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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 673
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 51
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
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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 biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kriek is a style of beer to be seen as much as experienced: Oud Beersel Oude Kriek is a glowing ruby colour and has a hot pink head (seriously, where else do you find pink foam?). The whole appearance is as vivid and sexy as an expensive brand-name lipstick.

Though it has its fair share of 'funk' - more than enough to establish it as an authentic, traditional Kriek - this offering isn't as dank as others (i.e., Hanssens, Cantillon). Instead, it has far more of an almond and marzipan focus, the contribution of the cherry pits. The fruit is there too; cherry cough drops and a hint of menthol are noted.

The taste provides the familiar 'horse saddle' and 'sweaty sock' elements as any other spontaneously fermented, wild yeast and bacteria-inoculated beers from the Senne Valley. But it also has, as in the aroma, lots of almond as well as cherry lozenge flavour. The fruitiness is definitely marked by tartness but fortunately not entirely lost to it.

Relatively speaking, this Kriek also lacks the intense acidity of others in the style. It is refreshingly acetic but far from piercing. Interestingly enough, this has a sort of mintiness in the texture that is a wonderful partner to the refreshing (loosely vinegar-like) tartness.

I honestly believe that beer would have an entirely differently reputation if brands like Oud Beersel Oude Kriek were more readily available. Seriously, try it - bring a bottle to your next party. For better or for worse, you'll be the most popular person there; the few people who don't love it will at least be impressed (and realize there's more to beer than bland, fizzy lagers).

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Photo of devlishdamsel
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Kriek. Having been a Kriek drinker for years that is really saying something. No it's not hyped like other beers, but it definitely deserves the highest praise. The problems with most other krieks ranges anywhere from a bold bitterness which results from the cherry pits to cloyingly sweet. The aging in the oak really rounded out and mellowed that flavor and this beer is fully attenuated so there is virtually no residual sweetness. The body is almost like velvet but still thin enough to make this beer insanely drinkable. Such a dark rich red color, its almost like a fine rose champagne, with the bubbles to match. The smell of vanilla oak and cherries hit. You drink in and are intoxicated with fresh juicy cherry essence. There is absolutely no trace of hotness in this beverage, you would think its alcohol free! the aftertaste is pleasant and sings of cherries. Perfection! I will be keeping this on stock as often as possible! Such a fine beverage.

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Photo of nesarebad
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, poured in to my FW Barrelworks Teku

A - Deep dark rose, with a fluffy 3 finger head. This is a cherry looking beer, so cherry.

S - Canned cherry pie cherries, funk, and a touch of oak, mostly sweet pie cherries, smells like mom's cherry pie.

T - More of the canned cherry pie cherries, which I was not too fond of growing up. Though, if these cherries had the tartness here I would not mind so much. Subtle oak in the background tie together the tartness. Very balanced.

M - Puckering, effervescent, highly carbed - sour cherries and oak flicker and dance on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great fruit lambic. A spectrum of tastes, sweet, tart, oakey, it is all here and plays in a wonderful spectrum of flavors. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Jonada
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Best before April 18 2032. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass

Appearance: Ruby red in color with 3 fingers of a pink head. Quite a bit of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Body is hazy. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries, basement, oak, vinegar.

Taste: Cherries, lots of cherry skin and juice, as well as oak, funk, and earth, but the cherries are the real star here. Sourness is on the lower end of medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The carbonation is high (a bit too high IMO) but still maintains somewhat of a soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry

Overall: One of the best, easily obtainable krieks around. The sourness and funk are more subdued, which allows the cherries to really shine through. At the same time it's stays away from being too sweet and artificial as some krieks tend to be. I'd definitely recommend trying this.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark garnet color, slightly hazy, with a reddish beige head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Nose is redolent of fresh cherries, with a note of almond, vanilla, and oak. Nothing much funky in the smell.

Tastes of fresh sour red cherries, almond, old wood. Natural cherry tartness. Finishes a little dry.

Body is medium and carbonation is slightly fizzy, but it does go flat after a while. So the advice is to drink it quicker.

Overall, this is a very drinkable oude kriek. It is not very complex, funky, nor highly tart. But it is a pleasant kriek that really tastes of fresh cherries and respects tradition; it is delightfully not the cherry syrup or worse versions that are out there.

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Photo of MShirokov
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like carbonated berry juice. Not really my thing, but I'd be able to appreciate it more if it wasn't insanely bubbly, to the point where I had trouble swallowing it. Took about 5 sips and couldn't do more. Maybe I'll try other beers of this style, but this one really isn't for me.

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Photo of JohnQPublic
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent brew. I had it a couple times in Turnhout, Belgium in March (2013).

This is a sour Kriek, with a definate tart taste of cherries. I am sitting here with a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, and though ok, there is no comparison (the Sam Adams is sweet cherries + "natural flavors").

This was my favorite find this trip.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Dark hazy brownish/red with very thin pinkish head.

Smell- Cherry, funk, oaky vanilla, earthy yeast.

Taste- Tart up front, then cherry, funky yeast, something weird (in that order). Finishes very smooth with no tartness.

Mouthfeel- Not very carbonated, which is nice. Crisp and smooth. Not so tart that it makes my face change.

Overall- I was in the mood for nice fruity lambic and this is a niceone.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a deep berry red with high carbonation producing a 1 inch pink bubbly head. Good retention.
S: Fresh cherries abound. Hint of malt in the background.
T: Sweet, tart, and sour cherry notes...must be the mixing of young and old lambic that produces this complexity.
M: Bright and fresh. Sweet, tart, and sour. Light body with carbonated effervescence. Dry finish.
D: Highly refreshing and drinkable with good complexity especially for style. The color alone makes it a perfect Valentine's Day beer.

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

Best by date 28-10-2029. Served in a Rochefort goblet. 750ml bottle.

A. Dark red almost maroon body and a small pinkish head.

S. Very sour and tart(nail polish remover, but in a good way). Not many cherries on the nose. Love the smell!!!

T&M: Yowza! Not too tart, not too sweet and not much cherry either. Super bubbly mouthfeel keeps this one nice and light on the tongue.

Overall this is a fantastic Kriek and am glad I held on to a few of these to taste over the years. When fresh these just taste like cherry soda but give them a few years and DAMN it really comes alive!!!

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Photo of cocojoe
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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


06.21.15: 2nd impressions from a bottle served into a pilsner glass in Helsinki:

6.0% ABV. BB: 14-11-2034.

A: Gorgeous pink head immediately attracts the eye, and lasts ~5 minutes. Body is a bit dark, but definitely red. I see no yeast.

Sm: Powdered sugar, above average acidity, tart cherries, mild sourness (~2-3/10 in terms of intensity), neutral wheat/malts, cherry skin, and light juice.

Aromatic strength is average. Sour lovers will find this aroma suggests a beer which isn't as sour as they'd like, and I'd like more of a lactobacillus presence. The lambicus yeast is great, though.

T/Mf: Showcases spontaneous fermentation nicely, with the tartness of the cherries accentuated beautifully by the complex lambicus yeast and sour lactobacillus bacteria. Sourness is a pleasant but not puckering 4-5/10 - enough to satisfy sour lovers. Powdered sugar is evoked from the combination of its soft, light, powdery mouthfeel and its simple straightforward sweetness. Balanced though, juggling tartness, sourness, sweetness, and acidity brilliantly. No hop profile is notable.

Refreshing and near perfectly carbonated, with a tingly feel on the palate and a great overall presence.

O: An oft-overlooked lambic worthy of aging. This will please sour lovers, but more diehard fans of the style may crave more sourness and tartness still. For my money, it boasts a gestalt build and an incredible balance, and offers plenty of subtlety and nuance - particularly in terms of the yeast and bacteria. Very drinkable, with none of the medicinal off-notes that plague so many krieks. I'll be revisiting this, and would love to try it with some age on it. That said, it can't quite compete with world-class examples from the likes of say, Cantillon or Hanssens. But it's a damn respectable second-tier kriek.

Will pair well with acidic salads and/or dark chocolate.

High B

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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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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!!

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
93 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.