St. Louis Kriek - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by SFLpunk:
3.73/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750mL green glass cork-finished. Cork date 04-2007. Poured in Moinette chalace.
Appearance: A white, very light but sudsy head, left no lacing. Color is mahogany to reddish brown. Fairly clear.
Nose: The classic red cherry (Luden's cough drops) of a sweeter-style kriek. Not a lot of woodiness or nuttiness here. Hard to get much other than the cherries.
Palate: Light carbonation, moderately sweet, but the tartness creeps in on the finish. It is a sweet-tartness though, like a sour patch kid. Mouth-feel is nice, with a certain woody texture and some of the wheat comes across, mostly in texture, not as much in flavor. A lightly-toasted oak flavor is subtly present. When aggitated in the mouth, the finish is more classic kriek than
"other" mass-produced examples.
Notes: A half-step between the commercial and cloyingly sweet lambics (Lindeman's) and the traditional, sour labics (Cantillon). A better introduction to what Lambics are than Lindeman's and more user-friendly for those just starting into sour Belgian beers.
Other Notes: We tried this beer, at the request of the regional rep, next to a bottle of Lindeman's Kriek. On the nose, the differences were subtle. The palate revealed the woody texture of St. Louis and the notes associated with oak-ageing, whereas the Lindeman's was cloying, round, and had a slick, soda like mouth-feel. The finish of the St. Louis was stronger and more complex than the Lindeman's. All in all, they're not hugely different (half-step), but the quality of the St. Louis is such that the money is better spent with it and the lesson of oak-ageing is more obvious. I still prefer the Cantillon style to both though.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2008 01:50:13 | More by SFLpunk
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3.96/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle at Gainesville HOB. 9/25/2012 day enjoyed 9/7/13. Pours deep dark red with no head. Aroma is big time sweet cherries with some hints of vanilla in the background. Flavor is up front cherry finishing very smooth into some vanilla oak. Not much tartness here and mostly focuses on the sweet cherry juice.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 00:11:03 | More by BMMillsy
3.61/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours a candied ruby red with slightly dense body with tons of little carbonation bubbles bursting to the top of the glass. The beer pours with a heavy and smooth, two-finger’s width head that sticks around and is white with a slightly yellow-red tint to it. The head leaves a lacing of dry fat clouds of bubbles on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet candied cherries, like a cross between maraschino and cherry flavored cough syrup, though more towards the sweet maraschino. There is also a light spicy smell that hints at funk but doesn’t fully show it. On the tongue, the beer tastes sharply acidic with lots of fruit and sweet sugar and little to no bitterness. The flavor begins as sweet cherry cough syrup and then slowly works its way into maraschino cherry territory with very slight hints of funk, but no really funky character. The finish gives the most funk, but even then it is light and surrounded by sweet, candied cherry flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a nice smooth and strong carbonation that gives some scrub to the tongue but doesn’t quite handle the cloyingly sweet cherries. The mouth is left very clean except for the pools of saliva on the sides of the tongue which are formed due to the large amount of acid in the beer. Overall, this is an alright sweet kriek. I do wish there was more of a funky character to the beer, and I do wish the cloying nature of the sweetness was a little more in check. That being said, my girlfriend said she enjoyed the beer a lot, though she detected a faint smell and taste of chlorine in the beer, so it does appeal to some beer drinkers. I’m unsure whether Van Honsebrouk used cherry extract in this beer, or if they just used too many cherries, but something in the beer is giving it a synthetic flavoring that is reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. An alright beer overall.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2013 00:13:43 | More by Maxwell
St. Louis Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
80 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.