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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

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 callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on my iPhone. Beer is about ad pretty as a kriek can be. It bright pink to purple with a big pink head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and lactic sour with mild acetic and no funk.

Beer is a little too sweet. The primary sourness is from lactic acid. Some tartness but is loses against the sweetness. It's thin and moderately carbed in the mouth but overall it's second tier. Nit as bad as a Lindemann but mo where near other sours. (468 characters)

Photo of nickd717
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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). (571 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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! (772 characters)

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of atis
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (457 characters)

Photo of grub
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman brought this back from his trip to belgium and was kind enough to share this rare treat. thanks a bunch jan!

37.5cl bottle, corked and caged.

pours pinky red with a big pink head. the huge fluffy head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. big sour acidic nose that almost burns if you inhale too deeply. funky. bit of horse blanked. lots of earthy character. bit of lemon and orange. sour cherry. date. bit of soapy character - bubble bath or cleanser?

taste is good. sour cherry. bit of spice - nutmeg, cinnamon. spiced cherry cake? cake and bready malt. earthy funk. horse blanket. bit of old leather. light sweetness hiding in the background. vanilla. light acidity. lemon.

mouthfeel is nice. very clingy mouthfeel. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is ok. well balanced. not overly sweet. the aroma was ok, but the taste is quite nice. (900 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle after lunch at Aba-Jour in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange with a sudsy, pink head that fades to a thin film.

Smell: Has the acidic, cherry and funky aromas expected, but there's an odd buttery aroma as well.

Taste: Acidic tartness with some sweet cherries. The finish is tart with light funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Balanced with good, but subdued lambic characters. (458 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of bark
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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! (1,235 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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. (194 characters)

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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
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