Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +42.5%
12 oz twist off (not sure about that, especially if it is ageable for a long time).
It is probably the best looking fruit beer I have seen to date along with Cantillon St. Lamvinus, in fact the look nearly identical, but this oen has a beautiful rosy pink head that billows atop the pink/magenta/red colored ale.
The smell is surprising, it really has a sharp bit of acidity that makes you cringe on the first few whiffs. It smells pretty funky actually. There is some barnyard, lemon, grapeskin, an almost vanilla like oak note, and of course door county cherry juice which is a scent I am very familiar with. It almost smells like sour vanilla cherry cream.
The flavor is just spot on for a door county cherry beer. It has loads of tart acidity, but it isn't super sour. It really reminds me of door county cherry juice with an ample amount of lemon juice, oak, vanilla, and barley thrown in. There is a subtle spiciness as well. It kind of reminds me if you mixed Rosie with Wisconsin Belgian Red, it is fantastic.
I think if you let it age the sourness would intensify and it would be awesome.
Who knew Sprecher could brew such fabulous beers. For a 25 year old brewery they are seemingly finally jumping of the deep end with some unique styles in the last few years, some flops, and some hits. IT is the least artificial cherry beer out there, and there will be dimbos coming in here and fretting over it's lack of sourness, but get over it, it is a fantastic fruit beer. It is all about the tartness with door county cherries.
01-10-2011 03:51:01 | More by crossovert
4/5 rDev +25.8%
(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a pink sherbert colored head takes up half the glass before fizzing away to a slightly hazy deep red body with a sea of microbubbles.
S- The notes of geosmin and fresh rain take on some white cheese rind brett hint in the finish. There is a softer cherry pit note that comes through when the beer opens.
T- The nice full tartness is not harsh and blends with a dark cherry note in the finish. There is a cheese rind taste with some grapefruit pith funk hint that comes through as the beer warms.
M- The light mouthfeel has a good gentle astringency and a soft carbonation fizz to it.
O- This beer has some soft but dark cherry notes and a mild but nice depth to the flavor.
01-31-2012 21:27:40 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +25.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 5.0% ABV, "Ale with Door County cherry juice", 10327 on the neck (Nov. 22 '10).
A - The ruby red beer is hazed through and through. A two-finger light pink foam rises up and lingers briefly before sinking to a well-retained, stout pile of bubbles. Nice spotty lace is left around the glass.
S - A nicely balanced lactic funky aroma is the first thing to come out of the gate. Hints of straw and barnyard with woody compliments are mellow but give the nose a nice complexity. The tartness from the cherries shines through well before the fruitiness does. A swirl brings out more cherry aroma.
T - Initial reaction...it's a bit thin. There seems to be a bit of an absence of malt and a lack of sweetness for a fruit lambic. Second reaction says, since when are cherries supposed to have a big sweetness? In cough syrup. And this isn't like that thankfully. This beer has a nice tart cherry flavor with a balanced lambic funk. Sprecher is playing it safe and keeping the wild tones to a minimum but the yeast still imparts nice mellow wood, straw, and barnyard nuances.
M - The thinness at first is almost mistaken for a lack of carbonation. That's definitely not the case though. Without a big sweetness common to a lot of fruit lambics, this one seems different...in a good way. It's medium-light body and lightly tart finish works well as does the well carbonated but non-obstructive level of bubbles.
D - While the color is bright red, the lambic qualities shine through well over the cherry. A good tartness to the finish makes it a balanced, training-wheel-like lambic beer for those Sprecher drinkers who may not be accustomed to the style. Nicely balanced and drinkable, Sprecher's Kriek Lambic is nothing to write home about but it is certainly a good beer from a brewery getting their feet wet in new styles not common to Wisconsin!
11-25-2010 16:05:43 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.95/5 rDev +24.2%
I bought a single 22oz bottle at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in summer 2011 for $4.29.
Pours a dark red color that leaves a red rose color head. Scent is rather strong of cherry as it says on the bottle it is brewed with Door County cherry juice. It has a little heavier texture than a normal lambic but the taste isn't as tart as most lambics. It perhaps drinks a little to fast and much like some alcoholic cherry juice. A nice sweet fruit beer from Sprecher as part of their 25th Anniversary series. Something nice to try but there are better Lambics on the market.
07-19-2011 04:04:33 | More by Lemke10
3.9/5 rDev +22.6%
Saw this on the shelves...love sour/tart/fruit beers and the price was right.
A-Pours a deep cloudy purple/red with a pale pink/white foam head.
S-Cherry, bready slightly medicinal mix with some straw and wood.
T-Both tart and sweet cherries with some earth tones, wood, dirt, straw, and hints of green apple, lemon, and grape.
M-crisply carbonated and refreshing.
Overall I really wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Might not be the best example of the style, but it's very drinkable and the price certainly made it a value. At that price I might pick up another bottle or two and throw them down in the cellar for grins.
07-02-2011 20:50:11 | More by EliteDigger
3.88/5 rDev +22%
Sprecher don't mind chasing after weird styles. Don't mind releasing them, neither, even if the results are objectively undrinkable.
Knowing this, it was with a heavy heart and shaky hand that I plunked a bottle of Kriek Lambic down upon the liquor store counter. See, I'm trying to get to 1500 reviews before Jan 1, and right now the odds of me accomplishing that feat ain't looking too hot. It isn't that I'm not man enough to drink 31 beers in the next 17 days. It's just--I'm poor. Used to be that single bottles were affordable, I could blaze through 25-30 reviews on a 100 dollar budget. Now Mikkeler costs a dollar per ounce (seriously), and every podunk upstart midwestern brewery thinks their beer is worth 10 bucks a bomber.
Eh... anyhow, I got to buy single bottles, and the cheaper the better. So god bless Sprecher, even in spite of their technical deficiencies, for being decent enough not to charge too much for their middling swill.
Middling at best, that is. Middling is what I'm hoping for, pouring out this aggressively fizzy koolaid-colored grog. Is this intentional, or a sign that maybe these fella didn't know what they were doing with strange yeast.
Smells... fine? Goodish, actually. Very, very tart brett combined with a few nodes of mellow cherries. Maybe a bit too sour, but pretty good and interesting.
Tastes... just fine! The tartness is less immense, mellowed out really effectively by the duller sweetness of ripe cherries. This is hardly the masterful blend of, say, Belgian Red, and it really don't taste like a lambic, but it's interesting enough to keep me drinking.
I can't account for the awful reviews. Maybe it's mellowed out with age? I dunno, but I'm glad my penury forced me into ignoring my prejudice and giving this a try.
12-14-2011 05:23:42 | More by mynie
3.78/5 rDev +18.9%
A cool light red transluscence, this should appeal to goth and vampire type folks. But seriously, it looks good. Aroma had the Door County cherry thing going for it, tart, yet robust.
At first, the sweetness is the first thing to come out, not over the top, its a door county cherry, but it isn't until a little later that enough tartness and mild sourness comes to balance the beer out and make it a good one. Wheat apparent. A little metallic, but the carbonation is just right. Keeps getting better as it warms.
Really enjoyable, had one of these to mix things up while we were camping up at Emerald Bay (DL Bliss) in Lake Tahoe. Very nice around a fire on a cool July night.
Not for everyone, but I would drink it over and over at this price.
Another example showing that lambics do not have to be from Belgium.
07-25-2011 01:34:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5 rDev +17.3%
bottle from bruisin' cellared about a year, piraat wide snifter
a: after popping the cap the carbonation very slowly builds to push through the neck of the bottle, poured into my wide piraat chalice, this kriek appears ruby red - the color of pink grapefruit flesh, topped with only a thin ring of carbonation
s: immediately hit with loads of tart on the nose - wild and lovingly rotten, lots of dry sour aromas with a heavy current of fully fermented red fruits, cherry and strawberry fallen to the ground and fermenting in place - not an entirely different species than a crisp rose wine (save the bacteria, of course), green apple tart, powerful funk, some slight sweetness comes from a slight residual cherry sugar
m: carbonation nucleates and blooms on the palate - not quite mouth filling, but highly active and abrasive, body on the lighter side
t: tart-sour powdered fruits spread across the palate - most notably cherry of course, but some additions of strawberry, cranberry, and green apple, quite acidic and highly dry with some slightly perceptible residual fruit sugars - slightly more with warmth, again with the powerful wild funk, maybe a touch thin on the tongue but still mostly on the mark
o: the only knock I can really have here is that it’s not terrifyingly/awesomely complex - particularly on the tongue, but it hits some great sour/wild notes to satisfy the rot craving, and the fruits come through nicely and not cloying
I get the funk that others seem to be missing, and the sugars are nicely dried out - perhaps it took some time for it to take over. 10327 on the neck (Nov. 22 '10?)
04-10-2013 02:10:13 | More by blackie
3.65/5 rDev +14.8%
Really had no expectations with this (as with any new beer).
Into a Duvel tulip, the 22 oz. bomber pours a deep saturated scarlet, dark in the center with blood red ruby edges. Pink foam, creamy like cherry yogurt. Retention is ok, the skim only breaks after 10 minutes or so.
Full on ripe cherry nose, sweet and fruity, with a creeping Brett presence of leather, wet musty hay, and gauze notes. More fruity than anything, though the slight funkiness lends some credibility as a lambic-style wild ale. Let it warm up to really get the full aroma.
Tart pie cherry, somewhat sweet at first with some of the funkiness from the nose. Dry aftertaste, crisp carbonation. The sweetness is balanced by a flash of sourness initially, which tempers the sweet element just enough. Authentic Door county cherries are noticeable, lending a succulent bright fruitiness that is unique. Not the most complex, but it showcases the cherries nicely. Soft, lush feel with slight natural acidity from the fruit. It has the creaminess of cherry yogurt in the midpalate. Very quenching and drinkable. Objectively this is a good beer, when not attempting to judge it myopically against traditional Belgian lambics. It's not in the same league with Cantillon (lol), or even Lindemans on the other end of the scale.
Imagine Belgian Red with Brett... this "Kriek-style" fruit beer is on that path. A few bottles in the cellar would be a worthwhile experiment, as it's bottle conditioned. For a first-time *lambic-style* beer from a brewer that traditionally brews German styles, Sprecher Kriek is a success.
2013: aged bottles of this were terrible and finished dead last in a blind kriek tasting. Don't buy this if you're reading this.
05-14-2011 00:46:41 | More by emerge077
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
Bottle pours a hazy pinkish/coral hued body with a small pink head. Sticky curtains of lace cling to the glass.
Aroma is mostly tart cherries accented by barnyard notes and cave aged Swiss cheese.
Mouthfeel is acidic, with a medium body and subtle carbonation.
Taste is tart and funky. Lots of sour cherries in the taste and they're spiked by a tannic acidity. A hint of band-aid creeps in toward the finish but doesn't really distract.
Not a bad effort at a lambic for an American brewer. I would have preferred some oaky wood presence to add depth but this one passes muster.
03-05-2011 12:14:15 | More by merlin48
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this
First of all the foam is pink! Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. The color of the beer is red...clear solid red. The smell of this beer is cherry syrup on the nose. There is lots of sweet sugar, it's like smelling cherry candy. The flavor is a hint of sour, with the cherries still on the tongue. The taste is pretty weak overall and it strikes me as a tad too flat on the palate. It's a decent beer, but nothing special, it was all build up and delivered on nothing.
01-26-2011 05:48:49 | More by Vdubb86
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
12 oz. bottle served in Boulevard Smokestack tulip:
A: Slight cotton head that dissipates quickly. Explosion of cascading carb bubbles that seemingly do not want to cease. Blood-Orange in color. Really very nice to look at.
S: Band-Aids, Cherries, margarine, musty, old records
T: Slightly medicinal, not enough cherry, tire swing
M: Puckering, slippery, tingle at finish
D: Not a bad beer to go to in a pinch. Perhaps I'm being a bit too generous with my ratings, I'm not sure. Not great, perhaps on the lower end of good...but if you're offering me one, I'll take it.
01-24-2011 02:00:53 | More by TheSaboteur
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
Pours a slightly foggy and glowing ruby hued orange color. The head is sudsy and pink in color. A little sticky lace.
Lots of funk on the nose. Horse blanket and wet hay along with some tart fruit in the form of cherry/raspberry.
Plenty of that horse blanket/hay funk along with mildly tart cherry. There is a peppery spice presence along with bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste. Notes of cherry pie at the end as well. Very little sweetness to be found.
Extremely dry mouthfeel. Lighter bodied, but oh so dry.
One of these will be fine for me. I would like some more sweetness and less funk in this one. It's a unique lambic with all of the funkiness happening, but I don't think it's the best lambic around. By no means a bad beer either.
01-06-2011 22:13:24 | More by jera1350
3.55/5 rDev +11.6%
I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden.
Poured chilled into a tumbler and flute shared with my wife(octopus87)
A deep cherry red (go figure) and the cap is a thick 2 fingers of cotton candy pink with average bead and lace. The clarity is slightly hazed and yeast particulate is visible suspended in the beer. The smell is good -lots of sweet aromas with some tart fruit and mild funk from the yeast.
The flavor doesn't match the aroma -the cherry taste is there but fades to a creamy wheat taste -like the equivalent of kool-aid in the beer realm. There is light tannic tinges and the taste has subtle sweetness from the fruit. Overall a decent example, but I prefer to get my krieks from Belgium where true Lambics originate in the Lambeek region.
06-28-2011 13:51:42 | More by Slatetank
3.53/5 rDev +11%
You get a thin coating of white to pink foam when pouring but after that it’s all gone except for what continues to break the surface from the general carbonation, no lacing. Bright red color, like a lollipop, lots of debris floating around inside, the bubbles are spread fairly widely and slightly sluggish. The sour cherry fruit comes through clearly in the nose, some green apple too, lemon juice, some yeasty breadiness, earthiness but no discernible spice. Full-bodied, the cherry juice adds weight and volume, arguably could use more aggressive carbonation to increase its ability to refresh. Once again, the cherry most dominant factor by a country mile, alternately sour or sweet. Lemon, apple and some leafy to twiggy notes bring some liveliness. The yeast is raw and more dough than anything baked. Moderate pucker at the finish but not that strong. No noticeable change when warmer. Nice enough but nothing to go hillbilly nuts over.
07-30-2011 23:06:50 | More by farrago
Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.