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

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-09-2003)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sweet and sour malt, cherry juice, cherry candy, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry juice and cherry candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is more like a soda or juice, but the flavors come through as a solid sour cherry beer.

Serving type: on tap.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

GRG1313, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

womencantsail, May 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

kylehay2004, Jun 26, 2014
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, ruby red color with a one-finger, pink head of fluffy foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of cherry with sweet and sour notes.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry up front which turns to a puckering sour bite. Tangy is maybe the word to describe it.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a puckering bite. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. I liked it. It is better than some of the other Krieks out there.

zeff80, Mar 20, 2011
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.

Jason, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a tart cherry scent that is quite refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a very sour flavor that is full of cherries, but maybe a little of the overkill side. It refreshes, but it also makes my cheeks pucker. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fruity treat, but it's too tart for me.

WesWes, Mar 03, 2006
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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

smcolw, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Brad007, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

jrallen34, Jul 11, 2009
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2/5  rDev -43%

Evil_Pidde, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

mrfrancis, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

sweemzander, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

dcmchew, Nov 08, 2013
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.

tigg924, May 28, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

UncleJimbo, Apr 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +14%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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.

merlin48, Nov 09, 2003
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1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

thegerm87, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 18, 2011
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St. Louis Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
80 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.