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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Belle-Vue visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2002)
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Photo of Regenpak
4.72/5  rDev +38%

This is my favorite kriek bier! I love pouring it in its frozen bolleke, and see the thawing frost creep upward. Obviously, this beer wants to be cold. This is one of those beers that are sold in those criminal 30 cl eurobottles. In this case this is an advantage as the original Belle Vue bottles contained only 25 cl. Well, you win some and you lose some. After pouring the ice cold beer the 3 cm head slowly recedes. The color is a beautiful deep red when held against the sunlight. The smell is fresh and fruity (obviously). Tasting it is pure bliss. The krieken (sour cherries) bounce all over the place! This fine kriekenbier is highly recommended.

Regenpak, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of jandadeboer
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

jandadeboer, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of bmaggot
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

bmaggot, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of 5redbaron
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

5redbaron, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%

Pours a cloudy deep red to copper color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, dark cherry, sweet and sour. In the taste, a tart dark cherry. A smooth sourness, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a small sour cherry aftertaste. Nice sour, big in cherry, a great lambic.

OWSLEY069, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Naerhu
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%

Beautiful red body with a crown of brownish-red head. Lace all the way to the bottom.
Sour cherry and oaky aroma.
The tiniest bit of sour preceeds a moderately sweet cherry flavor. Of course the malt take a secondary profile and the hops are non-existant. The tartness balances well with the sweet cherries and the alcohol.
This is a silky moderately full bodied babe.

More obvious than rodenbach and therefore easier drinking.

Naerhu, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of Kulrak
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%

Pours a deep rose red color with lots of pale pink fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate. Smells very yeasty like most belgian ales. There's also a strong hint of sweet cherry along with it. Very pleasant. The taste is very unusual, thick and sweet with a lot of cherry tartness and a lasting aftertaste of cherry fruitiness. Mouthfeel is really thick and chewy, almost like sipping syrup, but with a little bit of carbonation on the back end. Overall, it's very drinkable in an aperitif sort of way, I don't know that I'd be able to drink very many in a row. But as a special occasion, it's an awesome beer.

Kulrak, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of kellywilson50
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Kriek is a wonderful option for those who enjoy a refreshing fruit beer on a hot afternoon. It's smell is very enticing with strong cherry aromas. The first sip has a pleasant sourness and then rounds itself out with more cherry flavors. It leaves wonderful lacing in the glass when you finish. Very drinkable!

kellywilson50, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of devlishdamsel
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%

Rarely would I ever review off memory, especially after reading the site guidelines. However if something really strikes my fancy palate wise I do believe i have an impeccable palate memory in that situation. This brew is no exception. Sadly it is no longer available in my area, which makes me pine it/crave it even more. I have tried many Krieks since and not been impressed. Most are way too dry and remind me of sour cherries gone wrong, or are much to sweet and can only be made palatable by mixing them with sparkling wine and citrus ( which if you ask me is just wrong).
Bellevue had a very wonderful light head. I dare say this brew was perfect for the summer days I consumed it on. The perfect amount of tartness vs sweetness ( and this goes for most fruit based lambic style beers as well). There was absolutely no aftertaste or lingering on the palate either. If you have this beverage available in your area I strongly suggest you try it!

devlishdamsel, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%

A- brilliant raspberry red, very clear, slightly pink head that holds
S- more sweet then sour, loads of cherry, hints b. lambicus
T- nicely balanced, taste like it smells, tart up front but nice sweetness follows,
M- med body, well balanced, not over carbonated,
D- very easy to drink if you enjoy sour fruit beers, this is a nice representation,

GoBrewOrGoHome, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of ndekke39
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%

Tried the Kriek at The Albany pub in London; came recommended by a bartender.

A: Slightly cloudy, bright red. Looked almost like fizzy Kool-Aid at first. Served in a brandy snifter, quite cold. Medium redish-white head on it when poured.

S: Strong, sweet cherry scent (go figure), though not overpowering.

T: Again, the strong cherry flavors. Dominating, but again not overpowering. Almost couldn't taste the alcohol over the cherry, except in the finish.

M: Almost too fizzy at first. Very tangy on the tongue to begin, but grew smoother after a few sips.

D: At a nice, cool temperature, perfect for sipping. It complemented the warm summer evening quite well. With the strong cherry flavor and initial tang, it's not one you want to rush, but overall it's very pleasurable, especially in the brandy snifter.

ndekke39, May 17, 2006
Photo of philphilphil
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%

Had on tap twice, writing from notes.
Appearance was a beautiful red with one inch head which was the lightest pink.
Smell was of cherries.
Taste was a balanced but kind of sour (good)
Mouthfeel wasn't bad but not amazing
Drinkabilty is high, except price, were it cheap it would probably be the staple drink for 14 year old girls.

philphilphil, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%

A: Deep red, tall fluffy head, plenty of lacing.

S: Mmmm... cherry!

T: Very well balanced. Initially sweet, finishing with a slightly tart aftertaste.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Not your average beer, but as fruit lambics go, it's very drinkable.

Derek, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%

Had this on tap at the belgian beer cafe in Melbourne.
I must admit that the first time I had this beer, it was from the bottle and I felt that it was a little lacking. Good but it was missing something to make it great.

However, on tap its great. Pours a dark ruby with a pink foam head. The awsome looking beer is backed up by the sweet and sour smell of cherries.

The taste is very nice. You first are hit with a cherry tartness which then mellows to a dry sweet fruitty finish.

Not overly carbonated so its easy to drink. Good beer.

BeerNutta, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%

Yeah, my 100th beer review! I must admit, when I had this beer for the first time at Le Roy D'Espagne on the Grande Place in Brussels I pretty much gulped it down. It was a hot day and the sweet taste and the pinkish almost cotton-candy like head of this beer were exactly what I needed at that moment. Before I left Brussels I vowed to buy a bottle to take home with me so I could review it properly. I purchased a 25cl bottle and tried to save it as long as I could. Here is my review:

Appeared a light opaque burgundy color atop which sat a frothy two finger head light and airy like cotton candy. Aromas of sweet cherry and wheat along with a light sourness. Tastes of sweet wine, cherries with a sour backbone and light malt. This beer was light in the mouth, not too sweet, not too dry either. For my money no other beer could quench my thirst better. However, I must admit it was much better on tap.

tomthumbsblues, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%

Came in a green 375ml corked green bottle, with best before date marked on back label. Some people aren't big fans of fruity beers, but I really like them when they're done right. This is one of them. Pours a gorgeous hazed deep red hue, light pinkish head which lapses into a thick ring. Nose is pure sweet/sourish cherry, were you looking for something else? Flavour matches up, sweet cherry taste up front with a sour cherry finish. Slightly acidic mouthfeel, and not something I'd want to have as a session beer, but it holds its own. I happen to like cherries, so it scores high. From my experience the bottled version tastes far better to what you can find on tap.

IronDjinn, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of JustinBathurst
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured a red-auburn. Not quite ruby red because it had a slightly more brown tinge to it. Not much head, but a nice thin layer of bubbles constantly throughout.

Aroma was medicinal cherry. Smelt extremely sweet.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Well-rounded, but not awe-inspiring.

Now--the flavour is fantastic. Sour cherries with good sweet kick off the bat, finishes with bubblegum that eases away. The finish is subdued enough to allow the start room. Aftertaste is well-sweetened tart that remains for some time.

A wonderful drink to discover--I think one would enjoy this with a nice dessert and then relax, possibly by drinking something totally different. Not a session by any means (my God, imagine doing that, you'd have to remove your tongue by the end) but something to always have in the fridge.

JustinBathurst, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%

amazing deep red colour. it's almost as if Kool-Aid were beer. The head also has a pinkish tinge. The smell is probably the poorest part of the whole thing, I've heard the beer's flavour compared to drinking cough syrup, and in the case of the smell, the comparison almost works. However the taste has a delightfully strong cherry flavour, with the ale trailing along behind. Feels nice and smooth over the palate, and can be drunk (to a point).

the42ndtourist, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%

Aromas include cherry, semi-spice, and children's medicine. The flavors-- wow, quite easy for a Fruit Lambic. It's not overly tart nor sweet-- there is some mild acidity near the finish. Simple but nice! This beer drinks oh so easily, I think I'd like another! Now where to find one...

VoodooBrew, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%

Dark burgundy coloured, almost red wine red. Soft pink head, pretty big and laces nicely. Smell is sweet, cranberry, horse blanket. Taste is sweet right up front, fruity cherry sweetness glides to the back of the mouth. Dry, tart finish, very nice. Pretty full mouth, low carbonation, really coats the whole mouth. Goes down smooth, little bit cloying though because of the sugars. Nice though.

Viggo, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%

Served in a Green (ugg) bottle with a cork.

My first Lambic! I was very excited. Pours a deep red with a moderate red/white head. Smells like cherries and sugar, a unique smell. Tastes sour yet sweeter than sugar, with a very defined cherry taste, almost like artificial flavoring in candy. Fuzzes and pricks my mouth with the sour. No hops detectable. In a blind taste test, I might mistake this for a wine cooler, which you would think would be a really bad thing, but I love unique tasting beers. Can't wait to try some lambics held in higher esteem than this one!

RocketWidget, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a deep brownish ruby color with a tall and foamy light pink colored head that coats the sides of the glass with thick sheets of lace as it recedes. Nose is dominated by sweet cherries with some faint notes of oak. Taste, however, has only a quick flash of sweet dark cherries followed by some strong mouth-puckering tart and acidic notes. Finish has some woody and oaky flavors. I don’t drink lambics very often, but I really enjoyed this one.

Morris729, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of deebo
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.

deebo, Jan 29, 2012
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Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.