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Girardin Kriek 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002

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Photo of muttyd
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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!

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of atis
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Photo of grub
3.76/5  rDev +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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.69/5  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.

Photo of haz77
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of bark
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of egajdzis
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of marburg
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
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