Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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2.68/5 rDev -28.7%
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
08-10-2010 01:43:22 | More by wisrarebeer
2.78/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
01-31-2011 14:46:08 | More by Gueuzedude
2.8/5 rDev -25.5%
375ml into a Russian River tulip, best before 17.06.2012
The body of the beer is a cranberry colored purpleish red. A 1cm head rests on top that reduces to a collar of film around the edges.
By smelling the beer, you are greeted with an airy, dusty funk. Something similar to a basement or old shed. Agitation brings out more of the same. Some sweetness behind that which can be compared to a cherry throat lozenge, and a little bit of butter and socks behind that.
Cherry candy like sweetness upfront, followed by slight notes of the mustiness that was in the smell. No real funk to the flavor, just cherry candy. Kinda disappointed but atleast it's not as sweet as other sweetened lambics I've had.
Mouthfeel is light-medium, sticky with low carbonation.
Overall, an okay sweetened lambic. I bought this thinking it was their oude lambic offering with a new label but then found out otherwise when I got home. Oh well, not awful. I drank the whole beer but I won't be buying this one again. It seemed like this one smelled better than it tasted, with a decent funk note to it. But the taste was too sweet and one dimensional to be able to compete with proper lambics.
07-15-2011 02:52:39 | More by auroracrisis
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
02-05-2011 22:34:05 | More by kingcrowing
3.08/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
12-02-2011 03:55:12 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
01-20-2012 03:05:33 | More by oline73
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
10-07-2008 02:37:33 | More by RunawayJim
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
09-02-2012 20:48:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
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
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