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Mort Subite Kriek - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-13-2002)
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Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -16.9%

37.5cl bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

A- Dark cherry red body with excellent clarity and a creamy sustained 3 finger head that produces super lacing.

S- Cherry notes but not overkill with a nice acidic/sour note. Slight marzipan and earthiness

T- All the flavours are there but die so quickly. A mix of cherry up front balancing to an earthy acidic finish, but all of a sudden all the flavours die into a dull lifeless finish.

M- Low carbonation, a bit lifeless, medium body. Not spritzy enough at all

D- Looks the part and smells promising, but this all melts away into a lifeless beer on the tongue. Shame.

06-30-2010 22:02:46 | More by seanyfo
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

06-25-2010 20:48:01 | More by biegaman
Photo of brownbeer


3.25/5  rDev -10%

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.

06-05-2010 00:08:31 | More by brownbeer
Photo of rarbring


3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

The beer is red with hints of brown, a pinkish small head with little lacing.

The smell is of sweet cherries, lemon and lemonade.

The taste is a bit like a cough syrup with cherry taste. Sweet and sour fruits, lemon, strawberries and elderberries.

Medium carbonation, a sugary feeling.

A rather typical kriek aiming for a broader public, a bit too sweet for me. As a digestif with some strong coffee after dinner it might work.

05-15-2010 15:26:22 | More by rarbring
Photo of ReFill31

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Saw this at the SAQ (liquor store). Tried it once but it was a long time ago.

A : Reddish color with a pinkish head. Great head with excellent retention and leaves a big ring on the glass.
S : We can easily smell the cherries, but not those cherry syrups we can find anywhere. It smells like fresh cherries which is a plus for this kind of beer.
T : Really sweet, cherries all the way. Like I said, it taste like fresh cherries.
M : Enjoyable, sweet with no bitterness at all. Some little acidity from the cherry and elderberry juices used.
D : I would drink it sometimes but not too much. The sweetness can be a little bit too much after one. I will try Mort Subite raspberry next time to see if it looks like the same thing!

04-10-2010 16:35:04 | More by ReFill31
Photo of beerbum05

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Appearance - Thick pink head, Highly carbonated, mostly clear with a slight haze, bright red

Smell - wine like smell, oak,

Taste - lager style with cherry flavour, slight sourness/bitterness, not a sweet syrupy cherry flavour but real cherry taste.

Overall - Very pleased with this beer. I was surprised at the cherry taste not being sweet. I expected a lot of sweetness but was pleased without the sweetness and slight sour taste. Reminded me of a sour cherry candy. Definately a recommend for someone who wants a lager with flavour.

04-01-2010 02:57:01 | More by beerbum05
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5%

Pours a glowing coppery red hue with one and a half fingers of extremely light pink, almost white, creamy head. Excellent retention, leaving sheets of sticky lace.

The nose consists of semi-tart cherry notes with a grape-like sourness to them that quickly transforms into sweet chewy cherry candy, with notes of bread far in the back.

The taste is identical to the nose with a tart burst of fresh cherries that melds into a more contrived cherry candy sweetness, with the notes of bread barely making an appearance in the end.

Mouthfeel is light, tingly, and refreshing; reminiscent of carbonated fruit juice more than anything else. This one seems perfect for quaffing in the summer.

A solid and flavourful, albeit one dimensional, lambic. Their Framboise seemed to be a bit more complex, and a bit less contrived in terms of taste, but this one still has its good qualities, with its fantastic appearance and light and bright mouthfeel. I'd probably pick one up again down the road, but I feel I'd be more inclined to pick their Framboise over this.

03-06-2010 23:41:18 | More by ludachris
Photo of ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Being my first lambic beer I don't have any standard to compare with. However, I enjoyed this one and it'll encourage me to keep trying these fruity treats. Definitly female-friendly and I'm surprised not to see more of these beers in bars. Not sure how many I could drink though - these acidic ladies can personally start to do a number on my stomach.

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a nice creamy head. Good lacing as the beer goes down.

Sweet cherry aroma with yeasty bread. The beer tastes like you'd expect and isn't overly sweet. There's some mineral taste midway which fades after a few sips. The finish has no bitterness. The feel is smooth and watery with no courseness but it's a bit acidic. The carbonation is fine and at a low level making this a refreshing drink that I'll look for in the summer.

After reading a bit on this style I see the purists may not be big fans - they add juices and suger to flavour rather than the whole fruit.

02-24-2010 02:24:42 | More by ecoastman
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

02-14-2010 22:02:08 | More by chickenm
Photo of tpd975


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours a nice light rose color with a thin fizzy head. No retention and no lace.

S: Very floral perfume like with hints of sweet cherry juice.

T: Lots of sweet cherry with hints of citrus and candied sugar.

M: Rather light in body, would go as far to call it thin. Very fizzy.

D: It's not bad, your middle of the road kriek.

01-29-2010 20:31:24 | More by tpd975
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

A: Lovely bright ruby red color with a foamy pink head that settles quickly, decent lacing.
S: Aroma of candied cherries, very straightforward.
T: No surprises, just fruit and sugar. Very sweet, like children's cough syrup.
M: Slightly thin body.
D: You must like sweet beers to enjoy this one.

01-04-2010 02:36:26 | More by Travlr
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Dark pinkish red body that allows light to escape around the edges of the glass. Pour with a nice two finger white head with moderate lacing and retention. Leaves amazing lacing, even the beer coming back down after a drink sticks to the glass.

S: Strong sweet cherry candy aroma and not much else.

T: Such a strong front of sweet cheery with a following of sourness. Although it's only one flavour the sweet and sourness makes it seems as two.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. It's very light and crisp while leaving a sweet and sour finish. Reminds me of a cherry sour patch kids candy.

D: I wanted to try this since it's my first lambic and I'm impressed. It seems like it's just liquid cherry candy, but I'm intrigued by the style and will seek out more.

If this beer was cheaper I'd by it again, but at the moment I cannot justify the price.

12-20-2009 22:57:52 | More by Long813
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

12-11-2009 01:51:47 | More by jbonapar
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

11-24-2009 03:20:59 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of cfrancis

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

I adore Mort Subite. Such a nice beer to have on the off occasion. This one is laced with cherries. Aroma is very subtle but you can detect cherry and fruit. Taste is an explosion of taste. Cherry with the dry bitterness of cranberry with the bite of alcohol. Just a fantastic mouthfeel.

10-28-2009 03:05:41 | More by cfrancis
Photo of jrallen34


4.08/5  rDev +13%

Drank in a chalice from a bottle in Brussels at Delirium Cafe..

This is very good lambic.

it smells great very sweet with cherries.

The beer has a beautiful red/brown color with a white head, not a lot lacing.

It tastes sweet with cherries dominating but has a nice sour kick too.

07-13-2009 19:12:00 | More by jrallen34
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%

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.

07-04-2009 01:17:34 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

05-28-2009 20:53:52 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Nice corked and caged bottle. My reading has indicated that Mort Subite is a pretty tame introductory lambic, perhaps overly sweet and simplistic. My tasting revealed this to be true, but also showed that its a solid enough drink.

Pours the colour of strawberry juice with a rocky pink tinged head that exhibits good retention and leaves behind sticky globs of lace. Cherry candy aroma mixed with earth. Sweet cherry flavour, a touch of cider and hint of sour funk, and then coughdrop in the finish. Sweet and slightly sticky. Chewy mouthfeel with soft, but persistent carbonation. A decent beer, but I probably wouldn't buy again at his price. Like I said though, a good introduction, and that's more or less where I'm at.

04-08-2009 00:31:43 | More by bobsy
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

03-18-2009 23:48:09 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of atis


3.08/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours clear pale red with large foamy head that very slowly goes to dense half finger head and stays like that till the end of the glass. Aroma is lightly acidic sweet malt, could not detect any cherries.

Taste is syrupy cherry, weak sour with clean finish and cherry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall, not bad, but feels rather bland.

03-16-2009 15:05:30 | More by atis
Photo of nokes

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a flutish glass. Lively and effervescent; looks a lot like sparkling apple-raspberry cider, but with a slightly more beer-like head. Very clear and somewhat sparkly, pinkish-reddish-orangish. Pretty.

Smells pretty much like cherries.

Taste is better than I would have expected. It's not syrupy at all; there's a little bit of sour, but not a lot. The cherry taste is definitely there, but the finish is pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Fizzy and light, which seems to work well. It's very easy to drink. Hey...my mom even drank some (more than just a sip). She doesn't like beer, as a rule.

I'm not terribly familiar with lambics. This seemed like a nice beer, but I get the feeling that there is more to the whole lambic scene than this. I'm convinced, though, that I want to try some others. Definitely worth trying.

01-26-2009 04:38:18 | More by nokes
Photo of velkyal


4.45/5  rDev +23.3%

Just popping open the cork was to be rushed with the fragrance of cherries. No messing around here then, fruit by name, fruit by nature.

Very red beer, and the head was distinctly pink. Guess what it smelt like, erm yes cherries, but also like the powdered sherbert that I loved as a kid.

Tastewise it was a revelation - I was expecting a sweet cloying flavour, but au contraire this was tart and acidic balanced out with a sweetness in the aftertaste, and as I did expect lots of fruitiness. The body was smooth and velvety.


01-19-2009 09:47:56 | More by velkyal
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

from morel's in beijing.

375ml green bottle. dated june 2007 on the importer's label, with declared shelf life of 2 years.

poured into tulip.

cranberry color with slightly dulled red tones and hints of brownish amber. generally clear but still some faint haze. very nice off-white-pink head that slowly fades to thin but constant layer. very nice lacing.

aroma has whiffs of light red wine vinegar, rose champagne, and a trace of earthy funk. also hint of cork or wood, not negative. definite sour cherry fruitiness throughout.

nice balance between tart and fruity sweetness. mild vinegary tones and champagne notes, cherry fruit, faint musty character, and a surprising underlying maltiness that comes in for a peek. mild acidity has trace of grassy, woody bitterness in the finish as well. has a slightly watered-down character however.

again, a hint of being watery, but still quite smooth, with moderate carbonation, but that combines with the acidity for a slightly more "sharp" feel than anticipated.

not bad, and definitely a more appropriate introduction to kriek than lindemans, as it isn't as sweet and medicinal. a better choice for easing a newcomer into the more traditional sour lambics.

12-25-2008 16:35:43 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of stcules


2.88/5  rDev -20.2%

Red color, beautiful, with a compact pink foam.
At the smell, cherries. Sugary.
Same notes in the taste, with just a little bit of sourness. Not cloying, anyway.
Fit as aperitif, drinkable, but for sure not a traditional kriek.
Sugary and sweetened.
Just a hint of sourness.

09-21-2008 13:19:51 | More by stcules
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