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Cherish Kriek Lambic | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.62/5
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142 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,151
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
142
pDev:
15.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish yellow colour. Fizzy not much hops. Tartness resembles Raspberry flavour. Sweet and even syrupy though not cloying. Lots of lace. For lambic fans, but didn't work for me. Medium mouthfeel.Maybe trying to be too popular. Thanks Radek for sharing.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, cherry red color with a two-finger, pink head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry and candy sugars. Nothing too special.

T - Tasted very good. Sweet cherry with a subtle tart edge. Good balance of sweet and sour.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a little bit of puckering bite. A light bodied ale.

O - This is very good. Small bottle at a good price makes it very nice to have around.

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Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

8 oz bottle into a tumbler. Has a pinkish-red color, very clear, with a foamy pink head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves plenty of lacing behind. No sediment in the bottle.

Smells extremely sweet and syrupy. Plenty of cough syrup cherry, but not much real fruit character. Has a little bit of a mulling spice quality about it, too.

Like the nose, this tastes extremely sweet, like cherry soda. There's a very mild sourness, but it's buried beneath the intense artificial sweetness. Has a bit of spiciness to it as well, and a light malt presence toward the finish. Very easy to drink assuming you can tolerate the sweetness; it really does drink like soda.

Overall, nothing particularly authentic or noteworthy about this, and the sweetness becomes very cloying after a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby red with a thin brite-white head that left very little lacing. The aroma is thick with the heavy smell of sweet cherries. It reminds me a lot of cough syrup.

Taste is more of the same. Cherries the whole way through with an edge of tartness to it. The cherry taste is not overbearing though as it really seems to stand out with a nice crisp punch that finishes more on the dry side. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and starts out more syrupy but smooths out as it warms with light pops of carbonation.

While I didn't find it's sweet cherry profile to be too over the top, this Lambic delivers just enough for one glass to hold you over. It's pleasant enough but not something that I would run back to over and over again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My library/bottle shop excursion last week has inspired me to make it an afternoon/early evening of Kriek Lambics. I just drank one from a CAN (!) and now I have a bottle in front of me, which is always better than its spoonerism, a frontal lobotomy. There are those detractors who would disagree and might even pay to have a frontal lobotomy performed on yours truly and sooner, rather than later.

My Old Lady keeps telling me she may not have her cherry, but she still has the box it came in. She's a tough broad, lemme tell ya!

My oh my, was this pretty to look at! The finger of foamy cotton candy-pink head fizzed and burped its way out of existence, but it was pleasing while it lasted. Color was a beet red with NE-quality clarity and was equally pleasing to the eye. Nose was of sweet cherries on this one, also, and while I am not averse, I prefer beers (and wines) made with sour cherries, instead, for a really tart bite. Mouthfeel was medium and it was very sweet, especially after that barrel-aged number. Finish reminded me of sweet cherry preserves, which have their place, like on pancakes (especially), but I am not wild about that flavor in my glass. It's worth a try, especially for the curious looking for a gateway to Lambics, but for the experienced palate, it is going to be lacking.

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dull red-orange; the color of a not quite ripe tomato. The beer is capped by a compact, one finger disk of dirty beige foam that leaves no lace. I hope Kriek Lambic smells and tastes better than it looks. Powerful aroma of ripe, bursting, dark red sweet cherries. At last, a lambic that doesn't smell like cheap wine.

This beer has two distinct personalities. The start is sweet, somewhat viscous and absolutely awash in sweet cherry fruit. It isn't as sweet and intensely cherry-like as the Melborne Bros. lambic, but I may prefer this take on the style a little more. It's a more serious, more sophisticated flavor, one that doesn't feel a need to hit you with a cherry sledgehammer.

Too bad that the second personality assumes control in the final portion of the flavor profile. The cherryliciousness fades considerably into a much more beer-like flavor that is both sour and bitter. The body loses much of its fullness as well, becoming thin and slightly harsh.

A Tale of Two Beers: 'it was the best of lambics, it was the worst of lambics'. Which one do I review? No choice but to pick out a not-so-happy medium. Seriously though, Cherish Kriek isn't that bad. This little 8.4 oz. bottle is worth a purchase if you have even a passing interest in the style. I'm sure there are better lambics out there and I've dedicated myself to finding them.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.4 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep ruby red color with an inch of red head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherries, dark fruits, and maybe a hint of sour cherry.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, especially cherries. A little bit too sweet for me but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice, very easy to drink lambic. A little too sweet for me in the taste, but good none the less. Would try again.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a deep, dark ruby color with a short lived pink head.

S: Intensely sweet cherry and cherry candy aroma. Sugar notes with a hint of cough syrup and cough drops. Slightly "dusty", which is really the only sign of funk or real lambic.

T: Cherry soda type flavor. Very, very sugary with lots of cherry flavor and a definite artificial character to it. Some cough drops and cough medicine notes to it on the palate as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Sort of along the lines of the guilty pleasure type beers, but just too sweet.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of imbibehour
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very thick pink foamy head off the pour. Sits on a typical dark red body that is somewhat opaque. Does give nice red hues, really big sticky lacing.

Very sweet red halls cherry cough syrup smell. Background yeast though is noticeable. This is incredibly candy like smell like rock hard candy.

Taste is a surprisingly easy drinking fruitness of artificual cherry and soda. Not carbonated at all though. This is very easy drinking lambic and not even sour at all, or even yeasty like. Body is very wet though and thin, with a slight hint of sour cherry on the finish.

Pretty easy drinking getting into bubblegum territory, but I could have this again with no problem, simple and fun for what it is.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cherish. Authentic Belgian Kriek Lambic, Brewed and bottled by Browerij van Steenberge, Ertvelde, Belgium.

Deep ruby coloring, nearly purple, pinkish head settles into a tight ring.

Mix of tart and sweet cherry notes in the nose, leaning on the sweet, heading into CandyLand, like a SweeTart, or, actually cherry kool-aid. Not much beyond that.

Taste: starts with a sour spank on the tongue, quickly matched with a cloying, almost sickening sweetness. Then, it vanishes. Poof! Gone, with only a little bit of lingering. Light bodied, with little character beyond this sweet/sour sensation.

A passable dessert beer option, especially if you find it at a nice price, but steers clear from being breathtaking. Clearly a syrup is involved here, we're getting little real cherry flavor, and none of the complexity of the great lambics. I'm being nice. It would be very easy to just say, "it sucks."
Just call me disappointed.

Oh, well.

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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 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 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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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Cherish Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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