Oud Kriek

PolyBEER beer types and classifications - Oud Kriek Kriek (pronounced "creek") is a style of Belgian beer, made by fermenting lambic with sour Morello cherries. The name is derived from the Flemish word for this type of cherry (kriek). Traditionally "Schaarbeekse krieken" (a rare Belgian Morello variety) from the area around Brussels are used. As the Schaarbeek type cherries have become more difficult to find, some brewers have replaced these (partly or completely) with other varieties of sour cherries, sometimes imported. Kriek have been described as the "pink champagnes of the beer world."
Traditionally, kriek is made by breweries in and around Brussels using lambic beer to which sour cherries (with the pits and dry as well) are added. The cherries are left in for a period of several months, causing a refermentation of the additional sugar. Typically no sugar will be left so there will be a fruit flavour without sweetness. There will be a further maturation process after the cherries are removed.

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