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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-09-2003

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely the first lambic Ive ever seen in a can. "Belgian Beer with sugar and sweetener" written on the side as well as "Gueuze Lambic - Cherrys: 25%".

Pours a super bright ruby color with a thick, creamy, ridiculously pink head. The aroma is refreshingly tart with lots of balancing candyish cherry. No beer or funky notes in the nost at all. The taste is Immensely fruity and sweet, like a full bodied cooler. There is some barley grainyness in the back and a subtle lactic tartness, but pure Jolly Rancheresque cherry dominates. The mouthfeel is thick with a lighter carbonation that I was expecting. The finish is sweet with a bit of tartness.

A tastey, if a little overbearing, fruit beer that's just north of cloying. Definitely one of the better 'Plambics' as there is some tartness as well.

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Photo of pootz
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25cl can:

Poured a brilliant ruby red with a small rocky pink cap....soft small bubbled carbonation clings to the glass.

Aromas: who ever said cherry lifesavers nailed it...that overpowering cherry smell with synthetic swetness over some light funky wet burlap tones from the lambic.

Light body, undetectable malt, tart prickley mouth feel

Flavor is an overpowering Cherry fruitiness with synthetic sweetness balanced against a tart/sour lambic taste...finish is fast sweet and sour with a strange hint of almond.

Like Greg said: tastes like a liquid "cherry life saver"....Very flavorful but so hard to belive the cherry infusion is all natural fruit because of the near cloying sweetness from added confectioner's sugar. A decent Kriek but too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of rayjay
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Plumjack on Noe in San Francisco. Bottle reads 10-2006.

Looks pretty much as expected. For those unfamiliar with the style, it had a tiny head that faded right away, tiny bubbles, huge cherry smell with a bit of musty funk, and absolutely no detectable hops.

Candy beer similar to Lindemans Framboise, in terms of sweetness and fruit intensity (Lindemans Kriek is a bit more tart and not as intense with the cherries). The body is medium and noticably thick and sticky from the sugar. Great if you love candy. Not really sour but a tiny bit tart, especially the first sip.

I'd like to age this one to see if the yeast can tackle some of that sugar.

Warning: you will need a dentist when you wake up from the diabetic coma. This would make a refreshing afternoon or dessert drink. It would be funny to watch a really manly guy try to deny liking this! Cheers.

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

This poured from a small can that resembled a can of a popular European Energy Drink into my tulip glass a deep red with a slight head that quickly subsided. Smell is very fruity, not too much of a beer nose there at all. Taste is quite nice, cherries, with a palate that resembles that of a gueuze. It is a little dry, but not overbearing, and quite refreshing and easy to drink.

This is not a bad Kriek at all.

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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 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 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 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 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 stegmakk
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear dark ruby color. No head or lacing or any type of head/lacing.
Aroma was mild cherry with bread? farmy kinda hint to it
Taste I thought was real good...it was not overly sweet...it did have a nice fizz to it...it also wasn't as fruity/cherry as I thought it was going to be...clean crisp with a nicely tart aftertaste...
mouthfeel had a little fizz but was fairly thin...
drinkability was great...i blew threw the 10oz sampler and bought a growler the next day...my wife actually likes this too and we finished the growler in 2 days...good stuff
I will keep buying this while its still on tap at shoreline

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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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