Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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3.76/5 rDev 0%
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'.
06-28-2014 04:28:41 | More by biboergosum
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
09-24-2013 02:11:18 | More by Etan
Oud Beersel Kriek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.