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Review: Van Honsebrouck Bacchus Kriekenbier
Posted: 7 October 2015
Bacchus Kriekenbier isn't a disappointment. It remains a rich and not-too-sweet cherry beer that tastes more like a beer than an artificially flavored cherry soft drink.
Avg price/liter: USD 13.59
ABV %: 5.8
Bacchus Kriekenbier, a
cherry-flavored beer brewed by the Van Honsebrouck Castle
Brewery in Southwest Flanders (Begium), has been a long time
coming. Months ago in a bar, I sampled the
Framozenbier (raspberry) and was impressed enough to
want to try the cherry version.
Van Honsebrouck could be
called the AB InBev (the world's largest brewing
company) of craft style Belgian beers. Okay, that's a
very large exaggeration. What I mean by that statement
is that Van Honsebrouck produces several different well
known brands that, if you didn't probe further, you'd have
no idea were produced by the same company.
St Louis, and
Bacchus are all Van Honsebrouck brand beers.
There does seem to be some
overlap between the different brands. The company's
Kasteel Rouge and its St Louis Kriek are both
cherry-flavored beers, like Bacchus Kriekenbier.
The difference in all three
is the base. Kasteel Rouge uses its Kasteel Donker
malty brown beer as the base to which cherry liqueur is
added. St Louis Kriek adds the cherries to a geuze
(young lambic) and more mature lambek. Bacchus Kriekenbier adds their cherries, the Morello variety, to a
base of its Vlaams Oud Bruin, a beer style known as Flanders
Kasteel Rouge likely pulls
the cherry job off better than the others, but Bacchus
Kriekenbier isn't a disappointment. It remains a rich and
not-too-sweet cherry beer that tastes more like a beer than
an artificially flavored cherry soft drink.
Only haters of fruit beers of
all types would pour this one out.