Brewed by Brouwerij Wilderen
Style: Fruit Beer
Wilderen, Belgium
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Wilderen Kriek is gebrouwen met spontaan gegiste Lambic, langzaam gerijpt op grote oude eikenhouten foedervaten. Hieraan werd 25% van de rijpste en sappigste krieken toegevoegd. Wilderen Kriek heeft hierdoor een prachtige dieprode kleur en zeer fruitig aroma.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (9532) - Ursel, - NOV 19, 2012
Huge piggy-pink, fine head, leaving textbook rings over hazy ruby beer. Childrens’ cherrysweets nose. Syrupy, artificial, etc., etc. No lambic whatsoever in the smell. Sourish-sweet, indeed very fruity but partly artificial. Still, better than the nose promised. But even the tartness has something artificial: citric acid rather than lambic... Refreshing if served cold; sticky warming up. Oh well... if it weren’t for that stupid blurb I wouldn’t even mind it that much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle, bought@Bierhut. Pours murky brownish red with a medium, staying creamy pinkish head. Aroma has bubblegum cherry, marzipan, sugar. Medium carbonation, light oily and fairly fat mouthfeel. Flavour is very sweet, candy-like cherry, marzipan, sugar. Rather sticky finish. Close to a soda pop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
On tap at De Bonte Koe Leiden. Deep red lasting pink head. Children cherry sweets sweet harmless enough default sweet fruit score

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2016
The sweet ’kriek’ from Wilderen, made with lambic from the Omer Vander Ghinste brewery (why didn’t they keep the simple name ’Bockor’?), so a Western Flemish variant of lambic. Bubbly, moussy, pale pink, lightly lacing head, slowly dissipating in the middle; cristal clear, deep vermillion red robe with ruby hue. Aroma almost one-sidedly dominated by sweet red candy (those horrible ’poepegatjes’ or something red from Haribo), heavily sugared industrial cherry jam, soda pop, soap, a faint whiff of slurry pit which fortunately quickly fades to as good as nothing, stewed apple and even a hint of wood tannins deeply buried underneath, but very, very faintly so. Sugary sweet onset, a lot of overripe sweet cherries (the ’natural’ side of it) along with cloying red candy sweetness (the ’industrial’ side), sticking to the teeth. Carbo remains altogether soft (perhaps some more fizziness could distract from that awful red candy sugar sweetness in this case), resulting in a slick, sticky mouthfeel; some vague hints of soapy wheat and very vaguely bready barley remain recognizable underneath, but the red candy sweetness keeps drowning any attempt from other components to stick their heads up. Ends expectedly cloying and sweet too, with a mild sourish touch which reminds me a lot more of ascorbic acid (soda pop, in other words) than of lambic. Surely some of Bockor’s lambic - its ’lambic status’ being a bit doubtful as it is - has been used here, but I’m guessing it has been mixed with Wilderen Goud or another bland ale and then expertly made unrecognizable with not just the cherry juice, but a truckload of sugar and ascorbic acid, in an attempt to create something along the lines of Vander Ghinste’s own Kriek Max, thus trying to surf on the latter’s commercial success in a more local setting. Sticky cherry candy in liquid form - Wilderen has always aimed at the wider, uneducated audience and this approach clearly does not do the Belgian (or even Limburg) beer culture any good. This brewery is about making money with clichés that will not shock the average Belgian consumer more than anything else. I never trusted them and this red candy beer obviously will not make me change my mind about them.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nerthus (1) - - AUG 23, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2016 ...............,,................................. .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seynie (356) - Tienen, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2016
Clear red with an off white head. Sweet cherry everywhere, syrupy, but all in all not to sweet. Slightly sour in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (3888) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2016
@ MOUT Bierfestival. Clear red, redish lacing foam head. Light sour cherry aoma and taste. Very nice kriek. Not too sweet. (Nijmegen 201607)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6499) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2016
On tap at De Bonte Koe, Leiden. Clear ruby colour, pink head. Aroma of sweet cherry, cherry syrup, almond, marzipan. Flavour is very sweet, sugary, cherry, cherry syrup, light malty, hint of sourness, light bitterness. Light bodied. Nice cherry soda.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MonsterMagnet (1228) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle, pours reddish with an off white head. Small sample. Very sweet cherry soda. Quite likable as a soda...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ectuohy27 (1034) - ESTONIA - MAY 5, 2016
It’s absolutely delicious but there’s not much lambic here, as other commenters have noted. Dark, rich tart cherry deliciousness all the same, but a very light radler more than a fruit beer then

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjakk (718) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 23, 2016
Darkred, pink foam. Clear. Cherries artificial in the aroma. Cherries, sweeeeeet and sour.

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