Brewery: Liefmans Brouwerij
Sometimes it is really easy writing these beer reviews. The mind just starts to flow and suddenly I have finished 4 reviews in quick succession. Other times it doesn’t work that well, like now for instance. I have been staring at this screen for roughly 45 minutes trying to work out how to begin and I have major writing block. Why did I choose this beer for the beer club? If I’m honest, I wanted a kriek that was in a 33cl bottle and there was limited choices. I was extremely happy with the outcome though as I really enjoyed this.
It was an attractive bright ruby-red colour that gave a slightly pink head. It seemed to be quite sticky in a way and clung to the glass as it was gently swirled. The aroma had a deep, fruity intensity couple with a slight acidity. Of course sweet cherry was at the forefront and prominent in the tasting but there were also big hits of tangy red currant, raspberry and blackcurrant. It was rather drying and pulled in the sides of the mouth. The aftertaste was rather short but pleasant.
I’ve tried quite a few krieks in my time but this has to be up there as one of the best. The sweet fruits balanced so nicely with the sharp acidity. The alcohol was barely noticeable which could be very dangerous in such an easy to drink ale. This would be the perfect dessert beer, but after taking the first sip I doubt you will want to share it. Excellent.
And yes, I finally managed to finish this review! Time to celebrate with a cheeky beer…