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Liefmans Kriek Ongezoet op Vat

Formerly brewed at Liefmans (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   ABV: -
Unsweetened, draught version of Liefmans Kriek. Available mainly at Erasmus Hotel in Brugge, but may show up elsewhere at times.

OlivierMTL's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, - JAN 6, 2006
Belle couleur rouge lumineux, faible quantité de mousse rose pâle laissant un cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Arômes tranchants de cerises sûres fraîches et d’acidité sous de faibles notes de bois. Très tartrique en bouche, acidité prononcée jouant sur une longue finale de fruits, aucun soupçon de sucre. Corps semi mince, faible carbonatation restant en arrière plan et donnant l’adéquate touche de vie à ce précieux liquide. Absolument rien à voir avec les produits commerciaux de cette même brasserie. En fût au Kulminator, Janvier 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4070) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2015
Tasted years ago at some beer festival. The ’pure’ version of Liefmans Kriekenbier (now called Cuvée Brut), relating to it in much the same way a pure kriekenlambic relates to an ’oude kriek’ from a bottle. Complex, tart, woody (cherry stones), very fruity and estery, a bit vinous, malt sweetish, with a dryingly acidic, yeasty and tart finish, this is the ’real thing’, aptly illustrating the complexity and nobility of the ’oud bruin’ tradition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (2030) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (5639) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2013
had it from bottle, at a very special occasion . this was bottled personaly for a guy who’s very important for the brewery. not ever for sale, this remains draft only. highly exceptional shit ! 2002 vintage, bottles in 2005 , 3 l bottles pours pink, no foam ,smell is pure cherry, very balanced ! good carbo, pretty sharp sourness, cherry. very dry, nice !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (6917) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 IMPORTANT – don’t ask for bottles of this one even if you know or can guess where I got it. Had this one @ Dirk’s totally incredible 65th birthday party. Many incredibly huge bottles shared graciously there by Dirk. Dirk had actually this beer bottled – he has the only bottles ever made of this, only made for himself – incredible. 2002 brew, bottle on 2005. 3 liter bottle with label plastered on them by Dirk himself because they were unlabeled. He opened 2 bottles of this – I was lucky enough to get 2 glasses. Pours murky red, only some bubbles but little in the way of a head. Nose is pure tart kriek, some vintage notes but subdued, wonderfully tart, cherry skin, light tart,… Taste is tart kriek, lots of kriek pits, pure kriek skin, some dust, wonderfully sour & tart, age does somewhat show but subdued & obscured by awesomeness, finish is acidic, nicely sour, perfect balance, top, top tier kriek, incredible. Body is flat. I had a recent version of this & seriously please bottle this – this is incredible. Lots of crazy bottle shared & this was memorable – 9 liter vintage St. Feuillien Triple, Gouden Carolus 9 litre – 2009. 1983 – 3 liter Oerbier (beyond amazing),… Oh yeah – what a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (15588) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 11, 2011
Dezent saurer Antrunk, zum Mittelteil deutlich stärker. Ein leichtes Fruchtaroma ist hier erkenbar und wird im Nachgeschmack schwächer, bleibt aber auf angenehmem Level. Weiter sauer, sehr lecker! Test vom 10.9.2007, Gebinde: Fass Noten: 10,13,11,13,-,13 - 12,36

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
Pours a cloudy ruby color with a medium beige head. Nice aroma of tart cherries with mild sourness. Superb flavor of cherries with tartness and dryness, there’s definitely no sweetness in there. This is quite excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Sat inThe Erasmus with my lovely new wife on our honeymoon. She’s a good un. It came with the usual ’do you know this is unsweetened’ warning from the odd and amusing barman. I didn’t. Any hoo, it’s a corker. Red, purple, pink with no head. Aroma of I don’t know what, cherries and some freshness in a way I’m struggling to describe. Keep thinking new born babies, freshly washed clothes, summers day etc etc but I’m not a poet or a good rater. It smelled lovely. And tasted very nice. Unsweetened doesn’t mean it’s not sweet. Totally refreshing. Cherries of course. Love The Erasmus. Love Bruges and Belgium. Love my missus. Full of love right now, drinking a lovely beer and lovely surroundings. Top stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (19720) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2009
Draught@Kulminator 05/2007... Clowdy red colour ... sharp cherry nose ... cherry vinegar ... lots fo depth ... very fruity ... hints of pickled onion ... Am i a philistien for thinking this would be a good salad dressing....

On tap at Erasmus 08/2009... deep red ... sharp sour nose with a lot of cherry ... sharp lemon sour in flavour ... light cherry ... and again pickled onions.... really not me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 (Draught at Erasmus, 3 samples) The waitress asks what beer I would like to try and with an anxious smile I ask for the Ongezoet op Vat. The waitress gives me a look back and pauses…. “Do you know that this beer is unsweetened?” she asks. I responded, “yes, thank god!” All I had drunk for the past two days in Bruges were sweetened lambics… The beer comes to the table with a lightly hazy glistening red body with a spare ring of tiny white bubbles atop. The aroma is very clean and refreshing like stepping outside in the spring to the essence of the dew in the garden, fresh cherries, perfume on a sexy young lady, and some light barnyard scents in the distance. Flavor of assertive acidic cherries and lots of funkiness. Perfectly refreshing, mouthwatering, endorphin rocking symphony in my mouth. I would make this a staple in my cellar, if they only bottled this heavenly delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8591) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
On tap at Erasmus. This bright red lambic poured with no head and a cherry and vinegar aroma. There is a sour cherry flavor that has the mellow lambeek characteristics. Tastes a bit like Schaerbeekse Kriek.

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