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


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RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Also known as La Becasse Kriek or Kriekenlambiek Classique.

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TBone (17530) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Bottled (BB 01/2005)
Dark ruby red color, almost no head. Sour kriek nose. Sour, sweet, mould and earthy flavor. Short kriek/cherry aftertaste, sour. (8/3/6/3/13 3.3)
Re-rate, bottled (BB 03/2005)
Cheery red with good creamy reddish head, lace. Earthy, mould aroma but same time fresh. Taste is extremely freshing with some earthy and mould tones. Cherry is underlying somewhere in a palate. Quite thin, quickly finish with some sourness. (6/4/7/4/14 3.5)
Corked bottle (BB 01/2007). Deep red, clear. Small red head. Nose is very metallic, mixed with cherry. Drier than I remembered, even sour, slightly metallic. Better than its fame. (6/4/7/4/14 3.5)

IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Bottle Pours a cloudy deep red with a good frothy white head that never completely goes away. It and nice lacing are maintained well. Aroma is a ver nice sour cherry with earthy musty hints. Flavor however leaves some to be desired. That strong cherry flavor is missing and only a tease of what could be there. Bread, yeast, old wood barrels are a nice inclusion but dissapointing on the cherry. Feel is lively and refreshing. Not very dry or sweet. The after taste is more like sucking on a piece of the barell used to store the stuff. Not bad, just doesn’t compare to the Lindemans.

Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2004
Corked bottle. Red and foamy with sweet cherry aroma. There is some sour notes in the palate, but the main feature is sugar and fruitness. An average mass-produced lambic.

shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 A very nice dark cherry aroma with dark red color. Flavor of dark cherry but rather weak - did not match what I anticipated from the aroma. Shared with a group - the guys hated it and the girls liked it - there you go. Addendum: Had a bottle cellared for about 18 months, a totally different beer - aroma takes on the more traditional mustiness with cherry sweetness greatly fading. Flavor matches aroma - a musty, dry light cherry flavor. Aging made this much more like a traditional lambic.

Hojou (19) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Very sweet for a kriek. Good as an introduction beer for the style - popular with girls (compared to other lambic)

Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Red color, sweet cherry aroma and taste, medium body, sparkling winy finish.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2004
Bottle from Tesco, Loudwater, Bucks.. 375ml. I see Belle-Vue fruit beers being in the middle of the scale, on one hand you have the super sweet almost alcopops of Jacobins and Timmermans, then you have the complex sour ones from Cantillon, Belle Vue seem to hold the middle ground with the likes of Mort Subite. This is not over sweet, but is not exactly beer. With a little more sugar this could qualify as an alcopop but in this state its just an average kriek. Ok.

sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 (Bottled, 0.375l) Very deep, clear, red color with a large, big-bubbly and cloudy, lasting head. Sweet-candyish, slightly acidic, berryish cherry aroma. Sweet, very slightly tart cherry-candy flavor with a quick, drier cherry stone finish. Medium-bodied, a bit thin, moderately sugary, slightly foamy-carbonated palate. An easy, but quite uninteresting dessert lambic.

piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 22, 2004
Burgundy in colour, with aromas of cherry and balsamic vinegar. Unfortunately the cherry flavor of this beer is more like "fake" or "processed" cherry than the real thing. Other earthy flavors are apparent as well. I think this bottle might have been corked. Finished dry. No balance to this one at all.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Bottle corked and caged. Very attractive pour. Brown/red with a thick foamy head, like champagne. Nose smells like malty cherry cough syrup. The taste is tart, malty, sweet, and has a carbo bite that flattens out quickly. There are also secondary notes of plums, black licorice, and vinegar. The vinegar note is very sharp and off putting. The cherry flavor is not overdone. It hides in the background very well. The finish is a little too sharp and acidic. Overall, this isn’t bad, but there are much better out there.

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