Kriek Lambic | Sprecher Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
22.12%
 
 
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1
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cool red color with clarity, crimson. Aroma was nice, cherry, tart cherry, maybe some wheat.

Taste was overly sweet, scared me into Lindeman's territory here. The tartness is a little downbottle and understated. Some wheat, some bitterness. High carbonation.

Its not the best beer, but it is interesting. Lacks any of the spontaneous fermentation complexities from traditional (Belgian) kriek beers. But the Door County cherry is worth it alone here, even if not the best or most traditional execution.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/23/2010. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of sweet/tart black cherry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, cherries, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of sweet/tart black cherry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, cherries, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness from carbonation and fruit acidity. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this was a nice fruited wild ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, cherries, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the lighter acidity. I was expecting some lactic tartness, but the acidity only appears to be from the cherries. This was still nicely enjoyable; and had a nice amount of Brett complexity along with the cherry flavors.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. I was not a huge fan of this when it was young, but it has aged very nicely. Good cherry flavor and the tart/funk I expect to find in a kriek. Age has really helped smooth this beer out.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Ristaccia
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of NicholasOfMKE
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of bsuedekum
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Rihup
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheRevMatt
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from bruisin' cellared about a year, piraat wide snifter

a: after popping the cap the carbonation very slowly builds to push through the neck of the bottle, poured into my wide piraat chalice, this kriek appears ruby red - the color of pink grapefruit flesh, topped with only a thin ring of carbonation

s: immediately hit with loads of tart on the nose - wild and lovingly rotten, lots of dry sour aromas with a heavy current of fully fermented red fruits, cherry and strawberry fallen to the ground and fermenting in place - not an entirely different species than a crisp rose wine (save the bacteria, of course), green apple tart, powerful funk, some slight sweetness comes from a slight residual cherry sugar

m: carbonation nucleates and blooms on the palate - not quite mouth filling, but highly active and abrasive, body on the lighter side

t: tart-sour powdered fruits spread across the palate - most notably cherry of course, but some additions of strawberry, cranberry, and green apple, quite acidic and highly dry with some slightly perceptible residual fruit sugars - slightly more with warmth, again with the powerful wild funk, maybe a touch thin on the tongue but still mostly on the mark

o: the only knock I can really have here is that it’s not terrifyingly/awesomely complex - particularly on the tongue, but it hits some great sour/wild notes to satisfy the rot craving, and the fruits come through nicely and not cloying

I get the funk that others seem to be missing, and the sugars are nicely dried out - perhaps it took some time for it to take over. 10327 on the neck (Nov. 22 '10?)

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Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
1/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of xnicknj
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to Mark000

Pours a golden orange color with cherry hues and a thick froth of white head. Retains nicely with a thick coating of white film, leaving fat patches of lacing on the glass.

Funky sour cherries in the nose with a spike of fruit sweetness. Yeasty notes with horse blanket and brett. Dark fruit sweetness and straw with lactic sourness.

Biting sourness up front with dark cherry notes. Red wine with cherry skins and soft bitterness. Biscuit and straw with grassy hints and funky barnyard tones. Finishes tart and dry with some lingering cherry tones.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, bubbly and abrasive on the tongue. A decent enough take on the typical kriek although it definitely gets lost in the shuffle with more traditional Belgian examples.

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Photo of tgraven
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intense nose here. At first the bugs just claw at my nose, and it doesn't come across pretty. Then it turns into more of a kriek and funky combination. Let's keep in mind that I haven't even tried the beer yet. Here we go. Eh. It's okay. Seems kind of unremarkable. Just a heavy load of brettanomyces. Seems to be overbearing on all other aspects of the beer. Kriek is almost not present. I've certainly had some horrific and poorly executed lambics and wild ales. This isn't really one of those. It's just as one dimensional as it gets, and not very interesting. Sure tastes like a lambic though.

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Photo of Ri0
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of SafeAtFirst
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of Peyton5410
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +55.8%

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Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.21 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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