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

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 09-14-2003

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

250ml can: Poured a bright red color beer with a small pink bubbly head with no retention. Aroma of fake cheery syrup is dominating and kind of gross. Taste is also disgustingly sweet with the fake cherry syrup totally dominating. Overall, this has the appearance and taste of a cherry soda. (291 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Date 08/2007, Cork Date 08/2005, Sampled September 2007
I can only assume that is a best by bottle date as I purchased this a couple months ago. Pours with an initially finger and a half thick, dirty red tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a murky, not quite opaque, sickly pinkish tinged, red colored beer. At first the aroma smells like a mix cherry & strawberry ice creams, but then some funkiness kicks in. At times I get notes of rancid cheese, urea, butterscotch and touches of burnt plastic. Somehow this does not smell nearly as sweet as the Premium Framboise did, hopefully this means the taste is not as sweet either; somehow I doubt it though.

Yep, this is again a super sweet beer. Way too much sugar was added to this beer. Tastes strongly of cherries, but even still the sweetness overwhelms even this. The beer finishes with a light, funky, astringent note and even a bit of plastic-like phenolics. Again there is really not much to this beer; lots of sweetness, intense non-descript fruit character and a fair amount of distinctly cherry derived flavors. Not worth it at all, though it is perhaps not quite as offensive as the raspberry version.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,210 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.31/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at an Affligem cafe in the Grote Markt in Brussels. Along with a Belgian waffle with vanilla ice cream, this made for an ideal dessert.

The beer was dark red color, clear, with a thin pink head and a little wet lacing. The aroma is sweet cherry soda, not very funky or sour smelling, more just sweet. Same with the taste, this was a perfect dessert beer. Not the funkiest thing from the lambic box, this was more an approachable cherry beer that just tastes good. No sourness at all, barely any tartness either.

I can understand the poor ratings on this beer as people expect less of a beer-soda than a sour lambic, but I honestly thought this hit the spot. (679 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
08-2007, 5°C, Wine glass pictured, 08-2005 on the cork.

Thanks to the illustrious Beerwolf77 for sharing, once again!

A - Bright blood red and very clear, the color is nice and is topped by an uncharacteristically long-lingering off-white head. Good retention with nice lace.

S - Slight lactic sourness and wet wood is marred by a sweet, syrup-like cherry aroma. Just a bit too much. Pinches of yeast keep it real and mildly entertaining.

T - Massively sweet and syrup-sugary, the cherry flavor blurs that real/fake line. Notes of wet wood barrel and wild yeast. Decent but a little too sweet.

M - Medium-bodied, borderline full-bodied from the cloying sweetness. The tart acidic finish won't scratch the sour itch I've got going on but it's decent.

O - Overshadowed in the world of sours, this kriek falls outside of the radar. Decent in a pinch but it certainly isn't one to search out. (970 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid cherry pie. Pours with a large pinkish red foamy frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber with red highlights. Aroma is HUGE cherry and some malt and yeast. Flavor is a malty yeasty cherry pie. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Kind of sweet at first but then fades to a light tartness. Not quite as good as the peche. (360 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.11/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12.7 fluid ounce green glass bottle which has a dimpled base. Thin but hard clinging shiny red foil tightly wraps the neck and covers the large crown cap. Main label has the words “Premium Kriek” above a brace of provocative looking Cherry pairs. Recommended to be served at 5°C (that’s 41°F). Allegedly this stuff is the regular St. Louis Kriek (4.5%) but with 25% Cherry juice. Best Before 10-2006. No strength listed but research tells me that this is a massive 3.2% ABV...a girly brew in more than one way it seems ;-)

Appearance: It looks great in the glass, there is no denying that. A lovely deep red, a full bodied purple-red glows when back-lit. The head is quick to form but soon collapses to a broken bubbly covering that struggles to keep anything more than a foamy halo towards the end. Spritzy carbonation exhibits a racy speed when the glass is gently tipped.

Nose: Sweet cherries, to be expected, but the nose has a light sour dark cherry skin odor to balance the sweetness, well at first anyways.

Taste: Sour cherry start but it soon gets swamped with a sweet cherry-pie thick viscous middle. Ends chewy and sweet with a huge cherry sugar-laden cough syrup lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Not that bad when chilled straight from the fridge, but as it warms it soon thickens and the sweetness becomes unbearable.

Drinkability: In small doses and heavily chilled to suppress the sweetness and cloying mouthfeel it isn’t too bad. Beyond that it reminds me of the cherry concentrate used to make Popsicles. The last part of my 12.7 fluid ounce bottle had warmed slightly; I decided that rather dump it, I would mix the remnants with a cool crisp bottle of Pilsner Urquell, made the experience so much more bearable….

Overall: Probably the worst of the three St. Louis “Premiums” that I tried this weekend. (1,857 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a big cherry nose with just a touch of tartness. Pours brilliant cherry color like a cherry wine under a ¼” pink tinted foam cap. Big cherry palate leaning towards the sweet side but just enough tartness to keep it from being cloying or falling into the soda pop category. Light, effervescent, refreshing, easy to drink but a little too sweet for my tastes. (371 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Pours an equal mix of honey and ruby with an average pale pink head. The aroma is lightly tart with cherry flavor. The taste is sweet and tart; sweet cherry juice flavor, enough of a sour aspect to balance out the brew. Its tasty, very much a beer soda. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation; sweet overall but not cloying (though I would stick to just one glass). I like it, its sweet but not cloying, drinkable due to the active carbonation. Again, beer soda. Not nearly sour or tart enough for true lambic lovers. (564 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
2.41/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a fluffy rosey pink head over top. Very brilliant and colorful with a resiliant head. Nose is rather sweet cherry, with a light underlying tartness, but mostly very sweet cherry. Flavor is all about the sweet as well. Candy-like cherry sweetness, with just a hint of tartness. No acetic bite. Way over sweetened. Feel is moderate, with a slight syrupy slickness. Carbonation is light, but of tight, small. This one lacks pretty well all around as a good lambic. Way too sweet, not enough of the funk and tart. A good one for me to have with my wife, but not a lambic I will get when I crave the funk. (627 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, caged and corked. Got this sucker for 6 bucks, which I felt was a good deal. Bottle date says 08/2007, cork says 2005. I guess this is past its recommended date.

Red colored body with a pinkish head. pretty good retention with a little bit of lacing.

Smells a little bit tart with lots of sweet cherry in there too.

Tons of sugary sweetness and cherry flavors in here. A bit cloying, but nothing too terrible. A nice bit of tartness buried underneath. A thin, puckering mouthfeel.

A little sweet to be extremely drinkable, but not bad. (554 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.17/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I would just say this tastes like liquified Luden's cough drops - and leave it at that - but the minimum word count won't let me. It looks grenadine-red with a pink head. I've already covered the smell/taste aspect. It has a syrupy feel, yet it is still evervescent. I would not like to have this again. (303 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby red, with amber highlights and a slight haze. Pink tinged cream head starts out small. It recedes quickly, but never disappears. Leaves occasional wisps of lace.

S: Cherries, cherries and more cherries. That is the aroma of this beer. It's quite sweet and very one dimensional.

T: There's no mistaking this for a Kriek. The beer starts out with a sharp tartness that's bolstered by a fair amount of carbonation. Sweetness comes in quickly with a cherry flavor that borders on medicinal, but thankfully doesn't quite get there. Tartness returns for the finish, this time accompanied by a hint of sourness.

M: Syrupy and thick body has a touch too much carbonation.

D: The sweetness of this was almost too much for me. Tastes mostly like thick sparkling cherry juice with a sour kick. This is very much a one trick beer that could really benefit from more complexity. (877 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not what I expected but it got slammed from some other reviewers. It is like drinking cherry juice. It is not a big intensely sour Lambic like the Hanssens Oude Kriek. Not even close! This is closer to the Redbach "Cherry soda-beer" that Rodenbach makes. This is not quite that sweet. It does have a distinct sour lactic Lambic resemblance buried under all that sweetness but it was ramped up so my wife who like Lindemans, Liked this one as well.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (494 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What can I say? I love cherry juice. I love beer. I enjoy fruit beers. This is cherry juice (25%) and a gueze lambic. So it plays to my weaknesses.

The general characteristics are of cherry juice. The beer gives it a bit of a head and some lace and a hint of an alcohol bite. Sweet but not cloying like some other fruit beers. Nice sour cherry finish. Comes across as mostly juice.

Clearly not for everybody, but it hits the spot for me. Best as a summer or desert drink. Might even work over ice for the heretical among you. Might even make a decent ice cream float. I'll stop now. (588 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this guy on a dusty shelf at an out of the way liquor store. Figured it was worth a shot. 2007 bottle, cork date 2005. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep and dark red hue. Small amount of pink head fades quick and leaves a tiny soapy lace ring.

S: Sweet and tart cherries blast out of the gate. Tons of water soaked oak wood. A definite new pool toys aroma wafts up letting me know it's a lambic. A tiny amount of barn yard funk.

T: Sweet cherry syrup is the most dominant. Which bums me out a bit. No real cherry flavor to speak of. Just a slight tartness comes through but it's very mild. It actually finishes sweet which takes away any attempt at being sour.

M: Medium to light body. Modest amount of carbonation.

O: Well it's better than the peach but not as good as the framboise. I'd probably pass on this one next time. (848 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle shared with my wife
A - bright read clear and bubbly with a one finger fizzy head and no lacing.
S - straight up cherry cough syrup.
t - just like the nose but with a drying lingering finish. There actually is a hint of lambic beneath all that sweet medicine.
M - lighter than syrup and moderately carbonated.
D - ranks low on the fruit lambic scale and thus low for drinkability. (394 characters)

Photo of kjyost
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle acquired from the MLCC and poured ~6C into a stemmed flute.

Pours a rich deep clear red with a pink head that laces nicely. Nose is dominated by cherries, in fact there is nothing else. Now for the rest of the review...

So yeah, this is a "lambic"? Where is the sourness or the tartness? Tastes of cherries, cherries and more cherries with a sweetness that just isn't normal for a real lambic. This is a cherry also-cooler. Passed off to my wife. She enjoyed it.

Tasted a bit of it 45 minutes later (she's a real slow drinker) and some of the background lambic notes were coming out from the woodwork, but were still quite muted. A light tartness was evident too, which had me slightly increase the T,M &O scores... (726 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The chilled 12.7-ounce bottle dressed up in black foil yields its crown with a nearly silent hiss. Poured into my gold-rimmed Maredsous goblet, St. Louis Premium Kriek is crystal-clear and strawberry Kool-Aid pink-tinted amber in color. A thin cap of extremely fine-bubbled pale ecru foam languishes on the surface and leaves a silky screening of lacing upon the interior of my glass.

The smell is musky and melonlike with a sharp vinegary acidic twang. A bit of mellow caramel sweetness lurks deep underneath, revealing itself only as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is ungodly sweet with an artificial berry fruitiness once again reminiscent of strawberry Kool-Aid, plus a dash of crushed Jolly Ranchers. Tart, juicy cherries contribute earthy freshness to the flavor profile late in the game, but the acid presiding over the aroma never really reveals itself in the sipping. A bit of nail polish remover languishes in the aftertaste.

The drink is light-bodied, lightly-carbonated, and a pretty easy drinker. (1,014 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350ml bottle

Pours a clear deep ruby color with fluffy pink head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like cherry candy with a bit of a sour backdrop. Smells on par with other Kriek's I've had.

Taste is slightly sweet upfront with a nice cherry taste. It is quickly washed over by the traditional lambic sourness with a slight bite. Finishes with a lingering cherry taste and a faint dull medicinal taste at the very end.

Full body, zesty carbonation.

This is a pretty decent lambic. Not the best I've ever had, but I surely don't see why it's earned such poor ratings in the past. (606 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" light pink head. Held to the light it's a clear medium cherry red color. Smells like an open jar of cocktail cherries. Taste again is the cocktail cherries with only a little hint of sour from the lambic style of the beer. Really this is just fruit juice. Tasty? Sure. But I suspect if you had a blind taste testing of this against a brachetto wine and an actual juice sample they'd be all messed up in the impossibility of which was a wine sample, a beer sample, a juice sample, etc. (496 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavy green 12.7oz glass bottle. Pry-off cap and red neck foil. Black and yellow label with cherries on it.
The body is a deep almost opaque red with low carbonation. The head is pink and consists of medium bubbles, very airy. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Sweet cherry scent from the moment the cap is lifted. Some mild honey and faint hops.
Sweet and tart cherry flavor with semi harsh hops and honey malty notes. Very tasty and fruity. Cherry aftertaste with stronger hops than in the initial taste but still mild.
Medium body and slightly puckeringly dry.
Good thirst quencher and great for warm weather.

-Oelergud (622 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the Carrefour in Varna, Bulgaria. Another surprising find in the land of Euro Pales. I think is a testament to Bulgaria's rise in development.

Poured from the tiny 250mL can into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a solid ruby color that is clear when held to light. Head is slightly pink with somewhat poor retention.

S: It's all cherry candy. This smells like a bag of sour cherries, or maybe like a big glass of cherry Jolly Ranchers. Very tart smelling, like cherry preserves, rather than fresh cherries.

T: Tart, with sour cherries dominating. This tastes like a cherry soda more than anything. Later I detected some sort of cranberry flavor. Very acidic as well. I am reminded of sour cherry candy from my childhood, almost like the center of a cherry flavored Warhead. This isn't altogether bad really, just kind of surprising in the lack of balance.

M: Acidic and juicy. This feels more like a juice or soda than a beer. this was especially evident further down the glass when my throat started getting sticky.

D: This one is tricky. It's very drinkable, but very much like a bottle of cherry juice.

I'm not going to say I'm surprised, since it's made with cherry syrup or something like that, but I think I was looking for something less sweet. This reminds me of the high school days when we would try to drown out the taste of alcohol with juice. It's OK overall, but not something that I would seek out again probably. (1,443 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
1.82/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The nose is extremely fruity, very close to saturation, which puts the chip in his ear about adding any syrup of cherries. The body is also composed largely of the syrup and it has the inclination. The flavor of beer and more particularly the lambic is obviously nonexistent. Very sweet, very artificial and very disgusting, we will prefer a real fruit juice.

Be careful to don't confuse St Louis Kriek and St Louis Kriek Premium. It's 2 different beers... (457 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle of 250 ml. One finger head, pink-ish in colour, red body.
Aroma is obviously of cherries, not so artificial as with other cherry beers.
Taste is sweet and fruity with an even sweeter aftertaste.
Light bdy and average carbonation. A bit dry on the palate.
Overall a nice fruity beer. (290 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.99/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle date 090709.

A: Thin head with a pinkish brown body. Head fades quickly.

S: Very fruity aroma, almost artificially so. Smells like candy, slightly sour, and even slightly medicinal. I think it's great.

T: Wow, this is borderline soda. Cherry juice flavor up front. Nice mild lingering sourness, but not really enough to balance.

M: Nicely carbonated, good mouthfeel, though a little slick sometimes from the amount of sugar still in this.

O: Almost hard to classify this. It obviously lacks the complexity of many other krieks, but it tastes good nonetheless. It's almost liquid candy, but I think it has it's place. (683 characters)

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