Bacchus Kriekenbier | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Bacchus KriekenbierBacchus Kriekenbier

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdagnew on 12-30-2007

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Photo of Shilnikoff
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 375 ml, Paper-wrapped | Best before end of 10-02-2017 | Bar code 5 411081 004309
Served in snifter glassware

Appearance: Dark, Brown, when lighted up - Red Tea | 15 mm foam quickly disappeared | Almost no bubbles
Smell: Cherry, Alcohol notes
Taste: Light, Cherry (Beer contains 15 % of natural cherry juice), Melted sugar notes, medium carbonated
Mouthfeel: Fizzy, Sharp a bit, Sweet & Sour
Overall: Well brewed Cherry Beer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, with no label save all that info and imagery on the tissue paper it comes wrapped in.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly fizzy purple-tinged beige head, which leaves some chunky swaths of island grotto arch lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of cherry Halls and/or sweetened cough syrup, bready, doughy caramel malt, an earthy nuttiness, red wine vinegar, a twinge of sour yeast, and a wee hint of metallic alcohol. The taste is grainy, bready caramel malt, cherry pie (one with a few of its red fruit friends as guest stars), sugary cooking sherry, more indistinct saccharine nuts, a now well-faded gritty yeastiness, and a plain, hard to really care about bitterness.

The bubbles are decently motivated to provide a sensory frothy experience to my waiting palate, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth - even the tart fruity esters are too bombed out on sugar to make any moves here. It finishes sweet, fruity, and still a bit nutty.

Not yer typical iteration of this sort of thing - the cherry treatment of the base Oud Bruin comes off as way too candy-like. I see now that a Stevia extract was used in the making of this beer - good for my otherwise assaulted waistline, sure, but not for my overall impression of this offering.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.50 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep, dark, mahogany-red coloured body, that when held to the light, turns to a bright ruby and displays plenty of fine carbonation towards the edge of the glass. A one-finger in height, pinkish-brown, frothy head reduces quickly to a thin patchy film, leaving behind only a small amount of soapy lacing.

Powerful aromas of sweet and sour cherry dominate the nose. Tart red berries and a touch of sugary almond are also notable in the background along with an acidic vinegary character. The taste follows suit, leading with intensely sweet, sticky cherry and tart raspberry flavours along with some nutty, artificial almond notes towards the middle. The finish is sour, a touch dry and a little bitter. Bold tart cherry leads into a light balsamic vinegar-like flavour and acidity, along with a trace of fruit stones, skin and earthy bitterness. In the mouth it feels slick and smooth but unfortunately, a tad syrupy. The medium body, fine carbonation and slightly drying bitter finish prevent it from becoming too cloying, but ultimately can’t completely mask the added sugar.

Overall this is a decent beer. Slightly artificial and over-sweet, but still reasonably drinkable. I’ll be honest, I'm a sucker for good packaging. I bought this mainly because I liked the paper wrapping, but can’t see myself doing it again, although I’d probably recommend it to a non-beer drinking friend.

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Photo of kitch
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A 375ml wrapped bottle with a best before date of 22nd May 2016 and poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear deep ruby colour with a one finger very light pink head that dissipated slowly ending in patches of foam and nice lacing.

Aroma: Mainly sweet cherry and raspberry. Basically candy berry smells.

Taste: Sweet tart cherry, a little bit artificial but getting to the cough syrup flavours that I like so much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: This was nice, although maybe a little on the sweet side. However unfortunately, according to the wrapping, it seems they add Stevia to the beer. I don’t use sugar substitute sweeteners in anything ever, and I don’t see why I need to start doing so in beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paper wrapped bottle purchased and consumed in Scotland.
With 15% cherries this should have ample, natural cherry flavor, and it does.
The aroma is a little less appealing than the flavor.
Ever so slightly more tart than sweet. Nice mouthfeel with medium+ but soft carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this both on tap and in the bottle – the tap version is much fresher and in my opinion better. The bottles can sit on the store shelf a long, long long time. Cherry tartness dominates the nose with the malt aromas way in the background. It pours opaque red tinted brown under a 1” white foam cap. They use dark cherries and this definitely tastes like actual cherries and not a syrup. The sweetness is a little above average but the tartness balances it well. A gentle hop bitterness on the finish pulls it together.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml green glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2014, so it's a little out of date. Purchased ages ago from a supermarket. The label mentions that it contains sugar and sweetener along with 15% cherries. The fancy paper wrapper is a nice touch - bring on the kriek.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-brown hue with good carbonation and some chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy, pink-tinged foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of intense sweet cherries with hints of red fruits, sugar, balsamic vinegar, subtle fruity malt and yeast esters. Mild undertones of Flanders red ale. Slightly artificial but pleasant.

T: Tastes of zealously sweet cherries with a saccharine character and a lingering acidic finish. Notes of cherries, red fruit, balsamic vinegar, sugar/sweetener, subtle fruity malt, yeast esters, hints of woodiness and a touch of cardboard. The sweetness is a tad overdone, though the resulting balance is nice. Little bitterness to speak of; a subdued sourness lingers on the palate after swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and decent body. Possesses an aftertaste of sweet cherries, vinegar, malty sourness and faint cardboard/stewed leaves.

O: Not too bad, even if the beer is manipulated. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are seriously cherry-laden. Quite sweet, with a balanced, vinegary sourness that pairs the fruit well. Decent body. Lacks the depth of some other Belgian sours/fruit beers, but goes down without complaint. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours very dark ruby, shiny only towards the light, with one finger white-pinkish head, quick to a frothy.
Lots of cherry in the smell, a bit of unwanted sweetener too, a faint sourness, some amaretto, ok.
Lots of sweet cherry, a bit syrupy at first, then a bit crisp, then a tiny bit sour in the finish. Some cherry pit and marzipan spices in there too. A bit of sweet fluffy maltiness, wheaty, reminding of sponge cake. Finishes sweet, with a very faint green bitter note.
Medium body and carbonation. Lingering sugars in the aftertaste and the obvious cherry.
Better than other Belgian cherry beers (the artificially enhanced ones), but nothing as fancy as the bottle is.

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Photo of CraftDanny
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Belgian cherry beer, classic, covered in a fancy paper, looks posh. Really dark pinky reflects, doesn't smell much a bit of fruits, lots of foam, that's good. Very tasty, cherries, strawberries, raspberries... So fruity and juicy. Sticky and acid in the mouthfeel. It was a good experience to try it, I would recomend it, a very good flavoured brew.

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Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy red colour. Small off white head. Good head retention.

Clearly artificial sweetener on the nose followed by jammy cherry. Slightly tart. Not bad.

Again the flavour is artificial but it works. Sweet cherry with some tartness and touches of funk. Quite simple but enjoyable.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A good but unexceptional beer. Nice tartness but the obvious artificial character detracts.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Intense red color with an offwhite pink and thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Strong sour and cherry aroma.
Surprisingly nice, elegant sweet and sour taste with a decent amount of cherries. Mildly bitter, fruity and dry aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation, a bit salty.
Interestingly it has all main taste sensations, salt, sweet, sour and bitter. Good for a change and if your soul mate does not dig beer, this is an easy entry opportunity.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep raspberry red colour topped with a pinkish white head that is part foamy, part bubbly in texture and with average retention.

A sweet cherry and raspberry smell to it straight away followed by a fair amount of sugar but nothing excessive.

Huge amount of cherry flavour to begin with and to be honest, not a whole lot more than that. The cherry dominates the taste department without coming across as too sickening.

Smooth with a lot of carbonation and as a result a bit of fizz to the drink as well. It is light to medium bodied with a very sweet, sugary feel to it.

Nice and sweet with a huge amount of cherries both in the taste and the smell without overdoing it too much. I found this one a lot more enjoyable an some of the other fruit beers I have rated previously.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 06-04-2012

Beer is light cherry red with brownish hues. Off-white head of medium size. Good retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is cherry (surprise surprise), and some raisin. A bit of bready malt.

Obviously very sweet, though the finish has a bit of bitterness. The cherry flavour is slightly tart, more of which would be appreciated. The bread flavour is present, like the nose.

Moderate carbonation. very small bubbles. Medium to light body and a bit sticky.

I had this while sitting outside on a hot day in Thailand. In that setting, this beer went down very nicely. Not sure I would drink it in a lot of other settings, however. It is in many respects closer to juice than beer.

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Photo of Squelch
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearamce: Dark red. Off white billowy head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Deep smells of cherries. Wonderful.

Taste: Distinctive cherry flavor here. not artificial. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and syrupy. not much of a lambic mouthfeel here.

Overall: Very nice. I would try it again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green 37.5cl bottle, wrapped in paper, best before 14th Apr 2011, drank and enjoyed 24th Jan 2010. Poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Dark cherry red body, with an off-white, pinkish wispy covering on top.

Bakewell tart with extra cherries in the smell, nothing else could get past the cherries.

The taste is all cherry too, just like the aroma. Some kriekbeers are really sweet, others really sour, this leans towards the sweeter end. It isn't a syrup, sickly special though, but it is on the sweet side.

I've had both types and this is most likely the best Kriek I've had the pleasure of having so far. I don't know if it is made with whole cherries or a syrup and I don't care, it tastes and feels good.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5 cL green bottle (wrapped in Bacchus special paper bag), poured into a pint glass.

A: Distinct red beer pour with a thick, 4-finger pink head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing all around the glass to the very bottom.

S: Distinct smell of cherries. There is no hiding that this is a cherry-infused beer in every way.

T: Although I enjoyed this thoroughly, I didn't mark it higher (gave it a 3.5) because you taste more cherry than you do beer. Having said that, although this is labeled as a fruit/vegetable beer, it is clearly a Belgian ale at heart.

M: Syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Refreshing.

D: For me personally, drinkability is high because I enjoyed this for a change. I would have given it higher mark, BUT the strong cherry sweetness might not prove drinkable on every occasion.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this overall and it's worth a try if you're open to something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

35cl bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

A- Dark plummy red body with a pink creamy head that reduces quickly. Lacing is minimal

S- Lots of cherry and marzipan, vanilla in the background.

D- Lots of cherry in the beginning fading to a marzipan, syrupy finish. V.Slight tartness lingers.

M- Spritzy, lively.

D- Too sweet really, a citrusy refreshing aftertaste is needed after the cherry sweetness. as in a lambic. This leaves me with a syrupyness in the mouth that ruins the beer.

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Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle in a London wine shop near Old St. I think we all understand this is just a cherry beer, with seemingly no ties to it's Flanders Red brother. This beer is a clear red with a hint of brown and no head. It basically tastes like a Ludens cough drop, which probably isn't bad if you're a big fan of fruit juice. If you like good beer however, look elsewhere.

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Photo of DaveUK
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Deep ruby red with a small head of pinkish bubbles. The pour was bright.

Aroma - Roasted malt and a large blast of sweet cherries/ spicey red fruits.

Taste - Cherries and red fruits, sickly sweet, reminiscent of cherry flavoured sweets. Citrus and more red fruits in the finish with a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel - Balanced, sharp and fruity.

Overall - An obvious kriek, however, the overwhelming sweetness and sickly sweet flavoured feel put me off. The mouthfeel was actually good, but the taste and smell werent appealing.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle bought in Sainsburys... Comes paper wrapped and looks almost identical to Liefmans Kriek..

Poured a nice mahogany red colour. Dirty pink head poured very tight, thick and frothy with a very rocky top then faded slowly to good thick coating which lasted throughout... no carbonation bubbles at all... some light sticky lacing..

Aroma - Sweet and sour cherries mixed with almond nuttiness, creamy vanilla, balsamic vinegar notes, can just make out the Bacchus red ale underneath the sweetness, some earthy / leathery / oaky notes, quite a lot of black pepper spiciness, hint of nutmeg, strong marzipan...

Taste – Strong cherry sweetness with a lot of harsh sourness underneath, some acidic notes... the cherry definitely seems a little fake to me - like cherry cordial or Dr Pepper.... (the blurb on the bottles says 15% cherries but doesn't say if they mean whole ones or juice). Quite salty, again quite strong marzipan notes, hint of wheat, vanilla...

Feel - Smooth and creamy and leaves a very sweet coating on the lips... medium bodied... becomes too sweet after a few mouthfuls - anymore than one bottle would be too much...

Overall - An average Kriek - becomes too sweet too soon.... not a patch on Liefmans kriek on which it is so obviously modelled...

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Bacchus Kriekenbier from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.58 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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