Brewed by Liefmans (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This classy beer represents the perfect marriage between the fresh accents and slightly acidic flavour of the black cherries. Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a mixed fermentation beer, with every hectolitre containing up to 13 kilos of fruit! Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a perfect blend of Oud Bruin and Goudenband from different vintages, and can consist of between 15 and 20 different batches of beers. The beer is matured for 18 months, bringing out the very best of its intense flavour. Liefmans Kriek-Brut is a deep reddish-brown colour, with a pale head and wood and almond notes. On the palette, you can clearly taste the slightly sweet, yet at the same time gently bitter fruit flavours. This is a beer that just oozes class…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours a deep reddish brown with lots of floaties and a white head.Aroma is strong beer, lots of cherries, creating a medicinal effect, almost a little rubbery. Flaor is VERY sour, sweet cherry and a bit of woodiness, and a tart, dry finish. Damn, this is sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Hazy raspberry brown color with a light pink head. Very sweet tart cherry, lemon, and vinegar aroma and flavors with a woody vinegar finish. Lightly crisp feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Murky reddish/brown color with a light-pink head. The aroma was pure heaven (as far as Flemish sour ales go)...sweet/tart cherries, dusty/woody tones, slight vinegar, lemon zest, and a general mild barnyard character. The flavor was very tart...cherries, lemon, sour wood (WTF!), and a slight vinegar aftertaste. The feel was rather soft, but crisp on the tongue...dry finish. Yum yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2004
Rocky pink lasting head, c2cm, body lightly cloudy maroon colour. Aroma biscuit/mild yeast/smoky cherry vanilla, hint of port. Pleasant medium mouthfeel, little bit sweeter than I remember but the smoky cherry flavour is good. 37.5cm wrapped bottle, room temp from Liefman’s tulip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 16, 2004
I hope I’m rating the right beer. My bottle looks different but it is a 750ml w/ paper wrapping (Liefmans Kriek Oudenaarde). Pours a cloudy cherry with pink bubbles. Smells of cherries, tart, sugars and dry spices. Taste is sour cherries, vinegar, sweet fruit malt and lightly of alcohol. Aftertaste is sour and dry. I’m glad this is classified as a Flemish sour as opposed to a fruit beer, which it really is not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
bottle-poured a unique cloudy red hue, a minimal pinkish head. A tart cherry aroma mixed with a mild malt presents on the nose. Flavour was initially sweet of cherries and malts,then became mildy tart. a bubbly presence on the tounge but in no way is this over-carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4215) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Dark winey red, small pink head. Smells pretty tart and warm. Deep taste, spritzy, tart, some syrup to finish. Cherry: dryish, thick, sticky. Slight warmth in the chest. Sourness isn’t overly pronounced, but is present. Very good fruity beer - I prefer the Frombzen, but this is really cool, tasty, easy to like and has good ’beer’ credentials. I’m glad Jon enjoyed it as much as me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2035) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburys. Large dirty pinkish colour head, settled down quite quick. Aroma is sour, cherry, and cider. Taste is .., well hold on, I’m having a road to Damascus moment, ...really nice; I’m enjoying it, against all my predispositions. It tastes of cherry, vinegar and it is very sweet, and yet its a great beer. I need to sit down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2004
Red-brown colour, with a pink-tinged head. Slightly artificial cherry aroma, quite oaky, marzipan and slightly sour and vinegary. Tastes of sweet cherries initially, then a nice sourness comes through but it is swamped in the finish by a weird artificial sweetness which kinda ruins the whole experience. Pretty much like 2 parts Belle-Vue Kriek and 1 part Rodenbach Grand Cru. Has some outstanding qualities but they are really masked by the sweetness. This beer makes me think Rodenbach Alexander wouldn’t have been all that good, but I’m definitely fired up to try their Goudenband now. Thanks again to beer_ledgend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
I didn’t get the nice white head, just a lasting ring around the glass. Colour is dirty dark peach. Aroma is more sour than cherry. Flavour is more sour than cherry as well. One sip and my eyes are still shut from the sourness. Long lasting sour finish. This must be what a light fruit beer would taste like with Slush Puppy Shocker syrup added. I love the sour but would appreciate more malt flavour.

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