Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-24-2011 03:23:16 | More by womencantsail
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
3.1/5 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
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
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-24-2009 00:04:54 | More by smcolw
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
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-18-2011 00:32:22 | More by superspak
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-03-2010 02:26:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-02-2009 10:14:28 | More by illidurit
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
375ml bottle dated 05/28/2011 so this is a 2006 or 2008 possibly. Its got a good lemon and glue aroma with a hint of cherries and sugar. I like it but it is not what I would expect from a kriek lambic. The flavor is more glue and sugary cherries, not sour at all but oddly enjoyable. No hint of funk or barnyard to this at all.
09-12-2009 03:25:23 | More by ArrogantB
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
07-11-2011 03:03:15 | More by ktrillionaire
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
10-27-2010 03:43:27 | More by charlzm
Oud Beersel Kriek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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