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Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Kriek LambicKriek Lambic

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 42
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. I was not a huge fan of this when it was young, but it has aged very nicely. Good cherry flavor and the tart/funk I expect to find in a kriek. Age has really helped smooth this beer out.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?)

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to Mark000

Pours a golden orange color with cherry hues and a thick froth of white head. Retains nicely with a thick coating of white film, leaving fat patches of lacing on the glass.

Funky sour cherries in the nose with a spike of fruit sweetness. Yeasty notes with horse blanket and brett. Dark fruit sweetness and straw with lactic sourness.

Biting sourness up front with dark cherry notes. Red wine with cherry skins and soft bitterness. Biscuit and straw with grassy hints and funky barnyard tones. Finishes tart and dry with some lingering cherry tones.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, bubbly and abrasive on the tongue. A decent enough take on the typical kriek although it definitely gets lost in the shuffle with more traditional Belgian examples.

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Intense nose here. At first the bugs just claw at my nose, and it doesn't come across pretty. Then it turns into more of a kriek and funky combination. Let's keep in mind that I haven't even tried the beer yet. Here we go. Eh. It's okay. Seems kind of unremarkable. Just a heavy load of brettanomyces. Seems to be overbearing on all other aspects of the beer. Kriek is almost not present. I've certainly had some horrific and poorly executed lambics and wild ales. This isn't really one of those. It's just as one dimensional as it gets, and not very interesting. Sure tastes like a lambic though.

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Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
"21779FL / 10327141" stamped on bottle...whatever
Poured into a standard US pint glass

I really don't know if Sprecher's kriek lambic is really the correct name for this beer. The recipe seems to blend a Belgian Pale Ale with a cherry beer, and not cherries with lambic: the beer is not sour, aside from a brief burst of tartness at the close of tasting. If Sprecher had marketed this as a cherry Belgian Pale Ale, they may have started discussion on a new variant of the style. As it stands, they've labeled their beer to become a rather drinkable, though unexciting pseudo-lambic.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium-sized bubbles, generating quite a bit of light pink foam. Head retention is about a minute, leaving some spots and streaks of lacing. Body is a reddish-magenta color when away from light, a reddish-pink color when held to the bulb. Carbonation is clearly visible, though this is a semi-hazy, unfiltered beer.

Strong plastic on top of fruity cherry aroma with some slight malt sweetness, surprising how distinct the two layers are. Aside from these two layers, I don't detect anything else (no wood, soil, cheese, musty basement scents).

Opens on the tip of tongue with cherry juice sweetness. This is quickly surpassed by semi-tart cherry juice blended with malt sweetness. Mild Brettanomyces character (plastic resin, slightly scorched) makes itself known around this time, and continues until the close. By mid-palate, things are sweet, mostly malt and cherries with some Brett. Metallic notes are there, detectable, but not as strong as some have pointed out. Some spiciness, perhaps from Brett? Flash of tartness on the very back of the tongue during swallowing, which is actually somewhat pleasant. Aftertaste is of Brettanomyces character (plastic resin), a bit of grain, and residual cherries.

Body is medium-light to light, slightly watery around the edges. Carbonation is present, but not particularly strong, just enough to move this comfortably along the palate.

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Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.