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Oud Beersel Kriek - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RunawayJim on 10-07-2008)
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Photo of nickhiller
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of auroracrisis
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of kjc51478
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lionchow
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Seeker41184
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of brewdenver
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of xrdsci
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of beerhan
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Oud Beersel Kriek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.