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 soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, tea-like ruddy rouge. Fizzy head barely forms and lasts barely long enough for me to admire its demure pale pink color.

Smell: At first, the acidity is over powering - like whiffing a glass of pure red wine vinegar. But as it warms and releases some of its volatiles, other notes emerge - barnyard funk, roses, plastic phenols, cherry pie, white wine, tangy wheat. Bright and complex.

Taste: Sour and dry - citric, lactic, a touch acetic, with a perfumey cherry essence and just enough lambic funk to keep things interesting. Not overwhelmingly sour like SOME lambics (cough cough Cantillon cough), with a light wheat-malt apple juicy sweetness underneath the tart acidity. Finish is funky, tart, a little bit oaky, and very dry, with a long-lasting aftertaste of underripe cherry flesh. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, bright enough to match the tartness but not too sharp.

Drinkability: This is a very special lambic, and it is devastatingly wonderful with some creamy goat cheese. A great summer beer, too - as refreshing and crisp as it is complex and robust.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle

Pours a brilliant dark ruby/purple (actually quite close to the color of the label) with a sizeable bright pink lasting head. Can't see much from the side, but held to the light i see continual streams of tiny bubbles. Actually I love holding this beer to the light and at different angles watching the color change. "What the hell is that? I thought you were drinking beer?!" says the wife. I assure her that I am.

Nose is full of earthy/barn/leather aromas, but there is more than a suggestion of the sourness to come.

Not for everyone. And a few years ago, not for me either. But now...quite tasty. Quite sour - puckering even. Not a lot of residual sweetness here, and with each sip the cherry waits until your palate is used to the initial sourness to express itself. Very drying, but what sour fruit aftertaste is there isn't too strong, so I don't think my mouth ever quite gets used to the sourness - each sip is as enjoyable as the last.

I suppose it's just a little thin in body, but overall very enjoyable with a nice crisp refreshing carbonation. Would I really want more body on something this sour anyway?!? Not something I want to drink several bottles of, and sometimes not at all, but on the right day I've found few brews more refreshing.

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Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

What a glorious Kriek. Sampled next to a Hanssens Oude Kriek this Beersel Kriek was *SO* much more drinkable. Hanssens Oude Kriek is atomic fireball hot while Beersel Oude Kriek was pleasantly tart.

Appearance: Pours a light red-brown color with a pink tinted head.

Smell: Sour cherries, oak, raspberry, more sour cherry, Brett, more sour sour cherries and a touch of funk. It is straightforward sour, with the grapey cherry slant.

Taste: Like the smell the flavor has some wildness to it but not nearly as much as many of the others from the evening. It is simply tart, with the sour acidic Lambic body and woody tones. Very nice to drink.

Mouthfeel: Perfect hot sour cherry, with just the right amount of sting to be enjoyed from start to finish.

Drinkability: Fabulous brew. Hands down, this Kriek is a sour winner.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03.12. 2023 on the bottle, so I don't know what vintage.

Pours out a nice big head that falls into a nice thick head with a killer lacing. The head stays in a thick layer across the top of the beer, the color is pink too. The color of the beer is red/ruby red and very dark. The smell is fragrant with sour cherries and some horse blanket in the background. The taste is of sour cherries that are not tart. Nice sour flavor, it's not followed up by a lot of tart flavor. The kind that usually makes your mouth pucker isn't there. The mouthfeel is nice, nothing negative to report. Overall I would have this again, definitely.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Hopleaf Bar in Chicago, IL.

I was very surprised to see an Oud Beersel product on tap. Aren't they supposed to be out of business? After doing some digging I confirmed that this was indeed an Oud Beersel brew, although it is nothing at all like the Oude Kriek Vieille I am used to. This cherry geuze resembles the kriek lambics of Lindeman's or St. Louis more then it does the wonderful sour in your face monsters of Oud Beersel's past. Perhaps this brew is being produced by another brewer while Oud Beersel gets back up and running.

Appearance: Deep pink-violet, thick pink head. Champaign carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and tart cherries. Cherry cough syrup. Lemons. Funk? no.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Cherry cough syrup. Sweet front and middle. Slightly dry tart finish similar to cherry pie filling with a spritz of lemon and a dash of cinnamon kicked in. Very medicinal.

Drinkability: Not very good. Not dry enough for me and too medicinal.

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Photo of donotknowme
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Meh, not impressed. A gorgeous pour and color; deep shiny red with a slight head. A small metallic taste with not a whole lot of flavor. A decent tartness at the finish left me wanting to drink more. I enjoyed the consistency of it as it wasn't watery and not too thick. Not much smell to it and basically I just wanted more from this drink.

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

Poured out a raspberry red, dark, cloudy, crowned with a thick frothy pink head. The nose is sour, cherry, lemony, overly sour, feet wrapped in leather. the taste is sour sour sour, lemon, acidic, bit of cherry, more towards the finish. Totally turns on your mid tasting. The mouthfeel is prickly and highly carbonated. Finishes dry and clean, a bit of sourness on the tongue.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits along with a bottle of Oude Kriek Boon. I served it at around 50º F in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep burgundy. It's topped by a fluffy, two-finger, pink head that sticks around as a quarter-inch layer.

Smell: Sharp acidic tartness, sweet cherries and a mild funkiness, that almost seems to be musty. This is a characteristic of Oud Beersel lambics that I've noticed. Swirling brings out the funkiness, but it's still relatively mild.

Taste: Sour throughout, but fairly mild. The fact that the sweetness is relatively low helps to accentuate the sourness. There are also sharp cherry flavors that mingle with the sweet flavors. There's a mild medicinal quality in the finish, which has a light pucker as well as some woodiness and a mild earthiness that's accompanied by a low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, with a mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: Sourness is present, but isn't overpowering.

Overall: Milder, but still has some nice lambic qualities.

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

One of my first Lambic experiences was Oud Beersel Gueuze at Delirium Tremens in 2004. Ive been anticipating tasting the Kriek ever since. Here we go.

Pours a deep purpley red color with a fluffy pink head that never dissipates. The aroma is horsey funk, woods, sour cherries and some sweet cherries as well. Sour cherry flesh and woody pits are the first thing to hit my tastebuds. Tartness quickly builds and barnyard flavors pour in in the middle. A sharp sourness pierces through the melee in an astonishingly dry finish. The mouthfeel is thick for a lambic and perfectly carbonated with cream-like bubbles.

Very complex with scads of lambic flavor and very fresh fruit flavors. This stuff reminds me of Drie Fonteinen Scharsbeek Kriek. A must try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy black cherry soda look. Short 1/2" head lingers a bit.

Smell: loads of tart cherries and berries.

Taste: lip smacking tart cherries are a bit too upfront, while some other berry and fruity sweetness lingers in the background. This is wrapped in a bit of muskiness.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp. Aftertaste is sharp with the tart cherry tones. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipper, and if the tart cherry tones were a bit mellower I would really like this. Interesting beer everyone should try as personal thoughts will vary.

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Photo of Jredner
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is heavy with tart, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, yeasty funk and that mildly funky/chemicalish aroma I can only describe as stir fried chinese baby corn. The body is a dark pink leaning to red in darker light. The head a pink tinted white, a thumb thick and lasting. Tart funky fore is very acidic and tangy with balsamic vinegar notes. faintly oaky in the middle. Quite dry and crisp on the tongue. very long lingering sour flavor goes well into the aftertaste.

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Photo of geetlord
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serving type: 375ml bottle corked and caged
This beer poured a deep red with a tall foamy pink head.
The aroma was tart with cherries.
The flavor was very tart, there were cherries, and maybe hints of grape? some spices, orange rind. It was very earthy/musty, and very very dry. It reminded me a little of a dark sparkling red wine. There was a sweet/ tartness to it but I would hesitate to call it sweet. Overall I enjoyed it.

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

Best by 3/12/23

A: Pours a hazy pink color with a big frothy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: A wine-like smell with only a subtle sweet cherry aroma.

T: A tart cherry flavor up front followed by a great amount of sourness. Lots of musty farmhouse funk in the finish. Quite a complex taste.

M: Medium-full bodied with very active carbonation, which makes the sourness of the beer a bit more palatable.

D: A bit on the pricey side, but well-worth it. Complex and refreshing. This is definitely one for the beer geeks and not the masses.

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

Caged and corked 375 ml bottle.

The carbonation is aggressive. Cork nearly launched when I lifted the cage. Big plume of reddish tan foam. Full and fine, long lasting. Lots of suds and lace. Deep red mahogany not too cloudy. The cherry aromas wash around the room even before you get yer nose near the glass. Cherries, along with a buzzy lemon zest, background funk and must. Vaguely metallic but not in an unpleasant way. Fresh and exuberant.
The taste is tart and puckering, flashing through dark cherries, grain, lemon rind, oak, and grapefruit, to an agressive sour finish, very dry. Long aftertaste of tart cherries and tea.
Great mouthfull of dense and smooth carbonation, very drinkable, wonderfully refreshing.

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Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle ordered at Allen St. Hardware Cafe in Buffalo. Served in a tulip, this kriek is an opaquely hazy magenta with steady carbonation and a modest pink head. Sour funk and assertive brett aromas with a distinctly cherry character throughout. The taste is tart, indeed, but not nearly as mouth-puckering as offerings from Cantillon or De Ranke. Tannic sour cherry skin flavors ride along a dense and driving bretty funk train. Vinous and terribly refreshing, with an appropriate and satisfying dryness to the finish that provokes the next sip. Not quite phenomenal, but certainly a world-class fruit lambic. Recommended.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy, red like squeezed strawberries, small tan colored head. smells like alcohol, grapes and red fruit, a bit like the odor of a light red wine. Taste is a mild fruity, cherry tartness up front....changing to...nothing at all. After the tartness leaves its as if I drank a glass of water, or at least pretty close to that. My wife said the flavor was like non-alcoholic red wine and too tart. Fizzy and full bodied, like a soda without the sweetness. Easy enough to drink, but i can't say that i'd want to buy another.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LauraAndrew for sending this as a surprise bottle in a trade. I;d seen it in stores, but just never got around to picking one up.

Pours a lovely crimson, so hazy it's nearly opaque. Head is pink and active, just over a finger. It falls quickly to a coating on top of the beer.

The smell is full of spice and sour cherries...there's also some woody maltiness here.

Flavour is that same woody maltiness up front, along withpowdery sweetness, and sour cherry building quickly, and overcoming it. There's a bit of a medicinal quality, but it is not unpleasant at all. On the finish, there's sour cherry, some hop bitteness, and a lingering dryness. Very nice.

The liquid is hearty and slightly oily. There's a high carbonation here- which I usually do not like much- but in this style, it works well, and is pleasing.

I find this one very drinkable, though I doubt I'd make a session beer out of it. Much as I get annoyed at the people who hate fruit beers, I tend to like something non-fruit for sessions. ;)

Be well

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Photo of expatsteve
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a goblet of this at Zeno's in State College, PA.

Appearance: Inky dark ruby color, with a cloudy finish. No head, and light stick lacing. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Immediate smeel of maraschino cherries - a little offputting at first, but quickly relaxed to reveal some raspberry notes.

Taste: I was worried by the smell that this would taste like store cherries, but instead the beer was wonderfully balanced and flavored. Nice sudsy malt development, light yeast, and a sweet cherry background. Everything is perfectly proportioned, leaving a fruity taste that is nonetheless not too sweet. Some raisin and faint caramel developments as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Gentle carbonation and smooth finish. The lack of any syrupy sweetness makes the fruit aspect particularly refreshing.

Drinkable: While I have a hard time drinking more than one or two fruit beers at a time, I imagine that lambic fans would find this totally session-friendly. A beer I'll definitely e keeping my eye out for from now on.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small corked and caged bottle into a goblet.

bright, hazy red with a touch of foamy head.

powerfully sour cherry aroma. astringent and tart with a touch of sugary, syrupy sweetness.

drinks easily. sweet and sour cherries most prominent, with a lemony sourness. heavily and tightly carbonated for a fizzy, light feel. cherry component cuts through the barny tartness with a sweetness and a delicate cherry-skin tartness. drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer can be wrapped up in one word: cherry. It smelled like cherry juice and tasted likewise.However, it wasn't visited by the Kool-Aid Man (oh yeah!); rather, the cherry lingers pretty gently- no over-sugared Red Dye # 5 concotion here. I was expecting sour when I first sipped it, but was surprised by a slight sweetness. The cherry overtakes the drink, but I'm not complaining. It even looks like cherry juice in the glass, with only a slight lace resting on top for a head after the first pour. As a fan of lambics, I enjoyed this brew and would go for another round.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in 375oz bottle with bailed champagne cork, and "Best by" date of 06-10-2024. After removing the bail, the cork needed only the slightest nudge before blasting off with the force of a shotgun, echoing loudly as it flew across my apartment.
Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, the body is a slightly cloudy pink/purple hybrid, topped by a substantial inch or so of creamy pinkish head. Excellent carbonation keeps coming for quite a while. Aroma is a bit musty, with sour cherries and lambic yeast battling it out for supremacy, ultimately fiighting to a draw. Palate strikes a balance between the ultra-sour gueuze lambics and the syrup-sweetened fruit lambics. Sour cherries blend with a tarter, more vinegary base from the gueuze. A fairly sharp astringency seizes the tongue at first, but subsides a bit after a few more sips. Body is smooth, lightly creamy, and beautifully sparkling. Certainly a tasty beer, although it is too assertive and challenging to be a frequent selection.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured about half of a small corked bottle into my Stone Old Guardian glass - With a proper, gentle pour, the head EXPLODED, giving me about an inch and a half of deep cherry red beer and four to five inches of head. The head is amazing, like dense red-colored lemon meringue or whipped cream; I poured it up to nearly an inch tall over the rim of the glass, and it sat there like a pink styrofoam mountain, fat and happy. Slowly fading down to a thick layer over a few minutes in the thin neck of the glass, it left sticky gobs of styrofoam lacing.

The smell is, quite naturally, sour-smelling cherries and yeast. I'm not exactly a lambic connesseur, and that's pretty much all I get.

Very tart, very sour flavor - cherries, very slight barnyard horsiness. There's just a little malt graininess in the finish, but most of the flavor is sour.

Spicy, tart in the mouth, with a somewhat grainy, dry finish.

It's still going to be a long time before I really know what to look for in a lambic. However, this is rather drinkable.

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

This beer pours a dark red with a thi white head. The head has slight red tints to it. It fades slowly, leaving decent laces.

This beer has a sour cherry aroma. It has a slight earthy yeasty aroma to it also.

This beer tastes of sour cherries. However, it is definatly not overly sour. It is mild and refreshing. It is sweet, but not too sweet.

This beer is smooth and refreshing. It leaves a sour cherry aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is sweet, but not too overbearing. Also, it is not too high in alcohol. I am happy to have had the oportunity to try this one.

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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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