Kriek | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Belgium
hoftendormaal.com

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by soulcougher on 05-31-2015

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#5,239
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
62
pDev:
6.07%
 
 
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Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft

clear, dark red in color with pinkish highlights, white head. nice tart cherry aroma. taste is full of the cherry flavor without much sweetness, not like the cloyingly sweet mass produced fruit lambics. medium bodied, lively carbonation.

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Photo of StormAles
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antyk
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is becoming a rare pleasure for me to have a first sample from an authentic Belgian farmhouse brewer. (This may be my first new brewhouse in several months.) Hof Ten Dormaal website is effectively simple. Their Kriek is elegant.

Looks like the real deal. Smells and Tastes, genuine, too. Both come in pleasantly tart and funky, though not over-bearing. The ale lets the malt in to play so it can finish consistently with its teasing, gentle pucker. Had this before food (as it was Indian; but this dried my mouth to prepare for those active spices.) It was worth experience for the $10 paid.

I give this brewer extra Overall points for carrying on the Belgian farmhouse tradition of its region and its farm-to-table and sustainable intention. For my next bottle, I promise to have it with appropriate food. I will look for their Blond.

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Photo of samEBC
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a deep, ruby red color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a thin, off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of cherries, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of a tinge of citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a bit of funk (not too much), a ton of sour cherries, a good amount of Belgian yeast, and light malt. An incredibly well done flavor that's extremely tart and sour. It has an odd complexity to it; the cherries mix well with the funkier elements of the taste.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable lambic. Light, lively, and tasty, Drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Purple raspberry color. Lots of cherry pie filling with a medicinal funk and some tartness. A bit acidic. Very lambic like and you’d have a tough time telling otherwise.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, ruby color with a small, pink head of foam. It smelled of sour black cherry with subtle notes of lemon. Sweet cherry notes with a puckering sourness. Some maltiness, too.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidHume
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark berry red, slightly hazy. Off-white head with pink highlights and excellent retention.

Smell: A complex mélange of barnyard funk, sour cherries, and damp hay.

Taste: Sweet yet dry, with waves of sour cherries. Vinous tannins, and a pleasant, lingering fruity, earthy finish.

Feel: Medium body, medium-low (for the style) carbonation.

Overall: Excellent kriek. I used the dregs for a sour of my own; 18-24 months from now, we'll see how it turned out.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep, dark red hue with no haze and a finger of charmingly pink foam. Impressively red.

Smell: sweet and malty with an almost medicinal cherry aroma. I like it, and the medicinal nature does not bother me at all.

Taste: sweet and tart with plenty of cherry and more of that phenolic medicinal taste. I like this beer, but I want to like it more, and that taste is getting in the way.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing fizziness.

Overall: it's a decent kriek which is a style I love, so obviously I like this beer, but if the medicinal element could be toned down a little it would be even better.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Pours a fairly hazy burgundy, with a half-finger of pink head that really doesn't last too long. A good amount of visible carbonation though.

S: Earthy funk and tart berries. Cheesy, feet and barnyard, with lactic tartness and sour cherries. Light cracker malts underneath. I’m not sure if this was aged in a barrel, but there are some vanilla notes, like you would get from some oak. As it warms, there are more vinous and acetic sour notes that arrive. It's a pretty complex aroma, and appealing.

T: Sour cherries up front. Then a mixed lactic and acetic sourness, and fairly acidic. A tannic vinous dryness stays over the cracker malt underpinnings. The cheesy and earthy funk again here, though not quite as much as on the nose. Then some more tart cherry pie filling. A dry fruity tartness in the hang.

M: A medium body for style, and low alcohol presence. The carbonation sensation is a bit on the low side.

O: Good, but not great. The depth of funk is just a bit lacking, and it doesn't have the completely natural juicy fruit flavors to make up for it. The fruit profile tastes like they may have back-sweetened it with sugar a bit? But either way, it's tasty - especially for something in a small-format bottle on the shelf.

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Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lambiclove
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle.

I thought this was a very satisfying beer. Listed as a fruit beer but this brew really tastes more like a lambic - 4.5

A - Pours a dark red, a bit mahogany, with a very small pinkish head that dissipated quickly to form a film around the edge. 4.25

S - Sour cherries, like the ones I used to pick from my grandmother's sour cherry tree. 4

T - Sour, tart cherries. 4.5

MF - Dry finish with a medium light body. Refreshing. 4.5

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Kriek from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 62 ratings