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Cherish Kriek Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:32:01 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-09-2012 01:06:30 | More by t0rin0
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dull red-orange; the color of a not quite ripe tomato. The beer is capped by a compact, one finger disk of dirty beige foam that leaves no lace. I hope Kriek Lambic smells and tastes better than it looks. Powerful aroma of ripe, bursting, dark red sweet cherries. At last, a lambic that doesn't smell like cheap wine.

This beer has two distinct personalities. The start is sweet, somewhat viscous and absolutely awash in sweet cherry fruit. It isn't as sweet and intensely cherry-like as the Melborne Bros. lambic, but I may prefer this take on the style a little more. It's a more serious, more sophisticated flavor, one that doesn't feel a need to hit you with a cherry sledgehammer.

Too bad that the second personality assumes control in the final portion of the flavor profile. The cherryliciousness fades considerably into a much more beer-like flavor that is both sour and bitter. The body loses much of its fullness as well, becoming thin and slightly harsh.

A Tale of Two Beers: 'it was the best of lambics, it was the worst of lambics'. Which one do I review? No choice but to pick out a not-so-happy medium. Seriously though, Cherish Kriek isn't that bad. This little 8.4 oz. bottle is worth a purchase if you have even a passing interest in the style. I'm sure there are better lambics out there and I've dedicated myself to finding them.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 20:49:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a deep, dark ruby color with a short lived pink head.

S: Intensely sweet cherry and cherry candy aroma. Sugar notes with a hint of cough syrup and cough drops. Slightly "dusty", which is really the only sign of funk or real lambic.

T: Cherry soda type flavor. Very, very sugary with lots of cherry flavor and a definite artificial character to it. Some cough drops and cough medicine notes to it on the palate as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Sort of along the lines of the guilty pleasure type beers, but just too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 06:18:13 | More by womencantsail
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-03-2013 15:47:00 | More by jaydoc
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, cherry red color with a two-finger, pink head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry and candy sugars. Nothing too special.

T - Tasted very good. Sweet cherry with a subtle tart edge. Good balance of sweet and sour.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a little bit of puckering bite. A light bodied ale.

O - This is very good. Small bottle at a good price makes it very nice to have around.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:23:05 | More by zeff80
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1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

01-09-2013 16:44:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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2.1/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 07:53:37 | More by largadeer
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-15-2012 20:20:14 | More by JAHMUR
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4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 18:49:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cherish. Authentic Belgian Kriek Lambic, Brewed and bottled by Browerij van Steenberge, Ertvelde, Belgium.

Deep ruby coloring, nearly purple, pinkish head settles into a tight ring.

Mix of tart and sweet cherry notes in the nose, leaning on the sweet, heading into CandyLand, like a SweeTart, or, actually cherry kool-aid. Not much beyond that.

Taste: starts with a sour spank on the tongue, quickly matched with a cloying, almost sickening sweetness. Then, it vanishes. Poof! Gone, with only a little bit of lingering. Light bodied, with little character beyond this sweet/sour sensation.

A passable dessert beer option, especially if you find it at a nice price, but steers clear from being breathtaking. Clearly a syrup is involved here, we're getting little real cherry flavor, and none of the complexity of the great lambics. I'm being nice. It would be very easy to just say, "it sucks."
Just call me disappointed.

Oh, well.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 09:21:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 17:38:22 | More by Kegatron
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-16-2013 22:16:59 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.4 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep ruby red color with an inch of red head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherries, dark fruits, and maybe a hint of sour cherry.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, especially cherries. A little bit too sweet for me but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice, very easy to drink lambic. A little too sweet for me in the taste, but good none the less. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:14:54 | More by mdfb79
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My library/bottle shop excursion last week has inspired me to make it an afternoon/early evening of Kriek Lambics. I just drank one from a CAN (!) and now I have a bottle in front of me, which is always better than its spoonerism, a frontal lobotomy. There are those detractors who would disagree and might even pay to have a frontal lobotomy performed on yours truly and sooner, rather than later.

My Old Lady keeps telling me she may not have her cherry, but she still has the box it came in. She's a tough broad, lemme tell ya!

My oh my, was this pretty to look at! The finger of foamy cotton candy-pink head fizzed and burped its way out of existence, but it was pleasing while it lasted. Color was a beet red with NE-quality clarity and was equally pleasing to the eye. Nose was of sweet cherries on this one, also, and while I am not averse, I prefer beers (and wines) made with sour cherries, instead, for a really tart bite. Mouthfeel was medium and it was very sweet, especially after that barrel-aged number. Finish reminded me of sweet cherry preserves, which have their place, like on pancakes (especially), but I am not wild about that flavor in my glass. It's worth a try, especially for the curious looking for a gateway to Lambics, but for the experienced palate, it is going to be lacking.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 22:34:56 | More by woodychandler
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 18:36:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hardly any head, and slight carbonation. Very noticeable cherry aroma with a sweet/tart cherry taste almost like a cherry popsicle. Not bad but if you have to take this slow (to last) since size is way too small at 8.4oz (250ml). And pricey $2.99.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 16:05:33 | More by jdhilt
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-24-2013 04:56:14 | More by BARFLYB
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

12-25-2012 18:22:01 | More by ejimhof
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured on tap into a snifter. Reddish brown in color. No lace.

S. Cherries and malts. Interesting.

T. Pretty good. A nice fruity layer of cherry and candy. Enough malt to let you know its still beer.

M. Light to medium bodied.

D. Fairly drinkable but one is more than enough for me. I'd try it again if I saw it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 04:59:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-22-2012 03:00:49 | More by drewone
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-25-2014 01:08:10 | More by Latarnik
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3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 16:55:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 08:32:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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Cherish Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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