Kriek Brut
Brouwerij Liefmans

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #440
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,228
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 11.62%
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
743
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Notes: Formerly known as Liefmans Kriek and Cuvée - Brut.

Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a fresh mature blend which matures over a year and a half, allowing the flavors of wood and almond to become more complex and intense. Kriek-Brut is also a treat to the eye, with its deep brown-red hue, and bold but elegant collar. This luxurious beer balances pure accents with the lightly sweet and gently sour nature of cherries.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml green corked and caged "champagne" bottle, wrapped in red paper, as Liefmans Cuvée Brut, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.0%. Dark red beer, large pinkish-peachy head. Strong and intense aroma of cherries, also notes of almonds and marzipan. The flavour is cherries all the way, medium sweet, not "brut" by any stretch of the mind. At least it is somewhat drier than Liefmans Fruitesse. Just a hint of hops and oak in the finish. Quite good, if you like cherries (and who doesn’t?), and don’t expect a "normal" beer flavour.

Mar 21, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this marvelous beer at a grocery store in Richmond, VA over Christmas break - my last beer from that trip!

Pours a beautiful purplish brown color with with a nice purple-pink initial head and good lacing. Very pleasantly fragrant smell of dark cherries. Flavors of cassis, lemon candy, hint of vanilla and oak. Enjoyed it very much with this evening’s dinner!

Mar 12, 2021
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. Stamped 04/2025 on the top.
A: Pours a dark brown with ruby amber hue around the edges with backlighting and a 1/4 inch light tan head which quickly recedes.
S: Interesting combination of fresh and dried cherries. Oak, berries, and hints of vinegar and sugar.
T: Wow! Such a smooth and layered, even complex, cherry note from the blending. At times fresh cherry and other times dried cherries. Oak tannins, berries, and subtle malt sugar and super subtle vinegar, warming spice, and vanilla.
M: Medium body. Cherry and berry sweetness with mildly dry oak tannins. Vinous and slightly juicy feel. Lingers and matures beautifully on the palate.
D: Stupendous for style! Such a wonderful surprise! Seek it out if you can. Simply outstanding.

Jan 01, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is cherries. Taste is a tangy with a strong cherry flavour. Crisp and dry.

Nov 28, 2020
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The strength of this beer is the result of solid blending to achieve just the right balance of funk and cherry. The bruin base is not over malted, as the slight sweet comes from the cherries.

Mar 27, 2020
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Nofoba

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle. It has a brownish ruby red body, with a small off-white head.

It has a sweet aroma of fermented cherries, but with slightly unpleasant cattiness.

The taste is sour, with restrained cherry sweetness. The cattiness comes out again in the aftertaste.

Generally I really enjoy cherry beers, but I don't think this is the best example of its style. Nevertheless it's perfectly drinkable.

Oct 24, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have been cellaring this beer for 7 years, vintage 2012 per cork. Maturity date end of 2021.
Light brown copper color with red highlights and no head. Cork produced no stomp.
Aroma with notes of oak, mild Port Wine, mild cherry, lemon drops and faint funk.
Still Sweet flavor with notes of caramel, dark fruits, Port wine, oak, vanilla and nuts. Medium dry aftertaste.
Medium body with flat carbonation.
Interesting that after so many years, this Kriek still conserves some of the sweetness and wild yeast has not taken over the whole party. It has a subtle tartness. Sour cherry is also rather mild and Port Wine notes became predominant. It does taste like an Oud Bruin!

Oct 11, 2019
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Shanex from France

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown. Looks like a Flanders. The head is massive and beige in color. The aroma is just straight up cherries, all over it. Mild notes of oak and brown sugar.

Taste is not overly sweet The malt base isn't heavy at all and this beer is avoiding the outright sugary type of Lindeman's fruit beers.

Overall, an outstanding fruited beer; very well balanced and you could wonder where the 6% is hidden in it. Very palatable, sweet and not overly so. Try it.

Aug 11, 2019
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shambeano from Australia

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. The bottle tells me that it was blended in 2017 and aged 2 years. Best before October 2027. Poured into a snifter.
Look: Pours a murky brown with about 1 cm of pinkish brown head, which quickly subsides.
Smell: Strong cherry smell, followed by a vingary acidity, there is oak towards the end. I'm not getting a large variety of aromas, but what is there is distinct and pleasant.
Taste: Cherry upfront, a touch sweet to begin with, but the tartness comes through (though a little reserved), acidity is there in the middle. Little bit of oak comes through near the end.
Feel: Lighter bodied, refreshing, tartness is zingy and gets the saliva going.
Overall: solid beer, refreshing. Would drink again.

Apr 19, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition. Poured from a paper-wrapped cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Murky maroon-brown pour. 1 finger of fizzy white head... falls fast with a modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart cherry... a bit of vinegar and oak.

T/F: Mild tartness and acidity to start... strong baking cherry flavor... followed by sweeter fruit/berry flavors. Apple cider vinegar and oak... molasses and plum in the background but mostly cherry. Delicious... light and tart... not sour in the least.

O: An outstanding Kriek... super drinkable... great flavor. Delicate and delicious.

Jan 01, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a dark reddish brown with a modest pink head. Lots of cherries in the nose. Somewhat acidic and a bit sour. Just what you would expect of a Kriek!

May 25, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition, aged 2 years open with a loud pop, pour a very pretty mahogany red with a lovely off white head. Aroma is not very strong, sour-sweet-earthy-leather, where are the cherries? Tastes is a perfect balance of sour, sweet, salty& bitter, in that order. Flavor: ah, here’s where the tart cherries are, lots of complex earthy flavors. Feel & carbonation are excellent. Slightly tart & fabulously flavorful, one of the best I’ve tasted.

Apr 14, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice complexity from the Goudenband with dark fruits, nice sourness, cola. Nice cherry presence which goes well with the complexity. The only problem is the additional sweetness. It's a bit much

Nov 05, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional mix of cherries and oud bruin. Very complex taste of cherries, slightly wood and tartness. A little acidic. Highly drinkable, sour Belgian.

Sep 28, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fruit roll up brown-red pour. Looks like actual fruit instead of neon red and some simpletons might find that offputting. Medium fizz, thick body.

Aroma is soft. Cherries, lightly sharp bacterial malt. Much smoother than the beers blended to create it, which isn't surprising since cherries have a way of doing that. The softness is pretty unexpected, though, since those are both very bold beers.

Tastes much more flavorful than the aroma led me to anticipate, and that's a good thing. Real cherries up front and all throughout, a lightly tart middle, and an incredibly smooth, chewy finish and a fruit leather aftertaste.

An exquisitely crafted beer, absolute classic.

Sep 20, 2017
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is astringent and sour, with loads of sour black cherries.

The taste is amazing. Sweet cherry pie, crust and all, richness from the oak.

Chewy finish that has a feel of a heavily barrel aged Bruery beer.

Dec 30, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark purplish red, almost getting into brown color for the body. Nice fine pink light bubbles that cut through on the side. A bit of clarity towards the top, but quite dark to see through. Off pink to a tannish red colored head, easily makes two fingers and a creamy top. Settles with a thin half finger creamy head and a nice populated big collar. Thin sheets of leggy lacing while drinking.

Cherry juice waffs over large on the nose. Does manage to stay away from medicinal but does come off with a good deal of sugar quality. Luckily stays away from overly sticky and syrupy, or medicinal.

Palate is a fruit lovers joy. Deep tangy and sweet cherry, even a little bit of sweet malt and good sucrose that manages to really pick up the fruit character nicely. Rich and great washing body while staying away syrup and medicinal flavors.

A real simple fruited Belgian, but so easily enjoyable and drinkable that is just hits high on the chart of satisfaction.

Jul 22, 2016
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JHouse11 from California

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this yesterday at Stone in Escondido. I enjoyed the beer. The cherry aroma and flavor were quite apparent. The one thing that I didn't really care for was the sweetness they add to it (stevia?). The color, aroma, mouthfeel, and flavors are great.

May 26, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap poured into snifter

Deep ruby red with a red tinged pencil thin cap

Aroma of cherries

Taste of cherries. Lambic? No Oud Bruin!

Smooth with some sweet tart cherry flavors

Good beer

Mar 17, 2016
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911CROFT from England

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £3.59 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep, dark, reddish brown coloured body, that when held to the light, turns to a bright ruby and displays plenty of fine carbonation towards the edge of the glass. A one-finger in height, pinkish-white, foamy head reduces quickly to a thin patchy film and collar, leaving behind only a small amount of soapy lacing.

The nose consists primarily of sour dark cherries and slightly funky, earthy yeast. In the background, aromas of red wine vinegar, alcohol and oak are also evident. Taste roughly follows suit. It leads briefly with a much sweeter, juicier, cherry flavour than the nose implied, but quickly transitions to the expected tart, tangy and acidic profile. Mid palate, sourness tops out at beyond puckering levels as an acidic red wine vinegar character joins the tart fruit. Towards the end, complex notes of earth, hay, vanilla, almond, wood, oak, cherry skin and tannins combine to provide a dry balancing bitterness that lingers long into the finish together with sharp tartness. In the mouth a medium body and moderate carbonation starts slick, smooth and slightly sugary but quickly dries out, to finish crisp, clean, dry and a touch astringent. On the very end, taste comes full circle, as sweet juicy cherry makes a return in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a decent beer. To my tastes the middle is a little too sour, (that puckering effect detracting slightly from the enjoyment) but it remains well balanced, complex and plenty drinkable.

Feb 08, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish and light brown, like a flanders pretty much appearance wise. Cherry aroma and almost nothing else besides some oak in the background.

Sweet is the first descriptor. Cherry is the next taste wise. I think this is a decent fruit beer to check out on a warm morning. If you don't like cherry, walk on home boy. The oak gives it a nice dry tannin feel, the goudenbond gives it a slight tartness.

Dec 05, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown colored beer without much of a head.

Smells strongly of cherries and chocolate. Smells a little smoky and sour. Scent of caramel candy.

Starts out tasting of sour cherries. Taste of chocolate cake. Flavor is tart but not what you could call really sour.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty beer, a decent approachable fruit Lambic.

Dec 02, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a slightly hazy ruby-red with a small,creamy rose' head
-low carbonation visible
S:
-cherries,raspberries,oak tanin,black currants,slight chocolate,faint tartness
T:
-cherries,raspberries,black currants,sugar
-low sourness
-finishes dry
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Doesnt taste as artificial as other fruit sours.
Good Beer for sour novices

Nov 09, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great bottle of beer for early morning summertime pool parties, such as 4th of July or whatnot. Really fits in on a hot summer day.

Pours out a light reddish brown color, almost oud bruin lite. Looks like a flanders and oud bruin blended together at times. The head is beige in color. The aroma is just straight up cherries, all over it. Mild notes of oak and brown sugar.

Taste is not overly sweet, I've had bottles fresh and with age on them, the sweetness does seem to fade with time. The malt base isn't heavy at all there is just a twinge of caramel to it. Keep in mind, this beer is one of those rare non wild fruit beers that does the trick. Not as good as the New Glarus stuff, but this is a good second tier option for when you want cherries without sour, and avoiding the outright sugary type of Lindeman's fruit beers.

Aug 26, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really starting to like the sour cherry beers. This one did not dissapoint. Lots and lots of cherry flavor. Poured a red pink color. Aroma of mild lambic and tart cherry. Sour yeasty cherry flavor.

Aug 18, 2015
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