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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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83
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 48
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

2013 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear dark red. Lacing is spotty, stringy and sparse with ok stick. Average.

Nose is candied cherry and artificial sugar. A bit of oak hides in the background. I don't like hints of artificial sweetner in my lambic.

Opens cherry meat and pit. Sweet and juicy in the middle with bitter cherry skin at the end. Some foam and yeasty bitterness also. Pretty terrible.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and dry going down. Finishes mellow with a barely there aftertaste. Decent.

Some lambic wants to be traditional and other lambic wants to be sweetened... that's all fine and good except that Girardin kriek seems to want to straddle the line and does neither well. Its too sweet, not at all funky but with a rotting wood bitterness that just doesn't work. Hard pass on this one.

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Mild pop off the cork. From notes.

Scarlet red body, with a bit of cloudy opaque character but not hazy. Brown to light tan head with a clean appearance. Some interesting spotty leg wet like lacing as well.

Interesting kriek aroma. Mild cherry like notes with some pepper tartness. Mild acetic notes and hints of menthol mint as well, with funky quality sort of dominating.

Palate hints more towards cherry cough drop candy a bit on first sip. A real nice herbal tea like quality on the mid palate, which gets stronger on the aftertaste. Solid tartness bringing a bit of pepper and mild red wine like vinegar quality too, but a thin body slightly becomes distracting.

A unique tasting kriek though and one I would have again and can enjoy.

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%

I brought this bottle back from Brussels, shared with Alex enjoyed from a tumbler chilled, review from notes.

The color is deep red with pink head and fine bead. The smell has a slight stone fruit intensity with mild medicinal phenolic with fruity so cherry it almost seems artificial. The feel has moderately carbonated and medium body with moderate sourness and juicy tangy essence.

The taste is excellent with juicy cherry and gentle sour flavor with mild sweet flavor in the finish with a cherry pie type sweet/sour juxtoposition. I consider this an above average kriek, not the best I enjoyed from Belgium but very good in its own right.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Belgium on my last trip there with PurpleCloud.

Nice rose color. Poured with decent head that eventually dissipated. This was a good kriek but I was expecting more tartness in the body and finish. Definitely not cloying and tons of cherry taste but needed a bit more 'snap' for my taste.

Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pinkish-red colour, ring of pink-white head, light lace as well. Smell is lots like cherry juice at first, some sugar coated cherry sweetness, underlying musty notes, funky with some cheese like qualties, lactic notes as well. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour cherry, lots of fruit comes across, starts off with sweet cherry before acidity and tart fruits come in and add some drying points to keep this from going off the rails in terms of sweetness. Medium spritzy carbonation, medium body. Overall this is quite nice but a bit too sweet to be in the realm of top tier fruit lambic, still something I could have several glasses of throught the course of a day.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
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

Photo of claspada
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Kegatron
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Photo of hooliganlife
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.

Photo of BMoldy
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  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.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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).

Photo of champ103
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of fewa
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

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of callmemickey
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.