Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #32
Ranked #1,747
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Body is glimmering blackberry/raspberry juice, like a jewel, with a fine, rose pink head floating for a few minutes.
Tart cherry on the nose, matched by an intriguing musty funk.
Taste follows the aroma, with the pure flavour of tart cherries, accompanied by a touch a peppery/clove spice, oak, and funky yeast. Fine, champagne-like carbonation, prickling & exciting the palate. Medium body, clean and refreshing. Strong acidity, with the burn lingering pleasantly in the off-dry finish.

The more I drink of it, the more I like it. Wonderful balance and contrast of flavours. Absolutely top knotch. Try it with duck or game meat.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Apr 18, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. corked bottle, bought at Echarle Huevos, served at home in a stem glass (a Rodenbach Alexander one).arrk red that lasts for a long while and leaves a ring over the glass.
Funky aroma of cherries, bubblegum, leather, wood, spices, vanilla, cherrie stalk.
Medium to full body, sour feel, good crbonation. Sour finish.
Taste ofcherries, wood, spices, leather, vanilla. Great.

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janubio from Spain, Mar 31, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL Bottle. ABV 6%.
Appearance: Clear dark cherry red, Under medium carbonation, Half a finger of fizzy rose-pink head, Ok retention, Broken cap remains.
Aroma: Cherry skin, Farmyard funk, Tart, Red wine vinegar, Hay, Musty.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Tart, Smooth, Slight pucker, Mouth watering.
Flavour: Slight cereal (?), Cherry, Musty, Farmyard funk, Tart.

Review: 125

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), Jan 30, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 green bottle with a drink by date of 2035, which I believe makes this a 4-5 yo beer. A few of these collecting dust on shelf for who knows how long. Ruby red, nearly crystal clear, solid medium+ carb with strong lingering head. Aroma is medium cherry, light musty funk, and a really pleasant herbal character with basil and something akin to mint, but not minty. Taste leans more to the cherry and light funk. Medium acidity that is so smooth, with no harshness at all. Very very nice. Going back to that same shelf to grab the other two.

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Mtn from Texas, Feb 10, 2019
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While not a fan of Lambics, Kriek Vielle clearly is a good one and it is hard to argue with its status as a classic.
Looks give me a dissipated reddish head on a garnet body. Smells give me tart cherries on a barley base. Tastes are well balanced; not having the too tart temptation that too many brewers lean on. Sits light to medium in my mouth, not too tart but also a bit too dry to pair with a variety of foods. So I drank the balance after dinner and conclude: a great dry.

Personal note, this is my #179 of BA's 250 Beers of Fame... a list for which it will be work for me to find more; having scoured the 2000+ beers in Binny's Lakeview and come up with only Kriek Vielle.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Nov 06, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Forza clear come up dark Garnet Red with a thin off-white head.
S- smell of tart cherries and malt.
T- Tart cherries and slight funk.
I am not big on the tart beers but this is very good.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one in the Brussels airport.
Pours a pinkish red with thin pink head.
Smells of cherry and oak, a touch of funk.
Taste is tart cherry, not a sweet syrup. Oak barrel and a bit of funk.
Medium bodied gooiled carb.
Quite a pleasant surprise. I would seek this one out along with the other big ones from Brussels.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a pure pink color with a fairly thick white foamy head. As the head dissipated, a semi-slim lacing slid down the glass. The smell started off with a nice sour to tart cherry that sweetens as it warms. The flavor starts off with the same sour to tart cherry. As it starts to warm, it gets a slightly sticky sweet fruity aftertaste with a semi wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. A crisp settling refreshingness rolls over my palate sweetly. Overall, I say this was a wonderful fruit lambic that I would love to have again.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful red body with some floaters in the latter pours. Creamy and fluffy pink cap good retention falls to a big belt around the edges. Thin sheets of lace stick around the glass.

S- Cherry. Mostly the cherries here with some of the lactic and funk. Wet oak vinous wood. Intense lactic with time. Lemons. Lactic cherries.

T- Cherries are once again massive but do not drown out the delicate lambic base. Cherry pits are huge, just fresh and beautiful fruit. Lactic acid barrage. A bit of musty wine and Brett. Oak wood. Whole cherries. A hint of cherry sweets.

MF- Medium high carbonation. Slick and oily acidic sourness grips the palate. Light-medium body and mostly dry.

A heaping load of good cherries, with the flesh and pits coming up big time. Heavy lactic sourness, vinous wood and a bit of musty funk round it out for an excellent lambic brew.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, May 03, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep red/burgundy with two inch head. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Cherries, oak, wood, and blackberries.
Taste: Cherries, vanilla, not very tart at all. Not much oak, either. Tastes a bit like a Berliner Weiss to me.
Mouthfeel: Light and creamy. Not all that complex.
Overall: I love kreiks, and this is a good one, but I'm looking for more complexity and not nearly tart enough.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Apr 22, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml cork-caged bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy deep purple pinkish hue with thick frothy pinkish head that stands with good retention, it gradually dissipates to an eternal foamy layer covering atop and leaves minimal trail of lace.

Yes, it is tart, yeasty, and very fruity of sour cherry through a nose and taste buds. The fruitiness part reminds me of intense cherry, also apple cider, green apple, and lemon. Funky, yeasty sour, tart, and acidic elegantly travel and coat the nasal and palate while malt is left sunken with only slight sweet touch. Hop is almost completely hidden by those cherry and yeasty characters.

Light to medium body with smooth and fizzy champagne-like mouthfeel, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Very good blend of cherry making it lively and very refreshing.

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Everydayoff from Thailand, Mar 09, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage.

Look: 3 finger pink head, red hazy body.

Smell : Cherry flesh and skins, strawberry, a bit of mint. Kind of medicinal.

Taste : See above.

Feel : Medium carbonation and body, mild tartness, very dry.

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Cthulhusquid from Washington, Dec 12, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pine glass.

This beer does not appear to be suffering from a loss of carbonation. Pours a clear cherry red with a monstrous head of rocky pink foam that leaves gothic archway lace as it slowly recedes.

Smells of fresh cherry pie, red wine vinegar, wildberry jam, musty oak barrel, soft soil and dried vanilla.

Tastes of juicy cherry, more sour red wine and barrel wood, earthy funk and more mild vanilla.

Feels soft and fluffy. Medium bodied with finely frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Better than eating cherries.

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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Alberta (Canada), Nov 15, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37cl bottle. Ruby with a light red head and visible carbonation. Macerated cherries, cherry jam, almonds and lambic funk.light tart, medium body, high carbonation and a refreshing aftertaste.

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Marius from Netherlands, Nov 14, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

the cap literally explode off. about an inch of red head.
smell is like framboise and sweet.
intial taste is sour and tart. its not that bad. only issue is that it is a little over carbonated.

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jooler from California, Oct 29, 2016
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2015. 6.00% ABV.

The cork flies up to the ceiling. Act quickly.

Dark ruby red, with a massive pinkish head that never drops below one centimeter. Just beautiful.

Intense smell of wild cherries, farm life and slightly acidic oak.

Like an oaky, tart, perfectly balanced cherry bomb going off in your mouth. The carbonation is out of this world. I'm giggling by now.

Cherry brilliance in a very affordable bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque brick-purple with medium link head that dissipates leaving a ring but no lace. Nose is cherry lollipop and plum, she a sweet tartness. Just a little funk, but light. Taste is mildly tart, with citrus and plum. A bit of cherry cough syrup as well. More refreshing towards the finish. A thicker mouthfeel than expected. Overall, just okay.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

best by Nov 2034
pours dark red with a rosey head
incredible smell - deeply of cherries, oak and a little vanilla
a strong, dense dark cherry taste with nice oak and vanilla character. nicely tart.
perfect effervescence. smooth and complex.

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c_tails from New York, Oct 02, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014. Best Before 27.03.2034

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with 2+ fingers of head that quickly fizzles down to a very thin cap

S: Lots of cherry and oaky notes up front, with hints of vanilla and leathery tannins. A bit of barnyard funkiness in there as well, along with a touch of acetic acid

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with tart, acidic cherry notes followed by oak, tannins, and a light sweetness. The barnyard and vinegar notes are still very much on the lighter side, and show up after the initial tartness. The acidity leaves no lingering finish behind

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Definitely on the bubbly side

O: A classic kriek with a solid lambic base and great cherry addition. The oak does a nice job tempering the tartness, as do (more specifically) the tannins. Very drinkable. Definitely worth checking out

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, pinkish head of foam. It smelled of tart, black cherries, lemon and caramel. Strong, sour black cherry taste with a hint of sweetness and almost no bitterness.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jun 23, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks very attractive! Cloudy red color with big pink head.
Smells cherry, slight lemon and wood.
Taste is dominated by sour cherries.
Highly carbonated, effervescent on palate.
Very good refresher. Respectful lambic

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emincems from Turkey, May 25, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ABV: 6.5% Best before March 28, 2033.

Hazy, dark ruby-red beer with a one finger high, creamy, pink head.

Nose: Tart, funk, red berries, cherries, apple peel, strawberry, oak, vanilla and barnyard.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherries, strawberries, almond, citrus, vanilla and oak.
Mouth: Full body. Light and smooth carbonation. Dry ending.

If you are in to lambic beers - this is pure love!

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on May 14, 2016 from a 375ml bottle poured into a tulip at about 50 degrees. "Best before 10.04.2034" printed on back label.

Beer pours a deep maroon with a very fine pink head. The head is retained for a long time, settling down to a dense ring around the glass with thin but complete coverage across the entire surface.

Aroma is sour cherries. If there's anything else, I can't discern it.

Flavor is tart and sweet (in that order), with plenty of cherry flavor that avoids overkill. Slight woody note on finish.
Simple and straightforward and dead-on.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well carbonated.

World class sour beer.

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charlzm from California, May 14, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart, funk, musty, really dry. No sweetness in this kriek at all. The cherries balance the extreme tartness. Reminds me of Hanssens Gueuze in taste and mouthfeel. Just a touch of cherry in addition

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4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big aromas of strawberry jam. Rich dark, meaty cherries with bright acidity as well. Vanilla, almond, damp oak. Brett character is somewhat tropical. Wet hay, earthy mushrooms. Cherries and fruit dominate though.

Pours dark burgundy with ruby highlights. Bright pink small head but with decent retention and some lacing despite the acidity.

Tart cherries and almonds. Mouthwatering acidity. Vanilla, jammy fruit, and citrus. Tangerines, raspberries, and some funk. Fruit character and acidity dominate. Damp wood, forest floor, musty basement. Acidity is clean and mostly lactic. Perhaps a hint of acetic, but it's kept in check.

Light body high carbonation. Bone dry but with tons of fruit and acidity lingering on the palate. Perhaps a tiny bit of tannins.

Can definitely compete with some of the more-lauded krieks. Lots of rich cherry flavor.

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sjccmd from Minnesota, Feb 18, 2016
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