Ter Dolen Kriek - Brouwerij Ter Dolen N.V.

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 04-24-2005

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Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy dark rosé in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, dark cherries are present in the nose—similar to what you would expect from a cherry cough drop.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has more pronounced flavors of dark cherries and a moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like you having a liquid version of a cherry cough drop instead of a beer, so it might not be appealing to everyone.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle pours a clear red color with a nice cap of soft pink head. Retention and lace are both average.

Nose is cherry juice and Kool-Aid. Not much in the way of malt, sourness or yeast.

Taste is definitely cherry-laden. It tastes very much like the bottled cherry juice in the supermarkets but with carbonation. Really has very little beer character. Thats not to say it doesnt taste good...because it does. Just very one-dimensional and not beer-like at all.

Photo of EigenBeer
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy Cow! I am not going to do a full review, but this deserves a warning. This was like drinking a very sweet cherry soda. Ridiculously over sweet and very carbonated. There was virtually no tartness to it. As a beer in its style I would rate it quite low, but as a beverage in general I have to keep it high because it was quite interesting to drink.

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- dark pink lemonade. Full head.

Aroma- sweet and tart cherry candy.

Taste- starts sweet with mild cherry, very fine and gentle carbonation gently balancing the sweetness in the middle, with spices including cinnamon near the end (remind me of German Gluwein spices but more gentle), finishing with a honey dipped cherry sweetness. A good dessert beer.

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.

Photo of Absumaster
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A red beer with a very fast settling head. Almost no head left after 2 minutes. Nice color.

Smell of sweet, gummibear cherries. Very sweet and syrupy. Like the preserved cherries on pastry.

Taste is sweet and has an artificial cherry taste. No complexity. Mouthfeel is quite thick and drinkability is low. The sweetness is lingering. Although I am not a big fan of the style, this beer lacks any of the fresh, sour and fruity tastes normally found in these beers.

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet, like fruit punch or a New Glarus fruit beer (but not in a good way).

Photo of Briancaldel
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


My first palate taste--it felt like sour cherries coming out of my ears.

Pours ruby, strawberry color with little head. Aroma of cherry with a touch of malt and slight hops. The palate--light carbonated cherry. The flavor is cherry with a underlying malt taste that ends with a bitter burst. If you love sour sweet gummy worms--you will love this beer. For the style it it a 4.0 but not my type of beer. But.... My sister like this type of beer.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet.

A pour of average strength yields a finger of pink frothy head. The body is nearly the exact color of fresh raspberries. Slightly cloudy.

Aromas of cherry candy, fruit juice, and cherry syrup. This smells good, but not like a traditional kriek.

The flavor is not as sweet as the nose indicated, which I find a pleasant surprise. Acid and sugar are not quite in balance with the whole feel leaning towards sugar, but still the overall impression is balance. Cherry candy is predominant.

Conclusion: Very much like liquid cherry candy in a good way. Not like a real kriek or like "cough syrup" as other reviewers have mentioned (also not like fresh cherry juice either). This is a fruit beer, not a traditional kriek, and if viewed as such I think it is quite good. Don't expect Cantillon!

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. No discernible 'drink by' or 'bottled on' date.

Appearance - Body is a rich, dark pinkish red, like grapefruit flesh. A finger or so of foamy, cotton-candy colored head. Silky, but fleeting lace.

Smell - Aroma of cherry juice with hints of cinnamon candy and a touch of vinegary edge hiding in the background.

Taste - Sweet and sour to start off, progressing into more of a cloying sweetness and followed by a twinge of sour on the finish. It seems like most of the sour that is present is a result of the natural flavor from the cherries. A hint of dryness as well.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant carbonation up front morphs into more of a syrupy feel, but with a hint of the feel of a rouge sparkling wine

Overall, probably not a "kriek" I'll have again. To much sweet, although for someone who does like sweeter beers, this one is probably pretty tasty. The body was full, and the aroma was enticing.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I wanted a fruit beer, so I went for the new, cheap one. Sue me. This stuff pours a clear garnet-tinged sunrise ruby topped by a half-finger of pink foam. The nose comprises slightly tart, slightly dank cherry, a hint of excess sweetness, and a hint of raspberry way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, a hint of tartness up front tailing into vaguely sweet cherry-ness. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice enough cherry thing, especially for the relatively low price, but nothing I'm likely to be picking up very often in the future.

Photo of powerss13
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

ST: Bottle poured into glass

A: Cherry colored red.

S: Strong fruit smell, a lot of cherry.

T: Definitely sweet and strong on the fruit

MF: Lighter body, flavor stays around a bit after.

O: If you're a fan of real fruit beers, then go for this one. A bit too much for me.

Photo of paterlodie
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this one at the brewery. Presentation was good in a nice chalice and having a cloudy pinkred beercolor with lasting and good pink foam. Nose was less; artificial nose, sour without the lambicarome. Nowhere anything lambic or beerlike. Taste was cause of the enormous sweetness even worse presenting just cherries bublegum and candy. Beer that probably lots of litle kids would like but far from enjoyable to me. Luckily the rest of the beers they served were of a better standard.

Photo of zeledonia
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 20 March 2015. What a strange concoction. Calling this "beer" strikes me as a serious stretch. It's more like liquid candy cherry juice. I get nothing in the taste or the smell other than over-the-top sweet cherries. No balancing tartness, no depth, no yeast character. It is carbonated. Weird.

Photo of Lemke10
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a pinkish/red color with a slight, light pink head. There is a strong aroma of sweet cherries. The taste is smooth to the point where there is almost no carbonation. There isn't much to let you know this is a beer, as it drinks and taste more like a cherry desert drink. Drinks very smooth and tastes delicious. This is either a hit or miss with the beer geek crowd.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pinkish to red with a bit of haze. Forms a thin, very light pink head with medium carbonation levels.

S: Tart and sweet cherry - almost like a cherry jam. The tartness brings to mind almost some rhubarb as well.

T: Very sweet cherries, like candy - think a cherry Jolly Rancher or Life Saver. There is some tartness still, but that almost makes me think more of a Jolly Rancher. Light tartness on the finish.

M: Light body, decent carbonation levels, and only minimal alcohol presence.

O: Not an altogether bad beer, but it misses the Kriek mark entirely. Nor is it as complex as the much-superior New Glarus fruit beers. It's just way too sweet. But maybe for a dessert beer it's acceptable.

Photo of dogfooddog
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours with a large light pink head; it is a cherry red color.

nose is sweetened cherry, no lambic or hardly even beer notes at all.

taste is sweet cherry kool-aid or something similar. vague bitterness and metallic hints in aftertaste.

cherry-sweet pop, not sure where the beer is.

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled fresh at the Bruges Beer Festival 2015.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not sure ive ever had a spiced kriek before, but that's exactly what we have here. dark pink in color with a redder, amber glow and an inch of gorgeous white head that all but vanishes after a few short moments. smells as much of holiday spices as it does of cherries, not exactly what I expect in the style, but I welcome the change. the taste kind of lets me down a bit. even though it smells tart, its way too sweet to be a genuine kriek in my book, and the spices aren't fully congruent with the fruit, its a strange match, like when you see a really young attractive girl with a sloppy geezer, only the old guy isn't rich or cool, she just loves him for him, you are left wondering how its possible, why she chooses that, how well endowed he must be, who knows... the cherries and spices in this beer is that couple, you accept it, you even commend it, but you don't all the way like it, and you don't all the way understand it. to be more concrete, i wish it had a little more carbonation and a little less residual sugar. i wish, if it insists on spice, that it would commit to one or two and make them obvious, this blend of unidentifiable spices convolutes the whole thing for me and my palate. not a total miss, but a beer i certainly wont miss if i never have it again. not enough good krieks out there i just decided. i do like that this is affordable at 6 bucks a go.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ter Dolen Kriek. Discover the Red "Ter Dolen Kriek", with it's mellow, sweet taste, and it's rich fruity flavor. Made with 100% real kriek juice. Product of Belgium. Ale brewed with spices and with natural flavor added. Kasteel brouwerij, Tilburg's Belgian Ale. Alc. 4.5% by Vol."

Bright ruby red, thoroughly opaque, slim white head.

Aroma: just a touch of tart, then juicy, pulp-y sweetness of the cherry. Fruit flavor is rich, but it ends on a dry note.

Taste: Puckeration at first, tart, lightly sour, then sliding off. Light bodied, but fully flavored. Ever so fruit-y. Refreshing, but just a little one-dimensional. Made with juice, not real cherries, unsure of the fermentation. As I continue throughout the drink, I'm less than impressed. It never says "limbic" anywhere on the label, which makes it a cherry ale, without the wildness.

Eh. That's how I'll leave it. Not bad, just nothing more than …eh.

Ter Dolen Kriek from Brouwerij Ter Dolen N.V.
77 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.