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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Belle-Vue visit their website
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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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 196
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 25cl bottle of 4.3% ABV, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Cherry red in colour, pink collar and lacing, a thin covering also sat on top of the body at first.

Weak aroma for a kriek, not your normal 'in your face' cherry smell.

Sweet and syrup sweet, not a mans kriek at all, kids and sweet toothed females only.

Very un-impressed. Mass produced and you can tell. (372 characters)

Photo of JeremyBrews
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Billowy layer of head that recedes slowly. Nice lacing. Thick but translucent to light. Cherry cherry, domestic berry.

S- Sour cherries complemented by a slight waft of airplane model glue. Perhaps the off-scent is due to the lambic-style wild yeast?

T- Sweet cherries, sour wild yeasts. Not going to make it any more complicated than it is.

M- Fizzy, medium-light body that coats somewhat.

D- Overwhelmingly cherry beverage with no noticeable malt or hop flavor or aroma. Although I don't appreciate the lack of these typical beer qualities, to be fair, I haven't tried enough lambics to judge this beer against its brethren, so I ranked it as average. (660 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - About 1.5 fingers of lite fluffy care-bear pink head that settled quickly. It came with crazy-strong spider-man-action lacing on the sides of the glass all the way to the last drop. The color of the beer was like strawberry jelly or cough syrup. No bubbling.

S - Smells of cherry candy, that kind of sweet, artificial smell. It reminded me of scented markers and a jar of jam.

T - A strong sour-sweet taste at the beginning with a very very faint yeastyness. The aftertaste had kind of a pungent orange peel flavor (kind of like that Orange-clean stuff you use to scrub counter tops).

M - The mild tangyness of the beer clings to the inside of the mouth with a film, kind of like a half-shot of olive oil. No detectable carbonation.

D - This is a drinkable beer. Fruity, sweet, a good chick drink, but overall the flavor was too simple. There are no strong characteristics about this. Cherry coke is cheaper and gives almost the same buzz. (947 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying some more krieks, I had to try this, probably the most commercial in this category.

A: it's as a lot of krieks red colour, with pink head.

S: It smells like a lot of sweets, or softdrinks with cherry flavour, allmost artificial. The sour is there, but it's very faint.

T: Also sweet, but there's a dry and sour taste to it too. Not enough to make it real though.

M: It's refreshing to a certain degree (a bit more sour would make it much better).

D: It's quite an ordinary brew, meant for an average palate.
Mostly as I expected. (541 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at the Ibis Hotel bar. Appear bright, clear red with a pink head. This is your typical, but well-made, juicy fruit lambic. Very sweet and with more body than actual juice, finishes with a bit of sour tang, but nothing that approaches a genuine oude kriek. (268 characters)

Photo of kellywilson50
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek is a wonderful option for those who enjoy a refreshing fruit beer on a hot afternoon. It's smell is very enticing with strong cherry aromas. The first sip has a pleasant sourness and then rounds itself out with more cherry flavors. It leaves wonderful lacing in the glass when you finish. Very drinkable! (310 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Belle Vue glass on-tap at top of Asahi Beer Tower in Tokyo. The building is weird enough (look it up, its supposed to look like a giant beer glass) but this was one of the three beers on tap, the other two being Asahi of course, and this was substantially cheaper. Ok, whatever. Served nearly ice cold with a little ice on the base of the glass. Oh well.

A: Deep red, cherry tinted color with a fluffy pink-white head that has nice retention and little lacing.
S: Primarily cherry fruity sweet with light sour notes. Pleasant, but not particularly strong or complex.
T: Slightly thin, moderate carbonation and more sweet than tart. Very refreshing with a strong cherry flavor but not a spectacular lambic. Happy to find this beer here and would have it again if nothing else is available, but not my first choice. (826 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep red to copper color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, dark cherry, sweet and sour. In the taste, a tart dark cherry. A smooth sourness, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a small sour cherry aftertaste. Nice sour, big in cherry, a great lambic. (275 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it should be noted upfront that this is not my favorite style. had this at club popeye on-tap in the proper glassware. a clear deep red with great head and lacing. aroma is mostly strong dark sour cherries with the taste following suit. also a bit of earthy, woody mustiness. light in body with a very effervescent carbonation. puckering finish. (345 characters)

Photo of mhewes
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A : Pours red with a pink head

S : Cherry and sweet

T : Extremely sweet and syrupy. Definitely taste the cherry but way too sweet

M : Highly carbonated

D : Not one I could drink again. Way too sweet and syrupy to enjoy. Would probably be good to use to introduce a BMC drinker to a lambic. (293 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured a redish amber body with a thick pink, fluffy head. The nose was slightly sweet yet tart as well. The taste was very cherry, again slightly sweet but tart. I was expected the beer to be more syrupy sweet and I didn't think it was but it is still sweeter than I would expect for a lambic. This is probably a good starter lambic for someone getting started with the style. (382 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in the cellar forever..

nice looking lambic. Slightly cloudy, keeps an nice creamy ring and decent lacing.

Nice tart cherry aroma, very rich.

Very dry and tart initally and i could see this putting a lot of people off. Very rich cherry flavors come thru nicely in the middle with the oak and tart cherry finishing things off.

Lot's of carbonation, but overly fizzy compared to some fruit beers I've tried.

Interesting and I'm glad I tried it. Definite after dinner beer as others have commented (509 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Belle-Vue Kriek 375mL in a corked green bottle, ABV 5.1% (not 5.2% as listed).

Looks great in a Duvel tulip (I don't have a Belle-Vue glass, but I think this is pretty similar). Rich deep red/brown colour with a pink-white head. Pretty impressive!

Girlfriend thinks it smells like canned tomato soup - maybe there's some sharp metallic aroma but it's caused by the cherries, certainly not by bottling problems or any adjunct. Rich cherry aroma as expected, sort of smells like Sour Cherry Blasters candy, a little artificial sour cherry aroma.

Tart like a beer, with fruitiness, but not overly sweet or dominating the beer base. Sour but refreshing, a good choice when your regular lager or pale ale cloys your palate in summer. Some hop bitterness but the flavour of the hops is easily overpowered by the cherry taste. Nice for a change, but I wouldn't drink it all the time.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Little carbonation and a high level of mouth bitterness means that unless the weather's really hot and you're slamming them down, you'll get tired of this beer before too long. Definitely one to start the night on, and easy to drink to get your palate moving, but not something you'll have more than a couple of.

Overall: I'm a fan of this beer, because it maintains its integrity as a beer while being an interesting type of Belgian fruit beer. Since it's on tap at all the Belgian bars around Australia, it's easy to get my hands on, and I'll order one on a hot afternoon without thinking twice. Even if I'm at work. (1,525 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Stephen63
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (504 characters)

Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
80 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.