bread, oak, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas here with big complexity and balance. Taste of big tart cherry, lemon, cherry skin, pepper, grass, wet hay, earth, must, bread, oak, leather, funk, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cherry skin, earth, pepper, oak, and funk on the finish for a good bit. Incredible flavor complexity; with fantastic sour/sweet balance, which makes this very easy to sip on. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairy acidic and slightly syrupy mouthfeel as expected, with plenty of very crisp and balanced carbonation. Alcohol is essentially invisible, and this is super easy to sip on despite acidity. Overall this is an absolutely incredible sour Kriek. Huge complexity in flavor and aromas, with fantastic balance. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:11:23 | More by superspak
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Best before 6/28/2031 -- love these Oud Beersel guys.

Appearance: rich, hazy cherry-red hue with a thick finger of creamy pink foam. Pretty much what I expect from a good kriek.

Smell: lightly tart, acidic funk with an underpinning of cherry character. A touch of sweetness comes through in the aroma.

Taste: tart and lightly sweet, the cherry character is subdued and only comes through at the end. A hint of funk keeps things interesting. This beer is fairly balanced, although a little more cherry character would be welcome.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a big but ephemeral creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is quite a good beer, but for me, I like a little bit more cherry character in my krieks. Would I go after this beer again? Probably not, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 20:59:19 | More by flagmantho
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely brown-tinged red-colour, with a fine pink head. To be honest, it's certainly a kriek-hued deep blood red colour, but you have to expect a certain hue from a kriek. Minimally fine head, with not lacing, and a soft, but rather obligatory carbonation. Overall, it's good; could be better.

Nose is excellent, however. Really pleasant plasticky gueuze like funk giving a strong and forward intensity to the brew. The cherries leaven and support the sharp acidity, but really, they're not at the forefront. Instead, you get a pronounced, classic gueuze/lambic like funk. And I love it.

Taste is a little lighter, and here, the kriek character actually detracts from rather than accentuates the pleasantness from the funk. It gives a slight colour to the acidity, but otherwise it provides something of a distraction. In many ways, this is just a good straight lambic, but it just reminds me what a good beer the Gueuze Vieulle is, and what an intrusion the cherry forms.

Really, it's a good beer, but it's a beer that detracts from its progenitor. I almost wish I had tried this first (being as it is, a very good kriek). But having had the Gueuze, I can't help but compare it to that, and the addition really does it no favours.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 09:55:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Giovacchini


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

A- pours a hazy red with a thin pink head.

S- oak, strong tart cherry aroma, and funky yeast.

T- sour cherries, cranberry, oak, some alcohol, and vinegar.

M- puckering tartness, mild carbonation and a nice dry mouthfeel.

O- I enjoyed this lambic. I am very interested in this style of beer and I have to say this one was very delicious. I plan on trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:48:54 | More by Giovacchini
Photo of pisano


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage served out of 375 ml bottle at cellar temp.

a: pours hazy scarlet red with pink two finger foamy head, which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer.

s: cherries, oak, funk.

t: sour cherries, pleasant sourness with slight sweetness.

m: nice light body with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish similar to champagne.

o: a very refreshing and drinkable lambic.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 14:37:39 | More by pisano
Photo of danieelol


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

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer.

Pours a nice dark red colour with vaguely red white head and lacing.

Smell is marshmallows, slight corn, light fireworks. Strawberry fairy floss. There is some malt left in here. Nice, bit more fruity than funky.

Taste is a well balanced sour-sweet. Lots of strawberry.

Mouthfeel is wispy and spiderwebby. Lots of fairy floss. Picking up some sugar on a relatively thin base.

To my tastes could be a little drier but overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:58:21 | More by danieelol
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a darkish red with a very slight head.

S Lots of fruity raspberry and cherry with a nice barnyard type funk.

T Again lots of very tart raspberry with a bit of cherry. Not much in the way of sweetness, just tart.

M Light with pretty solid carbonation

Overall this is a pretty good lambic and quite an enjoyable drink. I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:00:28 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of WillCarrera


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

375 ml bottle, best before June 28, 2031, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a dark cherry color, topped with a fizzy pink head, has pretty good retention, leaves little lacing.

S- Smells just like a cherry pie, really great cherry aroma, some tart yeast funk.

T- Big tart yeasty flavors, nice cherry flavors, dry oak tannins, lingering tartness, sweetness is minimal, definitely leans toward the sour side.

M- Light bodied, well carbonated with a crisp, dry feel.

O- A pretty excellent kriek, anyone who likes really tart lambics will enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 05:03:29 | More by WillCarrera
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.