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 hero27
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.4 oz bottle. 5% abv.

Dirty, ruby-brown color. Fizzy head and oily consistency. Aroma is definitely cherry, with a staple tart lambic kick. The tastes aren't as well-defined or complex as their Raspberry Lambic, but they're not too bad. Mouthfeel is very slick and the carbonation is pretty dead. If you're particularly fond of cherries, I'd probably give this a try. Overall, it's not a bad fruit lambic, but is a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Small looking 8,4 fl.oz. brown glass bottle with a white crown cap. Brewed & bottled by Br. Van Steenberge and Imported by Globalbeer. The main black label has a provocative looking pair of cherries aside a goblet of the brew which has a white outline of a young pair of lovers kissing…..hmmm, I wonder who this brew is aimed at!? LOL. Labeled as “Cherish” and described as an “Authentic Belgian Kriek Lambic” on the top and a “Malt beverage brewed with cherries” on the bottom…..hmmm, something doesn’t match there right!? Only hint of a freshness date is a code “31 JB” on the back label, front label states this is 5% ABV.

Appearance: Ruddy brown body that had a raspberry flash but really looked like a dark orange when back lit. Lightly hazed with a big bubbly off-white head that soon fizzes away to leave a thin broken halo head. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Tart cherry nose, striking in its sharpness, yet it still retains a sweet back end. A little forced.

Taste: Rising sharp acidic cherry skin entrance with a fine natured fizz on the tongue that releases a tart cherry extract with raspberry astringency. Dry ending. Way too much cherry.

Mouthfeel: Abrasive carbonation which is low on strength but high on action. Light body is boosted by the conditioning and fizzy soda like middle. The bubbly texture in the finish leaves a sharp cherry signature which often puckers the lips.

Drinkability: Passable with some effort, but just way too like liquid Cherry Sherbert for my palate. I bet the young girlies love this sweet cherry bomb.

Overall: More Cherryish than Cherish. A Miss.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice ever so slightly hazy with reddish amber hue like a beer that had been colored red. The head was white and fell like a rock but did try to lace at the glass.

The aroma was sweet and artificial, much like a marachino cherry or marachino cherry juice. The aroma was sweet, like cherry licorice and no lambic character could be detected.

The flavor was slightly grainy and just ever so slightly sour with restrained artificial cherry flavors. The mix of sour and cherry almost brought to mind an Oud Bruin and the grainy nature with a slight corn sweetness flavor led to some character that was quite enticing.

The finish was just dry with lasting cherry fruit flavor long into the aftertaste and as the cherry faded a slight corn and grain flavor emerged. The body was medium.

8.4 fl ounce bottle. This one would be a good place to start to develop an appreciation of oud bruin.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
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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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Lambic poured a dirty reddish-orange in color with a modest but lasting head.

Smell – The ripe cherries ruled the road here. They were naturally sweet with some good tart notes.

Taste – The tart cherries came out nicely at the taste. They lacked that super-sour Shock-tart flavor that seems to dominate the newer efforts at the style. I could pick up just a hint of traditional lambic farmhouse flavors.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with some nice, live carbonation and a tart, lip-smacking finish.

Drinkability – This Lambic has a good, even balance but lacks depth. There’s nothing too strong or offensive though which made it quite drinkable for me.

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Photo of woemad
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.4(?!) oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $3.01(Jim's has a weird formula for pricing). Bought it a month ago. Tonight at work I was reading a book about homebrewing and the part discussing lambics reminded me I had this waiting in my fridge. I've never had a Kriek before and I've only ever had one other lambic (Lindemann's Framboise), so take this review with a grain of salt.

Poured a reddish amber color, with a slightly pinkish, off white head that dropped faster than the Seattle Mariner's pennant hopes. Lace was almost nonexistant.

Smell was of cherries - duh. These seem like sweet cherries, thought there is a slight sour scent skulking in the background.

The sourness is much more prominent in the taste than it was in the nose. It seems fairly well balanced, though I think the sourness is a little more prominent than I care for. Stylistically it could be dead on - I just don't know this style well at all. The sweet aspects come in at the start, and the sourness takes over, leading to a not unpleasant dryness at the finish.

I haven't a clue as to the mouthfeel characteristics one should expect from a lambic. This reminded me of the only other lambic I've had - somewhere between beer and fruit juice.

This is fine as an end of the day beer (as I'm using it now) and would probably work as a dessert beer, but I can't see someone making this a session beer.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer color is light amber with a very slight red hue. The aroma is strongly cherry and fruity, andreminds me of the smell of a packet of cherry cool-aid...sort of candy-like, really. The flavor features sweetness with a very slight tartness, along with a sort of astringency on the mouthfeel (puckery). The sweetness is NOT a full-flavored malty sweetness but it kind of works with the slight tartness. Overall this isn’t nearly as complex as the few other lambics I’ve had. Cherish seems to be only a slight step above an alco-pop or malternative but is probably a good brew for you to introduce to your friends who don't like "unusual" beers.

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

Pours a cherrywood color. Almost no head at all. Aromas are predictably overwhelming cherry smells.

Cherries do not over power the taste like they do the smell. A bit more balanced. Taste of cherries and plum. Sweet fruit fades to sour malt and yeast. Very winey tasting. Medium bodied with sour aftertastes.

A nice "commercial" looking kriek, better than I was expecting. Is very sweet but not unbalanced.

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Photo of ipogios
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the standard fruit lambic colour and in this case is a bit more cherishy. Well the name says it all. Cherry aroma, cherry taste and cherrishy mouthfeel. Actually when tasted you can tell that other fruits are included but the cherry flavour is really dominating. Quite sweet fruit lambic. Worth it's money.

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Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A brilliantly clear cherry red color on the pour. Head is AWOL, as is the lace. Nose is “Cherry Cough Drops”, or better yet one of my mother’s “Cherry Cobblers”, God how I miss her and those pies, but then that’s what makes memories so special. Front is sweet, but the tartness hits immediately at the gaunt top. Finish is acidulous, sparsely hopped, dry sherry like aftertaste, pleasant at any rate and if you like lambics, the “Cherish” line as with Melbourne Bros. are well worth a sample.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hardly any head, and slight carbonation. Very noticeable cherry aroma with a sweet/tart cherry taste almost like a cherry popsicle. Not bad but if you have to take this slow (to last) since size is way too small at 8.4oz (250ml). And pricey $2.99.

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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 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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