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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 111
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Girardin

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of nickd717
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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).

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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.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Girardin Kriek 1882 is magenta with a big light pink head that leaves nice, heavy lace.

Smell is musty and damp, rubbery phenols and a hint of buttery diacetyl!!?? Perhaps this is a fresh bottling and needed more time for the yeast to clean it up, but then where are the cherries?

Taste is also diacetyl, with only some cherry and light funk...eh, this was disappointing for a rare Kriek, I'm glad I had it in Europe and didn't lug it home.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, light, and a bit oily.

Drinkability is not that great, not much funk or cherry, mostly dirty fermentation by-products. Good looking, but a severe under-performer, like that super hot person that's a dead fish in bead, get over yourself already and wow me!

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Photo of bark
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is shady red-brown; the head is first enormous, but it sinks down into a three finger thick head with a fine crater. It might be clear if poured in another way, I have to experiment some more.

The smell is dry and a bit sour, not as sweet as I had expected. In fact, it reminds me a bit of some kind of red wine, but it is kind of short and my nose is fading the scents in a strange way. Not much of any cherries either.

The taste is more rewarding but the notes of a dry red wine are still there; there are some sour notes and a dry flavour of cherry stones, fresh sweet white heart cherries and maybe some cherry-flavoured marzipan. Everything is very well balanced, but the taste seems to lack some depth. A mild sourness dominates the aftertaste, balanced with an almost creamy cherry-jam flavour and that red wine flavour.

The carbonation is relatively mild with microscopic bubbles that create some foam in the mouth.

This beer is very well balanced with a very discreet cherry-taste. It is fine. But I prefer some more sweetness and fruit flavour in beer of this style.

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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.

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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.


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Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: blood red color, slightly hazy, peachy colored foam, quite a huge and spongey layer develops on a moderately hard pour, lacy

Aroma: slight yoghurty tang, quite fruity (but not necessarily discernible as cherries), wheat, very faint twinge of lambic quality, touch of diacetyl

Flavor: tart cherry-like fruitiness with a background cherry-pit bitterness, cork a bit musty, a twinge too sweet, cherry extract, finishes sweet/tart with a residual bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, a bit slick feeling

Overall Impression: Almost like a kriekenbier. I don't get a lot of lambic character, per say. Not like Cantillon Kriek with a year of age on it. It's also a bit full-bodied for a kriek.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Photo of marburg
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purple-ish tones to a blood-red body and a reddish-pink head. A fairly unsubstantial aroma with regards to traditional lambic stench. Black cherries and grenadine push their way forward. Similarly, the lambic flavor seems a bit dulled. While not the syrupy sugar bomb produced by Lindemans, this has a somewhat forced sweetness to it. Strawberry Quik, some cherry skin bitterness, grenadine, and barnyard funk form a subpar flavor profile that, while drinkable, isn't terribly enjoyable. If they'd either gone balls out on the sweetness or simply brought da' funk, this would certainly be better. This is a middling product, trying to be sweet without betraying its roots. Ultimately, it betrays people who like great beer.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with the Gueuze, often the label states "Girardin Kriek 1882", but unlike the Gueuze this however is only available in one form - just filtered. A nice Kriek and not offensive but a tad too sweet for my liking. Has very strong lambic characteristics and the sourness of cherries compliment the dry acidic base beer. But there are better, less sweeter versions in my opinion. Good introduction though to the much better, more traditional but extremely rare Girardin Kriekenlambic.

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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.

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Photo of haz77
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky cherry red with a half inch of frothy pink head. This recedes to a fingers worth and sits quite happily. Plenty of small bubbles of carbonation.

S - Sweet cherries, funk, sherbert, a little sourness.

T - A fizzy cherry flavour at first, which then becomes sour for a short time, before sweetness come to the fore. Dry/Sweet finish.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation.

D - Above average, but there are certainly better examples of the style. Too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of MasterSki
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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for bringing this back biegaman, you always take care of us.

Pours a cloudy red/orange, pinkish head, lots of lace, settles to a thin layer. Smell is chlorine/acidic, cherries, some funk/sourness, very pungent. Taste is sweet, cherries, sour/acidic middle, more cherries, spice, bread, some caramel, not bad. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not bad, but the chemical aroma bothered me a little. Thanks again Jan!

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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
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