Kriekbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2002

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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 194
Reviews by sholland119:
Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head an no lacing.

Smell is dominated by sweet cherries with some wild yeast funk. Very appealing.

Taste is extremely well balanced between sweet and sour with a strong dose of cherries. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation.

One of the most drinkable krieks I have come across, almost sessionable.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark redish/brown pour. Plenty of fruitiness in the nose highlighted by cherries...of course. The sweetness was not overpowering, in fact, it was nicely counterbalanced with a woderful tartness & acidity that made this lambic more refreshing than sweet. Dries out towards the end with a slight and mild woodiness. Wonderful beer for anytime fo year!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, hazy red dulled with orange. The pink head was foamy and nice as well.

Smell – This one has some good cherry notes while still retaining that barnyard lambic aroma.

Taste – A little more cherry at the taste. The horse here is strong as well. This is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel – Big, huge carbonation and light-bodied. The sour finish is sharp as well.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this one. It is not like the candy sour Shock Tart kind of flavor like some Fruit Lambics have. I took a deep whiff before every sip.

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Photo of ricke
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish ruby color. A rather big head with a kind of strange looking brownish pink color. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

S: A great mix of oud bruin and cherries. The smell of cherries is mostly genuine and rustic, but accentuated with more candy-like cherry aromas. Some cherry pits, earth, vinegar, phenols, grass and wood.

T: The cherries are more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. They are rather sweet with a distinct candy-like character. Sweetness really abounds in this one, but it never gets cloying, perhaps because of a decent amount of tartness that balances the sweetness. All in all, a very good taste and quite refreshing despite the sweetness. The taste is layered with cherry pits, fruit juice, lemon peel, lemon juice, apple rind, some vinegar, wood, earth and a mild taste of yeast. Notes of brown sugar as well. A restrained funkiness (hay, barn). The finish is tart with notes of minerals and pleasant cherry pits.

M: Medium body, quite a lot of carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: A very tasty beer. Easy to drink despite the sweetness and the overall character of a digestif or dessert. Complex and well balanced.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish rusty colour with a thick haze, good lacing as it leaves a few rings on the glass.

Fluffy spritzy body. Tartness and sweetness battle it out, tartness wins but not by much. Musty barnyard character is soft in the aroma and flavour. Cherry flavour is prolific as it gives tart and sweet juicy flavours.

Very quenching, lovely balance of tart and sweet. I was very pleased to find this on tap.

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Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz corked and caged bottle, elegantly presented in decorative, wrapped paper that I would have kept as a souvineer if it were not so crinkled. Served at cellar temperature into my St Bernardus goblet, the body is an almost opaque, ruby or rusty brown. The head is two cm tall, and is beige with cerise fringes. Classic Belgian sheet lacing is all over the goblet as the contents are slowly sipped away. Impressive appearance!

Immediately tart in the mouth, very tingly carbonation and very sour cherries.

The taste is exceptional. Very sour and tart, with freshly fermented cherries leading the way. Very earthy with undertones of coriander and allspice, and a persistent barnyard musty yeast presence. The cherry flavors alternate between tart and sweet, and this ale is all about the cherries, which makes it so extraordinary and enjoyable. I've read conflicting reports as to whether this is a true Lambic, but it definitely has a Lambic character.

I really love a fine Kriek, and this is one of the better ones. a perfect sipper for a nightcap. Drinkability may merit a higher score than the 4 I rated it, but I just can't imagine the idea of drinking more than one of these at a sitting. This should be sipped slowly, so that all of its delicious and intriguing characteristics can be savored to the fullest.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: no head, cloudy, low carbonation-ruby red in color

Smell: dark cherry and vinegar

Taste: cherries both sweet and dark and sourness

Mouthfeel: sweet the sour taste mixes in the back, light bodied, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: A good intro sour that is a one at a time beer for me. The taste is good and I would get this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this 750ml bottle.

The beer pours a dark red to purple color with a small white head. The aroma is very sweet cherries and not too much else. The flavor is sweet cherries with just a little bit of tartness mixed in. I also get some vanilla notes in the flavor, but I am not sure where that comes from. Medium, slightly syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very good fruit beer.

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Photo of Soonami
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rastaman
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i really like Liefmans beers, always well balanced, this is no exception, sour cherry flavour, with perhaps a bit of sweetness, but fairly dry, drinkable, interesting and just plain good.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.15/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark cherry red with a smallish tan head that disappeared too quickly.
Aroma is sour cherry candy and clove or cinammon.
Taste is sweet cherry at first but then extremely sour cherry to follow with no sweetness left to balance it.
Aftertaste is of cherry and cinammon/clove...but definately sour.
I enjoy a sour beer however this one was too sour without the sweetness I am used to for balancing.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

375ml caged and corked bottle poured into a wine flute.

A: The beer poured a purple red color with a thin head of pink foam that disappeared almost instantly. Smalls strands of bubbles rushed to the surface.

S: Aromas of cherry, oak, nectarine and peach. Slight hint of alcohol is present, but nothing out of place and it blends well the fruitiness.

T: Strong flavor of cherry with a bit of oak. Very tart and somehow refreshing.

M: Medium carbonation with a nice dry mouth feel that carries over from the sour bite.

O: This is a great kriek, too bad that it's no longer being made. The combination of the strong cherry and oak flavors mesh well with each other. Very sour with no real hint of added sugar is a big plus.

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Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 edition,aged 4 years 5.5% acquired in Montreal. Highly carbonated cherry champagne. Like a high quality carbonated natural not sweet juice fun to drink. Dessert, appetizer, whatever. No overwhelming aroma. Lots of JUICE. Tart but not sour. Not too much alcohol, so quite drinkable. 2007 edition, excellent kriek.Great aroma.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a raspberry smoothie. Murkie red with a nice pink head. Spotty lacings.

Sour aroma, nice cherries.

What can you say? It's fruity. Touch of sourness to the cherries with a tart, semi-dry finish. Certainly refreshing.

Perhaps a little too much carbonation, but an easy drinker. A benchmark kriek, good flavour, easy drinking, not too challenging. I enjoy it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Liefman's produces an Oud Bruin as its regular beer, and a stronger version of the same beer (matured for another half year +) to blend/create its special Goudenbond. Once a year some of the stronger beer has cherries added to it to create the Kriek. Their multi-strain yeast originally came from Rodenbach, and lends to its tartness.
It pours a hazy reddish-brown body topped by a creamy off-white head that holds well at first, and leaves some nice lace even when settled. The nose is complex and interesting with some mustiness, a good deal of barnyard character, and an authentic cherry fruitiness. The body is light but enhanced by a very fine and effervescent carbonation that leaves it airy and smooth across the palate. Barnyard character, tartness, and authentic cherry flavor combine in the flavor. It's rich and distinct, but not overdone. There's no syrupy cherry flavor or overt sweetness. It finishes dry with some residual tartness. Very nicely done!

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml at 33

This one was somewhat of a dissapointment. Poured into a liefmans' chalice it was bright red with a healthy head that didn't disappear. The aroma had some of the normal lambic funk, with hints of grass and crushed cherries. The flavor was simply thin. There was very little of the sourness that makes this style. There was strong hints of grass and of course cherry. One was enough.

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Photo of adamcthomp
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerluvr
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2000. Pours with a short-lived light pink tinged head, light film of foam stays until the end. Hazy deep rose hued liquid. Nose is of cherries, slight cork/horse blanket aromas...very fruity. Taste is acidic and quite sharp with notes of sour cherries, yeastiness, light maltiness, nice mouthfeel to it. Finishes tart and very favorite Kriek, not too sour, and not sweet like other brands can be. Very drinkable due to the 5% alcohol content...yummy.

Thanks to francisweizen for the bottle.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lot darker than other krieks I have seen (not that i've seen very many) is almost dark brown in colour. Taste is all over the place and hard to pin down, 'sweet and sour' cherries is how I would describe it. The carbonation level is very nice on the tongue and overall this is another enoyable excursion into the happy world of belgian fruit-beer.

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Photo of Jon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Liefmans Kriek, bottled December 2001, pours a chestnut/red hue with a bubbly off-white head, which leaves minor trails of lace down the flute glass. The nose is of tart cherries and minor mustiness. One knows a fruity, yet dry beverage is waiting. The flavor, initially, is huge on tart, sour cherries. After the lambic warms up a bit, sweeter, sugary elements come into play, along with a cola-like flavor. Liefmans is not quite as dry as some other traditional krieks. Mouthfeel is effervescent while the brew is chilled, but turns into a thicker, syrupy liquid after it reaches room temperature. The carbonation here is very well done -- not too much, just enough. Overall, this is a very good kriek. It's not overpowering, and would make a nice introduction kriek for the unenlightened.

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DESTRO
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this glugs out a murky red hued brown color with a small but attractive white head that left some sporadic lacing. the aroma runs wild with everything from barnyard funk to tart cherries. leathery and earthy versus tart fruitiness. nice. lightly creamy in the mouth with a nice tingly carbonation, flavors are all over as well. huge cherries are the show, tart and puckering with a light sweetness in the background. light spice and a little "woody" it all ends with a slight sour note. delicious! a masterpiece beer. does everything just right and i could drink it anytime. this gets a high five AND a down low.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice garnet-ruby color with a one-finger head that fades to a spotty covering of bubbles.

Smell is great, sweet and sour cherries really come out with a slight musty funk, almost horseblanket.

Very similar in taste to the aroma. Tart, yet sweet, cherry, some plum with some interesting sour funk underneath. Sweet is well-balanced by tartness.

Fine bubbles make the high carbonation rather pleasant. Nice, moderate body feels substantial. Very drinkable if you don't mind some sweetness.

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