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

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St. Louis KriekSt. Louis Kriek

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-09-2003

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Photo of Crosling
1.24/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Magenta. Smells of cherry juice, multicolored Christmas candy canes and maybe like 10% lambic....? Cherry juice, avoiding any flavors or aromas that even come close to beer. What’s underneath the cherries is a disgusting skunky grainy flavor. Van Honsebrouck’s fruit beers are just terrifying and total drainpours. This is no exception. I wish I had some shaved ice. I’d make a snow cone.

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Photo of Donnie2112
1.31/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

poured into a champagne flute

Purple, pink head

cherry cough syrup

cloyingly sweet syrupy beer, no brett sourness, it says "spontaneous fermentation" on the bottle, I suspect this is a lie. So syrupy, has a strange medicine lick after taste

Thick, in a bad way, not enough carbonation... what a dissapointment

Drinkability? How about drainpourability? Gross

This is false advertising, I wanted to drink Lambic, not something only mildly better then "Wild Blue" this is false advertisement bullshit.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a darker crimson blood red color. Some white froth.

(S)- Straight up cherry Jolly Rancher sweetness; very very subtle tartness.

(T)- A little murky, but an overall very sweet cherry juice flavor.

(M)- A normal carbonation level for the style. Pretty much straight up sweet cherry juice; little else.

(D)- Fairly similar to the normal Lindemans lineup of Fruit Lambics, but it fact, perhaps even a bit more plain in the comparison.

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Photo of timtim
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i hate to do this, but i think people should know... red with a pink head. contrived, but attractive i guess. nose? this is where it gets bad. there is no oak, mineral, earth or anything that makes me think lambic or authentic. basically just a ton of dark cherry flavor. taste is sweet and sort of sticky dark cherry and way too thick for a beer of this low an abv. i am upset that this is marketed as lambic. in my opinion, this is nothing close and maybe should it just be clearer that this is a cheap, knock-off version of lambic done for the novelty of calling it lambic. cheap ingredients and not traditional, authentic or innovative. not worth it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Kriek à la robe brun acajou, mousse claire
Smell : nez de cerise ...
Taste and mouthfeel : en bouche on note une acidité franche, peu de fruité, un manque de rondeur, post-amertume légére
Drinkability : une kriek très moyenne

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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.

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Photo of muttyd
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep ruby red with a thin pink foamy head. The minute I poured this one I got a big sweet cherry aroma. As I moved the glass closer to my nose, that cherry smell got a bit sweeter. Almost too "fake cherry" smelling, but still a pleasant aroma. Taste is pretty much what I was expecting. Very sweet, not too tart, with almost no brett / funk presence. No real lactic sourness either. Body was a bit disappointing as this lacked the effervescence of what is typical for the style. Still enjoyable, and my wife really likes this one (and the framboise).

For what it is, a super-sweet sweetened kriek, it isn't that bad.

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Photo of Paddez
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby brownish red brew with a fluffy, pink medium-sized head.
Smell: incredibly sweet with a bubblegum cherry aroma and some almonds. Very artificial and sweet.
The taste was very similar. Very sweet with no sourness or tardness to balance things and a very straightforward soda-like (Dr. Pepper?) cherry taste. Not a single hint that this brew is based on lambic, wich the bottle states. The sweetness robs the beer of every complexness that might otherwise have been traceable.
The mouthfeel is soapy and fizzy.

If anything; this brew is more of a soft drink than a beer. I'd like it as a softdrink probably, but as a beer it is very average. Not worth picking up.

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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.

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Photo of Arborescence
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark ruby red, almost brown.

Aroma: Sweet spices, cherries, almond pits.

Taste: Sweet, maybe too much so. The gueuze base gives the beer a sour kick though, but it is rather well covered by the cherries and the sweetness. Good for someone who doesn’t like the pure lambic taste so much, but wants an authentic kriek. I do like the amaretto-like, almond pit flavour, although it’s more distinctive in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Mostly just lingering sweetness; medium carbonation.

Overall: I haven’t been drinking many lambics recently, but it is a type of beer that I quite like. This particular kriek is made by maturing morello cherry pulp for at least six months in the gueuze base, which itself a blend of matured lambics. Personally I prefer gueuze or other lambics without fruit, but the kriek is a classic, and quite fitting for winter time. This is not the best one out there though...

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle purchased at Green's, in Atlanta.

A- Pours a clear ruby/garnet with a nice white head with decent retention. Good lacing.
S- Mainly barnyard funk with some horseblanket thrown in. Faint fruity sweetness.
T- Cherries. Lots of sugary, cherry sweetness. Too much if you ask me. Reminds me of Lindemans.
M- Medium body, smooth, medium/low carbonation.
D- This is where the beer falls short. The sugary sweetness of the brew makes it hard to drink.

Overall - Not really impressed with the Kriek. Overly sweet, artificial. Would make an acceptable dessert beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - ruby crystal clear and red. Low limbic head 3.75

S - cherry. Cough syrup. Jolly ranchers. Sweet but with out the bacterial limbic smells 3.25

T - sweet but not enough sour. 3

M - syrupy low abv. 3

O - desert beer. Needs to be paired with dark chocolate. 3

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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.


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Photo of pootz
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25cl can:

Poured a brilliant ruby red with a small rocky pink cap....soft small bubbled carbonation clings to the glass.

Aromas: who ever said cherry lifesavers nailed it...that overpowering cherry smell with synthetic swetness over some light funky wet burlap tones from the lambic.

Light body, undetectable malt, tart prickley mouth feel

Flavor is an overpowering Cherry fruitiness with synthetic sweetness balanced against a tart/sour lambic taste...finish is fast sweet and sour with a strange hint of almond.

Like Greg said: tastes like a liquid "cherry life saver"....Very flavorful but so hard to belive the cherry infusion is all natural fruit because of the near cloying sweetness from added confectioner's sugar. A decent Kriek but too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Douberd
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 250 ml at home.One finger pinkish head, dark ruby colour, quite an activity in the glass in the form of bubbles rising to the top. The head quickly became a half finger thin line on the surface of the beer, so retention is quite good.
Aroma is of course of cherries but is a bit too strong, thus appearing artificial. I can smell something else too, but I cannot tell what exactly, the smell is not pleasant though.
Taste is slighty better, sweet as expected but leaves a slighty sour aftertaste. I think that afterall, the smell I was getting is from sour cherries, and you can trace them on the taste too.
On the body is thick above average for a fruit beer, with medium carbonation. Is nice to actually feel that youy don't drink a cherry juice.

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Photo of DCon
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Whole Foods Market in Town & Country, MO for $6.99 in a 12.7 oz Bottle. Poured into my Schlafly Tulip Glass and enjoyed thoroughly with my girlfriend, Natalie. Ale has on back... Bottled On: 090709.

Appearance- Pours a Ruby Red Color and has Dark Brown, Frothy 2 fingers of head. Head retention is decent with quite a bit of lacing around the edges.

Smell- Smells like sour cherry candy (Jolly Ranchers?) or some type of licorice. Very sweet smell, too much in the aroma but distinct.

Taste- Tastes almost as if you melted down a Cherry Jolly Rancher and then blended with ice. Maybe not one of the best Krieks I've had but still enjoyed. Way too sweet!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Huge Carbonation, and an after taste that leaves the mouth puckering.

Overall- This is an extremely over-sweetened Kriek! Not sure if they used to much Sugar or what but it is definitely a drink for the ladies. Their "Spontaneous Fermentation" seems to not be noticed in this one and the ABV% seems like its not even present. Wouldn't stray people from this but not for me!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a clear reddish pink color. Two full fingers of pink hued head. Tight bubbles. Nicely carbonated.

S: Smells like artificial cherry sweetness. Like a cherry halls or something. On the swirl I got a touch of lambic funk but it's so muted.

T: Far too sweet to be a Kriek. Their is a touch of tartness on the tip of the tongue, but the sweet fake cherry covers it too much. It's not funky at all. After the tart start, is really smooth and creamy and mellow in the middle. Finish isn't dry enough either.

M: It's actually medium bodied because of the lack of bacteria to dry it out more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep cherry red with a light pinkish head. The aroma is heavy on the cherries but also some lambic bugs at work here. The flavor has sweet and sour cherry notes, leaning toward sweet, but still a lambic tartness that rounds out the beer. The finish is sweet to dry cherries with minimal funk. Still hits the spot when I want something in this style, and light enough on the palate and alcohol content to be an ideal breakfast or brunch beer. Enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive large-bubbled head. Leaves decent, chunky lace. Clear, reddish burgandy color.

Sweet, fake candy cherry smell. Very much a dessert beer.

The cherry candy flavor continues in the taste. Very little sourness--lots of sugar. Rich body of an overly sweet beverage. Moderate carbonation.

Think dessert and enjoy.

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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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass murky and muddy amber brown with a barley there white head which immediately dispersed and could not lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet with strong cherries, dark ones, up front and an enticing acidic sourness just behind.

The flavor was not very impressive with a light tart cherry flavor and a smidge of sweetness that seemed artificial and chalky.

The finish was heading toward dry with a lasting tart cherry flavor. The body was medium and the carbonation very low. Tasty till the chalky flavors emerge. This one was probably sweetened with saccharine.

25 cl bottle, 10-03 on back label.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely the first lambic Ive ever seen in a can. "Belgian Beer with sugar and sweetener" written on the side as well as "Gueuze Lambic - Cherrys: 25%".

Pours a super bright ruby color with a thick, creamy, ridiculously pink head. The aroma is refreshingly tart with lots of balancing candyish cherry. No beer or funky notes in the nost at all. The taste is Immensely fruity and sweet, like a full bodied cooler. There is some barley grainyness in the back and a subtle lactic tartness, but pure Jolly Rancheresque cherry dominates. The mouthfeel is thick with a lighter carbonation that I was expecting. The finish is sweet with a bit of tartness.

A tastey, if a little overbearing, fruit beer that's just north of cloying. Definitely one of the better 'Plambics' as there is some tartness as well.

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