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 philipquarles
1.6/5  rDev -60%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

375ml bottle from 2007. Pours a disappointingly clear, deep ruby with a light pink head that disappears immediately. Smells quite sweet, with strong, candy-like cherry. Some slight vinegar-like tart notes and must. Tastes incredibly sweet and artificial. Ungodly; it's like trying to drink 12.7oz of cherry Robitussin. A hint of tartness that's quickly enveloped by ridiculous fake cherry. I don't have a clue where the claims of sourness are coming from, unfortunately. Feel is like effervescent syrup. Shit. This one went down the drain.

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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 gxm99
2.3/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We had this in a 375ml bottle at the Waterhuis in Gent.

Appearance was a deep ruby with good head.

The aroma was very strongly of cherries, with not much else.

My tasting notes say "My mouth has been assaulted by cherries". I really didn't get much else out of it, the cherry is just way out of balance.
I wonder if the sour flavor might develop more when it gets to the US.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cork says 2007.

Pours a deep maroon into a goblet. Very little head that completely disappears.

I immediately get a whiff of sweet cherries and a hint of yeast tartness (maybe hopefulness). Halfway through the beer, the latter is completely unnoticeable. The first whiff made me excited to try this one.

The taste is entirely of sweet cherry. It is too sweet to be balanced in any way.

This could be enjoyed under very specific circumstances; maybe a small pour paired with a rich dessert would yield fantastic results. As a beer, this is just too much.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 2014. Poors in with an unstable head with bubbles and is gone in a second. Deep bordeaux red color however more to the purple. Nose is sweet cherries with litle sourness, no malt to discover and a too clean stable; if there is one. Taste is sweet, sweet, cheries and litle sourness and bublegum there too as well. The cleanest but one of the dullest krieks I've ever tasted. Not my style and rather drink beer like Ranke Kriek or 3 Fonteinen then this (must be sweetened and pasteurised) Liefmans.

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Photo of stcules
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The smell is cherry syrup, cherry syrup and cherry syrup again...
Like grenadine. Beautiful colour, classic burgundy. The foam is very poor, and even the taste have the cherry syrup before all. Not unpleasant, but the sweet is too preponderant, and you can't feel anything else. The sweet is too "heavy". It's is also quite sparkling, and this lead to a little likeness to Lambrusco (italian wine).

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Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a clear light mahogany color with little foam. Immediately apparent that this isn't really a Kriek, but rather some cherry-esque flandersy thing. Aromas of caramel and maple syrup with some overripe mushy mealy cherries. Flavor is caramel, medicinal cherry cough syrup, anise, bread. Thin and overcarbonated. No thanks.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for this one.

Served in a white wine glass.

A- Almost maroon with a ring of lacing. Nothing too grand.

S- The smell is of cherries for sure, and sour ones to boot. This can be smelled from a distance. A very common sour cherry smell in terms of this kind of beer.

T- This has a sort of milky cherry taste, kinda like an antiacid tums of sorts. Not a whole lot going on as far as complexity in my opinion, there is some slight malt flavor, but the sour cherry is there for sure, yet seems creamy.

M- Creamy and kinda heavy in feel.

D- This could be chugged quite easily for sure. Not too hard to drink to say the least.

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Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Bobikel
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter goblet.

Appearance - A deep burgandy ale with reddish highlights. A bit hazy, and a small slightly red/purple head that sinks away rather fast.

Smell - Could smell this thing a mile away. Deep cherry sweetness, paired with the typical tartness. The usual underlying brett "funk" is not so appearant here.

Taste - Sweet, up front, with a light even tartness that holds throughout. A slight maltiness kicks up at the end, creating a somewhat drying effect on the palate. Somewhat cloying with a slightly papery finish. Not to sure what that's about...

Mouthfeel - Light and even, but a little lower carbonation than some of the other soured beers I've tried.

Drinkability - To sweet to drink more than one, but the acidity makes it ideal for hot days...

Overall - This would be a wonderfull intro into the world of soured ales for someone who has never had any.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 vintage. Dark redish brown in colour with mild carbonation. Sweet cherry aroma, with hints of eucalyptus and a bit of wood. More cherry on the palate, with notes of vanilla and a bit of lactic acid. It’s got a long and sweet finish that’s not overly cloying. An inoffensive little beer, but could have lots more sour and funk character. Too much sugar!

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Photo of mikecharley
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a brownish red. 1 finger head recedes quickly. The head is a weird tanish pink hue.

The nose is musty cherry, with a bit of funkiness. When I say a bit, I mean a wee bit, not a touch more.

The taste is where this suffers. It is waaaayy too sweet for my liking. There is not really too much sourness, and the sweetness is really artificial. There is a little vinegarness to it which is alright. Its unfortunate that this isnt more of a sour, lambic type, as that is exactly what I was in the mood for...

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unwrapped the bottle and poured into a small flute glass. The beer was a dark ruby red color. No head, no carbonation, and no lacing to be seen.

The smell was obvious cherry upfront (almost cough syrup like) with a slight smell of fig and alcohol.

An obvious cherry taste upfront with a bit of a medicinal cherry cough syrup like flavor and consistancy. Tart and dry to the finish with very little sweetness. The alcohol, depsite not being all that high, is readily apparent in each sip. A bit of a wine-y character, almost a flavored brandy like taste.

Very light bodied with ample carbonation.

Was satisfied with the small sample of this that I tried but did not have the dessire to have any more. I can see how this beer might pair well with something light to eat like eggs or a salad but alone, this beer did not leave a dramatic impression on me.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Deep red. Moderate head.
Smell of cough syrup, cherries, malts.
Taste is plain strange. Loads of syrup, cherry menthol, sweet, with a slight sour note. Still quite cloying.
Almost heavy bodied - like an English Strong Ale, BUT with light-ish carbonation.
A real mis-match, disjointed, and not for sour fans at all :-(

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Cork has date of 2.007 on it along with a 6, not sure what it all means but here goes. Pours an opaque ripe dark cherry red with a slight collar of head. Fairly effervescent with small bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass. Both sweet and sour cherry aroma in the nose. Sweet cherry flavor up front followed by the tartness which is accentuated by the carbonation. Slight funkiness in the end. Light mouthfeel. Pretty sweet. More tart than sour. Just a touch too sweet for my liking but not bad. As a sour ale I don't think it is outstanding but as a fruit beer I would say it is good.

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Photo of siebevl
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rickus
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - cork date is October 2001. Cloudy red color, formed up a spritzy, bubbly head that is short-lived but hangs onto a decent collar and covering well.

Aroma - definite sour cherry smell along with some mustiness and antiseptic aroma. Smells like a fruity, dry wine.

Taste - both sour and sweet cherry. Nicely done with the emphasis on the fruit instead of the funk. Some mustiness is there towards the back and sides of the tongue, but nowhere near the level and intensity of the Goudenband. The carbonation gives it a slightly salty on the swallow. Finishes tart but dry.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, kinda thin but packed full of flavor. Leaves a tangy residue.

Drinkability - not my style, but I don't dislike it. Perhaps still acquiring the taste? Time will tell.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A still light red hue; has a port/red wine smell with some cherry notes on the nose. Has a very acidic, sour flavoring; cherry, cranberry, and very sweet. Rather dry in the body; tangy and tarty, sugary as well. Carbonated and pretty flavorful; a once in a while sipper for me.

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Photo of marcpal
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The paper wrapping on the shelf just called out, couldnt resist.

375ml poured into flute glass.

A: Ruby red color, burnt cherry texture with a think pink head. Very little lace.

N: Candied sweet cherries. Malty lambic aroma, good start.

T: I like it but not blown away- pretty typical. More than cherry, I get an apple jolly rancher- sweet tart flavor. The tartness is well done.

M: Tart and puckering, almost a bit much at the end with the cheeky residue leaving its mark.

D: Not bad, but it may just be me that cant stop thinking apple throughout the whole bottle. Not something I would drink all night, but it has its place.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap at Stagione's in Shanghai China, A welcome surprise. Poured into a 500mL imperial pint.

A: Pure deep red color, perfectly clear. Head is offwhite, foamy, and has ok retention.

S: Cherry candy. Overwhelmingly sweet like smelling a candy apple.

T: Not as strong as the smell suggests. Good cherry pie profile. Very sweet but with some more balancing malt. Tart and sugary. Just OK.

Overall: Not as subtle as many other fruit beers/lambics. This is very in your face as a fruit beer. No typical beer characteristics aside from a side malt note. OK but probably won't want again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hard pour scares up an almost three-finger thick, dirty, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark, red plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. Aromas of cherries are noticeable as soon as I start to pour this brew; candied cherries in syrup, with a substantial fleshy cherry note and a touch of almond. The cherry aromatics are nice enough, but definitely well on the sweet side of things and they completely dominate the aroma.

Thankfully the flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested. There is some sweetness here but it is nicely offset by a light tartness. The cherry flavors are also muted a bit compared to the aroma, so more of the other flavors are able to come out. Cherry flavors are still the most dominant flavor here with a nice fleshy cherry note, a touch of almond extract in the finish and a cherry-skin tannic character that adds some texture that lingers a bit on the tongue. The sourness while quite soft seems to have touches of acetic acid to it, though it mostly tastes of tartness from cherries. Light bodied enough to be quite quaffable, though the residual sugars definitely add some body.

This seems a bit fake in its über-cherry flavors in the aroma, though the flavor is a bit more under control. I like that this is not sickly sweet, it does have nice balance between sweet and tart, unfortunately it is not very complex, though it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Soonami
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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