Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RunawayJim on 10-07-2008

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Camping in Beersel. Dark almost blood red with a pink cherry froth. Aroma of sweet fresh cherries, finish hints at red wine fruit and just a touch of lambic sourness. Flavor too is dominated by freshly picked cherries although there is a bit of a sugary sweetness to be found here as well. Sourness is mild but present in a balancing way so as to not make this overl y sweet or wet. Some tartness enters play in the finish. Somewhat one dimensional but that dimension is done quite well. This lambic lives somewhere between Lindemans and the Oude Geuze of Beersel's past.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a HF Wine glass.

Pours a very dark ruby color with a small but thick and creamy light pink head. Nose is tart, sweet, and cherries.

Taste is too sweet for me, I find this with a lot of kreiks, it's too much like couch syrup. The finish is tart and tangy with a bit too much sweetness.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml caged and corked bottle, sort of the little brother to the Oude Kriek Vieille, I gather.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, fairly creamy, and mildly bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some thick swaths of low-lying fog lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet and tart cherry juice, earthy yeast, gritty pale malt, a touch of sugary caramel, faint funky notes, and softly leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more candied cherry, with a decent enough tartness offset, pale and wheaty malt, a tame red vinegar sourness, ethereal Belgian yeast, and sort of musty, earthy, and wet grassy hops.

The bubbles are nice and zippy in their tight frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, with a thinning from all the fruitiness apparent almost from the get-go. It finishes on the sweet side, the cherries seeing this one through, alongside a growing musky, somewhat funky astringency.

Definitely on the sweeter side of Belgian Krieks, but not quite approaching the Lindemans horizon. Enough tart and musty yeast character presides, allowing for a more or less enjoyable and drinkable sour cherry beer, even if the shelf price of this offering does not exactly scream out 'buy me again and again'.

Photo of beerhan
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip with a grape brown color with a thick head with a pink hue to it. Smells musty with lots of read wine notes as well as some cherry and some alcohol scent. Wow this tastes incredible. My first kriek, a very grainy taste with a cherry and sherry aftertaste. Also tastes a bit grapey. Reminds me of a carbonated fruit punch but in a good way. This feels pretty good in the mouth except for when it warms up the cherry tastes is quite prominent but still not too sour. Very drinkable but an expensive habit.

Photo of nickhiller
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage but definitely a few years old, best before is 08/10/2024 (based on online research this means it's a 2004).

A: deep salmon, pink head that was voluminous and long lasted.

S: very chemical chlorine--high school pool--urinal cake, nail polish, cherries, it really smells like clean vagina.

T: Clearly Canadian (Black Cherry flavor), the park when it rains--wet leaves--algae, like when you drink weird water either stream water or well water. Chlorinated aftertaste.

M: not thin, not thick, in Goldilocks zone for this style of beer. Highly carbonated in a way that feels natural.

O: vegetal and vaginal (in the cleanest way, no fish). If you're looking an American Wild ale, this is not it, too much vegetal/wet leaves that you don't with those, but if you're looking a traditional, affordable Belgian Kriek then this is a great representative.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a tall snifter. The beer has a beautiful color. Dark, deep ruby-red with a nice fluffy pink head. The nose is faint but interesting and has hints of cherries and cotton candy.

Very mild flavor, medium-firm mouthfeel, and light body. The flavor isn't highly sour and acidic, but at the same time you don't get strong fruit juice notes as with some (sweetened) krieks. Instead, you get a mellow slightly tart beverage with light cherry and wine-like flavors. Not very tannic. Finish is kind of bland.

This is not a bad beer, but it's not good either. There isn't a lot of flavor here for the price you pay. It's just kind of dead. I won't buy this again. For what this beer costs, there are better beers with far more flavor.

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish pink with two fingers of pink head and good retention.

Smell: Mild and slightly tart. I'm definitely picking up the cherries and a light sweetness.

Taste: The flavor it a bit watery. Tart and fruity with sour cherries and vinegar notes. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was underwhelmed by this offering. The taste didn't have enough going on. Not bad, but not again.

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oud Beersel Kriek

Appearance: bright red, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: lambic sourness and a slight cherry.

Taste: light lambic flavors with a hint of cherry.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:

This is a very nice kriek. It is something nice on a warm summer evening.

Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought this one without realizing it wasn't the oude version. Oh well.

A: Pours a deep purplish-red with a nice light purple head.

S: Moderately sweet cherry flesh in the nose. Not much acidity. A hint of wheat and vinous oak tannins.

T: Taste brings pleasant cherry sweetness interrupted briefly by a very mild note of tartness. Some vanilla and a bit of oak are detected as well, and a bit of subtle muskiness.

M: Light-bodied with full, creamy carbonation.

O: Not disgustingly sweet, but pretty disappointing with the lack of acidity. Next time I'll make sure I'm getting Vieille.

Photo of charlzm
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed October 17th, 2010 at the Los Angeles Beer Week Festival.

Opaque cherry/strawberry colored beer with pouffy pink head.

Aroma of sour cherries and cheese.

Very tart, but clean. Sour cherries make my eyes squint. A touch of maltiness, but so fleeting I couldn't identify the type. Did I mention it's tart? Surprisingly bitter on the finish.

Very, very dry beer; tingly on the finish.

Not a fan, but I can tell this is well-done. Certainly better than Lindeman's.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Best by date of 2014. I imagine that this bottle has sat for quite a while in this store, but I could be wrong.

Pours a murky, muddy dark pink/red color with minimal head. When backlit by strong light it shows crimson red. Looks good.

Smells disturbingly like cherry medicine that has gone bad, or maybe a cherry menthol cough drop that has been dipped in infect beer. I can't quite say that this is a positive smell, but one that does intrigue me!

Well... the flavor is much better than the nose indicated, but it is a far cry from what I am pretty sure is traditional lambic. This is obviously either pasteurized (leaving much unfermented sugar), artificially sweetened, both, or chemically stabilized with sulfites (unlikely). The result is a sweet, slightly alcoholic cherry soda. Now, I do enjoy it, but I don't think it should be at all connected to the name lambic.

The mouthfeel is sweet, smooth, and full bodied from all the sugar. The carbonation is on the low side which I like.

Conclusion: This is a great fruit beer. But I can't say it is a great lambic. It has only the faintest hint of any traditional lambic flavors, and I wouldn't dare to apply the lofty title of lambic to it if I brewed it. It is a sweet cherry fruit beer, and in my opinion not worth the > $10 I paid for it. If this was canned and cost $5 for a six pack I would buy it.

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive starting head, dies to thin layer of foam. Leaves no lace. The color is orange-red and properly cloudy

Cherry sweet and lambic sour. The sweet wins this one, coming across like a pie. A lot like hard candy.

Remarkably tart. Where's the sweetness? Reminds me of unripe raspberries. There's a complete absence of sweetness. It also is missing the yeast bite that I've come to expect. Great body with an elevated amount of carbonation. This might be a good match to cheese or a sweet dessert.

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for sending me this one. Always appreciate a new lambic.

A: The pour is a murky dark red color with a small pink head which eventually dies down to a thin ring.

S: Certainly has a cherry smell to it. Cherry candy is what I get most, but there is a nice fruit character to it as well. Slightly sweet with a little bit of wet oak and grass.

T: Lots of cherry flavor. There is a fairly pronounced sweetness to it which I'm not a huge fan of. Mildly tart and acidic, but mostly cherry flavor. A very slight grassiness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation and a rather short finish.

O: Not really my favorite. Better than the Lindeman's kriek, for instance, but I like their Oude Kriek much better.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew appears nearly flat. It is a red cherry hue and seems more viscous visually than it actually is. The nose is basically like raspberry sorbet; it is both delicious and one-dimensional at the same time. As to the flavor, it continues down the raspberry confection path except there is a lactic sourness that is obvious on the palate which brings forth a specific suggestion of ice cream with grenadine. The mouthfeel is nice enough, with a bit of soft effervescence and a light-bodied silkiness. Overall it is pretty good, especially for a sweet Lambic.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip, best by 10/14/2013. Pours slightly cloudy brick red color with a nice and dense 2 fingers of pink colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a lasting lacing cap. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass as well. Aromas of tart cherries, cherry juice sweetness, spices, and a bit of vinegar. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of sweet cherries, spices, and a bit of tart cherry as well. Pretty dry finish, but there is a bit of cherry sweetness that hangs around for a bit. Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit of a creamy and syrupy mouthfeel is present. No alcohol noticed at all as expected for being 4%. Sweetness of this beer is not cloying at all, and this drinks extremely well. Overall a very nice and tasty kriek! I will have to check out the oude kriek vieille soon.

Photo of cujocon
2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4% ABV
12.7oz (375ml) Green bottle with cork and cage $6.99 at Provisions Northampton Ma
Appearance: framboise color - dark ruby - no head, ring of lacing

Smell: Red Wine, cherries

Flavor: sweet and almost lactic-milky. Not at all sour, not much flavor at all really - bland

Overall: 2.5/5 Nothing to get excited about, boring really. Low abv fruit juice. Not great.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: Mild pop. Pours a lovely rose hue with a cotton candy colored head. Opaque with many streams of carbonation. Head doesn't appear to be going anywhere soon.

S: Weak aroma. Hidden tart cherry and vinegar.

T: Sweet and robust. Slightly tart, but not out and out sour. Very authentic cherry juice flavor. Not terribly complex, the flavor is straightforward, but delicious.

M: Soft and creamy. The feel is very well suited to the flavors of this beer.

D: At 4% ABV this is a true session beer. The flavors are big, never approach cloyingly sweet or overly sour.

This is a great beer. A nice place to start for the uninitiated. Much better IMHO than the overly sweet Lindeman's lambics, but no where near the super sour Cantillons, Oud Beersel Kriek is a wonderful fruit lambic to relax with when you don't desire the palate fatigue some other sours will deliver. Give it a try.

Photo of Seeker41184
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/10/10

750mL into a pint glass

Tart Sour Cherry smell which pours a beautiful reddish color. The initial taste is a tart cherry flavor which is interesting. The aftertaste changes into a dry sweet cherry. Excellent overall cherry lambic.

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Decent cherry flavor but way too sweet for me.

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Pours a nice cherry red with a fluffy pinkish head that quickly disintegrates. Aroma is tart lemons and black cherry. Flavor is sour cherries and ascorbic acid, with some cardboard oxidation and a little sweetness. Not the most complex lambic but still solid.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burgundy with a finely beaded head with a pinkish hue. The head sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some lacing. Smells beautifully of sour cherries with a zingy, fresh aroma and deep winey finish. The taste is not merely sweet cherries- there is a softness and a creaminess here that is absolutely delicious. The flavors are relatively simple with some subtle spice notes on the finish and soft cherries and cream. Not overly sweet at all. This 4% beer is a gentle beauty with a soft creaminess in the mouthfeel. Well worth drinking- but its not an extreme beer.

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: deep mahogany red with a nice light pink head
S: not exactly what I remembered, a bit sweet and cloying, expected more lambic bit and spritziness
T: definitely not the same, a lot sweeter, cloying, soda-pop qualities, not bad but doesn't have the guts of a good funky lambic like Cantillon, did they sell out like others and are going for the younger crowd that like alcopops?
M: decent enough but not living and spritzy like a truly traditional kriek
D: OK but won't be buying another for a long, long time

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (best before 2011), so surely a few years old. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Oud Beersel Kriek is dull, brownish magenta with a large, tight pink tinged light sand head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is bright maraschino cherries, a little red wine vinegar

Taste is pretty good, a strong cherry component, vinous, with a hint of vinegar is the primary sour component, although it finishes sweet and clean. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, dry and tannic, fine carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, a great Kriek squarely in the middle of the sweet-sour spectrum, very refreshing.

Photo of RunawayJim
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a thick opaque burgundy color with a small pink head. It smells immediately of cherry sweetness with a hint of tartness. The flavor is much the same. There is no complexity to this beer. It's all cherry, all sweet. It's almost like a sparkling fruit juice, yet it's beer. The body is on the heavy syrupy side. I feel like I should be feeding this to a child. I wouldn't buy it again. It's older cousin is much better.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by date of June 2011; Sampled January 2011
A solid pour into my CCB tulip produces a pink tinged, dirty tan colored, one finger thick head. The beer is a light cherry red color with hints of purple to it; when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, red color. The aroma smells of children's cherry flavored cough syrup (at least just a bit), bright super fruity cherry notes and really just smells like cherry syrup. This is very un-complex and simplistically cherry candy like in the nose.

Not nearly as sweet as the nose would have suggested, which is a good thing, and the cherry notes, while dominant are reduced in intensity in the flavor as well. This is fairly sweet, it definitely isn't traditional and accentuates a carnation sort of cherry flavor, a big berry fruitiness and a bit of sweet children's cherry flavored medicine character towards the finish (a touch of medicinal quality as well). The flavor it again quite simplistic and this really could use a whole lot of lambic character; there is pretty much no funkiness and even the light tartness seems more from the fruit than from a lactic acidity. The body is fairly light, but does have some thickness to it.

I wasn't expecting much from this, but I am still a bit disappointed; it even misses the mark for the times I might like to have a sweet, fruit lambic for a culinary purpose (e.g. Lindeman's), so I can't ever see wanting to think about this beer again.

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