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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Reviews by JSchock7:
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is 2 year old lambic with sour cherries added. No young lambic is added, therefore it is not a gueuze. It is purposely still, to replicate cask kriekenlambik served on draft in traditional Belgian lambic cafés. Straight lambic is not carbonated by design.

Blood red crimson, crystal clear and sanguine, pink tinged foam on the surface fizzles and remains for a minute or three. Not much lacing, glassy surface with some stray bubbles rising around the edges.

Fantastic aroma of dark sour cherries, rich and intense. Trace vanilla from the oak and almond from the cherry pits, floral cherry blossoms at room temp. Cherry pie with graham cracker crust.

Moderately sour at first, and bursting with bright cherries. Intense fruit flavor, very dry and oaky in the finish. Tannic cherry skins, almond, light minerality. Clean and dry, nuanced flavors. Light bodied with lower carbonation, but it is there. This is really a top notch kriek, and a step above the rest of the Lambickx series.

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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 BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In celebration of Vanberg & DeWulf's birthday, its the perfect opportunity to crack this sour beauty open. Where a certain level of quality, intensity, and intrigue is expected... then comes, "whoa!"

The cherry-infused Gueuze kicks of with a dark mauve color and a ruby-stained head. Its body is increasingly darker toward the center as notions of black cherry are easy to imagine. Its pinkish, purple-ish head is both fizzy and froathy as it captivates the eye with is peculiar color. Random and light lace is a welcome, so is its surprising steadfast retaining sheet of foam considering that sour ales don't usually do either particularly well.

Obvious sour notes tease the nose, but what leads the way is the unmistakable twang of tart cherries. Rich and sour at the same time, and aura of balsamic wafts about while earthen tones of sea air, curing leather, dried limes, crab apple, weathered oak and savory game come alive as the nose gets right in there! Heading into the first sip, its dry red wine scent and marzipan sweet nuttiness is gaining traction.

And then to t-t-t-taste.... (whew, my face nearly stuck that way), the sourness is much more intense than the nose let on. Its distinctive taste of dark and sour cherries is succulent enough to encourage exploration but its white cider vinegar notes says, "huh-uh". Wiping on to a quick finish, its briny, limey, woody, and deeply earthen taste goes quick as is more measurable in its echoes in aftertaste that come post-finish. Its slight bitterness comes across as red wine and balsamic tannin while and almond-like silkiness buffers against a little of the sourness, with a smack of mineral late.

Malty-dry from start to finish, there's the slimmest of weight that separates it from wine and more robust vinegar. Its faint richness gives the acidity and spicy notes structure that grounds its "wild" and gamey flavors. its savory-sourness extends into a late crispness, cleanliness and highly refreshing taste that begs for shellfish and cheesecake.

Following up on the heels of Lambickx, this Krieken version does even better! Its cherry flavor adds more complexity that braids into the base beer matrix with ease and confidence, without any distracting sweetness, and with those highly coveted almond notes.

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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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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kalosjakar
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MKuryllo
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wheresblue
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeak81
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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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Lambickx Kriek from Vanberg & DeWulf
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 180 ratings