sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jbrus: Pours amber with a pinkish white head. Aroma, cherries, a nice funky sourness, some oak. Flavor, some nice funk to start, tart cherries, some sweetness in it as well, and a light acidity. Not very sour really, but it didnít venture into alco-pop land either, it was actually quite nice.
TrefwoordPunk (830) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 37,5 cl at Locus Publicus, Delft. Pours a medium dark red with a nice pink head and a nice, very rich aroma of ripe red fruits and citrus. The flavor is very well-balanced compared to most popular lambics, this has only the natural sweetness of the cherries. The finish is a great mixture of sweetness and sourness. A very good lambic.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found that the Girardin Kriek sat on the fence, not wanting to fully commit to its sourness. Having said that though, itís not sweet. Itís between sweet and sour. For me to rate this higher it would need more intensity too. I almost thought it bland in comparison to other krieks Iíve had. Because my review does not seem to reflect the consensus of accolades, I will gladly revisit this kriek in the future.
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red with fantastic pink head. Sweet and sour aroma that holds cherries. Flavor has lovely natural cherries and the balance is perfect. Should it be more sour? Iím not sure. Very drinkable.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Beermania in Brussels. Cellar temp. Been looking for this one for a while. I donít know if theyíve ever imported into into the US (though I suspect they may have with >100 ratings), but I wish they would. Full cherry, walnut aroma, opens up a lot as it breathes. Very gentle palate, lightly sour, good cherry. A bit of the hard water thing, but very tasty none-the-less. Not too complex or that sour but still a lovely drink, especially at 3Ä a bottle.
blankboy (6634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky copper-pink with a large diminishing pinkish-white head. Nice aroma of tart cherries, some sourness, funky yeast, spices and oak -- quite nice. Very dry flavour of tart cherries, white wine, some fruity sweetness and a bitter finish. Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Quite good, I wasnít disappointed.
HogTownHarry (6303) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (250ml). Shared with blankboy, my bottle courtesy of the crazy-generous biegaman!. Label imprinted "OKT07." Thick, murky deep ruby pour, average off-white head. Oh my fuck that smells nice - sour cherry, sweet caramel malt, funk for days, waves of yeast, spice - man, this even SMELLS thick. The taste is a little more straightforward - fresh sour cherries in their own broth, some lemon juice and lighter spice/yeast - thinner and less funky than I thought, but still damn fine Kriek - so cloyingness here! Average sticky body, mild acidity, somewhat sour tacky aftertaste. Damn fine. DAMN fine.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again boboski!!! Pours a ruby red-brown, but the head formation and retention is awesome, seemingly lasts for an eternity. Aroma is cherry, yeasty funy goodness, and even a hint of bitter almond. The flavor is not as tart as I thought it would be, there are hints of sweetness, but a completely unadulturated fruit sweetness, one in which the essence of the orchard is not compromised.
nuplastikk (5095) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tart and bitter kriek lambic. Less effervescent than some lambics, but still fully carbonated. Dry and sweet, finishes with a wine-like vinegar sourness. A really nice lambic.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A mid-sized off-white head with perfect retention - the creamy cap just will not recede. The body is a murky light ruby with deep earthy orange hints. Sweet cherry, doughy and tart underlying. The first nosing surprises me with a blast of horseblanket and sour acidity. Must subsides quickly and the complexity of real cherries takes over again. Oak notes are medium-intensity and bespeak usage of old barrels and older technique. Black cherries and sweet cream fade slower and linger in the nasal cavities. The flavor is moderately tart, lightly to mildly sweet but that sweetness increases exponentially with each sip, mildly to moderately astringent. Oak notes fade in and out. The creamy cherry flavors really pin the farmhouse funkiness and sourness to the deep within, only letting hints out near the finale of each sip. This drinks more like a sour fruit beer with awesome lambic base beer added, not the other way around. Fruit flavors are realistic and lovely. The finish is sweet and fades quickly into a chalky cherry pie flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy but high carbonation clusters the component ingredients across the palate, chalky tartness witheld doesnít help. Very tasty but not highly quaffable.