Kriek (Unsweetened & Unfiltered) | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-04-2005

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Reviews by mdagnew:
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4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in the Hotel Erasmus in Brugge... this is the only place that this stuff is available as far as i'm aware. It's on the beer list simply as Liefmans Kriek...

Poured a red / brown colour - quite dark. Poured with a nice creamy, pink head which is quite big to start but dissipates quite quickly. Has quite large beading...

Very strong, sharp, fresh cherry aroma mixed with strawberry ??, vanilla and biscuit. Nice hints of malt too...

Taste – A sour cherry explosion mixed with cream and notes of toffee... Quite malty too... This is so much more dry and tart than the ordinary stuff...

Feel - mouth puckeringly good !!! Very sharp and dry but with an underlying creaminess. Very, very drinkable...

Overall - an exceptional cherry beer... one of the finest i've had. If you get the chance to go to Brugge make sure you pop into the Erasmus for one of these....

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Hotel Erasmus on an afternoon trip from our base in Ostende to Brugge on Easter Friday 25th April, 2005 during my annual Easter trip to Belgium. I had read of this “special brew” in Stephen D’Arcy’s excellent guide a few years ago, but had never been so lucky as to try it until now. Allegedly, the Hotel Erasmus has a special deal with Liefman’s where, on occasion, it manages to secure unfiltered and unsweetened versions of both the Kriek and Goudenband. The owner was very eager for us to try this, and it is a good job he was, because all 5 of our party just saw the words “Liefmans Kriek” under “beers on tap” on the small chalkboard and never even paid it a second glance. So don’t be fooled by the generic listing if you get here to try this, the Erasmus never has the “normal” Liefmans Kriek on draft, so if you see it listed – order one.

Appearance: A hazed fruit punch purple mixes with a turbid ‘Bloody Mary’ red body. Dancing lively flamingo pink foam forms an exceptionally effervescent ‘snap, crackle & pop’ head, which soon rescinds to a thin but nicely presented cap, but not before leaving some lacing. Bold conditioning has the head fizzing until it eventually rescinds to a halo like finish. A quick swirl soon reinstates the action though.

Smell: OH MY!!!! This is definitely NOT the usual Liefmans Kriek. Pungent explosion of fresh cherries, immense fruitiness and a luscious mouthwatering tart dryness are all immediately detectable. Funky sharp cherry lambic aromas will have your eyes watering if you deeply inhale this one.

Taste: DOUBLE WOW!!! The appearance and nose are the fanfare and introduction, but the tastes do not disappoint. A luxurious traditional lambic-kriek, it benefits from a tumultuous amount of red skinned cherries on the palate. Dry, acidic and astringent, the “nut check” factor is 11, “one more than 10”, as the saying goes. Sharp finish cuts through the residual saliva and leaves you questioning if this isn’t all some kind of a cruel joke by the owner of the Hotel Erasmus on dumb beer geek tourists….it must be a Hanssens Kriek right?? It’s that good. Finishes with a biting sour cherry cheek pulling finale that dries the mouth and leaves you begging for more. The looks on the faces of our party that tried this said it all “F**k Me this is Great”.

Mouthfeel: The bold carbonation releases an explosion of dissolved gases in the mouth, these in turn shot-blast the cheeks with a raw fruity smattering of cherries. Just as the luscious cherries fool you, the tide quickly turns and an astringent dry finish quickly wipes mouth of any soft fruity flavors and replaces them with a lingering sharp dry ending. Puckering to say the least.

Drinkability: Lovers of traditional Lambic-Krieks will find this one hard to resist. Its quaffability is only limited by the number of Settlers Tums that you have on hand and just how much heartburn and “ring-sting” you can handle the next day!!!

Overall: Looks Great, Smells and Tastes F’in fabulous. Really, why don’t Liefmans bottle this version “as is”? It is streets ahead of the more widely available version. Stunningly fantastic, think Hanssens Kriek and that is just how good this is. Such a shame that this is only available [as far as I am aware] at the Hotel Erasmus in Brugge. I can still taste it now….Absolutely Superb!!

If you are in Brugge then a trip to the Hotel Erasmus is always recommended, but if they have the Liefmans Kriek (unfiltered & unsweetened) on tap, then you definitely MUST seek both out and spend the afternoon there.

Highly Recommended!!

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Photo of desint
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgasparine
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at Hotel Erasmus, Bruges, Belgium on 3/20/2010.

A- Poured a still ruby-red color. No carbonation, no head, no lacing. Beautiful color.

S- Smells strongly of cherries- tart cherries- bucketloads of them. There are some lesser vinous notes... and otherwise, it's a very clean nose.

T- An extremely tart and acidic beer. The acidity is definitely dominant on the palate, but the cherry flavors have a substantial presence as well... just without any sweetness. Almost like a cherry vinegar. Crazy. Yet strangely sippable and refreshing!

M- Thin and fully attenuated with high astringency. The carbonation is soft and delicate, which works well for such an acidic beer. Still, when a beer is this fully attenuated, there is not much body to speak-of.

D- Definitely a sipper. More appropriate for hot weather too...

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Photo of tadmuchowski
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of bogus564
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, poured into a tulip glass...

I've recently come to discover that I like krieks. I haven't yet branched out into pomme, frambois and other lambics, but I'll get there soon. That said, there are certain aspects of krieks that are expected, one of them being a certain color. This particular one is pretty dark for a kriek. I know - it's like saying you play tennis pretty well for a girl. I shouldn't have preconceived notions, but I kinda do. No head at all - that was a bit weird.

And now for the smell test, which confirms what you'd come to expect from this type. Very sour cherry, almost champagne-like. I'm hoping that we're back on the kriek track.

Oh. Wow. This is one nicely done kriek. Your cherry is right there, and it does not shyly hang in the back of the room. It's not as Janet Carew-sweet like Lindeman's, or as unceasingly Lisa Chan-sour as Cantillon, but nicely between the two. Maybe a little closer to Cantillon; after all, there's a bit of a pucker induced, but it doesn't bend your neck. Very good.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn good - I know you're not supposed to curse, but it was just the right phrase to describe the characteristic. It's light in body, it's lightly carbonated, and the finish is just right for me. Good cherry aftertaste. I like this one.

Drinkability is up there, too - the only mistake I made was in having this with my grilled cheese sandwich. What I should have done in retrospect was have it with a dark chocolate bar - that would have been quite a combination. This will definitely make my Top 5 Krieks list.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived in the wine glass a rose color with no appreciable head and a light amount of bubbles around the sides of the glass.

The aroma was bing cherries, of fairly low intensity when cold, and as the beer warmed a more pronouced aroma with a light tartness and an earthy presence emerged.

The flavor was that of tart bing cherries and a light, earthy presence. The flavor was very nice and not sweetened at all but the cherries, earth and tart worked well to form a very nice flavor combination.

The finish was dry wtih lasting cherries into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a low amount of carbonation. A very nice kriek, much more interesting when served unsweetened.

Draft on Hotel Erasmus on 9/19/06, served in a wine glass.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at The Kulminator in Antwerp.

This Kriek poured a slightly hazy, garnet color with slightly pink, creamy foam that slowly settled. The smell was of sour cherries and light maltiness. The carbonation tickled the nose. The taste was sour and tart cherries with some other fruitiness. There was a taste of vinous grapes as well, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and sout and tart with medium body and good, strong carbonation. The finish was sour and full of cherries and fruitiness. This was a very nice kriek, and I must say that I prefer it over the sweeter version.

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Kriek (Unsweetened & Unfiltered) from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 8 ratings