FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Bottle year; Conditioning date of 11/2011; degorgement date of 12/2012; Bottle 092/200; Sampled April 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium tulip ends up with a finger of beer and the rest foam; the head is pink tinged, and pale in color. The beer is a nice, cherry red color that shows a clear, gold tinged, ripe red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral cherries, tart lactic acidity, earthy cherry skins, some hay like and cracker like grain notes. Light phenolic notes seem to accentuated the cherry flavors, and there is maybe a hint of Band-Aid™ here.
The beer is quite dry, extremely effervescent, and has a floral flavor to it that intermingles with phenolic notes that lean towards, but aren’t quite plastic like. Very light bodied, at least with all the carbonation scrubbing the palate clean; very much champagne like in its texture. Sour and tart, this is lactic in its acidity, but gains much of the sourness from the cherries as well. This has quite a tannic finish that is contributed mostly by cherry skin and pits, but also seems to have a touch of oak structure to it. This has quite a bit of chewy cherry flavors to it while still remaining dry, though there is a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the cherry flavors, but really makes this have a juicy, cherry pulp flavor to it.
If you try and drink this straight after a pour it literally explodes in your mouth; beer has more body than champagne, and it doesn’t quite pair as well with extreme levels of carbonation like the latter does, but still a minute of smelling the beer and it is at an effervescent for a beer level. In the end this is quite nice, but it seems a bit simplistic in its cherry focus; I would have liked for more, funky, base Lambic like notes to come through here. I do like the concept though, the Champagne conditioning leaves a brilliant, bright tasting beer from the first to the last pour.
mathieuc (1304) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a magnum shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Pours a nice red with a medium "loose" (big bubbles) pink head that leave some lacing. Nose is just cherries. Taste is of cherries and fruit juice, a bit heavy but never too acidic at least. Body was medium, carbonation medium-high and spritzy. Overall a fine oude kriek.
tom10101 (2804) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum. Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Slightly hazy bright red with a frothy diminishing off-white/pinkish head and little lacing. Aroma is of bright cherries (a ton!) with acetic presence, herbal notes and light spiciness. Taste is also dominated by cherries with a medium acetic presence, light spiciness and herbal notes. Medium/full body. Lively carbonation. Dry finish. The bright cherries are nice, but like the Oude Gueuze it’s quite heavy and it hinder the drinkability.
JulienHuxley (3097) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum shared at tasting. Orangey Pink-red pour with light pink head. Aroma of intense cherries, fairly potent acetic notes, light spice. Taste is sour, lots of good cherry flavor but with a slightly puckering acetic flavor. Palate is dry with prickly carbonation, this is almost american it seems. Interesting.
aleksander9 (435) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red. Aroma is light cherries, raspberry, citrus and some red candy. Fruity palate. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, fruity and some dry tartness. Overall: crazy big bottle bomb. Too subtle.
mcberko (6515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft, pours a clear amber with a very large beige head. Nose brings out lots of complex champagne yeast, light cherries and sparkling water. Flavour is certainly unusual, with loads of intense cherries, medium barnyard funk, and loads of champagne yeast. The brut nature of this dominates, though it certainly tastes like a lambic. Intensely high carbonation, which is a bit much for me, but it works well. Never had anything like this. Wonderful stuff.
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnum thanks to Matt. Pours a cloudy amber ruby hue with thick frothy off white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong oak, cherry skin, and funk. Medium mouthfeel with strong funk, cherry, oak, easy to drink, very impressive.
wedgie9 (1946) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 2008 Vintage
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this gusher. Pours clear copper/pink with a huge off-white head that slowly recedes to average, rocky lace. The nose is pure sour cherry with a touch of vanilla and funk. The flavor is very sour and vinous, once again dominated by the sour cherry, a touch of funk and a hint of vanilla oak. The body is medium with super lively carbonation and a long vinous sour cherry finish.
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish color with a small pale pinkish white head. Has a fruity spicy weak funky cherry aroma. Fruity sour tart funky cherry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart funky cherry finish.
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared at Jack & Leighton’s Birthday Bash at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell on 13 April 2013. Thanks to whoever brought it along. Pink and highly carbonated - probably a bit too fizzy for my liking. Appealing tart cherry fruit aroma. Sharp, but not overly acidic on the palate. But a touch of sweetness and a vague cherry bomb candy impression in the flavour knocked it back somewhat for me. Somewhat different to the regular Oud Beersel Oude Kriek and probably just about on a par.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Downtown Inn Friday night fart/bottle share at the roach motel. Pours a nice rose color with a small white head that settles into a ring. Aroma of berries, vanilla, lactic acid, and sweaty socks. Flavor of berries, lemon, lactic acid, sour candy, and sourdough. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. Decent, but didn’t blow me away.