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Kriekbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

245 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2002)
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Photo of crookedhalo
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. cork and caged bottle, cork dated 2001. Label states there is a minimum of 120 grams of cherries per liter. To put that into perspective, if you were homebrewing a 5 gallon batch, you'd need at least 5 pounds of cherries and a huge vessel to ferment it in. Anyhow, it pours a glowing reddish tea color with a scant light beige head that sticks to the edge of the Liefmans glass. Significant amount of chunky flakes left in suspension. Tart and sour cherry aroma with some pale malts, leather and mildewy canvas creeping through. Sweet and tart cherry taste with a bittersweet finish with a faint hint of birch. Lingering puckeriness and dryness on the palate. A bit sweeter than I remembered, but not a sticky sweet as Lindemans' and not as dry as De Ranke's; somewhere in nearer the middle. Feels like it's going to be sticky on the palate, but the sourness and dryness washes it all away. Pretty nice.

crookedhalo, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle, caged and corked. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. Vintage 2003 according to the cork (I think).

Appearance: This beer poured a brownish red color that dissolved to muddy pink around the edges. The head was fast and lively, fizzing up quickly and disappearing even more quickly. At some point before it reached my hands, this bottle had been on its side for quite awhile. Therefore, the yeast was caked on the side of the bottle and it was impossible to get a perfectly clean pour, especially on the second and final glass.

Smell: At first, just punch-you-in-the-nose sour cherry and slightly acidic. This stuck around, but the concentrating effects of the flute helped to bring out a few other great aromas. Allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla helped to warm up the nose, though it still had a bit of a bite to it. On the second pour with a larger proportion of yeast, the aroma became lightly musty and drier.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and dry. Carbonation was present, but it was not as lively as I thought it would be.

Taste: Light wood, dry fruit, and just a hint of spice kicked this one off. Then the sour cherries kicked in and kicked ass. The sourness continued to build all the way through the finish. A few drinks seemed to climb up into my nose and even burned a little. As the tart cherry ran its course, there was still a light spiciness and a solid wood component in the background.

A great kriek. It's a nice change of pace to have a kriek based on a Belgian brown instead of a traditional lambic (though I do miss the Brett).

Quaffer, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is much better than the Bellevue Kriek I just drank.

Pours a clear ruby red with a thick pinkish head that leaves nice lacing as the beer is consumed. The haed does not seem to disappear a the beer is consumed.

Smell is earthy malt, some floral notes and sour cherry over all.

Taste is tart and dry cherry, hints of hops some lingering sweetness.

A light bodied brew with loads of carbonation.

Tart, refreshing and very drinkable.

Citadel82, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a reddish brown color with a minimal white head. The aroma is of tart cherries with a wet cardboard, barnyard smell. The flavor is very sweet and tart cherries upfront with the barnyard characteristics taking the back seat. Not a bad brew, nice tart cherry flavor and aroma.

BeerBuilder, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A still light red hue; has a port/red wine smell with some cherry notes on the nose. Has a very acidic, sour flavoring; cherry, cranberry, and very sweet. Rather dry in the body; tangy and tarty, sugary as well. Carbonated and pretty flavorful; a once in a while sipper for me.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, dark brick red with a tidy, compact head of red-tinged beige perched atop the beer. This ain't no sissy lookin' girlie drink, but a lambic that anyone would be proud to be seen holding. The foam is ultimately too soft to leave much lace, but is par for the style.

The nose is full-to-bursting with cherries, of course, but there's an underlying earthy, musky funkiness that's appealing. It isn't a classically pleasant aroma, but one that entices nevertheless (I've given up trying to convey what this really reminds me of, there's just no polite way to put it).

Liefmans Kriekbier is less 'sweet, juicy cherry' than Lindemans Kriek, but is just as good in its own right. This beer has a funkier, more bohemian flavor that permeates the fruitiness. It also has considerably less sugar than the other kriek lambics that I've had. As a result, a significant puckery tartness gathers steam throughout each mouthful and hits with a vengeance on the finish. Light-medium body with ebullient carbonation.

Kriekbier gives those looking for a cherry lambic a clear choice since it's so different from the Melbourn Bros. or Lindemans versions. As noted above, it's less sweet, more funkified, and perhaps even more drinkable. Good stuff.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of danadeny
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

danadeny, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Need I mention the paper? ;-)

Sweet and sour... would be the first thing that comes to my mind when trying to describe what is going on exactly in my mouth while I sip this delicious brew. Bold black cherry taste.

I enjoyed it very much. Had it in a "la fin du monde" glass.

bloberglawp, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off, the paper wrapping is a a really classy touch.

This beer pours a very dark cherry red color. It has a huge head that never dissapears and leaves lace on top of lace. The aroma is of sweet cherry syrup with some sourness (sweetness dominates). The taste is also of sweet cherrylike flavor first, with some minimal lambic tartness as well, and also some irony and faint oaky notes. It taste like Bellevue Kriek to me, with a little more depth. The mouthfeel is smooth and the aftertaste is pleasantly tart. This is a great beer and a good thirst quencher, though a lot sweeter that I expected.

I like the funkier more sour Lambic like Drie fonteinen and Girardin way more.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off the paper over the 330ml corked and caged bottle is very cool. Cork says 2001 so I am assuming that is the vintage. I can see the beer starting to foam up in the neck even before I start to pour it. Pours out with a very small head that doesn't seem to last which is suprising to me. The color is a cherry-brown. The smell is sweet funk and exactly how I expected it to smell. Sour cherries with a hint of malt. Earthy with some apple notes as well.

The taste is very nice. Not as funky as I expected. Well balanced and extremely smooth. The cherry sweetness kind of overpowers the sourness. Not very carbonated at all. A couple of bubbles make their way to the top but other than that no effervesance in the mouth. My biggest question is do they add sugar to this beer? It taste to sweet and smooth.

CharlesRiver, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, hazy red dulled with orange. The pink head was foamy and nice as well.

Smell – This one has some good cherry notes while still retaining that barnyard lambic aroma.

Taste – A little more cherry at the taste. The horse here is strong as well. This is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel – Big, huge carbonation and light-bodied. The sour finish is sharp as well.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this one. It is not like the candy sour Shock Tart kind of flavor like some Fruit Lambics have. I took a deep whiff before every sip.

RoyalT, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of jahsausage
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lot darker than other krieks I have seen (not that i've seen very many) is almost dark brown in colour. Taste is all over the place and hard to pin down, 'sweet and sour' cherries is how I would describe it. The carbonation level is very nice on the tongue and overall this is another enoyable excursion into the happy world of belgian fruit-beer.

jahsausage, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of Doiv
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.0%. 375ml bottle, Best before 2014. Pours a hazy deep red to caramel colour with a peach head, that lasts well and leaves rings of lacing.

Aroma is of cherries, but also of many other red berries - raspberries, strawberries, and a tarty, yeasty hint. Minute hoppy finish.

Taste is also very rich. A huge hit of cherries followed by strawberries, cranberries, jam tarts, and a sour cherry end.

Lovely smooth mouthfeel, drinks unbelievably well.

Doiv, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Sammy, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent medium red with a slightly pink off-white head. Quite pretty. Aroma is of cherries and more cherries- slightly tart. And did I mention cherries? Flavor is of cherries (what a surrprise) and a slight farmhouse earthy mustiness. It's a little sour, but not as strong as some other lambic-based beers I've had. The two friends who tasted with me had not had lambic before, and this was much too sour for them. They saw cherries and expected sweet. Drinkability. Actually pretty nice for drinking, because the lambic sour wasn't overpowering, however, any fruit beer isn't something to drink a lot of (IMHO).

Dukeofearl, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz corked and caged bottle, elegantly presented in decorative, wrapped paper that I would have kept as a souvineer if it were not so crinkled. Served at cellar temperature into my St Bernardus goblet, the body is an almost opaque, ruby or rusty brown. The head is two cm tall, and is beige with cerise fringes. Classic Belgian sheet lacing is all over the goblet as the contents are slowly sipped away. Impressive appearance!

Immediately tart in the mouth, very tingly carbonation and very sour cherries.

The taste is exceptional. Very sour and tart, with freshly fermented cherries leading the way. Very earthy with undertones of coriander and allspice, and a persistent barnyard musty yeast presence. The cherry flavors alternate between tart and sweet, and this ale is all about the cherries, which makes it so extraordinary and enjoyable. I've read conflicting reports as to whether this is a true Lambic, but it definitely has a Lambic character.

I really love a fine Kriek, and this is one of the better ones. a perfect sipper for a nightcap. Drinkability may merit a higher score than the 4 I rated it, but I just can't imagine the idea of drinking more than one of these at a sitting. This should be sipped slowly, so that all of its delicious and intriguing characteristics can be savored to the fullest.

merlin48, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this glugs out a murky red hued brown color with a small but attractive white head that left some sporadic lacing. the aroma runs wild with everything from barnyard funk to tart cherries. leathery and earthy versus tart fruitiness. nice. lightly creamy in the mouth with a nice tingly carbonation, flavors are all over as well. huge cherries are the show, tart and puckering with a light sweetness in the background. light spice and a little "woody" it all ends with a slight sour note. delicious! a masterpiece beer. does everything just right and i could drink it anytime. this gets a high five AND a down low.

DESTRO, May 13, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - cork date is October 2001. Cloudy red color, formed up a spritzy, bubbly head that is short-lived but hangs onto a decent collar and covering well.

Aroma - definite sour cherry smell along with some mustiness and antiseptic aroma. Smells like a fruity, dry wine.

Taste - both sour and sweet cherry. Nicely done with the emphasis on the fruit instead of the funk. Some mustiness is there towards the back and sides of the tongue, but nowhere near the level and intensity of the Goudenband. The carbonation gives it a slightly salty on the swallow. Finishes tart but dry.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, kinda thin but packed full of flavor. Leaves a tangy residue.

Drinkability - not my style, but I don't dislike it. Perhaps still acquiring the taste? Time will tell.

brewdlyhooked13, May 10, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kriekbier was served from a 375ml corked (2002) and caged bottle which was wrapped in decorative paper. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive mahogany-like warm reddish-orange brown color, and was topped by a thin white head that quickly disapated into a ring form. The nose packed a wallop of juicy, musty, tart cherry that carried a bit of nutmeg spice and twinge of apple cider vinegar. I found it to be deep in pleasant subtleties found underneath the cherry bang by slowly pulling in long whiffs. On the palate, a wooden, lightly musty sour cherry complex rises up, only to be countered shortly after by a pronounced but balanced sweetness. The tartness then came back as the sweetness piddled out, ending up in a loosely defined oakey drier tart finish that left lingering black cherry essence. While the overall flavor wasn't as "wild" or developed as it could have been, it was especially tasty (if you don't view a little transitory sweetness as a negative) and had a very nice flow. The body was superbly smooth and full, and the fine fluffy carbonation presented the flavors quite well. All of this made for a very drinkable, refreshing, and satisfying beverage.

HiroProtagonist, May 04, 2004
Photo of ToolHead
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5 cl. bottle, nicely wrapped in red and white paper. Corked and caged. Best before January 2014... Cork stamped February '04. Served in Duvel tulip.
Opaque, muddy brownish red. Moderate, pinkish head. Impressive, slightly tart cherry aroma. Gorgeously full, and very 'natural' cherry taste. Clearly the genuine article (as should be the case when the brewery adds 13 kg. cherries per 100 liters). Slight sweetness on top of solid, pleasantly sour base. Nicely balanced. Pleasant, full mouthfeel.
A highly impressive kriek.

ToolHead, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle, 6%abv, no label, covered in grease paper with usual information

Pour with a a red amber, cherry coloured , murky body, light creamy, almost pink head, fairly good retention. Fruits of the forest aswell

Smell is fragrant, the cherry comes off straight away, a little alcohol whiff and a nice fruitiness

Taste is effervesant, dry and very fruity, very enjoyable, fizzy and spicey, very tart

Drinkable, great with a meal, mabye italian or morrocan food, but ideally served with a dessert

A fantastic introduction into the world of lambics and fruit beers. Not a very tart cantillon but very drinkable and still a classic inmo

cypressbob, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky red with a small pink head. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass fairly well.
Smells of light malts, cherries and a slight hint of alcohol.
Tastes great, tart, malty, and smooth.
This is a great lambic, I am very pleased and will return to this whenever I can find it.

LuckySevens82, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice one. Late 2001 vintage with a cork that nearly took my hand off. A dark cherry colour with a light white/pink-tinged head of foam. Aromas are all sweet and sour cherries, with none of that cantillon funk. Taste is quite cherry-like and sweet, with a nice sour note on the back-end. Far from traditional yet, much more complex than a Lindemans. The mouthfeel is light and airy and the drinkability is nice as well. Good for a change of pace.

francisweizen, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer. Sweet and tart and full of cherry flavor with a nice earthy edge to it. Fun to drink and to share.

Pours up a murky brown-hued red. Moderate head and decent lace.

Lots of cherry in here. Sweet up front with a tart finish that tends toward being acidic. Ends in malt. Sour muskiness in the nose.

An interesting beer. Quite memorable, worth trying if you come across it.

TerryW, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2003...

Appearance: a ruddy reddish brown, no heat at all, a bit cloudy

Aroma: redolent of cherries w/ an underlying lambic character, some corkiness, a touch of sherry, yoghurt

Flavor: cooked sweet cherries, bready wheat flavor, some cork, semi-sweet finish with a sugary/tart aftertaste, a hint of barnyard essence, just shy of verging on a cloying sweetness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, spritzy carbonation, somewhat slick-feeling, astringency felt on the teeth

Overall Impression: I know it's a few steps away from being an authentic kriek what with the sweetening and all, but it's still quite good. A guilty pleasure, if you will. And much better than Lindenman's.

GreenCard, Nov 30, 2003
Kriekbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.