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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: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 wineís 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 lambicís 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenon (110) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bought and held onto by a personal recommendation from a friend, this is one of my first 5 or so sours, so my palate might not be well tuned for this. It really opened up with warmth and had more tannins at the bottom of the bottle as well. Really quite sour, more than the others Iíve had so far. I enjoyed the sparkling feel to it also, which gave it a "flavored soda" kinda experience to it. The cherries come out well, but were a bit subdued while the beer was cold. All in all, a good sour I guess? I enjoyed it, but I probably canít rate it properly. I enjoyed Caractere Rouge more for the same price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours with a hazed deep blood red hued body with a small pink head that fades somewhat quickly to the acid. Aromas are of cherry pie, barnyard, funk, mild plastic, almonds, damp leaves, freshly cut grass, mild oak. Fruit aromas are rich. Flavors are dry, tart, earthy and funky. Cherry flavor is medium (despite the color), but lends a touch of stronger malic acid. Strong funk, mild rubber notes. Puckering and salivating acidity. Some tannin. Medium to slightly lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (1334) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2015
750 mL bottle poured and split. Thanks T. Pours a blood red with no head. Huge cherry pie aroma. Flavor matches. Huge cherry pie filling flavor with a long tart finish. Very nice beer overall. Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcon25 (251) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle pour at Beer mongers, really awesome beer hope Andrew enjoined this one dark cherry pour. Love the flavors, cherry raspberry blueberry, amazing Ness.. Awesome... Happy bachelor party Andrew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13231) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle @ home. Ruby colored beer with a tall pink head. Almost a floral aroma and lots of baked cherry. Sort of a lemon zest and yogurt thing going on. Light funk. Thereís a bit of sweet fruit to the flavor followed by big time sourness. Maybe some rose water? Good balance of acidity and cherry pie. Pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2115) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to mora...pour is red with a fading head..Nose is cherry, syrup, funk, oak, berries...Taste is cherry skin, sweet, cherry syrup,

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkleu357 (561) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Light fizzy champagne looking body. Sweet nutty cherry aroma. Fairly sour tart tasting. Some cherry tartness, but overall had more of a champagne taste and mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1207) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
750ml bottle of 2011/2013. Pours a red color with out much head. Great cherry flavor. Medium sourness. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2195) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle poured into a tulip. Dark red with medium red highlights and small pink head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is light cherry, medium body, low carbonation, and little small-bubble lacing. Taste is lighter cherry and somewhat tart. Hoped for more.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2015
This is a pretty decent kriek but not quite a show stopper. Itís brown red, very cloudy and almost headless. The aroma on this is wonderful, a bit sharp and funky, lightly fruity w/ notes of hay and sweet spices. Itís good and tart but some sweetness softenes this a little bit and brings out some more fruit notes. This is maybe medium bodied but the carbonation is relatively mild which makes this strike me as a touch watery. Definitely a pretty nice lambic w/ an especially nice nose. I feel likeif this was a little lighter and dryer w/ more champagne-like carbonation, itíd be a real winner as it is, it works but itís not bringing me to my knees or anything.


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