Kriekbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

very good
194 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans

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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle December 2002 - Paper-wrapped bottle. Reddish brew with almost no head. Cherry flavour with acidic and sour aftertaste. This is one of the best fruit beer I have ever had. I noticed a lot of sediment at the bottom of my glass. I hope more people would brew those type of beers

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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 Ellbert
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This was a very good beer. Not my favorite kriek but a good one. It smelled very cherry. It tasted the same. However, unlike other krieks I have tasted this had a malty flavor to it. It was very good because it made it taste like beer. The first part of the flavor was cherry then it went to malt. Very unique. I would drink again but not over Lindeman's

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

Color of this is a unique dirty red with a brownish tone. Looks closely resembling an amber up to the light. Small loose bubbly/rocky head of whitish tint, fades fast to leave tiny tightly packed lace in patches and a thin haze on top. Lively aroma of cherry, sharp, and tart, great sourness and full, like a real cherry pie filling. Soon as it touches your tongue it speaks volumes of cherry tart sourness, very mouth filling goodness with aged oakyness in the middle and finish with lingering souring dryness in the mouth and throat. All cherry, and damn yummy good. Full, sharp feel, strong start and middle with a textured swallow and lingering cherry sour oaky finish. A fine cherry treat.

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Photo of Realale
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy deep red, with definite brown overtones. Huge pink large-bubbled head settles slowly to a 1/4" rocky complete cap.

Nose is rich sour cherry with a hint of earthiness and old wood.

Sour in the mouth with an extremely long lingering deep dark cherry finish. Substantial notes of earth, old wood, and just plain funk add much complexity.

Its surprising light and lithe in the mouth, and the bottle-conditioning gives a wonderful soft but persistent carbonation. Wish the underlying beer came through a bit more, but perhaps the intensity of the cherry will die down with a bit of time in the cellar.

375 ml. bottle. Cork dated 2002.

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Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky ruby red hue. Thick airy, raspberry cream head. Intricate lace remains.

Aroma: Bright, ripe, slightly underripe cherries dominate. Tinge of damp wood and yeast must. Faint leathery, dried meat undertone. Young age is evident in the understated barnyard and upfront fruit.

Taste: snap of acetic and citric tartness much like sherry vinegar hits the palate at first then tapers into a lightly tart, green apple presence. Vibrant, ripe, fresh cherry with a peppy, fructose laden sweetness surges in mid palate along with vague hints of cork and grainy malt. Mellows somewhat late, with emerging suggestions of rose water and scraped vanilla bean like oak. Finishes cleanly sweet, with a lingering, agreeable impression of cherry sorbet drizzled with young balsamic vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a sugary viscosity. Not quite as spritzy as older lambics.

Drinkability / overall: A very enjoyable lambic somewhat skewed towards sweetness. Cellaring this for a few years would accentuate the tartness, dry the overall flavor profile and augment the non yeast microflora's contribution in flavor. Lacks the enveloping refreshability of the great aged lambics, fruit or not. Very tasty even in its current young state nonetheless. Bottled 2002.

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

Musty rotting cherry sour sweat goodness.

Oxidized iron (or reddish lacquered wood?) color with just a small head. A puffy ring lingers around the edge of the glass where the liquid meets the edge -- kind of an unrolled condom look to it.

Slightly sour cherry aroma that translates into a louder telling of the same story. Big cherry flavor that gets enveloped in a minor (well, compared to some others in the style) tartness that finishes this beer off. Not overly complex but definitely flavorful, aromatic, and well crafted.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good. Deep red colour - lots of cloudiness, can't see through it. Head is respectable and proper but fades quickly. Tastes of cherries (no, really), tart and a little sour; good woodiness - let's say swamp ash, not too light (balsa) or too heavy (oak). Excellent fruit ale with wondrous flavours, sourness is divinely subtle yet still manages to show a good time.

2002 bottle.

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

Enjoyable lambic....a darker amber, cranberry color. The aroma is very sour cherries. This beer has more flavors than just sour cherries, including grapes and apples as well. I've had better lambics. This one just didn't excite me. It has a nice sour bite, but not enough cherryness IMO.

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

Presentation: 12.7 oz green glass bottle (corked) wrapped in a light red wrapper. Poured into a fluted glass.

This lambic poured a slightly hazy light red amber with light pink foam. The smell was of sour cherries first, but there was some citrus and a bit of grapes. The carbonation was very effervescent. The taste was mainly tart cherries, but with some grape and apples mixed in, and malt and a hint of oak. The mouthfeel was a bit tart. Medium body and good carbonation. The drinkability was very good: nice and smooth with a good, lingering flavor (though I do prefer my krieks a bit sweeter).

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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 BeerManDan
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nice red color with no foam at all. The smell was of a cherry cough syrup and so was the taste. I didn't care for this at first. But, after awhile, it kind of grew to be a little better. I will not purchase this beer again.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I see this on the beer menu, I always go for it. Why? Because it tastes great! I find this beer to be a real treat: raspberry colored, slightly carbonated, with a wonderful cherry taste. I could drink this one all night. It's tart, but not sour. The sweetness is implied: the beer isn't sugary or syrupy, it doesn't make you pucker, it's very refreshing. No other beer tastes like this, I honestly rejoice when I see this one available. If you've never tried this, do so. If you are a fan of fruit beers, or Belgians in general, I think you will be surprised by the big taste of this one. Definitely not malty, or hoppy: just cherries all the way.

I've had a few more of these lately, and you can tell I really think of this beer as a treat, but yeah, if you've never had it, think kool-aid or sweet-tarts. And I mean that in a good way, it might not sound that way, but I do.

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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 psugrad98
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich red soda like color with small head. Smells like cherry with a hint of maltness. Taste is almost like carbonated cherry soda. Very sweet with a hint of maltness. Somewhat fizzy. Finishes dry.

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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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