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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

Girardin Kriek 1882Girardin Kriek 1882

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BA SCORE
83
good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Girardin Kriek 1882 has a clear, ruby complexion that looks like just like cranberry juice, or would save for the pink-tinted froth. All beers should be poured into a glass - ideally the appropriate sized and shaped one - but it'd be especially a shame to drink a Kriek right out of the bottle.

The aroma is sweet and reminiscent of a cherry liqueur (the 'Nalewka Babuni' my Polish grandmother drinks). It smells like it was heated and then mulled with spices - sounds pleasant on Christmas morning but not when wishing to drink real lambic in the Grand Place.

The taste continues to remind me of Christmas owing to its strong marzipan flavour. The sweet, candied cherries and almond confectionery notes are classic holiday flavours (and perfect pairings for the aforementioned cherry brandy). It's dry enough but has no 'funk'.

This Kriek desperately lacks the style's trademark tartness. To its credit, it found a compromising middle-ground between high sweetness and convincingly natural cherry flavour. Still, this kind of thing shouldn't even be considered when talking about an authentic Belgian Kriek.

I like Girardin Kriek 1882 but can't in all honesty say very many good things about it. It is absolutely pleasant to drink and will be downright bewitching to unfamiliar mainstream drinkers, but it leaves plenty to be desired for those who've acquired the taste for real Lambic.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:48:25 | More by biegaman
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a wine glass.

Enjoyed in Treviso-IT. Bottle expiration: End of 2013.

A: Pours a dark red (cherry) color forming a big and fizzy rose head. Soapy and bubbled. Good retention and lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Cherry juice, a bit sour and syrupy. Mild Lambic style yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of cherries. Mild sourness, a bit vinegar. A bit syrupy too. Notes of sweet malts and wood. End is light bitter

M: Light body and good carbonation. Cherry, light sourness and bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Quite smooth and easydrinking. I was expecting a much more sour beer. Perhaps a little bit too sweet and and syrupy than I was expecting too but still a nice Kriek

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 16:01:56 | More by eduardolinhalis
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claspada

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 bottle.

Pours a bright dark pink/light red color with a big pink head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin super sweet and cherry forward. Really juicy and almost medicinal with some lesser lactic notes, mild acetic acid and little-to-no funkiness.

The tastes begin super super sweet and cherry forward as the aromas were leading on. The flavor is almsot unpalateable because of the sweetness and medicinal cherry flavors which dominate this brew. This brew is just like barley carbonated light aritficial cherry juice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is super sweet, almost cloying and weighs on the palate.

Overall this bottle is way way too young and needs like 3 years probably for the sweetness mellow with the lambic yeasts to possibly develop into a palatable beer. I am normally not a fan of Krieks but I can appreciate a good one, and everyone else in attendance agreed, this is not in a good state currently, unless you like cherry juice.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 14:51:58 | More by claspada
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red in color with a white-pink head. Nice cherry aroma, lots of cherry skin, a bit of cherry pie and spice notes. Oak, moderate tartness, and a light but musty funkiness. The flavor is only lightly tart and not as funky as the gueuze. Plenty of cherry pie and cherry skin. Some grass and musty funk. Not bad, but the gueuze or Kriekenlambik are both better.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:29:46 | More by womencantsail
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served via bottle into goblet @ Bier Circus (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12.

Pours a clear rose in the glass, topped with a finger of pink colored head. This retains with more of a fizzy look, leaving back foamy swathes of lacing that stick. The aroma smells of fresh cherries and backing sugars. Some souring funk mixes in as well and picks up some steam as this warms.

The taste is fresh tart cherries, with a souring edge to the profile that is evened by some sugary sweetness in the background. This is dry and funky on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively feeling on the tongue, with a firm and crisp feeling creaminess that fills up the back of the palate.

This was solid Kriek, with some nice cherry flavor and a well balanced tartness to it that never got to be too much. I just wish that it could have wowed me a little more.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 17:13:05 | More by Kegatron
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a mug. Enjoyed during the London Drinker festival as a refreshing break from all the real ales.

A: Clear cherry-red body under a finger of fine pink head. Decent retention, nice patchy lace. Attractive.

S: Rich cherry dominates, accented by some cheesy and grassy funk. Very smooth, solidly sour, and frankly terrific.

T: Follows the nose precisely: fruit dominates pleasantly with enough sourness and funk present to keep it crisp, refreshing, and interesting. Excellent Kriek.

M: Frothy, light, lively. Fun.

O: What a great little Lambic! I was shocked to see how low its overall score is on here, as I thought this was every bit as good as the Krieks I've had from heavier hitters; in fact, I'd be hard pressed to say whether I preferred this or the Lou Pepe Kriek I enjoyed just the night before. Amazing beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:48:58 | More by woosterbill
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany red with notes of purple and a fluffy light pink head. The nose has a light musk, lots of sweet cherry with a faint sourness and maybe a touch of citrus. The taste is lightly musky, again very sweet. light hop presence and fairly sour. Light body with a little syrupy feel to it and a high carbonation with a semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:55:58 | More by cpetrone84
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Kriek poured a clear, very red color with creamy, pink foam that persisted and clung to the glass lightly. The smell was cherries, lightly sweet, and mild overall. The taste was cherry and a tad too sweet overall for me. The mouthfeel was creamy and syrupy with medium body and good carbonation. This was OK but seemed sweeter than when I have had it from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 22:54:08 | More by UncleJimbo
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inflatablechair provided this one at a tasting recently.... Very cool Sammy!!

Pours with a pinkish head atop a cloudy red brew.

Nose is sweet cherry.... sorta doughy... something that I identify as smelling like cinnamon.... smells sweet... only mild funk.

Flavor mirrors the nose... again, only hints of funk... the cherry reminds of cherry sucrets... pretty sweet..

Medium body with a medium carbonation... too thick and not enough carbonation IMO.

4/3.5/3/3/3

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:34:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled very early 2011, most likely january.

pour is a dark ruby. fluffy pinkish head. nice retention.

light ripe cherry pie. some old musty basement with light oak. hints of tartness.

some cherry deep within the flavor but for a 2011, kind of weak. sweetness through out. maybe a hint of oak. overall, weak.

moderate to mild carbonation. a very faint dryness.

not something i will ever get again. oddly enough, their gueuze is just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:50:40 | More by hooliganlife
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BMoldy

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful, translucent, dark magenta. Large foamy pink head exhibits excellent retention and leaves layers of lacing. I'm hesitant to give this a 5 because I'm not 100% sure that this is really normal for the style.

S: Super sweet, medicinal cherry aroma with an underlying almost plastic-y funkiness. In other words, the good smells are there, but they're tainted in a (bad) way.

T: Balanced sweetness/dryness. Muted cherry flavor. It might just be me, but the aged hops really seem pronounced. Then again, the whole thing has a faint stale taste to it that just isn't really pleasant.

M: Medium-bodied, though it feels a little weak around the edges. Decent crispness from the carbonation. A little sticky on the finish.

O: Disappointing. I was told this wasn't a fantastic kriek, but I assumed this was because it didn't have enough flavor or something. Instead, the flavors are a little off, which puts a damper on the whole experience. A step up from the mass-produced Belle Vues and 10x more authentic, but still falls short of being a solid beer. I got it because it was only 6 euros for a 75cl. bottle here in France, but I'd advise everyone in the States not to waste their money.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:38:26 | More by BMoldy
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle brought back from Belgium in April, opened in September 2011. It poured a clear and dark ruby color, with a slightly pink foam. Cherry aroma but not fresh, more like a cherry pie, better funk in the background than I expected from previous reviews.

This tastes tart and a little medicinal (?), with a decidedly bitter bite in the back of each sip. There's some nice funk behind the cherries, enough that I wish I was drinking a Girardin Gueuze instead, it just gives me the memory.

Not bad, not my favorite kriek but it does taste authentic.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:59:40 | More by TurdFurgison
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Girardin fat-bottomed tulip.

Poured a nice bright red with a small pink head and a collar thorughout.

The nose brought some semi-tart cherry and a bit of sweetness. Flavor was tart cherry with some sweetness and mild acidity. Restrained funk there as well.

Light body and dry finish with a bit of acidity.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 11:09:56 | More by Thorpe429
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought from the local liquor shop.
Look: pours a relatively light-red color with a huge pink-white head
Smell: very lightly funky with a candylike cherries.
Taste: not too complex. Sweet-sour with cherries. Aftertaste is slightly sour, with almost no bitterness, but with a sweet kick in the end. Also interesting, the aftertaste is not dry at all (as most others in the style)
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall: this is a very accessible kriek with a nicely refreshing sourness, but also WITH artificial sweeteners added (not written on the bottle), which for me spoil this beer. Perfect for people who want to start drinking krieks though (a nice intermediate between the very sweet krieks, and the original authentic ones like 3 fonteinen).

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 10:22:20 | More by rvdoorn
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champ103

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another thanks to Onslow. I love the Geuze, so lets see how this goes.

A: Pours a reddish/pink color. A one finger light pink head forms quickly, and recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Buttery malt up front. Sweet malt, and some cherries come on through after a bit. Lightly acidic.
T: Buttery malt and way to sweet. Just a hint of cherries. No tartness or acidic qualities at all.
M/D: A medium body that is under carbonated. This needs to be much cleaner and dryer. Way to sweet and not something I care to come back to.

IMO this is lacking in just about everything that I like in a true Lambic. Way to sweet, and no earthy, funky, sourness. There are much better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:08:34 | More by champ103
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fewa

Belgium

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is a hazy red with a white head which slowly fades

Aroma: Cherries, hints of almond and oak. Just a tiny bit of funk.

Taste: Bit of brett aroma. Cherries logically, almonds and fresh green apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a nice dry finish. Medium body

Overall: very decent kriek, will surely have this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 19:11:07 | More by fewa
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a dense, frothy, pink-tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, rich red hued beer (though it is not dark as some that I have experienced on this trip). The nose produces buttery cherry aromatics, it is not as expressively cherry as some version, but it is dominated by the cherry notes as the beer seems to be lacking in the complexity that authentic Lambics usually have. The cherry character is note complex enough in and of itself to make up for the lack of Lambic funkiness in the nose.

The beer has a nice tartness to it that is a mix of sour cherry notes and lactic acidity. The finish has a cherry skin flavor and tannic quality to it that both coat the palate. The buttery cherry quality continues in the flavor and seems to be more from the cherries themselves than from residual diacetyl (at least I am pretty sure of this). The beer is lightly sweet and doesn't achieve the dryness of many a Kriek; it does still have some chewy cherry notes to it as well. This is quaffable enough, though it is not as slight perhaps as one would desire in a more refreshing brew.

This is not bad, but certainly a bit disappointing in comparison to many of the other Krieks that I have been drinking on this trip; even the Girardin KriekenLambik is much better and more interesting than this bottled product.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:50:46 | More by Gueuzedude
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a hazed ruby with a purple hue to it. It has a pink hued white with some good retention.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, caramel malt, and oak. It is dry but good. A bit funky, but overall sweet.

Taste: More sweet cherries, oak, vanilla. I like how dry and sweet this beer is. It works well with the cherries and funk. It has some acidic flavors to it which surprised me.

Mouthfeel: Dry, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, it is a pretty great kriek. I enjoyed the cherries used in this beer. Definitely something I would like to have more of.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 12:18:05 | More by mothman
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009:375ml

A: Deep blood red body. Tight, centimeter high bubbly light pink head. Frothy, spotty lacing. Looks pretty damn good.

S: Delicate tart cherries. A little mustiness, but not particularly funky.

T: Like the nose, this is a relatively tame kriek... but by no means does it lack deliciousness. Mild tart cherries. Just a hint of sourness. A little musty oak

M: Smooth, medium-light bodied. Even carbonation throughout. Nice tart finish.

D: Not the most complex kriek, but the Girardin kriek is certainly an easy drinking that might serve as a great introduction to the style for someone who hasn't quite experienced sour/tart beers yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:14:58 | More by callmemickey
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on my iPhone. Beer is about ad pretty as a kriek can be. It bright pink to purple with a big pink head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and lactic sour with mild acetic and no funk.

Beer is a little too sweet. The primary sourness is from lactic acid. Some tartness but is loses against the sweetness. It's thin and moderately carbed in the mouth but overall it's second tier. Nit as bad as a Lindemann but mo where near other sours.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:08:29 | More by drabmuh
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nickd717

California

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unmarked bottle thanks to dyan.

Pours a muddy brownish-red color with a small off-white head (but then again I got the bottom of the bottle). Substantial yeast sediment adorns the bottle after it is poured.

Aroma is vinegary with cherry and funk.

Flavor is really vinegary. The cherry flavor is not so good, a little drowned out by the vinegar.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Not too much sourness.

This was a very disappointing kriek, on the lower end of the style for sure (although considerably better than the bad bottle of Hanssens Oude Kriek I once had).

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 21:28:41 | More by nickd717
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What happened here? I found it hard to believe that a kriek based on the 1882 could be bad, but so it is. Shared with a few guys the other day.

Clear cherry red thin white head poor retention and thin lace. Nose is lots of cherry, very fruity with lots of pie filling. Despite it, though, it does smell rather muted and maybe even artificial. Not very gueuze like, though there is a low level of funk and some lemons. Very cherry pie-like. Palate opens moderately sour with lactic and sour cherry. No acetic character is discernible and the lemon sourness is low. Rather dull. No funk. Moderately oaky. Some vanilla. Clean sour cheery. Drying finish with cherry. Light body low carbonation. Decent but poor.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 18:42:01 | More by DefenCorps
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Dyan. Served in a tulip glass.

A - A half-finger of quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin collar and light filmy haze. Hazy reddish body.

S - Super fruity here - this smells like sugar was added. There's also some light cheesy funk and notes of plastic. Not very strong in the lambic department - seems to have more in common with Lindemans but with a few "off" flavors.

T - Taste is a tiny bit better, as some of the plastic notes have receded. Just a lot of cherry syrup, with minimal sourness or funk.

M - Carbonation is a bit too low, combining with the high sweetness to make this a bit syrupy and cloying. There's some light dryness in the finish that is pleasant, and the smooth medium-light body is appropriate for the style.

D - I think I liked this better than many in the group - it wasn't awful, just mono-dimensional and with weaknesses across the board. This was a fresh bottle, so perhaps it gets better with time? In any case, not worth seeking out across the pond - look for De Cam instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 18:11:48 | More by MasterSki
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largadeer

California

2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle shared by Dyan. Thanks.

Hazy cherry red with brown highlights. Pours without much of a head, only a lasting collar.

The aroma is fairly sweet, reminiscent of cherry preserves and cough syrup. It's also strangely mineral, metallic and medicinal.

Decent cherry flavors up front, but the mid-palate is odd; medicinal and metallic (iron), almost vegetal. There's a little vinegar, light acidic sourness, not particularly sweet or sour, and marred by some off flavors. Light finish, faintly oaky and medicinal. I was really excited to try this, but it's really not very good. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 22:19:10 | More by largadeer
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby body with a fluffy pink head.

S - Very complex aroma of vanilla frosting, cherry cake/donut, and slight funk.

T - Sour apples/citrus with dusty horseblanket funk up front. As moves across the palate, cherries and vanilla take over. Lots of cherries/sweetness in the finish. Finishes clean and dry.

M - Creamy rich body, medium carbonation.

D - One of the better beers of the night. Would definitely try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 15:47:56 | More by muttyd
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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.