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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: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2015
This is a pretty decent kriek but not quite a show stopper. It’s 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. It’s 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, it’d be a real winner as it is, it works but it’s not bringing me to my knees or anything.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3079) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2015
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger foamy pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Very nice color and clarity. Aromas of huge sour black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of black cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak flavors; with a solid sweetness/acidic balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, acidic, and tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no minimal present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Kriek lambic style! All around insane robustness and complexity of big dark cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the large amount of acidity. An incredibly amazing offering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

   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 (7350) - 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 (6579) - 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 (520) - 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 (9896) - 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 (3963) - 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 (2222) - 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).

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