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

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St. Louis KriekSt. Louis Kriek

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear ruby color with a frothy pink head on top. Some spotting lacing on the outside of the glass.

S: A mild lactic acidity and some sour cherries, but that's about it in terms of the lambic character. Not much in the way of funk or oak. Still, the nose is invivting.

T: A very sweet, cherry syrup like flavor. Maybe a touch of cola to go along with the overall sweetness. Just a hint of acidity on the finish.

M: A light body with plenty of carbonation and a bit of a lingering sweetness.

D: Normally I'm not one for the sweetened lambics, but this one is actually pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

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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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a tart cherry scent that is quite refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a very sour flavor that is full of cherries, but maybe a little of the overkill side. It refreshes, but it also makes my cheeks pucker. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fruity treat, but it's too tart for me.

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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 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 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 Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red color with a one-finger head into my chalice.

Aroma is strong with tart cherry that reminds me of cherry pie.

Taste is strong, tart cherry with quite a bit of carbonation and it's not too cloying nor sour.

Mouthfeel is faded tart cherry that seems smooth and lingers a bit.

Not a bad example of a lambic. In comparison to Boon and Lindeman's, this is in the middle.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle in Amsterdam into a tulip.

This is one of the better lambics I've had.

The color is a dark red with a light pinkish head and minimal lacing.

It smells very fruity, mostly cherries is what I'm getting.

It tastes sweet, cherry is everywhere. with a very fine finish.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle with a date of 05-2007, pretty sure that is a bottled date. Pours a very clear rich red color with a light cap of foam. Fades quickly in true lambic fashion.

Nose is chock full of delicious cherry aromas. Not very sour smelling and has a fair amount of sweetness to it.

Ahh, there is the tartness, it seems some age has really brought out some deeper kriek-like flavors. Sweetness is still there, but less so that I remember on the one I had a year and a half ago from the same batch. Lots of cherry flavors are here, much more so than Cantillon Kriek, but also much less sour. Mouthfeel is rich and thick, quite good. I am really digging this beer with some age on it. I will not hesitate to grab many more of these next time I see it and throw them in the cellar. Pretty good value as well, as I think this one was under 5 bucks. I like to think of this as more of a dessert beer, akin to a good icewine. So damn drinkable.

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

Good fruit Lambic, where the fruity sense predominates over the acidity and luckily the sugary sense is rather well integrated without overwhelming the brew.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged green bottle. Simple label with a slightly tacky design over the St. Louis seal and four cherries over yellow background, back label alongside perfunctory legal notes offers serving suggestions, main characteristics, and bottling date, which is also present on the cork (March, 2007) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep red, almost brown, hazy pour, with a very generous pink head, fair retention, surface memory, and lacing.

S - Sour cherries with a sugary hint.

T - Sweet and tart range with an assertive cherry sense that floats nicely over light acidic touches. Sugary touch that does not quite reach the finish.

M - Medium-light body with generous carbonation early on, and a touch of a sticky/syrupy density in the finish.

D - Nice as a social drink for me, but I admit that fruit iambics are really not what I would go after. And yet this makes for a good drink. A bit too long, slightly boring for me to think of another pour.

Notes: Good Lambic, not too bad as the social brew. I've had it on tap as well before and the freshness helped it quite a bit. Not sure I would go at it again but for fruit Lambics what these brewery is doing is some of the best I've tried.

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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 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 UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at De 7 Schaken in Antwerp, Belgium.

This kriek poured a bright, ruby red color with pink, creamy foam that settled slowly and coated the glass, leaving rings. The smell was a deep cherry aroma, slightly sweet. The taste was a huge cherry flavor, almost syrupy sweet. Not much else coming through on the taste, but good cherry, other than the sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy (or "sticky") with medium body and good carbonation. The sweet cherry flavor lingered in the aftertaste. This was a good beer to have with dinner.

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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 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 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 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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