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Brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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DISCLAIMER: for those who had an exported bottle, please check whether you had this "Oude" version or the "Oud Beersel Kriek" which is made for export only.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Nose is rich with cherry but tempered with some peppery sharpness, old socks, and sour yeast. Pours a deep cherry red - quite opaque. The flavour is intense - sharp, sweet, sour, dry, biting - every taste sensation you can have all muddled up together. Flavours of home made lemonade, cooking apples, and even some toffee sweetness to take the edge off. Not a lot of cherry in the flavour. As a recent convert to lambics, I like this a lot.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Huge tart cherry aroma makes your mouth water. Flavor is the perfect blend of sweet and tart cherries, with hints of wine. Extremely good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (2143) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Fresh from the bottle, 2007. Pours a lovely cloudy cranberry with small fizzy white head.

What a staggeringly good beer. Iíve gone through bottle after bottle of this; I keep trying to age it but I keep digging into the cellar before I get there. All of the expected elements are present in the aroma and flavor - aroma of vinegar, sour cherry, wine cask, and barnyard lambic; taste that is deeply sour like biting into a lemon, tongue-drying woody tannins, slightly metallic at the end of the sip on the back of the throat; hints of cherry aroma more than strong cherry flavor. As the beer warms, the light, refreshing, and splendidly sour champaigne nature yields to the wild lambic underneath.

Wonderful!

On tap. On tap (Uber tavern in Seattle), this is a strikingly different beer. Itís far sweeter, with the cherries far more apparent in the aroma and the flavor alike. The woody dryness of the bottled version isnít there, nor is the mouth-puckering lemon juice sourness. Instead I get a very nice, but rather....easy drinking...fruit beer. Feeling generous I would give it a 4.0 maybe on tap, but the rich complexity is missing and it wouldnít pull the 4.4.

Additional note: the difference described above almost certain comes from the comparison of the old version from the old brewery (bottle) to the new version from the new brewery (tap). See http://www.ratebeer.com/Forums/Topic-81709.htm
2007 bottle tasted Nov 2013. Finally managed to age one a few years. This is a best by 2025 bottle. Beautiful pour, translucent glowing red with a short-lived pink head into a tulip. Aroma brings glorious barnyard, pie cherries, fainter latrine. Flavors of cherry juice turning to lemon juice late, woody tannins. Hard to go slow with this one. I donít know if Iíd go 4.4 but it would be at least 4.2, so Iím not going to adjust the original rating.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - FEB 13, 2006
one of the best kriek i have had. while chickie, itís not that sweet as to lose its lambic character. with just enough hint of cherry, this brew is well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
This one is right up there with the best of íem. Incredible pinkish head with a hazy blood orange hue, itís just incredible to look at. Amazing. Aroma had notes of sour cream, cheese, horseblanket, leather, apples, grapes....I could go on!! A puckering effect that is extremely enjoyable. I smile as I type this because it was sooo darn good. Cherries were only a hint of what was going on, but it was nice. Too complex to describe and keep this short. Get it if itís available. If itís not available go somewhere where it is. INCREDIBLE.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Dark cherry. Towering, frothy pink head. Looks like candy. Strong sour yeast and cherry aroma, anything else is masked by the ginormus head. Flavor is sour yeast, sweet and sour cherries, a bit of must. Lively carbonation, light/medium body, syrupy in spots, sour juice aftertaste. Excellent kriek, a little sweet, a lot sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2006
37 cl bottle. Slowly shrinking pink head with large bubbles, dark red body. Cherry, sugar, alcohol and yeast in the aroma. Sour, spicy and acid flavour, some light sweetness. Very sour finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4018) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2006
pours a hazy pinkish amber lots of bubbles. aroma of dank sour cherries and barnyard. damn, i love kriek and their overwhelming aromas. taste is even better, more sour cherries, acid, vinegar, and yumminess. And they come in small bottles. this stuff is great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
A murky burgandy colour with a large light pink head. Aroma of sour cherries with a nice barnyard background. Great taste and mouthfeel; sour cherry, acidic, citrusy and astringent, light bodied, highly carbonated. Iím glad I learned to love sour in time to try this. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Pours a deep garnet, great head that lends great lacing. Aroma is fruity, slight barnyard, and caramel. Flavor is initially lightly malty, giving way to the sourness, cherries, the barnyard, straw, earthy flavors, and a lemony finish. Complex and satisfying.


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