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Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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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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dgilks

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 10:35:53 | More by dgilks
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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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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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asabreed

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 04:36:53 | More by asabreed
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Weizenmensch

Japan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 06:54:46 | More by Weizenmensch
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 17:18:42 | More by 3Vandoo
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joecast

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2005 09:42:14 | More by joecast
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mcallister

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2006 19:22:23 | More by mcallister
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 00:41:08 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 17:31:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 18:21:41 | More by BigBry
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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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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 23:58:44 | More by slitherySOB
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 04:01:39 | More by Wegomlegging
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very sleek appearence, great carbonation on the pour, well pronouced mouthfeel. Somewhat lively, oak (or cork?) is tasted, proof of ageing maybe? Not much artificialness, this beer doesn't quite compare to some other great, more authentic Belgian's. Lacks any deep cherries. Especially in light of its lambic style "sourness" this is lacking. Slightly tart in the after taste for those who aren't too exposed to lambics. Enjoyed this more before I knew what a good fruit Lambic really was.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 16:12:32 | More by biegaman
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks and big ups to Jerriko for picking this (and a few other) CAN up for me during his recent trip to Japan. I had no idea that they CANned lambics, but that question has been broached in the past and now it has been answered.

From the CAN: "La Biere de Bruxelles"; "Biere Murie en Tonneaux"; "Lambic aux Cerises" plus the same in Flemish.

The Crack & Glug produced two big, rocky fingers of cotton candy-pink head with good retention. The room filled with the smell of sweet cherries! Color was a very pretty ruby red with NE-quality clarity. Leaning in, the cherry smell was definitely of sweet cherries, as opposed to sour ones, which go into New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red. Mouthfeel was big and full with a dryness borne less of the cherries than of the beer's maturation in oak barrels along with the wild yeast. It was not too sweet, but it was not as sour or funky as many other Krieks that I have had. One reviewer characterized it as a "chick's beer", but just because it is made from fruit does not mean women are necessarily going to flock to it. Instead, it is more like a good introductory beer to the style, fitting for anyone, especially the curious. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing, but one at a time would be plenty. I would put some in the cooler if asked to do so, but I am not going to put it in of my own volition.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 21:48:12 | More by woodychandler
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hefevice

Australia

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle with cork and cage. Could hardly get a head on this one at all which marks down the appearance a little in this case. Very interesting hazy red garnet colour with a slight amber tint. Sour fruity cherry aroma with a little oak in the background. Taste starts with cherry laden fruitiness, then becomes sour with a slight tannin finish. Even though there was no head in my case, the carbonation felt about right and the feel was quite smooth. Looking forward to trying more lambics, I don't mind this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 10:20:47 | More by hefevice
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Brabander

Netherlands

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

My wife had this beer today. Normally i am not much into this kind of beer but i had a few sips of this beer.

Poured in a Palm like chalice the beer looks very inviting with the pink beerfluid and the lightpink head.

It has the smell of the kriek (cherry) very noticable. The taste is a bit sour with the cherrytaste on top of it.

Is gives a mouthfeel like you were drinking a cherry soda. For warm weather a good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 13:36:03 | More by Brabander
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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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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

11-04-2013 04:38:49 | More by DamageCase76
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-12-2013 00:47:25 | More by WOLFGANG
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

12-21-2013 02:20:10 | More by DIPAFAN
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-26-2013 22:23:51 | More by randylangford
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-27-2012 01:02:17 | More by szmnnl99
Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.