Mort Subite Kriek - Brouwerij Mort Subite
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
375 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Mar. 2014. I haven't had any flavoured lambics in quite a while, despite the fact that they are generally my favourite 'fruit' beer. Needless to say, when I spotted this one on the shelf, I quickly grabbed it. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a beautiful, clear ruby-red colour, topped with one finger of sparkling, creamy off-white head with a bit of pinkish stain to it. It wilts away gradually over the next 5-6 minutes, leaving behind a dense, lumpy cap and collar, as well as smears of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite sour and funky, with lots of sour cherry pit and a few vinous notes. Some sweetness, but leaning toward the tart side on the nose.
Pretty yummy stuff, with sweet cherry and wheat malt dominating at first, and the sour cherry pit notes rounding things out at the end. The funky barnyard notes aren't dominant, but rather underlie the more prominent cherry infusion, with a few raspberry vibes as well. Reasonably well-balanced between sweetness/tartness, but it could use a little more of the latter for that puckering quality I love in these styles. Other than that, the mouthfeel is light and spritzy, with a good bite from the carbonation.
Final Grade: 3.63, a solid B grade. Mort Subite Kriek is flavorful, tasty stuff that I'd say is worth a try, but it still kind of straddles that line between alcopop and beer, so purists or serious lambic fans probably won't dig it that much. I really wish these sorts of brews were available year-round in my area, but for now it seems fruit lambics will remain a once-in-a-while thing for me. I rarely drink these styles in general, so it's fair to mention that I'm far from a connoisseur here. This might not be the best kriek in the world, but it's still tasty and easy to like, with a nice balance of cherry tartness, sweetness, and funky lambic goodness. A very quaffable brew that I would suggest as an entry point into the style for anyone curious.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2013 23:01:09 | More by thehyperduck
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3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 01/28/2015
(A)- Pours a deep crimson red color. Produced some solid off-white to pink froth with surprising retention and lacing for the style.
(S)- Huge aromas of slightly tart cherries. Quite clean on the nose apart from some subtle dryness. Otherwise massive cherry jam notes.
(T)- Subtle tart & dry oakiness leads the way into mountains of jammy cherry juice.
(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Not overly sour or acidic, but great fruit notes. Very clean for the style too with no funk but a bigger sweetness to it overall.
(O)- Its a milder lambic for sure. Great fruit with some oak, just lacking the complexity and sourness one can expect for the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 00:19:17 | More by sweemzander
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into tulip glass, colour is an attractive red colour with a head of pinkish foam, good film retention. Clear and bright.
S - sweet candied cherries. Like the snow cone syrup, quiet sweet and a bit artificial feeling, some slight sour funk, a bit vegetal.
T - starts with a balanced sharpness, bit of tartness which then fades as it becomes more sweet. Some lemony cherries, some strong sweetness to it, quite candied, but it does have enough carbonation to manage to clean it off, finish is quiet and light.
M - very light bodied. With a hint of tartness, moderate to high carbonation making this a refreshing aperitif.
Overall this has a mild tartness, lacks any real sour character, and has such a candy cherry sweetness it is a bit cloying if not for the carbonation to clean off the finish. Quite a light beer, only a slight oak character, it's a bit of a fruit bomb but makes a pleasant refreshing aperitif, would want to restrain myself to one though, it's more balanced than the smell would indicate and makes a refreshing if overall if mostly exciting Kriek.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 23:18:28 | More by mick303
Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
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