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Kriek Du Cambridge | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by u2carew on 05-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 5
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Pahn
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at CBC. Served in a flute.

Appearance: Deep red. Not much lacing.

Smell: Mild sour cherry. Kind of a red wine like robustness, but is overall too faint. Even as it warms, it does not give off much aroma.

Taste: Deep sour cherry and oak up front. Flows into almonds and more vanilla oak flavors, moving back to sour cherry into the finish. Long caramel/almond aftertaste infused with sour wild bacteria flavors. Each sip is long and excellent.

Cerise Cassée is better (it's also my favorite beer), but this beer still merits a 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation. Very tart, with a puckering finish.

Overall: Absolute homerun. The thick sour cherry flavors go well with the large vanilla oak influence and caramely malt undertones. CBC are unbeatable when they're on their game.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of axeman9182
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tall, thin, stemmed glass at CBC.

Kriek du Cambridge pours a murky mahogany, with a tiny bit of off white head at the top of the glass. There's not much opportunity for either head retention or lacing. The nose is fantastically complex. Aromas of sour cherry, oak, vanilla, and a certain nutty note coming through as well. In an ideal world, cherries would be a little more potent, but I'm not complaining. The flavor follows that same blueprint. Cherries make the initial impression, braced by a potent, but not over the top sourness. The back end has vanilla and oak motes, with the latter fading into a nutty almond taste, suggestive of cherry pits. The body is a little bit slick and full, though the carbonation does an admirable job of trying to cut through it all though. I guess that's almost unavoidable, given the high ABV for the style. Still though, Kriek du Cambridge is a fantastic beer, up there (with it's cousin Cerise Casee) as one of my favorite American Wilds.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Cherry red in color. Poured with no head. Some visible lights shines through with mild haze.
S) Earthy sourness. Pungent semi-sweet aroma. Cherries.
T) Sour citrus up front similar to grapefruit. Cherry in the aftertaste. Very tart all the way through. The alcohol is masked by the robust flavors.
M) Medium body. Slight tannin feel. Tangy tongue feel. Pucker inducing.
D) A good beer. True to form. The sourness slows the intake and keeps me from drinking too much.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from day one of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 8, 2009. served in wine glass.

bright red, cranberry juice color. faint haze. no head at all.

aroma: fruity, tart vinegar, with funky foot odors. also, a metallic character?

taste: very fruity vinegar, with bright sourness upfront, but quickly backs off and is unexpectedly mild, almost weak, overall. cherry skins and pits. funky foot note again. hint of wood? trace bitterness and grassy hay. plus more funky yeast hints in aftertaste. everything just seems a bit watery and even "empty" at times.

light body, slightly watery, but plenty of acidic and tannic textures. mild to moderate carbonation really cuts through along with acidity for a crisp bite.

hmmm... todd said to try this because it "gives cantillon a run for its money"... sorry man, but i can't agree.

oh, but the cerise casee on the other hand...

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the CBC served in a fancy glass

A: served a deep mahogany brownish red, with a thin film of slightly off white head, leavs nice lacing, a nice looking kriek.

S: this smells very dark fruity for a kriek, also a very heavy amount of earthy musky oak, a light toasty oakyness as well , deep cherry skin aroma, as for the dark fruits I get strong notes of raisin and prune.

T: much like the aroma I find there to be a heavy amount of dark fruit in the flavor here, I do get a bit more sour cherry then I did from the nose though, again there is a good amount of earthy musky wood notes, nice level of tart sourness.

M: medium dry body with a nice low medium carbonation, leaves the mouth tart and dry.

O: to much dark fruit for a kriek IMO, could have used more bright cherry along
With a bit less musky oak. There deffinatly was sour cherry flavor, but I have had better krieks.

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

Kriek Du Cambridge from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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