St. Louis Kriek | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
81
good
61 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good
Read the review
St. Louis KriekSt. Louis Kriek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 11-09-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
157
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
27.48%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 157
Reviews by Drinkerofales:
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown copper, with a big pink champagny head that leaves nice lacing and has great retention. Lively champagne bubbles flow constantly from the bottom of the flute. Very nice looking beer.

Smells like a cherry lozenge. Synthetic, with some funkiness as the beer warms.

Taste is very sweet, then some tart. The whole flavor is pervaded by a synthetic edge, but not as bad as the aroma.

A light bite on the tongue, but carbonated as a lambic should be. Bubbly and light, but not very drinkable.

The synthetic smell, and taste make this one hard to drink, and a beer I will not be revisiting.

DOA

 610 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is far better than the reviews. Nice cherry sweetness, lacks a bit in the nose, but very solid. A little bit of funk in aroma, which is appealing. Dark figgy color. Sour cherries. Funky aftertaste. I like this a lot.

 234 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear slightly pink crimson with a thick, also slightly pink white frothy head that lingers a while before dying out altogether. An initial thick halo heads the lacing, which gets prigressively thinner down the glass. The nose is loaded with sour cherries, with a bit of wood and greenery lurking from behind. The taste follows almost exactly, though the wood and greens are covered o'er by the cherries in the finish, whose taste tend toward cough syrup territory. Still, a very cherry-y flavor, with just the right amount of sour. The body is a light medium, with a lightly healthy carbonation and a fluid feel, making for a very high level of drinkability.

 704 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a nice beer to break out when the family is over. Besides, I usually have trouble finishing a bottle by myself. This beer opens with the standard deep red hue with stubborn pink head (that makes me laugh). Obvious aromas of tart cherries with a wine-like vineous quality. A complex sweet and tart cherry combo challenges the tastes. The feel is very bold thick, rich, nearly chewy viscocity. Finishes with ultimate tart, sweet cherry flavor. Always a success, but rarely a surprise.

 489 characters

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle with a bottled on date of July 9th 2009.

LOOK: Heady, clear burgundy

SMELL: Cherry cough medicine, dried grass, yeast, musty.

TASTE: Crisp, sweet-tart, medicinal, cherry juice, oak, dryness.

At first smell and sip I though I was going to be taken over by sweetness ... even with a heavy push of cherry here there are other aspects that help the balance that out and show some depth. A respectable sweet lambic IMO.

 438 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll try this one for my 1st review, having enjoyed a few Belgian fruit lambics a few years ago in the Low Countries. This one pours a cranberry red, with a thick pink head. Nice lacing. Strong taste of sweet cherries, too sweet for my taste. Mouthfeel is of slightly carbonated cherry soda. Clean finish and no heavy aftertaste. Just a straightforward cherry brew, not at all complex. This one would pair well with an aged gouda or edam cheese. Not as complex as the ones I remember from Belgium, but not at all bad.

 517 characters

Photo of BlueHammer
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep, bright opaque color with a red tone. It had a thin light pink head. The smell is of strong, sweet cherries, almost like cherry cough syrup. It had a flat cherry flavor. I kept waiting for the "kick" that beers like this have and it never came. It was good, enjoyable, but not fantastic. The finish was slightly sour which I enjoyed but would have preferred a more sour edge throughout to give this beer the extra kick it needed.

 448 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maredsous chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, low carbonation-ruby red in color

Smell: sweet cherry candy

Taste: cherry candy, sourness, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet start then the sour taste mixes, light bodied, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I like their other lambics better, but I could have a couple glasses of this. A nice warm weather beer that is more of an intro lambic.

 398 characters

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Jaysicles
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of simoen
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not a good beer, to sweet

25 characters

Photo of Tarks
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of weasbri
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep garnet color with light pink head. Fairly decent lacing on my tulip glass.
Obviously, I get a good deal of cherry in the aroma, on the sweet side. The taste smacked me in the face with nostalgia: Luden's cherry cough drops. It's not necessarily a bad thing, I loved those cough drops. It's just not what I'd expect in my beer. There's a bit of tartness in the aftertaste too.
Not all that great, I don't think. Too syrupy and sweet for me, even if that's what I was in the mood for.

 488 characters

Photo of Tuckersmth
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have to admit I don't know Krieks very well but this is too sweet for my blood.

79 characters

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of kenito799
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into a St Louis flute at Burp Castle, NYC.

Pretty, clear, dark pink color with small light pink head. Aroma all cherries. Crisp and lively in the mouth, nice full sour cherry flavor, not too complex. A hint of lambic sourness, it's not as sweet as the Lindemann's stuff and therefore more enjoyable, but this is a scrubbed version of lambic, a far cry from the puckeringly sour and funky true lambics I have come to know and love. Enjoyable brew but the sweetness knocks drinkability down a notch.

 509 characters

Photo of tomb_ride
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Meh. Pour was decent. Deep ruby, sparkling 2 finger light pink head. Decent retention. Smell is sweet, deep cherries. Not artificial, but I was expecting a bit of sourness out of this one, and it's not there.

The taste follows the aroma. Real lack of sour here. I guess it's not supposed to be a sour, which I was unaware of when purchasing. A bit too sweet for me, but the actual flavor of the cherries is nice, a very natural.

 429 characters

Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DougT
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
St. Louis Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.53 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!