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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek VieilleOud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive exploding cork. Very pinkish foam. Medium mouthfeel, creamy, intense cherry skin. Not too tart, not mouth puckering, somewhat malted and a bit of sugar and wood. Appropriate carbonation. Easy drink.Recent batch as expiry date 2024.
Higher than expected alcohol.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep raspberry red with a light pink head.

Nose is "raspberry sour" and pleasant, assuming you like sour beer.

Mouthfeel is full, big and bold. Pleasant carbonation and a light creamy character that is most pleasant.

Flavors are big, bold, fruity, fresh, bright, uplifting and nicely sour. A most pleasant big fruity acid character that makes this pretty damn good with lots of food, despite the fruity and sour cherry, raspberry quality.

Finish is all sour cherries and citric lemon.

A nice drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque deep ruby red color with a huge 3 inch foamy light red head that lasts. Lacing after each sip slips back down into the beer after a few seconds. Smells of sour dark cherries, red wine vinegar, and funk/must. My mouth waters with each sniff in anticipation of the sourness. Taste is of delicious sour cherries, vinegar, and a musty funkiness. There is a bitter tartness on the palate after each sip that is puckering. Very carbonated beer that is prickly on the drink down. Almost soda like in that regard. Overall, a very good lambic that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

awesome brew here, as good as any of the 3F stuff I think, and one of the funkier more mature krieks I have had, up there with the best of the Belgians. great rose colored liquid, rather clear for the style, with a pink quartz colored head, thick as whipped cream and rising up like this thing has been ready to burst through the cork and cage for an eternity. so happy to be free, it emits aromas of tart cherries, baking pies, and of course funky oaky lactic lambic that's well blended and especially sour. the cherries sweeten it up only slightly in the taste, and the vinegar smelling salt intensity of the nose is better integrated in the flavor. cherries are enormous, not a faint accent but a dominant flavor, I could have predicted that from the jammy red color. head never settles, and the carbonation on it is effervescent and super bright. tart and sour both from the fruit, sour from the lambic and downright woody from its time in oak. mature as they come, dynamic and never getting too sweet. a lightness hangs in this one, making a small bottle not quite enough for me, its interesting enough that I will likely buy another one because I don't feel done with it. top notch stuff, super fairly priced, and as good as any kriek out there. trust me.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light red in color, somewhat resembling rosé wine. It poured with a thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns covering the surface. Numerous yeast particles are visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass.
S: Sour aromas primarily dominate the smell; there are some hints of spices and cherries. There is also a bit of funkiness, but nothing that's strong or overpowering.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by flavors of sour cherries. There are also some notes of oak and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: It's not difficult to drink this beer because the sour aromas and flavors are not overpowering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bold and delicate blend of what is good with Belgian beers. A hazy maroon - brown color with a light, yet vigorous carbonation. Smells very tart and fruity with a woodsy, musky, earthy tone. Tastes very fruity and vineous. Quite musky and earthy flavors woven around an abundance of raspberry. A light apple cider flavor persists. Carbonation and fruitiness adds to much creaminess, but the light souness thins the beer in the finish for easy drinking. A pleasure to drink. Much complexity in here.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Alibi Room in Vancouver. Dark murky brown in color, topped with a finger of head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma is massively funky, sweaty and mineral with a hint of tart cherry and red wine vinegar. On the tongue, the fruit flavor is much more pronounced and complex, largely sour but with a very subtle hint of sweetness. Acidity is moderate to high, making for a slow sipper, but a highly enjoyable one. A touch of grain and esters appear in the dry finish, but the cherry flavor dominates here. An exemplary kriek, I'll be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cherry red color with a bountiful pink head that retains reasonably well though doesn't lace

Smell: Tart cherry with a lemony aspect

Taste: Tart cherry flavors up front with the lemony pucker building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor is fruity, tart and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Though it is tart and fruity and undeniably dry, the flavor profile lacks funky complexity in the middle; still, a very nice beer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked, and rather dear around here Burgundian bottle. I wanted to say something relating this to the Belgian World Cup squad's group play, but I got nothin', despite their barely-contested success. Oh look, I just did!

This beer pours a murky, dark pink-tinged red brick amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and rather caked pale magenta head, which leaves but a few disparate specks of wayward lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of tart white wine vinegar, deconstructed cherries, i.e. the acids sans the fleshy fruit, a prominent farmhouse funkiness, milk that has undergone the same treatment as the aforementioned cherries, plain, gritty pale and wheat malt, and a grainy woodiness that is more evocative of dust than barrels at this stage. The taste is tart, but not overly so, cherries, a mild, indistinct funk, more musty, dusty farmhouse notes, understated grainy, wheaty, er, 'malt' essences, a hint of pulpy nuts, a rising oaken astringency, quite subdued savoury spice, and mildew-esque weedy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is on the light side, and generally frothy in its bearing, the body an agreeable enough medium weight, and so-so in its acetic acid-tinged smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the strained fruitiness and heretofore battered malt putting 'em up for one last thrashing.

A decent enough denuded fruit lambic, a la Cantillon and their lot, wherein the guest fruit is only represented in its most basic form - one best appreciated by yer average high school chemistry student, I would proffer. Given that I aced that class (20 or so years ago), I suppose that I have just the right credentials to proclaim this a success, inasmuch as I have any clue what they're actually trying to achieve. Overall, this is something that I could not really justify outside of this particular Belgian ale context, I'm afraid to say too loudly.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pink color lambic with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sour cherry, oak and tart is well balance. Taste is a well balance mix between some sour cherry, oak and tart with some well balance level of acidity and sweetness. This was a very refreshing beer after a long cross-country ski outing. Definitely one of the most well balance fruit lambic I’ve tried.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick re-review since Oud Beersel got re-launched with new labels.

Sustained pop from the cork, bright crimson in the glass. Plenty of pink foam that remains for the duration of the glass. Very classic, it puffs above the rim of the glass like a soufflé.

Wet stone minerality, cherry pits, natural fruit with no artificial sweetness. A little bit faint though, it could be dialed up a bit. Not much funk to speak of.

Brisk tartness, very effervescent, almost soda-like to a fault. Prominent cherry flavor, mild puckering tartness. Dry finish with some oak that is slightly noticeable. Very quenching and easy to drink, though it's not big on complexity. A good traditional Lambic for beginners.


A- / 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4

Bottled June 2004.
Cellared for one year.

Pours a dark rosy crimson. Pink foam rises and settles at the two finger mark.

Smell is musty, like a basement vault. Vague cherry is there but muted. Faint citric note.

Mildly sour in taste, but with a rich body. Cherry is not especially pronounced in flavor, but it's there. Seems to have a base similar to mineral water. Carbonation is effervescent, but soon tapers off leaving the finish to be thin and dry.

Slow drinker, definitely one to sip and savor. A good example of a traditional Kriek.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6.5% ABV. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger pink colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Lacing is a bit restrained. Body colour is a dull amber-ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart cherry, bacterial character, and clean fruit esters. An above average strength aroma.

T: Nicely tart and bacterial, with restrained sourness. Balanced and enjoyable, but still lacking. A tasty brew. I'd have this again.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Enjoyable. Great carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely have it again. Quite a tasty sour. Very enjoyable.


06.21.15: 2nd impressions from a bottle served into a pilsner glass in Helsinki:

6.0% ABV. BB: 14-11-2034.

A: Gorgeous pink head immediately attracts the eye, and lasts ~5 minutes. Body is a bit dark, but definitely red. I see no yeast.

Sm: Powdered sugar, above average acidity, tart cherries, mild sourness (~2-3/10 in terms of intensity), neutral wheat/malts, cherry skin, and light juice.

Aromatic strength is average. Sour lovers will find this aroma suggests a beer which isn't as sour as they'd like, and I'd like more of a lactobacillus presence. The lambicus yeast is great, though.

T/Mf: Showcases spontaneous fermentation nicely, with the tartness of the cherries accentuated beautifully by the complex lambicus yeast and sour lactobacillus bacteria. Sourness is a pleasant but not puckering 4-5/10 - enough to satisfy sour lovers. Powdered sugar is evoked from the combination of its soft, light, powdery mouthfeel and its simple straightforward sweetness. Balanced though, juggling tartness, sourness, sweetness, and acidity brilliantly. No hop profile is notable.

Refreshing and near perfectly carbonated, with a tingly feel on the palate and a great overall presence.

O: An oft-overlooked lambic worthy of aging. This will please sour lovers, but more diehard fans of the style may crave more sourness and tartness still. For my money, it boasts a gestalt build and an incredible balance, and offers plenty of subtlety and nuance - particularly in terms of the yeast and bacteria. Very drinkable, with none of the medicinal off-notes that plague so many krieks. I'll be revisiting this, and would love to try it with some age on it. That said, it can't quite compete with world-class examples from the likes of say, Cantillon or Hanssens. But it's a damn respectable second-tier kriek.

Will pair well with acidic salads and/or dark chocolate.

High B

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at State Line and consumed on 11.15.2010. Served in a Bruery tulip. Bottle shows a best by date of 2029.

Pours a dark ruby color plus a finger-finger pink Head. Quite pretty. There's some really tight lacing. The nose is sweet and tart cherry plus some nice hay and funk underneath. Moderate oak presence as well. The cherries are quite excellent.

The taste falls back to mostly cherry with some lactic character. Some mild oak and funk with a slight pucker factor. Light body and medium carbonation. This is a bit dry with a slightly-sour finish. I keep coming back for more; this is quite drinkable and one of the better krieks I've had.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super pink reddish fizzy head that fades slowly adds very large, dark murky maroon reddish color.

Nose tons of kreik cherry, candy sour cherry, tart cough syrup, tart cherry, sweet candy, little sour funk.

Taste is very tart, nice sour cherry, fairly sweet, tons of cherry in general, tart flemmy malts with mild acetic acid, sour but candy like cherry, hint of cough syrup, sticky flemmy finish, cherry flesh lingering and tart, hint if acid.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little syrupy and flemmy, hint if acid, lots of carb.

Overall good, but a bit sweet, cherry kreik is not really my fav, but pretty good.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Pours 1/4 finger of fizzy pink head. Color is a very cloudy bright maroon hued purple pink.

Aroma: The first thing that sticks out to me is chlorine. Then oak, cherries, some barnyard funk and vinegar. A bit tart.

Taste: Light level of tartness from the cherries. Lots of oak in this one. Light medicinal flavor. Oak, funk, and light vinegar notes.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, sweet, and funky. Light tartness. Light to medium bodied. High amount of carbonation. Ends dry and oaky.

Overall, a decent kriek. I would really like to try this with a few years on it. Would be very drinkable if it wasn't so carbonated and fizzy. Glad to have tried this one!

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/18/2032. Cork nearly popped itself off, but I caught it with the cage. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky pink head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful. Aromas of big sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, musty wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, musty wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cherry skin, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, pepper, wet basement funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an oudstanding kriek lambic style. All around awesome complexity and balance of funky/earthy yeast, sour cherries, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the modest acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had so many sweet semi-lambics lately (ie. Lindemann's) that I was quite relieved when I popped the cork on this and could smell the tartness of the lambic immediately! It's been refrigerated upright for some time, and carefully poured, but the body is still quite hazy. I guess the high level of carbonation pulled it up as soon as the cork was released. The color is a reddish-orange-brown. The head is magnificent, however, with a glowing pink foam that continually holds a densely creamy 3/4" head. The aroma is blessedly sour - it even smells astringent (can it be? Or is that the hay/straw suggesting it to me?!) - and vinous with just a hint of the fruitiness below. The body is thin but the extremely fine & effervescent carbonation (which starts crisp) warms to give it a creaminess that helps it to appear fuller. A mouth-puckering lactic sourness welcomes you to this exquisite gem before warming to reveal all of the standard lambic qualities: woody with loads of oak and and a touch of pine, horseblanket, barn, sweat, leather, earthy, powdery, soapy... an amazing array of flavors. It's surprisingly bone-dry with the cherries lending only a very minor thread to the cloth; and appearing quite vinous, even more like grapes in the finish. An authentic kriek lambic! An astonishingly complex beer that is meant to be mulled over and enjoyed for a good part of the evening. Highly recommended to those who understand geuze and lambic!

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Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIg foam in the tall Cristal Alken glass which settles down nicely. The surprise is the Technicolor bright beet-colored head. The beer itself is a rusty cherry color.

The fruit flavor is unmistakable and thoroughly pleasant. The sugar is more fermented out of this compared to some of the popular Krieks. A malty flavor emerges after the cherries. There is a little sour touch, but just enough to give it an edge, and more like the tartness of fruit than a bacterial acidity.

Totally great beer with a wonderful fruity flavor and a highly drinkable character. From the 37.5 ml corked bottle purchased at Beer And Gin House in Gent.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thrilled to be able to try this one. Generously shared at a recent tasting I was glad to finally be able to try it.

Nice color on the pour with a good amount of cloudiness to it. Nice two fingers of foam raise up quickly but fade down and leave simply a nice round circle.

Aroma of woody notes,hints of light cherries, pears, nice little tart notes sneaking up in here. Warming really brings up the woody notes. Clean, smooth, and very well blended flavor. Nice fruit notes, almost raspberry or blackberry at times meld with a musky, woody or corky flavor. Really well done. Clean finish is slightly dry with a really nice long, dry finish.

Overall glad to try it and damn right on for the style. Would do it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100

A: Deep, dark red color, with a rose colored foam that quickly dissipates into a thin layer.

S: Definite tartness, cherries and perhaps some other red fruits. A slight musty smell, along with some "barnyard" aromas.

T: Very tart, absolutely delicious. Tons of sour cherries, a bit of vinegar, slight oak, and a decent funk on the finish.

M: Very dry, good carbonation provides a bubbly mouthfeel.

D: A wonderful beer, tons of flavor and just a great choice for my 100th review.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 28-10-2029, bet you that sucker would be vinegar by then! Picked this up at Macadoodles, Springdale, AR

Pours a chestnut tinged purple with 2 fingers of fast falling pink head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Leather & sour cherry

T: Follows the nose, pretty much, loads of tartness. Cherry & a touch of oaky dryness as this warms. Finishes puckery & slightly tart

MF: Light bodied, delicate, but noticable carbonation

Drinks easy, not as tart as I figured. I might sit on that bottle of Gueze for a while to get some more age on it. Well worth a try, but not world-class by any means & pricey to boot

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 37.5 cl bottle that is corked and caged, a best before date stamped on the back label.

Appearance: Semi aggressive carbonation foams up real nice with a faintly pinkish hue, hazed red looking liquid shows the champagne like carbonation well.

Smell: Snappy tartness is strong in the nose with hints of sour cherries, a bit musty and earthy from the yeast also in the aroma.

Taste: Full smack of tartness hits the palate hard, carbonation is unbelievably refreshing with a well textured crispness. Cheery flavours come through right after the wave of tartness starts to settle. Slight musty barn yard flavour peeks in for a brief moment with a powdery earthy yeast flavour. Alcohol is a touch warming in the back with subtle esters. An underlying grain flavour tells the taste buds that this is indeed a beer. Puckering tartness makes way for the dry finish.

Notes: Some like their fruit lambics sweet, this lambic is brewed with sugar but it seems virtually all of the sugars were fermented out leaving it tart and dry. This is the way I like my lambics.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy opaque light garnet red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. There is also moderate amounts of yeast particles towards the bottom of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish purple head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal abouts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of funkiness and sour cherries - this beer has a fairly sour smell. There are also some light aromas of yeast spiciness.

T: The dominant flavor for this beer is the sour cherries. In the sour cherry flavor, there is a fair amount of oak and lighter notes of yeast spiciness. Additionally there is a fair amount of funk to the flavor as well.

M: Light bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue from the tartness and dry in the finish.

O: While I personally found this beer to be very enjoyable and easy to drink, I could see this beer being tough for folks that are not huge fans of the more funky fruit lambics (it is not sweet like some of the others in the style). I don't think of this as a sessionable beer but I would say that is mostly true for the style.

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Photo of orangesol
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. I drank this one right after the Geuze. When I opened this one it shot the cork out of the bottle and left a dent in my roof...

A - Pours dark red with a one and a half finger tall light pink colored head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. With all that carb I am seeing small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass for the duration.

S - Smells of tart cherries, musty funk, wet hey, light lactic sourness, and some dry oak. Smells like your typical kriek to me.

T - Starts off with lots of tart cherries slowly giving way to a mix of horse blanket funk, damp earth, dry oak, and some lactic sourness. The finish is quite dry mixing with some musty funk and tart sweetness from the cherries, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Very dry finish with a touch of sweetness. This one clearly had to much carbonation.

O - I am not going to knock this one very much for its explosive carbonation because the taste was pretty good. I will have to grab another bottle of this in the future to give it another try.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby red color, very deep with a one finger pinkish head on top, very nice head retention lasting as a good sized cap for the majority of the time I drank the beer. Thin lacing forms when the beer hits the sides and slowly recedes, eventually leaving clean glass.

S: Deep cherry aroma along with fruit skins, sort of red grape skin. There is some nice funk mixed in, not really barnyardy, just funky though. A litlte bit of oak right at the end.

T: More cherries and cherry skin, nice tartness, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a little bit of oak and some very faint barnyard/must.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Impressed with this kriek, the fruit and tart blend nicely making it enjoyable to drink.

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