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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: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - 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 (6906) - 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 (11359) - 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 (977) - 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 (8083) - 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 (14114) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4961) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle obtained in a trade, shared at BBF 15. Pours dark, intense red. Smell is sour, cherrie. Taste is sour, wet cherries. Very dry. Good, but perhaps a bit simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (12285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2015
Sehr trübes rötlich oranges Bier mit einer geringen pinken Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr fruchtig, reife Kirschen. Geschmack sehr fruchtig, säuerlich, reife Kirschen, lecker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18564) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle at Borefts 2015... Deep red brown.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet cherry fruits nose... Sharp cherry.. Zezty fruits.. Light funk

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2015
Thanks to kraddel for the sample. Murky red with a pale pink head. Aroma is cherry, plum, sour funk. Light-medium bodied, tart on the palate with a fruity sour finish. Taste is cherry pie, sour cherries, plums.

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