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Eylenbosch Kriek

Formerly brewed at Mort Subite (Alken-Maes - Heineken)
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Kobbegem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7699) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2006
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm 29 Apr, vintage 1989) Colour is dark brown/red, hazy, no head. Nose has a full aroma of dark cherries, hints of almonds, some sweetness. Taste is juicy, with a full cherry flavour and hints of almonds. Very long and tasty finish, lingers on forever. Some sweetness makes the balance lovely. The intensity and taste are astonishing - after 17 years, I’m impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle - best before 1993. Red-orange in colour, very little head, no lace. Aroma of maraschino cherries, cider vinegar, sugary sweet, oxidized. The flavour was of sugar cherry candy, quite sweet, some must still present. Dry mouthfeel, medium-light body, light carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering sweetness. Wierd stuff. Almost completely lost all lambic characteristics.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
Draught at Akkurat. Vintage 1989. Brownish dark red coloured. Very fruity for its age. Loads of cherries in the aroma and in the flavour. Very fresh, sour and acidic. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2005
375 ml bottle with BBD of 1993 so god knows how old, shared at the Ratebeer Mondial gathering. Dark thin clouds of yeast dominate the thin pinkish body which offers only the slightest trace of head...sweet cherry, almond, chocolate present in very oxidized nose with almost no lambic funkiness...sweet, thin body, ripe cherries and a touch of licorice, sort of a sweet-tart character, thin flat-soda body, little acidity. I don’t think the years have been kind, but I’m not sure that it started out with much either...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
Sweet cherries and tomatoes in a sugary syrup with some notes of madeira in the very lightly acidic aroma. Opaque tan-orange with shy, off-white head that recedes to ring. Overly sweet sugary cherries with some mild musty yeast charcter but no real lambic sourness. Medium-light body with very soft, gentle carbonation. Bottle (BB 1993) sampled at the Ratebeer Mondial Gathering 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Best Before 1993, 375mL bottle shared by Rastacouere at the Mondial Ratebeer tasting, 6/4/2005. Kriek cuvee speciale.
Tomato sauce colored beer, brownish-ruddy, light auburn tinges. Small white head recedes to ring providing light lacing (all the sugar they dumped in it, no doubt). Smells of sweet caramel and maraschino cherries, cider vinegar and a bit of yeast. Some actual sweet tomato sauce with honey in it. I guess that is the combination of sherry, sugar and cherries. Tastes massively sweet, with those maraschino cherries again. Some musty yeast flavor. No tart bret, no sour bacterias. Low, bubbly carbonation is gentle. Some cherry pit dryness, but it is barely noticeable. Watery. Maybe instead of Best Before, they should put Best after 2033, after which, hopefully, the sweetness will have come down another notch. So far this brewery is 0 for 2 in my book.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
L’étiquette indique, à consommer de préférence avant 1993! Couleur orangée allant vers le brun terre, translucide. Peu de mousse blanche, pleinement diminuante. Nez de…jus de tomate dans le fond d’une canne de conserve! Le liquide est très madérisé, vieux miel asséché par le temps et sucré.. Pas vraiment de caractéristique sauvage, de ferme ou encore de Brettanomyce. Encore une petite touche de carbonatation de présente. Pour la science!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
First off, thanks to Jeppe for this rarity. This shows best before 1993! I fear your bottle won’t be too good based on what I’ve tried. It looks orangey like the sunset with neglectable head. The nose and appearance both reminds of pineapple juice with suggestions of honey, must, vegetal tones, old cushions (I truly do mean it, more than any other aromas perhaps), old books, but SWEET and this kills it. Oldish dusty cherries are not far from gone completely. Palate is juicy and comprises more cherry character, but in a very sweet way with absent acidity. Oldish taste, lots of residual red licorice taste, pure old mousse over rocks, earthy and lightly oxidized Madeira notes. No carbonation left, just sweet juice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle of Kriek Cuvée Spéciale to consume before 1993; consumed in 2005. Should have listened to their warning.

The Lure:
Cherry tomatoes sitting in rust and dust. Cherries plunged in sticky sugar.

The Festivities:
Brown sugar dropped heavily in flat cherry juice. Dry on the gums, stale and overly sweet. As is now, it reveals it could not have been extraordinarily lambic-y in its youth.

Can you really get enjoyment when visiting a torture museum?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) My version at 4,3% ABV. Reddish brown with a nice head. Cherry-aroma is not very dominant, which is a pity really. Rather dry - all the fruit-sugars must have fermented. Slight tartness - very refreshing. 280597

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