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

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Added by Jason on 11-09-2003

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Photo of bnes09
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby hazy appearance. Clean, mild funk and cherry aroma. Moderate tartness. Sweet red and black cherries. Moderate funk. Well balanced. Super dry feel.

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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.

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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 Vylo
4.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber lambic with light, almost no head, smells of sweet cherries.

This is one of the sweetest lambics I have ever had. I can't emphasize enough how sweet it is. Super sweet. I kind of like it, but I can see it being off putting if you aren't ready for the overload of cherry.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not all kriek has to be super lacto heavy and old and acidic, and i think for the more jammy and approachable examples of the style, this one is pretty good. i also think i like it best of their fruited beers i have had. the color is dark dark red, bright still too though, like black cherries or something, none of the candy apple or fire engine shade, this is far darker. not much head on it, although the carbonation i very very lively like a soda. the smell is sweet for sure, but the fruit is really dominant and authentic so i almost dont mind it. i think its hard to drink a lot of, because the taste is very sweet too, but its low abv and genuine cherry taste are both flattering to it. not medicinal at all, and despite what others say, there is a wild ale tang to this, maybe not heavy acidic like some of the other belgian krieks, but its a more accessible version of the style than most any out there. say what you want about this beer, but i dont think its meant to be compared to the lou pepes of the world. for what it is, its really nicely done, llots and lots of depth. it also makes a hell of a pate, and a compote type condiment. i respect this more than others i think.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle dated 2012/09/25. The pour was nice, not much head that disappeared completely. Classic reddish color with a tinge of brown. Sour on the smell. Taste is great - sour to sweet to sour on the finish. Quite enjoyable. Feel is good, might need more carbonation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet cherries are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cherries and has a moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has
O: This beer is very easy to drink. It seems to have a good balance between the cherries and sweetness, but the cherry flavors seem like they are a little artificial.

Serving type: bottle

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sweet and sour malt, cherry juice, cherry candy, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry juice and cherry candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is more like a soda or juice, but the flavors come through as a solid sour cherry beer.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Gainesville HOB. 9/25/2012 day enjoyed 9/7/13. Pours deep dark red with no head. Aroma is big time sweet cherries with some hints of vanilla in the background. Flavor is up front cherry finishing very smooth into some vanilla oak. Not much tartness here and mostly focuses on the sweet cherry juice.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a candied ruby red with slightly dense body with tons of little carbonation bubbles bursting to the top of the glass. The beer pours with a heavy and smooth, two-finger’s width head that sticks around and is white with a slightly yellow-red tint to it. The head leaves a lacing of dry fat clouds of bubbles on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet candied cherries, like a cross between maraschino and cherry flavored cough syrup, though more towards the sweet maraschino. There is also a light spicy smell that hints at funk but doesn’t fully show it. On the tongue, the beer tastes sharply acidic with lots of fruit and sweet sugar and little to no bitterness. The flavor begins as sweet cherry cough syrup and then slowly works its way into maraschino cherry territory with very slight hints of funk, but no really funky character. The finish gives the most funk, but even then it is light and surrounded by sweet, candied cherry flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a nice smooth and strong carbonation that gives some scrub to the tongue but doesn’t quite handle the cloyingly sweet cherries. The mouth is left very clean except for the pools of saliva on the sides of the tongue which are formed due to the large amount of acid in the beer. Overall, this is an alright sweet kriek. I do wish there was more of a funky character to the beer, and I do wish the cloying nature of the sweetness was a little more in check. That being said, my girlfriend said she enjoyed the beer a lot, though she detected a faint smell and taste of chlorine in the beer, so it does appeal to some beer drinkers. I’m unsure whether Van Honsebrouk used cherry extract in this beer, or if they just used too many cherries, but something in the beer is giving it a synthetic flavoring that is reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. An alright beer overall.

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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 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 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 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 ummswimmin
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked out this lambic to share with my wife. She doesn't care for beer (all the more for me), and lambics are more like a high end adult fruit drink.

I poured this into a tulip, and the coloring was a clear, crimson color. I don't see any particulates. The foam was really light, and it went down quickly.

The smell is a very strong cherry. There is a lot of sweetness coming off the top.

The flavor is a sweet bomb. There is a lot of cherry in there. There is nothing subtle about this flavor. The flavor was so strong that I winced with my first drink.

This is a very interesting experience. The kriek was pretty good. However, I like the Oude Fontenien and the Framboise much better than this offering. My wife piped up that she really likes the peach based lambic.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of frothy pink tinted head. Retention is a touch below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Cherry cough syrup and lozenges. Intensely sweet with just hints of musty funkiness underneath. Of the St. Louis fruit lambics, this is the least beer-y one.

4.0 T: What can I say, I'm a sucker for these. They are like really expensive, really tasting fruit sodas. Taste is bursting with cherry in a moderately medicinal way. Very little in terms of complexity aside from a little tartness. All of the true lambic flavors are hidden behind the additives.

4.5 M: Good spritzy carbonation. Super creamy and infinitely drinkable.

4.0 D: Again, as much as I don't respect backsweetened lambics, they sure do taste good.

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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 peabody
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear bubbly pinkish red with one finger white small suds.
Smell is Cherry and oak and sugar malts.
Taste is sour and sweet cherry with a dark bitterness hiding just behind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and cold, this beer is very refreshing.
Overall I like this brewery and it's wonderful sour fruit beers.

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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 zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, ruby red color with a one-finger, pink head of fluffy foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of cherry with sweet and sour notes.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry up front which turns to a puckering sour bite. Tangy is maybe the word to describe it.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a puckering bite. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. I liked it. It is better than some of the other Krieks out there.

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Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during a fruit lambic tasting and poured into a plastic tasting glass. Bottled on 070419, which I'm assuming means 2007. Should be sour.

Pours a deep amber-maroon, slightly hazy, with a fizzy light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving some spotty lace.

Super aromatic, I can pick it up from far away. Super-sweet cherries, a bit of butter and sugar cookie notes hit first, while an earthy tinge comes after the swallow.

This thing tastes like a cherry Now and Later. Very sweet and nicely tart, with a very slight funky character.

Light, fizzy carbonation inside a soft medium-light body. The tartness builds lightly on the sides of the tongue between sips.

Though the drink wasn't as tart as I expected, it was still extremely flavorful and damn tasty. The impressive use of cherry flavor made this one the winner of the tasting for sure.

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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 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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