Jacobins Kriek Max
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #305
Ranked #27,262
3.52 | pDev: 17.05%
Feb 21, 2022
Mar 01, 2005
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Notes: Kriek Max is brewed with beer of spontaneous fermentation (lambic). The perfect combination of 25% natural cherry juices and the lambic, gives the beer not only its excellent taste but also its pleasant scent.

Served in its specifically chalice-shaped glass on an elegant base, Kriek Max is the max for the real cherry beer lover! Or serve it with ice cubes in the modern Max On Ice glass!
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Rated: 3.71 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
250 ml bottle, from Matkroken Stokka. BB date 15.01.15. ABV is 3.5%. Dark red colour, moderate to low pink head. Lovely aroma of sweet and sour cherries, cherry kernels, almonds / almond essence / marzipan. Sweet flavour with loads of sweet and sour cherries, also hints of almonds. Too sweet, but still a guilty pleasure to drink.
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Mar 10, 2019
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Reviewed by jamesroses from Argentina

3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours brownish red with a 3 fingers pink head that dissapears rather quickly.

Smells of fermented bittersweet cherries.

Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is sweet and sour, a bit thin.
Jan 22, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by steverx8 from England

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2017
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Cherry red with a little carbonation, and topped with a half finger of pinkish head. Fairly clear body.

Smells of cherries, rich sweet cherry pie! Not much more, its the pie filling with no crust or whipped cream.

A big balance of sweet and tart, cherries and vanilla. Quite rich.

Thick body, with moderate carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, where I am drinking it at home Sept 1st, 2017. Exceeded my expectations for the style of brew. Sweet to taste, its a dessert beer, but nice and refreshing.
Sep 01, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jul 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
I have no idea why this beer is so much underrated. It pours red color. Has a great cherry aroma and a great taste too. With a hint of almond and a bit sour. Nice feel and carbo. I think it's mislabled as lambic but it's very good fruit beer,
Nov 11, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by YvesB from Belgium

Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 3.27 by Catalin90 from Romania

Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by Antyk from Belgium

Feb 22, 2016
Rated: 2.85 by Brewski from Pennsylvania

Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 3 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Feb 27, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by meganelizabeth86 from Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 1.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Anderbrau_IPA from Panama

Oct 13, 2014
Rated: 3.2 by mattfancett from England

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by leitmotif from Romania

Aug 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by petewheeler from Maryland

Aug 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by beerpirates from Belgium

Jul 24, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Jul 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by KevinGordon from North Carolina

Dec 29, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by dcmchew from Romania

Nov 05, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by bark from Sweden

Oct 06, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by Jeeb from North Carolina

Sep 16, 2013
Rated: 4 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Aug 23, 2013
Rated: 4 by stampfler07 from Colorado

Aug 08, 2013
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Reviewed by TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark red tinged with purple. Moderate pink head that gives up consistent lace. Everything about this is cherry. Cherry, cherry, cherry. Strong aroma and taste of cherry with a hint of the character of lambic beer. Where it really works on the finish where the beer has a lingering tart finish. Sweet up front, but not cloying or soda like, god natural cherry character to tase and smell. The brewers have simply gone all out to make this more about fruit than anything else, but the lambic side of it distinguishes it from straight juice in a good way. Points for craftsmanship.

Works as an extreme beer and, like any extreme brew, won't be to everyone's taste. Well, let's call this what it is - cherry juice with a lambic twist. If you like krieks, you'll find this at least interesting. I like krieks and really enjoyed this. Wish I could lay my hands on it more regularly.

Mmm. Cherry.
May 05, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by randylangford from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by matjack85 from Illinois

Feb 02, 2013
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Reviewed by Brabander from Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
To begin this review; i am not a big fan of Kriekbeer. Got one bottle from my cousin and today was the day to try it.

Poured in my dutch beerglas the beer doesn't look at all as beer. A violet head and a dark violet fluid. You can smell and taste the cherries they used (or the aroma) very good.

Sweet and fresh, a bit sour. For a fruitbeer perhaps not bad but not my cup of tea.
Oct 17, 2010
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Reviewed by Gueuzedude from Arizona

2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
How bad can it really be? If I go in wanting fruit juice maybe it won't taste too bad? The real question is what was I thinking, but it was late at night, the only nearby open beer bar was this docked boat floating in the river, what else was I going to do.

Despite expecting it the cherry character is just screaming from the aroma; fake, sweet and with a huge aspirin like quality, the fake cherry cough syrup character is almost overwhelming. It reminds me a bit of Capri-sun cherry "flavored" drink. In some ways it actually smells more red, than it does of cherry, if that makes any sense. And there is a sort of play-dough like aroma to this beer somehow too. The flavor is much the same, with some definite aspirin like notes in the finish. The beer feels viscous and syrupy on the palate, but because it is just juice it is actually somewhat refreshing; sort of.
Oct 15, 2010
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Reviewed by Stephen63 from Scotland

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A - Pink tinged red wine colour with decent head.

S - Very much dominated by cherry and overly sweet.

T - Sweetness very pronounced at start but bitterness evident in the finish. Quite sugary and raspberry also prominent. I reckon it might be appreciated better at slightly hgigher serving temperature than the 4oC on the bottle.

M - Good carbonation but quite sharp on the tongue.

D - Quite easy to drink but not moreish.

A light refreshing summer drink but there are better examples of the style out there.
Oct 11, 2008
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Reviewed by wl0307 from England

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Purchased at the Tesco supermarket. At 3.2%abv., 375ml green bottle in presentation, corked and caged. BB 28/04/10, serve lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a dark pink-ruby hue, topped with a foamy pinky froth with good retention, on top of moderate but healthy carbonation.
S: I say, how can this be a lambic-based fruit beer? For, there's not a single hint of lambic's tart and musty note in it. Instead, a lightly prune-ish note of a Flemish Red Ale hides behind the rich façade of sweet cherries and cherry-skins. Overall, quite pleasant and fruity, not overly sweet but nothing too special here.
T: a decent level of salty-sourness from the red/brown ale accompanies the more pronounced cherry-fruitiness; faintly bitter in the finish, as if from the wood-ageing process of the base ale. Apart from these characters, this is a straight-forward cherry ale as far as my palate is concerned.
M&D: quite refreshing and light on the mouthfeel, this is a very fruity brown-ale-based cherry beer that hasn't got much depth or complexity. But it's easy-drinking all the same.
Sep 08, 2008
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Reviewed by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
300ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a deep pinky red colour... Pink head poured big and foamy and faded to almost nothing...

Aroma - Strong sweet cherries, almonds, cream, vanilla, biscuity, peppery, powdery hints...

Taste – Very (too ?) sweet, strong creamy cherries, lemony hints, definite almond / marzipan notes, floral, light sourness...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy. Medium body... Quite drinkable but becomes too sweet after a while..

Overall - A pretty average kriek.... too sweet... Worth a try maybe once...
Mar 13, 2006
Jacobins Kriek Max from Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 37 ratings