Mort Subite Kriek - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-13-2002

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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 130
Reviews by Kacid:
Photo of Kacid
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fine bubbles, Rose-Pomegranate colored foam
Very clean and fine lacing that dries like a mousse. Brilliant strarberry red rose color.

Nose: Bret Funk, juicy sweet cherry, grassy, rose

Flavour: Mouthfeel is a bit thin and syrupy (overly sweet), taste of cranberry-citrus, slightly medicinal, juicy, very slight acidity, candy sweetness and tartness (like sour-patch kids). Tastes like an alcoholic Izze (Sparkling Fruit Juice)

This is the first lambic i have enjoyed and it serves as a fine introduction to the style. Though it is important to recognize the excessive sweetness of this beer is not characteristic of the style; however, this is what makes a great first lambic to try. I look forward to trying stronger, more complex and tart krieks. I dont suspect aging of this kriek would do it any good as it is not overly acid.

Overall, this beer serves more as a cooler or aperitif due to its low ABV and excessive sweetness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mort Subite translates to Sudden or Instant Death. Yep, that pretty well describes this muddled mess. There seem to be too many ingredients. Very sweet but bland in the fruit department. Taste needs more cherries. Smell is pretty good though, fruity with a mixture of berries and medicinal sweet cherries. Thick frothy pink head looks good. Very pink, impressively pink.

Photo of brownbeer
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like carbonated cherry NyQuil in the glass. Cherry soda dominates the aroma and flavor. Pretty sweet without much redeeming tartness. Has a dirty aftertaste, doesn't finish clean. Bleh, not a very good example of the style, even for a sweeter style lambic. Xtreme? Sorry.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this one for ages - finally picked up a bottle at the LCBO.

Pours a wonderful ruby-copper hue, leaves an inch thick of foamy head. Terrific lacing; a wonderful-looking brew!

The smell is mostly cherry, with some apple-cranberry sourness, biscuits and wine.

The taste is exceptional - sweet fresh cherries at the front, puckery sourness at the finish. The finish is nice and dry. Fully expected a sweet lambic and was pleasantly surprised. However, I agree with a previous poster in that it's not a flavour I can drink for too long.

Mouthfeel is juicy and tart, lightly carbonated.

Not a beer I will pick up too often, but certainly one well worth trying. My favourite lambic thus far!

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Chez Leon.

A-Ruby red color, clear. A finger of rocky white head.

S-Sweet cherries dominate.

T-This one is skewed towards being sweet rather than sour. Cherries are evident and pleasant.

M-Nice body-not as thin as some lambics. Quick dry finish.

D-Very high.

O-This is a drinkable lambic with strong cherry flavor which skews towards being more sweet than sour but not overly sweet to the point of tasting artificial.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had gallons of this at the tavern of the same name several years ago located an alley or two off the Grote Markt in Brussels and from time to time score a bottle or two. My memories of Mort Subite Kriek with an omelet for a late breakfast probably influence my score upwards. The nose is cherries with a slight funk. This is a beautiful brilliant cherry color with a pink tinted foam cap and a fine bead. The beer is light, big on cherries, tart with a light balancing sweetness – probably a little sweeter than some Krieks but not like soda pop sweet. It is very effervescent with a fine soft carbonation. Very drinkable, especially for breakfast.

Photo of chickenm
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pinkish red color with a white head. Leaves really nice lacing. Sweet fruity aroma with cherries. The taste is mostly cherries with a nice balance between sweet and sourness. Good mouthfeel with a light dry finish. I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is a nice lambic.

Photo of rastaman
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet cherry flavour, with perhaps a bit of late sourness and tartness. Pretty light and refreshing, which makes it good to drink in summer, however it is perhaps a bit too sweet for me.

Photo of Thebeardedangler
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favourite beer. Hands down.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked mini champagne style bottle.

Popping the cork, this beer pours a clear, orange and pink tinted copper hue, with several fingers of puffy, foamy, and silken pale pink head, which leaves some random soap film lacing around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet and sour cherry juice, raspberry fruit wine, and a mild grainy, somewhat caramelized malt. The taste is cherry/raspberry pie, one with a middling acidic tartness, which borders freakishly on my own mom's raspberry cream pie.

The carbonation is moderate, just a few aspiring frothy bubbles, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a wee twinge of creaminess. It finishes off-dry and still rather fruity, some pie crust malt and a sour cherry candy essence lingering.

A pleasantly tasty, refreshing, and drinkable cherry lambic (if not a particularly complex one), the only danger being that one might get a bit tired of that particular fruit flavour, as with any fruit beverage. However, there's enough going on here to obviate that concern, at least until the end of this bottle.

Photo of mintjellie
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red in colour, topped generously with off-white (or barely pink) head. Tart cherry aroma is simple but very pleasant. While this has been sweetened, it's not a syrupy mess of a beer. It is still predominately tart, but not puckeringly so. It tastes of sour cherries with a light tannic note. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This would work well as a simple thirst quencher during the summertime. I was worried this would be a cloying mess like the Chapeau sweetened fruit lambics, but this is actually decent.

Photo of distantmantra
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at A La Mort Subite. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Bright red color with a thin pink head of foam.

S: Intense cherry flavor, but not too sugary sweet. What sweetness that is present in the kriek is balanced well by the mild acidity.

T: Almost tastes like a cherry wine cooler, but not in a bad way. A great deal of cherry flavor with sweetness and light acidity.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation.

O: Definitely a guilty pleasure beer that I'd swipe from my wife when she's not looking.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO in a moment of inspiration, albeit it gay inspiration. Pink froth with some fruity esthers. Medium bodied, though I am glad I shared this as drinkable, a little. Finishes sweet, that cherry sticky syrup, not too sweet, dtill retaining a sour edge.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Besides the pink tinted head, consisting of fairly large bubbles, this looks like a soft-drink. A very pale red, like a raspberry ginger ale or something like that. Loads of carbonation. Spotty lacings.

Cherry (shocking, I know) on the nose. Sweet overall but that medicinal character that has been mentioned is certainly there, like a throat losange. Cream soda from the sugar.

Good hit of fizzy carbonation hides the first taste. Sweet cherries, not overly sour. A little bit of powdery yeast, but not funky or anything. Some of the corn comes through in the finish, although it isn't unpleasant and combines with that cream soda flavour.

When I first went to Brussels, I got completely lost. I ended up out in the industrial wasteland and wandered for hours. When i finally found the Grand Place, the Mort Subite Kriek was what the waiter recommended. This was my first Belgian beer (and first beer other than macro lagers) and it turned me onto the right path. I know now this isn't the best of its kind, but on that day it was the greatest thing I had ever tasted. I'm glad the LCBO picked it up.

Photo of Roguer
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly large, fluffy, off-white head. Good retention and tons of nice lacing. Brew is a dark coppery red, very clear and active.

Huge sweet notes of cherries (sweet, not particularly tart) with just a hint of hay-like funk behind.

Flavor is tarter and funkier than the aroma indicates; straw and hay, a little musty cheese, a touch of vinegar. Cherries wash over the palate around the middle and back third. Long, lingering, sticky finish.

A little fizzy and foamy in the mouth; sticky and sugary coating. Almost soda-like.

As a Kriek, it's inherently good, but the mouthfeel and minimal funk lean this closer to a cherry soda than a good lambic. It's enjoyable, but far from great.

Photo of sfprint
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 5/12/12

A: Semi dark with micro carbonation and a quickly disappating 3" soda float head.
S: Sweet and sour cherry. Pretty artificial, but very candy like. Cherry ice cream.
T: Pretty much a cherry soda with a bit of tang, a sourness. Grenadine syrup. Nice but not really beer.
M: I do like the tangy-ness from the sour flavor. creates a nice mouth feel, but otherwise it's fairly light, slightly syrupy.
O: Not very beer like but tasty in its own way.

Photo of ewright
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my second beer I had with dinner at Belgo Centraal in London. It came looking like a rose wine, but with lots of champagne like bubbles and a frothy 1/2" of pinkish white head. There was a large sour cherry nose with hints of mild toasted grain.

The taste was dominated by sweet and sour cherries, with a tingling effervescence much like champagne. A very drinkable beer and a great way to finish off a really good pot of mussels!

Photo of thagr81us
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger off-white with slight pink hue head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, sugar, cherries, fruit, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, earth, strawberries, cherries, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Unfortunately nothing really jumped out at me on this one. Tons of sweetness and fruit going on, but that was about it. Kind of seemed like this was the only thing going on with it unless you investigated further. Worth your time trying at least once, but that is about it.

Photo of jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bottle.

Fleshy pink tones with wonderfull lacing. Clear with no residue.
SMells of cherries and sour fruits.
Taste: Sour cherries with a touch of bitterness. Very crisp and very refreshing. Fine bubbles contribute to the excellent mouthfeel.

Overall a nice, refreshing beer.

Photo of souvenirs
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fluffy pale pink head. Ripe, baked cherries, like pie filling. Taste is more tart, but sweet. Pleasant.

Photo of basica
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Mort Subite became my pioneer expedition into Belgian Lambic. I did not have high
expectations and true enough it was not really impressive. Coincidentally, this bottle is
Cherry flavour (Kriek) which is the same flavour as the Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Kirsch
Bier which I tasted some time ago. The Mort Subite pours out with a generous head which
grows and sinks in quickly; I managed to do a nice pour on this one. This lambic smells
a little fruity, a little yeasty and also rather sour. The taste was about reflecting this
smell except maybe the fruitiness is stronger. I am not sure however if it was the yeast
or the malt that gives of a strange taste which felt a little medicinal and somehow spoilt
the experience. The fruitiness and subtle sweetness was not enough to save the day. I
think I prefer the German Nuezelle Kirsch to this Mort Subite Kriek. The Mort Subite is ok
and I can recognize the effort to make it more beery than the Nuezelle Kirsh which was closer
to the level of syrupy than any beers I have tried but I would probably save on ordering
this one. Nevertheless, I would probably still try other Lambics like the Lindermans,
Timmermans which are available in Singapore. The Cantillon is, unfortunately unavailable.
Other Lambics like the Floris and the De Troch Chapeau would be stuff I would probably just
pass on.

Photo of NoDeity
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright red. The head is thick and rich, pinkish in colour, and sticks around for a long time.

The sour flavour of the cherries comes through beautifully but not so strongly that it's like a cherry soda. As expected for the style, it's somewhat dry and the taste isn't especially beery -- it might even appeal to those strange folks who aren't fond of beer.

This is not my favourite style of beer but I like variety and this makes a very nice break from the IPAs and strong beers that I usually favour. I'll definitely buy it again.

Photo of emerge077
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce pour in a footed goblet. Bright red and brilliantly clear, topped with a slim cap that had a pinkish tint. Delicate concentric rings of drippy lacing. An ever present, mottled veil of skim sits on the surface.

Lightly sweet cherry aroma, initial wafts of damp dishrag must and minerals. Something vaguely medicinal about the cherry, but nothing hinting at a traditional lambic so far.

Cherry tartness hits first, then the club soda spritzer carbonation fizzes you into submission. Towards the end of the glass the carb settles down, but initially it tastes like a cherry soda or wine cooler. The cherry taste is tart however, like natural juice and not overtly artificial. Feel is a bit hollow and it tastes somewhat one dimensional, but it's better than expected.

"Matured in oak casks for several months" says the promo material... why even bother? Sort of a joke compared to traditional lambic producers aging for years to achieve the depth and complexity sorely missing here.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle – Poured a reddish brew with good carbonation. Aroma of cherries is overpowering with nothing else coming out in terms of aroma. Taste is bit too much cheery with not enough tart and tannic. Overall, this one is very refreshing but not the best from Mort Subite, nor close to the great kriek lambic.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Started loving those Lambic beer. Lets try this one.

The beer is red in colour. Clear too. The head is slightly pink in colour. Typical look for a Kriek beer. The aroma is not intense. I notice the presence of sugars, cherry and a light sourness in it. Not over the top Lambic regarding the aroma... On the taste side, the beer is sweet and quite effervescent. Some cherries in the taste too. Well balanced and quite approachable for the ones wanting to try Lambic. There is better one out there, but this is good to start with.

Not a bad beer. A good one.

I would say this is an introductory Lambic. Not quite in the same league than the Cantillon.

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