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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
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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Photo of smakawhat
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
Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Beervana, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
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
Photo of mattfancett
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of AdamNowek
3.88/5  rDev +6%

AdamNowek, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Evil_Pidde, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +9.3%

shigg85, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of boudeysbigbrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

boudeysbigbrew, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

wisrarebeer, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rutager, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kirk, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +9.3%

brandon911, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Leftofthedial
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Leftofthedial, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of peensteen
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.

peensteen, May 22, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tom10101, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Maxilouis, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +9.3%

GJ40, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

liamt07, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Sammy, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Caudalie, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jaxon53, Jun 29, 2013
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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.