Hugh (210) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2005
Just to clear this up, there are two versions of this beer. In 25cl and 3.5% alcohol is currently brewed by Huyghe brewery and is awful. The GBBF 2005 had the classic Felix Oudenaards Kriek, 6% abv, and there are only 75cl versions of this left. Although there was little comment when this brewery closed in 2000, it was just about the last maker of the particular Oudenaards Bruin style, with open coolers, natural infection and wood barrel ageing. They had been told to close by the safety inspectors as their equipment was too old, and in the last days of the brewery they brewed fanatically and stored a lot of beer. Hence limited availability still of the 6% kriek and 5.5% Oud Bruin. harrisoni (18429) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle at GBBF 2005. Glad that Dan cleared up the mystery of this beer because I wasn’t 100% certain I knew which Felix beer we had. Cloudy russet colour, smooth cherry nose, slightly sour and I though slightly chemically taste. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Bottled GBBF 2005. As Dan says the 1992 vintage in a 75cl bottle. A muddy reddy brown coloured beer with a nice cherry fruit aroma although the age was beginning to tell. The taste was much better with woody oaky sour notes. Some good cherry fruit notes. A very drinkable well brewed beer. (126.96.36.199.15) (3.7)DanielBrown (4500) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
1975 Vintage - Kulminator- Antwerpen - A dark red coloured beer with a high acidic fruity aroma. The taste is also puckeringly sour and fruity. Wouldn’t necessarily have picked out cherry from amongst the general fruitiness. A touch of marzipan right at the end. Suprisingly I didn’t find this showing its age as much as the 1992 vintage. Maybe it’s in the keeping? (188.8.131.52.17) (4.0). Rating is an avergae of the two.
Bottle at GBBF 05. We had lots of discussion on this, as the bottle we had was a 1992 vintage of the oud kriek, brewed by a different manufacturer to later versions. By all accounts, this is the optimal version, and I certainly enjoyed it. Ruddy, sherry colouring, with a small head. Smells wonderful: sweet, cakey, icing sugar, fruity, marzipan, cherry. Flavour is all of the above, with a small lambic bump near the finish. Predominantly sweet, with only the one noticeable sour moment. Absolutely delicious. Good balance, good flavours. A real highlight. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Almost pitch black, not much head and a little low in carbonation. Pronounced sour notes from the base beer. Strong cherry flavour but never overly sweet. Rather nice indeed. 070698
bierkoning (13243) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2005
6% on the label. Bottled may 2000. Pink brown and red in the color. The red must have faded away somewhat over the years. Still very much a cherry aroma, cherry sweets especially. Also a cherry flavor, with some notes of walnut, amontillado sherry and wood. Lovely beer, sweet with a touch of citric sourness. Liefmans kriek was better 20 years ago or so, bit thisis (or was) still a very good beer. diabel (1705) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle (3.5%)Deep red, murky body. Pink, creamy head, totally diminishing. Excellent lace. Sweet cherry aroma. Moderately sweet initial flavour. Moderately sweet, lightly sour flavour. Not bad. Fortunately the beer isn’t a overall sweet-dominated beer, but still the sweetness is remarkably present. kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Small bottle, 3.5%: Red with a pink head. Cherry styrup aroma. Glazed cherry flavour with some sugary notes. Sweet yet suprisingly not cloying. Not bad. 6/3/6/3/12. Re-Rate: This is the original beer, at least 4 years old. Dark cloudy red-brown. Sweet cherrys throughout. A slight oxidised finish, but very tasty beer. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Little Bottle. At 3.5% ABV I think this may be a different beer from the original product. The bottle looks old, but it might have been a recent contract brewed bottle. Pours red with a thin pink head. The aroma is of slightly artifical cherry, but still nice. Flavour is sweet and extremely fruit but balanced. Compared to legions of commercial fruit beers nowadays this is a really quite nice balanced cherry beer, quite comparable to New Glarus Belgian Red. Wonderful and approachable. Ungstrup (37284) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
[Vintage 1992 - sampled 2004] A deep red beer with no head. The aroma is very powerful of cherries, but also with notes of alcohol and fermented fruit. The flavor is very sweet - with lots of cherries, almost artificial, but also notes of dust, but for a kriek not sour enough. I think it is over the top.