Liefmans Kriek Brut
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Format: 330ml Bottle
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.
Rated 96 out of 100 on Ratebeer.com
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Complex Sour-Sweet Cherry drop
Kriek is a kind of sour-cherry fruit beer, Belgian/Dutch - and my interest in it came from a mention by successful and cerebral American Novelist Richard Powers, in Galatea 2.2 (he admits he developed a taste for Kriek during his time in the Netherlands). Liefmans is a blended and aged Kriek, perhaps at the entry-level low-price end of the spectrum but it certainly was pleasant. Plum-Cherry fruityness, red-brown hues and and fine foamy head make the first few mouthfuls quite an experience. There is a polite sourness that builds and the hint of solventy-phenols may be from the aging/lambic nature of the beer before refermenting with cherries. This is a "blended" Kriek, a low-end version of a highly regarded style and perhaps not a great representative of the line of Belgian Fruit Beers - I found it a bit sour for my taste and am beginning to realise that my search for an elusive sweet fruit beer will have to lean into the area of ciders - but if you enjoyed the Gose/Lambic fruit beers this will be ok for you!