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Mort Subite Kriek - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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BA SCORE
82
good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-13-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A small curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cherry juice and cherries with a slightly tart quality. Taste is also of cherries and cherry juice with only a mildly tart quality. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too fantastic.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cherries along with underlying notes of berries. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The cherries contribute slight amounts of tartness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the cherry flavors didn't seem to be artificial or too sweet.

metter98, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

GRG1313, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a nice bright red color with a thin layer of pinkish head.

S: Intense cherry aroma with a slight sugary note to it. There is a little bit of acidity to it which does help to balance out the sweetness.

T: The best way to describe the taste of this beer is cherry soda. Mildly acidic with tons of cherry flavor and a substantial sweetness. But, the beer is not overly sugary or cloying.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Certainly a guilty pleasure. Although it's not necessarily traditional, it's still enjoyable in small servings.

womencantsail, May 10, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.7%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a reddish brown body. Tons if lacing, light aroma which is as expected mostly fruity and raspberry like. This is an excellent lambic with a nice raspberry and medicinal cherry taste up front and brown sugar finish with moderate to high carbinaion and light body. Overall very drinkable and one of the better lambic beers out there.

kylehay2004, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

emerge077, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

SocalKicks, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red touched ruby with a thick and frothy crème head. Nose is candied sugars. Flavor is cherries, sure. But it's just a sweetened seemingly artificial flavor profile. Clearly additives have been used. Feel is slick and sticky thick on liquid and the carbonation is standard. This is just like Lindemans. So if that is your thing, you'll be able to appreciate this more.

RblWthACoz, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Sour malty aroma with some medicinal cherry.

T - A sweet, candy like cherry character up front with some malty caramel in the middle. Finishes with caramel, tart fruit, and dark sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very strong cherry presence with enough sweet and sour character to be eminently drinkable.

nickfl, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured clear, bright red, with a foamy white head. Obvious aroma of cherries, with not much else coming through. Heavy cherry taste, more sweet than sour, which is sometimes good. Comes off a little medicine-y than authentic fresh cherries, but still very nice. It is a kriek after all. Light and sweet mouthfeel, and quite drinkable if your in the mood for a good cherry beer.

Rifugium, May 04, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
This beer arrives from the tap with a dark purple, deep red color. The beer is flat, but there is a touch of a ring head around the edges of my glass. Fruity smelling, though I wouldn't necessarily describe it as expressively of cherries; this smells more berry like, or perhaps sort of like red wine. When I come back to the nose after a bit I get a floral, ripe cherry note that is now much more noticeable. The cherry derived notes are definitely the dominant character in the nose, but there is also a note of popcorn some how, or perhaps it is a note reminiscent of sweet corn.

The beer is dry tasting and tart with a lactic and cherry sourness to it. Behind this is a note of sweet baby vomit. My second sip has a berry-like, red wine character being noticeable in the flavor. This is quite tannic, though it is not overly astringent. This is not very complexly flavor and more vaguely fruity with some faded cherry flavors. This would be exceedingly light and quaffable if not for the tannic, cherry skin finish.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Green cork and caged 37.5cl bottle, best before Sept 09, drank May 09. Poured into a 'Palm' tulip shaped glass.

Rose wine look about it, pinky red, with a thin white head that became a wisp and collar very quickly.

Sweet cherryade smell, but with a sour twist too.

The taste was also sweet and sour, very cherry and getting more sour as the beer warmed.

A little on the thin side when compared to others within this style. It is almost watery once you get through the fruit flavours.

The sweet and sour mix suits my palate and I can see traditionalists pooh-poohing the sweetness and wanting more sourness, but I thought it fine.

BlackHaddock, May 28, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cherry red color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Immediate difference between this and others of the style is the dark cherry presence versus the young, red cherries. Wood, some Earthy notes to it as well.

T: Starts out with a nice blend of dark cherries with a subtle hint of young red cherries but dark cherries being dominant, a bit sweeter, wood, tartness.

M: Felt fuller than many for the style, medium body, well carbonated a bit sweeter yet still dry with lots dark cherry flavor

o: Good

barleywinefiend, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's no doubt the beer is pretty. Its deep ruby red body is considerably dense and unrevealing, allowing some clarity but refusing most all highlighting when held to the light. Its head is subtly brushed in a pink hue and it, like the lacing, currently sits in sprawled, circular clumps themselves shaped, fittingly enough, like cherry blossoms.

The bouquet can be said to be artificial or medicinal but undeniably, if shamefully, also quite appealing. It is fruity and very sweet and any notions of candy or cough drops are certainly justified. I'll concede that there's little smell of actual lambic (and that the cherry seems synthetic) but I won't say that either of those affect my opinion that it smells good.

The flavour, similar to its aroma, bears the uncanny impression of candy-canes. The fruitiness (which at times can resemble raspberries just as much as it does cherries) is married with that candy-cane like minty character, so much so that while I typically associate cherries with spring and summer, this flavour reminds me of Christmas.

This is quite different from an authentic, traditional lambic. For one, this is artificially sweet (the cherries, for instance, taste like the plastic looking maraschino cherries you'd be served on an ice cream sundae). A real lambic would boast much less fruit character and taste far more tart, if not outright sour, and be nowhere near as universally appealing.

The carbonation is stinging, the fruity flavour synthetic and its sweetness cloying. To the average palate - or a child's palate for that matter - this is far more drinkable than what's being offered by the handful of artisanal lambic producers left. But it's a matter of industry versus artistry and, for my palate, I prefer the latter for a laundry list of reasons.

These artificially sweetened lambics are like fake breasts - sure, they look good and are appealing on a purely superficial level but they're depthless, shallow, cosmetic and lack the distinct character of *real* lambics. They may bring empty gratification, but it comes at the depreciation of natural means, product and palate integrity and traditional values.

biegaman, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
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Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
82 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.