Oud Beersel is a Lambic blender with a long heritage but only a short time around in its current incarnation. Oud Beersel had ceased to exist by the beginning of the 21st century, but made a triumphant return in 2007 after Gert Christiaens and Roland De Bus set up a business to buy what had been their favorite Lambic. Today, they contract with Frank Boon at Brouwerij Boon to brew their wort to a recipe they developed.
This Oude Kriek is a fully traditional example of the style. As the use of the word “Oude” indicates (Flemish for Old), this is brewed to the legal standard to be able to use that term. It uses only whole fruit with no sugar added. There are 400g of sour cherries added per liter of beer.
Appearance: Hazy red with purple highlights, deep pink head, great retention.
Aroma: Pie cherries, currants, medicinal notes, green apples, vanilla, cherry candy.
Taste: Cherries, vinegar, lemon juice, nutmeg, almonds, spice.
Overall Impression: This one is nicely tart bordering on sour with a bit of astringency. Like their Oude Geuze, Oud Beersel’s Oude Kriek is a fantastic example of a traditional Lambic product. Be careful when opening this one, the cork was in a real hurry and decided it wanted to be on the other side of the room. Usually, I’ve not had this much action from a Lambic cork. I’ve always been a fan of Oud Beersel, and this Oude Kriek is another reason for you to become one too!
Availability: Look for it at better beer shops that carry beers from Wetten Importers.
Note: Best by – 18/04/2032 (April 18, 2032)
You can read more about Oud Beersel and my reviews of their beers on my page dedicated to their blending operation.