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 TheSarge
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Berliner Kindl chalice this brew produces little head that dwindles down pretty quickly. Lacing sticks well to the glass. The body is deep dark red and is cleanly filtered.

The body smells of cherry, and an odd chlorine kind of smell.

The brew has a cherry taste as expected, but the sweetness of malt is detectable too. It's about like dipping a cherry into sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel wise this brew is got it going on. The body feels medium at minimal, and has a slick oiliness to it. There is also an interesting huskiness to it as well.

This is a good desert beer and would pair well with anything chocolate. I can see this going with Black Forest Cherry Cake any day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby pink with no head, some sediment. Musty, fruit skin nose, almost like port. Barrel woody up front, cherry sweetness on the swallow with a sour burst to finish. Round mouthfeel.

Cherry dominates but isn't overpowering. Not very complex, but a good quencher.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick slurry of guava juice with little bubbles taking the form of the seeds; the more I stare at it the more I see the resemblance that the two share. There are signs of carbonation but none come to show on the surface. It appears terribly sludgy and is rather opaque even when held against a bright morning backdrop of sunshine.

The aroma exhumes a luscious must of ripened cherries as well as the sharp tartness of vinegar. It is a surprisingly appealing combination, anyone who enjoys raspberry vinaigrette dressing over their salad could attest. The woody balsamic is foremost but fruitiness also abounds and there is a decent dosage of funk for good measure.

Liefmans Kriek is nowhere near the sweetest cherry beer nor is it anything close to the most sour lambic. It is a little of both but not a lot of either. For that reason, it is likely to appeal to members of both camps. On the same hand, it is doubtful to rank at the top of either list for that same reason. It gives those unfamiliar a good idea of the style.

The brewery uses actual cherries as well as cherry juice to achieve the fruity flavour, which is a very nice one by the way. The shot of acidity gives the beer a refreshingly tart edge that vividly washes over the palate with each sip. Although this bottle is already two years of age, there seems to be a sizable amount of sugar still hanging around.

Any Liefmans beer is worthy of sharing an afternoon with you, a bowl of fresh fruit and your most expensive cheese. As mentioned, this Kriek is not likely to be anyone's favourite but it is certain to appeal to everyone. Its balance of sugary bright red fruit and dark vinegary balsamic is worth stocking the cellar over - I know I'm glad I did.

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

A: Brownish ruby color. A rather big head with a kind of strange looking brownish pink color. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

S: A great mix of oud bruin and cherries. The smell of cherries is mostly genuine and rustic, but accentuated with more candy-like cherry aromas. Some cherry pits, earth, vinegar, phenols, grass and wood.

T: The cherries are more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. They are rather sweet with a distinct candy-like character. Sweetness really abounds in this one, but it never gets cloying, perhaps because of a decent amount of tartness that balances the sweetness. All in all, a very good taste and quite refreshing despite the sweetness. The taste is layered with cherry pits, fruit juice, lemon peel, lemon juice, apple rind, some vinegar, wood, earth and a mild taste of yeast. Notes of brown sugar as well. A restrained funkiness (hay, barn). The finish is tart with notes of minerals and pleasant cherry pits.

M: Medium body, quite a lot of carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: A very tasty beer. Easy to drink despite the sweetness and the overall character of a digestif or dessert. Complex and well balanced.

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

375ml bottle poured into a goblet. The cork says 2007 while the cage has a best-by date of 8/2017.

A: Dark reddish brown. No head retention.

S: A combination of vinegary tartness and fruity sweetness. Very winey.

T: Same as the nose. A mixture of tartness and sweetness. Like cherry juice with a bit of maltiness in the background.

M: Fairly syrupy, but also well carbonated. Just short of effervescent.

D: Astonishingly refreshing. I don't think I'd seek this out too often given the rarity and price, but I wouldn't hesitate to knock a few back if given the chance.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I would give this one a shot.

2007 bottling.

Pours a light brown or amber color. Small tranish head is produced. I was expecting a more red cherry like color, but mostly brown. There is a lot of floaties in there, some are pretty decent sized chunks. No lacing really.

The smell is cherries and the woody character you get from wild yeast. It's a very appealing aroma if I do say so myself. I'm not a huge fan of cherries, and I'm not a huge fan of cherry beers so this is a plus.

Well, there it is. This one is good, but just not as good as I hoped it would be. There is a strong cherry presensce, much nicer than the american counterparts. I'm not getting a tart or sour character much at all, which is the one thing I look for in a Belgian fruit beer.

The mouthfeel is nice, a light carbonation to go with a medium and slightly syrupy body. Definitely drinkable as well.

For being a cherry beer and not being the biggest cherry fan, this one isn't bad. I would definitely rather have a raspberrry beer though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottling; tasted in 2009

Appearance: Pours a pink/purple color with a fizzy head that disappears rapidly but leaves a few dots of lacing behind

Smell: Tart cherries and hints of mustiness and alcohol

Taste: Sweet and tart cherry flavors battle with one another through mid-palate, but fuse after the swallow into a pleasant combination

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not overly complex but pleasant to drink

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage 750ml paper-wrapped bottle with cork. tasted in early april 2009.

still very nice. touch less acidic, maybe? surprised how well this has held up. nice complexities, with more of the flanders notes coming out.

ORIGINAL REVIEW, march, 2009

375ml paper-wrapped green bottle with cork. the "wire-cage" has a "best by" date of 08/2017 on the "cap", while the cork itself is dated 2007. poured into small tulip.

dark brown with amber tones. decent sized, faintly pink head fades to wisps and ring. nice lacing.

mild cider and malt vinegar aromas. tart cherries, both dried and fresh. whiff of wood, earth and hay.

flavor of fruity cherries, an undercurrent of malty caramel, with faint cider vinegar tones and quick acidity. hint of grassy bitterness. perhaps some faint wood notes too.

smooth, almost like thin syrup, with a faint, tart acidic texture in the finish. crisp, sometimes fluffy carbonation.

not bad. i have a 750ml of 2001 vintage in the cellar that i can't wait to try.

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Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a typical Kriek, cherry red with a fizzy pink head...slightly cloudy. The aroma is saturated with cherry scents...sweet, ripe cherries more than the sour cherry smell that i expected. There's a little lambic funk in the background, and a slightly yeasty scent as well. The taste is refreshingly tart and quite well balanced. Lots of fruit in the has a genuine cherry flavor that seems to go well with the beer. I think that a bit more sourness wouldn't hurt here, although the sweetness is somewhat restrained. Not bad.

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

Another kriek
A: colour is chestnut, allmost brown, with a beige head. this beer fizzes a lot, like a soda, and the head is gone just as fast.
S: clear cherries. Not too artificial, rather pleasant
T: it is sweet (sweetened?), but there is a nice sour taste.
M: the drink is dry but still refreshing.
D: I think this is a good one. It's refreshing, not too demanding, and the dryness gives it a challenge still.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kriek is a type of beer which I've learned to appreciate lately. And this one is quite nice actually. I've understood that this is not a "real" kriek though.

The bottle is extremely cool, a large tube of steel with a 75 cl bottle inside. A bit over the top so to speak. The beer pours a bright red color with a small, fast dissapearing, white foam.

The smell is full on sour notes of cherries and some sweet malts. Really nice actually, the smell is really fresh.

Tastes good, but not as sour as expected. Lots of cherries and some sweet malts. Slight notes of aged hops balances it up.

A nice Kriek, but not in the same class as Cantillon.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/10/2007 (bottle):

Pours a reddish brown colored body, dark, with a slight reddish-white head. Creamy, small bubbles. Has an enticing, very sour aroma, sour cherries. Similar aroma to an oude geuze. Very sour taste. Puckering. Fizzy. Very good.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 on the cork.

A - Pours a deep cherrywood maroon with a white soapy wisp of foam that encircles the top of the snifter. Teeny bits of lacing.

S - Light, sour funky cherries, cherry juice. Non-descript.

T - This is awesome. I know a 4.0 doesn't really scream awesome, but hear me out. It's just a plain, regular, simple tart cherry beer. It's nothing more, nothing less. I've had better fruit beers, even better cherry beers... but for what this is, it's ridiculously tasty. It mostly tastes of tart cherries, and slight cork. I wish I could get into it more but that's about all there is to this great little brew.

M - Light, with a nice med/low carbonation that just works.

D - Retardedly drinkable. For lovers of both fruit beers and sours.

Notes: This is one of those "what the fuck" beers that I bought at the store on a whim. Turned out to be quite a stunning little treat.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle wrapped in eye catching red paper.

Appears a clear ruby red color with a three quarter inch peach colored head. It sinks down to a cap and leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is quite tart with a bit of vinegary sourness. Of course there are some cherries in there as well as a bit of sweetness.

The taste starts off tart and almost puckering but upon swallowing it gets much sweeter but ends up finishing with more funky tones. The cherry is there but it doesn't necessarily scream it. It really tastes very similar to the cherry in a Flanders Red.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a very creamy texture enhanced by a perfect level of carbonation for the style.

Very good fruit beer, I haven't had anything that wasn't great from Liefman's yet. I would prefer this be a 750 ml bottle. Frambozienbier might have to be broken out tonight as well. I

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

Presentation: Wrapped 750 ml bottle into a flute.

A- Reddish brown color. Pours with minimal off-white head, that fades slowly to a thin ring.

S- Big hit of tart cherries, and a hint of "Belgian yeastiness."

T- Sweet and sour cherries. Not really much else there, but pleasant enough to be sure. Interestingly, even my father -who HATES cherries- did not find this taste to be objectionable.

M- Crisp, with slightly biting carbonation.

D- Easy drinking desert beer, but again falls into the realm of beers that I can't imagine drinking more than one of at a time.

Future outlook: This beer delivers what I'd expect and hope for in this type of beer- tasty cherry flavor. Really nice desert beer IMO. Not an everyday drinker, but I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Packaged in 750ml bottle with christmas tissue paper wrapping. An ale brewed with fresh cherries and natural flavors. Labeled as a fruit beer.

A: Pours a dark cranberry red, creamy tan head with a slight red hue.

S: Big fresh cherries burst from the nose with some tartness.

T: Body is incredibly smooth with some tart cherries providing a rich yet balanced flavor and sourness that is not overpowering to the senses. Tart cherries, smooth wine like palate, well balanced, softly carbonated and a very good example and pleasure to drink.

M: Mouthful is smooth and eloquent.

D: Recommend , smooth, subtle and not over the top.

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Photo of KaiMiller
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an innocuous red-brown with a tan head. Big hit of cherry in the aroma, along with subtler acid tang, caramel, leather or paper, unplaceable fruit (prune?pineapple?). Very intriguing. I sort of wish the cherry would get out of the way and let me drink my Flanders Red. But it's not to be, as it is far more dominant in the flavour, with a lot of sweetness, soda-pop tanginess, and cherry flavour, although the malt, prune, and kettle caramelisation flavours have cameos, before it all clears the stage and lets the tiny funkiness make one last tantalising bow. Me, I prefer this beer's unfruited sister; it'd be a great way, though, to introduce some people to sour, vinous beers. I'm disappointed in the sweetness - it's leading me to suspect they filtered and backsweetened. Too clean. Ah well. Good sour beer is hard to come by here, and I should be greatful, because this bottle definitely is.

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Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml brown bottle, paper-wrapped, corked and caged; BB 01/2017, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stem goblet.

A: translucent dark ruby hue with purple-ish glows; a thin layer of dirty beige foam gradually settles to a rim, on top of light fizziness.
S: intensely sour-sweet cherry note comes with an acute aroma of sharp woodiness and somewhat dusty notes. A good swirl wakes up the enticing oak-woodiness with a touch of Rioja (Crianza) wine - decent level of sour berries balanced with oaks. Not terribly complex but well-composed and integrated, with that extra touch of oakiness particularly enticing.
T: a rather intense salty-sweet prune-ish flavour (true to the Flemish Oud Bruin ale) with a pleasant cherry aroma (interestingly the cherries are not overpowering) manifests itself beautifully; then a mild sorbet-like maltiness contrasts with some tannic bitterness like cherry- or sweet red-grape-skins at the back of the palate, leading towards a chewy palate of salty-sweet fruity finish a bit like Chinese hawthorn fruit candy.
M&D: softly carbonated at the just-about-refreshing level, medium-bodied, balanced with a nice degree of acidity, never too sweet, plus a superb moderately fruit-tannic finish that can only be described as more-ish as far as a fruit beer is concerned... All in all, a very decent cherry beer that is highly quaffable to me!

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Photo of morebeergood
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Wine Gallery in Kenmore Sq. Poured into two oversized wine glasses. Fire engine red color. Slight carbonation. Thin head. Smell was a perfect balance of sweet and sour. Taste was killer. One of the best Krieks I've had. Delicious fruit flavor, with just enough sourness to register in the mouth and tongue, but not enough to detract from the fantastic flavor. Finally, a Kriek that tastes great and doesn't leave you puckering. A perfect gateway beer for those looking for an introduction into lambics, and a fantastic beer for those of us that enjoy an nice tart lambic once in a while. Top notch beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy cherrywood color with a sily light beige head. Nose ha a perfect blend between sweet cherries, oak and musty funk. Taste is also superbly balanced. I would just like to see a little more sour funk. Medium body suits ale well. A fantastic brew from Liefmans. Top knotch.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Served in a pint glass.

A: 1 finger of pinkish white head. Transparent reddish brown body.

S: Smell is full of sour cherries with a mild yeastiness.

T: Dominated by tart cherries. Not overly sour like other fruit beers or lambics I've had.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp and lively carbonation.

D: Was very easy to drink and refreshing. Probably the best fruit beer or lambic I've had to date.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head an no lacing.

Smell is dominated by sweet cherries with some wild yeast funk. Very appealing.

Taste is extremely well balanced between sweet and sour with a strong dose of cherries. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation.

One of the most drinkable krieks I have come across, almost sessionable.


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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml cork-in-cage bottle attractively swaddled in festive red paper, poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear red amber body capped with soft pink-ivory foam a finger thick. Coarse rings of lacing on the glass mark the drink's passing.

The smell is tangy, with plenty of cherries with a whiff of lime and doughy yeast.

The drink tastes is on the tangy side of sour, with sweet and fruity elements of tangy cherry dominating the flavor profile. A tinge of fruit rind bitterness helps check all the sweet and tart flavors.

Crisp carbonation is the hero of the drink, cutting the pervasively sour/sweet body to quaffable cherry soda pop. Superbly refreshing with plenty of zing.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby color with minimal head and a bubbly lacing.

Scent of tart cherries and some yeast.

Taste is sour with cherries and some grapes. Sweet and sour, refreshing on a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but lacking something.

A good beer, and a nice treat. I think it will find its way in my hands fairly frequently

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, deep red color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, big sour cherries. In the taste, just like the smell, big sour cherries. A sour bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour cherry aftertaste. A fantastic sour, great cherry, and quite easy to drink.

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