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Lambickx Kriek (Zenne Valley, Private Domain)

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Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Ichtegem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lambic with Cherries added
Brewed: 2011
Bottled: 2013
Bottles produced: 9,867
Barrels: Oak and Chestnut
ABV: 6.5%

The first Kriek Lambic in our LAMBICKX line! Wonderful aroma of almonds, macaroon and cherry stones. Dry, elegant fruit palate. Lightly sparkling to still. Lambics are truly the "wines" of the beer world. Just as wines vary by season, soil, climate, and aging method, lambics (unlike any other type of beer) vary by season, brewery location, barrel size and wood type and length of aging.

With wines one talks of "gout du terroir" because the land (terroir) so influences a wine’s flavor. With lambics one must speak of "gout du tonneau" because each cask (tonneau) produces a lambic that matures and tastes different. Thanks to this variation, a lambic’s character comes not only from the base beer made by the brewer but from the casks selected and blended together. And because lambic is lightly sparkling, the flavors and nuances developed through the cask aging can be fully tasted and appreciated, like in gueuze, which is highly sparkling but much less complex.

Second bottling - 2014.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3409) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2016
2012-2014 vintage Thanks Matthew! What a great day to sit outside and grill with great beers. Lush, ruby red body with a light pinkish sea foam crest. Cherries dominate the aroma, as expected. Sweet and sour cherry blend, with hints of oak, wet wood, rain. Earthy, fruity, lovely. A delicious kriek I would certainly have again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2016
750ml bottle pours ruby red semi-clear withouth much of a head, a few bubbles. Nose is famtastic with layered juicy esrthy cherry and berries, wet hayfield funk, cinnamon and spices and oaky goodness. The taste is straight up red jolly rancher, medium acidity, cherry and berry juice, funky basement. Finishes sweet, red jolly rancher all the way, acidity is well balanced to prop up the lack of carbonation, lick smacking cherry and spice on the trailing finish. Great bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2319) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2016
At Maakun’s. Bottle shared by Maakun. Clear ruby red with fluffy pink head. Sweet and sour cherries, cherry stones, marzipan/almonds, grass, cobwebs, wild yeast. Over medium sweet battling a medium sour and bitterness. Lactic response. Medium body, chalky minerallike texture and quite strong carbonated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (3433) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle 2014 shared at home. Dark ruby red with fizzy dark pink head that leaves a nice small ring. Sweet and sour cherries, almond, wood, hay, light funk, dog, dead leaves. The cherries are the star here, but there’s some nice solid dry lambic running through. Light sweet and bitter with some sourness blending it together though the sourness is quite light for a kriek. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very decent kriek.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 27, 2016
750 ml bottle, caged and corked. $26, aged in Oak and Chestnut barrels. Pink head of foam sitting on deep deep red liquid. Pink lacing though it isn’t substantial. Big sour cherries and almost as big oak in the smell. Does not smell all that sour compared to some Lambics I have had but it is a pleasing experience. The sour cherries are delicious. Just enough tartness to put a smile on my face. The oak is on the subtle side and as far as chestnuts go, I would have to roast me some to remind me of what they taste like; it has been many a year. Bordering on medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very enjoyable and I wouldn’t be surprised if I bought another bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle - Pours dark cherry red pink head - nose/taste of oak, funky sour cherry, cheesecloth and light farmhouse in the back end - medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5644) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2016
2013 vintage 750ml bottle. Pours out a dark red topped with a tall pink head. Nose is great big cherries tart and sweet. Plenty of the barrel character with a nice buggy note. Taste is more of the nice tart sweet cherries the barrel presents and a nice tart buggy pucker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5489) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle care of Eric, pours ruby with small off white head. Nose is big on cherry, perfume, oak, and dough. Flavor is sour lemon, cherry, light blanket, and vinegar. Body was light to medium.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6450) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Bottle - 2014. Pours deep hazy ruby, large fizzy pink head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving some residual and lacing. Aroma is funky socks, cherries, oak tannins, light cheese. Flavor is light tart, light plus funky, oaky, cherries, brett and rather clean funky notes. Medium body, bubbly soda-like carbonation. Tasty beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
special beer here, had in bottle a few times and now at the avenue .. . rich cherry, raspberry, jam, and spritzy jam .. . long tartness, subtle cherry pit, earth .. . very tasty lambic, best of the lambicx bunch .. . . True or False. You can get mono from riding the monorail?


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