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Kriekbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans
Belgium
liefmans.be

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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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262
pDev:
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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paper-wrapped, cage-corked bottle:

Pours dark red with a thin pink head that descends to a patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of tart cherries with bready notes. Enough barley malt is in the smell to let you know this is a beer.

The taste is of ripened, juicy cherries. Tart with sweet grain and caramel backing it up. Finishes sweettart and dry.

It is light to medium bodied. Very smooth, somewhat puckering.

This stands out way ahead of the typical fruit beer. Real cherry flavor mixes in nicely with a complex character. Very refreshing.

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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 Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. green bottle, wrapped in tissue paper, listed at 6% alcohol on the label, bought at Hi-Times, in Costa Mesa, CA, Vintage 2005, according to the cork,

A: Dark, black cherry red, with a minimal pink head.

S: Good, sweet fermented cherries, some strawberry, and tart green apples, in there as well.

T: Quite sweet, sweeter than I expected, though not as sweet as Lindemans. There is a definite tart aspect to this beer, mildly sour, with lots of sweet cherry, and a hint of strawberry flavor.

M: Tart, sour, dry, acidic, crisp, and refreshing.

D: An excellent, interesting beer from Liefman's, though I would categorize this more as a Flanders Red, with cherries. Quite complex, for a fruit/vegetable beer, very tasty, I also think this could be used in lieu of pink champange at a party.

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Photo of garbercury
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Vintage for the recommendation. My sidekick is nice enough to deal with my beer fanaticism and in particular, my love of Belgians..I decided to pick her up one of these since she is a big fan of the Lindemans selection. This was a nice pick on a 95 degree day to say the least.

Came wrapped in paper and listed as a 6% abv. Poured into a Corsendonk class.

A--Deep cloudy red, almost rubyish. Not a real distinct head.

S--Fermented cherries, you can smell the tartness of this one.

T--TART and tasty. This is a real Belgian Kriek. Not nearly as sweet as the Lindmans but every bit as good.

M--tartness gives a tingle to the mouth, strong but not overbearing.

D--Perfect for a summer day, I dont know how much of this I could drink but very nice beer overrall.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fresh, paper-wrapped, corked/caged bottle to a tall Lindemans flute, 08/01/07. Listed at 6.0% ABV on label; a 12.7 oz/375ml green bottle.

A: Almost no head, what there is: a minimal 1/8th finger and pure white. Roiling carbonation, an auburn, cherry red-colored pour, with a slight haze.

S: Sour/tart and definitely cherry-filled. Lightly woody, with a mildly tannic "cherry pie"-sweetness/sourness..

T: Delicious tart cherries with an acidic yeasty backing. Rich and lightly sour, this packs a jolt of fruity tartness, without being overly sour or acidic. Mildly spiced.

M: Crisp, refreshing and well-carbonated. Has a very clean, moderately acidic finish, with excellent mouth-filling carbonation.

D: A pleasant drinker, nicely enriched with flavorful cherries and carbonation. Sweet/sour deliciousness wrapped in this - perfectly summery and definitely refreshing.

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

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy with a defined dark garnet color. There is a small head on it after a low careful pour, and the head rose slightly after the pour. There is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass after drinking, and the small head sticks with the beer pretty much the entire glass.

Aroma: Slightly sour aroma with a really clean cherry aroma that isn't fake smelling like it is in some other fruit beers. There is a bit of an earthy aromatic coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor is clean and tart with noticeable cherry presence throughout the entire flavor profile from beginning to end. The beer is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation that makes it seem lighter on the tongue. There is a mild earthiness noticeable as the beer warms up, and this makes it easy to drink and not cloying in the finish with this much fruit.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and probably one of the better fruit beers that I have tried. I like that it isn't overly sweet and has a nice blend of sweet and sour that lasts pretty much the entire profile. I am not a huge fan of the fruit beers, but I wouldn't mind drinking this one again. I am pretty glad to see the Liefmans beers coming back to Texas. They were gone for a while, and I certainly missed them.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first sample of a Liefmans lambic, and I think it is also my first lambic that is not a Cantillon or Lindemans.

Cork reads year 2006 and slid out of the bottle rather easily. NIce deep red color with a soft pink head. The aroma was a little weak, I could have used a bit more fruit in the nose. Good flavor, reminds me much more of a Lindemans than a Cantillon. Very fizzy and sweet, not much of a sour taste to it at all. Mouthfeel is very soft and light and the drinkability is way too easy. I had to pace myself while drinking it because I could seriously drink the whole bottle in almost no time. Overall, a decent lambic but a bit too mediocre for me. Lacks the punch of some of the better lambics I've had.

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

Presentation - Came wrapped in its own tissue paper, a sturdy green bottle, holding just over 12oz, with easily identifiable label with all the pertinent information. The cork had "2004" printed on its side, and the wire cage had a "2014" date stamped on it.

Appearance - Removed the cork with a loud "pop" and poured a dark ruby/brown with a fast growing but relatively quickly dissipating head. Wisps of lace along with a thin white foam remain on the top.

Nose - a mix of fruit sweetness, cherry, lactic sourness, and slight barnyard/earthy aroma.

Mouthfeel - though sharply carbonated, is nonetheless creamy

Taste - initially is a mouth-puckering sourness that evolves into a rich, sweet cherry flavor, with hints of wood, earth, and funk. No distinct hop or malt character can be discerned, though the underlying oud bruin character provides the bulk of the body and flavor.

Overall - most cherry flavored beers I've had tend to be medicinal or phenolic, probably an association made from consuming cherry-flavored cough syrups as a child. But this is sweet, yet balanced enough with the sourness to be complex and refreshing. My wife, who is not a big beer fan, loved it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 vintage, green bottle labeled simply Kriek, with no paper wrapper. Served at cellar temperature into a Liefmans glass.

Cork pops loudly, smoke wafts out with a whiff of musty cellar air. The Kriek pours a deep scarlet brown, with plenty of crackling foam at first. A good finger of foam creeps up, which is a good sign for a 5-yr. old bottle. Tiny streams of carbonation feed the ring of foam that stays for the duration of the glass.

Cherry is there in the aroma at first, with that musty aged woodiness.

Time has mellowed out the fruitiness, but the tart brown ale base is still kicking. Tart note is followed by a sweetness, again, it's mellow. Finish is slightly dry after the tart and woody character passes.

This was an interesting find, and I'd say that age has treated this well. Still alot of carbonation and crispness. Easy to finish the 12.7oz. bottle. From T-Birds.

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

Pours a murky brown color with a little purple-red tint. Aroma is tart, a bit musty, with a lot of cherry fruitiness. Taste is tart from the first, with a vinegary-iron sourness, a touch of sweaty brett notes, and an only moderately sweet, but very ripe, cherry fruitiness. Body is moderately carbonated, a little thin.

Not too bad. It's been several years since I last had a Liefmans. Yeah, it's sweetened, but not as cloyingly as most of the sweetened lambics (Lindemans, Belle-vue, etc).

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Photo of Stephen63
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice almost ruby body and fizzing head.

S - Very strong cherry aroma but felt also raspberry in character.

T - Cherry with abrupt sourness. Zesty.

M - Forgetting the taste the closest in a drink to champagne. Lively carbonation.

D - Very pleasant drink but probably would not have more than one in a row.

Surprisingly good. Why do people bother with alcopops when they could have this quality beer?

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Photo of trinitone
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very pretty copperish color. While there is minimal, rapidly disappearing head, a good bit of lacing is left behind.
S - A big whiff of cherry is coming off of this one. Like the smell of opening a slightly melted roll of cherry Life Savers. Delicious
T - Dry with a good blend of sweet and sour/tart cherry flavors.
M - Medium body with a nice carbonation level.
D - Excellent drinkability. Every sip leaves me wanting another.

Mmm... good.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Kulminator in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy orange-red with a foamy pink head that fades to a thin ring.

Smell: Sour and acidic with notes of cherries, as well as a moderate funkiness that emerges upon swirling.

Taste: Very sour throughout, there's some sweetness that emerges with the cherries, but it's always dominated by the sourness and persistent cherry tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, very dry.

Drinkability: Sour, definitely a sipper.

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

Pours brilliant red and clear with a kind of weak head.

Smell is sweet cherries and a bit of funky lactic acid.

Slightly sweet and very sour up front. Relatively strong lactic character that mingles with a slightly sweet cherry flavor. Leaves a slightly bitter funky lactic flavor.

Medium bodied with alot of carbonation, sweetened but very drinkable.

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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 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 Iguana
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like these beers, although they are a bit hard to even really classify as a beer. Poured a clearish brown with red hues into my flute glass. Smells really nice, like tart sweet red cherries, really cant go too wrong with a small like that. Taste is cherry juice, with a hint of wheat in the taste and a bit of bitterness at the end, really quite pleasent and tasty, nice dessertlike beer. Mouthfeel is syrupy sweet and slick. Drinkability, well, honestly if I had enough I could drink this stuff all night long, its really pleasent to drink and pretty damn tasty. A nice offering from Liefmans.

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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 BeerNutta
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans Kriek

A = Pored a dark dark ruby with a thin white head that quickly dissapated leaving a thin lace rim.

S = Smelt of sour cherries. Very very cherry.

T = Taste is an intial cherry sourness that gives way to a sweet dry cherry finish. Very nice. Not overly tart. Just pleasant.

M = Moderatly carbonated. Good.

D = Very drinkable. Very very drinkable. I believe this is as close to a cherry soda pop one can get.

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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 Dithyramb
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a modified flute last evening at the 9:30 Club. Pours like a red-tinged farmer's market grade apple cider. Very little tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma of apples and cherries w/ light malts.

Flavor was fruity and tart, lingering slightly on the palate, just like a nice cider. Ripened cherries and a light sourness.

Light bodied and lightly carbonated. Would be very nice overly chilled at a summer dinner party

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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 benito
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy plum, with a medium sized reddish head and only a tad of visible carbonation. The bouquet is dominated, not surprisingly, by cherries; though there are definite chocolate and oak. The flavor is a
revelation: a sour brown ale cloaked in a cherry sweetness. Though cherries dominate the palate, I also caught hints of lemon and other non-descript citrus fruit.

The fruitiness is most prounced across the front of the tongue, very spritzy in body, and then it gives way to a sour finish that refreshes the palate and makes for a wonderful aperitif. I love the transition between
sweet and sour here, and the lightness of body means that this is an elusive and tempting brew--if only I had more than one bottle around!

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Kriekbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 262 ratings
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