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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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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1354   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…

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3.3
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Poured ruby brown. Tart aroma of cherries. Flavor is of sweet and then acidic cherries. Nicely carbonated. Decent, but not as good as other readily available krieks.

3.6
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2008
The color was a deep pink ruby. The head was creamy, thin, and pink. The aroma was cherry, sour, and sweet. The flavor was very sweet, cherry, aged, and sour. The palate was nicely carbonated. The finish was sweet.

3.7
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Pours a rudy red with a thin fizzy pink head. The aroma is tart and cherry, some acidic notes. The flavor is tart and a lot of cherry pie, more sweet than it could have been but still has some acidic backbone. The palate is well carbonated and a bit acidic.

3.2
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2008
375 ml bottle from LCBO (2007), served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Cloudy, dirty brown-rose, smallish light pink head. Aroma: Lots of cherries, cherry drop candies, some barnyard funk and organic acids, green herb notes. Palate: Medium body, somewhat astringent (due to the acidity), full and fairly sharp effervescence. Flav.: Huge amounts of cherry drop candy, sour cherries, some medium-roasted malt, a bit of bitter green herb, a touch of barnyard and ginger; on swallowing, somewhat tangy, a touch bitter and quite sweet.

I’m starting to warm to sour ales and this one is really a beginner’s version. Too sweet and fruity for my liking.

3.9
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JAN 19, 2008
750 ml 2006 vintage, corked and caged. Pours a murky brown (seems to suffer from chill haze, as it decreases as it warms) which when held up to light, reveals a warm cherry glow. Almost no head other than a thin skin, but chunky lacing appears when it warms. Nose is typical of the style, funky and vinous, with enough candy sweetness to cut through the oaky sourness. On the palate the beer really shines, not too full but rich and smooth, starting with an initial tart burst that rides over a wooden hoppiness before gently cresting towards a lovely slightly biscuity caramel malt finish, ending up tasting just like those little cherry-cola gummies. A slight menthol aftertaste shows up, but is delicate enough not to be distracting. Delicious, and one of the better balanced krieks I’ve tried.

4
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2008
A hazy rich red with a pink head, heterogeneous head. Cherries. Big sweet cherries. A good bit of malt, particularly some dark malt. A bit of twang. Smells like almonds at first! Full creamy rich body. Luxurious. Wow raspberry/cherry Tootsie Roll pop. Nice sweet dark malt with a good bit of cherry. There’s a tartness left on my lips. A hint of sour. Really dessert in a glass.

4.2
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
cherries drizzled with chocolate served in beer form... a bit sweet, but share with a friend ... they’ll thank you :)

2.8
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Disappointed. Aroma is cherries, alcohol, red wine, and some light cookie malts. Pours like a frothy soda, appears over carbonated. The color is a very dark hazy red with an off-white (in the purple direction) largish frothy head. Taste is cherry soda with barely and a sour finish. Not my cup of tea. "Palate" is dry texture with extreme carbonation.

3.6
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2008
Dark red with tiny head. Aroma is mostly sweet dominated by cherries and light sour barnyard notes. Sweet flavor with cherries. A little on the sweet side...

3.5
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Bottle from the LCBO. Hazy red brown body with a small beige head. (3+) Big fruity tart cherry aroma, very light tart funk. (6+) Light sweet medicinal note. Similar flavour to the aroma, sweet tart cherries. Smooth average to medium palate. (3+)


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