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Floris Kriek - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Cwrw on 03-25-2006)
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Photo of doktorhops
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Floris Kriek is a brew I've been eyeing off for a while, and since I haven't officially reviewed a kriek beer yet, though I have tried many, I thought it appropriate to review one now. Cherry beers to me have two different slants, the first (and best) of which is sour cherry, and the second being sickly sweet like cough drops. I'm hoping for the sour cherry type but with this being Brouwerij Huyghe, a hit and miss brewer, I'm expecting cough drops.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: A perfect cherry red hazy body with a head that was pink before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S: And we have cough drops! Very full on the nose too. It feels like my olfactory senses are being assaulted violently with lashings of cough syrup. This is going to be a cherry-flavoured sugar bomb. Disappointing as it did look promising.

T: The flavour is as expected above with that cherry cough syrup taste. However there is a glimmer of hope with a touch of astringency thrown in to the mix, making it at least semi-dimensional. Though there is clearly too much sugar, this brew could benefit from a longer fermentation which would both bring up the ABV from 3.7% and decrease the saccharine levels.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense but light carbonation.

D: This really is overbearingly sweet for something that is a mid-strength. If it was 5-6% ABV maybe I could let it off the hook but at this level it is completely overwrought and not really enjoyable for a drink. It also cloys a bit after drinking several sips and leaves that cough syrup after-taste that fills one with dreaded reminisce for a childhood memory of being forced to take cold and flu medicine.

Food match: Stick to desserts, specifically cherry pie with a side of cream.

doktorhops, Sep 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

dansmcd, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Converge
4.13/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz wine glass.

A - About a finger of bright, pink-white head. Deep pinkish burgundy hue, almost totally opaque. Head dissipates, but leaves tons of lacing.

S - Really really really sweet. Tons of cherries. A slight bit of sourness, but this is really good.

T - Gobs of sweet cherries. A little tart, and fairly unbalanced. However, what else would one expect out of a beer like this? A slight bit of sourness pops up, but this is almost completely cherry sweetness. A little cloying and artificial, but I still like this.

M - Crisp carbonation, with a light but enjoyable weight in the body.

D - Delicious and easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Converge, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

TheBrewo, Jul 28, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

kojevergas, May 13, 2011
Photo of scott451
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Best before March 2012.

A slightly hazy bright ruby with a one finger pink head which soon diminished to a ring.

Sweet. Ripe dark cherry smells. Dark cherry taste. Very little beer taste. The merest fraction of a tart finish.

Very light body. More of a fruit drink than a beer. Drinkability is good. Light refreshing and fruity.

scott451, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of mmahut
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance (3): Dark red with very light head.

Smell (2.5): Very very very sweet cherry smell, might be disturbing.

Taste (3): Cherry taste, sweeeet.

Mouthfee (2.5): The after-taste isn't so great, the taste of cherry vanishes after few second and the sweetness is all that rest.

Drinkability (3): I had a feeling that if I get a second one I will get a diabetic attack.

mmahut, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
2.2/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

ThaCreep, Mar 23, 2010
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Floris Kriek from Brouwerij Huyghe
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