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Kasteel Kriek - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-14-2002)
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Photo of jcalabre
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel, CA. This pours a dark cherry red color with no head. The aroma is cherry, well balanced between sweet and tart. The cherry flavor dominates, and it works well. again, it's not too sweet or tart. This was an extremely enjoyable beer for a hot day.

jcalabre, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of Denali
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Burp Castle in New York City.

Appearance: Blood cherry red. Almost no head (what appeared to almost be the remnants of a head was off-white).

Aroma: Sweet cherries.

Taste: Very sweet and slightly tart cherries, and only cherries. Unfortunately, there were no lambic-like flavors to complement the cherry flavor. There were also no other fruit flavors other than cherry.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and dry.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, ABV was not very noticeable.

Comments: Singular cherry taste. Nothing bad with that taste, in fact the cherry flavor was quite good, but had no lambic-like flavors. Perhaps I will like the bottled version better.

Denali, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of Mick
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow!! Kool-Aid meets beer and in a good way. Very berry cherry taste. Thin bodied, almost an oily look, but big cherry taste. Slight astringency compliments the flavor making this one a good beer. Very sweet overall but refreshing and quenching. Red color, no head or lace. Would be perfect on a hot night.

Mick, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red color with no head or lace. Slight acidic sweet nose with hints of berry in there. Sweet original taste with a hook finish of bitterness and slight astringency. The sweetness of the cherry (almost berry) taste is cut well with the bitterness in the finish. I liked the taste and enjoyed this very much as an after dinner drink. It was not overly sweet like many others in this style that I have tasted.

frank4sail, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 4 / 2001. Murky deep garnet. Fizzy, animated, pinkish tan well retained head. The aroma is an enticing yet simple combination of tart fresh cherries, dark caramel malt, and mild banana esters. Trace alcohol and phenol are perceptible with deep inhalation. Slightly unripe cherry tartness hits the palate at first, lingers, then diminishes. This allows the mellow malt character comprised of raisiny dark caramel malt, subdued carob and mild molasses like sweetness to surface. Clean in yeast profile, with a hint of banana esters present as an undertone. Virtually non existant hop bitterness like most lambics, but appropriately so considering tartness provides contrast to malt sweetness. Moderate to full in body, w/ a smooth, velvety mouthfeel that belies the fizzy initial appearance. Finishes w/ continuing fruit flavors that meld with residual sweetness to lend a pleasant, lingering ripe cherry impression. Alcohol warmth emerges surprisingly. Deceivingly light on the palate and a joy to drink. It's most akin to a kriek / dubbel hybrid, albeit clean in yeast contributions. Call it an imperial lambic.

marc77, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dirty brown head that settles over almost opaque dark, dark red liquid. Nose is a super delicious blend of tart cherries backed with yeastiness and some malt. Taste is sweet but not too sweet cherries, souring after swallowing. Warming taste of alcohol follows & finishes up dry and bittersweet. This is a winner on all fronts, an outstanding Kriek that's not soda-pop sweet like Lindemann's can be.

beerluvr, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of mophie
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cherry friggin' pie! No two ways about it, this is a serious cherry beer. And actually quite nice; a terrific dessert beer. Quite ruby in color -- no mistaking the cherries here. Smell is cherry pie, made with real sour cherries. The taste is full and rich and thick. There's a huge malt backbone to this beer (it's really not a lambic, but rather a Belgian brown ale infused with cherries), which provides a beautiful balance to the cherry tartness. It's probably the best kriek I've tasted.

mophie, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry. Cherry. Cherry. THE cherry beer. Cloudy. Deep brown with a reddish cast and highlights. The initial off-white head dies shortly leaving a limited collar and no lace. The aroma is bold but limited to sweet cherry. The body is surprisingly full, and smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts dry and tart, loaded with cherry flavor. There's a more natural cherry flavor and some darkish malt in the middle. And, of course, there's cherry in the finish along with a nice little malt note. Although this has a really wild cherry-candy flavor, it's not as sweet as some brands which will go un-named. You know who they are. On the other hand, it is a bit one-sided without the full, brash, lactic sourness that the truly great Krieks have. A very nice apertif or after-dinner drink. Worth trying, but not really worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2002
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Kasteel Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.