Kriekbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

very good
262 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2002

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Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of geexploitation
4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a fruit beer. Pours a rusty, dirty brown with minimal head that nonetheless leaves gobs of foam on the sides of my glass. The aroma is very inviting -- mostly sweet and sour cherries, with two different kinds of cherry aromas represented. The first a bit sweet, the second is more earthy and tart. On the palate, the cherries are tart first off, then they gradually morph into sweet cherries on the finish. All of this is incredibly smooth and rich, and very well balanced, with not too much sweetness or tartness. I can't imagine a fruit beer getting much better than this one.

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Photo of Bill_Wylde
4.84/5  rDev +21%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy, lght copper color with off-white head that lingedrs well and reduces to very good lacing on the glass. Excellent aroma of sour dark fruit, mixed with vinegar and cherries. Taste and finish are a perfect Flemish Sour...sour cherry fruit on the front end, followed by a long sweet palate on the end. This is a damn good beer!!!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, deep red color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, big sour cherries. In the taste, just like the smell, big sour cherries. A sour bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour cherry aftertaste. A fantastic sour, great cherry, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of ACarp
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of domnalbrecc
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Garnet body with rich ruby highlights & a finger of loose, cottony head with big bubbles. Leaves trails of lacing.

Awesome, rich smell of cherries with a balance of sweet & tart, leaning just a smidge toward cidery vinegar territory. I can't stop smelling this! Like the smell of cherries being cooked into a reduction. So good.

Hits sweet & sour receptors in such a balanced way. Sweet character sits comfortably right in the middle, surrounded by moderate tartness around the edges. Dark fruit skins, just a little vanilla. Slightly oaky? Great taste.

Moderately acidic, medium-bodied. Acidic enough to engage & tease without making me hyper-salivate or being abrasive.

Maybe this was a case of "right place at the right time," but it really hit things on the head right after a fatty, garlic-heavy dinner. Just delicious, & not as overwhelming as others with similar complexity. Wish I had more.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque red brown or maroon, with a very small head adn little lacing on the glass.
Candi sugar and sour cherries were ther dominant aroma.
The taste was dominated exclusively by sweet and sour cherries, btu had a hitn of bready dough adn malt to it, which was a good balance to the tartness of the fruit.
The feel was rather biting in the back of the mouth and the carbonation adding to the sensation. The sweetness seems to be trying to balance the tartness but cmoes up short. However, it ends rather crisp and sweet on the tongue.
Overall, an excellent beer and one of the best Lambics I've ever had.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish foggy blob. No head off a good pour by the 'tender. Nose is soft and full of cherries. Flavor is extremely smooth and sweet cherries with a great level of sugar on there. Excellent touch of wood. Feels beautiful on the mouth. Smooth and silky with a great carbonation. An excellent fruit beer absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of drperm
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville.

First Off: The best Fruited Lambic I've ever had, bar none. One of the best Lambics I've had, period, fruited or otherwise. Wow.

Appearance: Reddish-purple, with a pink head. Dark, mysterious, and enticing.

Aroma: Cherry pits, slightly sour with a sweet-tart edge. It's inviting me to pour it down my gullet, but my nose is so entranced that I just want to sniff it all night.

Taste: A fruity smorgasbord, but not fruity in the way that sorority spring breaks are fruity -- this is a mature, decadent (yes), refined, high-class fruity. strawberry, raspberry, and (yes) fine cherry notes, along with (if there is such a thing!) gourmet bubble gum and sweet tarts, although the name of this game is "not too sweet!" A sour brett. yeast taste rounds it off.

Palate: Perfect. A study in nuance and style.

Overall: Amazing, really. Again, the best fruited lambic I've ever had. More, please!!

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark red-brown withe a smallish head. Head quickly dissipates to nothing. Nose is cherries and berries with a strong sweetness component with a strong lactic sourness. Taste is very fruity of course, with a big cherry component, but also with a health dose of raspberry and other generic berry flavours. Very sweet, and a ever so slight bitterness and earthiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is spritzy, light and refreshing, and drinkability is superb - good balance of sweet and tart, and a lovely fruit character. The finish contrasts with up-front flavours just enough to clean up the palate.

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Photo of hobbes2150
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good reddish-brown appearance in the glass. Hints of cherry in the nose, with a nice sour note. The taste is amazing, slightly sour with cherry and a taste reminiscent of baking yeast, giving the impression of pastry (I thought specifically of a cherry danish). Not a beer I could drink a lot of in one sitting, but perfect for after meals as a dessert or just as a treat sometime.

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Photo of jwff
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Leifmans glass. Poured a reddish brown in a Liefmans glass with a creamy white head. Crystal clear when held up the light. Beautiful for lack of a better word. Smell is initially the intense tart cherries and sugar, but the brown ale base came through and balanced nicely. Mild must, but really the cherries were just so intense.

Initial rush of cherries and sugar, followed by a generous amount of bacteria funk must that played back and forth with the sourness of the cherries. I've had this in the bottle before and the funk aspect really didn't stand out as much as it did on tap. Rich, chocolate like malts provide the background and offer some overall balance.

Great carbonation and medium body. Sourness adds a tingle in the mouth which borders on oh god I hate to say it "orgasmic." This is one of the few beers I prefer ice cold so it works on tap for me. Flavors seem to really come out in layers on tap. Mm yes a very tasty bier.

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Photo of danadeny
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Anam Cara, and it was great. The body of Kriek was thick, cloudy, and heavy. The color was a dark brown with highlights of amber. The head of the beer was of nice size. The smell of the Kriek was of faint cherries ripened to perfection. The aroma was of real cherries not of a concentrated candy smell. When the Kriek touched my palate, the initial taste was of balanced brown ale. The taste progressed and blended with very tart cherries, but a good amount of tart. The aftertaste was tart, it was not over-powering---perfection! The finish was smooth; there was not a hop finish. The after taste of Kriek faded quickly. The mouth feel was slightly dry...awesome. I felt that the drink ability was more drinkable than water.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked in 2006.

Pours out a hazy rusted tamarind with a moderate off-pink head and blobs of lacing left on the glass. Smells highly acidic, with lots of sour cherry and musty, bacterial funk. Flavor starts off with a bracing sourness which marries itself to cherry sweet tart candy all the way through to the finish. There is some vanilla-like woodiness and subdued vinegar in there as well that goes so well with the cherry flavors. Flavor is rather light to medium with a lively carbonation. Very refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans Kriek

Is it beer? Is it really? Is it luck?

There's a foot at the end of each of my legs.

It is luck?



Sorry :o

Had this on tap at the Publick House after everything else on the draft list started tasting the same.

It looked like I had received someone else's double pour of red wine. Just a little wispy head sitting over a recent acquisition of the Red Cross. Drip, glug, glurp. They serve nearly everything they have in the same branded glasses, so that helps take my mind off memories of that rookie nurse bruising me up, trying to find the vein. Enough not to shudder in public anyways.

Nose was something like fruit punch, but with a Granny Smith tartness to it. A somewhat peppery vinegar aspect floats around, but it's very faint.

Taste was all about maraschino cherries. I can't count how many Thanksgivings I've sucked down a jar of those just because I could. This cherry flavor is super concentrated, but the corn syrup sweetness yields to a deeper earthiness throughout. Very light amount of noticeable malt mixed in here & there. You almost pucker at the end, but a woodsy dryness kills that idea. Alcohol is just barely there.

Decent heft to the body, with a strong carbonation keeping it in check. The dryness at the end makes it go down almost like a slightly more syrupy version of cranberry juice. Now I'm not saying it's necessarily sticky, but if that carbonation wasn't the way it is, it would be.

Just because it's a little expensive($8 for 12oz), I can't give it a five for drinkability. If I could though, if only I could... :)

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Photo of xerge
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of twkirkby
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy cherrywood color with a sily light beige head. Nose ha a perfect blend between sweet cherries, oak and musty funk. Taste is also superbly balanced. I would just like to see a little more sour funk. Medium body suits ale well. A fantastic brew from Liefmans. Top knotch.

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4.5/5  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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Kriekbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
4 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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