Kriekenlambik | Brouwerij Girardin

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Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-30-2002

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bag-in-a-box. I guess that counts as a cask. Who knows. Clear dark red, a hard pour left some large bubbles on the surface, but it's pretty much still.

Great cherry pie aroma. Little bit of sweetness, nice acidity, a little lemon and cider. It shows some funk at first, but that gives way to fruit after a while.

Mildly sour, just enough to provide a little pucker. This is quite a bit better than the bottled Girardin Kriek I had, which had little sourness or funk to it. A mild sweetness appears toward the finish, along with a subtle note of malt. Little bit of apple cider, moderate lactic sourness. Finishes oaky, tannic, bit of spiciness from the wood. Carbonation is non-existent, which only aids in the ridiculous drinkability of this beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bag in a box, we'll call it cask.

A: The pour is blood red with no carbonation. Nice clarity to it.

S: A really intense cherry aroma. Tons of cherry skin in addition to the flesh. Lemon zest and lactic tartness with a bit of grass and straw. Just an amazing amount of cherry, though.

T: The flavor is even better. It's just a little bit sweet with plenty of lactic tartness to balance that out. As with the nose, a prodigious amount of cherry flesh and skin flavor. Only a mild funk to it.

M: Medium bodied with no carbonation.

O: Awesome stuff. I could probably drink all 5 liters by myself.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst; July 2010
Ah, my first Lambic after an over-night trip across the pond. The beer arrives with a surprisingly large, one-finger thick, large bubbled, pink tinged, light tan colored head that must have been violently produced as this beer is quite flat. The beer is a pretty, ruby-red, brilliantly clear color. The aroma has a sour, non-descript sort of fruitiness to it at first, but starts to become distinctly cherry after a short time. Musty background notes are joined by hints of acetone, a definite mushroom character, some tea like aromas, some woody oak aromatics as well as a hint of smokiness.

The beer is room temperature and quite flat as it rolls across my tongue. There is a touch of sweetness here that brings out some of the cherry flavors; in fact this does have a nice cherry-fruit flavor to it. It is only very lightly tart with mellow lactic notes at this point (definitely on the soft side for a Lambic). As should be expected, the beer is very light bodied and eminently quaffable. The funkiness here is pretty mellow and there is also a touch of tannic oak character to the finish.

In the end this is a mellow Lambic, with a soft cherry character and it is very quaffable. Due to the heat, the proprietress has said that this was served a touch warm, but I am definitely still quite enjoying this and it is likely a touch more flavorful because of the warmth.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Bier Circus, with dinner on my first night of a business trip to Europe.

This was dark brownish red, with a tan (not pink) foam comprised of large bubbles. Strange to see these bubbles as the beer is essentially flat. I had some Girardin Oude Lambic on cask directly before this and it had zero head (being similarly still).

The aroma was sweet cherries, very inviting and a nice match for the young lambic. A little funk behind that but really the cherries dominate on this one. It tastes delicious, but not as sweet as I'd inferred from the aroma. A light tart bite is the first sensation, followed by a strong and lingering cherry flavor. Not overly sour, very little lactic character.

Completely still, no carbonation, I am so floored by the chance to get this. And only 2.5 euros. Belgium has a good thing going, and it seems most people don't even know about it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is a blood red color with a faint pink head and creamy lacing. Nose is a light metallic twang with a bit of syrupy sweet cherry and not much else. The taste is fairly simple, a little cough syrup with a fair bit of sweet cherries. no tartness and a little artificial. light zesty yeast note underneath it all. light body, very creamy, low carb, and juicy in the back.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the very rare unblended cherry lambic. A very sharp and solid lambic beer is the base, and shines through the taste of this beer. Subtle cherry flavors are quite bitter, and this is an excellent, very traditional cherry lambic. Supreme sourness bombards the mouthfeel, with a sharp "gueuzey" mouth puckering finish. This is really hard to find, I have only ever drunk this once, and these are my notes from Easter 1999.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, served in a Girardin goblet.

A: Clear bright berry red body with some coarse light pink bubbles on top. Looks like a Kriekenlambik.

S: Ripe cherry on top of some cidery raw lambic notes. Nothing crazy, but nothing bad, either.

T: Restrained, with some sweet cherry pulp up front, some oaky, cidery lambic funkiness in the middle, and more cherry on teh dry finish. Elegant and simple; the cherry is present throughout without dominating. Cool.

M: Soft, slightly sticky medium body. Ok.

O: I really enjoyed this, but had to agree with my drinking partner that it doesn't even begin to live up to the quality of a sour, well-aged Oude Kriek.


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4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Nickls
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(From notes)

*I've listed this sample as a growler, but the sample actually came from a "wine in a box" setup shipped by the brewery.

Thanks, Andy!

A - Poured with a thin, slightly off-white head; wonderful ruby red pinkish color. Very pretty

S - Tart cherriness; a little sour; some sweetness as well

T - A bit tame on the funkiness, but still present; fresh dark cherries; some tart sourness, but exceptionally smooth

M - Thinner MF; very subtle carbonation

D - Huge! I don't think I could have ever considered anything in this style as sessionable, but clearly this brew fits the definition. I couldn't get enough.

Overall, this is superb and seek out however you can.

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Photo of ricke
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 10 liter bag-in-box. The box was filled at the brewery sometime during 15-16 August 2009. Sampling date: 2009-08-23.

A: Ruby read, absolutely no head - just a few big bubbles that quickly disappear.

S: Lots of cherries and some notes of cherry candy. A faint vinegary note, but nothing in the aroma suggests that this will be a very sour beer. Some other fruit aromas and a hint of funk. The smell is not very complex, but very interesting and different to say the least.

T: The taste is surprisingly sweet with lots of cherry flavors and notes of cherry candy, grass and earth. The sweetness is far from the sugary artificial flavors found in some lambics nowadays, though. In the middle, the tartness kicks in, but doesn't develop into a raging sourness. Instead, it's rather manageable. Muted funky notes of barnyard and dirt. The finish is tart and dry with prominent notes of cherries.

M: Surprisingly full body. It's still in the moderate range though, but fuller than most other lambics. The finish is refreshingly dry. Absolutely no carbonation.

D: What an interesting encounter this was. I really enjoyed to see what a lambic tastes like at this stage of its maturation. It's not as refreshing or complex as some other lambics, but I really enjoyed if. Due to the lack of carbonation and prominent fruity flavors, it was somewhat reminiscent of a tart fruit juice. A very good beer which was very fun to try.

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from mini-cask at Dag van de Kriek in Eizeringen. Garnet colored, clear, small bubbles on the room so you know it's not cranberry juice. Gluwein-smelling, a bit of cinnamon amid the cherry, raspberry and woodsy smells. Acid and mild cherry are balanced in the attack, with some wheat and citrus zest. Bitter edge nicely works in just when it's time for the next sip. Mouthfeel is thin but you feel the acid. As it should be.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Kriekenlambik from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 22 ratings