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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle cork and cage 5.3% alc, served in proper labelled glasswear. Pours deep ruby color with bright white foamy head, leaving nice coating of lace down the glass. Sweet aroma of cherries. Some oakiness in smell and taste as well. Taste also filled with the cherries, ends with a sour finish. Overall quite good, but I am sure there are better examples of this style. At 4.99 a bottle, little pricey for an everyday drink.

Photo of Citadel82
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I would have given this a better scoring if I had it from a better bottle. My bottle was nearly flat. The taste was good however.

Short lived thin head no lace what head there was a slightly pinkish in color, dissipated immediately. Color was cloudy red mahogany .

I could smell the cherry flavor as well as a slight hoppy character and a hint of tartness.

Tastes sweet and sour with hints of saltiness. The sour cherry candy taste which is not overbearing. Very refreshing in fact.

Light on the tongue, not much carbonation.

I would drink this again.

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

I thought I should finally review this, as I drink it quite regularly. Belle Vue's kriek is attractive in the glass, with a dense bone-white head and ringed lacing. Unfortunately the head reduces itself quite quickly to a minimal covering. Dark dark ruby reds, black cherries, fleeting murky purple hues. The beer is not transparent in the least. I love a good sweet beer, and the sugary candied aroma of this kriek whets my appetite. Of course, deep oak notes are in the smell, too. The malt is there, hiding behind the massive sugar and oak. Next to no hop aroma, and indeed the aroma is uncomplex, yes, but sweet enough in a balanced way to make me rate it decently. Red licorice, candied apple, and a flowery nectar note. The taste is a well-balanced sweet sensation, for me. The sugar obviously predominates, with oak and just enough dryness to prevent it from being sleek with sugar. The front is all cherry sweet, in the middle the oak, and the end is more sugar, but with some iron, yeast and even grainy malt. Licorice, tomato acid, and transient hop dryness. The carbonation is medium, the body full. I can never drink more than two of these at one time, or the sugar becomes too much, even for me. Absolutely perfect with cake or simply as an after-dinner treat. Other than the stigma of being owned by Interbrew(and of seeing this in Belgium canned) this is a very good kriek by all rights.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, what a looker of a beer. Pours a cherry red with a pink, huge, fluffy head that settles down but never goes away. Lace coats the glass like etched artwork on the goblet. Gorgeous. Smells of cherries, wheat, malt and sort of a sour, unique smell. I'm not sure of a hop presence. It's overpowered by sweet and sourness that my nose can't really tell. Taste is disapointing. I had too much hopes for this beer. Expecting something sourly puckering and barnyard like, I'm instead greeted with a light, cherry & malt sweetness with a somewhat sour aftertaste. Not bad, I guess. I like it, I just wanted more. Mouthfeel is odd. Sticky at certain points of the mouth, but otherwise pretty smooth. The tongue smacks after the drink is finished. It's actually pretty drinkable. Kind of refreshingly tart. I like this beer, but someday I hope to pick up a lambic that truly defines the style.

Photo of paulaner
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After reading my new book of beer I could'nt help noticing this picture in it that would catch my eye everytime it was opened. This man pouring alcohol into cherries so for my next trip to belgium it was a must.

This beer comes with a cork and a safety wire stopper on it just like a champagne bottle, also suprisingly it opens, pours, bubbles and fizzes like champagne. Though the head on this one dies away rathe quickly it is no missed aspect for the taste and aroma. The aroma is a noticeable cherry one that doesn't turn you away but gets you thinking what a interesting beer this will be. With a off red almost brown color the head is a little lighter. First drink was a interesting one with slight cherry taste and just a hint of alcohol and it only got better the warmer it got. I will have to admit this is not a beer to drink alot of but more of a beer to have one every now and then or to catch your drinking buddies off gaurd. If you ever have the chance I recommend trying one.

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

Poured a vibrant ruby red, with a pink head, little retention. Smells of sweet cherries, a little medicinal.

Light, refreshing, and quite sour. Slight bitter hop flavour in the end. Not quite as sweet as expected. After taste is a bit off, but the initial taste of cherries is quite nice.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An inticing cherry red tinted with brown and a thin head with not much lace. The flavor starts with sweet cherry which quickly explodes on the pallet with a warming press of tiny bubbles and then fades through a pleasant tartness finishing with a sour emptiness devoid of malt or hops. A second dry swallow revives the cherry notes but agains fades to that cloying breadiness.
Strictly for sipping and not worth a second glass.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark pinkish/cherry red. The head is also pink in color and it lasts long and leaves pink lacing behind. This is the only lambic Ive tried so Im not sure where it stands compared to other lambics (evidently its not too popular). The smell is of sweetish cherries with some degree of tartness. The taste is like cherry candies with a bit of a yeasty taste and very faint hop character. There is some tartness in the middle followed by a sweet finish. Im sure this beer could be more on the tart/acidic side, and more complex in its flavors too. overall this is an interesting beer, like no beer Ive tried before. Id get it again.

Photo of Anonmatel
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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....

Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a dusty-rosy-grayish head. It's not too big, it's dense, and it leaves plenty of sticky, thin lacing. Underneath is a dark, reddish-brown, cloudy beer. Nice nose: tangy and sour, with cherry syrup. The front gives a little pucker of sour cherries and a little spice. Not bad. Turns darkish sour in the middle. This isn't as nice. It's not a pleasant tartness, more just sour. Bitter with cherries in the finish. It's enjoyable enough, but not quite enough lambic.

Photo of CreamAle128
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I really don't know how to stand on this beer. I was expecting a normal beer, with a reminiscent of cherries, not a totally dominating cherry flavour, with a hint of beer notes. The beer looked great, with an appearance of dark brown/red, and a nice thick, half an inch head, slightly red. Smell of malt, and of course cherries. who would have guessed right? The taste.... cherries. For a fruit beer, excellent, otherwise, if your looking for a sublly fruity beer, look elsewhere. Very nice mouthfeel though, smooth, and slick. Great for the women!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Naerhu
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of francisweizen
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!

Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ML green bottle with a very nice label. No freshness dating.

Beer pours a nice dark red with a fluffy tan head. Sheets of lacing. Very attractive.

Beer smells like sour cherries. Some malt sneaks in there as well.

Taste is not surprisingly of cherries. The cherry taste is not overpowering and seems well modulated by the malt. Only slight sourness in the taste. Carbonation seems perfect for style. Hard beer to gauge drinkabity on as I usually will only have one lambic in a sitting. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. It is fine on its own, would be good with a nice chocolate dessert.

Photo of Gusler
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.

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

Of course, I knew what to expect from reading about these Kriek brews, but knew nothing I had already tried that could compare. As it turns out, it reminds of a wine cooler almost, with its slightly sweet and highly carbonated mouthfeel. I could really taste the cherry notes in this up front. It does finish with a slightly sour aftertaste, citrus-like. No hops to be found. I would probably keep trying things like these, if for no other reason than to broaden my horizons. Not altogether bad - just very different.

Photo of TerryW
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting and pretty to look at in your glass. Nice big pink-brown head, dark ruby red body. Head stays on a while, laces in rings so you can track your way down the glass.

Big cherry smell and an undertone of what reminds me of vermouth.

Somewhat harsh on the mouth. Biting carbonation. Sweetness upfront, sour/dry/puckering black cherry through the middle, bitter/dry/oaky finish. Bitter and dry as it warms up.

Had this on tap first time out, which made it a little more interesting. This was the first fruit lambic or fruit beer I'd ever tried. Interesting, fun to share, kind of a middle-of-the-pack one-dimensional fruit beer. Nice to look at though.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice champagne style green 37.5 cl bottle with a cork in the top and a very red label. I almost expected a champagne-like pop when the cork came out, but the sound was what one expects from a beer. I opened the bottle one day after the expiration date.

Pours a very attractive clear dark red under a thin reddish head that disappeared quickly, leaving little collar and no lace. The nose immediately reminded me of cherry soda. So, in fact, did the mouth: sweet-sour and fizzy. The taste starts with cherry, matures through cherry, finishes with cherry and leaves a cherry aftertaste. Oh, and there's a bit of cherry in the taste. The opening is more sweet than sour, while the finish comes on sour. There is definitely an undercurrent of malt throughout the drinking experience, thus differentiating the brew from cherry soda. This may be a good example of its style, but I'm not crazy about the style.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of canadianbarman
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Poured a nice red, cherry color. A small head.
--Smell was what I expected, cherry's and sweet.
--Lacing was not bad.
--Overall, this was a nice beer. It is my first taste of a beer of this style so I had no idea what to expect. The first sip was kind of a shock. Then it got nice tasting. By the end it was almost too much for me. Hopefully I will try more beers in this style and learn to judge a little better. Nice presentation with the corked bottle though!!

Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.