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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

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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Reviews by fewa:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

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

04-11-2011 19:11:07 | More by fewa
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

A: A nice red color with a 3 cm pink head that settles into nice lacings after a while.

S: The smell is milder and more gentle than expected. Obviously, here's plenty of cherries, but they are accompanied by a prominent smell of fruit yogurt. Notes of fermenting fruit and a hint of tart apples. Some grass and wood. The smell is actually quite weird. It's not bad, it's just not what I expect from a fruit lambic.

T: The taste is better, though. However, the taste is also somewhat weak and easygoing, and it lacks a little complexity. Cherries with both sweet and tart edges dominate. Every now and then the cherry flavors goes a little candy-like. Some notes of grass and a somewhat sharp wheaty maltiness. Mild funky brett note. A hint of vanilla. The finish is tart, but far from being ruthlessly sour, with mineral flavors, some sweetness and lingering cherry notes.

M: Medium body, not very sparkling mouthfeel. Nice dry finish.

D: Good, but not great. The beer has a nice blend of tart and sweet flavors and it is very easy to drink. But it's slightly too gentle and lame to get me really exited. It lacks some complexity. Still tasty, though.

07-21-2009 22:42:29 | More by ricke
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Quite a sweet cherry flavour, some nice tart acidity, but too sweet when you compare it to their gueuze, still quite nice, refreshing, medium to full bodied, fairly complex, but, yes, too sweet.

09-28-2002 18:09:59 | More by rastaman
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-17-2013 18:32:05 | More by DStoked
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-27-2014 16:57:17 | More by mattfancett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-17-2013 06:14:02 | More by Sammy
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

12-04-2011 03:50:40 | More by hooliganlife
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2013 22:13:17 | More by aztraz
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2.63/5  rDev -27.9%

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).

08-18-2010 21:28:41 | More by nickd717
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

08-02-2012 17:13:05 | More by Kegatron
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-05-2014 04:56:04 | More by Leftofthedial
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-11-2013 17:11:36 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-01-2013 11:10:29 | More by ManforallSaisons
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2014 02:06:32 | More by Rutager
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Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Bottle: Poured a beautiful red colored beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex mix of lightly sweet cherries and some sourness. I was quite surprised by the balance between the cherries and the sourness as I drank this beer. Definitely a change from your juice/sugar added fruit lambic that are more commonly available to me. Wish I could drink some more of this wonderful drink.

08-04-2004 18:28:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-26-2014 19:27:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

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.


12-27-2011 04:34:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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2.3/5  rDev -37%

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.

08-09-2010 22:19:10 | More by largadeer
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

Deep reddish pink garnet. Light candy pink head, insanely sticky, just anywhere a bit of glass is free, this head will go and grab a seat forever. Aroma shouts cherry over every montreal’s roof. Deep honey, battered cream lactic acidity. Sweet meringous, funky, cheesy, leafy. Multi-dimensional aroma just like I enjoy them, but the focus is really funky dessert oriented. Rather sweet palate, more than I expected anyway with just a touch of lactic acid, smooth with clover and leaves notes. Light and easy to drink. RIdiculously seductive mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, full body, a maze of softness.

08-01-2004 21:04:48 | More by Rastacouere
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New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

01-07-2013 14:51:58 | More by claspada
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-11-2013 18:03:31 | More by Caudalie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-17-2013 17:04:30 | More by liamt07
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-18-2012 00:41:50 | More by pperez38
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-16-2013 20:26:06 | More by safaricook
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2011 02:38:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
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