Lambickx Kriek - Vanberg & DeWulf

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 10-17-2013

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is 2 year old lambic with sour cherries added. No young lambic is added, therefore it is not a gueuze. It is still on purpose to replicate cask kriekenlambik served on draft in Belgian cafés. Straight lambic is not carbonated by design.

Blood red crimson, crystal clear and sanguine, pink tinged foam on the surface fizzles and remains for a minute or three. Not much lacing, glassy surface with some stray bubbles rising around the edges.

Fantastic aroma of dark sour cherries, rich and intense. Trace vanilla from the oak and almond from the cherry pits, floral cherry blossoms at room temp. Cherry pie with graham cracker crust.

Moderately sour at first, and bursting with bright cherries. Intense fruit flavor, very dry and oaky in the finish. Tannic cherry skins, almond, light minerality. Clean and dry, nuanced flavors. Light bodied with lower carbonation, but it is there. This is really a top notch kriek, and a step above the rest of the Lambickx series.

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red body, one finger pink head with good retention. Thin splotches of lacing remain. Smells primarily of cherries, as expected, but also notable for a moderate acetic presence, hay, leather and wheat. Not complicated, but the nose is quite strong. Flavour is similarly hefty on the acetic acid, cherry skin, hay, oak, cherry essence, leather, funk. Not complicated yet very cherry forward. No off-flavours that I can taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp and effervescent, mildly drying, a fair amount of acidity. Overall, very tasty kriek that isn't too far off from the usual suspects that people chase after. It's likely on a shelf near you, so it's definitely worth grabbing one if you have not had the chance to sample this.

Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brew, pretty clear at the edges, topped by a decent pink head with reasonable retention.

Suitably funky aroma, carrying a hint of cherries - pulp, pit, peel, and all. Not too particularly sour on the aroma, but there's a definite tartness.

Flavor follows the nose. Great balance of tartness and sour, milky wheat malt feel, cherries, wood, and funky yeast. Incredible cherry flavor on the finish; literally tastes like biting into a fresh cherry.

Very active brew; slick mouthfeel. Impressively tart; lots of puckering.

This is an excellent Kriek with a mouthfeel unlike any I have ever experienced. It's not among the funkiest, but it scratches that itch, while providing a very organic cherry flavor. Very tart and sour.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright red. Deep red. No head, but it's still pretty.

Smell - Juicy rich cherry. Some lemony acidity.

Taste - More of a lambic flavor than the aroma implies. Cherry flavor is still strong, but less sweet and juicy. Grainy and lemony tang. Oaky and a minimal funk.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Sour. Low carbonation.

Overall - Much better than the base lambic. Delicious cherry flavor.

Photo of errantnight
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Outstanding surprise. Brilliant red hue and gigantic cherry candy notes on the nose and palate. Bracingly acidic, minimal but supporting oak.

Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml (2011 brew year) into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep garnet with a small pinkish head that disappears immediately.

S: Cherry juice, light acetic note, plenty of barnyard notes and somewhat lactic.

T: Taste brings dry, tart cherry skin, moderate acidity, a bit of pleasant fruity sweetness, wheat, a hint of oak. Pretty straightforward.

M: Mouthfeel is light-bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: This tastes quite nice - dry and moderately tart with a good fruit presence - but the lack of carbonation docks some points. Still, quite a good beer.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle; small pop as cork is removed from the bottle.

poured into a tulip glass.

Apperance: dark red bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: this smells like a sour bomb. acetic sourness. lots of tart pie cherries. a hint of musty funk.

Taste: This is a sour beer with serious pucker factor! A 7.5/10 on the sourness scale. Acetic sour and loads of tart cherries. Mild funkiness that is reminicent of wet hay plus musty basement. I would consider this a fruit foward sour beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. It has got a really dry finish to match the sourness in this beer. A little bit more carbonation would have been preferable, but this beer does fine at the level of carboantion that it has.

Overall: I think that this kriek is in the same ballpark as krieks brewed by cantillion and drie fonteinen. I would not have it any other way with this beer!

Photo of KFBR392
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: great deep dark red color allows little light to strife through. Half a finger of head on an aggressive pour settles to the edges of the glass whilst drinking. Low active carbonation manages to squeeze through.

Smell: the richness of authentic cherries in massive waves leaves a thick syrupy impression on the drinker. But dancing on the edges and I to the body is a lovely oak profile while imparts aromas of ginger, mango, tangerines, lime, and wonderful waves of wood.

Taste: easy front of sweet cherries with a touch of tartness. The oak woodiness continues to grow in intensity with an equally enveloping cherry tartness. The sprite fruitiness dances on the palate, oh but is so wonderfully drinkable. Those rich cherries which so perfectly balance the edge between over the top and too tart. The dried fruits and light tobacco left behind are truly wonderful.

Mouthfeel: yes. So much yes here. The carbonation perfectly compliments the sprite fruits and balanced tart and sweet cherries. Fruits so rich they'd made your knees shake.

Overall: third of these three offerings and have to say this is the clear winner by far. The carbonation is magnificent with the cherries. Tartness is right on. A total home run and so worth every penny.

Photo of msf1cnc
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good sour beer. Extremely dry.

On the nose wet hay, band-aids, and some funk. The mouth feel is very good, thick, something that you would expect from the style. This is helped by a low-level of carbonation, which is also style appropriate.

The real "kicker" is the fruit. the nose could not be more deceiving.... The cherries come in, right up front, with a good sour taste. It is a bit more sour than I personally like, but overall welcome. The dryness of the beer helps with the sour character as well.

Overall a fantastic beer, especially if you are one for sours.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In celebration of Vanberg & DeWulf's birthday, its the perfect opportunity to crack this sour beauty open. Where a certain level of quality, intensity, and intrigue is expected... then comes, "whoa!"

The cherry-infused Gueuze kicks of with a dark mauve color and a ruby-stained head. Its body is increasingly darker toward the center as notions of black cherry are easy to imagine. Its pinkish, purple-ish head is both fizzy and froathy as it captivates the eye with is peculiar color. Random and light lace is a welcome, so is its surprising steadfast retaining sheet of foam considering that sour ales don't usually do either particularly well.

Obvious sour notes tease the nose, but what leads the way is the unmistakable twang of tart cherries. Rich and sour at the same time, and aura of balsamic wafts about while earthen tones of sea air, curing leather, dried limes, crab apple, weathered oak and savory game come alive as the nose gets right in there! Heading into the first sip, its dry red wine scent and marzipan sweet nuttiness is gaining traction.

And then to t-t-t-taste.... (whew, my face nearly stuck that way), the sourness is much more intense than the nose let on. Its distinctive taste of dark and sour cherries is succulent enough to encourage exploration but its white cider vinegar notes says, "huh-uh". Wiping on to a quick finish, its briny, limey, woody, and deeply earthen taste goes quick as is more measurable in its echoes in aftertaste that come post-finish. Its slight bitterness comes across as red wine and balsamic tannin while and almond-like silkiness buffers against a little of the sourness, with a smack of mineral late.

Malty-dry from start to finish, there's the slimmest of weight that separates it from wine and more robust vinegar. Its faint richness gives the acidity and spicy notes structure that grounds its "wild" and gamey flavors. its savory-sourness extends into a late crispness, cleanliness and highly refreshing taste that begs for shellfish and cheesecake.

Following up on the heels of Lambickx, this Krieken version does even better! Its cherry flavor adds more complexity that braids into the base beer matrix with ease and confidence, without any distracting sweetness, and with those highly coveted almond notes.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger foamy pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Very nice color and clarity. Aromas of huge sour black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of black cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak flavors; with a solid sweetness/acidic balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, acidic, and tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no minimal present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Kriek lambic style! All around insane robustness and complexity of big dark cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the large amount of acidity. An incredibly amazing offering.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lambickx Kriek (6.50% ABV, Lambic-Fruit) Label: Lambic ale with cherries added. Number of bottles: 9867 bottles. Brew Year: 2011. Bottle Year: 2013. 750 mL bottle. Caged and corked.

Appearance- Pours up about two fingers' worth of head which dissipates quickly. The head is a light rosy pink while the body is a effervescent maroon/crimson which appears as a pale strawberry/maroon in the light. No lacing.

Nose- Strong fruity notes. Cherry, strawberry with some tart apple. A good amount of acetic acid. Some tartness to cherry and strawberry as well. Swirling reveals more of the same. Not that complex but has amazing presence.

Taste- Large tartness with very full cherries. Acetic acid forward. Nice crispy dry finish. Some strawberry and tart apple as expressed by the nose but mostly full and delicious cherries. Reminds me a lot of cherry pie. The cherry is very sweet and tends toward a pleasant syrup or jaminess. Tastes better than Cantillon Kriek but doesn't have the exquisite and airy mouthfeel of that beer. Nice cherry linger. Some notes of plum. I can see individual palates getting almost any kind of red fruit from this beer. Very clean and crisp. It may not show much more complexity than the multiple fruit notes but that doesn't matter. The presence, balance, and integration of this beer are amazing. The acetic acid gives slight hints of straw, funk, and grass which work well with the dry, neat finish. I would really like to see what this is like with some age on it. The cherries are very deep and fleshy.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with lots of syrup and juice. Carbonation gives this beer a nice effervescence and makes my tongue tingle.

Drinkability- Very easy going. Clean, neat, crisp, and refreshing. It's pricy at 25 bucks a pop but I would willingly pay it again.

Overall- Really good beer, pretty much great. If it had a mouthfeel on par with Cantillon's, this would be close to a 5 beer. Yes, it's that good and is a great substitute for the elusive Loons. I will buying more (probably one to age and another which will make an excellent 30th birthday gift for a sour loving friend of mine.

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a garnet color without any head; this uncarbonated beer looks more like a glass of wine than a beer

Smell: Sour cherries with a hint of graham cracker and vanilla

Taste: After the graham cracker crust lays down the base, the sour cherries take over; oak and vanilla flavors developing, in the middle; dry and woody in the finish, with the sour aspect lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with no carbonation

Overall: A really nice kriek - great to have one that hits the key elements of the style without getting too sweet

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at GRG1313's tasting.

Brew year: 2011. Bottle year: 2013. Number of bottles: 9867.

Pours a murky crimson with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with cherry, cherry juice, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, and funk 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer fantastic fresh sour cherry characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of GJ40
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

A beautiful and vibrant appearance with outstanding cherry aroma. Wow, what flavor! A firm tartness (more so than a sourness) that doesn't go so far as to overwhelm the rich cherry depth. Serious mouth pucker. What an outstanding combination of tartness and fruit complexity. I love it!

Photo of bnes09
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright red with a light, pink, soap-like head. Exceptional retention. Minimal lacing as expected.

Simply sour cherries in the aroma. Fresh and bright. Hint of cough syrup.

Moderately tart up front. Slightly sweet cherry flavor middle to end compliments the acidic quality. Subtle wood tones mingle with the sour and fruity flavors. Lactic, almost citric acid-like finish leaves the mouth dry and mostly clean. Lingering acidic feel and muted cherry flavors. The cleanness adds to the drinkability a lot forcing me to take another sip to savor the rich flavors.

Moderate body. Semi-dry feel. Solid carbonation. Mouth watering effect is pleasing to me.

Stellar kriek lambic.

Photo of Trifecta1
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tartness and funk. Definitely a Belgian lambic (V&D is a branding thing, for those who don't know). Nice wood character. The cherry flavor is wonderful and crisp, but with the funkiness, gives it kind of a fleshy, raspberry aspect as well. Highly recommend. Great stuff.

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Outstanding cherry lambic, although I am confused why it is listed here as coming from the U.S. The bottle very clearly states it was brewed and bottled in Belgium.

Photo of Pug
2.64/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Review comment only because it is flagged as an outlier. The taste of this kriek was reminiscent of a vomit flavor the more I drank of it.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 750ml bottle.
Brewed: 2011
Bottled: 2013

Pours a deep rich dark garnet color with some ruby hues. There is a nice pink foamy lively head that forms. The head is lively and recedes quickly.

Aroma is very nice. Notes of funky sand musty wood with strong tart vinegary notes. Notes of sour lemon. Mild cherry sweetness mixed in with intense wild cherry tart notes. There is some nice chalky yeast notes in the nose. There are also some nice vinous notes to the brew.

Flavor starts off insanely tart. Dry, wild cherry tart notes mixed in with some funky and musty wood notes. As the brew warms some more slight sweet cherry notes are present. There is a chalky yeasty note to the brew along the middle of it that goes along well with the tartness.

The brew is dry and very tart. Definitely intended for sharing.

Photo of kkleu357
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light fizzy champagne looking body. Sweet nutty cherry aroma. Fairly sour tart tasting. Some cherry tartness, but overall had more of a champagne taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Brewed in 2011 and bottled in 2013. Served in a Cantillon lambic glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blood red color with less than a finger of head that dissipates to a thin pink collar. Body is dark and hazy but still translucent.

Smell: Sour cherries, good amount of barnyard funk, damp wood, wet hay. Aroma is nicely complex but not super strong.

Taste: Nice punch of sourness right upfront followed by tons of sour cherries and some barnyard funk and oak. Lingering cherry finish and aftertaste. Sourness is medium, bordering on high.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly soft mouthfeel with medium fine carbonation. Sour, dry finish.

Overall: Really nice kriek lambic. The cherries are clearly the main attraction here, but there's a nice sourness and just enough funk to provide a nice balance as well. Definitely pick this up if you see it.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grabbed this a few months back
The beer pours a dull maroon with no head or visible sediment. A bit of yeast, chlorine, and tart cherries dominate the nose, neither of which are particularly overwhelming. Big tart cherries hit hard in the taste, but the funk and oak set in quickly. It's relatively undercarbonated, almost syrupy (but not sweet) tart cherries followed by yeast and tannins on the palate, and a very dry, distinctly cherry finish. This beer is quite sour/dry already and I'd imaging it would get even more intensely sour with time. Although the price is steep it's definitely a worthy kriek.

Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of the 2012/3 vintage, reviewed from notes. Thanks for sharing, Tony!

A: Hazy deep magenta body under a finger of fine pink foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Very nice.

S: Hugely acidic, with nostril-tingling citric and acetic sourness. Cherry skin and bitter cherry wine. Intense.

T: Follows the nose precisely, but with the dark cherry notes up front and the intense sourness toward the end. Really tasty.

M: Creamy medium body, lovely carbonation. Excellent, particularly for the style.

O: Really nice Kriek, but I'm not sure I'll be buying more when it's the same price or marginally cheaper to order 3F from Etre.


Photo of parris
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells like tart cherries, taste and color follow, spot on for a kriek. Great acidity, a tad thin, world class either way.

Lambickx Kriek from Vanberg & DeWulf
93 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.