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Brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
2008 Bottle year; Conditioning date of 11/2011; degorgement date of 12/2012; Bottle 092/200; Sampled April 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium tulip ends up with a finger of beer and the rest foam; the head is pink tinged, and pale in color. The beer is a nice, cherry red color that shows a clear, gold tinged, ripe red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral cherries, tart lactic acidity, earthy cherry skins, some hay like and cracker like grain notes. Light phenolic notes seem to accentuated the cherry flavors, and there is maybe a hint of Band-Aid™ here.

The beer is quite dry, extremely effervescent, and has a floral flavor to it that intermingles with phenolic notes that lean towards, but aren’t quite plastic like. Very light bodied, at least with all the carbonation scrubbing the palate clean; very much champagne like in its texture. Sour and tart, this is lactic in its acidity, but gains much of the sourness from the cherries as well. This has quite a tannic finish that is contributed mostly by cherry skin and pits, but also seems to have a touch of oak structure to it. This has quite a bit of chewy cherry flavors to it while still remaining dry, though there is a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the cherry flavors, but really makes this have a juicy, cherry pulp flavor to it.

If you try and drink this straight after a pour it literally explodes in your mouth; beer has more body than champagne, and it doesn’t quite pair as well with extreme levels of carbonation like the latter does, but still a minute of smelling the beer and it is at an effervescent for a beer level. In the end this is quite nice, but it seems a bit simplistic in its cherry focus; I would have liked for more, funky, base Lambic like notes to come through here. I do like the concept though, the Champagne conditioning leaves a brilliant, bright tasting beer from the first to the last pour.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luk_ (191) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Magnum. Pours a beautiful red with thick pale red foam. Aroma is deep cherry with Brown sugar and light funk. Taste is cherry, vinegar and light citirc tartness, High carbonation. Decent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
1500 ml. bottle / magnum sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. A pricy affair. Thank you! Vibrant red, rich tad sweeter kriek real fruit expression with nice yoghurt sourness, very lively drink. Nice but not really worth it. Nice presentation but once again this is too much dough for presentation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1982) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
Magnum at tasting. APPEARANCE: clear red beer, small unstable reddish head. NOSE: sour, nice cherries. TASTE: sour, nice, cherries, champagne like!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
(750ml bottle) Pours ruby body with a small pink head. Aroma of cherry, yogurt, berries, and horseblanket. Flavor of cherries, lacto, raspberries, vanilla, and oak with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1887) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Magnum. Pours very nice dark pink with high frothy slightly pinkish/white head. Aroma is of lots of cherries, berries, sugar. Taste is of cherries, nice fruits, some acidity, sourness, funk, sweet. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Very serious kriek. Tasty, nice body (heavier that usual).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4506) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
magnum shared by julienhuxley, thanks bro. pours hazy/cloudy bright red with a frothy purplish head demonstrating very good retention and lacing. fresh ripened cherries and its sassy-sweet meat, fresh cinnamon, light and well integrated acidity - blend of lactic, citric and closing with acetic notes in an almost american fashion, red wine, nicely astringent, grass and pepper. bright if not prickly champagne-like carbonation, light to medium body - feels just a tad heavy, sweetish and astringent zinfande-ish tart finish. very tasty - yet this concotion seemed more american than its american attemps on a kriek, ref. bullfrog le roar grrrz kriek. enjoyed!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1394) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
From a magnum shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Pours a nice red with a medium "loose" (big bubbles) pink head that leave some lacing. Nose is just cherries. Taste is of cherries and fruit juice, a bit heavy but never too acidic at least. Body was medium, carbonation medium-high and spritzy. Overall a fine oude kriek.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Magnum. Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Slightly hazy bright red with a frothy diminishing off-white/pinkish head and little lacing. Aroma is of bright cherries (a ton!) with acetic presence, herbal notes and light spiciness. Taste is also dominated by cherries with a medium acetic presence, light spiciness and herbal notes. Medium/full body. Lively carbonation. Dry finish. The bright cherries are nice, but like the Oude Gueuze it’s quite heavy and it hinder the drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3263) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
Magnum shared at tasting. Orangey Pink-red pour with light pink head. Aroma of intense cherries, fairly potent acetic notes, light spice. Taste is sour, lots of good cherry flavor but with a slightly puckering acetic flavor. Palate is dry with prickly carbonation, this is almost american it seems. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (472) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
Clear red. Aroma is light cherries, raspberry, citrus and some red candy. Fruity palate. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, fruity and some dry tartness. Overall: crazy big bottle bomb. Too subtle.


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