Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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3.15/5 rDev -7.9%
375ml Corked green bottle, poured into a snifter. Nice looking presentation.
Very nice dark, nearly opaque, ruby colour. Pours with a substantial head, and leaves nice lacing when that dissipates. Nose isn't too offensive. The cherry odours are very evident, possibly a bit too sweet and cloying for my taste, and underneath the cherries is an unmistakable yeastiness.
Taste is very much of sour cherries and sweet malt. A bit puckering. Overall I find the taste a bit too sweet and candylike for me. I'm too much of a fan of hops I suppose. Mouthfeel is of sparkling wine or champagne, very fizzy. Dances on the tongue, think in the mouth and dry going down. I'd have a hard time doing more than one of these in a session, but again, this just may not be my style of beer.
01-20-2006 04:41:08 | More by trevorwideman
3.18/5 rDev -7%
Utterly beautiful beer, with a perfect black cherry hue, red cherry when held to the light, and a large light pink creamy head that has excellent retention and lacing. The smell is very sweet, Love Heart-like confectionary, with sour notes - not clearly cherry from smell. On tasting it comes through more sour, quite tart. Again, the cherry is there but not particularly strong. I found the mouthfeel rather thin (oily) and flat. On swallowing it produces a fantastic long sour finish, which, together with the appearance is the real highlight of this beer for me.
Overall, I find myself with mixed feelings about this beer, great appearance and sour finish, but the aroma (in both smell and taste) is hard to get into. I'd much prefer an "unberried" lambic style.
11-13-2006 11:06:33 | More by norwichboy
3.18/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-09-2008 02:30:30 | More by MrMcGibblets
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.18/5 rDev -7%
A deep, dark red colour with a thin and bubly, white head that is just under a centimetre tall and has average retention.
Sweet cherry smelling with lots of sugar and a slight bit of sourness, although the najority of the aroma comes from the cherries.
Again a sweet cherry taste with some syrup and sugar but like the smell there is not a lot else here really. A little too sweet and overpowering but not a terrible taste.
Light bodied and as expected, very sweet tasting with a sticky smooth finish.
Nice and sweet to begin with but after a while it gets a little bit too sugary and sickening, I imagine half a pint of this would have been a more appropriate amount to try.
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04-05-2012 13:06:37 | More by flyingpig
3.19/5 rDev -6.7%
A vibrant red,clear beer with a smooth head. The carbonation is light.
The smell is mainly cherry, with a slightly syrupy smell, but not overly sweet or artificial.
It does have some red fruity winegums smells.
The taste is sweet with cherry winegums. The beer is sweet but not sticky or syrupy. The beer has a non-offensive taste which reminds more of a soda. The good thing about the beer is the lack of the sweetener taste. Bitterness is low and drinkability is high.
01-25-2013 20:47:53 | More by Absumaster
3.2/5 rDev -6.4%
Colour is dark pink, almost red. Light pink head that leaves a small layer.
Smell is cherry jam, very sweet, icing sugar, pink bubblegum. Smells a little artificial to me, not enough beer in here.
Taste is very sweet at first, the cherries taste more like candy than like real cherries. Then a nice tartness and very light bitterness. Aftertaste is again slighty sour with a hint of malts.
Mouth is medium, the sweetness makes it nice and round. Medium carbonation. Quite pleasant but nothing special either.
I can quite enjoy a kriek, but this one is more for drinking at parties than for slowly enjoying it at home. There's a lot worse kriek out there, but this still feels artificial and candy-like.
12-16-2012 20:27:46 | More by Maakun
3.2/5 rDev -6.4%
Review #2 (1/26/07]: poured from a 375ml bottle into a Belle Vue kriek glass. Overall, I enjoyed this more than my previous tasting which was on tap. The beer seemed to have more character and balance out of the bottle.
Served on tap in a Belle Vue glass with matching coaster. Nice touch.
Appearance is amazing. Deep ruby red with large pink head. Beautiful. Quite startling for a beer. No carbonation visible.
Aroma of sour cherries with some wet grass.
Taste is of cherries, sour. Had an unpleasant aftertaste that I couldn't quite figure out.
Mouthfeel was light with no carbonation. Listless. Left a strange coating on the tongue. Rather unpleasant.
Overall, it was decent with chocolate and decent for the style, but not something I would try and have again. The unusual aftertaste and mouthfeel really were difficult.
06-03-2006 15:31:47 | More by atigerlife
3.2/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
08-07-2003 02:47:58 | More by TerryW
3.25/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-03-2002 19:46:58 | More by StevieW
3.28/5 rDev -4.1%
pours crystal clear ruby red with a huge light pink head. the head is slow to drop and leaves tons of thick lace behind.
aroma is cherry, slightly sour. sweet.
taste is sweet and cherry, slightly tart/sour. almost too sweet, because it makes the cherry come through a bit like cough syrup. just a hint of bitterness noticeable as it goes down and a fairly dry finish. it's almost more wine-like than beer to me. interesting though. a little warmth on the way down, more than i'd expect from 5.2%.
mouthfeel is good. lots of carbonation helps balance out the sweetness and remove some of the syrupy taste.
drinkability is good. not what i'd usually reach for, but i'm enjoying it.
08-13-2006 22:30:51 | More by grub
3.35/5 rDev -2%
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!
03-14-2004 07:06:02 | More by CreamAle128
3.35/5 rDev -2%
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. Theres 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.
03-27-2003 05:48:40 | More by Scooter77
3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours dark cherry red, almost purple with a finger of pink head. Lots of lacing, head lasts in the tulip. Smell is tart cherry, wet grass smell(musty).
Taste is cherry, with some sourness to it, reminds me of pixie sticks. Like a fruit punch that has been spiked. Aftertaste is a sour/bitter cherry, overripe.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky, with good carbonation. Drinkability; not great due to the strong flavour. Good for ending the night, but wouldn't want another
08-29-2005 13:03:26 | More by elricorico
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
04-23-2009 15:48:53 | More by tempest
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a fairly dark red/pink with a fairly large pink-tinged head that is thick, slow to dissipate and leaves substantial lacing. Smell is less interesting, with some yeasty funk and a metallic note accompanying the sweetness that dominates the nose. Taste is slightly tart, but not as much as I'd hoped for, and is mostly just sweetness with a hint of cherry and a dry lambic-y finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy, quite thick and not very carbonated, and drinkability is pretty average. This is a bit too candy-sweet and not complex enough to be a really good lambic, but it's not bad.
03-04-2006 01:35:35 | More by Mandrake
3.4/5 rDev -0.6%
Clear ruby colour with amber highlights topped by generous, pink foam. Decent head retention after it initially subsides and it left rings of lace on the glass. Tart, fruity aroma of cherries, with some sweetness and bit bit of earthiness. Sweet, almost syrupy flavour with plenty of cherries, but too little sourness to provide a nice balance. Overall, quite mild with a bit of tartness in the finish. Slightly viscous, syrupy texture. Fairly enjoyable fruit beer.
09-11-2005 21:28:12 | More by DrJay
3.43/5 rDev +0.3%
I do have a bit of a thing for corked bottles. They're just so much fun. But that's really not the point. I've heard a lot about Belle Vue Kriek - some of it good, some of it bad. The consensus, however, is that it should hardly qualify as beer. But beer it is, and I might as well take a closer look. Part of the six-pack gift set I recieved on my birthday, though I'd tried it once before.
I lack a proper snifter, as I'm inbetween living spaces, and the snifters are packed tightly away for the time being, so I improvised and used an oversized wine-glass. It doesn't seem to have adversely affected the brew, but I'll mention that anyway. Pours purple from the corked green bottle, though once a mass of it settles into the glass, it takes on a more reddish-copper-brown shade unless placed directly in light, where it appears a reddish-purple. Capped by a solid two-and-a-half fingers of off-white (faintly purple) head with tremendous staying power. Dissapates gradually to about one full finger, but stays at about that level for most of the drink, leaving gobs of faintly white-purple lacing on the side of the glass. An unconventional appearance, but a good one (though I can't compare it to other lambics, as I have little experience with the style).
Smell is simple, but pleasant enough. Cherries dominate, but it's more of a cherry syrup flavour than true, natural cherries. Can't distinctly pick up the specific variety of cherry, though it's a pleasant character. Some faint, non-descript spices, additionally. Sourness, but most of all, tremendously sweet. Just a touch of grassiness. A touch of woodiness - perhaps aged in barrels? Good, but hardly what I'm after when I sit down for a beer. All in all, a bit of a one-note smell, though.
Taste is more of the same. Cherries. Cherries. Cherries. But again, not natural; more like cherry syrup. Quite, quite sweet initially. Hints of wood and just a touch of wet grass. Cranberries? After a substantial sweet kick, turns sour, though not absolutely mouth-puckeringly so. Almost like Cherry Blasters candies. After the sour kick, the sweet returns momentarily, then is accompanied by a faint bitterness on the finish, with some surprising dryness. Vinous aftertaste; residual cherry taste for several moments afterwards. Would describe its taste as more wine than beer, though it wouldn't be technically accurate. Again, a bit of a one-note show; good, but not what I'm after when I sit down for a beer.
Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation is quite lively, but not unreasonable, and draws attention away from the artificiality of the cherry presence. Body is medium, a touch syrupy perhaps, but not bad. Drinkability, however, remains to be seen. I've consumed two bottles of Belle Vue Kriek in my lifetime and, while I'm scoring it generally positively, I think that may be enough for the rest of my life. It's certainly a tasty, sweet treat, but to say it for the third time, most definitely not what I'm after when I crave a beer. The sweet and sour flavours are heavy, meaning you'll only want one at a time, at most.
All in all, Belle Vue Kriek is a tasty drink. And while it's Beer, it's hardly "beer" (if you know what I mean). Sweet, and worth a try, and perhaps something your non-beer drinker friends will enjoy, but not special enough to warrant regular consumption.
08-22-2006 23:04:17 | More by headlessparrot
Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
78 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.