Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium
oudbeersel.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
760
Reviews:
354
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
89
For Trade:
3
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a deep berry red with high carbonation producing a 1 inch pink bubbly head. Good retention.
S: Fresh cherries abound. Hint of malt in the background.
T: Sweet, tart, and sour cherry notes...must be the mixing of young and old lambic that produces this complexity.
M: Bright and fresh. Sweet, tart, and sour. Light body with carbonated effervescence. Dry finish.
D: Highly refreshing and drinkable with good complexity especially for style. The color alone makes it a perfect Valentine's Day beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dav
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of JasonSiedman
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%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 28-10-2029. Served in a Rochefort goblet. 750ml bottle.

A. Dark red almost maroon body and a small pinkish head.

S. Very sour and tart(nail polish remover, but in a good way). Not many cherries on the nose. Love the smell!!!

T&M: Yowza! Not too tart, not too sweet and not much cherry either. Super bubbly mouthfeel keeps this one nice and light on the tongue.

Overall this is a fantastic Kriek and am glad I held on to a few of these to taste over the years. When fresh these just taste like cherry soda but give them a few years and DAMN it really comes alive!!!

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Photo of Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cocojoe
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Beautiful Dark Dark red/Purple color. Minimal lavender colored head. Impossible to see through.

S: Dark cherries, slight balsamic vinegar, tart, bright and fresh.

T: Smoothe, Juicy black cherries, tart, light, semi sweet, dry finish

M: Light bodied and semi dry

O: Enjoyed. Much dark cherry flavor than I recall having in some other Krieks I have had. Great blend as well. Somewhere between tart and sour. Has that lovely sour quality but a smoothe body that balances that out.

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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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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.

A-

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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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

Served cold in glass beer snifter at Fat Pour, Chicago

A) Deep hazy beet red soup with bright violet red foamy head that never quits.

S) Spicey sweet, citrus juice, sour dough -- classic Belgian Kriek

T) Wonderful! If you like Kriek, you like this. Sweet & Sour cherries, under cooked malt, vineger, nutmeg, mild hops but very complex

M) Sticky sweet, full bodied and loads of fine, bottle conditioned carbonation.

O) Outstanding - one of the standards for Belgian Kriek.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red with a bit of purple mixed in with a finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries, wheat, funky farmhouse smells, vanilla, oak, and some lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of strong sour cherries with some wheat, vanilla, and a touch of citrus zest. Through the middle, the sourness continues to build with some tartness and funky farmhouse flavors coming through, some oak, and a bit of funky yeast. The finish is mix of sour cherries, oak, vanilla, wheat, tart, and funky flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very bold and sour, but still smooth and decently balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.16 out of 5 based on 760 ratings.
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