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

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81
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
17%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 61
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 thegerm87
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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

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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 andthevolcano
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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 Raziel313
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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 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.

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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 hotsudge
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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