Girardin Kriek 1882 | Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Kriek 1882Girardin Kriek 1882

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Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-28-2002

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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Girardin Kriek 1882 has a clear, ruby complexion that looks like just like cranberry juice, or would save for the pink-tinted froth. All beers should be poured into a glass - ideally the appropriate sized and shaped one - but it'd be especially a shame to drink a Kriek right out of the bottle.

The aroma is sweet and reminiscent of a cherry liqueur (the 'Nalewka Babuni' my Polish grandmother drinks). It smells like it was heated and then mulled with spices - sounds pleasant on Christmas morning but not when wishing to drink real lambic in the Grand Place.

The taste continues to remind me of Christmas owing to its strong marzipan flavour. The sweet, candied cherries and almond confectionery notes are classic holiday flavours (and perfect pairings for the aforementioned cherry brandy). It's dry enough but has no 'funk'.

This Kriek desperately lacks the style's trademark tartness. To its credit, it found a compromising middle-ground between high sweetness and convincingly natural cherry flavour. Still, this kind of thing shouldn't even be considered when talking about an authentic Belgian Kriek.

I like Girardin Kriek 1882 but can't in all honesty say very many good things about it. It is absolutely pleasant to drink and will be downright bewitching to unfamiliar mainstream drinkers, but it leaves plenty to be desired for those who've acquired the taste for real Lambic.

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Girardin Kriek 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 132 ratings