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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: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7509) - .....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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1293) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle share by random nice guy at Borefts Beer Festival 2015. Pours a deep ruby red with a small, pink head. Aroma has cherries, marzipan, cherry pits. Super fruity and fresh. Taste is sour, lactic, acidic, slightly burning sour, but with a nice high carb and a medium light body. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1866) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2015
With Z, pours a deep red color with a lighter red head. Nose is sweet, with tart cherries , pleasantly so. Taste is deep tart cherries , which is the backbone on the palate . Ends dryly on the same tart cherry notes . Nice ! quaff score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Pours a deep ruby/cranberry red color with deep burgundy edges a one finger pink foam head that quickly settles into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Nice cor but could use better retention. Intense yet inviting aroma with a nice balance of damp, musty funk, acetobacter and luscious fruit sweetness. Dry oak, cobweb, barnyard funk and a subtle lactic presence followed by sweet juicy cherries. Fruit skins and earthy pit along with some other vinous berries. Acetic acid but not overly vinegar-y/solvent like. Subtle cherry cough syrup presence but the fruit really stands out without being artificial and nicely counters the funk. Not intense but smells pretty damn good. Nice complexity with the bugs standing out a bit more as it warms. Lighter end of medium body with soft carbonation and intensely tart/puckering sourness that lingers over the sweetness of the fruit, earthy oak, musty funky and strong acetic acid into a bone dry finish. Very tart, sour and refreshing with nice cherry flavor countering the acidity and funk. Slight acetic character but not solvent-like or too harsh. Funky bugs, acetobacter, oak tannins, cobweb and raspberry vinaigrette. Dry, musty bugs but could use more funk to counter the acidity and sourness. Oak comes out more as it warms adding to the dryness but not too charred or toothpick-y. Very prominent vinous fruit sweetness with juicy dark sour cherries, dry fleshy skins, and earthy wooden pits. Really nice balance and although the mouthfeel feels a touch off, the finish doesn’t quite fall off like the other lambic in this series. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2689) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Good but not the greatest kriek ever. Lightly cloudy, purplish. Bubbly. Cherry in the nose and flavor, fair bit of tartness. Lowish carbonation, I can definitely taste an almond like presence in the finish, also sweet. Reminds me of a dutch almond pastry my mom used to make. Touch of blue cheese. Not a lot of depth or complexity, separating it from the very best lambics I’ve had, but still the funky sour and cherry hits mostly all the right spots.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2015
25/IX/15 - 75cl bottle @ Borefts 2015 (Bodegraven) - BB: n/a (2015-1316) Thanks to kraddel for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy deep purple beer, no head. Aroma: lots of cherries, almonds, some chlorine. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very nice acidity, some chlorine, lemon juice. Aftertaste: little bitter, very acidic, sour cherries, bit of vinegar. Maybe a little too sourish, overwhelming the cherries, but overall a very nice and complex beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11825) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
Sampled from bottle thanks to kraddel. Very hazy dark red color, small pinkish head. Smell is mostly sweet red fruit, while taste is more sourish cherries and wood. Dry finish. Suitable body and carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1085) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle shared by someone @ Borefts Beer Festival 2015. Pours a murky red with a small pink head. Aroma is jammy cherries, marzipan, funk, light oaky notes. Taste is damn tart, jammy, funky, hay, tannic notes, oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (8453) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle sampled thanks to Kraddel at Borefts ’15. Pours cloudy red with a pink head. Aroma of tart cherry, light citrus and a light barnyard funk. Flavour is light sweet and moderate sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (14559) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 27, 2015
Sehr fruchtiger, rund säuerlicher Antrunk. Steigend aromatisch, leicht ins Essig gehende Säure, sehr fruchtig. 12/12/12/12/13/12

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