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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-30-2014 02:06:32 | More by Rutager
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-29-2014 18:01:30 | More by Kirk
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-29-2014 11:13:50 | More by brandon911
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Leftofthedial

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-05-2014 04:56:04 | More by Leftofthedial
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 11:53:24 | More by peensteen
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-21-2014 16:52:28 | More by tom10101
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-13-2014 14:12:12 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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Maxilouis

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-24-2014 18:17:38 | More by Maxilouis
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

01-26-2014 19:27:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-16-2014 23:00:06 | More by GJ40
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-17-2013 17:04:30 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-17-2013 06:14:02 | More by Sammy
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-11-2013 18:03:31 | More by Caudalie
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-01-2013 11:10:29 | More by ManforallSaisons
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-29-2013 12:30:28 | More by jaxon53
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DStoked

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-17-2013 18:32:05 | More by DStoked
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Danny1217

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-12-2013 08:49:49 | More by Danny1217
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-28-2013 22:47:35 | More by spycow
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-27-2013 22:13:17 | More by aztraz
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-11-2013 17:11:36 | More by GRG1313
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-16-2013 20:26:06 | More by safaricook
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claspada

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
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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pperez38

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-18-2012 00:41:50 | More by pperez38
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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.