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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: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.

Second bottling - 2014.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (727) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13271) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5174) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5222) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6184) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7734) - .....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 (1426) - 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 (1925) - 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 (2711) - 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.

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