Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek VieilleOud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of charlzm
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Bruno74200
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of sjccmd
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red body with a faint pink head. The taste is wildly tart with a wonderful cherry flavour. There is a very nice feel associated with it as well. Love this as a nice session beer. Awesome.

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Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 19.03.2035

Pours a reddish body with a dark pink head, very thick. Dry cherries with touches of wood in the flavor as well as aroma. Would have liked a bit more tartness as it seemed tame to me but overall a good kriek.

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Photo of pagriley
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml into random hotel glassware

L - Brilliant deep red with light 1 inch pink head. Slightly murky but the bottle only had 8 hours to settle in the fridge
S - Initially a hint of barnyard that settles down to sharp acidity and bright tart cherry
T - Hint of funk followed by waves of tart cherries with sharp acid - could do with a touch of cherry sweetness to balance out the acidity as it is very dry
F - bright and effervescent - prickly carb

Overall a fantastic example of Kriek; way under-rated and so much easier to get than FFF and Cantillon and certainly in the same league.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red color, pink head, impressive. Aroma was wood, cherry, plenty sour and tart.

Fruit came across very fresh, reminiscent of pie. Cherry pie. Mild funk. Sweet cherry gets counterbalanced well by the hearty sourness. Carbonation and acidity right where you want 'em.

This is a pretty good deal in the lambic world. Not gonna make you forget about lou pepe, but that isn't sitting on shelves as much, much less for this price.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage into Crooked Stave tulip
Pours bright red with pink foamy head. Sinks after a couple minutes to a ring around the edge. Aroma of sour cherry, sour apple, oak, slight acetic (good) and slight funk. Flavor follows the nose with a nice sour smack and some added minerals and tannins. Feel is light and crisp, spot on for the style. Overall a tasty glass. Recommended.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep crimson red with a hint of pulp, little carbonation and a finger of hot pink head.

Cherries, sour tartness, dusty barrels, macaroni.

Berries like elderberries, sour and bone dry, cherries. A sort of medicinal hint on the finish.

Rich and acidic with no sweetness. Medium to low foamy carbonation.

Got on wish beer, drank in Chiang Mai Dec 17th. Really top quality. Rivals Cantillon, and is in the same level of tartness.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into nonic pint

A: dark foreboding blood in color with the haze to match big fat chunky head that is pink! cherry indeed

S: has that light vinegar and lemon smell with a big dose of bing cherry and a slight metallic smell almost cough medicinish light pear smell as well

T: lots of cherry in the flavor and aftertaste little bit if sourness but wow does the cherry pop in this beer

M: very lively effervescent on the tongue very tingly and makes the beer feel huge but it really isn't

O: very good beer you feel like you are always chasing the flavor though the mouthfeel is so overwhelming you try to weed through that to the flavor. I have only had a few cherry sours but this is the most cherry tasting one without any of the sweetness. It is actually quite impressive you get that sour pie cherry taste upfront and then a bing cherry flavor on the end.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep raspberry, clear raspberry color with a thick raspberry colored lacing ring.

S - Tart, sour, sweet acidic raspberries. This is a great nose.

T - Raspberries that are tart, slightly acidic, tangy sourness from start to finish. The blend between the tartness and acidity could not be better.

M - Full medium body with very minimal carbonation that creates a creamy palate sensation with a dry finish on the top of the tongue and makes the sides of the tongue water.

O - This beer is world class - seek this out.

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Photo of 303beer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very carbonated deep red with about 1 inch of pink head. Has a tart cherry smell. Dry and tart with a cherry finish. Mabey a little salt at the very end. It's pretty good.

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Photo of shigg85
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass for presentation. Such a beautiful purple-red lambic brew! Lots of sour cherry and other berry notes in this beer. Perfectly sour and not overwhelming. I had little crunchy granules of maybe sugar or something at the end of this beer that I either loved or hated... more on the hated side, like gritty sand or something. Other than that last little thing though, this was an outstanding lambic that I would highly recommend to anyone (even those non-hardcore sour beer drinkers).

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Photo of mikesnotesonbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep red.
S: You can practically smell the sour coming off this one.
T: Starts off complex, then finishes with an awesomely strong sour punch, which demands slow consumption.
M: Mild carbonation.
O: Bold, refreshing, and just plain enjoyable.

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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 EmperorBevis
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now I understand sours more
This is pretty awesome just subtle and easy going with no danger of being dull
With a beautiful balance of fruit and sour flavours

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours red, the color of a ripe cherry. Huge head is fluffy and light. Rose colored. Head disappears semi-quick but leaves plenty of lacing behind. Lacing lasts a while. Thin layer of pink foam lingers.

Aroma is tart cherry, musty funk, vinegar, and some citrus. Mainly cherry though.

Lovely flavors. Cherry, earth, citrus, and funk. Not quite brett-like, but wild yeast is very noticeable. Hints of vinegar, subtle and complementing rather than overpowering. Earthy/musty flavors come to the fore at the end. Cherry all around, mostly tart but with a understated sweetness.

Light mouth feel to start but seems to get thicker after holding it on the tongue. Still not more than moderate+ though. High carbonation. Tart and acidic, dry on the aftertaste. Big cherry lingers on the tongue.

A really well done lambic. Cherry is everywhere but doesn't drown out the rest. Very crisp on the tongue making it rather refreshing.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says Best Before 18 04 2032.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a full two-finger pink head that soon fizzles away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a couple spots of surface foam. Looks like sparkling red wine. Non-resilient lacing.

S- Big funky sweet cherry aroma with quite a bit of apparent tartness. A bit of barnyard character.

T- Nice melding of the cherry sweetness and tartness from the yeast. Kind of leans a bit more toward the cough syrup type flavor though not too heavily.

M- Very spritzy from the high carbonation. Also dry with a lightish body.

O- Good, but I feel like I've had better Belgian lambics with more complexity.

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Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Brilliant reddish brown under a 3” pink foam collar that descends like a leaf on a calm day to a thick film.
S: Big cherry nose with a background of barnyard, lemon and citrus. A little bit of a cherry lemonade next to a wet horse aroma.
T: Big tart cherry with some cherry pie aspects in the back laced with lemon and a light funk aspect.
F: Exceptionally creamy, softly floating through your mouth to a crisp, dry finish. The mouthfeel is very soft.
O: I have had this fresh and aged 4 years. Both are exceptional.

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Photo of BrentLepping
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Gotta post something because I'm an outlier...

Here's why:

A: hands down the best part of the beer. The Cherries shine through and give this brew a beautiful bright red hew. Very befitting of a Belgian Kriek. Bravo so far.

S: And here's where things start to go downhill. You can definitely pick up the cherries (which is great and to be expected) but the impending sweetness just overpowers the rest of the aroma. You can tell where this is going.

T: Follows the smell exactly. The cherries peak through upon first hitting the tongue, but it fades quick and just becomes overpowered by an almost artificial sweet flavor. It's just....off.

M: Decent here.....nothing too great, nothing too bad. Moderate carbonation and the slight vinegar follow-through mesh to coat the mouth with fairly even results. Somewhat dry and the cherries linger in the end.

O: Here's the bottom line: we're not talking about a Kriek from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen or even Boon here. This is an ok Belgian that would be a decent gateway sour for someone breaking into the style. But it's just clearly a cut below in balance and overall flavor profile. I gave it a 3.26, overall, and I think that's incredibly fair -- if not TOO fair.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Semi-hazy dark crimson pour with a big and foamy salmon pink head. Sticks around forever. Light, quickly receding lacing.

Tame. Certainly sour cherry, sweet wine vinegar. Heavy wood. Light on the funk; I get more of a 'fresh hay' then rot. Clean.

Cherries everywhere. Bold tartness at the front, sweetness in the mid, and a gorgeous fresh cherry bite at the end. A touch of vinegar thrown in. Vibrant, bright, intense.

Highly carbonated. Light bodied. Dryness is quite subdued for the style. Cherries stay in the throat.

Solid beginner Kriek, no question.

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Photo of aleigator
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very impressive, with a deep cherry-reddish color, and a beautiful big, long staying red, pink head.

Very fruity aroma, of ripe cherries, the cherries really stand out.

Tastes of sweet cherries, very intense, goes along with a decent bitterness, which is for a very long time not as present as the cherries themselves. The supporting tartness brings out the cherries realy good. In the end, bitterness gets stronger and takes over. Overall when you drink this beer, you feel like chewing on ripe cherries, which grow younger and more sour the longer they linger on my tongue. Fruits are present nearly to the very end. As the beer warms up, it reminds me of summer, because of its somehow warm smell. Carbonation grows more present in the end, revealing the bitterness of this beer.

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Photo of guityler83
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L0062 - Best Before 2030

A: A huge soft pink head was created when the beer poured from the bottle into a teku glass. The head had moderate persistence and when it fell it left a constant ring around the edge nearly a quarter inch thick, and it persisted through out. The Beer is a deep candy red color with great clarity on the first few glasses poured - after the sediment kicked up it became slightly more hazy and chunks of cherry & yeast bits settled to the bottom of the glass.

S: Medium brett funk character that blends to a tart cherry, strawberry, pomegranate fruit character. Medium complexity in the nose overall. Oak/vanillins are mild with subtle hints of earthy leaves.

T: Medium sourness, citric sharp with cherry at the forefront. No acedic harshness, nice brett complexity with funky, barnyard and oak tannins blending nicely. The sweetness is moderate and the cherries evolve into more red berrys (raspberry / strawberry / cranberry ).

M: Crisp and dry finish with moderate, but effervescent carbonation. The sourness starts building-up on the tongue giving a roughness if too much is consumed. When the tartness hits the back of the tongue it fades out and leaves the cherry flavor in its place.

O: Refreshing, complex, a nice level of sourness at a reasonable price. Having had only a few authentic krieks from Belgium I’m no expert, but this about an 8/10 if Cantillon Kriek was a 10 - and much easier to obtain in the US. I’d purchase it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Huge pop, ripping right off the cage, but not a gusher, some suds.

A huge deep ruby red out of the bottle, and fills with big dark purple opacity. Head is frothy and shampoo thick, easily a good solid three fingers, with soapy retention and dark pink to purple color. An aggressive kriek, wonderful..

Giant aroma, even off the pop the wildness seems to take hold also. Super menthol heat and cherry fruit off the nose. Thick juice and fruit skin tannic notes. Cherry explosivity with herbal heat hints of cinnamon and mint as well. The ultimate lambic cough drop minus the medicinal twinge.

Palate comes though very sharp. Lots of carbon dioxide feel and flavors in the mid palate. Blasting cherry notes and huge effervescence on the finish. An almost light woody character strangely a bit. Lots of fruit skin tannic action also, with a big palate dry character in the back.

Overall an aggressive and real impressive kriek, which surprisingly is a bit of a challenge to drink. A good solid brew, but kind of going overboard on aggression.

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