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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brewed by:
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 mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby red color, very deep with a one finger pinkish head on top, very nice head retention lasting as a good sized cap for the majority of the time I drank the beer. Thin lacing forms when the beer hits the sides and slowly recedes, eventually leaving clean glass.

S: Deep cherry aroma along with fruit skins, sort of red grape skin. There is some nice funk mixed in, not really barnyardy, just funky though. A litlte bit of oak right at the end.

T: More cherries and cherry skin, nice tartness, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a little bit of oak and some very faint barnyard/must.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Impressed with this kriek, the fruit and tart blend nicely making it enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of spoony
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle into a Beersel glass.

A-Coppery red hue that was quite pretty...more brown than most beers of this style. Head died down quickly to leave a thin collar. Some lacing.

S-Tart. Very tart. Sour cherries, vinegar, and a little funky wet earth. My wife claimed to smell (and taste toast), but I did not get that impression.

T-Sour. Very sour from start to finish. I got sour cherries, vinegar, and a hint of vanilla and almond. Not much sweetness to balance out the sour.

M-Mild carbonation and medium body with just a hint of oily mouthfeel.

O-I was surprised by the powerful sour flavor of this one. The flavors were good and complex, so I cannot complain that it was a one-note wonder, but I prefer a touch more balance in this style of brew.

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Photo of JonBarley
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served into an over-sized wine glass.
Best before: 28-10-2029

A - Slightly hazed ruby color with a light pink head that forms a collared ring around the glass.

S - Sour cherries, strawberry preserves, vinous grapes, old damp wood, musky and sharp funk, leather, peppery spice, funky fruity alcohol.

T - Sour fruit, cherries, strawberries, lemon citrus, notes of seafood brine, musky wood. A light candy sweetness in the middle. Finishes tart and very dry.

M - Light body, lively fine carbonation, bone dry finish.

Excellent looking beer! Very balanced levels of sweet and sour. Funk levels are musky and dusty. Good sharp sourness with loads of fruit and a dry finish. I'd love to have a couple of cases of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep fruit-punch red with a fair amount of frothy pink head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving thin walls of lacing.

S: Cherry pie, raisins, spice, and mild funk.

T: Starts tart and light. A little thicker through the mid palate, still with a strong sour cherry note. The funk comes through in the finish, balancing the tartness a bit.

M: Light bodied to start, medium to finish, medium carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable and balanced lambic. Not sweet, not overly tart, not overly funky, and the flavors are well constructed. It's still not my favorite style of beer, but I'd have this one again.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy opaque light garnet red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. There is also moderate amounts of yeast particles towards the bottom of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish purple head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal abouts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of funkiness and sour cherries - this beer has a fairly sour smell. There are also some light aromas of yeast spiciness.

T: The dominant flavor for this beer is the sour cherries. In the sour cherry flavor, there is a fair amount of oak and lighter notes of yeast spiciness. Additionally there is a fair amount of funk to the flavor as well.

M: Light bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue from the tartness and dry in the finish.

O: While I personally found this beer to be very enjoyable and easy to drink, I could see this beer being tough for folks that are not huge fans of the more funky fruit lambics (it is not sweet like some of the others in the style). I don't think of this as a sessionable beer but I would say that is mostly true for the style.

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Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottled 27.06.2007

Appearance. Pours a murky pink-peach with a finger of pale pink, bubbly head.

Smell. Big sweet and sour cherries, some old wet wood and spicy funk. Smells really, really good!

Taste. Awesome sour cherries, some smooth wood and just the faintest hint of cinnamon and spice

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Not as fine and lively as others.

Overall. This beer is 5 years old and the cherry smell and taste is still absolutely amazing. Would love to try an older one!!

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Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of stevefinny
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of shleepy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750 bottle into tulip glasses.

A: Cranberry red, bordering on purple, with very pink, medium-sized head.

S: Funky "cellar" notes and cherries.

T: Excellently balanced levels of sourness, oak, horseblanket funk, and cherries galore.

M: Very pleasant mouthfeel. Medium body / carbonation.

O: Honestly, I've had a lot of kriek, and this is probably the best common, mass-produced one (including Cantillon). Other krieks generally suffer from an inbalance of some sort - too sour, too funky, etc. This one is good, all around, and also happens to have the smoothest mouthfeel. I believe that it won our blind tasting of all the krieks that we could find locally, when we had one with a small group of friends. Cantillon Lou Pepe is the only kriek that is on a higher level, and it's there on its own.

I should mention that some of the Oud Beersel krieks and gueuzes we tried in the SF Bay Area seemed to have an unpleasant metallic flavor to them in most of 2011, and were then back to normal. It was especially noticeable in the gueuzes. So, I think that they may suffer from some inconsistency issues / poor quality control, or else the importers handled the bottles badly... We first thought it was limited to bottles from Lunardi's, but then realized that the taste was present, regardless of the local source. That said, as of 2012, they seem just fine... There may still some very slight metallic flavor, but nothing unusual.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One BEAUTIFUL beer. Purple hue, purple huge head, purple haze (lace).

S - Cooked and tart cherries, a small amount of funk.

T - Tart, cooked cherries evident, fairly dry and refreshing.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - I could drink this one all night. Does it come in a keg?

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Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 770 ratings
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