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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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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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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 16:15:22 | More by RocketWidget
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Redrover

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 02:01:11 | More by Redrover
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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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steelreign

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 18:24:10 | More by steelreign
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 02:47:58 | More by TerryW
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Globetrotter

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 17:46:08 | More by Globetrotter
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 18:26:07 | More by IronDjinn
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 17:27:55 | More by Stubbie1
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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!!
Thx

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 21:33:23 | More by canadianbarman
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is the only lambic available in B.C. and like Leffe or Stella this
beer has been "Interbrewed". I just felt that this example of a
sour cherry lambic was a weaker , sweeter commercialized version
than what is available from other brewers such as Boon. I didn't
dislike the drinkability but expected more from this style. The
other problem I had was that I couldn't see myself drinking this
beer in most social situations due to its sweetness and strong
cherry flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 16:21:22 | More by canucklehead
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Scooter77

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another extremely sweet beer from Belle-vue. Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a 1/2-inch bubbly head that fades down leaving a nice sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is bursting with the sweet fruitiness of cherries with mild oak undertones. There’s quite a bit of tartness and sourness flavor from the cherries. There is a great deal of carbonation, which gives it champagne-like qualities. Finish is very light and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 05:48:40 | More by Scooter77
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

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

I am out of my element with a brew such as this..It pours a very deep cherry colour with limited head and marginal glass ring. The carbonation is light and the nose is greeted initially with a sour cherry indifference.
The taste is a sweet cherry which quickly defers to a bitter dry finish.
I gave it straight 4's because it was a very pleasing expierience all around yet I really would not be able to consume great quantities of this product...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 15:02:21 | More by Shiloh
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Morris729

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 14:54:30 | More by Morris729
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 22:03:24 | More by AudioGilz
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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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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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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 20:12:44 | More by SaunaKing
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StevieW

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-03-2002 19:46:58 | More by StevieW
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 08:50:39 | More by jmatthew
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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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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 17:05:37 | More by rastaman
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 17:01:19 | More by the42ndtourist
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Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.