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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Anonmatel
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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....

Anonmatel, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

kbub6f, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of CreamAle128
3.35/5  rDev -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!

CreamAle128, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

JustinBathurst, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Naerhu, Jan 29, 2004
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!

francisweizen, Nov 06, 2003
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!

RocketWidget, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of Redrover
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.

Redrover, Oct 31, 2003
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.

Gusler, Oct 05, 2003
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.

steelreign, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Aug 07, 2003
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.

Globetrotter, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
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!

Stubbie1, May 30, 2003
Photo of canadianbarman
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

canadianbarman, May 11, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
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.

Scooter77, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
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...

Shiloh, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Morris729
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.

Morris729, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
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.

AudioGilz, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of SaunaKing
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.

SaunaKing, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of StevieW
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.

StevieW, Nov 03, 2002
Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.