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St. Louis Fond Tradition Kriek Lambic

Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Ingelmunster, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7485) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2015
much better than the average STL lambic, though still fairly average for the style, which is a favorite. Musty cherry, fairly acidic...not a ton of depth but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2015
on tap-thanks for picking this one out JohnM. thin pink head-deep red color. A-tart cherry, slight sour. T-tart cherries, vinegar, lacto sour. Not too sweet, but plenty of cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3623) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2015
On Draught
Rating 3600!
Pours a deep red color with a nice pink head.

The aroma is lots of tart and sweet cherry varietals with some red wine, oak, and mild funk. It’s certainly got a lot of cherry character in the aroma, but it never comes across as overly sweet.

The flavor is tart with lots of cherry flavor, the sourness is very well controlled but not without good effect. It’s got some citrus rind, it’s dry... it’s got a richness of cherry flavor that is somewhere between the typical Kriek lambic and say something like Intense Red or the Mikkeller Fredriksdal Cherry Lambic.

Delicious really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kambei70 (809) - - AUG 9, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (5505) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taxee (12) - - JUN 27, 2015
Really sour. No metallic aftertaste. I really liked this. One of the better lambics that I have tried. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3048) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2015
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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
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

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