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St. Louis Kriek - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-09-2003

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear slightly pink crimson with a thick, also slightly pink white frothy head that lingers a while before dying out altogether. An initial thick halo heads the lacing, which gets prigressively thinner down the glass. The nose is loaded with sour cherries, with a bit of wood and greenery lurking from behind. The taste follows almost exactly, though the wood and greens are covered o'er by the cherries in the finish, whose taste tend toward cough syrup territory. Still, a very cherry-y flavor, with just the right amount of sour. The body is a light medium, with a lightly healthy carbonation and a fluid feel, making for a very high level of drinkability.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a nice beer to break out when the family is over. Besides, I usually have trouble finishing a bottle by myself. This beer opens with the standard deep red hue with stubborn pink head (that makes me laugh). Obvious aromas of tart cherries with a wine-like vineous quality. A complex sweet and tart cherry combo challenges the tastes. The feel is very bold thick, rich, nearly chewy viscocity. Finishes with ultimate tart, sweet cherry flavor. Always a success, but rarely a surprise.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle with a bottled on date of July 9th 2009.

LOOK: Heady, clear burgundy

SMELL: Cherry cough medicine, dried grass, yeast, musty.

TASTE: Crisp, sweet-tart, medicinal, cherry juice, oak, dryness.

At first smell and sip I though I was going to be taken over by sweetness ... even with a heavy push of cherry here there are other aspects that help the balance that out and show some depth. A respectable sweet lambic IMO.

Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll try this one for my 1st review, having enjoyed a few Belgian fruit lambics a few years ago in the Low Countries. This one pours a cranberry red, with a thick pink head. Nice lacing. Strong taste of sweet cherries, too sweet for my taste. Mouthfeel is of slightly carbonated cherry soda. Clean finish and no heavy aftertaste. Just a straightforward cherry brew, not at all complex. This one would pair well with an aged gouda or edam cheese. Not as complex as the ones I remember from Belgium, but not at all bad.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep, bright opaque color with a red tone. It had a thin light pink head. The smell is of strong, sweet cherries, almost like cherry cough syrup. It had a flat cherry flavor. I kept waiting for the "kick" that beers like this have and it never came. It was good, enjoyable, but not fantastic. The finish was slightly sour which I enjoyed but would have preferred a more sour edge throughout to give this beer the extra kick it needed.

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maredsous chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, low carbonation-ruby red in color

Smell: sweet cherry candy

Taste: cherry candy, sourness, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet start then the sour taste mixes, light bodied, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I like their other lambics better, but I could have a couple glasses of this. A nice warm weather beer that is more of an intro lambic.

Photo of simoen
2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not a good beer, to sweet

Photo of weasbri
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep garnet color with light pink head. Fairly decent lacing on my tulip glass.
Obviously, I get a good deal of cherry in the aroma, on the sweet side. The taste smacked me in the face with nostalgia: Luden's cherry cough drops. It's not necessarily a bad thing, I loved those cough drops. It's just not what I'd expect in my beer. There's a bit of tartness in the aftertaste too.
Not all that great, I don't think. Too syrupy and sweet for me, even if that's what I was in the mood for.

Photo of Tuckersmth
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have to admit I don't know Krieks very well but this is too sweet for my blood.

Photo of kenito799
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into a St Louis flute at Burp Castle, NYC.

Pretty, clear, dark pink color with small light pink head. Aroma all cherries. Crisp and lively in the mouth, nice full sour cherry flavor, not too complex. A hint of lambic sourness, it's not as sweet as the Lindemann's stuff and therefore more enjoyable, but this is a scrubbed version of lambic, a far cry from the puckeringly sour and funky true lambics I have come to know and love. Enjoyable brew but the sweetness knocks drinkability down a notch.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Meh. Pour was decent. Deep ruby, sparkling 2 finger light pink head. Decent retention. Smell is sweet, deep cherries. Not artificial, but I was expecting a bit of sourness out of this one, and it's not there.

The taste follows the aroma. Real lack of sour here. I guess it's not supposed to be a sour, which I was unaware of when purchasing. A bit too sweet for me, but the actual flavor of the cherries is nice, a very natural.

Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear bubbly pinkish red with one finger white small suds.
Smell is Cherry and oak and sugar malts.
Taste is sour and sweet cherry with a dark bitterness hiding just behind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and cold, this beer is very refreshing.
Overall I like this brewery and it's wonderful sour fruit beers.

Photo of RobeyStreet
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice kriek! I tried this kriek while in Belgium, after my dinner. It was very cherry (some may even say cough-syrup or candy-like, but I enjoyed it!) and very sweet. Definitely a dessert type of drink, but not something to drink with a meal. It was bubbly, and malty just like a lambic should be. I was very impressed, and I think I preferred it to Lindeman's (at least their Kriek).

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet cherries are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cherries and has a moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has
O: This beer is very easy to drink. It seems to have a good balance between the cherries and sweetness, but the cherry flavors seem like they are a little artificial.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Paddez
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby brownish red brew with a fluffy, pink medium-sized head.
Smell: incredibly sweet with a bubblegum cherry aroma and some almonds. Very artificial and sweet.
The taste was very similar. Very sweet with no sourness or tardness to balance things and a very straightforward soda-like (Dr. Pepper?) cherry taste. Not a single hint that this brew is based on lambic, wich the bottle states. The sweetness robs the beer of every complexness that might otherwise have been traceable.
The mouthfeel is soapy and fizzy.

If anything; this brew is more of a soft drink than a beer. I'd like it as a softdrink probably, but as a beer it is very average. Not worth picking up.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle with a date of 05-2007, pretty sure that is a bottled date. Pours a very clear rich red color with a light cap of foam. Fades quickly in true lambic fashion.

Nose is chock full of delicious cherry aromas. Not very sour smelling and has a fair amount of sweetness to it.

Ahh, there is the tartness, it seems some age has really brought out some deeper kriek-like flavors. Sweetness is still there, but less so that I remember on the one I had a year and a half ago from the same batch. Lots of cherry flavors are here, much more so than Cantillon Kriek, but also much less sour. Mouthfeel is rich and thick, quite good. I am really digging this beer with some age on it. I will not hesitate to grab many more of these next time I see it and throw them in the cellar. Pretty good value as well, as I think this one was under 5 bucks. I like to think of this as more of a dessert beer, akin to a good icewine. So damn drinkable.

Photo of Arborescence
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark ruby red, almost brown.

Aroma: Sweet spices, cherries, almond pits.

Taste: Sweet, maybe too much so. The gueuze base gives the beer a sour kick though, but it is rather well covered by the cherries and the sweetness. Good for someone who doesn’t like the pure lambic taste so much, but wants an authentic kriek. I do like the amaretto-like, almond pit flavour, although it’s more distinctive in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Mostly just lingering sweetness; medium carbonation.

Overall: I haven’t been drinking many lambics recently, but it is a type of beer that I quite like. This particular kriek is made by maturing morello cherry pulp for at least six months in the gueuze base, which itself a blend of matured lambics. Personally I prefer gueuze or other lambics without fruit, but the kriek is a classic, and quite fitting for winter time. This is not the best one out there though...

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of frothy pink tinted head. Retention is a touch below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Cherry cough syrup and lozenges. Intensely sweet with just hints of musty funkiness underneath. Of the St. Louis fruit lambics, this is the least beer-y one.

4.0 T: What can I say, I'm a sucker for these. They are like really expensive, really tasting fruit sodas. Taste is bursting with cherry in a moderately medicinal way. Very little in terms of complexity aside from a little tartness. All of the true lambic flavors are hidden behind the additives.

4.5 M: Good spritzy carbonation. Super creamy and infinitely drinkable.

4.0 D: Again, as much as I don't respect backsweetened lambics, they sure do taste good.

Photo of Douberd
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 250 ml at home.One finger pinkish head, dark ruby colour, quite an activity in the glass in the form of bubbles rising to the top. The head quickly became a half finger thin line on the surface of the beer, so retention is quite good.
Aroma is of course of cherries but is a bit too strong, thus appearing artificial. I can smell something else too, but I cannot tell what exactly, the smell is not pleasant though.
Taste is slighty better, sweet as expected but leaves a slighty sour aftertaste. I think that afterall, the smell I was getting is from sour cherries, and you can trace them on the taste too.
On the body is thick above average for a fruit beer, with medium carbonation. Is nice to actually feel that youy don't drink a cherry juice.

Photo of crossovert
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It comes in an elegant looking 12.7 oz black foiled and capped green bottle. Bottled on 09 07 09.

It pours into my Unibroue tulip a deep rose red with a thick pink tinged white head that leaves a thick coat of lacing as it recedes.

It has a classic cherry scent to it, with a hint of tartness. Underneath it is some lemon and a smidge of funky sourness. The more you smell, the less sweet cherry smell there is.

It has a large upfront sweetness along with the cherry flavor. There is not much funk in the taste, maybe a little bit of lemon tartness far beneath the overload of ripe cherry.

It is more balanced than some more fruity krieks and it has a nice mouthfeel but I have to dock it a few points in drinkability due to its high sweetness.

Overall it is a nice fruit beer for a summer afternoon.

Photo of sweemzander
2.2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a darker crimson blood red color. Some white froth.

(S)- Straight up cherry Jolly Rancher sweetness; very very subtle tartness.

(T)- A little murky, but an overall very sweet cherry juice flavor.

(M)- A normal carbonation level for the style. Pretty much straight up sweet cherry juice; little else.

(D)- Fairly similar to the normal Lindemans lineup of Fruit Lambics, but it fact, perhaps even a bit more plain in the comparison.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive large-bubbled head. Leaves decent, chunky lace. Clear, reddish burgandy color.

Sweet, fake candy cherry smell. Very much a dessert beer.

The cherry candy flavor continues in the taste. Very little sourness--lots of sugar. Rich body of an overly sweet beverage. Moderate carbonation.

Think dessert and enjoy.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear ruby color with a frothy pink head on top. Some spotting lacing on the outside of the glass.

S: A mild lactic acidity and some sour cherries, but that's about it in terms of the lambic character. Not much in the way of funk or oak. Still, the nose is invivting.

T: A very sweet, cherry syrup like flavor. Maybe a touch of cola to go along with the overall sweetness. Just a hint of acidity on the finish.

M: A light body with plenty of carbonation and a bit of a lingering sweetness.

D: Normally I'm not one for the sweetened lambics, but this one is actually pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of rayjay
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Plumjack on Noe in San Francisco. Bottle reads 10-2006.

Looks pretty much as expected. For those unfamiliar with the style, it had a tiny head that faded right away, tiny bubbles, huge cherry smell with a bit of musty funk, and absolutely no detectable hops.

Candy beer similar to Lindemans Framboise, in terms of sweetness and fruit intensity (Lindemans Kriek is a bit more tart and not as intense with the cherries). The body is medium and noticably thick and sticky from the sugar. Great if you love candy. Not really sour but a tiny bit tart, especially the first sip.

I'd like to age this one to see if the yeast can tackle some of that sugar.

Warning: you will need a dentist when you wake up from the diabetic coma. This would make a refreshing afternoon or dessert drink. It would be funny to watch a really manly guy try to deny liking this! Cheers.

Photo of stegmakk
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear dark ruby color. No head or lacing or any type of head/lacing.
Aroma was mild cherry with bread? farmy kinda hint to it
Taste I thought was real good...it was not overly sweet...it did have a nice fizz to it...it also wasn't as fruity/cherry as I thought it was going to be...clean crisp with a nicely tart aftertaste...
mouthfeel had a little fizz but was fairly thin...
drinkability was great...i blew threw the 10oz sampler and bought a growler the next day...my wife actually likes this too and we finished the growler in 2 days...good stuff
I will keep buying this while its still on tap at shoreline

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St. Louis Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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