Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
10-17-2010 04:15:30 | More by beerhan
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured into a flute. Deep red, with a huge pink/purplish head. The head would probably stick around for days if left undisturbed. Smells slightly sweet, strong sour cherry aroma. A bit of red grapes too. Taste is a great balance of sweet and sour (I don't see this as "mouth-puckering"). The sour cherry flavor dominates, with some grapey, vinous notes. Finishes dry and tart. No noticeable alcohol. Fair carbonation, medium body. Definitely recommended.
01-16-2011 17:12:26 | More by xrdsci
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
02-26-2010 02:48:52 | More by ccrida
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
A - Poured into my Squatters IPA glass a deep, dull natural-looking cherry red. Whitish pink head that retains well, a very nice looking kriek.
S - Smells like cherry skins; has a really ultra-fresh natural cherry smell - the smell of real cherries in all their sweet-and-sour glory, not Jolly Ranchers. Like crushing some cherries in a glass you just bought fresh from a farmers' market. Outstanding.
T - Not the most complex kriek in the world, but very smooth and authentic. Slightly sour, luxurious natural cherry that is only a little sweet - just like biting into an actual cherry. I can note a little leathery Brett if I'm really looking for it, but all in all, not a funk bomb - it's a cherry bomb, and quite a cherry bomb at that. Not as acetic and lactic as its sour, musty older brother, Oud Beersel Oude Kriek.
F - Intensely carbonated, but has a smoother mouthfeel than many lambics, almost a bit creamy by typical lambic standards. I like it.
D - It got a little burpy for me, but maybe that was because I downed it so quickly. This bottle did not last long at all. I could have this one almost every day, especially at 4%. Excellent starter lambic, but also a good accessible, highly drinkable kriek for a more experienced drinker who is unable to have Lou Pepe Kriek or Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek everyday....which probably describes a lot of us. This one's a real winner - the fresh cherry skins are just irresistible. An awesome surprise. I was expecting this to be good, but not *this* good.
04-30-2009 11:18:36 | More by Patrick999
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
05-08-2011 17:38:31 | More by Seeker41184
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
A big pastel cherry whipped mousse briefly drifts above the dark ruby red ale, arresting at a thin blanket covering. This one is pristinely clear, without any active carbonation, and puts up a thin film with each swirl, but no lace.
The aroma is that of a rich red wine, high in fresh fruit and tart cherry. Exactly what I had hoped for, and think this style strives to achieve. Complex undertones reveal the earthiness of damp Autumn woodland, as it warms.
Oud Beersel is tart, without the whole mouth pucker typical of this style. The cherry flavor is forward and clear, with high acidity. Some saltiness shows up in the finish. While there is a sweet side, it is kept well in check.
A bone dry beer with a medium body and light astringency and prickly carbonation. The alcohol is greater than anticipated, and interesting, given that it is labeled as 4%.
A well done beer, fits my Ommagange Tulip glass, and is probably sessionable for some, but for me this style is intended to be a punctuation. Either as an aperitif or in place of a cocktail, this will easily cut any fatty cheese. A ton of character, Oud Beersel is my opinion of a stunning example of what this style can achieve. Unpretentious and impeccably crafted, this is a gastronomical work of art.
03-09-2010 18:55:32 | More by SLeffler27
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-16-2008 01:30:15 | More by Georgiabeer
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
a - poured a two-fingers thick pinkish head into a tulip glass that left thick sheeting throughout. the body was a deep red.
s - dark, yet slightly muted cherries.
t - sour cherries with a hint of hard cherry candy.
m - creamy smooth.
d - very nice, easy sipper. not mouth-puckering sour (which i like) so it seems like it would be a pretty accessible sour for newbies.
06-18-2010 00:27:00 | More by GPHarris
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-05-2010 03:05:16 | More by AdamGarcia
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
11-18-2009 02:30:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
This is a very nice kriek. It is something nice on a warm summer evening.
07-12-2011 18:41:08 | More by megahurts4
Oud Beersel Kriek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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