Cherish Kriek Lambic | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Cherish Kriek LambicCherish Kriek Lambic

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark maroon with a light red head

S-has a very strong scent of candied cherries. this almost smells like a christmas candle

T-wow this is so good. this just has such a smooth and powerful taste of sweet and tart cherries. there's a great addition of holiday spice in there. almost like cinnamon. in and out, the flavors continue and are perfect. wow.

M-very smooth and creamy carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-wow, i could drink this all night long. i could sit and quaff a lot of these. there's not sign of the ABV anywhere. there are very few beers i'm able to chug like this. i love it so much.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in a flight of 8 Belgium beers of various styles and it held it's own. The fruit flavor was no extract as far as I could tell. Fresh tart cherries, backed by a soft, smooth, slightly acidic malt profile. This is a fine introduction to the lambic style.

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Photo of youradhere
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours electric red with a small pink head. Smells like candy sour cherries and, well tastes like it too. The mouthfeel isn't too thick, sugary, syrupy like some brews like this, so that helps out the mouthfeel and drinkability of it. The slight tartness of it helps to cut back the sugar sweetness, making this dangerously drinkable; however I would not session this beer for two reasons: first, no one looks manly drinking multiples of this, and b) there is simply too much sugar to not leave you with a "please god kill me now" hangover in the morning. I will most likely buy this beer again.

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Photo of wnh
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Unsure of this beer's age.

Pours an absolutely beautiful blood red, crisp and clear, with a thick, dense, foamy bright pink head.

Nose is packed with creamy cherry candy, more or less one-dimensional, but it smells wonderful. Fresh, mouthwatering, and inviting. Doesn't seem to show much in the way of lambic character. Faintly tart notes underneath as the beer warms.

More tart and a fair bit earthier on the palate. Still big and packed with fruit, but shows more complexity than the nose suggests. Finishes fruity but dry, and a bit puckering. Some nice dank, barnyard notes linger in the background, but they're not big players. Definitely a fruit-forward beer.

Relatively light bodied, mostly soft. Light carbonation, lending a sense of viscosity. Easy drinking and tasty, if not top of the line for a cherry lambic.

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Photo of tone77
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 8.4 oz. bottle. Has a dark pinkish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of cherries. Taste is also bursting with cherries, a bit tart, a lot of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, this being my first lambic, I must say I am impressed.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ½ an 8.4 oz. bottle into a flute. Formed a fluffy 2 finger pink head that had some major lasting power! Pink tinted foam laced the sides of the glass upon dissipation. The body is the color of melted rubies...translucent and uniform.

Cherries and more cherries on the nose! Candy can almost detect both a sweet and sour smell.

Like the aroma...sweet and sour all at once. Cherries galore! Finishes with a nice tart melted candy.

Medium mouth feel...dry with good carbonation.

Very drinkable...maybe a little too tart for multi glass consumption, but tasty and refreshing!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red to near brown color with light pink head.

Nose has some straw/hay, barnyard, and of course cherry.

Palate is beyond mere sour cherry - there's blackberry, raspberry, and the sour component is more pronounced than in many other krieks that I've had.

Finish is rather tart but this lambic is very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kool-aid pour deep cartoon wild cherry red with a nice little white head. Light carbonation travels up the sides.

Smells of rich wild cherries. Very bold, very sweet--almost synthetic. Still, nice. There's also some light yeast complexities in there, adding just a little bit of welcome funk.

Tastes like rich, mealy cherry juice combined with a synthetically sweet cherry syrup. Good, once again, but perhaps not as natural as some labic drinkers would like, as the sweetness dulls the tartness (which I like), as well as overriding most of the yeast.

Goes down great, tastes pretty damn good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy. Reddish with an orange cast. The white head holds fairly well but leaves no lace. The aroma is of bold, sweet cherry. It's not quite natural (real cherries never smell this sweet), but good. The body is medium-light with a very fine, gentle carbonation that is very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is of a lightly tart cherry. There is a medicinal characteristic that I attribute to extract. It finishes dry with a lingering, earthy fruit character that's not necessarily pleasant, but very light. As is the case with the other Cherish Lambics, this is a very mainstream example that lacks the intense fermentation characteristics of the best lambics. It makes a good cross-over beer into the style.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Deep dark cherry color with a 1 inch white head with light pink highlights.

S- Good cherry notes. Starts with a sweet hit like a sugary juice drink but has a tartness coming in in the finish. Almost like a cherry limeade with a candy overtone.

T- Tart cherry up front. The carbonation in the finish rounds it out like a cherry soda. The tartness of the finish gets more and more intense as it warms.

M- It's like drinking a cherry soda with a little extra syrup to it. Syrup coats the tongue helping the finish linger for a while.

O- I have to say that because this comes across drinking more like a soda than a beer I have to say this is very tasty and very enjoyable. Plus I like the intense cherry aromas and flavors of it. If it weren't for the ABV I would have never guessed this to be a beer.

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Photo of Hunter
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For lack of a chalice I ended up pouring this into a large wine glass (you do what you have to).

Beer is a deep amber in color, nearly a dark apricot. Fizzy, with a short white head of foam that doesn't last very long.

Aroma is enticing...berries, brandy, malt. Deep and fruity. Very Nice.

Taste is typical of the style. Initial notes on the tongue are the fruit and malt. Is it blasphemous to say it reminds me of Fruit Loops? Typical lambic tart/sour hits mid-swallow, and then the lingering taste of sour cherries in the aftertatse. Light, refreshing, and clean.

This would be great as an apertif after a meal of lamb or beef. Not an everyday quaffer but very tasty for a change of pace.

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Fruit Lambic in 2 days!! They go down pretty good in this July heat wave. This one was not as complex as the Lindeman Framboise but it was still good.

Poured a dark red color into my Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel flute, with a good amount of light getting through when held to a light. The head has a light pink tint. Rings of lacing on the glass. Head was big, delicate and bubbly with decent retention.

Good smell of slightly tart cherries. Taste started out sweet and I thought this was going to be a kool-aid type experience. Subsequent sips established a little tartness at the end. Just right!!!

Mouthfeel reflects good carbonation and a bit of tartness to counteract what might have been a too sweet brew. Not at all thin or watery.

Overall a unique and refreshing drink for the summer time

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap.

Poured smooth with little head, possibly a characteristic of the tap. The head that was there was crystalline white before dissipating. The color was a deep red, as would be expected from this beer. Smelled of cherries and sweet syrup. The taste was of cherries as well, but surprisingly not overly sweet. It was more tart. The mouthfeel was smooth with not very much carbonation, again possibly a characteristic of coming off the tap. Overall drinkability is very good if you are okay with a somewhat sweeter beer with almost no "beer taste" to it. It was very similar to cherry juice like you might find in countries like Turkey, except for the alcohol.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. I approached this beer not as a competitor to the great lambics and sour beers of Belgium, but as a tart fruit beer. Perhaps that was incorrect, as the generally lower scores it has from other reviewers appear to compare it to the beers of Cantillon and similar breweries. I give it high rankings because see it as an exception fruit beer. I think of it as a lambic-with-training-wheels. It bridges the gap between normal fruit beers, like #9 or a raspberry UFO and the true lambics.

It's a ruby colored beer with some slight brown tones. There is the slightest skim of foam on top and a little bit of coating of the sides of the glass. It is a strong sugary, fruit aroma. It smells like a Jolly Rancher or a child's cough medicine. The flavor is full of puckering cherry tastes. It is also sweet and juice-like. It has a very light body and equally low carbonation. There is a very tight puckering quality. I don't come across many beers that offer up such an involuntary physical reaction. Despite this, I find this beer to be very drinkable. I feels like a glass of juice, albeit a very tart juice. I would drink a lot of this beer, except I like the aforementioned lambics more. It's a great gateway beer to bigger and better sour fruit beers.

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

P: Dark brown 8.4 oz. ‘mini’ longneck bottle with 5% by Vol and no date stamp.

A: Pours clear light and thin red juice with bunches of carbonation and a light purple robust head of tiny foam that although reduces in height it never went away with light lacing to the bottom.

S: Light fruit and sweet honey with a light nose of alcohol.

T: Bright and crisp that starts with a definite fruit – then berry/cherry mixed with a hint of sweet honey and a dry and very pleasing aftertaste.

M: Although thin, the carbonation really is refreshing to the entire mouth that is pleasing with a very nice dry, yet slightly sweet, honey aftertaste.

D: I could see having a lot of fun with this for an entire evening of a lambic tasting, and highly recommend to anyone who would like to try a very nice lambic. Bottles too small!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 8.4oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: very reddish-hued amber color with a thin layer of light salmon-colored head. Not too bad, though a bit artificial-seeming.

Smell: very sweet cherry aroma with a hint of tartness. Pretty good; about what I'm looking for in a cherry lambic.

Taste: cherry flavor is at the forefront but not quite as intense as I would have guessed. There is a very nice tartness to this beer that works well with the cherries. Simple, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with nice carbonation. Creamy enough.

Drinkability: a yummy treat. A bit too sweet and tart to just down a case of, but still very tasty.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a cherry juice red with a half finger pink head that left pretty good sticky lacing.

s: lots of tart cherries up front with slight oaky notes and kinda get a whiff of honey in there too.

T: nice sour cherry sting on the jaw and I'am getting some honey flavor in the mix like the nose.

M: meduim body with just enough bubbly carbonation to propel the flavor a bit more.

D: Sours are some of my favorite beers and this one was not a dissapointment. I've had this a couple times and always comes thru for me.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherish Kriek Lambic is a tasty Kriek. This is my first Kriek, so I don't know how good it is compared to others.

A: Ruby red colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Cherry cough syrup aroma and not that tart. 3.5

T: Sweet cherry and pretty tart. Avoids the cough syrup flavour. 4

M: Lightly carbonated but pretty foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of Brian700
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish amber color with a small pinkish head.

The aroma is of cherries and cream soda. It reminds me of Faygo Rock and Rye.

The flavor is of sour cherries. It's a bit on the robituson side towards the end but it is definately good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I think the drinkability is pretty average due to its robituson-like quality towards the end or warming of this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark pink beer, a little frothy off white head to it. Aroma was decent, but had me thinking I was going to be underwhelmed, primarily candy sugar cherry aroma.

Taste, much better, more like that mythical cherry pie in a bottle. Not quite New Glarus Belgian Red territory, but there is an ample amount of cherry to this bad boy. Any cinnamon or other flavor spice use is nuanced at best, the cherry feel shines. Not overly sweet, keeps a natural feel to it, nothing sour going on here. A very nice beer to change up the pace. Drank this at the Wolfpack spring football game, in between a Bigfoot and Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of kkipple
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't going to drink anything tonight, but had to crack an ale in honor of Gary Gygax's untimely passing. Rest in peace, Gary, hope you found your way to the Outer Planes. :(

But the beer! Much like it's fun-loving sibling, Cherish Kriek came in a little 8oz bottle with a label reading "Malt beverage brewed with cherries.". Popping the cap released a slow rush of pink foam from the bottle, which would've spilled over if I hadn't been handy with my chalice.

The head on this isn't quite as absurd as the raspberry, but it's still a good three inches in the glass and fades quickly, leaving sticky pink sea-beer foam on the sides. This "malt beverage" is deep purple red and clear.

Smells like sweetened, fermented, sugared cherries. Tart enough, but a big fruity smell pervades everything going on... it's one-dimensional, sure, but I like it. Tart cherries just smell good, no bones about it.

A sip confirms that this is a very fruity beer. Tart ripe cherries, a hint of tannins, metal and booze and maybe, just maybe, some clove... otherwise, it's all sweet and light and the mouthfeel is scintillating! Well carbonated, tingly, light and finishes perfectly clean, sour-sweet and refreshing.

I think I preferred the raspberry Cherish slightly, but this is also a very tasty, simple and fun little beer. It's not the best Kriek I've had, and isn't even the best cherry lambic, but it's very accessible and good looking. I like Cherish, would pay $3 again for this easily, and can't wait to try the peach.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 8.4 oz. bottle into a stange. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Not the red that I was anticipating, but rather a deep, hazy amber. Full 2 fingers of foamy, pinkish head, that fades slowly to a thin complete cap.

S- Almost spot on for Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops. If you like the way those smell, you'll like this.

T- Sweet and sour cherries. Sweet and sour cherries. Sweet and sour cherries.

M- Crisp, with slightly biting carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D- Interesting desert beer that would probably be great with some chocolate cake. It's an easy enough drinker, though one would be the absolute max, even at the 8.4 oz. size.

Future outlook: I might get this again specifically to pair with chocolate cake.

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Photo of tzieser
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a chalice. deep ruby, hazy color with a huge 4+ finger head (overflow)...kind of screwed up the pour on this one but, it still looks good nonetheless.

s: nice fruity aroma. sour, tart cherries all over the place. not bad, but it isn't the best nose ever...maybe my nose is stuffed

t: great tart flavor. i'm really glad it isn't one of the sweet faux-lambics of Lindemans. tart cherries, great sour flavor here...almost reminds me of a oud bruin with cherries.

m&d: nice creamy mouthfeel. drinkability is good.

an upper-class cherry lambic. give it a try.

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Photo of DCon
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 8.4 oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.99. Poured from the bottle into Schlafly Tulip Glass and has 130J on the back.

Aroma- strong cherry and rubarb in the background. very sweet and a hint of tart smell.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger BRIGHT dark pink head with a ruby body that is clear. Huge lacing on the sides.

Flavor- Artificial cherry taste with tons of malt and very sweet. has a tart finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Light Bod, High Carbonation (maybe too much), leaves cherry licorice and high amount of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not what I expected when it came down to it... Thought there would be more character and body... Oh well. Have seen this for weeks and it was definitely worth the try!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured on tap into a snifter. Reddish brown in color. No lace.

S. Cherries and malts. Interesting.

T. Pretty good. A nice fruity layer of cherry and candy. Enough malt to let you know its still beer.

M. Light to medium bodied.

D. Fairly drinkable but one is more than enough for me. I'd try it again if I saw it.

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