Kriek Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kriek Fond TraditionKriek Fond Tradition

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Badger6 on 02-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Badger6:
Photo of Badger6
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 2013/07/10
Served in a goblet at 41º C as the label recommends.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not resting on any laurels of their Kasteel or Bacchus brands, the Belgian brewers sets their sights on an ale of high acidity, fruit and earth for a rustic and whimsy balance that is sure to resonate with a wide array of beer enthusiasts.

The beer's ruby and mauve colors sell its character well, shedding a creamy pinkish foam along the way. Those strong cherry influences sell themselves confidently to the nose as dark cherry, deep blackberry and apple cider entice the nose. And with the first sip, initial impressions are malty sweet, fruity and candied.

But over the middle palate, something changes- sweetness develops into rich and savory malt structures; fruit turns sour and refreshing; and cider turns to dry chardonnay with grape undertones. Never complete with sourness but never siding with the sweet- St. Louis Fond Tradition straddles the fence of highly acidic sour ale and that of the candy-sweet variety.

Trending dry and refreshing, there's a strong holdover from malt that hinders the beer's drying finish and is reluctant to give up its sweetness. Its a beer that's perfectly balanced when accompanied with simple cheesecake or greek yogurt.

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into my Selkirk Abbey tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark ruby hue with no haze and a light effervescence. Head is a quickly-dissipating finger of pink foam. Kriek-y!

Smell: very tart with rich cherry undertones. Not especially complex, but enticing nonetheless.

Taste: the sourness is a bit more moderated than in the aroma, and the cherry seems lighter and fruitier than in the rich, heady aroma. It's a nice juxtaposition.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it ain't no secret I love a good kriek. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Jack_Malts
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice juicy kriek, plenty of tart cherry and a little bit of funkiness. Not very carbonated, just a sparkle on the toungue, although this bottle is a little over a year old. The super juicy cherry flavor is mouth watering. This is probably the best Van honsebrouk brew I've had other than kasteel cuvee du chateau.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +4%

Bottled on: 7/10/13.

Pours a clear dark crimson with a foamy reddish-khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is both sweet and sour with malt, cherry, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour earth, cherry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of JonahNW
4.3/5  rDev +7%

10 oz. draft pour at Lupulo in Santa Cruz. Abundant, sweet fruit on the nose. Dark red color, tiny head. Sip starts seemingly syrupy but that gives way almost instantaneously to some wonderfully bracing tartness -- where did that sweetness from the aroma go? Pleasant sour cherry aftertaste swells up, and lingers, for many seconds after you swallow. Not too much funkiness for a spontaneous. Nice and refreshing.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! Served alongside the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition.

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.

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -50.2%

All juice, no funk. Cough syrup.

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger pink head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson volit with little clarity.

Smell: Cherry sweetness, tartness, sour, a bit funk,

Taste: Super tart sour funk. No doubt about the cherry fruit. A little bready too.

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

Overall: For a lambic kriek, I dig it. Cherries ate delicious and the pucker, sour, tart features are enjoyable.

Kriek Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.