Lambickx Kriek (Zenne Valley, Private Domain)

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Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Ichtegem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lambic with Cherries added
Brewed: 2011
Bottled: 2013
Bottles produced: 9,867
Barrels: Oak and Chestnut
ABV: 6.5%

The first Kriek Lambic in our LAMBICKX line! Wonderful aroma of almonds, macaroon and cherry stones. Dry, elegant fruit palate. Lightly sparkling to still. Lambics are truly the "wines" of the beer world. Just as wines vary by season, soil, climate, and aging method, lambics (unlike any other type of beer) vary by season, brewery location, barrel size and wood type and length of aging.

With wines one talks of "gout du terroir" because the land (terroir) so influences a wine’s flavor. With lambics one must speak of "gout du tonneau" because each cask (tonneau) produces a lambic that matures and tastes different. Thanks to this variation, a lambic’s character comes not only from the base beer made by the brewer but from the casks selected and blended together. And because lambic is lightly sparkling, the flavors and nuances developed through the cask aging can be fully tasted and appreciated, like in gueuze, which is highly sparkling but much less complex.

Second bottling - 2014.

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3.9
Iphonephan (7327) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2017
From a corked and capped 375 ml bottle. Pours a deep purple with a massive lighter purple head. Flavors of sour dark cherries. Moderately sour and silky smooth. Delicisious.

3.9
JStax (7225) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2017
750 ml corked and caged bottle. The beer is a deep purple color with a pink head of foam that fizzes out quickly. The aroma has jammy and vinous cherry notes. Sharply acidic taste at first, but as the beer warms, that lessens and shows more of a fruity character. Pleasantly tart. Medium body and high carbonation.

3.5
GRM (4199) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2017
Green bottle, 750 ml, 2011-2013, bottle 9867, purchased at Binny�s, savoured on December 9 2016; eye: burgundy with a chestnut brown hue, hazy, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: cherry, meat, light earthy, acidity, light woody; mouth: cherry, meat, light earthy, acidity, light woody, finale in cherry with presence of acidity, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine



FRAN�AIS


Bouteille verte, 750 ml, 2011-2013, bouteille 9 867, achet�e chez Binny�s, savour�e le 9 d�cembre 2016; �il : bourgogne avec une teinte marron, trouble, pas d�effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : cerise, viande, l�ger terreux, acidit�, l�ger bois�; bouche : cerise, viande, l�ger terreux, acidit�, l�ger bois�, finale en cerise avec pr�sence d�acidit�, cors�e, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucr�e, texture coulante; en r�sum� : bien

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drpimento (3793) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Its a good raspberry lambic. Aroma’s raspberry, yEast, Malt, funk. Flavor’s raspberry, sweet tart yeasty, not overstated. Great body and carbonation, ditto finish. Good drinking beer.

4.3
jc1762 (1633) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle poured into a snifter showing a finger of cherry tanned foam and lightly filtered dark red.

The nose shows a lot of tart and acetic cherries with hints of lemon. Oak revealed upon warning up.

The palate is light bodied and well but gentle carbonated. Lightly tart with flavors of moderately intense cherries with a vanilla background. Sparkling acidity on finish.

4.3
Boutip (6562) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle: Poured a cloudy red color Lambic with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart cherry notes with some oak and funky ester. Taste is a nice mix of tart cherry notes with some oak and vinous notes and some funky barnyard notes and limited acidity. Body is full with good carbonation. I was anticipating much but I was pleasantly surprised by the balance and complexity of this beer.

4.5
Shag (3047) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2016
This poured a ruby red color with a reddish white head. The aroma contains some cherries and a bit of vinegar and horse barn notes. The flavor is very sour with a ton of sour cherries as well as some granny smith apples, vinegar, and maybe even lemons. The moutfeel is very carbonated and a bit dry. Overall wow this is great stuff!

3.3
rejtable (2847) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle 2016 Xmas gathering. Pours pink hazy no head or lacing. Notes of tart cherries, yeas, lemon. Taste medium tart, light sweet. Mouth is sticky with lasting acidity.

3.5
FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Brewed 2012; Bottled 2014; Sampled April 2016

A steady pour produces a three-finger thick, dark pink stained head. The beer is a concentrated red color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells musty, a touch mineral-laden, floral, and cherry like up front. The cherry character becomes much more prominent / dominant in the second draught of the aroma; notes of cherries that suggest of carnations, perhaps a hint of roses, cherry liquor, and a touch of something that is perfume like somehow.



Lightly tart up front, floral tasting, and definitely fizzy, the body is a touch thinner than I was expecting, which accentuates the fizzy character. There is an almost woody flavor to the rich cherry character here, and the beer is quite a bit more tart than sweet; in fact this is fairly dry up front, but after a couple sips a touch of sweetness become noticeable. The ripe / bright cherry notes perhaps add a perceived sweetness here, and there is lots of floral character leaning towards carnations and perhaps a touch of roses. There is a mineral like flavor here, and something sort of like clay, and there is definitely a tannic, cherry skin like character here; this last gets a bit oaky, and provides a substantial tannic texture & skin/oak flavor as the beer warms up.



This is actually pretty complex in its cherry character; like many a Kriek the funkiness of the base-beer is down-played significantly, and this doesn’t quite have the cherry richness of the more fruit focused examples from the best producers.

4.3
Huhzubendah (3762) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2016
2012-2014 vintage

Thanks Matthew!

What a great day to sit outside and grill with great beers.

Lush, ruby red body with a light pinkish sea foam crest. Cherries dominate the aroma, as expected. Sweet and sour cherry blend, with hints of oak, wet wood, rain. Earthy, fruity, lovely. A delicious kriek I would certainly have again.


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