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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 laituegonflable
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: Kriek developed with lambics, macerated cherries, red colour, pink foam and perennial
Smell: cherry aroma
Taste and mouthfeel mouth fruity, a little syrupy
Drinkability: kriek beer too sweet

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into Belle Vue Kriek tulip glass a deep cherry red colour with a fluffy pink tinged head.
S - Quite a strong cherry smell, slightly sour smelling.
T - The tart cherry hits first but is quickly followed by a fairly sweet taste, most likely from a liberal addition of candi sugar.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.
D - A decent enough beer worth trying, good every now and then.

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of drseamus
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As with most krieks, this beer has a vibrant red body with a pink head. The head on this beer disappeared much quicker than most krieks though. It has a slightly sour aroma but is dominated by a sweet cherry aroma that seems authentic. The cherry flavor is a bit different though. It seems almost artificial either because it actually is artificial or they just put too much cherry into it. The sourness is there in the background helping to cut the overwhelming cherry flavor. Some residual sweetness is present as well. Holding with the style guidelines is the light body and it gives a decent drinkability.

Photo of warmstorage
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

1,19 euro for 33cl bottle, corked and caged, at a supermarket in Brussels. Bottle states 5.1%, "minimum 9% fruit." Heh.

Appear: medium to bright red, foamy pink medium dense head, moderate lacing.

Taste and aroma and mouth are all basically the same: creamy, fizzy, cherry candy sugary soda pop. Hints at tangy and sour, but just barely so, and is more like carbonated robitussin. Oddly harsh given the sweetness and soda-like character.

Not as sour as a traditional, true lambic, but not as sugary sweet as Lindemans, and way too much like cherry soda for my tastes.

Overall, it's drinkable, but when it's hot or you're camping, so are a lot of things. Fizzy, syrupy, sugar alcoholpop.

Photo of Stephen63
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super red body and very decent head that did not go away.

S - Cherries of course but on a sugary background.

T - Again cherries are the main thing, quite sharp. Almost no alcohol in the taste, very slight bitterness.

M - Excellent carbonation and smooth.

D - Very easy to drink but definitely as a one-off.

A great fruit beer that is wonderfully refreshing.

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

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.

Photo of Kulrak
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red/colour colour with a billowy, slightly pink head that disappears fairly quickly but does leave a thin layer.

Winey, cherry scent. Sweet malt smell is balanced out by the sourness of the cherries. Definite sweet-sour cherry taste, almost like cherry candy or unsweetened cough syrup.

Fairly flat on the mouth, but with an acid feel on the tongue. Despite this, still a pleasure to drink. Definitely a sipper though.

Photo of Tim2000
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL green bottle, best before 26/09/2007.

Ruby red clear brew with a huge, rocky pink head that leaves lots of lacing.

Intense aroma of sour cherries.

Huge cherry flavour dominates everything else. Quite tart, but there is a bit of a sweet-and-sour thing going on. Some tannins near the middle. Dry, slightly astringent finish. This beer is as close as you can get to liquid candy. Body is smooth with low carbonation.

Good, but pretty one-dimensional.

Photo of tatterdash
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle, pours a clear red with a creamy pinkish head that looks like soft ice cream and lacing very well. Aroma of sour cherries and oak woodiness. Taste was sweet and sour cherries with a bit of malt and long bitter finish. Kind of oddly inconsistent, some sips are much more sour and bitter than others, it might be how I am sipping though. Mouthfeel was surprisely creamy with a bit of astrigency, especially in the finish. This is much better than I remembered for such an easy to find Lambic.

Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Saison+cherry soda+decade old fruit wine=somewhat weird but wonderful concoction. This had the nose of the wine, sour & complex yeasty charactor of a Saison Farmhouse Ale and of course the fizzy cherry taste of the soda. Very interesting & enjoyable, defianetly a must try-thumbs up!

Photo of norwichboy
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Utterly beautiful beer, with a perfect black cherry hue, red cherry when held to the light, and a large light pink creamy head that has excellent retention and lacing. The smell is very sweet, Love Heart-like confectionary, with sour notes - not clearly cherry from smell. On tasting it comes through more sour, quite tart. Again, the cherry is there but not particularly strong. I found the mouthfeel rather thin (oily) and flat. On swallowing it produces a fantastic long sour finish, which, together with the appearance is the real highlight of this beer for me.

Overall, I find myself with mixed feelings about this beer, great appearance and sour finish, but the aroma (in both smell and taste) is hard to get into. I'd much prefer an "unberried" lambic style.

Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$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.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I do have a bit of a thing for corked bottles. They're just so much fun. But that's really not the point. I've heard a lot about Belle Vue Kriek - some of it good, some of it bad. The consensus, however, is that it should hardly qualify as beer. But beer it is, and I might as well take a closer look. Part of the six-pack gift set I recieved on my birthday, though I'd tried it once before.

I lack a proper snifter, as I'm inbetween living spaces, and the snifters are packed tightly away for the time being, so I improvised and used an oversized wine-glass. It doesn't seem to have adversely affected the brew, but I'll mention that anyway. Pours purple from the corked green bottle, though once a mass of it settles into the glass, it takes on a more reddish-copper-brown shade unless placed directly in light, where it appears a reddish-purple. Capped by a solid two-and-a-half fingers of off-white (faintly purple) head with tremendous staying power. Dissapates gradually to about one full finger, but stays at about that level for most of the drink, leaving gobs of faintly white-purple lacing on the side of the glass. An unconventional appearance, but a good one (though I can't compare it to other lambics, as I have little experience with the style).

Smell is simple, but pleasant enough. Cherries dominate, but it's more of a cherry syrup flavour than true, natural cherries. Can't distinctly pick up the specific variety of cherry, though it's a pleasant character. Some faint, non-descript spices, additionally. Sourness, but most of all, tremendously sweet. Just a touch of grassiness. A touch of woodiness - perhaps aged in barrels? Good, but hardly what I'm after when I sit down for a beer. All in all, a bit of a one-note smell, though.

Taste is more of the same. Cherries. Cherries. Cherries. But again, not natural; more like cherry syrup. Quite, quite sweet initially. Hints of wood and just a touch of wet grass. Cranberries? After a substantial sweet kick, turns sour, though not absolutely mouth-puckeringly so. Almost like Cherry Blasters candies. After the sour kick, the sweet returns momentarily, then is accompanied by a faint bitterness on the finish, with some surprising dryness. Vinous aftertaste; residual cherry taste for several moments afterwards. Would describe its taste as more wine than beer, though it wouldn't be technically accurate. Again, a bit of a one-note show; good, but not what I'm after when I sit down for a beer.

Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation is quite lively, but not unreasonable, and draws attention away from the artificiality of the cherry presence. Body is medium, a touch syrupy perhaps, but not bad. Drinkability, however, remains to be seen. I've consumed two bottles of Belle Vue Kriek in my lifetime and, while I'm scoring it generally positively, I think that may be enough for the rest of my life. It's certainly a tasty, sweet treat, but to say it for the third time, most definitely not what I'm after when I crave a beer. The sweet and sour flavours are heavy, meaning you'll only want one at a time, at most.

All in all, Belle Vue Kriek is a tasty drink. And while it's Beer, it's hardly "beer" (if you know what I mean). Sweet, and worth a try, and perhaps something your non-beer drinker friends will enjoy, but not special enough to warrant regular consumption.

Photo of Regenpak
4.72/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of grub
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours crystal clear ruby red with a huge light pink head. the head is slow to drop and leaves tons of thick lace behind.

aroma is cherry, slightly sour. sweet.

taste is sweet and cherry, slightly tart/sour. almost too sweet, because it makes the cherry come through a bit like cough syrup. just a hint of bitterness noticeable as it goes down and a fairly dry finish. it's almost more wine-like than beer to me. interesting though. a little warmth on the way down, more than i'd expect from 5.2%.

mouthfeel is good. lots of carbonation helps balance out the sweetness and remove some of the syrupy taste.

drinkability is good. not what i'd usually reach for, but i'm enjoying it.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep ruby beer with a shy white head that slowly let her lace around the glass.

Smell is cherry like of course, with a shy hint of spices followed by yeasts and water which end with a shy malty base.

Taste is fruit juice followed by cherries and a flavor of jam, All is surrounded by yeast, spices and an oaked finish

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first lambic I've had the opportunity to try, so I'll try to keep style in mind but I don't have another reference.

Appearance: Pours an attractive ruby/garnet color, nice offwhite head, beautiful lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell is of cherry, perhaps black cherry specifically. Smells like it's going to be very sweet, which is worrying...

Taste: First a rush of cherry flavor, then the bitterness comes in, then it finishes sweet. I was expecting it to be sour, but I don't really get that here.

Mouthfeel: Aftertaste is, of course, cherry. The sourness comes in a little bit here, too - finally a little acidity, which I like. Carbonation is good. Mouthfeel a touch syrupy, but it works here.

Drinkability: This is more drinkable than I expected, very flavorful, but 375ml is more than enough cherry for me.

Photo of crwills
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've tried a few fruit beers now, and I'm still not getting into them. I don't think it's my thing. So bear that in mind...

Anyway, poured this from a corked bottle into a large red wine glass. Nice fluffy pinkish head. Beer itself was a dark red with pink highlights. Actually looks pretty nice.

Aroma and taste are very similar, and not complex at all. Overwhelming cherry Kool-Aid aromas, with a bit of cough syrup sweetness and some mild yeast or woody notes. Although the carbonation is low, I found that the aftertaste from this beer reminded me of champagne. Saving grace is a nice, smooth, sticky mouthfeel that fits the fruity style perfectly.

OK for something different, but not something I'd drink regularly.

Photo of atigerlife
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review #2 (1/26/07]: poured from a 375ml bottle into a Belle Vue kriek glass. Overall, I enjoyed this more than my previous tasting which was on tap. The beer seemed to have more character and balance out of the bottle.

Original review:
Served on tap in a Belle Vue glass with matching coaster. Nice touch.

Appearance is amazing. Deep ruby red with large pink head. Beautiful. Quite startling for a beer. No carbonation visible.

Aroma of sour cherries with some wet grass.

Taste is of cherries, sour. Had an unpleasant aftertaste that I couldn't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel was light with no carbonation. Listless. Left a strange coating on the tongue. Rather unpleasant.

Overall, it was decent with chocolate and decent for the style, but not something I would try and have again. The unusual aftertaste and mouthfeel really were difficult.

Photo of mcallister
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark dense ruby. High carbonation in the pink head of a half inch. Very pretty kreik.

Deep sour cherry , with other berry nuances shining through the aroma.

Somewhat sour, bing cherry. I like the dry style. Taste is very pungent. Unlike the head this lambic is lacking overall carbonation. A bit thin in the mouth yet very drinkable.

Photo of ndekke39
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
79 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.