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 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 armock
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a red color with a pink head that fades quickly but leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of sweet dark cherries

T - Just like it smells lots of sweet dark cherry flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This brewery is fast becoming one of my favorite Belgian breweries so far I haven't had anything from them that I didn't enjoy and this beer is no exception its very easy to drink with its good taste worth picking up a bottle to try

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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 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 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 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 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 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 crossovert
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It comes in an elegant looking 12.7 oz black foiled and capped green bottle. Bottled on 09 07 09.

It pours into my Unibroue tulip a deep rose red with a thick pink tinged white head that leaves a thick coat of lacing as it recedes.

It has a classic cherry scent to it, with a hint of tartness. Underneath it is some lemon and a smidge of funky sourness. The more you smell, the less sweet cherry smell there is.

It has a large upfront sweetness along with the cherry flavor. There is not much funk in the taste, maybe a little bit of lemon tartness far beneath the overload of ripe cherry.

It is more balanced than some more fruity krieks and it has a nice mouthfeel but I have to dock it a few points in drinkability due to its high sweetness.

Overall it is a nice fruit beer for a summer afternoon.

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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 RobeyStreet
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice kriek! I tried this kriek while in Belgium, after my dinner. It was very cherry (some may even say cough-syrup or candy-like, but I enjoyed it!) and very sweet. Definitely a dessert type of drink, but not something to drink with a meal. It was bubbly, and malty just like a lambic should be. I was very impressed, and I think I preferred it to Lindeman's (at least their Kriek).

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Photo of joedon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my wife's favorite during our recent European trip. More like a wine than a beer so that appealed to her.

Pretty pink head on top of bright ruby colored beer. Very fizzy.
A bit sweet and sweetness not really balanced by a lot of acidity.
Cherries predominate in the smell and taste. No doubts this is a cherry beer. Possibly would work paired with a dessert but not really a food-beer. Mostly for sipping.

This falls pretty short of the beer geek's idea of Kriek. My preference would be Lindeman's.

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

A - Poured a bright red, almost like cherry soda. Thin pink head was gone almost instantly and there was very little in terms of lacing. Carbonation could be seen throughout.

S - Sour cherries and quite medicinal.

T - Similar to the nose except the cherries were much more tart than in the nose. Slight medicinal aftertaste like cough syrup.

M - Very light and full of carbonation. Just the body I would expect from a kriek.

D - While I could drink more than one, the tart cherries make this a two at the most beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a sem-cloudy reddish-amber color with a half inch pink head that dissipated after a minute or so. Not much lacing though.

Aroma of sour cherries, medicinal/metallic scent as well.

Taste is very cider-like; sour cherries, tart and puckering.

Good carbonation on this one, flavor lingers on the palate for a good while. This lambic feels a bit thin on the tounge.

Easy to drink although this makes me burp entirely too much. The carbonation keeps this one from becoming too sweet, although I don't think I would have a sixer of these (that and the price of lambics is usually pretty high...)

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Photo of atis
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours dark read with pink half finger head, leaves very thin and patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish cheery, could not get anything more, cherry is too strong.

As expected, taste is mostly sweet cherry syrup with slightly sour finish, feels nicely refreshing. Mouthfeel is suprisingly thick with approximately medium carbonation.

Good one and very drinkable.

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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 SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL green glass cork-finished. Cork date 04-2007. Poured in Moinette chalace.

Appearance: A white, very light but sudsy head, left no lacing. Color is mahogany to reddish brown. Fairly clear.

Nose: The classic red cherry (Luden's cough drops) of a sweeter-style kriek. Not a lot of woodiness or nuttiness here. Hard to get much other than the cherries.

Palate: Light carbonation, moderately sweet, but the tartness creeps in on the finish. It is a sweet-tartness though, like a sour patch kid. Mouth-feel is nice, with a certain woody texture and some of the wheat comes across, mostly in texture, not as much in flavor. A lightly-toasted oak flavor is subtly present. When aggitated in the mouth, the finish is more classic kriek than
"other" mass-produced examples.

Notes: A half-step between the commercial and cloyingly sweet lambics (Lindeman's) and the traditional, sour labics (Cantillon). A better introduction to what Lambics are than Lindeman's and more user-friendly for those just starting into sour Belgian beers.

Other Notes: We tried this beer, at the request of the regional rep, next to a bottle of Lindeman's Kriek. On the nose, the differences were subtle. The palate revealed the woody texture of St. Louis and the notes associated with oak-ageing, whereas the Lindeman's was cloying, round, and had a slick, soda like mouth-feel. The finish of the St. Louis was stronger and more complex than the Lindeman's. All in all, they're not hugely different (half-step), but the quality of the St. Louis is such that the money is better spent with it and the lesson of oak-ageing is more obvious. I still prefer the Cantillon style to both though.

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Photo of beereality
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark , hazy ruddy pour, with a little pinkish head. Little lacing in my tulip. Strong cherry smell. Super sweet light fizzy start, with a tart almost sour finish. Very strong cherry taste almost like cough medicine, but with the sour finish, its really quite refreshing. With the strong sweet start it really does not finish sweet and syrupy, but more dry and crisp.

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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 BlueHammer
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep, bright opaque color with a red tone. It had a thin light pink head. The smell is of strong, sweet cherries, almost like cherry cough syrup. It had a flat cherry flavor. I kept waiting for the "kick" that beers like this have and it never came. It was good, enjoyable, but not fantastic. The finish was slightly sour which I enjoyed but would have preferred a more sour edge throughout to give this beer the extra kick it needed.

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