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Cherish Kriek Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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Reviews by AdamBear:
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +35.6%

A-dark maroon with a light red head

S-has a very strong scent of candied cherries. this almost smells like a christmas candle

T-wow this is so good. this just has such a smooth and powerful taste of sweet and tart cherries. there's a great addition of holiday spice in there. almost like cinnamon. in and out, the flavors continue and are perfect. wow.

M-very smooth and creamy carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-wow, i could drink this all night long. i could sit and quaff a lot of these. there's not sign of the ABV anywhere. there are very few beers i'm able to chug like this. i love it so much.

03-27-2011 04:40:19 | More by AdamBear
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance – This Lambic poured a dirty reddish-orange in color with a modest but lasting head.

Smell – The ripe cherries ruled the road here. They were naturally sweet with some good tart notes.

Taste – The tart cherries came out nicely at the taste. They lacked that super-sour Shock-tart flavor that seems to dominate the newer efforts at the style. I could pick up just a hint of traditional lambic farmhouse flavors.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with some nice, live carbonation and a tart, lip-smacking finish.

Drinkability – This Lambic has a good, even balance but lacks depth. There’s nothing too strong or offensive though which made it quite drinkable for me.

08-30-2004 15:48:20 | More by RoyalT
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%

8.4oz bottle. Pours into my glass a clear deep blood red with a half inch of pink head on top that falls after a few minutes. Aromas start out with big sweet cherry juice, almost akin to opening a can of cherry pie filling and taking a big whiff. Underneath this there is a touch of wood, light grain and a hint of tartness. No real traditional lambic aromas present.

First sip brings a sweet cherry juice flavor upfront with notes of wheat grain malt as well. Again cherry pie filling comes to mind. It flows down with a mild tartness that hits on the back of the palate. Just a slight woody note as well. Ends with lingering cherry sweetness. Again, no resemblance to a lambic, this comes off as just a sweet cherry beer.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with a fast moving, punchy carbonation. Goes down easily enough, however the sweetness does get to be a bit cloying as the glass nears empty. Overall, I was a disappointed in this beer as it was not what I was expecting. Not something I'd buy again.

07-06-2008 22:39:40 | More by orbitalr0x
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amalficoast


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-01-2012 13:00:42 | More by amalficoast
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-24-2013 23:47:38 | More by Guinnsslvr
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-22-2012 16:07:27 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

This was a good Lambic beer. I am not to fond of cherry flavored lambics, I prefer Framboise, but this was good. I poured this into a nice chalice, and it was a nice ruby red color. Its smell was of tart deliciousness and cherry slumber. I drank it, and it was tart, and sweet. I wish it had a little more carbonation to it though. I then tried this out of a Champagne Flute Glass, AWESOME!!!!

02-06-2010 04:59:45 | More by StevenBilodeau
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured out a dark pink beer, a little frothy off white head to it. Aroma was decent, but had me thinking I was going to be underwhelmed, primarily candy sugar cherry aroma.

Taste, much better, more like that mythical cherry pie in a bottle. Not quite New Glarus Belgian Red territory, but there is an ample amount of cherry to this bad boy. Any cinnamon or other flavor spice use is nuanced at best, the cherry feel shines. Not overly sweet, keeps a natural feel to it, nothing sour going on here. A very nice beer to change up the pace. Drank this at the Wolfpack spring football game, in between a Bigfoot and Rodenbach Grand Cru.

04-18-2011 16:55:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

(Served in a flute)
A- The deep red body has a slight denseness to it with a big bubble carbonation supporting a foam of bright pink that fades to a cobweb lace soon after the first sip.
S- The syrupy bold cherry aroma has real fruit qualities and a slight sweetness with dark cherry finish.
T- The full cherry syrup is not really sweet but is strong. There is a slight cola and dark nougat flavor in the finish. The cherry flavor hangs on the tongue after each sip.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a fizzy finish with no alcohol heat.
D- This is a nice full cherry soda for a novelty but I couldn't handle more than one. I would classify this as a cherry alco-pop but not a lambic.

07-26-2010 18:36:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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Brenden

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%

Almost a straight medium red, it's a slightly lighter shade, definitely red but with a lighter pinkish shade in the light. The head likewise is pink-tinted, not quite a finger tall with pretty good retention and moderate lace mostly in spotting.
One sniff and I can tell this is one of those guilty pleasure-type Lambics, one of a newer tradition that can be crafted well but is for the palate that prefers it sweeter. There's depth, but it avoids the deeper elements that take more to appreciate. The focus is on the cherry, which is key, and there's lots of it. It's got a good mix of sweetness and tartness, both pretty powerfully. It tastes like an apertif in the middle and finishes sweeter like a sorbet. Unlike some versions, though, this beer lays down some sturdy malt to rest it on, and there's enough earthy and dusty semi-dry malts base. There's a very faint, not quite funky sort of note that speaks to its true nature. Tartness eventually overtakes sweetness, and ultimately this is quite flavorful.
The body is on the lighter end of medium, and the fizziness on the tongue feels like it needs to be constrained, but otherwise it's got some substance to it, along with ample levels of both crispness and smoothness.

11-12-2013 16:12:41 | More by Brenden
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +24.2%

Had this in a flight of 8 Belgium beers of various styles and it held it's own. The fruit flavor was no extract as far as I could tell. Fresh tart cherries, backed by a soft, smooth, slightly acidic malt profile. This is a fine introduction to the lambic style.

01-22-2002 20:04:10 | More by QXSTER1
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Reddish yellow colour. Fizzy not much hops. Tartness resembles Raspberry flavour. Sweet and even syrupy though not cloying. Lots of lace. For lambic fans, but didn't work for me. Medium mouthfeel.Maybe trying to be too popular. Thanks Radek for sharing.

01-12-2005 03:32:01 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

Lightly hazy. Reddish with an orange cast. The white head holds fairly well but leaves no lace. The aroma is of bold, sweet cherry. It's not quite natural (real cherries never smell this sweet), but good. The body is medium-light with a very fine, gentle carbonation that is very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is of a lightly tart cherry. There is a medicinal characteristic that I attribute to extract. It finishes dry with a lingering, earthy fruit character that's not necessarily pleasant, but very light. As is the case with the other Cherish Lambics, this is a very mainstream example that lacks the intense fermentation characteristics of the best lambics. It makes a good cross-over beer into the style.

09-29-2002 18:49:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured this into my lindemens flute. Started turning to foam immediately. Wasted half the bottle even after I poured it nice and slowly. It would not stop foaming. Looks good though besides the foaming part.

Smells like funky bret and a little cherries but not alot

Tastes a little funkier than I expected. Alot of bret sourness with a good amount of cheries. Pretty good though.

Mouthfeel is a little high on the carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Think I would like to try something new instead though

02-06-2009 21:48:08 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a clear ruby red with a thin brite-white head that left very little lacing. The aroma is thick with the heavy smell of sweet cherries. It reminds me a lot of cough syrup.

Taste is more of the same. Cherries the whole way through with an edge of tartness to it. The cherry taste is not overbearing though as it really seems to stand out with a nice crisp punch that finishes more on the dry side. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and starts out more syrupy but smooths out as it warms with light pops of carbonation.

While I didn't find it's sweet cherry profile to be too over the top, this Lambic delivers just enough for one glass to hold you over. It's pleasant enough but not something that I would run back to over and over again.

01-14-2008 17:38:22 | More by Kegatron
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beerhan

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-20-2012 07:51:03 | More by beerhan
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +25%

02-19-2013 02:04:28 | More by Nage37
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a brown 8.4 oz. bottle. Has a dark pinkish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of cherries. Taste is also bursting with cherries, a bit tart, a lot of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, this being my first lambic, I must say I am impressed.

07-09-2011 15:17:51 | More by tone77
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Cherish Kriek Lambic is a tasty Kriek. This is my first Kriek, so I don't know how good it is compared to others.

A: Ruby red colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Cherry cough syrup aroma and not that tart. 3.5

T: Sweet cherry and pretty tart. Avoids the cough syrup flavour. 4

M: Lightly carbonated but pretty foamy. 4

O: 4

10-01-2011 01:14:27 | More by vandemonian
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vwbus7

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +38.9%

07-14-2014 02:10:29 | More by vwbus7
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-03-2013 15:47:00 | More by jaydoc
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very thick pink foamy head off the pour. Sits on a typical dark red body that is somewhat opaque. Does give nice red hues, really big sticky lacing.

Very sweet red halls cherry cough syrup smell. Background yeast though is noticeable. This is incredibly candy like smell like rock hard candy.

Taste is a surprisingly easy drinking fruitness of artificual cherry and soda. Not carbonated at all though. This is very easy drinking lambic and not even sour at all, or even yeasty like. Body is very wet though and thin, with a slight hint of sour cherry on the finish.

Pretty easy drinking getting into bubblegum territory, but I could have this again with no problem, simple and fun for what it is.

02-22-2011 01:11:03 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

8.4 oz bottle picked up over the weekend at Tres Bonne Cuisine on Overland for probably the standard $3.25.

Poured into my small weizen glass .. huge lite pink head drops leaving quite a bit of sticky big bubble lacing... the brew itself is amber with pink and deep orange.

Big sweet cherry aroma.. compounded by sour and slightly vinegary notes.

Fizzy for sure.. cherries all the way .. semi sweet with a big kick 75% through that slams the sour right into the sugars... nothing great, but every bit as good as some of the mainstream Kreiks.. there is sorta a "production line" taste to this brew.. maybe a very tasty cherry cough syrup aspect... don't get me wrong, there really isn't a whole lot wrong with this brew.. it just sorta lacks depth that some of the better kreiks have in waves... fairly dry finish that lingers with a cherry "laughy taffee" component.

All in all, I am glad that I found TBC... otherwise I would never have written this review let alone had the chance to try this brew.. Thanks Barbara.

02-05-2008 08:32:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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kynap55

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-07-2013 12:48:15 | More by kynap55
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musicforairports

New York

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%

8.4oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours solid red, clear. Tiny head and no lacing.

Smells like Luden's cherry cough drops, which I used to eat as delicious sweet cherry candy when I was little. Nothing else.

Taste is the same cherry, albeit more full and robust. Cherry flavor is sweet and ranges from overripe to fresh and sweet. Tartness and sourness are minimal.

Somewhat thick and sweet on the mouth, with lingering cherry flavors.

I've had a lot of lambics but not a lot of krieks, but I can tell you doubtlessly that this is a very sweet beer that lacks many lambic characteristics. It tastes like a dessert and not like a sour beer.

05-12-2011 03:32:44 | More by musicforairports
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Cherish Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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