Kriek Brut
Brouwerij Liefmans

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From:
Brouwerij Liefmans
 
Belgium
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #557
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,537
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.74%
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
533
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 06, 2022
Added:
May 04, 2005
Wants:
  62
Gots:
  97
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Kriek BrutKriek Brut
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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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle from House of Trembling Madness, York (£2.85):
Deep, dark raspberry to purple but almost looking murky brown at first glance; the head is a pink-white colour made of fine bubbles that holds well. The nose is strong with raspberry & cherry dominating with faint biscuit & sugar towards the end. It's very similar with the taste, mainly raspberry & cherry, woke tart & sweet fruits then a slightly zesty finish. Some alcohol shows & its well carbonated with a good balance despite not being overly complex.
Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Apr 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Nov 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Noelito76 from New York

Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Apr 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Nov 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.93 by beerrat from Virginia

Oct 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by unclekeith from Alaska

Sep 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.41 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jan 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Nofoba

3.68/5  rDev -10%
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
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Reviewed by Shanex from France

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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
 
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by shambeano from Australia

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Rated by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Cherries, dark chocolate, bubbly effervescent
Oct 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.24 by Can_has_beer from Texas

Oct 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Oct 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Sep 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Sep 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by TheCrowsEye from California

Jun 26, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Apr 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by rairis01 from Dominican Republic

Feb 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by Beerocraft from Thailand

Jan 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 1.25 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

Nov 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Kriek Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
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