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Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
74
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 23.27%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

hefehead12, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Duff27, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

djrn2, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of joedon
2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty pour: bright pink with huge, fizzy off-pink head. Smells medicinal and phenolic. No cherry at all in the aroma.

Taste has big problems. Very medicinal, metallic flavors. Very slight sourness and slight cherry flavor; almost like a bad cherry wine. Fizzy body and thin mouthfeel.

Not drinkable at all; could not finish the glassful. Can't explain what Sprecher was trying for but this stuff doesn't work for me.

joedon, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

theCoder, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

jak, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a bright red color with a large pinkish off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very esthery and contains mostly Belgian yeast and cherries.

T: The taste starts out a tart cherry flavor that is followed by some wild Belgian yeast, but there is also some metallicness to it that throws everything off and seems to prevent and harmony and balance from happening. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other Lambics that I would pick over this one.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mynie, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

deapokid, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

sespourteille, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Fairly clear pinkish light red with a bubbly pink head that quickly disappears.

S - Medicinal with light cherry and bad smelling brett mixed with acetobacter.

T - Worse than aroma. Bad tasting brett and acetobacter. Like an infection gone wrong.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - I had this on tap about 6 months back and it wasn't bad. Not sure what happened but it tastes like some bad homebrew that has accidentally had an infection.

brewcrew76, Nov 05, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears dark ruby-plum colored with a short lived creamy pink head that fizzles a lot before going away, no head. Body is too watery for my tastes, but carbonation is at acceptable levels. Smells as though a sweet manischevitz passover wine has been blended into the kriek, and tastes exactly as though it were too. It goes stomach-churningly too far into syrupy sweetness and high acidity levels, and as somebody else has already pointed out, the sourness and raunchy funk aspects are MIA.

This is pretty much a "wine cooler" mutation / approximation of the kriek genre, but most certainly not the real thing. It is passable as a wine cooler, but sadly I have to judge according to style, and I won't be seeking this one out again.

WastingFreetime, Sep 27, 2011
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2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

6 oz sample in a Sprecher stange tasting glass, received at the end of the brewery tour in WI.

When I asked to try their Kriek, the bartender eyed me suspiciously and asked if I'd ever had a kriek before. I assured him I had and told him Belgian Lambic and Gueuze were two of my favorite styles. I hoped that his hesitation was a sign that I was in for a sour, face-shriveling kriek. Sadly, this was not the case.

Pour a nice reddish-pink with half an inch of off-white head. Smelled inviting but pretty one-dimensional. Straight sweet cherry with a hint of light malt. The taste was similar with only the slightest hint of acidity, much like a sweet cherry cider. Overly sweet with a medicinal flavor that made this a chour to drink after a short time. Fairly light overcarbonated mouthfeel.

Some of the novice beer drinkers I was with enjoyed this more than I and found it quite approachable, though no one went for more than a couple ounces. Unfortunately I found it pretty dull with a downright offensive medicinal edge. Their other offerings were much better. The DIPA, Oktoberfest, and Black Bavarian were all pretty tasty.

Dspohn, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of MusicaleMike
2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle at the Foodery the other day. Poured into a champagne "beer" glass. Actually, it is the old Carling glass, which I proudly bought at a flea market.

The appearance isn't awful. It is a bright cherry red that is showing off some carbonation, and the white head was there for a minute. I accidentally poured the floaties in...bits an pieces of cherry skins. I guess I now know that real cherries were added...

The smell is actually quite pleasant, but I normally review to style, not what I like or dislike. The aroma is of the acidic cherry juice. It smells very fresh and a nice balance of sweet and sour, but I get very little "funk" in this bouquet. It might be there, but it's hiding completely behind the Door County Cherry Juice that was added. For a lambic, it needs more barnyard, horseblanket aroma.

The taste is close to awful. Again, it is primarily cherry juice flavor. There is some acidity here, but very little in the way of sourness. I don't know what exactly is missing, but I feel like they left out an important bacteria in the fermentation. The sweetness is absent, for which I raised the score to a 1.5. If this was cloying as well, I would certainly have doled out a 1. The taste is a little bit on the metallic side as well. The flavor is just WAY too clean for a lambic.

The mouthfeel is off too. It has the right carbonation level, but I feel like it is missing the body of a true lambic. The acidity that I typically look for is not scraping the enamel off my teeth and, well, that's something that plays a part in the way the beer feels too! So far they missed this beer on 2-3 accounts.

Overall, it seemed like a great idea, but brewing "lambic" in America is just not possible. We don't have the stuff, so please, American brewers....stop trying to make lambics!

MusicaleMike, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish/orange with a thick beige 2.5 finger head that fades rather quickly. Smells of sour cherries dominate the nose with a wisp of sweetness sneaking thru. First sip is super disappointing with a surprising lack of flavor. What is there is not very sour nor very sweet. Sure there is some slightly sour cherry notes and some bubbles tickle my tongue but damn….where’s the flavor? How can one brewery disappoint so much? This is my 3rd different beer from Sprecher tried in the last 3 days and the score is: 2 fair to poor, and 1 drainpour. I did not rate the others.

ATLbeerDog, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

farrago, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a vibrant cherry juice red with a half finger white head.

S-Smells of tart cherries with some leather and musty old people basement aromas.

T-A little tart cherry and some leathery notes but a lot less tart and sour than expected based on the nose.

M-A little more full bodied than most lambics/wild ales that I've had with lower carbonation that every other lambic I've had.

D-Very drinkable but I've had much better examples of fruit lambics; not a bad attempt though.

samie85, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Lemke10, Jul 19, 2011
Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.