Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille
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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #37
Ranked #1,995
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
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colts9016 from Idaho

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

Review 1538
My continuation for trying a bunch of different beers. This beer is a fruit lambic I picked up a month or so back. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a two-fingered pinkish head with excellent retention. The head did not leave any lacing on the glass as it slowly dissipated. The head is creamy and foamy and settling to the bottom of the liquid. The color of the beer is 0reddish-purple with clarity.

The first aromas in the beer are cherries, lightly toasted malts, and sour lemons. Nosing further, I detect a touch of horse blanket, wet grass, toasted crackers, oak, and hay.

The flavors in the beer are cherries, fruity sweetness, oak, leather, a touch of farmyard funk, sourness like lemons, toasted crackers, hay, and lightly toasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is tannic, tart, and carbonated.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and medium finish.

The beer has a beautiful tartness and finished crisp. The fruit comes through but is not overpowering. The touch of farmyard funk is pleasant and gives the beer uniqueness. Solid fruit lambic, I enjoyed it.

Jun 12, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml green bottle. Caged and corked bottle. Label lists ABV% as 6, for "Belgian Cherry Ale".
Dark reddish brown colored body. Slightly pink, beige colored head, which persists as a thin bubble cap. Just a few small spots of lacing left behind.
Aroma has cherry and oak/leather farmyard funk.
Taste is a balance of cherry sweet and tart. The funk is more in the later portion, and shows oak, lemon, and leather. The more tart cherry and oak revisit in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, with a dry finish. Good carbonation.
Sublime and balanced use of the cherry with the base lambic. All works together and nothing out of place.

May 27, 2021
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours hazy dark red with tall, long-lasting, foamy pink head. Aroma is of barn yard yeast, vinegar and cherries. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of cherries, wheat malt, funky yeast and vinegar. Finish is long and very sour. Nice sour brew.

May 11, 2021
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mynie from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked.

Pour is a very dark, natural-looking red. Very thick with a nice, pink head.

The aroma is all cherries: sweet and dark, with some very light spice nodes shining through as it warms a bit.

The flavor is a straightforward iteration of the style, but done to near-perfection. Cherries dominate throughout: organic tasting, very juicy, backed up by yeast spice and tartness. It's very smooth and drinkable from start to finish, never getting too sour or sweet. The balance is exquisite.

May 08, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep reddish purple color with good initial head and nice lacing. Distinct smell and taste of tart dark cherries. Some pepper and cinnamon spice. A bit of tart apple and some mellowing pear flavors as well. A very nice lambic!

May 05, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked & caged green bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 6.5%. Beautiful deep red colour, large pink head. Interesting aroma of sour cherries, farmhouse, dust and almond essence. Sour flavour, sour cherries galore, tart and slightly astringent. Moreish.

Mar 20, 2021
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, best by 2038, into an Oud Beersel goblet.

L: Pours a deep, almost opaque vermilion body with ruby highlights. The two-finger head is purplish-pink and admirable for both density and retention. Excellent foam for the style, but the lack of clarity isn’t as great.

S: Soft, delicate, but substantial aroma of ripe cherries - all juice, no pit or skin. A hint of lemon is about the only other feature, but I’m enjoying it greatly.

T: Rich cherries are front and center, with some complexity from the base Lambic building in behind - lemon, straw, wheat. The cherry returns in the finish with a refreshing blast of tartness. Really, really good.

F: Relatively light-bodied with spritzy carbonation. Fits well with the zesty fruit flavors, but doesn’t allow much depth to emerge.

O: Terrific Kriek! Maybe not as deep or complex as my very favorites, but far better than most I’ve had - even from more celebrated producers. Beers of Fame tick 201/250. Cheers!

Jan 16, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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

Pours a cloudy, deep, dark ruby red coloration with a large, fluffy, pink'ish head. Smell is dominated by sweet and tart black cherries, as well as hints of musty oak and funk. Taste follows the nose, with an expressive sweet and tart black cherry presence and some rather musty, somewhat tannic oak notes, as well as some subtle, leathery funk and just a hint of balsamic vinegar, with a good underlying lactic, citric acidity. Finishes quite dry, with a medium acidity and some black cherries and musty oak and funk lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While Oud Berseel may be one of the lesser known Belgian Lambic breweries, their beer certainly doesn't need to shun comparison with the greats. I already rather enjoyed their Geuze and this Kriek is no less impressive, featuring quite an expressive black cherry presence with a great balance of only lightly sweet and medium tart notes, as well as a rather dry and musty character, with some distinct, tannic oak notes and lighter, leathery funk, as well as a good, medium acidity and very nice, effervescent mouthfeel. Overall, definitely one of the better Krieks that I've had, pretty much only eclipsed by Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen and not by all that much. While it may not have a strong funkiness to it, I really feel that it makes up for that with its vibrant fruitiness and dry and musty character.

Oct 30, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the BFD Christmas Party.
Huge tart cherry and lemony aroma with hints of brown sugar. Flavor is milder than I had hoped. Decent brew.

Bottle from Etre,
Pours a dark red bordering on purple with nice clarity and big bubbly pink tinged head. Tart cherry and light lemon on the nose with a hint of brown sugar and balsamic. Restrained tart and funk flavor feels like a bit too much sweetness remains. Tasty but I like my kriek tart and funky.

Sep 05, 2020
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

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.

Apr 18, 2020
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janubio from Spain

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.

Mar 31, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

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

Jan 30, 2020
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Mtn from Texas

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.

Feb 10, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Nov 06, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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.

Aug 06, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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.

Jul 18, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 20, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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.

May 03, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 22, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

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.

Mar 09, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

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.

Dec 12, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

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.

Nov 15, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

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.

Nov 14, 2016
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jooler from California

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.

Oct 29, 2016
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

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.

Oct 14, 2016
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