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

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 27.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 11-09-2003

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Photo of Vylo
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber lambic with light, almost no head, smells of sweet cherries.

This is one of the sweetest lambics I have ever had. I can't emphasize enough how sweet it is. Super sweet. I kind of like it, but I can see it being off putting if you aren't ready for the overload of cherry.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.39/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle in Amsterdam into a tulip.

This is one of the better lambics I've had.

The color is a dark red with a light pinkish head and minimal lacing.

It smells very fruity, mostly cherries is what I'm getting.

It tastes sweet, cherry is everywhere. with a very fine finish.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
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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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a sem-cloudy reddish-amber color with a half inch pink head that dissipated after a minute or so. Not much lacing though.

Aroma of sour cherries, medicinal/metallic scent as well.

Taste is very cider-like; sour cherries, tart and puckering.

Good carbonation on this one, flavor lingers on the palate for a good while. This lambic feels a bit thin on the tounge.

Easy to drink although this makes me burp entirely too much. The carbonation keeps this one from becoming too sweet, although I don't think I would have a sixer of these (that and the price of lambics is usually pretty high...)

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red color with a one-finger head into my chalice.

Aroma is strong with tart cherry that reminds me of cherry pie.

Taste is strong, tart cherry with quite a bit of carbonation and it's not too cloying nor sour.

Mouthfeel is faded tart cherry that seems smooth and lingers a bit.

Not a bad example of a lambic. In comparison to Boon and Lindeman's, this is in the middle.

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Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during a fruit lambic tasting and poured into a plastic tasting glass. Bottled on 070419, which I'm assuming means 2007. Should be sour.

Pours a deep amber-maroon, slightly hazy, with a fizzy light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving some spotty lace.

Super aromatic, I can pick it up from far away. Super-sweet cherries, a bit of butter and sugar cookie notes hit first, while an earthy tinge comes after the swallow.

This thing tastes like a cherry Now and Later. Very sweet and nicely tart, with a very slight funky character.

Light, fizzy carbonation inside a soft medium-light body. The tartness builds lightly on the sides of the tongue between sips.

Though the drink wasn't as tart as I expected, it was still extremely flavorful and damn tasty. The impressive use of cherry flavor made this one the winner of the tasting for sure.

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Photo of beereality
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark , hazy ruddy pour, with a little pinkish head. Little lacing in my tulip. Strong cherry smell. Super sweet light fizzy start, with a tart almost sour finish. Very strong cherry taste almost like cough medicine, but with the sour finish, its really quite refreshing. With the strong sweet start it really does not finish sweet and syrupy, but more dry and crisp.

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Photo of RobeyStreet
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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).

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a red color with a pink head that fades quickly but leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of sweet dark cherries

T - Just like it smells lots of sweet dark cherry flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This brewery is fast becoming one of my favorite Belgian breweries so far I haven't had anything from them that I didn't enjoy and this beer is no exception its very easy to drink with its good taste worth picking up a bottle to try

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of CMW
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a bright red, almost like cherry soda. Thin pink head was gone almost instantly and there was very little in terms of lacing. Carbonation could be seen throughout.

S - Sour cherries and quite medicinal.

T - Similar to the nose except the cherries were much more tart than in the nose. Slight medicinal aftertaste like cough syrup.

M - Very light and full of carbonation. Just the body I would expect from a kriek.

D - While I could drink more than one, the tart cherries make this a two at the most beer.

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Photo of BlueHammer
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of rayjay
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from a small can that resembled a can of a popular European Energy Drink into my tulip glass a deep red with a slight head that quickly subsided. Smell is very fruity, not too much of a beer nose there at all. Taste is quite nice, cherries, with a palate that resembles that of a gueuze. It is a little dry, but not overbearing, and quite refreshing and easy to drink.

This is not a bad Kriek at all.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at De 7 Schaken in Antwerp, Belgium.

This kriek poured a bright, ruby red color with pink, creamy foam that settled slowly and coated the glass, leaving rings. The smell was a deep cherry aroma, slightly sweet. The taste was a huge cherry flavor, almost syrupy sweet. Not much else coming through on the taste, but good cherry, other than the sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy (or "sticky") with medium body and good carbonation. The sweet cherry flavor lingered in the aftertaste. This was a good beer to have with dinner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not all kriek has to be super lacto heavy and old and acidic, and i think for the more jammy and approachable examples of the style, this one is pretty good. i also think i like it best of their fruited beers i have had. the color is dark dark red, bright still too though, like black cherries or something, none of the candy apple or fire engine shade, this is far darker. not much head on it, although the carbonation i very very lively like a soda. the smell is sweet for sure, but the fruit is really dominant and authentic so i almost dont mind it. i think its hard to drink a lot of, because the taste is very sweet too, but its low abv and genuine cherry taste are both flattering to it. not medicinal at all, and despite what others say, there is a wild ale tang to this, maybe not heavy acidic like some of the other belgian krieks, but its a more accessible version of the style than most any out there. say what you want about this beer, but i dont think its meant to be compared to the lou pepes of the world. for what it is, its really nicely done, llots and lots of depth. it also makes a hell of a pate, and a compote type condiment. i respect this more than others i think.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle dated 2012/09/25. The pour was nice, not much head that disappeared completely. Classic reddish color with a tinge of brown. Sour on the smell. Taste is great - sour to sweet to sour on the finish. Quite enjoyable. Feel is good, might need more carbonation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good fruit Lambic, where the fruity sense predominates over the acidity and luckily the sugary sense is rather well integrated without overwhelming the brew.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged green bottle. Simple label with a slightly tacky design over the St. Louis seal and four cherries over yellow background, back label alongside perfunctory legal notes offers serving suggestions, main characteristics, and bottling date, which is also present on the cork (March, 2007) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep red, almost brown, hazy pour, with a very generous pink head, fair retention, surface memory, and lacing.

S - Sour cherries with a sugary hint.

T - Sweet and tart range with an assertive cherry sense that floats nicely over light acidic touches. Sugary touch that does not quite reach the finish.

M - Medium-light body with generous carbonation early on, and a touch of a sticky/syrupy density in the finish.

D - Nice as a social drink for me, but I admit that fruit iambics are really not what I would go after. And yet this makes for a good drink. A bit too long, slightly boring for me to think of another pour.

Notes: Good Lambic, not too bad as the social brew. I've had it on tap as well before and the freshness helped it quite a bit. Not sure I would go at it again but for fruit Lambics what these brewery is doing is some of the best I've tried.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

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