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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

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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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Photo of Jonada
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Best before April 18 2032. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass

Appearance: Ruby red in color with 3 fingers of a pink head. Quite a bit of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Body is hazy. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries, basement, oak, vinegar.

Taste: Cherries, lots of cherry skin and juice, as well as oak, funk, and earth, but the cherries are the real star here. Sourness is on the lower end of medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The carbonation is high (a bit too high IMO) but still maintains somewhat of a soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry

Overall: One of the best, easily obtainable krieks around. The sourness and funk are more subdued, which allows the cherries to really shine through. At the same time it's stays away from being too sweet and artificial as some krieks tend to be. I'd definitely recommend trying this.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark garnet color, slightly hazy, with a reddish beige head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Nose is redolent of fresh cherries, with a note of almond, vanilla, and oak. Nothing much funky in the smell.

Tastes of fresh sour red cherries, almond, old wood. Natural cherry tartness. Finishes a little dry.

Body is medium and carbonation is slightly fizzy, but it does go flat after a while. So the advice is to drink it quicker.

Overall, this is a very drinkable oude kriek. It is not very complex, funky, nor highly tart. But it is a pleasant kriek that really tastes of fresh cherries and respects tradition; it is delightfully not the cherry syrup or worse versions that are out there.

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Photo of MShirokov
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like carbonated berry juice. Not really my thing, but I'd be able to appreciate it more if it wasn't insanely bubbly, to the point where I had trouble swallowing it. Took about 5 sips and couldn't do more. Maybe I'll try other beers of this style, but this one really isn't for me.

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Photo of JohnQPublic
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent brew. I had it a couple times in Turnhout, Belgium in March (2013).

This is a sour Kriek, with a definate tart taste of cherries. I am sitting here with a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, and though ok, there is no comparison (the Sam Adams is sweet cherries + "natural flavors").

This was my favorite find this trip.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Dark hazy brownish/red with very thin pinkish head.

Smell- Cherry, funk, oaky vanilla, earthy yeast.

Taste- Tart up front, then cherry, funky yeast, something weird (in that order). Finishes very smooth with no tartness.

Mouthfeel- Not very carbonated, which is nice. Crisp and smooth. Not so tart that it makes my face change.

Overall- I was in the mood for nice fruity lambic and this is a niceone.

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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 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 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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Photo of russpowell
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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Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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