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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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Photo of MCain04
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle poured into a GI Matilda glass for $11. Big pop on the uncorking.

Deep red body with a light purple head which is quite fizzy and containing large bubbles, dissipates quickly without significant lacing.

Smell if of cherries, simple sugar, cotton candy, musty, a little tart.

Taste is sour cherries and simple sugar, tart, bitter on the finish, lingering musty taste.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a sticky dry finish and a light body.

i am not a fan but I don't really like the style either. No specific knock on it but tastes more like cherry champagne than a lambic/gueze, at least what's going on with my tastebuds.

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

750mL bottle, best by 7.12.2030 from Davis Beer Shoppe, enjoyed on 1 September 2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazy vibrant ruby with 1/2 finger of pink bubbly head. Head dissipates to a ring leaving a still surface and little to no lacing.

S: Aroma is up front with tartness, sourness, and sweetness. Cherries, and a little oak and earthiness are the primary aromas.

T/M: Tart and a little bit of puckering sour up front with swelling cherry character and moderate carbonation. The finish is incredibly clean and fairly crisp. Some earthiness is evident from yeast, and oak isn't very detectable in the taste -- mostly just the smell. A little sourness steps up mid-sip and then lingers a bit through the finish.

O: Good, tart, and refreshing. I'm always happy to enjoy this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My wife and I sampled this with Oud Beersel’s Oude Geuze Vieille and Framboise together. They were purchased at Bottle Revolution and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh. As I pulled the cork on this one, it sounded like a firecracker. I almost fell out of my seat.

A – A bright red color with good clarity and a huge white head. Actually the first pour was almost all head.

S – Rich cherry aroma with hints of cherry candy, cough drops and soda.

T – Tart and dry through the rich cherry flavor gives it a perception of sweetness. Complex. Great from start to finish.

M – High carbonation (especially at first) and a moderate consistency. It helps delivery the flavors nicely.

O – A good balance of cherry and tartness. Nice from start to finish.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kriek is a style of beer to be seen as much as experienced: Oud Beersel Oude Kriek is a glowing ruby colour and has a hot pink head (seriously, where else do you find pink foam?). The whole appearance is as vivid and sexy as an expensive brand-name lipstick.

Though it has its fair share of 'funk' - more than enough to establish it as an authentic, traditional Kriek - this offering isn't as dank as others (i.e., Hanssens, Cantillon). Instead, it has far more of an almond and marzipan focus, the contribution of the cherry pits. The fruit is there too; cherry cough drops and a hint of menthol are noted.

The taste provides the familiar 'horse saddle' and 'sweaty sock' elements as any other spontaneously fermented, wild yeast and bacteria-inoculated beers from the Senne Valley. But it also has, as in the aroma, lots of almond as well as cherry lozenge flavour. The fruitiness is definitely marked by tartness but fortunately not entirely lost to it.

Relatively speaking, this Kriek also lacks the intense acidity of others in the style. It is refreshingly acetic but far from piercing. Interestingly enough, this has a sort of mintiness in the texture that is a wonderful partner to the refreshing (loosely vinegar-like) tartness.

I honestly believe that beer would have an entirely differently reputation if brands like Oud Beersel Oude Kriek were more readily available. Seriously, try it - bring a bottle to your next party. For better or for worse, you'll be the most popular person there; the few people who don't love it will at least be impressed (and realize there's more to beer than bland, fizzy lagers).

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.16 out of 5 based on 759 ratings.
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