Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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Reviews by jmatthew:
2.85/5 rDev -16.7%
Attractive warm brownish-pink in appearance with a wimpy off-pink head that fizzles out immediately. Smells blatantly of cherries. Taste is surprisingly less sweet in the front than expected, more of a beer flavor in the middle; finishes with a slightly sour note and some lingering oakiness. Well carbonated. Teeters somewhere between a sweet dessert beer and a mild session beer, which I found rather unappealing. I would rather it lean more definitively one way or the other, the indecisive nature made it a little difficult to drink. At the end of the bottle, not a bad thirst quencher but left something to be desired.
10-14-2002 08:50:39 | More by jmatthew
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3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-26-2008 06:54:46 | More by Weizenmensch
4/5 rDev +17%
A-Ruby red with pint tints-perfectly clear with a distinct fluffy white head.
Overall-An attractive beer which I think has a very nice balance between sweet and sour which gives this beer high drinkability. Not a lot of complexity present but definitely has some wild yeast funk.
01-29-2012 18:04:01 | More by deebo
2.9/5 rDev -15.2%
Had this on draft at the Esplanade Bier Market in Toronto, and I have to say that it pours an exquisitely ruby red, with an off white pink head. Very thick full foam head, with a heavy lace lining the glass. Aroma is very sweet cherry nose with a mellow sourness from a citrusy background. A full flavored cherry taste that brings you back to the days when you were sipping on some cherry Kool Aid. The presence of sweet barley malt is also present. A very good dessert beer, that is popular with the ladies it won my girl's heart. Drinkable when it comes to taste, but very sweet I couldn't consume too many. Overall, for a better representation of the lambic go for a Lindeman's, it is so much better to me.
02-18-2003 10:51:32 | More by WVbeergeek
United Kingdom (England)
2.1/5 rDev -38.6%
I liked the appearance, deep red cherry colour, with pinky white head which lasts. After that, its downhill, very sweet aroma of cherries, really one dimentionally sweet, i'd like it if their was some asertive tart sourness, but we'll never see that happen.
07-22-2002 17:05:37 | More by rastaman
3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
Beer poured a redish amber body with a thick pink, fluffy head. The nose was slightly sweet yet tart as well. The taste was very cherry, again slightly sweet but tart. I was expected the beer to be more syrupy sweet and I didn't think it was but it is still sweeter than I would expect for a lambic. This is probably a good starter lambic for someone getting started with the style.
04-05-2008 12:07:35 | More by ggaughan
2.78/5 rDev -18.7%
When i poured this beer it looked great, with it's foamy creamy looking head, slight carbonation, and deep red colours, but after that it went downhill, call me on this one, but i'm a firm believer in the fact that cherries and beer don't go together. I know i'm biased, but i'm allowed to be....
04-28-2004 11:54:21 | More by Anonmatel
3.58/5 rDev +4.7%
$3.99 Caged and corked small bottle. Served chilled, per the bottle's suggestion, into a Lindemann's Stange.
Appearance: A reddish-brown color with minimal lacing and a minimal head (I didn't give it a vigorous pour into the glass either). Slight amounts of bubbles are gurgling their long road to the top of the glass.
Smell: Vinous characters, vinegar, sourness, cherry syrup and real cherries, though I wish the latter was more prominent. Mild medicinal phenols seem to be there too.
Taste: The cherry nature of the beer is surely at the forefront, though the taste in itself is fairly subdued throughout. The syrup-like nature instead of the real feeling of the meat of the cherry is there mostly, with some acidity, sourness, slight vinegar, and some other fruit flavors. Finishes initially sweet before turning to a slightly dryer nature.
Mouthfeel: A nice twang of carbonation at first, then some fullness with very little carbonation, and then a slight slight burst at the end. But I think the lack of carbonation helps the flavors really come to the forefront and come together well.
Drinkability: A small price to pay for the enjoyment I got out of this, not to mention how long it lasted with the small sips for maximum enjoyment. I'm still getting into lambics, but I really dig this and think it's definitely worth a shot even if you're skeptical.
08-27-2006 04:36:53 | More by asabreed
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
Pinkish red, with retaining thin lace. Dry drink, drier than dry wines.Definate true cherry flavour. Strong carbonation tingles mouth and tongue. Satisfying and semi-sweet, but not for everyone. Chocolate would incredibly work with it. For the meal's end.
05-02-2005 05:56:24 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours dark with a red hue, and a nice head that vanishes quickly. Nice scents of sour cherry and red vinegar. Taste is nice and understated, with only a hint of kriek cherry and sour Flemish, obviously not added sloppy after the beer. Soft drink, easy to down a few of these. Kriekenbier is not for everyone, and not particularly masculine, but will admit it's nice.
02-17-2011 04:01:39 | More by Wegomlegging
4.08/5 rDev +19.3%
750 ml. cork & cage bottle. Pours a bold foamy pink head atop a brownish-red body; but it cannot hold. Actually quite nice in appearance! Very unique. The aroma is unrestrained, pure sweet cherry with only minimal sour notes appearing sporadically. The flavor is agressive as well, with sweet cherry overiding a tart, acidic fruitiness. Although the sweet-and-sour cherry palate is well balanced, the gripping 'tip-of-the-tongue-mouth-puckering' intensity is somewhat missed. A trade off? - This beer is much more accessible than other Krieks. The two-sided flavor eventually dries into a tart finish which is more reminiscent of the expected flavor profile. This beer makes a good sweet & lightly sour apertif or after-dinner drink but it lacks all of the complexity of the geuze - which is it's base. Still, it does have alot of character overall.
08-22-2002 08:40:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
Had a bottle at the Ibis Hotel bar. Appear bright, clear red with a pink head. This is your typical, but well-made, juicy fruit lambic. Very sweet and with more body than actual juice, finishes with a bit of sour tang, but nothing that approaches a genuine oude kriek.
04-23-2009 15:48:53 | More by tempest
2.7/5 rDev -21.1%
Poured into a flute glass. Reddish hue with a red tinted finger of head.
It smells like bread and faintly of cherry.
It has a sweet taste overall, candy cherry too.
Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp texture.
Okay, but there are better Krieks out there.
09-23-2012 02:38:24 | More by Fatehunter
3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
Got this one on tap at the Globe Tap house in Edmonton. Surprised to find it here.
Appearance Poured a deep ruby red with close to no head. However, small amounts of white lacing were left of the glass.
Smell The aroma was heavy of cherries and sugar. It reminded me of red wine in a way as well.
Taste All cherries and quite sweet. The red wine like taste is there as well followed by a tartness. Finishes dry. Quite nice.
Mouthfeel Very thin with a scratchy feeling from the carbonation. Also leaves a sugary coating on the mouth.
Drinkability All in all good. Ive said it before and Ill say it again; sweet beers dont quite do it for me but Belle Vue Kriek was definitely a worthwhile experience.
03-30-2006 03:38:32 | More by Orrshow
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a fairly dark red/pink with a fairly large pink-tinged head that is thick, slow to dissipate and leaves substantial lacing. Smell is less interesting, with some yeasty funk and a metallic note accompanying the sweetness that dominates the nose. Taste is slightly tart, but not as much as I'd hoped for, and is mostly just sweetness with a hint of cherry and a dry lambic-y finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy, quite thick and not very carbonated, and drinkability is pretty average. This is a bit too candy-sweet and not complex enough to be a really good lambic, but it's not bad.
03-04-2006 01:35:35 | More by Mandrake
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
I feel a little inarticulate doing this review. Beyond saying "This beer tastes like cherries and it's not bad at all," I'm having a hard time saying much else.
It poured into a Belle-Vue Kriek tulip red with a slight golden hue and a compact pink head. Despite using glassware conducive to picking up the aroma, I couldn't smell much beyond some sour cherries and yeast.
The cherry taste was tart, rather than sour, with a slight cough syrup flavour. There was a nice amount of beeriness that prevented this from being too fruity for its own good. The lively carbonation was a nice touch.
03-10-2007 01:15:12 | More by vanrassel
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
This lambic pours almost a deep cherry red. A slightly red head was present after the pour; it stayed quit some time before giving away to a nice thick lace. The aroma is cherry with a musty side to it. There are also hints of oak floating around. The taste start off slightly tart with a musty yeasty flavor and a slight (and I do mean slight) sweet & sour finish. There is a bit of an after taste but it is not overwhelming (at least for me) I cant give it to high a score for drinkability. The after taste may get to me. Other than that is very nice!
05-30-2003 17:27:55 | More by Stubbie1
3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours dark cherry red, almost purple with a finger of pink head. Lots of lacing, head lasts in the tulip. Smell is tart cherry, wet grass smell(musty).
Taste is cherry, with some sourness to it, reminds me of pixie sticks. Like a fruit punch that has been spiked. Aftertaste is a sour/bitter cherry, overripe.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky, with good carbonation. Drinkability; not great due to the strong flavour. Good for ending the night, but wouldn't want another
08-29-2005 13:03:26 | More by elricorico
3.78/5 rDev +10.5%
Bottle Poured a medium reddish brew with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of cheery is extremely dominant. Body is medium with good carbonation. Taste is very accentuated by cherry with some tannic on the background. The cherry taste might be a tad too juicy for my own taste. This beer lack a bit of the sourness usually founded in lambic but overall this is still a very good beer.
03-08-2004 14:36:39 | More by Phyl21ca
Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.