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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of LoveBeerNo7
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle poured into tulip glass.

a frothy white head, about two fingers thick, slowly dissipating with good lacing. beer pours a light red about the color of juice.

aroma is sweet cherries and not much else

taste is quite sweet, dark cherries, and perhaps a little malt in the background. the sweetness definitely stays with you though. almost cough syrup like in the flavor, though the consistency is quite light and fizzy.

overall, enjoyable, although the sweetness of the cherries does become cloying

Photo of FosterJM
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

853rd Review on BA
Draft to taster

@Boho Gastropub, Hollywood, CA

App- A good amount of cherry red with a one finger medium receding fizzy head. A subtle amount of cling and lace.

Smell- Very thin aromatics. Watery and cherry. Falls far below what the standard for a cherry lambic should be.

Taste- A very prickly cherry flavor with a bit of booze mixed in. Its a bit better than Lindemans because its not as thick and syrupy but still not the best lambic.

Mouth- For some reason I liked the way this felt. They got this right with a thin body and a high carbonation. Great cherry residual flavors.

Drink- Overall this one is about on par with other mass produced intro lambics in the US. The color and feel are the best thing about this one. Probably wont come back to it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean reddish pink to amber color with a light pink head. In the aroma, mellow dark cherry. In the taste, a nice bitter to sweet dark cherry and not too much. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cherry in the aftertaste. It kind of reminded me of Cherokee Red.

Photo of Neorebel
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at De Muze in Antwerpen. It's a dark red carbonated candy in a glass. I really wanted to like this - I expected it to be more complex... To me, this is not much better than the very commercially available Lindeman's. It tastes artificial. This is a beer for the non-beer drinker at your party. Well, I will give fruit lambics another try with the near 10-year-old kriek I recently acquired.

Photo of dave826
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a growler at a place not far from my home. I go back and forth with Lambic and this beer is one of the reasons. I want to like it more but it is on the verge of being way too sweet. The color is almost too red, it looks like cranberry juice and the taste that lingers isn't something far from cranberry juice. I don't think I will be getting another one, especially at the price I paid.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" very light pink head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing over red liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Sour cherries and yeast.

T: Tart yet sweet taste of sour cherries with a finish reminiscent of candy.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: This lambic is an easy drinker and is on the sweeter end of the spectrum for the style.

Photo of bryehn
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, fiery amber colour with a yellow hue around the edges. A generous, frothy white head leaves an ample amount of lacing before settling as a thin collar.

Smells like rotten apples, ripe grapes and a warm, honey-sweetened bran muffin.

Tart and slightly sour cherry taste with an oat or bran-like backing and a peppery tone. Sweetened, almost buttery apple taste in the finish, like a fritter or pie.

Has a really sharp bite on the tongue. Light, but syrupy body with a low carbonation. The long-lasting collar provides a certain creaminess before a dry and tart aftertaste with lingering apple-cherry tones.

This is a great desert beer and a great introduction to lambics. It has both a quality fruit taste and a proper tartness and it looks great to boot.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rose tinged with amber and pink-hued craggy foam that sheets. Cherry bubblegum and candy sugar nose. Maraschino, cherry pit and balsamic with lemon sorbet ending and slight woody linger. Crisp, light to medium, dry, good fizz.

Too much cherry, too much sugar, saved only by the carbonation. Complexity of lambik gets lost - little funk or oak. Wouldn't be surprised to read this was sweetened, though the label mentions only cherries.

Middle of the road kriek.

Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Very red. Looks like raspberries syrup in sparkling water. Decent head. More lacing that I expected.

S: Cough syrup is the first thing that came to mind. After the initial shock, I started to be able to smell the raspberry and all the other fruits that were in this.

T: Cough syrup again. Sweet. Very sweet. I get passed the initial shock and finally start to appreciate it. Good fruit flavors. The only problem is, this almost tastes like the fake fruit syrups that you would get in an Italian soda.

M: Crisp. Light. Very carbonated.

O: Not for me. I can appreciate it for what it was, but not for me.

Photo of Kshock
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- White lacing with mild retention on a blood red colored beer. Looks like something you would drink on halloween to simulate blood or something.

S- Wow, wayy too sweet for me. i have a huge sweet tooth and this is too much for me.

T- like a liquid cherry jolly rancher. way too sweet, luckily it finishes fairly clean so it doesnt stay with you.

M- very light and delicate, not too dry.

O- Too sweet for me, ill pass.

Photo of afksports
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Washington Commons. Happy birthday, Max!

Red beer, good head, nearly clear. Sexy appearance. Yum. But then I smelled it. Ludens cherry cough drops. This isn't beer. This is the drug store. Ouch. Nostrils flare, another sniff, whoof, more medicine. Such a shame. The taste is still consistent, with a terrible aftertaste, persistent softness ad sweetness, but besides tart, there's nothing to the taste until the medicinal end.

Time to pack the girlfriend for the trip home to Atlanta. She liked this beer, but I didn't love it. Still love the style though.

Photo of distantmantra
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 rootbeerman
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with two fingers of dark pink to red head, body is deep red. Aroma is light amount of funk and bitter cherry. Flavor is good, cherry again a bit of funk, a little tart as well. Light on the palate and crisp carbonation. Also the head laces very nicely

Photo of brdc
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small corked bottle, poured into a wine glass for lack of a better one while in Toronto.
It looks real nice, glowing cherry color, long lasting white head with a slight pink tinge, good lacing.
Aroma is cherry, some acidity, sugar and candy.
Light bodied, refreshing, sweet, perhaps a bit too sweet, but somewhat balanced by acidity and minimal sourness.
Good, but would be better with less sugar.

Photo of dmsohyea
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Churchill's, served in a tulip.

Pours blood red with a little tinge of pink. One finger bright white head. Lacing and retention are good.

Smells like Maraschino cherries mixed with table sugar. This seems like it should be mixed with ice cream...

Tastes mostly like one of those fruity vodka drinks your girlfriend might order at a bar. Super syrupy and sugary. Not a touch of alcohol can be tasted here. It does taste like cherries, so there's that. I can feel a sugar rush hitting me...

Creamy mouthfeel with stinging high carbonation.

This beer is too sweet and sugary. Consider drinking it if you're reaching for a Smirnoff Ice. You just got iced, bro.

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep amber red with a finger of rose-coloured head that sticks around for a long time and leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Cherries, obviously, and a touch of herbaceousness; a pleasant candy-sweet and fruit-sour contrast.

Taste - candy sugar, cherries, caramel, subtle oak, and a touch of nuttiness.

Much sweeter and deeper than traditional lambics I have had. This isn't bad at all, but I prefer a drier, more sour kriek.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 25 cl.

Bourgondy red colour, pale pink head. Modest carbonation, but nice lacing in the glass.
Smell is nice pleasant of cherries. Ripe ones and sour ones.
Taste is a nice balance between sour and sweet. Very clean taste. The cherry taste is quite faint, i have to say. Not as pronounced as the smell tries to indicate.
A bit watery mouthfeel, but refreshing of character nevertheless.
Overall, a good and solid kriek.

Photo of NightINgale
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle...

A - Slightly cloudy, nice looking ruby body. Loads of bubbles and a pretty nice pinkish bubbly head. Good head retention and pretty solid lacing.

S - Very fruity, with strong, pronounced cherry notes, and a little bit of a yeasty funkiness.

T - Loads of sour cherry and even a little bit of raspberry (?) (or, perhaps, that is the elderberry juice). Some sweetness. The finish is tart and a little sweet at the same time. No bitterness whatsoever.

M - Light-to-medium feel to it. Nice effervescence at first. Great feel to it! I particularly liked how there was not a lot of acidity like in some other fruit lambics.

D - Drinks well. For a tart fruit beer, this is a very drinkable brew.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fully translucent orange/red beer. Very nice color. When I opened it, no pop, nothing. Aggressive pour didn't give much head at all. Head is foamy and white with poor retention. There is some amount of lacing though...

S: Very fruity smell. There is also good amount of tartness and raspberry/cherry juice. A bit of medicinal smell in this. Some very light earthy notes. Some leafy mint too. A bit One dimensional.

T: Much more acid than the raspberry version, still not sour enough though for a true lambic. Vinous with lots of tartness. Cheap, artificial, sour cherry candy like flavor as well as raspberries (which aren't supposed to be in this). Oak-y notes and light pepper. Still a bit medicinal. Overall, it tastes good, but could have been better.

M: Medium to light body with medium to strong carbonation. What you wish for the beer but not "impressive" by any means.

D: It's a fruit beer that tastes like fruit candy. Easy to drink for sure just not super interesting.

Photo of jeranbrews
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mort subite - sudden death. So kriek would make this the sudden death by cherries?

A - pink. It's a kriek. Head is thin cotton candy pink and body is also a ruby cool-aid red.

S - smells pink too. Cherries are there the elderberries are in here too (as per the label) but I'm not familiar enough with elderberries to know what I'm looking for. It has lots of subtle layers. Colors and seasons and types of cherries

T - it has the cherry flavor not of fake candy but of the cherry filling in Bon bons. Like the fancy syrup in ihop. Slight tangy sour aftertaste. Designed to be had with Belgian chocolate.

M - smooth and crisp

D - fantastic dessert beer. Give me this with a chocolate and I'll order it everytime.

Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
81 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.