Kriekbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

very good
194 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 PorterPro125
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Cork and Cage bottle

A- Pours a hazy Red-Brown (no wonder) that gets much lighter around the edges. Topped by a quickly dissipating 1 finger white head. Patchy lacing.

S- Maraschino cherries, slight hit of balsamic vinegar on the finish.

T- sour red cherries, red liquorice (twizzlers). Again, slight hit of balsamic vinegar on the finish.

M- Silky medium body and vibrant, but moderate carbonation.

O- As my first Kriek and Lambic, I must say that I was impressed. Sweet yet with a sour quality. Definitely not something that could be drunk in any excessive quantity but a great sipper for sure.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Reddish brown, no head just a white foam. Lots of carbonation, amber on the edges, like a stain glass window.

Cherries, balsamic vinegar, red liquorice.

Cherries, sour, red liquorice, cider vinegar, aged quality.

Medium body, smooth and mellow, medium low carbonation. Light dry finish.

This was the 2007 version of the beer, before the brewery changed hands. Drank in May, 2014 aged for 7 years in my brother's cellar. Awesome mellowing qualities added with the aging.

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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 Avagadro
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: This brew boasts a mahogany body with a beige head that is ever so slightly tinted pink. The beer is free from haze, and has a touch of lacing.

S: Port wine, dried cherries, and vanilla in the front, with creme brulee and coconut in the back. The bouquet is elegant, with many notes coming together without any one overpowering the rest.

T: What a display of complexity and balance. Port wine, balsamic, and dried cherries in the front, with vanilla, pomegranate, and musty cork in the finish.

M: Light and effervescent on the tongue, but with a touch of stickiness in the finish that is a touch off putting.

O: I was initially scared to buy this beer, fearing that Liefmans had succumbed to the same marketing pressures as Lindemans in their kriek. I am happy to see that this beer is traditional; no overly sweet red mess in this kriek. Definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice dark reddish amber with a hint of a head, but some lacing forming a fringe around the glass. Cherry aroma. Sweet and sour cherry with a hint of malt. Nicely balanced sweet to sour. I like this a lot. Could use a bit more carbonation, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark mahogany red in color. A few specks of dark yeast particles are visible near the bottom of the glass. The beer does not have any head or visible carbonation.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cherries in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of tart cherries with notes of sourness and initial hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very enjoyable and has a nice amount of fruit flavors. It’s not very sour or tart so it’s easy to drink.

Note: 2007 vintage

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy garnet red with a very thin off-white ring at the edges of the glass. The little head this beer pours with dissipates almost instantly. There are a few floating yeast particles in the beer. No lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sour cherries with light hints of mustiness and sourness. There is a slight sweetness under the surface of the aroma.

T: Taste follow the smell... Starts out just a little bit sweet but quickly you get sour cherries, mustiness, and a slight amount of sourness. There is a lingering tartness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with very light amounts of carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: Really nice flavors of natural sour cherries, nothing artificial here and no obviously added sugars to sweeten it. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I have had this beer many times and will likely continue to enjoy it in the future.

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Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Dark red, ruby colored body. Clear. Thin, white head that faded fast to a thin ring.

Smell was moderately sweet with a light syrupy-ness. Light tarness with lots of cherry aroma. Slightly musty.

Taste was good with a moderate amount of sweetness upfront. Lots of cherry flavor that turns to a light tartness accompanied by a mild syrupy finish. Light musty flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium carb. Almost a crisp finish although it was a bit syrupy. Could improve in my opinion with a slightly more dry finish.

Overall it was really tasty. Lots of cherry flavor with a nice sweetness and light tart. Still very drinkable despite a light syrupy finish.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml wrapped bottle into tulip, best by 08/2017(2007 vintage). Sediment is caked to the side of the bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark red color with a small off white head with poor retention that reduces to a ring of lace. No real amount of lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of big tart cherries, vinegar, light spices, and some woodiness. Some fairly nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big cherry juice, cherry skin, light spices, light vinegar, and light tartness. Lingering notes of cherry juice and cherry skin on the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel as expected. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Quite sweet but is not cloying at all. Fairly dry finish. Overall this is a very nice Kriek; too bad it is not produced anymore.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007.

A-Pours clear ruby read with no head, just a thin ring of brilliant white head. No lacing.

S-Phenomenal. Reminds me of drinking vintage Rodenbach Grand Cru in Antwerp. Earthy, with muted cherry tartness and an undercurrent of syrupy sweetness.

T/M-This is exceptional stuff. Cherry sweetness right up front, complemented by well integragted tart fruit acidity. A baseline of brett funk ties it all together.

O-So friggin' good.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle purchased at Tiffany's in Kalamazoo. Poured into a clear plastic cup.

Zero head formed on top of the rusty pink body. Not sure on the age of this, but there was very little "pop" as I removed the cork. Man...I hope this one is OK...

Good...the nose is where I was hoping it would be. Tart cherries from front to back...a little sweetness with some oak undertones.

The taste has cherries throughout. Starts off on the sweet side that turns woody toward the center. The finish finds a tartness that creeps under your tongue.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, with very little carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Sweet through tart, but not very complex. Not sure if age effected this or not, but something I would love to try again.

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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 Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear red color; amber edges. Poured a 3 finger slightly off-white head with fair retention to a broken skim. Lace n thin rings.

S: Very sweet, but also slightly sour. Mostly cherries.

T: Sweet cherries transitions quickly to a candy tartness that lingers (like after you finish a cherry Jolly Rancher).

M: Very light body. Ample carbonation. Fizzy and bright Crisp and tart in the finish.

O: Easy to drink. Too sweet to drink a lot. Sweet and tart flavors with an almost candy finish you may not think you're drinking beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Liefmans Kriek Magnum 2005 150cl" bottle served into 20cl Beer Sommelier stemware at Beer Passion Weekend 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. Obviously, this is the vintage 2005 version. Reviewed from notes.

A: Half finger head of slight cream and fair thickness. Abysmally laughable retention. Dark ruby colour. Solid and nontransparent.

Sm: Heavy cherry and alcohol. Moderate strength scent

T: Nice dark fruit esters. Cherry. Nicely complex, well balanced, and well built. Sweet but nicely tame. Avoids the pitfall of being too sugary.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours of the body brilliantly.

Dr: Very drinkable, great quality. Very fair price, especially for the age.

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Photo of davey101
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to grab the last two bottles of this at a local store. The cork says 2006. From what I researched, this beer is now retired. After Liefmans bankruptcy and buy out, they stopped brewing their own wort and renamed the beer cuvee-brut.

375ml caged and corked bottle wrapped in paper. After the pour I looked down the bottle and held it up to light. Time wasn't good to this beer. Tons of sediment along the neck and side of the bottle, with the typical yeast "paint chip" layer on the bottom. Cork basically fell off with the slightest pop, minimal carbonation. Luckily the sediment was too lodged to the bottle to break free, so my sediment snifter only had a few small chunks floating around.

A - Vibrant dark purple/red appearance. Fairly aggressive pour leads to a very small head that is completely gone after 30 seconds. A couple minutes later there isn't a bubble to be found. Looks great sans head

S - Not what I was expecting. There was a decent bit of cherries, but there also tons of oak and stone fruit. I poured the last ounce or so into a snifter and the smell of that almost reminds me of Dogfish Head raison d'extra. A little boozy with raisins. Smell is fantastic.

T - Awesome. Cherries and oak. I've never had this fresh, but it is very mellow and smooth. Sour and tart, and extremely refreshing. Despite the weak mouth feel I keep coming back for a sip.

M - Not good. Almost no carbonation. This beer is sour and tart enough, but once the flavors fade it just falls flat. Its obviously around 5 years old at this point, but the mouth feel is the weak point of this beer.

O - This is a really good beer. The age has lead to a very smooth taste that has a great blend of sour cherries and oak. The carbonation and mouth feel does knock it down a peg though. Best $5 I've spent recently, can't wait to try my other bottle in a few months.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at my friend Dan's 50th birthday party. Having passed on it a number of times on liquor store shelves, I was shocked to learn that it would no longer be distributed to the States. That said, I was excited to try it.

Poured a murky light reddish brown color, with aromas of pie cherries, lemon rind and tart Belgian yeast. On the palate, crisp, light, tart, and refreshing, with flavors of cherries, yeast and lemon.

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Photo of AEK
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml green bottle poured into a Jacobins gueuze lambic glass.

A. Murky red- cherry red flesh coloured beer with a small, faint white head that soon disappeared.

S. Aromas of sour wine and traces of strawberry conserve.

T. Plenty of cherriness, more like cherry juice rather than actual fruit. A nice almond/marzipan flavour to accompany it along with a touch of dried cherry stones.

M. Medium bodied, slightly carbonated.

D. A nice kriek that goes down well. Nice to have cold on a hot summer's day.

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

Had to drink these since these are the old versions and I'm not sure you can save sour / funky beers for consumption later.

Beer is brown with a mild haze and a thin head that breaks. Carbonation is moderate, minimal lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is cherry (shocking) and strong funk, like a basement.

The beer is thin and mildly sweet on the get go and develops into a cherry flavor that is followed by a TON OF OAK. This is about as much oak as I can take before it gets distracting and detracting from the rest of the beer. There is some acetic brightness to it and some overall Brett character to the whole thing. Awesome.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a corked 375ml green bottle wrapped in tissue paper. It was $5 from Pints O Plenty.
The cork says 2007.

Appearance: Dark red, almost brown color. Scant head, little lacing. Time has not been kind to this beer's carbonation.

Smell: Smells of sweet and tart cherry and some pleasant musty funkiness. I'd say about equal parts of each.

Taste: After the smell literally got me salivating for tart funky flavor, I was disappointed with the sweetness of this beer. Much more sweet than tart cherry and just a hint of mustiness. Although a little much, the cherry flavor is quite good. Slightly dry finish, but not dry enough.

Mouthfeel: I think because there is so little carbonation, this takes on a sort of sticky feeling, rather than being light and spritzy. Its not flat, but could be better.

Drinkability: Its going down fine-- a little too fast actually, but its a bit of a let down. Too sweet and undercarbed. Maybe a good step from the super-sweet Lindemans type stuff to the real tart/sour lambics, as there is little tart and funk to this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Chestnut brown, thin head that leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: An all around wonderful aroma. Very musty and funky with scents of wood barrels and cherries.

T: Very good flavor. Nicely blended tastes of sweet and sour. Must and funk are present throughout.

M: Medium bodied, a bit syrupy. Slightly puckering with a hint of vinegar.

D: Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

2007 vintage. I was in the mood for some fruity goodness from Belgium, so I picked this guy up. It pours a clear red-tinted auburn topped by a half-finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises sugar-coated cherries...and nothing else. Very straight-forward. The taste doesn't seem to want to deviate from the established formula at first sight, but delving deeper uncovers a mild tartness beneath a blanket of black cherry goodness. The body is a solid medium, with a very light carbonation and a light syrupy feel. Overall, a solid kriek, maybe not the best out there, but more than enough to spark plenty of enjoyment.

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Photo of irishgurl4
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I found these little gems sitting idly on a shelf at Whole Foods and promptly scooped them up.

Poured from a paper wrapped corked and caged bottle into a tulip. Cork dated 2007, cage had a date of 8/2017 on it.

Pours a deep reddish pink with no head to be seen.

Smells of sweet cherries with notes of something similar to sherry or marsala wine.

Upfront the taste of sweet cherries is everywhere and would be almost cloying if the effervescent carbonation that is present didn't make it feel lighter on the palate. The finish is a bit syrupy as the carbonation abates.

Mouthfeel is initially bubbly with carbonation but over time it fades and the syrupy feeling just takes over.

Drinkability is initially pretty good but over time it fades with the carbonation and just becomes cloyingly sweet. Lesson is ... drink it quick!

Overall this beer gets an initial noms that fades to a cloying noms.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

Appearance- not the most appealing beer ive ever seen but a brownish colour with no head

Smell- smells of tart cherries and sour flavours

Taste- sweeter than it smells... Tart cherries and sweetness

Mouthfeel- sharp and tart. A bit carbonated but mostly just smooth on the tongue

Drinkabilit-: fairly drinkable

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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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