Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted as Saint-Louis Kriek Lambic (in the original 4.5% ABV version) and as Vieux Bruxelles Kriek Lambic (with 4% ABV), the alias under which it is sold in the Aldi supermarkets. Thin but more or less stable, moussy, off-pink head, colour very deep ruby red like a young bordeaux, clear. Strong and artificial, candy-like cherry sweetness dominates the nose, reminiscent of red, sticky candy and strongly sugared, industrial cherry jam, hints of liquorice, lemon, red apple, honey, lemonade and still some (very) vague, sweaty and funky lambic-like accents. Taste sweet and sugary, cherry candy and red fruit jam, but still ’bearable’ compared with the Premium version and actually reminding of actual, genuine cherry juice, tartness more from ascorbic acid than from lambic but in the finish, some faint woodiness is still present, though the dryness is mostly achieved by the ascorbic acid. Sugary and syrupy sweetness does stick to the teeth and throat and annoys me. Thinnish mouthfeel (low ABV usually implies low body) with soft carbonation. Not as lemonade-like as many of its congeners and in that sense not the worst ’sweet kriek’ I ever had, but the style will never fit my personal taste and this kind of oversugared fruit beers are still like liquid candy to me (which is exactly the intention, of course), whether it’s made from actual Zenne valley lambic or Western Flemish ’lambic’ like this one. If one considers only the latter, this is on a par with Jacobins Kriek (not the Max version) from Bockor, but perhaps a tad less sweet.
oOJUXEOo (302) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Pour is like cherry juice. Aroma is cherry. This sucked. Taste is too sweet for a lambic, and very cloying. Ugh.
melush (1079) - SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Botella de 25 cl, en Cerveceria Internacional. Color rubi. Sabor a cereza, ligeramente amargo.
hens (544) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.25L bottle. Clear dark red, small bubbles, small pink top. Overcooked cherry, caramel aroma. Cherry juice, raw apple juice, roasted fruits flavours. Nice soft, sweet and bitter finish. Cherry liqueur mouth feel.
kaups (29) - ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ de Tolly joogipood, Tartu, Estonia.
Pours with big pink head that won´t last. Aroma of alcohol,cherry vine, bubble gum sweetness. Taste of sweet cherrys with pleasantly sour aftertaste. Reminds me some cherry limonade. Good one.
markschiedon (311) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drinking from a 25 cl bottle.
A nice, sweet cherry smell.
The clear ruby beer has a small brown head.
A cherry taste, sweet but also some bitter.
mikske79 (1271) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Een kriek die mij niet echt kon overtuigen, dan zijn er betere te vinden in België
chirolante (11) - ITALY - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Non si tratta di una "vera" kriek, in quanto contiene edulcoranti che la rendono particolarmente dolce (un’eresia per gli intenditori) Detto questo a me piace molto, ho apprezzato in particolare la forte persistenza delle ciliege... sembrava davvero che ci fossero intere nella bottiglia (sia come sapore che come profumo). Bassissima gradazione alcolica.
dEnk (4098) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is red fruits and cherry, quite artificial. Flavour is light tangy red fruits, a bit watery but seems less fake then the 3.2 procent.
lobs_ols (240) - LATVIA - AUG 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark cherry on the eye, strong pink head - fizzy though. Prnounced cherry on the nose. Sweet cherry on the tongue with some cellar-y notes. Sour-sweet finish. I’d like a bit more of the lambic and bit less of the cherry.