Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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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 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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Photo of brianmandell
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

375ml bottle bb 4/10/34

Deep red pour with creamy pink head; smells like sweet cherry pie filling and lemon with a touch of bready malt. The cherry tastes surprisingly dry and intense. It steals the show and overshadows the base lambic. However what is there is really tasty. Moderately sour. There is some lemon and apple on the taste and an oakiness that adds some astringent medicinal quality. There is also an earthiness throughout but not very funky. The mouthfeel is great. Tiny bubbles and creamy head work as a perfect delivery system for this cherry pie in a glass. I really like this beer and glad I finally found it on the shelf at my local shop. It's nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink. Perhaps the base lambic would develop a little bit more with some age - but I'm not sure how the intense cherry flavor would fare. I'll just have to put one away for awhile and find out.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked and caged bottle served in an Allagash chalice. Best before 18-04-2032 printed on the back label. Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice with a rocky, three inch, pink-colored head. Nose expresses citrus, cork, horse blanket and a hint of cherries. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a suggestion of cinnamon and cherry sucrets. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation that falls just shy of lively and a mild acidity. Overall, a decent fruit lambic but a little too medicinal for my sensibilities.

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Photo of M-girard
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: The head is quite impressive, thick and reddish pick that dissolves moderately slowly and leaves little lacing

Smell: Smells of tart cherries, with an almost leathery feeling.

Taste: Sweet cherries come out for a spit second, and sourness is quickly followed almost as if they sour while in your mouth. This is followed by a bitterness not reminiscent of hops, but of green unripened crab-apples.

Mouthfeel: it has a high level of carbonation and a dryness that leaves your palate wanting more.
Drinkability: The acidity and dryness makes this beer quite refreshing, would drink all the time!

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Photo of SebD
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: It has a nice deep ruby color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves very light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, some woody oak, some acidity, some lemon and definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of tart cherries, some lemon, a nice acidic character, light oak, some funk and a slight earthiness on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best before 10/2034:
Pours a crimson to burgundy, with a dark pink effervescent bubbly head that grows quickly and disappears almost as quickly. Some bubbles are visible riding to the top. The nose is funky tart, almost equally balanced. The funk is most cheese-like, the tart is cherry-based. I also get a hint of wood after a swirl.

The taste starts with sour apple tart, mellowing to a yogurt-like tang, which also brings about a note of cherry. There is definitely a presence of carbonation, but it is subdued on the tongue. The taste dies of fairly quickly, but I detect a remnant of cherry taste after the strength of the taste has left.

Decently tart, mildly dry, but not as much of the cherry as I'd expected. I enjoyed it, but not sure it's worth another purchase at the price I paid.

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Photo of ShamasUVA
5/5  rDev +20.2%

The best fruit wild/sour ale I've had. The fruit is extremely prominent in this beer, undoubtedly due to the high ratio of cherries to lambic (400g/L per the label). The base beer is extremely well made... bracingly sour and refreshing with no off flavors. Extremely clear for a fruit beer and lambic-based one at that. This beer shows off the art of brewing at as high of a level as anything on the market.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Deep red. Huge pink head that settles very slowly. Lively bubbles.

Smell - Lots of cherry. Woody and dried grass. Lightly funky. Lemony acidity.

Taste - Tart cherry. Woody immediately. Sour and kinda malty. Sweet cherry tempers the sourness. Wood flavors linger into the finish with cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Way too highly carbonated. Overpowers the flavor at points. Medium body.

Overall - Couldn't get rid of the excessive carbonation, which affected the taste. Good cherry flavor, decent lambic character.

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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 Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter 8/22/2014.

WARNING: this is a very highly carbonated beverage and the cork hit the ceiling as soon as the cage was unwinded. So be careful when you open this.

A- Clear pink-red body with a fluffy three finger pink head that slowly dissipates. Looks quite effervescent, which is not surprising given how quickly the cork flew off. [4]

S- Musty hay, moldy cheese, cherry skins, tart cherry puree. This is actually what I would imagine to be fairly authentic as far as a kriek goes. Not much in terms of acidity on the nose- just unbridled funk and fruit. [4]

F- Very pleasantly surprising amount of acidity. It's more than enough to make the back of my jaws start tingling. Lactic acid, vinegar, accompanied by a lot of cherry tartness with an earthy farmhouse horse blanket finish. The nose wasn't as complex as the flavour, which is an excellent blend of fruit, sour and funk. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I'd expect from lambic but still plenty substantial. A bit overcarbonated, without the typical fruit dryness. Finish is acidic cherry as expected. [3.75]

O- Very good kriek that you should be able to find in most stores. For what it is, this is an excellent value that I can describe as an authentic Belgian kriek. Highly recommended for those who enjoy sour beers in general, as this is plenty sour for the Warhead-loving crowd. (4.25)

Final score: 4.25

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Photo of MisterGone
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

This is not likely to be an issue of a bad bottle, but of a personal preference. I had many Flemish Reds before this and had expectations of sour cherry with Bego-funk. This ended up tasting like alcoholic cherry soda to me. I do not like cherry soda. I also have a very very limited set of Lambics in my history.

Personal preference bias - disregard this review if you enjoy Lambics.

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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.16 out of 5 based on 755 ratings.
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