Lambickx Kriek
Vanberg & DeWulf

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 7.82%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
180
From:
Vanberg & DeWulf
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  20
Gots
  31
SCORE
92
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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this one for as long as I can stand it, and must say it has been well worth the wait. The fun begins with the pour. A purple brew with cherry hues finishes with a bubbly, dirty white froth. Aroma is strong and complex with prominent notes of overripe, sour cherry, black grape and vinegar. Taste is just as involving as the smell and revolves around big notes of tart cherry, burnt sugar and a pie crust yeastiness. Faint notes of vinegar linger in the aftertaste. Light to medium in body and so light and clean from start to finish. Now I'm sad I have no more Lambick X:(

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is elite level kriek, far superior to anything else i have had from these guys, any of the lambickx blends, by a mile! not sure how this works, if they buy krieks and blend them or if they add the cherries themselves, still trying to sort out exactly how these guys roll, but in any event, this is superior to a great many famous kriek types i have had. the color of this is pure brick red crayon, and it has far more head than a lot of these do, way more lively than their straight lambics! awesome cherry nose, the best of fresh black and tart cherries right from the tree, and a more concentrated and refined almost medicinal cherry, sweet enough to taste natural and no more, with layers coming one after the next of pucker from the fruit and funk from the lambic, which tastes incredibly mature and also has a medicinal iodine sort of element about it, minor flattering oxidation, and a woody wet basement mustiness that gives this a wonderful complexity. as much cherry in this as almost any other lambic i can think of, so honest and so saturated, tangy but not too acidic that i cant drink an entire large format to my head, which i did, and enjoyed every drop! this seems like it should cost more than it does, not sure whose lambic these use as a base, but its so pro, easily my favorite of their offerings so far, and i hope to track this down again. tons and tons of funk, wood, and fruit, its vinous and ancient and perfect. world class kriek! unforgettable beer.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep blood red with medium haziness and a thick fluffy rosé head. Aroma smells of plum, rose petals, sweet cherry and the classic lambic buteric acid. Flavor starts slow then builds to a sweet, tart tangy fruitless that lingers around. This kriek is in a class of its own due to its uniqueness...but it is darn tasty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy red color Lambic with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart cherry notes with some oak and funky ester. Taste is a nice mix of tart cherry notes with some oak and vinous notes and some funky barnyard notes and limited acidity. Body is full with good carbonation. I was anticipating much but I was pleasantly surprised by the balance and complexity of this beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016-12-10
750ml corked/caged bottle served in large snifters. Brewed 2011, bottled 2013, according to the label. No other dating that I can see on the bottle.

Pours a brownish red with very little head and very little carbonation. Smell is classic cherry lambic -- not outstanding, but quite good. Cherries and woody tart.

Taste is very tart -- maybe even a hint of cranberry (I had Thanksgiving flashbacks on the aftertaste). Generally, I'm impressed -- definitely cherry flavor, very tart, definitely not sweetened (which I appreciate). This is quite good.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, quite good. Very happy with this beer.

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Photo of Koral
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: dark red, almost a violet hue
Smell: cherry aroma, can almost smell the acidity in the beer
Taste: intense cherry and tartness on the front end, finishing with a pleasant funk
Feel: a little bubbly, would have been more enjoyable if it weren't so highly carbonated

Brewed '12, bottled '14
For the price point, I will be honest, I was not thrilled with this beer. It was over 20 bucks and for that price point would rather buy a bottle of Cascade Barrel House beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Matthew!

What a great day to sit outside and grill with great beers.

Lush, ruby red body with a light pinkish sea foam crest. Cherries dominate the aroma, as expected. Sweet and sour cherry blend, with hints of oak, wet wood, rain. Earthy, fruity, lovely. A delicious kriek I would certainly have again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, caged and corked. $26, aged in Oak and Chestnut barrels.

Pink head of foam sitting on deep deep red liquid. Pink lacing though it isn't substantial.

Big sour cherries and almost as big oak in the smell. Does not smell all that sour compared to some Lambics I have had but it is a pleasing experience.

The sour cherries are delicious. Just enough tartness to put a smile on my face. The oak is on the subtle side and as far as chestnuts go, I would have to roast me some to remind me of what they taste like; it has been many a year.

Bordering on medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Very enjoyable and I wouldn't be surprised if I bought another bottle.

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Photo of BWED
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a deep red color. Very effervescent. Fizzy white head dies very quickly.

S- Cherry, berry, oaky, and funk.

T- Great funky tang, cherry juice is bittersweet. Just a faint taste of the wood.

M- Medium body. Sparkling, tart, sweet. Finish is cleaner than expected, making it that much more refreshing.

O- Really nice. Complex. And the wood hasn't taken over, like many barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/cranberry red color with deep burgundy edges a one finger pink foam head that quickly settles into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Nice cor but could use better retention.

Intense yet inviting aroma with a nice balance of damp, musty funk, acetobacter and luscious fruit sweetness. Dry oak, cobweb, barnyard funk and a subtle lactic presence followed by sweet juicy cherries. Fruit skins and earthy pit along with some other vinous berries. Acetic acid but not overly vinegar-y/solvent like. Subtle cherry cough syrup presence but the fruit really stands out without being artificial and nicely counters the funk. Not intense but smells pretty damn good. Nice complexity with the bugs standing out a bit more as it warms.

Lighter end of medium body with soft carbonation and intensely tart/puckering sourness that lingers over the sweetness of the fruit, earthy oak, musty funky and strong acetic acid into a bone dry finish. Very tart, sour and refreshing with nice cherry flavor countering the acidity and funk. Slight acetic character but not solvent-like or too harsh. Funky bugs, acetobacter, oak tannins, cobweb and raspberry vinaigrette. Dry, musty bugs but could use more funk to counter the acidity and sourness. Oak comes out more as it warms adding to the dryness but not too charred or toothpick-y. Very prominent vinous fruit sweetness with juicy dark sour cherries, dry fleshy skins, and earthy wooden pits. Really nice balance and although the mouthfeel feels a touch off, the finish doesn't quite fall off like the other lambic in this series. Very nice.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2012 and bottled in 2014

A: Darker red with a dark pink head
T: Tart cherry, earthy Brett, oak tannin, blackberry, cranberry, lemon, grapefruit pith, light sweetness, vinous

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red body, one finger pink head with good retention. Thin splotches of lacing remain. Smells primarily of cherries, as expected, but also notable for a moderate acetic presence, hay, leather and wheat. Not complicated, but the nose is quite strong. Flavour is similarly hefty on the acetic acid, cherry skin, hay, oak, cherry essence, leather, funk. Not complicated yet very cherry forward. No off-flavours that I can taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp and effervescent, mildly drying, a fair amount of acidity. Overall, very tasty kriek that isn't too far off from the usual suspects that people chase after. It's likely on a shelf near you, so it's definitely worth grabbing one if you have not had the chance to sample this.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: great deep dark red color allows little light to strife through. Half a finger of head on an aggressive pour settles to the edges of the glass whilst drinking. Low active carbonation manages to squeeze through.

Smell: the richness of authentic cherries in massive waves leaves a thick syrupy impression on the drinker. But dancing on the edges and I to the body is a lovely oak profile while imparts aromas of ginger, mango, tangerines, lime, and wonderful waves of wood.

Taste: easy front of sweet cherries with a touch of tartness. The oak woodiness continues to grow in intensity with an equally enveloping cherry tartness. The sprite fruitiness dances on the palate, oh but is so wonderfully drinkable. Those rich cherries which so perfectly balance the edge between over the top and too tart. The dried fruits and light tobacco left behind are truly wonderful.

Mouthfeel: yes. So much yes here. The carbonation perfectly compliments the sprite fruits and balanced tart and sweet cherries. Fruits so rich they'd made your knees shake.

Overall: third of these three offerings and have to say this is the clear winner by far. The carbonation is magnificent with the cherries. Tartness is right on. A total home run and so worth every penny.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light fizzy champagne looking body. Sweet nutty cherry aroma. Fairly sour tart tasting. Some cherry tartness, but overall had more of a champagne taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of bnes09
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright red with a light, pink, soap-like head. Exceptional retention. Minimal lacing as expected.

Simply sour cherries in the aroma. Fresh and bright. Hint of cough syrup.

Moderately tart up front. Slightly sweet cherry flavor middle to end compliments the acidic quality. Subtle wood tones mingle with the sour and fruity flavors. Lactic, almost citric acid-like finish leaves the mouth dry and mostly clean. Lingering acidic feel and muted cherry flavors. The cleanness adds to the drinkability a lot forcing me to take another sip to savor the rich flavors.

Moderate body. Semi-dry feel. Solid carbonation. Mouth watering effect is pleasing to me.

Stellar kriek lambic.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger foamy pink head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Very nice color and clarity. Aromas of huge sour black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart black cherry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of black cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak flavors; with a solid sweetness/acidic balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, acidic, and tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no minimal present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Kriek lambic style! All around insane robustness and complexity of big dark cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and oak flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the large amount of acidity. An incredibly amazing offering.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tartness and funk. Definitely a Belgian lambic (V&D is a branding thing, for those who don't know). Nice wood character. The cherry flavor is wonderful and crisp, but with the funkiness, gives it kind of a fleshy, raspberry aspect as well. Highly recommend. Great stuff.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brew, pretty clear at the edges, topped by a decent pink head with reasonable retention.

Suitably funky aroma, carrying a hint of cherries - pulp, pit, peel, and all. Not too particularly sour on the aroma, but there's a definite tartness.

Flavor follows the nose. Great balance of tartness and sour, milky wheat malt feel, cherries, wood, and funky yeast. Incredible cherry flavor on the finish; literally tastes like biting into a fresh cherry.

Very active brew; slick mouthfeel. Impressively tart; lots of puckering.

This is an excellent Kriek with a mouthfeel unlike any I have ever experienced. It's not among the funkiest, but it scratches that itch, while providing a very organic cherry flavor. Very tart and sour.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at GRG1313's tasting.

Brew year: 2011. Bottle year: 2013. Number of bottles: 9867.

Pours a murky crimson with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with cherry, cherry juice, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer fantastic fresh sour cherry characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of errantnight
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding surprise. Brilliant red hue and gigantic cherry candy notes on the nose and palate. Bracingly acidic, minimal but supporting oak. Fantastic depth and length. I prefer this to many more hyped krieks.

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Photo of GJ40
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

A beautiful and vibrant appearance with outstanding cherry aroma. Wow, what flavor! A firm tartness (more so than a sourness) that doesn't go so far as to overwhelm the rich cherry depth. Serious mouth pucker. What an outstanding combination of tartness and fruit complexity. I love it!

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Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Outstanding cherry lambic, although I am confused why it is listed here as coming from the U.S. The bottle very clearly states it was brewed and bottled in Belgium.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of the 2012/3 vintage, reviewed from notes. Thanks for sharing, Tony!

A: Hazy deep magenta body under a finger of fine pink foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Very nice.

S: Hugely acidic, with nostril-tingling citric and acetic sourness. Cherry skin and bitter cherry wine. Intense.

T: Follows the nose precisely, but with the dark cherry notes up front and the intense sourness toward the end. Really tasty.

M: Creamy medium body, lovely carbonation. Excellent, particularly for the style.

O: Really nice Kriek, but I'm not sure I'll be buying more when it's the same price or marginally cheaper to order 3F from Etre.

Cheers!

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Photo of msf1cnc
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good sour beer. Extremely dry.

On the nose wet hay, band-aids, and some funk. The mouth feel is very good, thick, something that you would expect from the style. This is helped by a low-level of carbonation, which is also style appropriate.

The real "kicker" is the fruit. the nose could not be more deceiving.... The cherries come in, right up front, with a good sour taste. It is a bit more sour than I personally like, but overall welcome. The dryness of the beer helps with the sour character as well.

Overall a fantastic beer, especially if you are one for sours.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle; small pop as cork is removed from the bottle.

poured into a tulip glass.

Apperance: dark red bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: this smells like a sour bomb. acetic sourness. lots of tart pie cherries. a hint of musty funk.

Taste: This is a sour beer with serious pucker factor! A 7.5/10 on the sourness scale. Acetic sour and loads of tart cherries. Mild funkiness that is reminicent of wet hay plus musty basement. I would consider this a fruit foward sour beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. It has got a really dry finish to match the sourness in this beer. A little bit more carbonation would have been preferable, but this beer does fine at the level of carboantion that it has.

Overall: I think that this kriek is in the same ballpark as krieks brewed by cantillion and drie fonteinen. I would not have it any other way with this beer!

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