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Mort Subite Kriek - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | 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 russwbeck
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest

This kriek came out with a red pour and a finger of white head. Very nice retention and lacing. It smelled like cherry juice. Not much else, just cherries and sweetness. The taste is so sweet, no sour or funk at all. Basically tastes like a sweet cherry soda with less carbonation. I enjoy it, but it isn't great. I will say that this is at least pretty damn drinkable. I just wish this had some funk, too sweet and average.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of duracell
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a Pilsner glass. This is my first Lambic ever.

A - Pours a bright red color with copper hues. Beautiful, white, and fluffy head with a medium retention leaving an abundant lacing on a glass.

S - Strong cherry aroma. I also pick out some biscuit along a nice sweetness.

T - The taste is pretty much straightforward: cherry! Although there are some slight herbal notes, I would like to find more complex flavors.

M - Perfect carbonation, light body, and a tart finish which seems to be to style.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this Kriek. It feels rustic and delicate at the same time. Please note it was difficult for me to judge since I have never drunk anything similar. Having said that, I think it would benefit from being sweeter in order to balance the tartness.

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Photo of Kacid
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The bar I had this at just listed it as "Red" and the keg said "Kriek Original", so I hope this is in the right listing.

Served in tulip. Poured a nice red color with a half inch of of off-white head that moderately low retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was very nice, good fruit scents upfront and a bit of grain and yeast in the background. the cherry scent was just a touch on the sweet side however. On the tongue the sweet cherry hits first, followed by just a bit of tart sourness. the beer had a clean, dry finish.

The body was far too thin for my preferences, but otherwise was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a very nice beer that had a good, even balance of sweet and tart. Certainly worth your time when you have a chance.

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Photo of emerge077
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of sfprint
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Kshock
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of afksports
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.