Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2002

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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 120
Photo of Morris729
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AudioGilz
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red, creamy off-white head. Aroma is sour cherries and sugary sweetness. This kind of seems bland to me in a way. Very sour of course, and cherries are strongly involved. I kind of like the word subtle for this lambic. I tried Lindemans last week and it was so much more lip puckering and just flat out stronger in taste. This lambic is very enjoyable, but I prefer the "kick the taste-buds' ass" type of sourness and cherry taste.

Photo of Bighuge
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of SaunaKing
1.52/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

When i uncorked, yep uncorked this sucka, I was hit with a powerful cherry smell - this could have been a cherry liquer, never mind beer.
It's a rich, dark red colour and even the head has a bit of red to it.

Kriek has a quite sour taste, like a really cheap over-carbonated cherry cola.

Very nasty. The worst tasting beer I can remember.

Photo of StevieW
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can brought back from belgium last summer. Found on the shelve this morning and consumed. Freshness date on the bottom was "20/02/02"

Deep reddish to brown color. Produced a fizzy off-whtie head. Smell was full of cherries and sourlike beer combination. Taste was lip puckering sour shot of black cherries and sweet finish. Not syrupy in the least bit, more of a thinner watery finish than I expected. I have had better lambics and better kreiks. Doesn't compare to the New Glarus product. Still it is a decent after dinner finisher, matches well with chocolate.

Photo of jmatthew
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.12/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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).

Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.