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 Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous appearance, as is typical of Belgian kriek lambics. Dark ruby body with a thick, creamy lavender cap. The aroma is musty funk and cherry. The flavor is a showcase for the cherries, with additional notes of earth, nuts, cherry pit, hay, wet basement. This is a particularly good bottle of this beer. A fairly common bottle as far as lambics are concerned. I should keep this in stock. Recommended.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy cherry red with a plush pink head. She's a beaut.
smell: tart, funky and sour, and earthy. The nose is potent.
taste: As you would expect from the nose. all this tart, funky, sour notes. A hint of sweetness, mostly dry with a long lingering sour finish.
overall: I don't have a lot of experience with these sours but damn i think i'm gonna soon. Great stuff.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/19/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Deep purple, with some dark red - remarkably, absurdly, borderline hilariously bright pink head - very large, fluffy, slowly fades to a (still) large head, leaves a little lacing

Smell: Cherry-soaked Band-Aids? - huge, huge amounts of cherries - tart cherry skins and some tart cherry flesh - this isn't just cherry flavored, this smells like cherries in a blender - big phenolic aroma, with a touch of vinegar - lots of wood - sour and funky notes, but the emphasis here is clearly on the cherries

Taste: Sour, tart cherries with some funk and vinegar - touch of acidity, but mostly this is a damp, musty, lactic funk, and for what it is, it's very funky - some yeasty and barnyard flavors - an abundance of cherry flesh and cherry skin - maraschino cherry flavors minus virtually any sweetness - some wood and more woody funk - nicely low level of sweetness, finishes mostly dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes dry with some funk

Overall: Pink is a beer style

The aroma is potently phenolic at first, but it improves substantially as it warms up. And the taste is consistently good. This isn't the most complex Kriek, but it's definitely interesting, and worth a try.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super deep pink. Dark reds and burgundy as it settles. Head is bubbly and a nice dark pink. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Decent head retention leaves a small cap. Negligible lacing.

Smell: Cherry juice and flesh and more cherry. Slight lactic bite to the whole thing. Underlying funk. So much cherry flesh. Phenolic and medicinal. Band-Aids. Sweet with some underlying funk. Musty and damp. So much cherry. Some ripe cheese. Warming ups the sweetness a touch and lets the tart edges brighten a bit. A bit of pie crust and butter.

Taste: A bit more tart than the nose indicates. Slightly acidic with some tart cherry flesh and juice. Mild tannins with a solid oak backing. Lots of wood. Damp and musty with old stone basement. A hint of cheese. Phenolic, but it works with the tart cherry juice. Medicinal. Cherry flashes up front and then fades quickly. Leaves a lingering citric tartness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Moderate to light carbonation. A touch dry on the back with a juicy front sip.

Overall: Cherry Band-Aids are good for the soul.

A nice but unexciting "sour." Cherry is prevalent, but so are Band-Aids.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 18/04/32

A - Gorgeous, deep burgundy. Resounding pop from the cork. Blocky, frothy, rose head with great longevity.

S - Cherry blended with wood chips. Sour blue-cheese funk. 30/30/40 split between cherry/wood/funk.

T - Very sour cherry, a little bitter oak and woodiness provide the body of flavour. Lambic funk arrives at the end. Promises complexity, on which it definitely delivers. Minimal sweetness. Dust cherry skins.

M - Smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Feels very rustic. Dry

O - Surprised at the depth of flavours this beer offers. For comparison, I greatly preferred this to the (much) more highly rated Fou'Foune I had early this week. Dials up the wood and fruit and dials down the lambic funk. May have to grab a bottle with which to test the best before date. Underrated.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a white wine glass as that's all that was available

A: Pours burgundy red with a substantial light-pink head and bubbles.

S: Sour cherry, oak and funk.

T: tart cherry, malt, earthy-funk and tannic oak.

M: Light-bodied with champagne quality carbonation.

O: Really good for the money. Clean and crisp kriek; minimally sour with good balance.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is outstanding, and a great example of a Kriek.

Very tart, tarter than most krieks I have had.
Nice dry mouthfeel, and a beautiful carbonation appearance.

Might be a little intense for someone who has not had tart or sour beer.

Will improve with age.
I bought a case of this after I had it for the first time.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, frothy pink head, requiring several pours to get a half-glass. Brew is a deep, dark red, opaque and beautiful. Head retention is impressive, always retaining at least a quarter finger of pink foam. Lacing is nice but quickly slides down the glass back into the head, leaving little trace.

Aroma is what you would expect: sour cherries, wild yeast, flowers, and light wheat. Very delicate, especially for a Kriek.

Flavor is more organic and sharper, more sourer, than many other Kriek lambics. It isn't particularly sweet. Up front tartness, cherry-pit-like flat sourness, extremely light funk in the background. A bit of smokiness and wood as it warms, with some light, dry pepper.

Consistently dry from start to finish. Noticeable pucker. Moderate/thin, but with a long, long finish, and a residual stickiness that is not unpleasant.

This isn't the Kriek for you if you need them sugary and sweet. It is, however, very well-crafted, focusing on cherries more than any overly sour, sweet, or wild aspects. If you're looking for something a little more organic and less sugary, you should give this a try.

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Photo of Bbates
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is Kriek the way it should be! Unlike most Krieks which are brewed for American tastes, this beer is not at all sweet. A wonderful, funky, barnyard smell gives way to an amazing tart and dry sip. The true nature of this beer comes out at warmer temperatures- drinking it too cold is a waste. The spontaneous fermentation by lactobacillus means this is a truly one of a kind brew which is unique to it's location. Think terrior for beer! While admittedly a "different" experience, every person I have seen take a properly poured sip has been amazed. This beer is worth seeking out!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oud Beersel's Oude Kriek Vieille. 6.5%. Malt beverage aged in oak, with cherries added. Good solid pop.

A: Nice rosy pink head. Dark pink/light purple in color.

S: Tart cherry. Tons of acidity (moreso than the cherry scent, itself).

T/MF: Okay, wow. I was not expecting that. There is very active carbonation, in the mouth. And, the beer is BONE dry. The acidity is actually pretty subdued on the palate (for a sour beer, anyway). Really, I think the fruit and acidity is lacking something without the added sweetness to back it up, personally. Not bad, but not what I want in a Lambic.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

And, I had such high hopes for this one...

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Photo of buzzardman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fruity slight funk.

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep purple, like a red grape. Nice two finger pinkish head that drops to a covering layer.

Flavor: Tangy wine, sour on the tongue but not overly sour, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry with high carbonation and slight sour pucker.

Overall: I really liked this Kriek, very wine like and carries a not overly harsh sourness. Would buy it again. Paid $16

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cherry color. almost towards brown but with some pinkish hues. huge haziness and completely opaque. a huge pink foamy head. fades at a decent rate and leaves a lacing that is about a centimeter tall across the top

Smell: funk and oak. tart cherries. some vinegar

Taste: opens up with cherries, pits add some cinnamon flavor that adds complexity. towards the end there is some muskiness and oak, along with lemon juice, vinegar and acetic acid.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. not overly sour. extremely drinkable. lightly funkiness

Overall: a solid true belgian kriek. great true cherry flavor and good complexity. pretty easy drinking for a lambic. the funkiness is fairly relaxed but still shows itself.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting 2014 off with the first Kriek ale I've had. Had this one at Parker Pie Wings at KEFK (Newport State Airport) during their New Years celebration.

A- Pours dark ruby red with a pretty nice pink-red foam on top. Quite a bit of bubbling from the bottom.
S- As soon as the cork comes off the bottle you can smell the funk. Poured, you get the prominent sour lambic notes and then it's like having two sour cherries stuck in your nostrils. Didn't pick up on much more fruit other than the wapping amount of cherry.
T- Pretty much how it smells, lots of sour cherry.
M-I had two separate thoughts on the mouthfeel of this beer: The first being "cherry pepto bismol?" and then as it warmed up it was "cherry soda?". It began very dry, almost chalky then became just kinda sweet kinda sour and not really much of anything else.
O-Probably won't be having this one again, but it was worth the experience. I remember not liking Dieu Du Ciel's Solstice d'été aux cerises when I had it over the summer, but I would prefer it to this one and would certainly try it again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April 18, 2032. Just in the nick of time!

Luckily I was holding down on the cork when I opened the cage, as this one started to pop immediately. Beer is dark purplish-pink in colour, with a huge pink head. Head fades steadily. Looks a bit like cream soda!

Nose is very nice. Quite funky, with the expected horse blanket-esque scents. Cherry cuts this a bit and blends in nicely. A bit of oak and perhaps vanilla.

Taste is also quite good. Cherry is upfront, slightly tart. Funk is there, but more restrained than the nose had suggested. As lambics go, not particularly sour. Oak is there, more so than in the nose.

Light bodied, strongly carbonated, but not irritating. A bit puckery.

Overall, a good kriek. Not the best, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Etan
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a cervoise.

A: Pours auburn with a large light-pink head.

S: Smell brings cherry, light acetic note, soft woody funk.

T: Taste brings tart, dry cherry flesh, clean lactic acidity, a bit of wheat, tannic oak.

M: Light-bodied with soft yet zingy carbonation.

O: A very dry, clean kriek, not too sour. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice kriek, if not quite at the top of the class. This kriek is a bit softer in mouthfeel and less intense than the best of the true (unsugared) krieks- not as intensely sour, as deeply flavored, and mostly lacking any funky notes. It does have a nice acidity, especially in the finish, pure sour cherry flavors, and a long moderately refreshing finish just touched by some wood notes that help round things out. Very pleasurable in any case, and probably the best that can be found over here on any sort of regular basis these days- though even that's a spotty proposition.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I did a vertical tasting with this, one from 2006 and a newish one. The review is of course focusing on the recently purchased one but I will make some comments about the aging as well.

Color: This Kriek has a pleasant ruddy brown color, with a nice 1/4" soda head. The bubbles actually have a pinkish hue! After some age, the second old bottle's beer poured more of a garnet color, a few shades darker, with little to no head.

Aroma: Very tart fruit esters, cherries of course, along with some sour apple. With age, the second bottle had more of a port wine and melon scent.

Taste: Powerful cherry flavors, as well as fairly strong spice, for example nutmeg, and something almost cinnamon-like. With age, the beer gets more bready and sweet, with earthy undertones. I got the excellent idea to mix them together because I imagined that the fresher beer was a bit like pie, while the older pone had elements that could compliment it like it's "crust." The beer remains spicy with age.

Mouthfeel & Overall: The mouth feel is actually rather soft, yest with a crisp, dry finish. It's a really enjoyable sour right out of the bottle, but I really suggest aging this in a cool dark place for as long as possible. It becomes less acidic and a little more complex. The date on the bottle says "best before 2024." As if anyone can wait nearly that long.

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Photo of JdoubleA
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Samichlaus snifter

Appearance - Deep cherry/raspberry red with a huge pink head.

Smell - Musty cherries with a mild barnyard funk.

Taste - Tart dry cherries with a slight barnyard funk, not overpowering. The mustiness of it isn't for me, it was similar to a damp mildewy basement.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and very carbonated.

Overall - I'm going 3.5 as the flavors I don't care for aren't out of the parameters of the style, but I don't think I would buy this one again.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a BIF from ufmj, thank you!!

A- Pours a deep red, hazy body with a gushing, huge, light cherry colored, fluffy head that reduces slowly and leaves little lacing.

S- Medicinal cherry, tart berry skin, yeasty funk. Very unique, I'm actually having a hard time describing it. Maybe some musty wood.

T- Tart cherries, sweet berry juice, a medicinal dryness, somewhat plastic-like. I've never tasted anything like this.

M- Light and effervescent. High carbonation.

Not what I was expecting, and interesting kriek. Not getting much woody character here, just odd flavors. Bad bottle?

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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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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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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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Photo of devlishdamsel
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Kriek. Having been a Kriek drinker for years that is really saying something. No it's not hyped like other beers, but it definitely deserves the highest praise. The problems with most other krieks ranges anywhere from a bold bitterness which results from the cherry pits to cloyingly sweet. The aging in the oak really rounded out and mellowed that flavor and this beer is fully attenuated so there is virtually no residual sweetness. The body is almost like velvet but still thin enough to make this beer insanely drinkable. Such a dark rich red color, its almost like a fine rose champagne, with the bubbles to match. The smell of vanilla oak and cherries hit. You drink in and are intoxicated with fresh juicy cherry essence. There is absolutely no trace of hotness in this beverage, you would think its alcohol free! the aftertaste is pleasant and sings of cherries. Perfection! I will be keeping this on stock as often as possible! Such a fine beverage.

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Photo of nesarebad
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, poured in to my FW Barrelworks Teku

A - Deep dark rose, with a fluffy 3 finger head. This is a cherry looking beer, so cherry.

S - Canned cherry pie cherries, funk, and a touch of oak, mostly sweet pie cherries, smells like mom's cherry pie.

T - More of the canned cherry pie cherries, which I was not too fond of growing up. Though, if these cherries had the tartness here I would not mind so much. Subtle oak in the background tie together the tartness. Very balanced.

M - Puckering, effervescent, highly carbed - sour cherries and oak flicker and dance on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great fruit lambic. A spectrum of tastes, sweet, tart, oakey, it is all here and plays in a wonderful spectrum of flavors. Would highly recommend.

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