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Kriekbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 EPICAC
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Kulminator in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy orange-red with a foamy pink head that fades to a thin ring.

Smell: Sour and acidic with notes of cherries, as well as a moderate funkiness that emerges upon swirling.

Taste: Very sour throughout, there's some sweetness that emerges with the cherries, but it's always dominated by the sourness and persistent cherry tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, very dry.

Drinkability: Sour, definitely a sipper.

Photo of nortmand
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brilliant red and clear with a kind of weak head.

Smell is sweet cherries and a bit of funky lactic acid.

Slightly sweet and very sour up front. Relatively strong lactic character that mingles with a slightly sweet cherry flavor. Leaves a slightly bitter funky lactic flavor.

Medium bodied with alot of carbonation, sweetened but very drinkable.

Photo of geexploitation
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
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!!!

Photo of Iguana
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like these beers, although they are a bit hard to even really classify as a beer. Poured a clearish brown with red hues into my flute glass. Smells really nice, like tart sweet red cherries, really cant go too wrong with a small like that. Taste is cherry juice, with a hint of wheat in the taste and a bit of bitterness at the end, really quite pleasent and tasty, nice dessertlike beer. Mouthfeel is syrupy sweet and slick. Drinkability, well, honestly if I had enough I could drink this stuff all night long, its really pleasent to drink and pretty damn tasty. A nice offering from Liefmans.

Photo of hobbes2150
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of BeerNutta
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans Kriek

A = Pored a dark dark ruby with a thin white head that quickly dissapated leaving a thin lace rim.

S = Smelt of sour cherries. Very very cherry.

T = Taste is an intial cherry sourness that gives way to a sweet dry cherry finish. Very nice. Not overly tart. Just pleasant.

M = Moderatly carbonated. Good.

D = Very drinkable. Very very drinkable. I believe this is as close to a cherry soda pop one can get.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.15/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark cherry red with a smallish tan head that disappeared too quickly.
Aroma is sour cherry candy and clove or cinammon.
Taste is sweet cherry at first but then extremely sour cherry to follow with no sweetness left to balance it.
Aftertaste is of cherry and cinammon/clove...but definately sour.
I enjoy a sour beer however this one was too sour without the sweetness I am used to for balancing.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a modified flute last evening at the 9:30 Club. Pours like a red-tinged farmer's market grade apple cider. Very little tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma of apples and cherries w/ light malts.

Flavor was fruity and tart, lingering slightly on the palate, just like a nice cider. Ripened cherries and a light sourness.

Light bodied and lightly carbonated. Would be very nice overly chilled at a summer dinner party

Photo of fisherman34
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 vintage. Dark redish brown in colour with mild carbonation. Sweet cherry aroma, with hints of eucalyptus and a bit of wood. More cherry on the palate, with notes of vanilla and a bit of lactic acid. It’s got a long and sweet finish that’s not overly cloying. An inoffensive little beer, but could have lots more sour and funk character. Too much sugar!

Photo of benito
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy plum, with a medium sized reddish head and only a tad of visible carbonation. The bouquet is dominated, not surprisingly, by cherries; though there are definite chocolate and oak. The flavor is a
revelation: a sour brown ale cloaked in a cherry sweetness. Though cherries dominate the palate, I also caught hints of lemon and other non-descript citrus fruit.

The fruitiness is most prounced across the front of the tongue, very spritzy in body, and then it gives way to a sour finish that refreshes the palate and makes for a wonderful aperitif. I love the transition between
sweet and sour here, and the lightness of body means that this is an elusive and tempting brew--if only I had more than one bottle around!

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose is full of licorice-- both black and red, and spices and herbs are discernable as well. Up front in the palate is big time fruit-- with the obvious cherry, and a gentle tartness along with that. A complex spice mixture lends a wassail-like character to this beer. Residual sweetness fades into a pleasant finish. This is a satisfying, pleasant beer.

Photo of texashammer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted on draft at Kulminator in Antwerp -- they claim that Liefmans Kriekbier draft is exclusive to their bar. beautiful pink/orange with pink head that lasts. smells great; tart lambic with cherries, sour, black cherries. more austere than the bottled version; drier. the finish is really dry; it makes me drool.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks like something that would have been made from cherries. Has a red hue with golden streams in it.. Very bubbly and vibatious. Holds a fizzy head that disipates relatively quickly. Aromas are moderately sweet from the fruit and grain bill. Tartness comes from the fruit and the sour comes from the Belgians. Woven all together, the flavors are complexly sweet, tart, and sour. Ripened cherries supply rich complexity to an otherwise overly sour beer. Good play on the mouth, round and full, but not heavy. Finishes very dry without warming. Aftertaste lingers well into the next sip with a refreshing tart quality.

Photo of hero27
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Bottle was wrapped up in red paper like a Christmas present.

Pours with a fizzy head that actually recedes fairly quick..leaves not even a hint of lacing, but the dark pink color looks fairly cool in the chalice.
Smells almost dusty and a bit tart..but the aroma is far from overwhelming. Obvious up-front, tart cherry flavor..probably ranks up there with the most sour beer I've ever had.

Syrupy & coating in the mouth..and has a medicinal quality to it..reminded me a bit of cough syrup (but strangely, not in a bad way).
I really don't think it's a Belgian worth the price tag on a regular basis, but a good lambic to try if you're into the style.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unwrapped the bottle and poured into a small flute glass. The beer was a dark ruby red color. No head, no carbonation, and no lacing to be seen.

The smell was obvious cherry upfront (almost cough syrup like) with a slight smell of fig and alcohol.

An obvious cherry taste upfront with a bit of a medicinal cherry cough syrup like flavor and consistancy. Tart and dry to the finish with very little sweetness. The alcohol, depsite not being all that high, is readily apparent in each sip. A bit of a wine-y character, almost a flavored brandy like taste.

Very light bodied with ample carbonation.

Was satisfied with the small sample of this that I tried but did not have the dessire to have any more. I can see how this beer might pair well with something light to eat like eggs or a salad but alone, this beer did not leave a dramatic impression on me.

Photo of mdagnew
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl Bottle from The Vineyard, Belfast.

Poured a red / brown colour - quite dark. Poured with a nice creamy, pink head which is quite big to start but dissipates quite quickly. Has quite large beading...

Strong cherry aroma mixed with strawberry ??, vanilla and biscuit. Nice hints of malt too...

Taste – Obviously cherrys, cream. Quite malty and quite tart... Notes of toffee also..

Feel - very smooth and creamy with just the correct amount of tartness. Very, very drinkable...

Overall - an excellent cherry beer...

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.7 fluid ounce, 375ml green glass bottle wrapped in the familiar red paper which has the words “Liefmans Kriekbier - Biere de Cerises” written in white text. Unwrapped it reveals a cork and cage with a red metal cap which has the date 01/2014, the Best Before Date. Despite the lovely wrapper, the bottle still sports a rather attractive dark red label. Listed at Alc. 5% Vol. and described as ‘Belgian Beer Fermented with Cherries – min. 120 gr. Krieken/liter’. It should also be noted that contrary to the popular misconception, this is NOT a lambic-Kriek, but a Kriekbier, two different things. Liefmans Kriekbier is in fact an Oud Bruin with added Cherries.

Appearance: In my Brussels Café Lop Lop Glass the color grades from a chestnut brown at the bottom to a dark reddish brown at the top, where an off-white froth quickly fizzles down after the pour. The head soon rescinds and leaves a thin covering which breaks but leaves a nice foamy halo throughout. Conditioning is terse and supportive, and at times audible.

Nose: Sour cherry, light sweetness but over balanced with a sharp tart sourness in the finish. The cherry odors smell real and they mix extremely well with the Oud Bruin funk. Musty and earthy at times.

Taste: The flavor profile and the balance here is impressive. The seemingly opposing dimensions of a funky sour Oud Bruin which lends earthy vinegary woody tones and an acidic dryness to the mix, synergistically pivot the fulcrum with sharp cherry fruits and a light sweetness. Has an attractive lingering tartness that accentuates the finish. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation lends a very spritzy feel to the experience. Despite the sharp fruity cherries and the funky sometimes acidic Bruin, some sugar feel after the swallow does develop, but it’s not huge. Big feel on the tongue and in the mouth. But a word of warning, swirling this in the mouth can tend to have the effect of redirecting the carbonation up your nose, leading to some sharp cherry nasal burps!!

Drinkability: The juxta-posed sharp skinned cherries and the sour Oud Bruin base beer have a surprisingly refreshing character, which lends a lot of Drinkability.

Overall: It is a while since I have tried the Liefmans Kriekbier, in fact I was only prompted to do so after recently having the Unfiltered and Unsweetened version on draft at the Hotel Erasmus in Brugge during my Easter Trip this year, so I figured I would give it a whirl again. Not a bad idea as I was quite impressed with the offering, for one thing the sour character it seemed to loose some years ago (when brewing was transferred to Riva!?!) appears to have returned. Is it me or has this improved for the better?? Hope so. A nice mix of a Flanders Oud Bruin with Cherries (No, it’s *not* a lambic-kriek!!!) and it works extremely well. As such it doesn’t tend to have the sweetness that some may expect. Ages surprisingly well and in the past when I cellared bottle in the UK, it developed a deeper funky sourness when allowed to do so. Hmmmm, I just may pick up a few more bottles and allow it to do so again.

Worth trying if you haven’t ever had this (Oud Bruin) Kriekbier; and hey if you have, then pick up a bottle again and remind yourself how good this is.

Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the flute a rusty red with small head that leaves some lace. Smell is candy and cherries. Taste is tart bubbly cherry with a maraschino liquer finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish. This is an excellent desert brew. Where's the fine chocolate? One would think that with just a little tiny bit of marketing these beers would blow away malternatives with the "oh-so-stylish" crowd.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really starting to like lambics...
A: Wrapped up like a Christmas present, caged and corked. Pours a murky dark reddish-cinnamon color. Not a whole lot of head on it. I may have poured this one wrong, there's quite a bit of sediment in the glass. That stuff used to scare me for some reason...

S: Nice cherry aroma that smells natural and not overly sweet. Not too funky in the nose. There's an earthy smell (for lack of a more delicate word).

T: Tart and sour with just enough sweetness to keep it from being painful. The cherry taste reminds me of a bunch of unripened cherries. Tastes wild, not in the hoora party sense, more like the Belgian call of the wild sense. Strikes a nice middle ground between the overly sweet blended lambics and the sour as all get out straight lambics.

M: Huge pucker factor. Wow. Really screws your face up in a good way. After the pucker wears off, a super nice sweetness coats the mouth. Fairly high CO2. Alcohol is not noticed at all. Very dry.

D&N: Of the whopping three lambics I've reviewed, this is by far my favorite. Seems to blend the best of both worlds. Not a beer I'd want to have more than one of, but I'm enjoying this one in front of me immensely.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a caged and corked 12.7oz bottle wrapped in red-and-white paper. Popped the cork, rewarded with a soft "phffftt" and release of wisp of smoke. Cork stated this was a 2004 vintage. Noticed on the label that a minimum of 120g of cherries were used per liter brewed.
Poured into a champagne flute, this kriekbier had a clear maroon tone with a spritzy champagne-like head. No lace.
The nose had a note of doughy malt. Cherry aroma wasn't as prominent than their frambozenbier. Also had a sour, musty note. The taste had a definite musky, sour flavor going. Tart, sour cherries and old yeast flavors dominate. Had a bit of a cough syrup taste also. Acerbic finish accentuated by the tartness of the cherries. Light bodied with lots of lively carbonation initially. Slightly cloying once on the tongue.
Overall, a pretty decent example of the style. Lands somewhere between the scathing sour/tartness and acidity of Cantillon's kriek and the syrupy cloyingness of Lindemans.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer emerges from the cork and caged 375ml green bottle a foggy vermilion color with the light tan head creamy in texture and the size average with the resultant lace a velum like curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a pleasant cherry sweetness and is backed by a noticeable sourness, with a hint of musk, crisp and clean, start sweet and the malts pleasant, the top is light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is acerbic with a wild cherry tartness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste a good drinking brew tis true.

Photo of paterlodie
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 2014. Poors in with an unstable head with bubbles and is gone in a second. Deep bordeaux red color however more to the purple. Nose is sweet cherries with litle sourness, no malt to discover and a too clean stable; if there is one. Taste is sweet, sweet, cheries and litle sourness and bublegum there too as well. The cleanest but one of the dullest krieks I've ever tasted. Not my style and rather drink beer like Ranke Kriek or 3 Fonteinen then this (must be sweetened and pasteurised) Liefmans.

Photo of oelergud
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle wrapped in red paper.
Dark cloudy maple syrup colored body. Slightly pink rocky head with good lace and retention.
Sweet cherry scent with a hint of spice.
Fresh and crisp cherry flavor up front that rounds off quickly and carries some banana flavors with it. Some faint hops very briefly make themselves known. Dry/tart finish and a long lasting sweet/sour/bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant.
Good body, not too thin or full, just right. Leaves some coating.
Medium drinkability, 750ml no problem but I wouldn't have another bottle for a while.
Overall a good lambic though this is no Lindeman.


Photo of swamiswamu
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml at 33

This one was somewhat of a dissapointment. Poured into a liefmans' chalice it was bright red with a healthy head that didn't disappear. The aroma had some of the normal lambic funk, with hints of grass and crushed cherries. The flavor was simply thin. There was very little of the sourness that makes this style. There was strong hints of grass and of course cherry. One was enough.

Kriekbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.