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

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St. Louis KriekSt. Louis Kriek

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94 Ratings

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-09-2003)
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Photo of Crosling


1.2/5  rDev -66%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Magenta. Smells of cherry juice, multicolored Christmas candy canes and maybe like 10% lambic....? Cherry juice, avoiding any flavors or aromas that even come close to beer. What’s underneath the cherries is a disgusting skunky grainy flavor. Van Honsebrouck’s fruit beers are just terrifying and total drainpours. This is no exception. I wish I had some shaved ice. I’d make a snow cone.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 00:18:24 | More by Crosling
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1.33/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

poured into a champagne flute

Purple, pink head

cherry cough syrup

cloyingly sweet syrupy beer, no brett sourness, it says "spontaneous fermentation" on the bottle, I suspect this is a lie. So syrupy, has a strange medicine lick after taste

Thick, in a bad way, not enough carbonation... what a dissapointment

Drinkability? How about drainpourability? Gross

This is false advertising, I wanted to drink Lambic, not something only mildly better then "Wild Blue" this is false advertisement bullshit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 09:12:43 | More by Donnie2112
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

01-04-2014 16:15:12 | More by Evil_Pidde
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2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 17:49:27 | More by sweemzander
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District of Columbia

2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i hate to do this, but i think people should know... red with a pink head. contrived, but attractive i guess. nose? this is where it gets bad. there is no oak, mineral, earth or anything that makes me think lambic or authentic. basically just a ton of dark cherry flavor. taste is sweet and sort of sticky dark cherry and way too thick for a beer of this low an abv. i am upset that this is marketed as lambic. in my opinion, this is nothing close and maybe should it just be clearer that this is a cheap, knock-off version of lambic done for the novelty of calling it lambic. cheap ingredients and not traditional, authentic or innovative. not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 15:16:46 | More by timtim
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

08-17-2013 22:56:55 | More by andthevolcano
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

03-31-2014 16:00:06 | More by fehrminator
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2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Kriek à la robe brun acajou, mousse claire
Smell : nez de cerise ...
Taste and mouthfeel : en bouche on note une acidité franche, peu de fruité, un manque de rondeur, post-amertume légére
Drinkability : une kriek très moyenne

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 10:21:28 | More by thierrynantes
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2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 14:06:54 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 10:12:35 | More by Paddez
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep ruby red with a thin pink foamy head. The minute I poured this one I got a big sweet cherry aroma. As I moved the glass closer to my nose, that cherry smell got a bit sweeter. Almost too "fake cherry" smelling, but still a pleasant aroma. Taste is pretty much what I was expecting. Very sweet, not too tart, with almost no brett / funk presence. No real lactic sourness either. Body was a bit disappointing as this lacked the effervescence of what is typical for the style. Still enjoyable, and my wife really likes this one (and the framboise).

For what it is, a super-sweet sweetened kriek, it isn't that bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:25:27 | More by muttyd
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2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 23:14:01 | More by weasbri
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2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:01:33 | More by Arborescence
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3/5  rDev -15%

08-15-2012 08:24:26 | More by Liquoric3
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3/5  rDev -15%

01-08-2014 19:17:26 | More by BDonaldson


3/5  rDev -15%

08-15-2012 14:35:57 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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3/5  rDev -15%

02-25-2012 14:29:06 | More by Julien
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3/5  rDev -15%

01-22-2013 08:57:19 | More by stealth
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3/5  rDev -15%

06-28-2013 20:59:51 | More by mrfrancis
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3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle purchased at Green's, in Atlanta.

A- Pours a clear ruby/garnet with a nice white head with decent retention. Good lacing.
S- Mainly barnyard funk with some horseblanket thrown in. Faint fruity sweetness.
T- Cherries. Lots of sugary, cherry sweetness. Too much if you ask me. Reminds me of Lindemans.
M- Medium body, smooth, medium/low carbonation.
D- This is where the beer falls short. The sugary sweetness of the brew makes it hard to drink.

Overall - Not really impressed with the Kriek. Overly sweet, artificial. Would make an acceptable dessert beer, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 03:29:33 | More by mrandypandy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25cl can:

Poured a brilliant ruby red with a small rocky pink cap....soft small bubbled carbonation clings to the glass.

Aromas: who ever said cherry lifesavers nailed it...that overpowering cherry smell with synthetic swetness over some light funky wet burlap tones from the lambic.

Light body, undetectable malt, tart prickley mouth feel

Flavor is an overpowering Cherry fruitiness with synthetic sweetness balanced against a tart/sour lambic taste...finish is fast sweet and sour with a strange hint of almond.

Like Greg said: tastes like a liquid "cherry life saver"....Very flavorful but so hard to belive the cherry infusion is all natural fruit because of the near cloying sweetness from added confectioner's sugar. A decent Kriek but too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: can

08-15-2006 19:43:56 | More by pootz
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown copper, with a big pink champagny head that leaves nice lacing and has great retention. Lively champagne bubbles flow constantly from the bottom of the flute. Very nice looking beer.

Smells like a cherry lozenge. Synthetic, with some funkiness as the beer warms.

Taste is very sweet, then some tart. The whole flavor is pervaded by a synthetic edge, but not as bad as the aroma.

A light bite on the tongue, but carbonated as a lambic should be. Bubbly and light, but not very drinkable.

The synthetic smell, and taste make this one hard to drink, and a beer I will not be revisiting.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 19:42:46 | More by Drinkerofales
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-17-2012 01:57:58 | More by Tarks
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-28-2013 22:43:28 | More by spycow
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-24-2013 12:11:14 | More by Poupae
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St. Louis Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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