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Kriek Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

26 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Badger6 on 02-11-2014)
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 10 Jul 2013.

A: Dark ruby color, passes almost no light. Thin, fizzy head, receded almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Deep scents of cherries, the brett stands out as well in a complementary scent in the background. The cherry notes are strong, and smell incredibly fresh, no mistaking the fruit of this lambic. The acidity is noticeable.

T: The flavor is that of the sour cherries I used to eat from the tree as a child. Tartness and lambic combine and swirl to make an enjoyable symphony of flavor. The acidity is pronounced. The cherry flavor is bold, and unrelenting. The finish begins to sweeten a bit, and some other indistinguishable plastic-like phenols come in, but not to much, so that it finishes neatly.

M: It is medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Not a beer to quickly quaffed. The mouthfeel is soft, surprising for a beer so tart.

O: This is a bold kriek, very powerful and robust sour chary flavors, with a fair bit of acidity. This beer was 9 months old when I sampled it, I am certain a year or more in a cellar would mellow it, and make it even more enjoyable. If you love sour cherries, you will love this...if not, you may want to pass, unless you are truly an adventurous beer connoisseur. Recommend letting it age to 18 months or more...the other bottle I have is going to rest in a darkened cellar for a while longer.

Badger6, Feb 11, 2014
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Bright clarity, saturated deep vermillion red color. Compact head of pink foam, it crackles audibly before dwindling down to an unbroken skim across the surface. Appears to be filtered, there was no sediment in the bottle, and the clarity was perfect even after jostling around in a cooler for a few days.

Aroma is pleasant, oak tannins, wet wood, big cherry presence, almost a pie cherry note most akin to Schaerbeekse cherries.

Taste is puckering and tart cherry, juicy and full, natural and not at all sweetened. Lasting dry tannins in the aftertaste. Not a full blast of sourness, it's puckering and moderately tart. Overall enjoyable and worth a try. It reminded me of a less sour version of Timmermans Oude Kriek.

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Deep deep blood red, dark ruby to dark plum color and quite opaque body, looking like a classic kriek. Head is pink and about two fingers tall. Some snapping suds, but manages some staying power and a simple collar and thin puck.

Bouquet is a bit subtle, but is bigger after a few sips and warmth. Small tart cherry with a bit of powdery wet quality. Minor medicinal cough drop quality with some decent menthol character as well. Minimal sweetness, with a good herbal aromatic sense. Not bad.

Tangy sourness on first sip. Easily tart and puckering with a decent amount of carbonation. Some hints of peppery quality on the finish, but with a very light mouthfeel that doesn't let the flavors linger. Slightly crackery dry, but not quite brut.

Overall the brew has the "sour" component down but where is the fruit on this? The cherry sense while not artificial or overly sweet, is virtually non existent. It does come off though as well constructed and fine, no regrets.

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The beer is dark blood ruby with a lavender collar that leaves a sheet of lacing gently cascading down the walls of the flute. Aromas of rich cherries, funk, cherry juice - really a showcase of the cherry, as a good Kriek should be. Straightforward flavor. Fruity sweetness countered by lambic funkiness. Really tasty. Not in the uppermost echelon, but nonetheless, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Mouthfeel. Smooth, funky, light bodied, tart, a bit pucker, and low to medium carbonation.

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Kriek Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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