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Brewed by Brouwerij Girardin
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Sint Ulriks-Kapelle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2001
Aroma: Excellent aroma of cherries, well-blended into a Lambiek background. Flavor: Perfect, with -as can be expected-, cherries, but definitely dry, with good acids, well-tempered by the cherry flavor. Palate: again, the clear cherry taste tempering the otherwise (in traditional Geuze) rather down-to-earth animal-associative ’manure’ qualities of Lambiek. In my ’tending to be civilized’ attitude, an improvement on the ’hard’ Geuze characteristics. Appearance: lovely wine-like cherry hue (a bit the color of Barolo wine), with much nicer creamy head than Geuze. Overall: I love this beer. It has definite sparkling-wine-like qualities, with fine foam and bubbles, the cherry flavor tempering the excellent Lambik base. My wife likes the Girardin Kriek much more than the Geuze, for it’s refinement. It is rare to have such a good product, wherein the ’artisanal’ character is fully evident.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 A lovely colour. Dainty unlike some off-putting brown fruit beers you come across. A sharp cherry/cranberry nose with underlying candied notes. Sweet anf floral as soon as it hit the tongue with then gets back to your glands and swells you with saliva. It mellows to a really amazing fresh and fleshy cherry What a finish! Delicate champagne carbonation that is light on the tongue and suits the style and flavours impeccably. I drank this with Marsala poached pears with a sweet vanilla cream. The beer works so wonderfully with this cleaning the palate from the sweetness of the cream. The two fruits mingle and play with the christmassy spices of the sauce filling my nose with really interesting mixes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2002
Deep burgundy. Dry and balanced. Light aroma of sour cherries. Reminiscent of a Cabernet Sauvignon. The draught version appears more fruity, and is even better than the bottled one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2003 ReRerate: 5/30/03: Again, inconsistency problems plague this beer - this time highly carbonated and not syrupy, with excellent aroma characteristic and great sour components, but not all put together. Rerate: 2/01/03: Syrupy; unbelievably sweet and thick...quite different from the first sample. Wow, still great, but must drop a bit. Bummer! Original: 1/09/03: Perfect...Perfect...I though nothing could surpass the Oud Beersel Kriek...this has a tiny bit less yeasty cheesy horseblanketness and even better sweet/sour balance. Very dark and unfiltered. Unbelievable. I am in heaven now.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2003
A blood-red sunrise fills the sky above the rolling hills behind the sprawling oak barn. A light southerly breeze sweeps across my nose filled with spicy top soil, cobwebs and smashed, oozing cherries. . . After a long deep breath I notice the blossoming cherry trees to the south and understand the sweetness in the air. Another deep breath and I find the air palpable - sour cherries, tart grapes, leather, and cold stone leave my mouth watering. Desire for more consumes me. . . I look up as the sun falls below the horizon, the breeze diminishes and I am left staring into the night longing for more. . . perhaps the ‘morrow will bring something more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2414) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2006
Dark amber red with light brown foam. Aroma is undescribable ... Nice sour cherry taste, right down my alley. REAL KRIEK !

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoostIPA (1216) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours a dusty rose with a decent sized head. Funky cherry sour aroma. Nicely tart and dusty. Lacking some funk in the taste, but otherwise great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 20, 2001
dark ruby colour, fine head, deep cherry and wine-like aroma, well-structured, great sourness, very long aftertaste - great beer

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle shared by sliffy. Aroma of vanilla and cherries is absolutely delectable. Deep red in color with a nice white head. Medium palate with perfect carbonation. The taste is a blend of vanilla and cherries, lightly sour with some oak. Great flavor!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2036) - SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2011
375ml bottle. Pours medium ruby, thin white head. Lovely fruity aroma, black cherries, almonds, citrus, funk, Bone dry, medium bodied, low bitterness, low CO2, marked acidity. Very acidic taste, black cherries, almonds, citrus peel, wheat, yeast/brett, long finish. (2011-09-06)


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