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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review: Van Honsebrouck St Louis Kriek

     
Van Honsebrouck St Louis Kriek 
Posted: 21 August 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
St Louis Kriek from Belgium A quarter of St Louis Premium Kriek is oblacinska cherries with their pits.  These cherries are steeped in geuze for half a year. Sugar is added to reduce the sourness and tartness of the cherry, but the sourness still comes through from the wild yeasts. If I ever meet the alcoholic actor Matthew Perry, I'll be very sure to not let him even sniff the neck of the bottle on this one.      
Avg price/liter: USD 6.18   ABV %: 3.2  Type: Lambic-Fruit  Belgium 
       


Though the St Louis line of Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck is brewed in Belgium, I can't help but think of St. Louis, Missouri every time I see one of the bottles.            

St Louis Kriek (or cherry flavored) lambic may have been the first fruit beer I ever tried -- in Paris way back in 1989 when I stumbled across a Belgian beer bar.  At that time, seeing cherry featured in a beer was unusual, and it was one of the two I ordered.  As St Louis seems to be one of the more popular cherry fruit beers you'll find outside Belgium, it was probably St Louis that I guzzled.    

Unfortunate, too, in that I think one's first fruit beer should be something more along the lines of Floris, a real Belgian wheat beer with fruit added rather than a fruit lambic, a beer fermented with wild yeasts. But those kinds of fruit beers were not common back in 1989.          

A quarter of St Louis Premium Kriek is oblacinska cherries with their pits.  These cherries are steeped in geuze for half a year. Gueze is a mixture of young lambics with 2-3 year old lambics. The inclusion of the yet unfermented young lambics allow the resultant mixture to undergo secondary fermentation, which occurs with the cherries.          

Sugar is added to reduce the sourness and tartness of the cherry, but the sourness still comes through from the wild yeasts.  The end result is a delicious carbonated cherry alcoholic beverage that is too addictive to have any prayer of leading to a happy ending.        

If I ever meet the alcoholic actor Matthew Perry, I'll be very sure to not let him even sniff the neck of the bottle on this one.   

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