Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 3
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 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 xrdsci
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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 brewdenver
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice strawberry frothy head. Beer itself is a nice dark cherry color. Medium to strong fingers and lacing. Smell is pleasant with hints of cherry and red grapes. Strong cherry flavor in the beginning that lightens into a very subtle finish. It beacons you to drink more. Light in the mouth with strong carbonation in the beginning lightening to a nice tingle. This was my first Kriek. Glad I picked it.

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

Poured dark red with a pinkish thick lasting head. Smelled of cherries, sour and slightly funky. Tastes mainly of cherries with a tart kick at the end. Not overly sour, reminded me of a cheaper version (while still real good) of La Folie. All in all a solid lambic.

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

From a C&C bottle, this poured a rich cheery red with a light pink head and lacing rings that look like glue. Nose is of sour cherry, and the mouthfeel is medium and shows a little carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet and strongly of cherry, while the finish is a classic lambic sourness. An excellent lambic.

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 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 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 TurdFurgison
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I'd seen this bottle for sale, not the Vieille version. $6.49 at Rozi's in Cleveland, 375mL bottle with cork and cage. The cork takes just a little effort, it doesn't really pop out but you can tell there's a little carbonation aiding the effort.

It pours a nice red shade, dark but clear with a huge pink foam that never really goes away. The beer smells sweet and strongly cherry-based, not far from Lindemans based on aroma. But the taste is not quite as sweet as Lindemans, nor as sour as, say Cantillons Kriek. Somewhere in between, in St Louis land but not quite as sweet as that beer either. A little tart bite offsets the sweetness nicely, giving this a measure of balance, but I'd sort of rather have it a little more sour.

Good body, very light with low carbonation, and at only 4% ABV it goes down quickly.

Photo of lionchow
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark dark ruby red with a huge pink head with mixed small and large bubbles, that recedes and ultimtely disappears, but slowly.

Aroma is big, tart, funky cherry pie.

Flavor is a medium level of tartness with some wild funkiness mixed in. Cherry flavor is noticeable, but is somewhat understated. It is not at all sweet, but not overly dry either - it is interesting in this way - the cherry flavor is attractive for its sourness, not its sweetness.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable with a mid level carbonation, and the tart and dry finish.

Overall very enjoyable, but still not outstanding. I would have perhaps liked a bit more cherry character, and maybe even a touch of sweetness. The tartness was great but I felt it just needed a bit more.

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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a tasty kriek, more of an introduction to the style, better than some of the more prevalent ones in the american market, but still more fruit and sugar than lambic and the funky sourness that comes with it. i think their oude kriek is one of the best cherry beers ive ever had, this one lacks the maturity, the dryness, and definitely the pucker. murky blood red in color it looks really cool in the glass, hazy and with a very sweet aroma. a little medicinal on the nose, but the flavor of the cherry is very good. for me, i like the more mature, sour versions of the lambic, these get sweet for me. 4% abv is low, if they let this ferment to 5% abv i think it would be an even better beer, it needs to be a little dryer for drinkability, but for those not familiar with real belgian kriek, this might be a great place to start. their oude kriek stands as one of the best all time, and this to me felt like an inferior little brother, but if we had them the other way around, i might like it a little more. still, well made and real authentic. worth picking up.

Photo of kjc51478
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red color with medium head

S: Has a very pronounced sour cherry aroma that you pick up on immediately.

T: Sour cherry, lambic funk

M: Sour aftertaste gives way to a more subtle fruitiness.

O: A good Kriek beer with a very strong fruit aroma and taste.

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.

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