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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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…


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
750 ml corked bottle. Pours a cloudy garnet with a thin off-white head that has a slightly pink tint that lasted through mid-glass. Lovely aroma of both sweet and sour cherries. The flavor is again both sweet and sour cherries with a bit of an earthy backbone to it, which is very nice. Not overly sour, which I also like very much. The light effervescence accentuates the cherry flavor on the palate without it being at all syrupy or cloying. Although I have had problems with other beers in this style, I thoroughly enjoyed this one very much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2007
2006 Bottle. Pours a nice, murky, dark cherry red color with a fairly small, off-white, pinkish-colored, fizzy head; a small bit remains with minimal lace. Nose is nice and fruity; sweet cherries and soured cherries, wet wood, and underlying sweet notes of almond extract and vanilla. Nice flavor and much like a sweet tart! Cherry syrup, tart cherries, almonds, and an earthy, wet wood note towards the finish. Palate is nice for the beer; lively, nearly medium, and silky. Finishes fairly long with just enough earthy bitterness from the wood notes and a slight dryness; lingering notes of cherry and almond. A nice combination of sweet, fruity flavors and tart flemish notes. Fairly simple but very drinkable and pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Ruby red color, cherry aroma, very nice balance of sweet and sour - strong cherry taste. Nicely dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7699) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2007
(Draught at Wenlock Arms, London, 7 aug 2007) Dark reddish brown colour, hazy, with short beige head. Fruity nose with generous notes of cherries and hints of almonds. Fruity taste with loads of cherries and notes of almonds. Rather sweet, body slightly above medium. Very nice cherry character mingling well with the sourish malt foundation. Excellent balance.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Had this on-tap at Wells Ales & Lagers. Pours a reddish foggy blob. No head off a good pour by the ’tender. Nose is soft and full of cherries. Flavor is extremely smooth and sweet cherries with a great level of sugar on there. Excellent touch of wood. Feels beautiful on the mouth. Smooth and silky with a great carbonation. An excellent beer absolutely worth trying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Brown color with reddish off white head. Solidly sweet cherry flavored body with a little more bitterness. Solid tart cherry aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Pours a deep ruby red with a small pink tinted head. I can smell it as I am typing the appearance and it smells like ripe tart fresh picked cherries with a hint of brown sugar. Very tart acidity with a good dose of cherries and a powerful punch of acidity. Very nice and tart and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Pours a reddish brown, almost a watered down pink color. Smells sour and of tart cherries. Taste is slightly sour and carbonated at first but finishes with the right amount of cherry tartness. I find this very easy to drink and not as sour as some of the other fruit beers. Not quite sure why this is labeled as a flemish sour? Doesn’t taste like others in the variety.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Very great fruitbeer, which can be used for aperitif, maybe some will find it too sour and the framboise could be the better choice. Has the right sourness, but also some perfume/grape flavor, which can be a challenge. Great beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Good appearance and great lacing on the glass. Tingly palate. Generally not my favorite style but this is really good. Very drinkable. Goes down quickly in big sips. Little funky yeast flavor in there on the aftertaste but overall just really sour and cherry flavor. Does get a tad too sour for me though as it warms up. Maybe that’s why Im taking big sips, to finish it?


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