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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Photo of tim9887
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The girlfriend let me pick out a bunch of bottles for my 23rd birthday a few days ago and this was one of them. Came with the paper wrapper, and I had no idea that this one was actually a 2007 vintage so I was VERY excited when I saw "2007" on the cork. Pours a reddish brown hue with about 1/8" of slightly off white head. Aroma is very tart with sweet cherries coming into play too. The flavor is incredible - the three years have really made it very well balanced between sour/tart horse blanket and sweet cherry flavor. Vinegary, winelike also. Very dry finish. Very bubbly (fine carbonation) but smooth. Love it.

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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 dasenebler
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375mL bottle (2007) this Kriek pours an attractive, hazy ruby hue with a tiny bubbly head that refuses to retain and is reluctant to lace.

Aroma is full of dark cherry perfume mainly, with a bit of earthy funk in the background.

The flavor is extremely fruity and light, if perhaps a tad too sweet. The "With Natural Flavor Added" on the label worries me, but at least it does not say "Sugar Added". Very rich cherry flavor. Even though this beer is sweet, it has a nice drying acidity, and finishes a touch bretty and tart. Quenching. The mouthfeel is like that of slightly carbonated fruit juice, though it is natural and pleasing to the palate.

This beer seems to be a nice Kriek, though I'd prefer it were drier.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't the paper-wrapped bottle make your eyes go goo-goo? It did for me, and $8.99 later, the 375 ml bottle was mine. On to the beer;

The cork is labled with a 2007 vintage. After removing it and pouring into a chalice, the beer is illustrated with a violet-orange color with a short head that doesn't last really long. That's okay for this type of beer. The aroma energizes me with a pleasant tartness with a little help of souring critters.

Blitzkriek! This is an explosion of sweet cherries that's breathtaking. Lost in the cherry wave are little waves of tartness. There's some acidity to this, and more of this builds into the aftertaste where it starts to get some attention. Somewhat syrupy too with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly, it's very easy to drink.

How do you say really good in Flemish? Just an awesome fruit-infused that really easy to drink.

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

Had this one for a while now, maybe a year and a half. Top says best before 08/2017. Cork says 2007.

A: Hmmm, barely any noise when I pop the cork, just a very low fizzle, which worries me a bit. Even a super aggressive pour yields a very light fizzy head covering that fades so fast I'm not even sure it was there. That's somewhat typical for the style though. It's slightly opaque with lots of little bubbles on the sides of the glass and a dark crushed grape like color, dark maroon purple almost murky brown color. Actually, as it thins it's pretty clear.

N: Ooh, a nice tangy sour twinge hits my nostrils on the first aroma. It has a definite malt vinegar aroma, with some nice soured malts, even some dark malt aromas. Reminds me a lot of Duchesse. There is some slight bright berry fruit under that, a cherry and plum aroma too, all with a sour fruit touch. A dark Belgian/bolotin like cherry aroma too, over ripe.

T: OH man, my glands just stung for a second with the initial sour hit, but then the sour actually isn't that heavy. A lot more malt vinegar taste than sour. Lots of sour malts, darker malts even, with plenty of malt vinegar. THere is a sour and slight tangy cherry flavor too, more of that over ripe bolotin or Belgian cherry taste with hints of plum too. It's decently sweet too, but not anywhere close to too much sweetness. I'm very attune to sweetness and it's easy to be too sweet for me so this is pretty nice. A little caramely even. There's a pretty high acidity level too.

M: Medium and full bodied, with lots of little bubbles but not a lot of overall carbonation. It seems to give a little tingly feel to the mouth from the acidity.

F: Finishes with a little sticky sweetness, but dries quite a bit. It's mostly dry on the finish actually. A slight malty taste, malt vinegar, and a little of the over ripe sour bolotin cherry all linger very slightly, but mostly the finish is very short. It's a little too short actually, I would have liked a little lingering taste. Slightly flemmy in the back of the mouth. Nicely drinkable too. This reminds me of a blend of Duchesse and some ripe cherry juice.

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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 Xul
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, brownish ruby, capped by a half finger of off-white head. Retention is virtually nonexistent but some light lacing is left behind.

S: Dark, moderately sour cherries with a touch of sweetness up front, with some light funk in the background.

T: Opens up with a light tartness that threatens to develop into something more complex, but is quickly overtaken by sweet cherries that become slightly syrupy as they progress through the mouth. Not much else going on.

M: Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, feels too syrupy near the backend.

D: Goes down fairly easily but not particularly impressive. As a fruit beer, it holds its own...if it was a lambic, it would barely be worth drinking.

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Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Cherries, blackberries, slight sourness

L: Dark pink, some brown notes. Not much head or lacing.

T: Very sweet dark cherry and vanilla, touch of funk. Some tartness in the finish with light carbonation. Not much bitterness. Dries slightly in the finish, but ends up cherry sweet.

M: Low carbonation, slick sweetness.

A good lambic, not too sour and not too sweet, although defintely edges on the sweet side.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: no head, cloudy, low carbonation-ruby red in color

Smell: dark cherry and vinegar

Taste: cherries both sweet and dark and sourness

Mouthfeel: sweet the sour taste mixes in the back, light bodied, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: A good intro sour that is a one at a time beer for me. The taste is good and I would get this again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown, rusty red. No pop in the cork. Small head. Not much lace.

S - Bright, sour mushed cherries with nice sweet balance. That is it.

T - Bright, sour mushed cherries with nice sweet balance. That is it.

M - Medium body, low carb, nice coating.

D - Very, very tasty.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a

A: Slight pink head fades quickly atop a dark browish red body.

S: Cherrys, sourness, sherry notes.

T: Sweet cherry flavor is dominant. There is a very slight bitterness and some background complexities, but it almost feels like soda.

M: Fairly thick with sweetness, maybe a little under carbonated.

D: Tasty for sure, but its high sweetness makes me only want one.

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Photo of Naugros
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm comparing this kriek to Oud Beersel's. This may not be to Liefmans' benefit, but we'll see.

Right off the bat, the appearance doesn't stack up. Oud Beersel had a huge, pink head. Liefmans had a very thin one that feel down immediately. The carbonation raises bubbles at the edges and in the center. Still, the color is all a kriek should be: a reddish purple.

Great smell! The Morello cherries come through as the star player with Belgian yeast funk in a back-up role. Very nice.

Not nearly as sour as Oud Beersel, but the Morello flavor comes through very nicely balanced. It's sweet, but not too sweet and the sourness seems just about right. This one will not make you pucker as much as Oud Beersel. If you've never tried a kriek and want to know what a Morello cherry tastes like, the best comparison I can give is that it's to a black cherry what a blood orange is to a navel orange. One's sweet and fruity, the other sour and "meaty".

The carbonation is also spot on and the body is appropriately medium. This beer is stacking up well to Oud Beersel, to my surprise.

This one is actually more drinkable than Our Beersel. The sour is not a challenge to anyone who has had lambics before and the ABV doesn't give you a wallop. Give me a slice of warm, dark chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and I'd be in heaven right now.

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

A: The pour is a cloudy dark ruby color with a slight cloud and a very mild off-white foam.

S: A definite aroma of cherries, primarily sweet fruit flesh. I might pick up just a touch of vinegar in there.

T: This one has quite a nice balance of sweet and sourness. The cherry flavor is fairly sweet, but a nice acetic tinge of sourness and perhaps even a bit of tannic feel on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation that actually tingles the tongue a bit.

D: A really easy drinking kriek. Not overly tart, but still a nice balance and not medicinal or overwhelming sweetness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a watery cranberry juice color with no head and no lacing. There were bits of sediment floating in the glass.

S - Smells of sour cherry/berry and slight balsalmic vinegar.

T - Tastes of sweet and sour cherry with a faint vinegar aftertaste.

M - Somewhat lacking in carbonation with an acidic puckering effect. There is also a coating quality in the mouth.

D - Very tasty beer. I had been looking for this one for a while and they got some at my local Whole Foods. I would get this one again.

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

Nose of cherries fairly strong but the flavors are much less complex than the Goudenband. The body is also less acidic than its big sister. Indeed, the acidity and hints of wood specific Oud bruin are much less sharp and the beer is still pretty sweet. However, it is slightly sour and tangy palate remains. It feels good cherries and especially the sweetness of the latter, where one might wonder if the cherry syrup was not added to the drink. Good acidity with Kriek interesting that differentiates it from its competitors.

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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 dgilks
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red-brown colour with a small, short-lasting tan head. Not bad.

Funky with a tart edge, the aromas are good but not lambic like. You can really tell that they use an Oud Bruin for the base beer. A moderate cherry aroma comes through nicely.

Moderately sweet and sour. The cherry flavour is quite prominent but is also quite sweet. Some interesting malt flavours come through. I really do prefer the more sour versions of these beers and while this is okay it lacks some of the sour complexities in true lambic.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer that is well worth trying.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage 375ml bottle $6.99 at the local. Dark red color, decent pink head. It smells nice and sour, cherries, a touch of glue. The flavor was also quite good, serious cherries, sort of sour, hardly any funk. I liked this beer more than I thought I would, I'll need to find the frambozen next.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark ruby color with a thin white fizzy head with slight pink hues that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing. I'm happy to say that the color really is dark and doesn't look like cherry juice.

Tart funky aroma with lots of horseblanket and barnyard notes accompanying the sweet sour dark cherry notes. Also, it's a bit earthy with hints of oak and vanilla and no trace of cloying artificial fruit flavoring.

Nicely balanced, with a perfect amount of sweetness from the cherries balancing out the tart funkiness. Earthy with a nice oak presence and pretty sour without being acidic. Lots of nice barnyard funk and a slight nut presence. I could swear that I can taste the cherry pits. Very refreshing with the perfect amount of sour puckering flavor.

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

on tap at Uncle Mike's Highway Pub in Kenoahs, Wisconsin. poured into a snifter with a deep rouge color and garnet highlights. one and a half fingers of light pink head top it off with good retention and no lacings.

aroma is of rich vinegar-like sourness with a subtle cherry note and some grape in the background. very sharp and sour in the nose. the sourness gets a bit more pronounced as the beer warms a bit.

taste is more of the same with a more distinct cherry note and a wonderful acidic vinegar-like sourness that cleanses the palate. sharp and not too sweet, which really helps make it drinkable. the sourness is sustained by a light funk that works its way up to the fruit as the beer warms.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp, acidic and lightly tart texture that finishes on a lightly sharp note with residual tartness. excellent.

drinkability is great. very well put together and sour on the palate, this could easily become too sweet, but the fruit is nicely understated enough to make it very drinkable and supremely sour. cheers!

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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 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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Kriekbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
4 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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