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Floris Kriek | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
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Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Cwrw on 03-25-2006

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3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at the Sugar Bowl. My gf and I couldn't decide on whether to have another beer and/or dessert, so we agreed on this compromise.

This beer pours a medium pinkish-red fruit juice colour, with two fingers of pale pink head, which leaves some broadly layered drooping cloud pattern lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells very much like cherry chewing gum, or cherry cough syrup, or cherry Halls, if you count the faint acridity, a touch of bready yeast, and some sugary pale malt. The taste is sweet, liquified cherry candy, sour cherry juice, a suggestion of sweet red wine, and some plainly innocuous pale grainy malt.

The carbonation is quite even, and goes a long way in convincing me that this isn't just spoiled cherry juice, the body medium weight, and rather fleshy in that certain fruity manner, the smoothness rolling just the same. It finishes well, well off-dry, with, yup, more multi-channeled cherry.

As far as cherry fruit beers go, this one is most definitely on the far sweet side, but the native fruit doesn't quite allow it to go completely off the reservation in terms of its cloying factor - it maintains a shred of respect there. So, yes, there's a basic balance here, though you would have to enjoy cherry in its various natural/processed/sweetened states to appreciate it, but this still worked nicely as a low-alcohol dessert alternative.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 330ml brown bottle, red foil around the cap and neck, best before date marked on the back of the label, deciphered to July of 2007. A yellow field of wheat on the label, with hop vines growing a bit closer up to the viewers front, with wooden barrels and ripe fresh cherries in the forefront.

Pours out a hazy garnet hue, a quick fizzy splash of pink head that recedes quickly. Webs of sticky pink lacing. The aroma at first is a delightful splash of fresh cherry juice, but then turns to cherry pop, and unfortunately to cherry cough syrup, a sharp medicinal quality to it. There was a time when I would have really enjoyed this stuff, but now I find the flavour far too sweet and candy-like, the flavour starts out akin to cherry cough drops, and then finishes with a sweet cherry pop taste, carbonation and all. The flavour and texture is also sticky sweet, and the aftertaste becomes almost cloying. I'm going to have to sip this whole thing down in increments. Not that it's a bad beer, simply just far too much of a good thing in a small package and my sweet tooth is in hibernation. Would make a good dessert beer though in small doses.

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2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The famous Floris Kriek not in any way approximates the sizes in the field of beer with cherries. Nose very sweet syrup artificial cherry, mouth of the same ilk and finish virtually nonexistent, except for sugar feeling strolling aggressively in our mouths. Extremely disappointed with this range of beer Floris which only offers products tailored marketing to youngsters.

Not a fruity Lambic but a fruity Witbier.

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3.75/5  rDev +21%

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2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Macca
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a dark pink colour with a pink tinged head.

Very sweet cherry aroma. There is something artificial about the smell though. There is something about it that reminds me of an old woman's smell.

The taste is again a touch artificial. Sweet soda like.

High carbonation gives it a big mouthfeel.

This was much more like a soft drink than a beer. Not really impressed.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +29%

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3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew the deep color of dark cherries. The head produced stands one and a half fingers high, and is a shade darker than cotton candy. It retains moderately well, leaving patchy lacing around the glass. There is decent clarity to the beer, but a definite haze exists. Otherwise the view is obstructed by the army of bubbles that stick to the inside of the glass, and the highly active carbonation. The aroma is bright with the tartest whiffs of cherry. They seem less synthetic than many other beers of this style, but they soon give way to the palest of malts and a thick coiny metallic twinge. To cut this there is a fruity, cherry sweetness that, again, speaks rather authentically. The taste begins with overt sweetness, of white sugar and candied cherries. As with most of these “cheaper” lambics/fruit beers this sweetness can mimic a tart candy, but here they do a relatively good job of keeping it smooth. The middle becomes a bit more serious, with the first hints of malt flavoring, with a deeper black cherry and cranberry flavoring seeping forth. The finish is even smoother, with a reassertion of the big sweetness and berry flavors, with a final tab of metals to wash everything down. The aftertaste breathes with pale malt and stale cherry pits. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is thin, and slightly watery, but the residual sugars give a thickness to it, weighing it down a bit. It puckers the mouth, and makes you want to suck the liquid around, as if it were a tart lollipop or ice pop. The mouth is otherwise happy, and left cooled. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks as easily as any sweeter juice would.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how authentic some of the flavoring was. It is quite easy to make one of these into a tart sugar bomb reminiscent of a sour, chalky candy, but here the cherry aroma and flavoring seemed to stem from somewhere at least partially genuine. This made for a more enjoyable beer, but by the end the sweetness becomes a bit much, making it hard to want to drink more than one glass of this.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Three finger pink head of nice thickness. Hazy dark red colour, sort of an off-amber if you fancy.

Sm: Cherry, cherry, cherry.

T: Cherry body - almost too syrupy. More concentrated at the climax. Clean finish. Well built for the style, but simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style and flavour, which is meant to be light and refreshing. At this, it succeeds.

Dr: Moderately low ABV, but very drinkable. Too pricey in Ireland at five quid per 330, but certainly worth a go if you can find it at a reasonable price.

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3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens Chalice

Look: DEEP cherry red - pinkish head which sticks around for a little while.

Smell: Cherries (duh!) with a slightly medicinal tang to it - perhaps comparisons to cough syrup are a bit wide of the mark, but there's definitely a bit of a whiff of antiseptic there.

Taste: I'll be straight - I love cherry beers but my palate tends to prefer the 'sour' end of the spectrum rather than the sickly-sweet 'artificial' cherry flavours. This sits somewhere in between, veering towards the sweet end of the scale. Which is a pity.

Feel: Bit of a lightweight, to be honest - not really helped by the sweetness, which can be a bit overbearing in large quantities.

Overall: Disappointing - give me a properly 'sour' kriek and I'm as happy as you like; this sits uncomfortably between sour and 'artificially sweet'.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this Floris Kriek at CSN Liquor Store in Calgary. A lambic rip-off I think. Red-wrapped cap and neck like Fruli. 330ml bottle. 3.6% listed on the label. This poured a very dark ruby-red colour, with a red-tinged head that went away mighty quickly. Very hazy and left rings of lacing around the glass. Smells like cherry pop with some odd wood notes. Sweet and a little syrupy smelling. Absolutely no complexity. The taste is actually better than the aroma. We get some extremely sweet syrupy cherry on the middle, as well as some of that wood-like taste. Not complex, but I love a sweet beer. This is a bit too sweet and uncomplex for my tastes though. Highly carbonated, and medium bodied. The finish is all candy-sweetness. Drinkable, but not overmuch. About what I expected. My expectations were low.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A small pink foamy head caps a dark red body. No lace.

S - Dark cherries caked in sugar. Extremely sweet.

T - Sweet cherry. A bit lacking in sourness and tartness. Quite artificial tasting.

M - High carbonation. Thin body.

O - One dimensional and soft drink like. Too sweet. Im off to brush my teeth now.

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Floris Kriek from Brouwerij Huyghe
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