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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: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3295) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1885) - 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).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4496) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
bottle with friends. pours almost murky light burgundy, small off-white head, very little retention and few lacing - perhaps pour was toward the end. very spicy cinnamon, cloves, ripened cherries, cherry meat, fairly citric and lemony - acidity seems a bit linear and puckering, bitter herbs, bit of funk. light carbonation - could be brighter, light to medium acidity, dry, almost pungent citric and grassy-spicy finish. like my bro said below, it probably suffered from comparison with 3f schaerbeekse for tasting both side by side.. enjoyable kriek nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. Brewed 2011, bottled 2013. Pours a deep ruby color with a dark rose head. Earlier pours are clear, while the last couple were hazy. Aroma of cherry, rose petal, lemon, oak, and earth. The flavor has tart and rich cherry, lemon, florals, earth, oak, and some fairly mellow acidity. Light-medium bodied, with an earthy, acidic mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation. Really nice kriek.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1391) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Pours a clear dark red with a small pink rim that leaves few traces. Nose is of pure and fresh cherry juice. Taste is pretty acidic and loaded with schaerbeekse cherries. Body is medium and carbonation pretty low. A good kriek. Reqlly drinkable!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3256) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark red pour with ring of pink foam. Aroma of cherries, very bright and fleshy, very light acetic character, spicy, cherry pie. Taste is very fruity, nice sour cherry flavour, quite dry and mineral on the tongue, light acetic twang. Palate is med bodied with sharp carbonation. Nice, but a tad aggressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). From cparles, thanks! Beautiful color. Almost clear bright burgundy with a small pink/white head and little lacing. Aroma is of a cherrie pie with spices (mostly cinnamon), oak and light sweetness. Taste is slightly sweet and slightly to moderately acidic with cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and light oak presence. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Slightly acidic finish. Light lingering cinnamon finish. Tasty and quite authentic, but a tad too spicy for my liking as it hinder the drinkability. Maybe it suffered from the comparison with Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek we had side by side.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatDane1632 (411) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle from the Avenue Pub, NOLA -- Poured into a tulip. Wow, this beer is tart. The most sour beer I have tried to date. Strong cherry flavor throughout the tart. Great beer to pair with food.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle, pours a nice bright red a bit dark. Aroma is lots of funk and cherries. Taste is lots of cherrys a bit thicker felling then the usual kriek, overall very nice

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Aroma: Tart Cherry, Cranberry Appearance: Deep Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin Pink Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Tart Cherries, Cranberries, Mild Sour Mash Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying, Mildly Tart


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