BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent beer. Quite sweet but had a nice finish. Of course teh cherry dominates but there is evidence of some nice wheat in this one. Perfect for summer.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright red with a fluffy slightly pink head. Had a moderately vinegary aroma. It has a nice contrast between sweet and sour. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is quite brilliantly cherry colored. The nose contains a bit of cherry as well as an aroma of acidity. With the bright red color I was expecting a quite sweet product. I was pleasantly surprised when it was only subtly sweet. The light sweetness balanced well with the cherry flavor and the natural acidity of the base Lambic.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very red/pink colour with a surprisingly nice head. My first impressions of the aroma was not too good (sour yoghurt) but this quickly changed too a nice sweet, yet refreshing nose with cherries. This goes for the flavour too: sweet, sparkling, refreshing (acidic), and with a somewhat dry finish. This might work well as an aperitif?
fiulijn (13070) - Malmö, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ruby-amber color, pale pink head. Very light cherry syrup aroma. Dry taste, with some fruits, but too poor.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red with purple shine; pink head nearly immediately gone. Typical nose with solvent, paintstripper, estery too, rather than fruity. Sweet-sour taste, with interesting connotations as tamarind pulp, sweet fruits, smokey. Rather refreshing mouthfeel. In the aftertaste a decent bitter-woodiness is traceable. All in all not bad - just a little more outspoken sour cherries would be more convincing, instead of interesting.
SilkTork (5022) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mort Subite was one of my earlier excursions into the world of Kriek and I was keen to return to it after experiencing several others to see what I thought of it now. I was also keen to sample it next to a couple of other krieks. A search of my collection resulted in coming up with Belle-Vue Kriek, often seen as one of the most commercial and least authentic of the style, and Echte Kriek from the notable Verhaeghe brewery. Echte Kriek is not a lambic as are the other two, but a Flemish Red - though all three use cherries to sweeten a sour beer.
When poured the Mort produced a frothy, messy foam which settled into clumps, though these were not as attractive as the clumps produced by Belle-Vue. It had a murky brown appearance - sort of dead, uninviting and uninteresting. There was not a lot happening, and it scored lowest of the three.
The aroma was cherry, as expected, slightly sharp and musty, but less so than the Belle-Vue. There was also some sugar sprinkled yeast and possibly a sort of wet cardboard or something of that ilk. It had the least interesting of the aromas, but was the most instantly appealing and sweetly pleasant.
The palate was soft and pleasant - a little thinner than Belle-Vue and without the same freshness. It was the most notably sweet of the three with the least cherry flavour. It finished rather watery. It was pleasant, but without much interest.
Considering that the cherries are grown especially for this beer by orchards in Limberg it seems a shame that the flavour is more of a cherry enhanced sweetness than anything else. Safe and bland is the overall impression - but good as an introduction to the style.
In my original comments I had written: "Anyone's first Lambic is a bit of a shock. 'They call this garbage, beer?!' would be a common and understandable response. Lambics are wild, unpredictable and very sharp. There is none of the familiar hop bite and aroma, and no cosy malt base up to which one can snuggle for comfort. The hops are used when they are long dead and have no flavour, the cereal base is mostly wheat, and the yeast is stuff that blows in from the garden. The whole thing is then brewed for ever, and left to hang around for a few months to see what happens. Brewers may then mix a few lambics of different ages together to produce something drinkable; or fruits are added earlier in the process to soften the taste. Doesn't sound promising does it? Well, this Mort Subite Kriek is a wonderful introduction to the genre - soft, fruity, smooth yet well balanced by a delicate and refreshing acidity, this is a brilliant summer garden drink, full of bouncing, jolly flavours. There is a time and a place for each beer - given the right time and place this is a little treasure. Serve well chilled. [3.9]"
EKGoldings (523) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this one among 5 other Krieks at a recent tasting. Of the bunch, this was in the middle with sour cherry aroma and taste combined with the lemony lambic tartness.
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very beautiful red color. Strong cherry tartness in aroma. Slight tart cherry flavor. Like cherry pie.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Striking reddish-pink color, with frothy pale pink head. Characteristic lambic aroma, but with strong cherry overtones. The taste itself is very sweet, with a sharp citrus note. Ends more bitter than I would expect.