Girardin Kriek 1882 | Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Kriek 1882Girardin Kriek 1882
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 58
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very interesting kriek here, quite a lot sweeter than anticipated, especially considering the sourness and maturity of their lambics. the cherry in this is super sweet, a little medicinal at times, and a little generic fruity as well, but once i get past my initial expectations, i start to like it a lot more. i think we as kriek drinkers have a tendency to associate the sweet ones as lower quality or cheap, and the more sour ones as the best ones, but i dont think thats always true, and this is a good example of that. while i do think it would benefit from a higher degree of acidity, i like the way the funk is allowed to be so prominent in its absence. really farmy and almost stinky, musty and old it seems, yeasty in a different way for the style. the fruit is good, but its not fresh cherry to me, almost like cherry jello or something. long long finish, fine carbonation and a rather fuller body for the style. tasty beer, happy to have shared it with drlovemd87, but unlike their gueuze, i wouldnt put this in the upper echelon of the style.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a beautiful red colored beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex mix of lightly sweet cherries and some sourness. I was quite surprised by the balance between the cherries and the sourness as I drank this beer. Definitely a change from your juice/sugar added fruit lambic that are more commonly available to me. Wish I could drink some more of this wonderful drink.

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Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle shared by Dyan. Thanks.

Hazy cherry red with brown highlights. Pours without much of a head, only a lasting collar.

The aroma is fairly sweet, reminiscent of cherry preserves and cough syrup. It's also strangely mineral, metallic and medicinal.

Decent cherry flavors up front, but the mid-palate is odd; medicinal and metallic (iron), almost vegetal. There's a little vinegar, light acidic sourness, not particularly sweet or sour, and marred by some off flavors. Light finish, faintly oaky and medicinal. I was really excited to try this, but it's really not very good. Meh.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a hazed ruby with a purple hue to it. It has a pink hued white with some good retention.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, caramel malt, and oak. It is dry but good. A bit funky, but overall sweet.

Taste: More sweet cherries, oak, vanilla. I like how dry and sweet this beer is. It works well with the cherries and funk. It has some acidic flavors to it which surprised me.

Mouthfeel: Dry, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, it is a pretty great kriek. I enjoyed the cherries used in this beer. Definitely something I would like to have more of.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Girardin fat-bottomed tulip.

Poured a nice bright red with a small pink head and a collar thorughout.

The nose brought some semi-tart cherry and a bit of sweetness. Flavor was tart cherry with some sweetness and mild acidity. Restrained funk there as well.

Light body and dry finish with a bit of acidity.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served via bottle into goblet @ Bier Circus (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12.

Pours a clear rose in the glass, topped with a finger of pink colored head. This retains with more of a fizzy look, leaving back foamy swathes of lacing that stick. The aroma smells of fresh cherries and backing sugars. Some souring funk mixes in as well and picks up some steam as this warms.

The taste is fresh tart cherries, with a souring edge to the profile that is evened by some sugary sweetness in the background. This is dry and funky on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively feeling on the tongue, with a firm and crisp feeling creaminess that fills up the back of the palate.

This was solid Kriek, with some nice cherry flavor and a well balanced tartness to it that never got to be too much. I just wish that it could have wowed me a little more.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby color with pinkish head. Aroma has mostly fermented cherries, not much funk. Taste is really "flat", not sour but also not sweet. Finish has some nice cherry and cherry pit notes. Not bad but it lacks some highlights.

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Photo of billab914
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%

I brought this bottle back from Brussels, shared with Alex enjoyed from a tumbler chilled, review from notes.

The color is deep red with pink head and fine bead. The smell has a slight stone fruit intensity with mild medicinal phenolic with fruity so cherry it almost seems artificial. The feel has moderately carbonated and medium body with moderate sourness and juicy tangy essence.

The taste is excellent with juicy cherry and gentle sour flavor with mild sweet flavor in the finish with a cherry pie type sweet/sour juxtoposition. I consider this an above average kriek, not the best I enjoyed from Belgium but very good in its own right.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red in color with a white-pink head. Nice cherry aroma, lots of cherry skin, a bit of cherry pie and spice notes. Oak, moderate tartness, and a light but musty funkiness. The flavor is only lightly tart and not as funky as the gueuze. Plenty of cherry pie and cherry skin. Some grass and musty funk. Not bad, but the gueuze or Kriekenlambik are both better.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle (2015 vintage I believe) poured into a matching Girardin tumbler appears ruby red in color with a pink stained head.

Aroma contains a solid amount of natural cherry character smelling minorly medicinal akin to luden cherry cough drops. Slight mineral character also present.

The taste of this is kind of like if you took a bunch of cherries directly from a tree, juiced them and then extracted all the sugar leaving just a sense of what the cherry pits and skin taste like without any sweetness. It is very natural feeling but lacks complexity. There is a bit of mineral/seltzer water feel to this along with a base beer that is very boring in comparison to unfruited girardin lambic. Minimal funk/sourness just a basic lactic tartness with earthen minerals and slight herbal bitterness.

This is medium to lighter in body with modest carbonation. A great cherry flavor that is watered down with a carbonic bite. Pretty effortless to drink a bunch of this but for the cost I would much rather have their black label geuze.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
3.67 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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