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Lambickx Kriek (Zenne Valley, Private Domain)

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


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVBEERbE (37) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2015
Pours deep ruby red with next to no head. Not terribly funky on the nose with mellow pie cherries, a little lemon, and some light oakiness. Dry and pungent cherries, with a light vinegar sourness, cherry pie filling, and a medium puckering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Slander. Hazy garnet thin pink head. Dirty cherries and funk. Musk and funk. Medium, super tart cherries, long acid, tangy and beautiful. Lingering cherry acid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (6287) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
12/19/14. 750mL bottle from the Moline Hy Vee. Creamy red pour with a nice pink head that sticks. Wow, nice funky aroma, plenty of funk, lightly acetic, lots of sourness, plenty of cherry pie popping. Really nice flavor, plenty of sour, big cherry, very sour, acidic, acetic, yummy. Surprised I’m liking this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (516) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Appearance: Cloudy ruby color Aroma: Champagne and slight sour fruit Taste: Big sour mouthful with cherry, oak and brown sugar with a slight bit of pleasant vinegar Overall: Wonderful example of a sour cherry lambic, not for the sour feint of heart

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9736) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle... Murky ruby-colored pour with no head. The fruity, yeasty aroma displays nice notes of cherry and vanilla accompanied by plenty of breadiness. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is crazy sour and loaded with sour cherry fruitiness. Bready, sour, fruity finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by Eric S. Brewed in 2011 - bottled 2013. Color is beautiful dark red color with almost no head. Aroma is a damn nice tart cherry, dusty straw, barnyard funky cherries.

The flavor is a nice fine cherry, funky yeast with a solid amount of pucker in the back of the taste buds. The body is medium with a cherry pie filling chewy texture. Carbonation is mild and a balanced tart and sweet cherry flavors. Damn fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2073) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours pink with very low pink head. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma is of lots of berries, sourness, sugar, very intense cherries. Taste is of sour cherries, funk, very acid. Palate: Mouth puckering. Medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Overall: Very nice stuff. Quite tasty, and sour. Just a tad too much (heavy metal acid in stomach).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4769) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
bottle with friends. pours almost murky light burgundy, small off-white head, very little retention and few lacing - perhaps pour was toward the end. very spicy cinnamon, cloves, ripened cherries, cherry meat, fairly citric and lemony - acidity seems a bit linear and puckering, bitter herbs, bit of funk. light carbonation - could be brighter, light to medium acidity, dry, almost pungent citric and grassy-spicy finish. like my bro said below, it probably suffered from comparison with 3f schaerbeekse for tasting both side by side.. enjoyable kriek nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. Brewed 2011, bottled 2013. Pours a deep ruby color with a dark rose head. Earlier pours are clear, while the last couple were hazy. Aroma of cherry, rose petal, lemon, oak, and earth. The flavor has tart and rich cherry, lemon, florals, earth, oak, and some fairly mellow acidity. Light-medium bodied, with an earthy, acidic mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation. Really nice kriek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1570) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 Pours a clear dark red with a small pink rim that leaves few traces. Nose is of pure and fresh cherry juice. Taste is pretty acidic and loaded with schaerbeekse cherries. Body is medium and carbonation pretty low. A good kriek. Really drinkable!

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