Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Belle-Vue Kriek 375mL in a corked green bottle, ABV 5.1% (not 5.2% as listed).
Looks great in a Duvel tulip (I don't have a Belle-Vue glass, but I think this is pretty similar). Rich deep red/brown colour with a pink-white head. Pretty impressive!
Girlfriend thinks it smells like canned tomato soup - maybe there's some sharp metallic aroma but it's caused by the cherries, certainly not by bottling problems or any adjunct. Rich cherry aroma as expected, sort of smells like Sour Cherry Blasters candy, a little artificial sour cherry aroma.
Tart like a beer, with fruitiness, but not overly sweet or dominating the beer base. Sour but refreshing, a good choice when your regular lager or pale ale cloys your palate in summer. Some hop bitterness but the flavour of the hops is easily overpowered by the cherry taste. Nice for a change, but I wouldn't drink it all the time.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Little carbonation and a high level of mouth bitterness means that unless the weather's really hot and you're slamming them down, you'll get tired of this beer before too long. Definitely one to start the night on, and easy to drink to get your palate moving, but not something you'll have more than a couple of.
Overall: I'm a fan of this beer, because it maintains its integrity as a beer while being an interesting type of Belgian fruit beer. Since it's on tap at all the Belgian bars around Australia, it's easy to get my hands on, and I'll order one on a hot afternoon without thinking twice. Even if I'm at work.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2008 06:54:46 | More by Weizenmensch
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