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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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BA SCORE
83
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before visiting Europe, the only krieks I tried were Lindemans Morte Subite and Belle Vue. I was aware of the criticisms that these are really fruit syrup and water that pale in comparison to the 'real' Lambics. Now that I got a chance to go to Belgium and try a wide range of Lambics, I realise how true these criticisms are.

reviewed from a 250 ml bottle brought back from Belgium.

According to the clerk at the store I purchased this at, Girardin beers are 100 percent Lambic, as opposed to the aformentioned
macro-lambics which can contain as little as 10 percent real Lambic. (Apparently the King of Belgium decreed a few years back that any beer containing 10 percent or more of Lambic could be declared a real Lambic.)

This beer pours a reddish pink color with a large, slightly pink head and loads of pink lacing (which looks really cool). The aroma is a blend of sweetish cherries and a distinct sourness. The taste is much more sour than the aroma, with sourness definitely dominating the palate. Theres also strong acidity and some farmyard funkyness. The cherry flavor is very tart and quite minimal. The mouthfeel is tingly from a lot of carbonation. Absolutely delicious. I wish I brought back more than 250 ml!

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of snogglethorpe
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really, really, good. Not too sweet, just the right amount of bitterness and sourness.

Tastes like real cherries, and not just the flesh -- the bitter earthiness tastes just like cherry pits (this is a good thing, btw)!

Wonderful deep burgundy color, very cloudy with yeast.

Refreshingly carbonated, but not overly so.

snogglethorpe, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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!

woosterbill, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Rastacouere
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rastacouere, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 04, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork Marking 0205... Poured a ruby, garnet color with a medium sized pink head and light lacing on the glass. Buttery brett, vinegar, and sweet cherry aroma. Sweet dominated this, though a fair amount of balancing tartness is there as well. Cherry and light raspberry finish. A smooth, easy drinking kriek. Thanks Mads.

egajdzis, Aug 09, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Leftofthedial, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Maxilouis, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of atis
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy red-brown with rocky off-white heat that dissipates to dense ring that keeps till end of the glass. Some downsliding lacing.

Aroma is light acidic earthy sweet with some cherry in the first moments, but it could not be detected later so easlily. Taste is light sourish and mildly acidic sweet cherry with very dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with quite high carbonation.

Overall, not bad, but I would have expected it to be just slightly more sour. Then it would be perfect.

atis, Feb 15, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

muttyd, May 16, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

callmemickey, Sep 18, 2010
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4.02/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Slatetank, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rutager, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

safaricook, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Bobbydigi, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

GJ40, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

RobSchneidermang, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

shigg85, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sampled at the Le Porte Noire in Brussels. This brew is a lovely bright red colour with a pinkish/off-white head of foam. Aromas are of sweet cherries, some lambic funk, sugar, and bready malts. This actually reminded me of Cherry cheesecake. The taste was thick and rich (again like cheesecake) and a bit sweet for a traditional kriek. However, the mouthfeel was rich and decadent and the drinkability was excellent. Not my favorite kriek, but one that I would definately drink again...A steal too, at like $8.

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2004
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

brandon911, Jun 29, 2014
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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.