Belle Vue Kriek | Brasserie Belle-Vue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Belle-Vue
Belgium
ab-inbev.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
120
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
15.85%
 
 
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7
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21
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Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My mate was kind enough to share a bottle of this brew with me, given that I'd never come across it before and in spite of my trepidation that it would be similar to my much-loathed Timmermans Kriek Lambic.

On first appearance it would seem so. A light crimson colour with a light frothy head, not much lacing. A light amount of carbonation and quite appealling on first glance. But then, it looked like soft drink.

Smells almost exactly like a cherry flavoured Jolly Rancher or something. Very few beer characters here, just an overwhelmingly rich fruit aroma, but quite nice for what it's worth.

Taste isn't bad and considering my aversion to Timmerman's, surprisingly good. It's light and fruity, a lot of cherry characters with the slightest hint of hops on the middle of the palate but mostly a slightly tart fruit quality, but not too sour that the taste makes your lips pucker. Quite pleasant and quite drinkable.

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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of RuudJH
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying some more krieks, I had to try this, probably the most commercial in this category.

A: it's as a lot of krieks red colour, with pink head.

S: It smells like a lot of sweets, or softdrinks with cherry flavour, allmost artificial. The sour is there, but it's very faint.

T: Also sweet, but there's a dry and sour taste to it too. Not enough to make it real though.

M: It's refreshing to a certain degree (a bit more sour would make it much better).

D: It's quite an ordinary brew, meant for an average palate.
Mostly as I expected.

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Photo of stephy1771
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Brought back a bottle from Belgium

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Photo of biernack
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Jose9e
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Sam-VW
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of JeremyBrews
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Billowy layer of head that recedes slowly. Nice lacing. Thick but translucent to light. Cherry cherry, domestic berry.

S- Sour cherries complemented by a slight waft of airplane model glue. Perhaps the off-scent is due to the lambic-style wild yeast?

T- Sweet cherries, sour wild yeasts. Not going to make it any more complicated than it is.

M- Fizzy, medium-light body that coats somewhat.

D- Overwhelmingly cherry beverage with no noticeable malt or hop flavor or aroma. Although I don't appreciate the lack of these typical beer qualities, to be fair, I haven't tried enough lambics to judge this beer against its brethren, so I ranked it as average.

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Photo of avenuepub
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drunk from a can, on the streets of Belgium. The aroma was artificial cherries and sugar. The taste was the same. The mouthfeel was light, and fizzy like diet cola, and the drinkability was not the best. I mean c'mon lambic beers in cans. ONLY IN BELGIUM!

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Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Maxilouis
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Robje
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice champagne style green 37.5 cl bottle with a cork in the top and a very red label. I almost expected a champagne-like pop when the cork came out, but the sound was what one expects from a beer. I opened the bottle one day after the expiration date.

Pours a very attractive clear dark red under a thin reddish head that disappeared quickly, leaving little collar and no lace. The nose immediately reminded me of cherry soda. So, in fact, did the mouth: sweet-sour and fizzy. The taste starts with cherry, matures through cherry, finishes with cherry and leaves a cherry aftertaste. Oh, and there's a bit of cherry in the taste. The opening is more sweet than sour, while the finish comes on sour. There is definitely an undercurrent of malt throughout the drinking experience, thus differentiating the brew from cherry soda. This may be a good example of its style, but I'm not crazy about the style.

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Photo of Long813
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dated: 16/12/10

A: Dark clear red body with no head and lacing.

S: Light scent of cherries and vinegar. The sourness overpowers the fruit.

T: Faint water-like cherry flavour with a stronger vinegary presence.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Almost no aftertaste.

D: All over-meh. Weak in all categories - I could be drinking crystal light cherry water and not know the difference.

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice transparent red. The garnet colour is very pleasing...non-beer friends will be very surprised at the appearance of this one!
The aroma is surprisingly mild, with just light notes of sour cherries and a touch of sweetness.
The flavour is quite sweet for a lambic, with an undertone of sour cherry, fading into an almost stale-tasting dry finish. It wasn't unpleasant, but had a slightly stale flavour at the end. Not sure what it was, or whether it was an abnormal sample.
The aftertaste was very mild, with a slight dry sour bite.
Quite enjoyable, and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Douberd
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured, from a 300 ml bottle. A 2 finger head, disappeared almost completely after half a minute. Lacing on the glass is minimal.
Bright red colour, that of a cherrie juice, minimal bubbles.
Strong sweet smell of sour cherries.
Taste is also of sour cherries, but much more artificial than the aroma was. Also, a bit of corn (?)
Thin bodied as expected, little carbonation.

I would like it a bit more sweet, as a fruity beer, but not that bad after all.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An inticing cherry red tinted with brown and a thin head with not much lace. The flavor starts with sweet cherry which quickly explodes on the pallet with a warming press of tiny bubbles and then fades through a pleasant tartness finishing with a sour emptiness devoid of malt or hops. A second dry swallow revives the cherry notes but agains fades to that cloying breadiness.
Strictly for sipping and not worth a second glass.

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Photo of crwills
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've tried a few fruit beers now, and I'm still not getting into them. I don't think it's my thing. So bear that in mind...

Anyway, poured this from a corked bottle into a large red wine glass. Nice fluffy pinkish head. Beer itself was a dark red with pink highlights. Actually looks pretty nice.

Aroma and taste are very similar, and not complex at all. Overwhelming cherry Kool-Aid aromas, with a bit of cough syrup sweetness and some mild yeast or woody notes. Although the carbonation is low, I found that the aftertaste from this beer reminded me of champagne. Saving grace is a nice, smooth, sticky mouthfeel that fits the fruity style perfectly.

OK for something different, but not something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL green bottle, best before 26/09/2007.

Ruby red clear brew with a huge, rocky pink head that leaves lots of lacing.

Intense aroma of sour cherries.

Huge cherry flavour dominates everything else. Quite tart, but there is a bit of a sweet-and-sour thing going on. Some tannins near the middle. Dry, slightly astringent finish. This beer is as close as you can get to liquid candy. Body is smooth with low carbonation.

Good, but pretty one-dimensional.

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Photo of norwichboy
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Utterly beautiful beer, with a perfect black cherry hue, red cherry when held to the light, and a large light pink creamy head that has excellent retention and lacing. The smell is very sweet, Love Heart-like confectionary, with sour notes - not clearly cherry from smell. On tasting it comes through more sour, quite tart. Again, the cherry is there but not particularly strong. I found the mouthfeel rather thin (oily) and flat. On swallowing it produces a fantastic long sour finish, which, together with the appearance is the real highlight of this beer for me.

Overall, I find myself with mixed feelings about this beer, great appearance and sour finish, but the aroma (in both smell and taste) is hard to get into. I'd much prefer an "unberried" lambic style.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - About 1.5 fingers of lite fluffy care-bear pink head that settled quickly. It came with crazy-strong spider-man-action lacing on the sides of the glass all the way to the last drop. The color of the beer was like strawberry jelly or cough syrup. No bubbling.

S - Smells of cherry candy, that kind of sweet, artificial smell. It reminded me of scented markers and a jar of jam.

T - A strong sour-sweet taste at the beginning with a very very faint yeastyness. The aftertaste had kind of a pungent orange peel flavor (kind of like that Orange-clean stuff you use to scrub counter tops).

M - The mild tangyness of the beer clings to the inside of the mouth with a film, kind of like a half-shot of olive oil. No detectable carbonation.

D - This is a drinkable beer. Fruity, sweet, a good chick drink, but overall the flavor was too simple. There are no strong characteristics about this. Cherry coke is cheaper and gives almost the same buzz.

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Photo of Shadman
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in the cellar forever..

nice looking lambic. Slightly cloudy, keeps an nice creamy ring and decent lacing.

Nice tart cherry aroma, very rich.

Very dry and tart initally and i could see this putting a lot of people off. Very rich cherry flavors come thru nicely in the middle with the oak and tart cherry finishing things off.

Lot's of carbonation, but overly fizzy compared to some fruit beers I've tried.

Interesting and I'm glad I tried it. Definite after dinner beer as others have commented

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Belle Vue Kriek from Brasserie Belle-Vue
3.47 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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