Alengrin (3396) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The kriek version of St. Louis Fond Tradition Geuze, added to the range a couple of years ago; made from pure lambic, albeit it a kind of ’clone’ of a Senne valley lambic Van Honsebrouck started cultivating in their own West-Flemish brewery decades ago so it is not formally recognized as a ’true’ lambic by HORAL (though they do acknowledge it as something closely related). Off-pink, dense and lacing but eventually dissipating head, colour is a very dark reddish purple, notably darker than most ’oude krieks’ from the Senne valley and in that, looking nearly identical to a glass of old red wine or even tawny port once the head is gone. Deep, stewed fruitiness in the nose, very wine-like, as if you are sticking your nose in a glass of some Syrah wine, cherries of course, but also impressions of (musty) blue grape, overripe brambleberries and cranberries, even some stewed pear or plum; I also get notes of fresh blueberry cake, wet wood, even some dusty cellar, yoghurt, a tawny port accent, faint hints of lemon and wine vinegar but again subtly so, it is the cooked red fruit which dominates the bouquet; much less ’funkiness’ than in the Senne valley lambics as well. Spritzy onset with champagne-like, fine but sharp carbo, immediate acidity from sour cherries, raspberries, lemon and gooseberries with only the first being ’real’, puckering a bit but softening in instants to make room for a more sedate, deep, yoghurty, lactic tartness drying the mouth and throat, though a narrow trace of the initial lemony fruit acidity does make it till the very end; it sits atop a creamy, smooth bready maltiness and wheat and is accompanied by a certain dry woodiness in the finish, with a very brief and very light echo of bitterness from old hops; as in the nose, it is again the cooked fruit which gets all the credits here, perhaps lacking a bit of ’authentic’ lambic complexity, but this is so packed with flavour that this does not even bother me in this case. I assume a lot of Morello (or Morello-related) cherries have gone into this, most probably processed to some extent (cooked, in the form of juice and perhaps a bit sugared), but more than usual for the style, and it works out well: this is altogether different from the Senne valley oude krieks we all know and love, but once you get past that respectable standard and regard this product in its own right, it has a lush, profound, sweet but still very genuine fruitiness to it making it even more akin to a sweet red wine or some other traditional fermented fruit drink than is already the case in the more typical examples of traditional kriek, with a different, but still very pleasant balancing act between sweet and sour. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about their attempt at oude geuze, but this kriek has personality and finesse and is a welcome addition to the lambic world as far as I’m concerned, whether you regard the ’second-generation’ lambics from western Flanders as authentic or not. Greatly enjoyed this.
kambei70 (792) - - AUG 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red colour, pinkish head. Aroma of cherry, apple, cherry skins, light funk. Light sour fruity flavour, cherry, skins. Fruity finish, apple, sour notes, bit funk, warm cherry.
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Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Cantillon tumbler:
Ashy dusty pink ish head. Red colored body.
Aroma is mainly cherries, some tart cherries, amarena cheery tint and some cinnamon/wood tints.
Flavour is more sour than expected yet not too sour. Again mostly cherrie but this time more sour cherries mixed with yoghurt sourness/lactic acid. I miss the real Lambic notes like funkyness, wood, wild yeast and a certain complexity.
Aftertaste is again some cherries with a lacto acidic tint which slowly fades.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.
I don’t think this is a real Kriek Lambic, as said before I miss the wild yeast, the funk, the wood and barn/farm tones. Also this seems to be a bit one dimensional when most Kriek Lambics have more layers than this.
Still enjoying this beer, but it could better be labeled as a Sour Ale I guess.
Taxee (12) - - JUN 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really sour. No metallic aftertaste. I really liked this. One of the better lambics that I have tried.
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johnnnniee (2978) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusty bottle from Jaspers
Solid fairly clear deep purple color with a bubbly pink tinged head that dissipates quickly. Huge tart cherry on the nose with hints of funk and just a touch of vinegar. Earthy funky extremely tart flavor with again big tart cherry. Medium body puckering mouthfeel. Never had this before, why did I wait so long?
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark purple colour. Slight balsamic note on the nose with a lot of cherry. Ample tartness, subtle cherry that, while carrying a little bit of sweetness does not counterbalance the intensity of the lactic tartness. Solid basic lambic.
bytemesis (4749) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Ours cloudy reddish magenta, small pink head, some lacing. Aroma is strong Cherry, a bit of funk, horse blanket. Flavor follows, medium sweet, lightly funky with a fair bit of tartness. Earthy, lots of Cherry, damp basements. Medium body
gEUS (1503) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at Passchendaele Pub at Passendale. Pours dark red to purple, little pink head. Aroma is sweet cherry and lightly bubblegum, more cherry character than the Bacchus.... but then there’s the sweetness all over again; there is a little sour. Taste is artificial cherry. Categorising this as a fruit lambic is just wrong (yet they do it on theit own labels as well - long live the flaws in Belgian legislation).
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Dark blood color with pink head. A lot of cherry pit in the nose. Tart, very fruity, with a good body structure, and more sourness and astringency in the final.
Ferris (8062) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Tart raspberry notes and fruity sweetness. Deep clear red with a thin beige head. Nice tartness, raspberry sweetness and a dry finish. Good balance.