Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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'. (1,285 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (732 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (539 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,469 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (327 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (326 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 (510 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (588 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (774 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (1,516 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (1,174 characters)

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