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

This is the only lambic available in B.C. and like Leffe or Stella this
beer has been "Interbrewed". I just felt that this example of a
sour cherry lambic was a weaker , sweeter commercialized version
than what is available from other brewers such as Boon. I didn't
dislike the drinkability but expected more from this style. The
other problem I had was that I couldn't see myself drinking this
beer in most social situations due to its sweetness and strong
cherry flavour.

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

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: Kriek developed with lambics, macerated cherries, red colour, pink foam and perennial
Smell: cherry aroma
Taste and mouthfeel mouth fruity, a little syrupy
Drinkability: kriek beer too sweet

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

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Photo of Maakun
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Colour is dark pink, almost red. Light pink head that leaves a small layer.

Smell is cherry jam, very sweet, icing sugar, pink bubblegum. Smells a little artificial to me, not enough beer in here.

Taste is very sweet at first, the cherries taste more like candy than like real cherries. Then a nice tartness and very light bitterness. Aftertaste is again slighty sour with a hint of malts.

Mouth is medium, the sweetness makes it nice and round. Medium carbonation. Quite pleasant but nothing special either.

I can quite enjoy a kriek, but this one is more for drinking at parties than for slowly enjoying it at home. There's a lot worse kriek out there, but this still feels artificial and candy-like.

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Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice fruity cherry beer from Belgium. Pours reddish with little to no head. Aroma of of cherries and cough syrup. Taste is also of cherries. Refreshing and quenching.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Poured a nice red, cherry color. A small head.
--Smell was what I expected, cherry's and sweet.
--Lacing was not bad.
--Overall, this was a nice beer. It is my first taste of a beer of this style so I had no idea what to expect. The first sip was kind of a shock. Then it got nice tasting. By the end it was almost too much for me. Hopefully I will try more beers in this style and learn to judge a little better. Nice presentation with the corked bottle though!!
Thx

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml Corked green bottle, poured into a snifter. Nice looking presentation.

Very nice dark, nearly opaque, ruby colour. Pours with a substantial head, and leaves nice lacing when that dissipates. Nose isn't too offensive. The cherry odours are very evident, possibly a bit too sweet and cloying for my taste, and underneath the cherries is an unmistakable yeastiness.

Taste is very much of sour cherries and sweet malt. A bit puckering. Overall I find the taste a bit too sweet and candylike for me. I'm too much of a fan of hops I suppose. Mouthfeel is of sparkling wine or champagne, very fizzy. Dances on the tongue, think in the mouth and dry going down. I'd have a hard time doing more than one of these in a session, but again, this just may not be my style of beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vibrant red,clear beer with a smooth head. The carbonation is light.

The smell is mainly cherry, with a slightly syrupy smell, but not overly sweet or artificial.
It does have some red fruity winegums smells.

The taste is sweet with cherry winegums. The beer is sweet but not sticky or syrupy. The beer has a non-offensive taste which reminds more of a soda. The good thing about the beer is the lack of the sweetener taste. Bitterness is low and drinkability is high.

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Photo of vidisad
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep, dark red colour with a thin and bubly, white head that is just under a centimetre tall and has average retention.

Sweet cherry smelling with lots of sugar and a slight bit of sourness, although the najority of the aroma comes from the cherries.

Again a sweet cherry taste with some syrup and sugar but like the smell there is not a lot else here really. A little too sweet and overpowering but not a terrible taste.

Light bodied and as expected, very sweet tasting with a sticky smooth finish.

Nice and sweet to begin with but after a while it gets a little bit too sugary and sickening, I imagine half a pint of this would have been a more appropriate amount to try.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it should be noted upfront that this is not my favorite style. had this at club popeye on-tap in the proper glassware. a clear deep red with great head and lacing. aroma is mostly strong dark sour cherries with the taste following suit. also a bit of earthy, woody mustiness. light in body with a very effervescent carbonation. puckering finish.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TerryW
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting and pretty to look at in your glass. Nice big pink-brown head, dark ruby red body. Head stays on a while, laces in rings so you can track your way down the glass.

Big cherry smell and an undertone of what reminds me of vermouth.

Somewhat harsh on the mouth. Biting carbonation. Sweetness upfront, sour/dry/puckering black cherry through the middle, bitter/dry/oaky finish. Bitter and dry as it warms up.

Had this on tap first time out, which made it a little more interesting. This was the first fruit lambic or fruit beer I'd ever tried. Interesting, fun to share, kind of a middle-of-the-pack one-dimensional fruit beer. Nice to look at though.

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Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TWStandley
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Rickus
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dking1525
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of nsheehan
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of YvesB
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty clear red color with pink head. Cherries on the nose, sweet cherries, and a little funk; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet with cherries.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Unchi
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of SGToliver
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of atigerlife
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review #2 (1/26/07]: poured from a 375ml bottle into a Belle Vue kriek glass. Overall, I enjoyed this more than my previous tasting which was on tap. The beer seemed to have more character and balance out of the bottle.

Original review:
Served on tap in a Belle Vue glass with matching coaster. Nice touch.

Appearance is amazing. Deep ruby red with large pink head. Beautiful. Quite startling for a beer. No carbonation visible.

Aroma of sour cherries with some wet grass.

Taste is of cherries, sour. Had an unpleasant aftertaste that I couldn't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel was light with no carbonation. Listless. Left a strange coating on the tongue. Rather unpleasant.

Overall, it was decent with chocolate and decent for the style, but not something I would try and have again. The unusual aftertaste and mouthfeel really were difficult.

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Photo of StevieW
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can brought back from belgium last summer. Found on the shelve this morning and consumed. Freshness date on the bottom was "20/02/02"

Deep reddish to brown color. Produced a fizzy off-whtie head. Smell was full of cherries and sourlike beer combination. Taste was lip puckering sour shot of black cherries and sweet finish. Not syrupy in the least bit, more of a thinner watery finish than I expected. I have had better lambics and better kreiks. Doesn't compare to the New Glarus product. Still it is a decent after dinner finisher, matches well with chocolate.

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