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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 05:56:24 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 14:36:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-12-2013 03:35:00 | More by spycow
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 08:40:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2003 10:51:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +17%

11-26-2011 00:38:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown color and clear; the head starts off well but there is very little lace.

Mild cherry smell--far less than expected.

Nice sour cherry flavors; light carbonation with a thin body.

This is a very drinkable kriek. It is more sweet than most lambics.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 02:35:53 | More by smcolw
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 25cl bottle of 4.3% ABV, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Cherry red in colour, pink collar and lacing, a thin covering also sat on top of the body at first.

Weak aroma for a kriek, not your normal 'in your face' cherry smell.

Sweet and syrup sweet, not a mans kriek at all, kids and sweet toothed females only.

Very un-impressed. Mass produced and you can tell.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:59:29 | More by BlackHaddock
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Belle Vue glass on-tap at top of Asahi Beer Tower in Tokyo. The building is weird enough (look it up, its supposed to look like a giant beer glass) but this was one of the three beers on tap, the other two being Asahi of course, and this was substantially cheaper. Ok, whatever. Served nearly ice cold with a little ice on the base of the glass. Oh well.

A: Deep red, cherry tinted color with a fluffy pink-white head that has nice retention and little lacing.
S: Primarily cherry fruity sweet with light sour notes. Pleasant, but not particularly strong or complex.
T: Slightly thin, moderate carbonation and more sweet than tart. Very refreshing with a strong cherry flavor but not a spectacular lambic. Happy to find this beer here and would have it again if nothing else is available, but not my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2008 02:16:58 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 15:48:53 | More by tempest
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks and big ups to Jerriko for picking this (and a few other) CAN up for me during his recent trip to Japan. I had no idea that they CANned lambics, but that question has been broached in the past and now it has been answered.

From the CAN: "La Biere de Bruxelles"; "Biere Murie en Tonneaux"; "Lambic aux Cerises" plus the same in Flemish.

The Crack & Glug produced two big, rocky fingers of cotton candy-pink head with good retention. The room filled with the smell of sweet cherries! Color was a very pretty ruby red with NE-quality clarity. Leaning in, the cherry smell was definitely of sweet cherries, as opposed to sour ones, which go into New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red. Mouthfeel was big and full with a dryness borne less of the cherries than of the beer's maturation in oak barrels along with the wild yeast. It was not too sweet, but it was not as sour or funky as many other Krieks that I have had. One reviewer characterized it as a "chick's beer", but just because it is made from fruit does not mean women are necessarily going to flock to it. Instead, it is more like a good introductory beer to the style, fitting for anyone, especially the curious. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing, but one at a time would be plenty. I would put some in the cooler if asked to do so, but I am not going to put it in of my own volition.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 21:48:12 | More by woodychandler
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very sleek appearence, great carbonation on the pour, well pronouced mouthfeel. Somewhat lively, oak (or cork?) is tasted, proof of ageing maybe? Not much artificialness, this beer doesn't quite compare to some other great, more authentic Belgian's. Lacks any deep cherries. Especially in light of its lambic style "sourness" this is lacking. Slightly tart in the after taste for those who aren't too exposed to lambics. Enjoyed this more before I knew what a good fruit Lambic really was.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 16:12:32 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 23:10:04 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red color. Thin and creamy light brown head. All taht remains in a minute is an attractive brown collar. Sweet and slightly sour cherry on the nose. Also heavy brown sugar. The body of this beer is light-medium. Carbonation is fairly low. And the taste isn't overwhelming. Those factors, along with a decent flavor profile, lead to a nice drinkability. The flavor profile is primarily cherry, but not heavy with it. There are sweet and sour tugs of war going on (even if they are somewhat subdued compared to a Rodenbach). There is an appealing acidity to this beer. The sourness, although coming from the cherries, seems a bit lactic in nature. There's a dry oak woodiness in the background as well. There's a sweet brown sugar aspect that comes and goes also. This is a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 21:10:25 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby colour with amber highlights topped by generous, pink foam. Decent head retention after it initially subsides and it left rings of lace on the glass. Tart, fruity aroma of cherries, with some sweetness and bit bit of earthiness. Sweet, almost syrupy flavour with plenty of cherries, but too little sourness to provide a nice balance. Overall, quite mild with a bit of tartness in the finish. Slightly viscous, syrupy texture. Fairly enjoyable fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 21:28:12 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a winsome and slightly hazy ruby red, the head is minimal, the consistency frothy, the color a light red or pink if your are so inclined with the residual lace thin and somewhat patchy. Sweet fruit nose, crisp and clean, a treat with the start all most cloying and the top skimpy in feel. Finish is biting in its acidity, sweet tart fruit aftertaste lingers on, the best of the three “Belle Vue’s” I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 17:33:44 | More by Gusler
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2005 02:38:45 | More by Derek
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The executive bar at a hotel I stayed at in Belgium had this in 25cl bottles. I tried a few for the novelty of it (the other beers they stocked included Duvel, Leffe, Stella, and other beers easily found back home).

Poured into incorrect glassware (Duvel) for the one and only time while I was in Belgium. Tasted like cherry champagne, kind of thin, tart, and dry. It wasn't quite as sweet as the Lindeman's I've had in the past. Maybe less syrup in this one...

Not my favorite style of beer at all, but easy to drink. This is a gateway beer to offer the women in your life. Unless the women in your life are like my wife, who has been known to complain of "watery consistency" in strong imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 17:31:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-24-2012 13:12:41 | More by harpus
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:10:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-12-2013 00:47:25 | More by WOLFGANG
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dgilks

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colour with a smooth, creamy, light pink colour with good lacing.

Jammy, raspberry and cherry aroma with plenty of sweet and sour.

Fairly empty accept for the syrupy, jammy fruit flavour combined with an artificial tartness.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

An acceptable, sweetened Kriek but it's nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 10:35:53 | More by dgilks
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francisweizen

Alaska

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drunk from a can, on the streets of Belgium. The aroma was artificial cherries and sugar. The taste was the same. The mouthfeel was light, and fizzy like diet cola, and the drinkability was not the best. I mean c'mon lambic beers in cans. ONLY IN BELGIUM!

Serving type: can

11-06-2003 17:38:06 | More by francisweizen
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 33cl Bottle, cork and caged per the BA Database Avatar.

Appearance: Surprisingly, it has a little browness to the ruby-red body, something I do not remember from past examples that I have had over the years. Pink head that settles down quickly to a thin covering.

Nose: Lovely woody aroma sits throughout the aroma of dark cherries and wild berries. Has a rather forced syrupy fruitiness, but it is not overtly sweet or sickly. The oak stained back end rescues this one.

Taste: Sweetish start, light syrupy feel with deep fruit flavors that have been eroded by a brown ale feel. Dry acidic finish that balances the sweet entrance and syrupy feel. Astringent finish with a little bite. Middle of the road.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin but I am not sure that this is “really” 5.2% to be honest.

Drinkability: Easy enough, but not a long term beer.

Overall: Much better than the Belle Vue Gueuze that I just had. Belle Vue Kriek is a mass-produced Kriek, not a bad thing itself but it does mean that it is designed for the masses, in fact; it is now even available in Cans. That said, this is not that bad overall; a tad thin, with restrained fruits but with a nice enough oaky dry acidity in the ending makes it a nice enough widely available Kriek to try again. Undemanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 02:46:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My mate was kind enough to share a bottle of this brew with me, given that I'd never come across it before and in spite of my trepidation that it would be similar to my much-loathed Timmermans Kriek Lambic.

On first appearance it would seem so. A light crimson colour with a light frothy head, not much lacing. A light amount of carbonation and quite appealling on first glance. But then, it looked like soft drink.

Smells almost exactly like a cherry flavoured Jolly Rancher or something. Very few beer characters here, just an overwhelmingly rich fruit aroma, but quite nice for what it's worth.

Taste isn't bad and considering my aversion to Timmerman's, surprisingly good. It's light and fruity, a lot of cherry characters with the slightest hint of hops on the middle of the palate but mostly a slightly tart fruit quality, but not too sour that the taste makes your lips pucker. Quite pleasant and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:04:08 | More by laituegonflable
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Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.