Belle Vue Kriek - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
Had a bottle of this at a Thai restaurant in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a Belle-Vue tulip glass. Cherries is the key word for this strange carbonated lambic brew. The scent of cherries is a bit overpowering, but definitely not unpleasant. The head on this brew was beautiful to look at, rosy in hue and leaving a thin, delicate lacing around the glass, bubbling up in the middle as a good Belgian beer should. However, the carbonation in this was a bit much for me, feeling more like cream soda than a beer. The flavor, too, while it was definitely cherry, was a bit too sour and not really resembling a beer (even for a lambic). Overall, this is a tasty cherry drink that would go over well with those who don't like the taste of standard brews. However, when it comes to fruit beers and lambics, I know other brands I will choose again over this. Tasty though...
05-25-2012 13:59:30 | More by shigg85
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
3.1/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured, from a 300 ml bottle. A 2 finger head, disappeared almost completely after half a minute. Lacing on the glass is minimal.
Bright red colour, that of a cherrie juice, minimal bubbles.
Strong sweet smell of sour cherries.
Taste is also of sour cherries, but much more artificial than the aroma was. Also, a bit of corn (?)
Thin bodied as expected, little carbonation.
I would like it a bit more sweet, as a fruity beer, but not that bad after all.
02-03-2012 21:57:40 | More by Douberd
4/5 rDev +17%
A-Ruby red with pint tints-perfectly clear with a distinct fluffy white head.
Overall-An attractive beer which I think has a very nice balance between sweet and sour which gives this beer high drinkability. Not a lot of complexity present but definitely has some wild yeast funk.
01-29-2012 18:04:01 | More by deebo
3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
09-09-2011 10:35:53 | More by dgilks
3.7/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-12-2011 21:48:12 | More by woodychandler
1.78/5 rDev -48%
look: the beer pours a nice deep red colour with a nice not long lasting head.
Smell: vinegar and candy cherries
taste: sweet sweet cherries, almost like the candy ones you give to children.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, sticky and syrupy.
Overall: this beer is too sweet,unbalanced, lacks all sourness and bitterness in the taste. Tastes like cherry soda, avoid
07-03-2011 06:51:06 | More by rvdoorn
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
02-17-2011 04:01:39 | More by Wegomlegging
3.03/5 rDev -11.4%
A: Dark clear red body with no head and lacing.
S: Light scent of cherries and vinegar. The sourness overpowers the fruit.
T: Faint water-like cherry flavour with a stronger vinegary presence.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Almost no aftertaste.
D: All over-meh. Weak in all categories - I could be drinking crystal light cherry water and not know the difference.
12-23-2010 21:42:07 | More by Long813
2.85/5 rDev -16.7%
Too pronounced nose of cherries, no acidity in the body and very sweet, on the edge of syrupy. However, mouth a little cardboard as if beer was blocked. If the finish is naturally low in terms of bitterness and balance, there is however a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. For creating this beer, it was probably used an extremely young lambic to be less harsh on the palate.
10-01-2010 13:53:18 | More by ThaCreep
4.18/5 rDev +22.2%
Had on tap twice, writing from notes.
Appearance was a beautiful red with one inch head which was the lightest pink.
Smell was of cherries.
Taste was a balanced but kind of sour (good)
Mouthfeel wasn't bad but not amazing
Drinkabilty is high, except price, were it cheap it would probably be the staple drink for 14 year old girls.
09-04-2010 08:42:57 | More by philphilphil
3.73/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-23-2010 13:36:03 | More by Brabander
Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
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