Girardin Kriek 1882 | Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Kriek 1882Girardin Kriek 1882
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-28-2002

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3.66
pDev:
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 122
Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky ruby under pink web. 4.5
Dirty nose: barnyard and cherry stone. 4
Fruity front, sugar hit, balsamic undertones, slight earth, and lingering tang. 4.25
Fizzy, almost medium, some cling. 4

Tastes a lot smoother than it smells. Cherry wacks the funk but still characterful. But not the Brett fest of 1882. 4

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany red with notes of purple and a fluffy light pink head. The nose has a light musk, lots of sweet cherry with a faint sourness and maybe a touch of citrus. The taste is lightly musky, again very sweet. light hop presence and fairly sour. Light body with a little syrupy feel to it and a high carbonation with a semi dry finish.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sampled at the Le Porte Noire in Brussels. This brew is a lovely bright red colour with a pinkish/off-white head of foam. Aromas are of sweet cherries, some lambic funk, sugar, and bready malts. This actually reminded me of Cherry cheesecake. The taste was thick and rich (again like cheesecake) and a bit sweet for a traditional kriek. However, the mouthfeel was rich and decadent and the drinkability was excellent. Not my favorite kriek, but one that I would definately drink again...A steal too, at like $8.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with the Gueuze, often the label states "Girardin Kriek 1882", but unlike the Gueuze this however is only available in one form - just filtered. A nice Kriek and not offensive but a tad too sweet for my liking. Has very strong lambic characteristics and the sourness of cherries compliment the dry acidic base beer. But there are better, less sweeter versions in my opinion. Good introduction though to the much better, more traditional but extremely rare Girardin Kriekenlambic.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a mug. Enjoyed during the London Drinker festival as a refreshing break from all the real ales.

A: Clear cherry-red body under a finger of fine pink head. Decent retention, nice patchy lace. Attractive.

S: Rich cherry dominates, accented by some cheesy and grassy funk. Very smooth, solidly sour, and frankly terrific.

T: Follows the nose precisely: fruit dominates pleasantly with enough sourness and funk present to keep it crisp, refreshing, and interesting. Excellent Kriek.

M: Frothy, light, lively. Fun.

O: What a great little Lambic! I was shocked to see how low its overall score is on here, as I thought this was every bit as good as the Krieks I've had from heavier hitters; in fact, I'd be hard pressed to say whether I preferred this or the Lou Pepe Kriek I enjoyed just the night before. Amazing beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pinkish-red colour, ring of pink-white head, light lace as well. Smell is lots like cherry juice at first, some sugar coated cherry sweetness, underlying musty notes, funky with some cheese like qualties, lactic notes as well. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour cherry, lots of fruit comes across, starts off with sweet cherry before acidity and tart fruits come in and add some drying points to keep this from going off the rails in terms of sweetness. Medium spritzy carbonation, medium body. Overall this is quite nice but a bit too sweet to be in the realm of top tier fruit lambic, still something I could have several glasses of throught the course of a day.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Kriek poured a clear, very red color with creamy, pink foam that persisted and clung to the glass lightly. The smell was cherries, lightly sweet, and mild overall. The taste was cherry and a tad too sweet overall for me. The mouthfeel was creamy and syrupy with medium body and good carbonation. This was OK but seemed sweeter than when I have had it from a bottle.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

2013 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear dark red. Lacing is spotty, stringy and sparse with ok stick. Average.

Nose is candied cherry and artificial sugar. A bit of oak hides in the background. I don't like hints of artificial sweetner in my lambic.

Opens cherry meat and pit. Sweet and juicy in the middle with bitter cherry skin at the end. Some foam and yeasty bitterness also. Pretty terrible.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and dry going down. Finishes mellow with a barely there aftertaste. Decent.

Some lambic wants to be traditional and other lambic wants to be sweetened... that's all fine and good except that Girardin kriek seems to want to straddle the line and does neither well. Its too sweet, not at all funky but with a rotting wood bitterness that just doesn't work. Hard pass on this one.

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Photo of grub
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman brought this back from his trip to belgium and was kind enough to share this rare treat. thanks a bunch jan!

37.5cl bottle, corked and caged.

pours pinky red with a big pink head. the huge fluffy head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. big sour acidic nose that almost burns if you inhale too deeply. funky. bit of horse blanked. lots of earthy character. bit of lemon and orange. sour cherry. date. bit of soapy character - bubble bath or cleanser?

taste is good. sour cherry. bit of spice - nutmeg, cinnamon. spiced cherry cake? cake and bready malt. earthy funk. horse blanket. bit of old leather. light sweetness hiding in the background. vanilla. light acidity. lemon.

mouthfeel is nice. very clingy mouthfeel. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is ok. well balanced. not overly sweet. the aroma was ok, but the taste is quite nice.

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Photo of nickd717
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unmarked bottle thanks to dyan.

Pours a muddy brownish-red color with a small off-white head (but then again I got the bottom of the bottle). Substantial yeast sediment adorns the bottle after it is poured.

Aroma is vinegary with cherry and funk.

Flavor is really vinegary. The cherry flavor is not so good, a little drowned out by the vinegar.

Medium body with decent carbonation. Not too much sourness.

This was a very disappointing kriek, on the lower end of the style for sure (although considerably better than the bad bottle of Hanssens Oude Kriek I once had).

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a sweet cherry flavour, some nice tart acidity, but too sweet when you compare it to their gueuze, still quite nice, refreshing, medium to full bodied, fairly complex, but, yes, too sweet.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled very early 2011, most likely january.

pour is a dark ruby. fluffy pinkish head. nice retention.

light ripe cherry pie. some old musty basement with light oak. hints of tartness.

some cherry deep within the flavor but for a 2011, kind of weak. sweetness through out. maybe a hint of oak. overall, weak.

moderate to mild carbonation. a very faint dryness.

not something i will ever get again. oddly enough, their gueuze is just amazing.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Belgium on my last trip there with PurpleCloud.

Nice rose color. Poured with decent head that eventually dissipated. This was a good kriek but I was expecting more tartness in the body and finish. Definitely not cloying and tons of cherry taste but needed a bit more 'snap' for my taste.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before visiting Europe, the only krieks I tried were Lindemans Morte Subite and Belle Vue. I was aware of the criticisms that these are really fruit syrup and water that pale in comparison to the 'real' Lambics. Now that I got a chance to go to Belgium and try a wide range of Lambics, I realise how true these criticisms are.

reviewed from a 250 ml bottle brought back from Belgium.

According to the clerk at the store I purchased this at, Girardin beers are 100 percent Lambic, as opposed to the aformentioned
macro-lambics which can contain as little as 10 percent real Lambic. (Apparently the King of Belgium decreed a few years back that any beer containing 10 percent or more of Lambic could be declared a real Lambic.)

This beer pours a reddish pink color with a large, slightly pink head and loads of pink lacing (which looks really cool). The aroma is a blend of sweetish cherries and a distinct sourness. The taste is much more sour than the aroma, with sourness definitely dominating the palate. Theres also strong acidity and some farmyard funkyness. The cherry flavor is very tart and quite minimal. The mouthfeel is tingly from a lot of carbonation. Absolutely delicious. I wish I brought back more than 250 ml!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a wine glass.

Enjoyed in Treviso-IT. Bottle expiration: End of 2013.

A: Pours a dark red (cherry) color forming a big and fizzy rose head. Soapy and bubbled. Good retention and lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Cherry juice, a bit sour and syrupy. Mild Lambic style yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of cherries. Mild sourness, a bit vinegar. A bit syrupy too. Notes of sweet malts and wood. End is light bitter

M: Light body and good carbonation. Cherry, light sourness and bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Quite smooth and easydrinking. I was expecting a much more sour beer. Perhaps a little bit too sweet and and syrupy than I was expecting too but still a nice Kriek

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Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009:375ml

A: Deep blood red body. Tight, centimeter high bubbly light pink head. Frothy, spotty lacing. Looks pretty damn good.

S: Delicate tart cherries. A little mustiness, but not particularly funky.

T: Like the nose, this is a relatively tame kriek... but by no means does it lack deliciousness. Mild tart cherries. Just a hint of sourness. A little musty oak

M: Smooth, medium-light bodied. Even carbonation throughout. Nice tart finish.

D: Not the most complex kriek, but the Girardin kriek is certainly an easy drinking that might serve as a great introduction to the style for someone who hasn't quite experienced sour/tart beers yet.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: blood red color, slightly hazy, peachy colored foam, quite a huge and spongey layer develops on a moderately hard pour, lacy

Aroma: slight yoghurty tang, quite fruity (but not necessarily discernible as cherries), wheat, very faint twinge of lambic quality, touch of diacetyl

Flavor: tart cherry-like fruitiness with a background cherry-pit bitterness, cork a bit musty, a twinge too sweet, cherry extract, finishes sweet/tart with a residual bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, a bit slick feeling

Overall Impression: Almost like a kriekenbier. I don't get a lot of lambic character, per say. Not like Cantillon Kriek with a year of age on it. It's also a bit full-bodied for a kriek.

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Photo of aleigator
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a saturated ruby red color with a pinkish, stable head.

Has aromas of sweet, jammy cherries with a jogurt tartness to it, also featuring a dusty stone pit quality.

Offers a soft, sprizzy mouthfeel, revealing a subtle stone minerality among its refreshing tartness.

Tastes of an aqueous softness, cherry stone pits and unripe cherry pulp, together with a bright acidity. Leafy, old hops add to the tartness with a subtle dryness, creating an intriguing interplay with fruity, sweeter turning cherries. Finishes utmost soft on the tongue with a refreshing, bubbly carbonation and matured, ripe cherries, revealing a cherry skin quality.

Very well put together with a refreshing sparkly aspect, revealing an astonishing cherry complexity, which finishes almost with an overripe, fermented sweetness.

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Photo of marburg
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purple-ish tones to a blood-red body and a reddish-pink head. A fairly unsubstantial aroma with regards to traditional lambic stench. Black cherries and grenadine push their way forward. Similarly, the lambic flavor seems a bit dulled. While not the syrupy sugar bomb produced by Lindemans, this has a somewhat forced sweetness to it. Strawberry Quik, some cherry skin bitterness, grenadine, and barnyard funk form a subpar flavor profile that, while drinkable, isn't terribly enjoyable. If they'd either gone balls out on the sweetness or simply brought da' funk, this would certainly be better. This is a middling product, trying to be sweet without betraying its roots. Ultimately, it betrays people who like great beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish pink garnet. Light candy pink head, insanely sticky, just anywhere a bit of glass is free, this head will go and grab a seat forever. Aroma shouts cherry over every montreal’s roof. Deep honey, battered cream lactic acidity. Sweet meringous, funky, cheesy, leafy. Multi-dimensional aroma just like I enjoy them, but the focus is really funky dessert oriented. Rather sweet palate, more than I expected anyway with just a touch of lactic acid, smooth with clover and leaves notes. Light and easy to drink. RIdiculously seductive mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, full body, a maze of softness.

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Photo of atis
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy red-brown with rocky off-white heat that dissipates to dense ring that keeps till end of the glass. Some downsliding lacing.

Aroma is light acidic earthy sweet with some cherry in the first moments, but it could not be detected later so easlily. Taste is light sourish and mildly acidic sweet cherry with very dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with quite high carbonation.

Overall, not bad, but I would have expected it to be just slightly more sour. Then it would be perfect.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought from the local liquor shop.
Look: pours a relatively light-red color with a huge pink-white head
Smell: very lightly funky with a candylike cherries.
Taste: not too complex. Sweet-sour with cherries. Aftertaste is slightly sour, with almost no bitterness, but with a sweet kick in the end. Also interesting, the aftertaste is not dry at all (as most others in the style)
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall: this is a very accessible kriek with a nicely refreshing sourness, but also WITH artificial sweeteners added (not written on the bottle), which for me spoil this beer. Perfect for people who want to start drinking krieks though (a nice intermediate between the very sweet krieks, and the original authentic ones like 3 fonteinen).

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Photo of EPICAC
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle after lunch at Aba-Jour in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange with a sudsy, pink head that fades to a thin film.

Smell: Has the acidic, cherry and funky aromas expected, but there's an odd buttery aroma as well.

Taste: Acidic tartness with some sweet cherries. The finish is tart with light funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Balanced with good, but subdued lambic characters.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up with a lot of other lambics while passing through Belgium last week. Pours a deep red with a small white head, medium retention. Cherry comes through on the nose, but mostly funk. Really surprised how much funk compared to the framboise which had almost none. Would be a 4 for aroma, but some of that funk is a bit off-putting. Flavor is somewhere in between sour and sweet lambics. Not particularly nuanced, but has good cherry and is refreshing and quite drinkable. Not great, but much better than the framboise.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very ammoniacal. Otherwise sour, tart and dry with a nice cherry finish. Nice and earthy. The ammonia dissipates some way down the glass. Certainly one of the better lambics I've had.

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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
3.66 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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