Brewed by Belle-Vue (InBev)
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium


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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Also known as La Becasse Kriek or Kriekenlambiek Classique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (5225) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ Cafe Craenenburg, Brugge. Clear deeper red colour. Its cherry flavour its stated but sour in the main, not lingering too long in the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (2872) - BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2014
The most popular of all sweet krieks in Belgium, the heritage of Constant Vanden Stock, a well-known socker personality and taken over by then-Interbrew. Pours a bright and pure ruby red, clear with little to no visible fizz, under a thinnish, sticky, light beige head with slight pinkish hue, leaving good lacing. Aroma of sugary cherry jam, grenadine, fruit lemonade, warm apple cake, lime peel, white bread, rose petals, something faintly sulphuric and the typical cooked pasteurization smell, though fortunately rather subdued. Sweet taste, artificial sweet cherry and grenadine, but less cloyingly sugary than I had feared, with a slight lemony sourish touch which is actually quite appetizing; mouthfeel rather thin and a bit undercarbonated, but that is not a big deal for this style, slick and smooth; some caramelly and bready maltiness in the background but very weakly and thinly so, weak finish with lingering lemonade-like ascorbid acid with a somewhat dryish effect, very faint hint of leafy hop bitterness, even fainter woody touch and some equally weak bready maltiness, though it is still the sugary sweetness which remains the longest. Overall: simple, industrial, one-sided, blandly sweet, boring cherry beer, but a typical and correct example of the style, less sweet than that horrible Extra version and not too offensive. A style you must avoid if you’re into lambic, obviously, as lambic presence is very, very restrained in this one. The acidity is clearly artificial and there is no sign of any Brett funkiness; this thing probably consists mainly of an anonymous bland lager flavoured and coloured with cherry extracts and sugar, but some of the ’true’ Belle-Vue kriekenlambiek - which unsurprisingly contains only a very low amount of fruit - is still there. AB InBev would immensely surprise me by blending a true ’oude’ kriek (or even a geuze, like its predecessor Interbrew did back in the nineties), but in the clutches of those capitalist bankers, I assume chances are zero to nil for something exciting like that to happen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackafholmes (542) - - OCT 25, 2014
Keg from brew house, Sheffield. Ruby red with a white halo head. Aroma of sweet syrup and tart cherries. Taste is sweet with a good tart twang. Fizzy with medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2689) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Keg@brewhouse, sheffield. Deep ruby red beer with small head around the rim of the glass. Aroma of cherry drops. Taste is cherry drops and sweet fruits. Fizzy palate. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (4022) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Keg at the Brewhouse; ribena red pour with a thin pink white head, tart fruit, taste has sour cherries, wood taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2052) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Keg brew house Sheff. Red thin head. Sweet cherry aroma taste same slight sour finish pretty sweet. Nice body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1027) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2014
(On tap) Clear ruby red with big pink white head. Lovely cherry aroma perhaps a bit glacé cherry rather than fresh cherry. Well carbonated with soft velvety mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and glacé cherry with a little balancing tartness. Over a nice easy drinking Kreik. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
martjoobolut (1242) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2014
0,25L bottle (as Belle-Vue Kriek Classique, ABV 5,1%), BB 03.07.15. Pours red with light pink head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, sour, cherries. Flavor is sweet and dry, cherries, acidic, watery. Overall: no bad, but very simple and little bit too watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
wouterlip (31) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
Roodbruine kleur, weinig kersensmaak, wel een zuurtje, veel minder dan andere kriek bier.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Experiment_Ale (1072) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
From a can bought at a convenience store at le Plaza in Brussels. Pours hazy rose light pinkish red. Aroma is sweet candy syrup. Taste is cough syrup, gross off flavors. This beer is a horrible mistake.

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