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

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81
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St. Louis KriekSt. Louis Kriek
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:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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 drewone
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 SadMachine
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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St. Louis Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.53 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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