Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of baiser
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delicate bubbles gather to the sides in place of head and carbonation. Very faint, thin lacing at best. A thin murkiness of maple in color with flashes of burgundy.

A bright and ripe smelling cherry tartness; a dark sweetness aside from the lambic's sour quality; like a cough drop. Whaffs of warming alcohol.

Sweet, mellow cherry and plum flavors that are quickly overtaken by a sharp and mouth puckering tartness. Hints of raisin and dates in the background. Little to no carbonation makes this one rather slick. Remaining tart aftertaste with a touch of light chocolate.

Light bodied; tart, refreshing, and slick on the palate.

A style I could never drink more than a few at once, and this one is no exception.

Photo of GreatLeo
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 42.5cl corked caged bottle with best before date of 06-16-2005
A really dark ruby red color with an average head given when poured into its traditional Belle Vue Kriek glass.
A strong woody like aroma given coupled by a very strong fruity smell of cherries. A dry sour feel was given as an aftertaste not nearly as sweet as I expected it to be. Definately the alcohol content of 5.2 percent is not evident at all in this.
I am not the biggest fan of lambric style beers but given the complexity and fruityness which makes this a great after dinner drink. Nonetheless recommended to those who enjoy rich red wines or fruity style beers.

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.

Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colour with a smooth, creamy, light pink colour with good lacing.

Jammy, raspberry and cherry aroma with plenty of sweet and sour.

Fairly empty accept for the syrupy, jammy fruit flavour combined with an artificial tartness.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

An acceptable, sweetened Kriek but it's nothing special.

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 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.

Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 Caged and corked small bottle. Served chilled, per the bottle's suggestion, into a Lindemann's Stange.

Appearance: A reddish-brown color with minimal lacing and a minimal head (I didn't give it a vigorous pour into the glass either). Slight amounts of bubbles are gurgling their long road to the top of the glass.

Smell: Vinous characters, vinegar, sourness, cherry syrup and real cherries, though I wish the latter was more prominent. Mild medicinal phenols seem to be there too.

Taste: The cherry nature of the beer is surely at the forefront, though the taste in itself is fairly subdued throughout. The syrup-like nature instead of the real feeling of the meat of the cherry is there mostly, with some acidity, sourness, slight vinegar, and some other fruit flavors. Finishes initially sweet before turning to a slightly dryer nature.

Mouthfeel: A nice twang of carbonation at first, then some fullness with very little carbonation, and then a slight slight burst at the end. But I think the lack of carbonation helps the flavors really come to the forefront and come together well.

Drinkability: A small price to pay for the enjoyment I got out of this, not to mention how long it lasted with the small sips for maximum enjoyment. I'm still getting into lambics, but I really dig this and think it's definitely worth a shot even if you're skeptical.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep ruby beer with a shy white head that slowly let her lace around the glass.

Smell is cherry like of course, with a shy hint of spices followed by yeasts and water which end with a shy malty base.

Taste is fruit juice followed by cherries and a flavor of jam, All is surrounded by yeast, spices and an oaked finish

Photo of joecast
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed on-tap at the belgian cafe in melbourne.

looks absolutely fantastic in a belle vue tulip. bright red with little carbonation. poured with a 2cm pink head. ha, its pink! leaves nice lacing down the glass, and the head retention was very good.

left to warm a bit, the aroma came around slowly. pronounced cherry aroma with slight hints of tartness. leaning more towards sweetness than anything else.

being a lambic, i was really looking forward to some sourness to see weather or not i would go for it. this version lacked a bit of sharpness, or it was just replaced with the sweetness from the cherries. the sweetness, while not cloying or unpleasent, made it difficult for anything else to be noticed.

for myself, its tough to call this beer. its just has very little of what i associate with the aromas and flavors of beer that i am used to. obviously by my scoring, thats not a bad thing. the glass i had went very quickly and easily. i was finding it tought to keep from gulping this down.

Photo of mcallister
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark dense ruby. High carbonation in the pink head of a half inch. Very pretty kreik.

Deep sour cherry , with other berry nuances shining through the aroma.

Somewhat sour, bing cherry. I like the dry style. Taste is very pungent. Unlike the head this lambic is lacking overall carbonation. A bit thin in the mouth yet very drinkable.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The executive bar at a hotel I stayed at in Belgium had this in 25cl bottles. I tried a few for the novelty of it (the other beers they stocked included Duvel, Leffe, Stella, and other beers easily found back home).

Poured into incorrect glassware (Duvel) for the one and only time while I was in Belgium. Tasted like cherry champagne, kind of thin, tart, and dry. It wasn't quite as sweet as the Lindeman's I've had in the past. Maybe less syrup in this one...

Not my favorite style of beer at all, but easy to drink. This is a gateway beer to offer the women in your life. Unless the women in your life are like my wife, who has been known to complain of "watery consistency" in strong imperial stouts.

Photo of BigBry
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Wegomlegging
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a red hue, and a nice head that vanishes quickly. Nice scents of sour cherry and red vinegar. Taste is nice and understated, with only a hint of kriek cherry and sour Flemish, obviously not added sloppy after the beer. Soft drink, easy to down a few of these. Kriekenbier is not for everyone, and not particularly masculine, but will admit it's nice.

Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.