Cherish Kriek Lambic | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Cherish Kriek LambicCherish Kriek Lambic
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Cherish Kriek LambicCherish Kriek Lambic

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 fragilehearted
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes taken earlier today.

A - 1 finger of fluffy pink head. Crystal clear candy apple red beer. Lots of heavy lacing sticks around, so beautiful that the bf took a picture, ha.

S - pretty one dimensional. Syrupy sweet cherries.

T - Totally follows the nose. Sweet syrupy cherry taste. No more, no less. Really wish this one had tartness or funk. Just so sweet.

M - Light as air. Medium carbonation - just the right amount.

D/O - I find myself wishing this tasted more like actual cherries and less like cherry syrup, but it is what it is. Like another reviewer pointed out, great if you don't know your lambics/fruit beers. But if you do, you'll wish there was a bit more to this beer. However, I had no trouble downing the glass. It was drinkable, but I probably would pick something new before having this again.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of chcfan
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RocAFella1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 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 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 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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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 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 Offa
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fairly good, but not great, kriek lambic, being fairly one-dimensionally fruity and not very interesting at all.

Red, it has a big pink head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, some nice lace.

Aroma is lots of cherry, esp. caramelized dried cherries, with some dark brown bread and faint hint of earthy yeastiness lurking underneath.

Taste is tart-sweet citric cherry, dryish grassy finish, and almost no rustic lambic taste. It’s good and pleasant, but uninteresting and one-dimensional.

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Photo of obrendano
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

one of my first forays into the lambic world

A - really nice clear. deep red coloring, powder pink head stuck around the whole time.

S - cherries, sugar, and the general tart smell of classic sour sugar candy like Smarties and SweetTarts

T - full on cherry burst, good real cherry flavor to boot, which is completely different from most everything else "cherry". a little depth and sourness lingers behind in the finish, but the name of the game here is sweet. maybe not "beer"-like enough for me. it's a lot like drinking a slightly more complex cherry soda.

M - also not much like I'm used to with beer. very carbonated and sugary like a soda

D - a very good drink overall, not exactly what I'd have in mind for a beer, but this style has tradition and history and I'm not going to take away from that. serving size is a little small I will also say. but it still tastes good!

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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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Photo of musicforairports
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8.4oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours solid red, clear. Tiny head and no lacing.

Smells like Luden's cherry cough drops, which I used to eat as delicious sweet cherry candy when I was little. Nothing else.

Taste is the same cherry, albeit more full and robust. Cherry flavor is sweet and ranges from overripe to fresh and sweet. Tartness and sourness are minimal.

Somewhat thick and sweet on the mouth, with lingering cherry flavors.

I've had a lot of lambics but not a lot of krieks, but I can tell you doubtlessly that this is a very sweet beer that lacks many lambic characteristics. It tastes like a dessert and not like a sour beer.

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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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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 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 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 cdkrenz
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The head his loud and bubbly with a hue of redish purple amidst a white base. The body of the brew is hazy and is the color you would get if you mix red, orange and purple paint together.

S - It certainly has an edgy sour aroma. There's a slight woody scent and actually the strange presence of starchy pasta.

T - The sour cherry flavor is tasty.

M - It has a light airiness to it with the carbonation running across my tongue and down my throat.

~ This is a nice beer. I think this to be the type that makes for a good desert or places well at a picnic in warm weather.

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