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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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83
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85 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Bobbydigi, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

TurdFurgison, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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).

rvdoorn, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of champ103
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

champ103, May 09, 2011
Photo of fewa
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is a hazy red with a white head which slowly fades

Aroma: Cherries, hints of almond and oak. Just a tiny bit of funk.

Taste: Bit of brett aroma. Cherries logically, almonds and fresh green apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a nice dry finish. Medium body

Overall: very decent kriek, will surely have this one again

fewa, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a hazed ruby with a purple hue to it. It has a pink hued white with some good retention.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, caramel malt, and oak. It is dry but good. A bit funky, but overall sweet.

Taste: More sweet cherries, oak, vanilla. I like how dry and sweet this beer is. It works well with the cherries and funk. It has some acidic flavors to it which surprised me.

Mouthfeel: Dry, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, it is a pretty great kriek. I enjoyed the cherries used in this beer. Definitely something I would like to have more of.

mothman, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
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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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 15, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
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).

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

DefenCorps, Aug 10, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

MasterSki, Aug 10, 2010
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2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

largadeer, Aug 09, 2010
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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
Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -18%
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!

ccrida, Oct 22, 2009
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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 ricke
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

ricke, Jul 21, 2009
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
Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Viggo, Nov 08, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

grub, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

EPICAC, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

haz77, Jul 23, 2006
Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.