Kriekbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 251
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2002

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Photo of geexploitation
4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a fruit beer. Pours a rusty, dirty brown with minimal head that nonetheless leaves gobs of foam on the sides of my glass. The aroma is very inviting -- mostly sweet and sour cherries, with two different kinds of cherry aromas represented. The first a bit sweet, the second is more earthy and tart. On the palate, the cherries are tart first off, then they gradually morph into sweet cherries on the finish. All of this is incredibly smooth and rich, and very well balanced, with not too much sweetness or tartness. I can't imagine a fruit beer getting much better than this one. (590 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy, lght copper color with off-white head that lingedrs well and reduces to very good lacing on the glass. Excellent aroma of sour dark fruit, mixed with vinegar and cherries. Taste and finish are a perfect Flemish Sour...sour cherry fruit on the front end, followed by a long sweet palate on the end. This is a damn good beer!!! (358 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, deep red color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, big sour cherries. In the taste, just like the smell, big sour cherries. A sour bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour cherry aftertaste. A fantastic sour, great cherry, and quite easy to drink. (283 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Garnet body with rich ruby highlights & a finger of loose, cottony head with big bubbles. Leaves trails of lacing.

Awesome, rich smell of cherries with a balance of sweet & tart, leaning just a smidge toward cidery vinegar territory. I can't stop smelling this! Like the smell of cherries being cooked into a reduction. So good.

Hits sweet & sour receptors in such a balanced way. Sweet character sits comfortably right in the middle, surrounded by moderate tartness around the edges. Dark fruit skins, just a little vanilla. Slightly oaky? Great taste.

Moderately acidic, medium-bodied. Acidic enough to engage & tease without making me hyper-salivate or being abrasive.

Maybe this was a case of "right place at the right time," but it really hit things on the head right after a fatty, garlic-heavy dinner. Just delicious, & not as overwhelming as others with similar complexity. Wish I had more. (931 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque red brown or maroon, with a very small head adn little lacing on the glass.
Candi sugar and sour cherries were ther dominant aroma.
The taste was dominated exclusively by sweet and sour cherries, btu had a hitn of bready dough adn malt to it, which was a good balance to the tartness of the fruit.
The feel was rather biting in the back of the mouth and the carbonation adding to the sensation. The sweetness seems to be trying to balance the tartness but cmoes up short. However, it ends rather crisp and sweet on the tongue.
Overall, an excellent beer and one of the best Lambics I've ever had. (613 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish foggy blob. No head off a good pour by the 'tender. Nose is soft and full of cherries. Flavor is extremely smooth and sweet cherries with a great level of sugar on there. Excellent touch of wood. Feels beautiful on the mouth. Smooth and silky with a great carbonation. An excellent fruit beer absolutely worth trying. (333 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville.

First Off: The best Fruited Lambic I've ever had, bar none. One of the best Lambics I've had, period, fruited or otherwise. Wow.

Appearance: Reddish-purple, with a pink head. Dark, mysterious, and enticing.

Aroma: Cherry pits, slightly sour with a sweet-tart edge. It's inviting me to pour it down my gullet, but my nose is so entranced that I just want to sniff it all night.

Taste: A fruity smorgasbord, but not fruity in the way that sorority spring breaks are fruity -- this is a mature, decadent (yes), refined, high-class fruity. strawberry, raspberry, and (yes) fine cherry notes, along with (if there is such a thing!) gourmet bubble gum and sweet tarts, although the name of this game is "not too sweet!" A sour brett. yeast taste rounds it off.

Palate: Perfect. A study in nuance and style.

Overall: Amazing, really. Again, the best fruited lambic I've ever had. More, please!! (932 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark red-brown withe a smallish head. Head quickly dissipates to nothing. Nose is cherries and berries with a strong sweetness component with a strong lactic sourness. Taste is very fruity of course, with a big cherry component, but also with a health dose of raspberry and other generic berry flavours. Very sweet, and a ever so slight bitterness and earthiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is spritzy, light and refreshing, and drinkability is superb - good balance of sweet and tart, and a lovely fruit character. The finish contrasts with up-front flavours just enough to clean up the palate. (609 characters)

Photo of hobbes2150
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good reddish-brown appearance in the glass. Hints of cherry in the nose, with a nice sour note. The taste is amazing, slightly sour with cherry and a taste reminiscent of baking yeast, giving the impression of pastry (I thought specifically of a cherry danish). Not a beer I could drink a lot of in one sitting, but perfect for after meals as a dessert or just as a treat sometime. (381 characters)

Photo of jwff
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Leifmans glass. Poured a reddish brown in a Liefmans glass with a creamy white head. Crystal clear when held up the light. Beautiful for lack of a better word. Smell is initially the intense tart cherries and sugar, but the brown ale base came through and balanced nicely. Mild must, but really the cherries were just so intense.

Initial rush of cherries and sugar, followed by a generous amount of bacteria funk must that played back and forth with the sourness of the cherries. I've had this in the bottle before and the funk aspect really didn't stand out as much as it did on tap. Rich, chocolate like malts provide the background and offer some overall balance.

Great carbonation and medium body. Sourness adds a tingle in the mouth which borders on oh god I hate to say it "orgasmic." This is one of the few beers I prefer ice cold so it works on tap for me. Flavors seem to really come out in layers on tap. Mm yes a very tasty bier. (959 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Anam Cara, and it was great. The body of Kriek was thick, cloudy, and heavy. The color was a dark brown with highlights of amber. The head of the beer was of nice size. The smell of the Kriek was of faint cherries ripened to perfection. The aroma was of real cherries not of a concentrated candy smell. When the Kriek touched my palate, the initial taste was of balanced brown ale. The taste progressed and blended with very tart cherries, but a good amount of tart. The aftertaste was tart, it was not over-powering---perfection! The finish was smooth; there was not a hop finish. The after taste of Kriek faded quickly. The mouth feel was slightly dry...awesome. I felt that the drink ability was more drinkable than water. (751 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked in 2006.

Pours out a hazy rusted tamarind with a moderate off-pink head and blobs of lacing left on the glass. Smells highly acidic, with lots of sour cherry and musty, bacterial funk. Flavor starts off with a bracing sourness which marries itself to cherry sweet tart candy all the way through to the finish. There is some vanilla-like woodiness and subdued vinegar in there as well that goes so well with the cherry flavors. Flavor is rather light to medium with a lively carbonation. Very refreshing and incredibly drinkable. (538 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans Kriek

Is it beer? Is it really? Is it luck?

There's a foot at the end of each of my legs.

It is luck?

Laa...luu...luck!

-cough-

Sorry :o

Had this on tap at the Publick House after everything else on the draft list started tasting the same.

It looked like I had received someone else's double pour of red wine. Just a little wispy head sitting over a recent acquisition of the Red Cross. Drip, glug, glurp. They serve nearly everything they have in the same branded glasses, so that helps take my mind off memories of that rookie nurse bruising me up, trying to find the vein. Enough not to shudder in public anyways.

Nose was something like fruit punch, but with a Granny Smith tartness to it. A somewhat peppery vinegar aspect floats around, but it's very faint.

Taste was all about maraschino cherries. I can't count how many Thanksgivings I've sucked down a jar of those just because I could. This cherry flavor is super concentrated, but the corn syrup sweetness yields to a deeper earthiness throughout. Very light amount of noticeable malt mixed in here & there. You almost pucker at the end, but a woodsy dryness kills that idea. Alcohol is just barely there.

Decent heft to the body, with a strong carbonation keeping it in check. The dryness at the end makes it go down almost like a slightly more syrupy version of cranberry juice. Now I'm not saying it's necessarily sticky, but if that carbonation wasn't the way it is, it would be.

Just because it's a little expensive($8 for 12oz), I can't give it a five for drinkability. If I could though, if only I could... :) (1,599 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy cherrywood color with a sily light beige head. Nose ha a perfect blend between sweet cherries, oak and musty funk. Taste is also superbly balanced. I would just like to see a little more sour funk. Medium body suits ale well. A fantastic brew from Liefmans. Top knotch. (276 characters)

Photo of rastaman
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i really like Liefmans beers, always well balanced, this is no exception, sour cherry flavour, with perhaps a bit of sweetness, but fairly dry, drinkable, interesting and just plain good. (187 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear red color and formed a foamy light pink head that left trace lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cherries and that barnyard aspect to lambics that seems to be little like musty wood combined with straw/hay elements. The flavor is of cherries and bit of malt. The body is medium light and the finish is tart. A very nice fruit lambic that doesn't overpower with the fruit. (436 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't the paper-wrapped bottle make your eyes go goo-goo? It did for me, and $8.99 later, the 375 ml bottle was mine. On to the beer;

The cork is labled with a 2007 vintage. After removing it and pouring into a chalice, the beer is illustrated with a violet-orange color with a short head that doesn't last really long. That's okay for this type of beer. The aroma energizes me with a pleasant tartness with a little help of souring critters.

Blitzkriek! This is an explosion of sweet cherries that's breathtaking. Lost in the cherry wave are little waves of tartness. There's some acidity to this, and more of this builds into the aftertaste where it starts to get some attention. Somewhat syrupy too with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly, it's very easy to drink.

How do you say really good in Flemish? Just an awesome fruit-infused that really easy to drink. (870 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of this is a unique dirty red with a brownish tone. Looks closely resembling an amber up to the light. Small loose bubbly/rocky head of whitish tint, fades fast to leave tiny tightly packed lace in patches and a thin haze on top. Lively aroma of cherry, sharp, and tart, great sourness and full, like a real cherry pie filling. Soon as it touches your tongue it speaks volumes of cherry tart sourness, very mouth filling goodness with aged oakyness in the middle and finish with lingering souring dryness in the mouth and throat. All cherry, and damn yummy good. Full, sharp feel, strong start and middle with a textured swallow and lingering cherry sour oaky finish. A fine cherry treat. (694 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I see this on the beer menu, I always go for it. Why? Because it tastes great! I find this beer to be a real treat: raspberry colored, slightly carbonated, with a wonderful cherry taste. I could drink this one all night. It's tart, but not sour. The sweetness is implied: the beer isn't sugary or syrupy, it doesn't make you pucker, it's very refreshing. No other beer tastes like this, I honestly rejoice when I see this one available. If you've never tried this, do so. If you are a fan of fruit beers, or Belgians in general, I think you will be surprised by the big taste of this one. Definitely not malty, or hoppy: just cherries all the way.

I've had a few more of these lately, and you can tell I really think of this beer as a treat, but yeah, if you've never had it, think kool-aid or sweet-tarts. And I mean that in a good way, it might not sound that way, but I do. (884 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle
6.0% abv

Bottle wrapper says 'Leifman's Kriekbier, biere aux cerises, 6% alc./vol'. I tried this beer on November 25, 2007 after purchasing from my lcal LCBO outlet. The beer was a beautiful ruby red in colour with a medium sized tan couloured head. The aroma was sour cherries and not much else. The mouthfeel was sour, full-bodied, slightly creamy and champagny. The flavour was powerfully sour cherries, and a huge bite on the back of the tongue. (463 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 edition,aged 4 years 5.5% acquired in Montreal. Highly carbonated cherry champagne. Like a high quality carbonated natural not sweet juice fun to drink. Dessert, appetizer, whatever. No overwhelming aroma. Lots of JUICE. Tart but not sour. Not too much alcohol, so quite drinkable. 2007 edition, excellent kriek.Great aroma. (329 characters)

Photo of Paddez
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

37,5cl bottle with red paper wrapped around it. Nice presenatation

Pours a reddish brown -amber almost- coloured brew with a medium sized, pink head
The nose is full of sour cherries. Tartness and hints of cork and wood give this one a very athentic and attractive aroma.
The taste is smooth and straightforward yet heavenly complex & unique, notes of malts, yeast and 'earthy' spices. Cherry tartness and sweetness balance out eachother perfectly, but it's definitely the sour aspects that dominate.
Excellent mouthfeel and drinkabillity. The tartness in the brew is perfectly balanced and doesn't get tiring at all. I could drink this all night.

Excellent stuff. Hands down the best Kriek I've had so far. (718 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head an no lacing.

Smell is dominated by sweet cherries with some wild yeast funk. Very appealing.

Taste is extremely well balanced between sweet and sour with a strong dose of cherries. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation.

One of the most drinkable krieks I have come across, almost sessionable.

HV (378 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark ruby color with a thin white fizzy head with slight pink hues that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing. I'm happy to say that the color really is dark and doesn't look like cherry juice.

Tart funky aroma with lots of horseblanket and barnyard notes accompanying the sweet sour dark cherry notes. Also, it's a bit earthy with hints of oak and vanilla and no trace of cloying artificial fruit flavoring.

Nicely balanced, with a perfect amount of sweetness from the cherries balancing out the tart funkiness. Earthy with a nice oak presence and pretty sour without being acidic. Lots of nice barnyard funk and a slight nut presence. I could swear that I can taste the cherry pits. Very refreshing with the perfect amount of sour puckering flavor. (777 characters)

Photo of botham
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Uncle Mike's Highway Pub in Kenoahs, Wisconsin. poured into a snifter with a deep rouge color and garnet highlights. one and a half fingers of light pink head top it off with good retention and no lacings.

aroma is of rich vinegar-like sourness with a subtle cherry note and some grape in the background. very sharp and sour in the nose. the sourness gets a bit more pronounced as the beer warms a bit.

taste is more of the same with a more distinct cherry note and a wonderful acidic vinegar-like sourness that cleanses the palate. sharp and not too sweet, which really helps make it drinkable. the sourness is sustained by a light funk that works its way up to the fruit as the beer warms.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp, acidic and lightly tart texture that finishes on a lightly sharp note with residual tartness. excellent.

drinkability is great. very well put together and sour on the palate, this could easily become too sweet, but the fruit is nicely understated enough to make it very drinkable and supremely sour. cheers! (1,054 characters)

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Kriekbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
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