Cherish Kriek Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!!!!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of QXSTER1
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tone77
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of musicforairports
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

8 oz bottle into a tumbler. Has a pinkish-red color, very clear, with a foamy pink head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves plenty of lacing behind. No sediment in the bottle.

Smells extremely sweet and syrupy. Plenty of cough syrup cherry, but not much real fruit character. Has a little bit of a mulling spice quality about it, too.

Like the nose, this tastes extremely sweet, like cherry soda. There's a very mild sourness, but it's buried beneath the intense artificial sweetness. Has a bit of spiciness to it as well, and a light malt presence toward the finish. Very easy to drink assuming you can tolerate the sweetness; it really does drink like soda.

Overall, nothing particularly authentic or noteworthy about this, and the sweetness becomes very cloying after a while.

Photo of vacax
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 7 oz. bottle of this at Holiday Wine Cellar. Happy to try a kriek I have never had, though I still have no idea why the bottle is so tiny.

Pours dark crimson, two fingers of reddish tan light tan head. Fair retention and lace. Smells like cherry candies, maybe Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops. Some tart smell, lightly herbal or earthy. Tastes like sweet cherries, slightly medicinal ala cough syrup. Finish is both tart and sweet. Light bodied with a full carbonation, but not quite as effervescent as it could be.

Yes, this is a sweet fruit lambic, it has a little bit more than that going on though. If you hate sweet beers, obviously you should avoid this type of beer. Otherwise, it is not perfect but I find it to be pretty tasty and would have preferred a much larger bottle of it.

Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A brilliantly clear cherry red color on the pour. Head is AWOL, as is the lace. Nose is “Cherry Cough Drops”, or better yet one of my mother’s “Cherry Cobblers”, God how I miss her and those pies, but then that’s what makes memories so special. Front is sweet, but the tartness hits immediately at the gaunt top. Finish is acidulous, sparsely hopped, dry sherry like aftertaste, pleasant at any rate and if you like lambics, the “Cherish” line as with Melbourne Bros. are well worth a sample.

Photo of LunaChick
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review after 3 weeks of sickness.

Pours a hazy red with a decent head that dissapates after a minute but still laces the glass. The aroma is pungent and almost artificial. Sweet fruity cherries but mixed with an acidic note that reminds me of drink mix. Taste starts sweet cherry but instantly follows up with tart citric acid. I don't get much else as the tart overpoweres what might also be there. Anyone who likes "sweet and sour" would likely enjoy this. Overall an ok lambic. A fair amount of carbonation in the mouth making this relatively easy to drink. In combination with the low abv gives this good drinkability if you like the flavor.
Keeping in mind that my allergies are annoying me and I did just get over being sick for 3 weeks I'll revisit this.

Photo of tzieser
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a chalice. deep ruby, hazy color with a huge 4+ finger head (overflow)...kind of screwed up the pour on this one but, it still looks good nonetheless.

s: nice fruity aroma. sour, tart cherries all over the place. not bad, but it isn't the best nose ever...maybe my nose is stuffed

t: great tart flavor. i'm really glad it isn't one of the sweet faux-lambics of Lindemans. tart cherries, great sour flavor here...almost reminds me of a oud bruin with cherries.

m&d: nice creamy mouthfeel. drinkability is good.

an upper-class cherry lambic. give it a try.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never heard of this lambic before so I ordered it on a whim that I might have found something good. It was kind of a let down though.

The color is a very bright cherry red with a white head. It smelled like red Jell-O. That basically turned me off from it right there. I was about to just pass it on to someone else at the table without even tasting it.

I took a sip and it was pretty sweet with a slightly tart finish to it that I liked a little. The Jell-O smell carried over into the taste as well. It really drank quite well for such a sweet lambic though. After I finished it, I didn't feel like I just guzzled a glass of grenadine.

It was okay to try for a sweet lambic but I wouldn't have it again.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz bottle

Pours a hazy reddish color with a very small head that vanishes. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma of tart cherries whit a slight cocoa smell.

Tastes just like it smells. Tart cherries with a slight cocoa flavor at the finish.

Thin body, very little carbonation.

A decent, drinkable kriek.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a goblet: Red plum body with thin, sudsy white-pink head. Little, fast nucleation streams.

Smells of cherry pie filling, cherry Jolly Ranchers (oh boy, here we go...).

Taste is cherry Jolly Rancher, sweet & rich, sugary with some tart character.

Mouthfeel is sweet, smooth, just a tad tart & very sticky & viscous -- thickens my saliva.

Not bad, but I can't help from comparing it to a liquid Jolly Rancher: the candy character is so clear, & has just the right amount of tartness. I enjoyed it, but one is satisfying.

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Cherish Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.