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


on tap

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Unblended lambic with cherries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (2559) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 23, 2013
1L clay jug shared by 3@Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst barbecue, Eizeringen during Tour de Geuze 2013. - Pours naturally flat from the jug, as it is lambiek, in a beautiful translucent bright red. For a "simple" lambiek I appreciate the dual taste complexity: mild cherry sourness and some mellow red fruit marmelade on the one hand, but an unusual and protruding over-mature hop perfume and pit bitterness on the other. I have never had a lambiek or geuze with such a tasty and potent mature hop profile, offsetting the usual sour&sweet in the taste. Mild and yet spectacular. Could have finished the jug by myself, will have to seek this out in some container or other for the coming summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3712) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2013
Clear red colour, white head. Aroma of cherry, butter, yoghurt, marzipan and cherry pips. Light sweet flavour, light sour note, fruity cherry. Finish cherry and yoghurt.
(From jug @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst - during the after-Tour de Geuze barbecue)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1473) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2013
Jug @ verzekering tegen de grote dorst. Pours light amber red with oh surprise bo head. Subtle cherry scent witkh almondy finish. Taste of light port and cherry notes.light. all in all rather bleak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2822) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2013
Draught at DHVL. Almost clear ruby liquid with medium light pink head. Aroma of almonds, cherries, lacto, apples and light barnyard. Taste is light sweet and light sour with notes of almonds, cherries and raw sugar. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
On tap, pours a hazy dark pinkish amber with only a few bubbles for a head. Aroma of subtle cherries, and some slight sweetness. Flavour of lightly sweetened cherries, a light vinegar quality, and a very small hint of cherry tartness. Quite still-bodied, with a pronounced cherry character and a touch of sweetness. Easily drinkable stuff -- great kriek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
On draft at the Grote Dorst. The pour is ruby red with a small white head. The nose is fresh cherries, multiple berries, smells like cherry juice. The taste is sweet but not overboard like a lot of cherry lambics. The balance is actual phenomenal. The mouthfeel is smooth, the body is heavy and the finish is long. I don’t know that I would go for this again, but I can see why it would be a staple in any blended fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2013
On tap
Now that the ball was rolling I switched over to a fruity lambic to refresh the palate. This was an interesting beer to try on draft. I would try to compare it to something else but with few data points it is challenging. All I can say is that everyone who comes to Belgium should try something like this at least once.

Aroma / Appearance - The flat blood red base does not sparkle like an older vintage. No residual head lasts more than a few minutes. Sweet cherry syrup is concentrated almost like smelling the inside of a mixture for Slush Puppies (or any other frozen sugary drink). A candy nature emerges around the edges.

Flavor / Palate - Bites of chewy cherry candy give this the taste and texture of a sweet shop. At times the syrupy nature shifts from enjoyable to cloying. With a few years of yeast this becomes a much better product. Even so it was great to try the "before" to get a sense of how much transformation takes place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
Draft @ Bierhuiske in Antwerp. Clear red color, no head. Aroma of sweet cherries together with some barnyard and horseblanket. Actually not that tart and a bit too sweet for my liking. Drinks very easily though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2012
10 liter bag in box @ Ølkonsortiet. Pours a red color with a light pinkish foam, since it has no carbonation. The aroma is of cherries, almonds, slight tartness, sugar, some subtle funk of barnyard and hay. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of cherry and almonds, more tartness in the flavor, dust notes, and funk of barnyard and hay. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a really sessionable Lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
On tap at the Grote Dorst. It pours a dark ruby red with no head at all. Definite cherry aroma, even quite sweet. Strong semi-sweet cherry flavours, dry woody finish. Quite fizzy, medium body. Good kriekenlambik, but definitely lacking the complexity of a Kriek.

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