Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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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
3.9/5 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
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-09-2011 03:11:38 | More by nickhiller
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
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
This is a very nice kriek. It is something nice on a warm summer evening.
07-12-2011 18:41:08 | More by megahurts4
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
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
05-17-2011 01:07:53 | More by kjc51478
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-15-2011 05:36:49 | More by lionchow
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
05-08-2011 17:38:31 | More by Seeker41184
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
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
03-26-2011 18:55:47 | More by brewdenver
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
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
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
01-16-2011 17:12:26 | More by xrdsci
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
4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
10-17-2010 04:15:30 | More by beerhan
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-05-2010 03:05:16 | More by AdamGarcia
Oud Beersel Kriek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.