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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #178
Ranked #39,427
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
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Photo of Holderness
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has that same cherry pie filling sweetness that I associate with a lot of Rodenbach's offerings, but it is a bit sweeter and certainly less tart. Lovely ruby-hued body with a fairly quickly dissipating head. Simple yet drinkable -- doesn't really have the complexity of many lambics out there


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Photo of elnachooo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Su sabor es igual que su aroma, dulce, apenas ácido, y destaca su sabor a cereza. Carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Refrescante. Una muy buena opción para los amantes de las Kriek.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Wow this is so sweet! My teeth might rot out drinking this one with the sugary cherry overwhelming all obstacles. Fizzy like soda. There is some citrus and wood funk, but not enough to balance. If you want a really sweet cherry beer that is light in complexion, this one is for you!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there are lots of kriek listings for these guys, so i am not 100% positive that i am reviewing the one i had under the right heading here, it was sold to me as kriek subite and mentioned oak, so i assume this is the one, but i know they make a few of them with varying levels of maturity and sweetness. the one i had was pretty darn good, well better than the ratings here, with a deep dark blood red color to it, a tall almost nitro looking head nearly perfectly white from the tap, and staying creamy and tall throughout, the proper glassware no doubt helping with that, this is pretty to look at. its smell is intoxicating, sexy cherry, not quite candied but sweet for sure, but with an identifiable lambic character underneath, funky and quite mature to me, obviously woody, some tartness too but not real sour once i start drinking it, pretty good complexity too, surprised this isnt rated better and makes me question if i had a different version of kriek from mort subite. the cherry flavor is dense and natural, sweet and sour at the same time, and definitely leads the charge here, but there is more to it, plenty of funk, bacterial pucker, and lemon notes before all the wood. its smooth and lively, its appreciably low alcohol, and has a nice depth of flavor. sure it might be too sweet to make an evening of, but i like the feel a lot and a glass or two is a treat! a different type of lambic for sure, possibly back sweetened or something, but i dig it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy pinkish color with a light pink head. In the nose, a touch of cherries. In the mouth, malt with cherries and a touch of sour - just right! Yum!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mort Subite Austin.

This beer may appeals to the masses but off style and not appealing to me. 3.25

A - Pours a dark red to black, opaque with a three finger off white head. Great lacing. 4.0

S - Aromas of cherries and lactic acid. 3.75

T - Cherries and slightly sour. A sweet tart. 3.5

MF - Too creamy and smooth. I love a creamy beer when properly balanced with tartness, alcohol, etc., but this is not one of those times. 3.0

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis a fantastic brew.

Pours as you expect, cherry-ade little head, but nonetheless the body is deep and rich.

Aroma is oozing cherries, bursting from the glass.

Taste is fantastic, it is one of the better kriek lambic's, very fruity and not tart at all.

Feel is a touch artificial, like a cheap cola I guess, but it does leave a very pleasant aftertaste.

It is pretty fine if you're into your fruit beers. Not my cup of tea, but in the pursuit of reviewing everything Belgian, it comes with the territory.

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

25cl bottle at Cafe de la Gare. Clear ruby with a pink head. Smells of cherries, with some additional notes of lactose and bubblegum. The taste follows the same notes, with some additional honey. A bit too sweet, but, nonetheless, not a bad beer.

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Photo of descobar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

disclosure: best by date is 01/2015.
displays no signs of oxidation in the nose or palate. pours ruby red with a thin head that dissipates into a lasting thin layer. lacing is present as consumed. a bit cloudy but clears up as it warms. sour cherries dominate the nose with barnyardy, earthy notes and some bubble gum also present. body is medium and texture semi-creamy. carbonation moderate. a tart but not overwhelmingly so astringency. the flavor is all fruit balanced by the tart (would not call it sour) element. no noticeable bitterness and nothing from the oak. maybe the ageing is just a way to get the bacteria from the wood. finishes dry with lasting tartness. - I enjoyed drinking this and getting out of my comfort zone of American and other Belgian styles.

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Photo of safaricook
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color and great fluffy pinkish head. Smell is a bit artificial cherry flavors. Reminds me of a cherry flavored lollipop that had a chewing gum inside or was it a sour patch? Long time gone. Taste follows nose. Quite sweet with some tartness at the very end. Again memories of childhood. I think this very much like an alcopop rather than traditional kriek, gueuze or beer. It is not awful though. It works well as an apertiv or with desser

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic. page, 262
Reviewed also in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting. p 119
Had in my favorite train station in the world, Antwerp.

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Photo of Shanex
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mort subite lambic is a tad too fruity for my taste yet this afternoon on a sunny day felt good. Cherries are best eaten as fruits, in my opinion. I'll have one of these every now and then. Not a sixer.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sour cherry! Yum. Love it in pastries.
This is however a beer product and a bottle of weak juice is not my idea of fun. It was given to me at a party. The party was good.

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Photo of sherillc
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is mild, slightly floral, cherry. Flavour is of fresh cherries, good balance of tart and sweet. Not overly syrupy or sugary. Good acidity and nice flavour. Very refreshing and it's lower alcohol would make this a great Summer patio option.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is sweet and sour cherries with some sour mix. Not as sour as some others that I have had in the style. Still very very good on tap. Would have multiple glasses.

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Photo of Moose90
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a very deep and dark red tinged amber. Head is bubbly but fades very quickly.

S – Smells of artificially sweetened fruits and sugars, like cherry kool-aid and cough syrup.

T – Tastes tart initially, then leads into a cloyingly sweet and artificial tone of cherries and sugars.

O – Underwhelming overall, and comes off exceedingly sweet.

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Photo of Roguer
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly large, fluffy, off-white head. Good retention and tons of nice lacing. Brew is a dark coppery red, very clear and active.

Huge sweet notes of cherries (sweet, not particularly tart) with just a hint of hay-like funk behind.

Flavor is tarter and funkier than the aroma indicates; straw and hay, a little musty cheese, a touch of vinegar. Cherries wash over the palate around the middle and back third. Long, lingering, sticky finish.

A little fizzy and foamy in the mouth; sticky and sugary coating. Almost soda-like.

As a Kriek, it's inherently good, but the mouthfeel and minimal funk lean this closer to a cherry soda than a good lambic. It's enjoyable, but far from great.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

She's a beauty in the glass with an almost solid big pink cap of foam with so much even, perfect lacing it practically frosts the glass. The nose and taste are both pretty exclusively slighty musty, slightly tart cherries. There is a little earthiness but otherwise it kind of tastes like pez with cherries juice and Perrier. Really luscious, bright, carbonated (fierce, but delicate), refreshing, and drinkable. It is what it is, not complicated, not too much in any way. Keep it away from your kids ; )

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had gallons of this at the tavern of the same name several years ago located an alley or two off the Grote Markt in Brussels and from time to time score a bottle or two. My memories of Mort Subite Kriek with an omelet for a late breakfast probably influence my score upwards. The nose is cherries with a slight funk. This is a beautiful brilliant cherry color with a pink tinted foam cap and a fine bead. The beer is light, big on cherries, tart with a light balancing sweetness – probably a little sweeter than some Krieks but not like soda pop sweet. It is very effervescent with a fine soft carbonation. Very drinkable, especially for breakfast.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

A – A deep red with heavy carbonation. The head is initially one finger high but dies to a cover yet still leaves plenty of lace in the glass.

S – The main smell is cherry and some alcohol notes there are also decent floral aromas with red fruit including Logan Berry!
T – Sharp and fruit with a lot of cherry, raspberry, Logan berry and some Strawberry sweetness. The fruit flavours have a really good sweet sour balance in this beer.

MF – a lot of sharp astringenic fruit feel with carbon tingle and a good full mouth feel.

O – This beer is very drinkable and to be honest I was surprised to find myself really liking this Lambic as I have not been a fan till now. This one has an award under its belt, ‘WBA 2012 best sour’ and I personally think it deserved it.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle into a Mort Subite goblet. Clear amber red body, small head, good lacing. The smell is all cherry. Taste begins with sweet cherry, tart in the middle, cherry in the end with a fresh cherry aftertaste. Light body, pleasant medium carbonation. A fresh drinkable kriek. Not very sour, but not too sweet either. Tastes like real cherry, not artificial.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cherries along with underlying notes of berries. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The cherries contribute slight amounts of tartness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the cherry flavors didn't seem to be artificial or too sweet.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 01/28/2015

(A)- Pours a deep crimson red color. Produced some solid off-white to pink froth with surprising retention and lacing for the style.

(S)- Huge aromas of slightly tart cherries. Quite clean on the nose apart from some subtle dryness. Otherwise massive cherry jam notes.

(T)- Subtle tart & dry oakiness leads the way into mountains of jammy cherry juice.

(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Not overly sour or acidic, but great fruit notes. Very clean for the style too with no funk but a bigger sweetness to it overall.

(O)- Its a milder lambic for sure. Great fruit with some oak, just lacking the complexity and sourness one can expect for the style.

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Photo of mick303
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass, colour is an attractive red colour with a head of pinkish foam, good film retention. Clear and bright.

S - sweet candied cherries. Like the snow cone syrup, quiet sweet and a bit artificial feeling, some slight sour funk, a bit vegetal.

T - starts with a balanced sharpness, bit of tartness which then fades as it becomes more sweet. Some lemony cherries, some strong sweetness to it, quite candied, but it does have enough carbonation to manage to clean it off, finish is quiet and light.

M - very light bodied. With a hint of tartness, moderate to high carbonation making this a refreshing aperitif.

Overall this has a mild tartness, lacks any real sour character, and has such a candy cherry sweetness it is a bit cloying if not for the carbonation to clean off the finish. Quite a light beer, only a slight oak character, it's a bit of a fruit bomb but makes a pleasant refreshing aperitif, would want to restrain myself to one though, it's more balanced than the smell would indicate and makes a refreshing if overall if mostly exciting Kriek.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at reffer temp into a goblet.

Head small (<2 cm), white with pinkish tinge, creamy, mostly diminishing.
Lacing fair.
Body clear, light red (not pinK), light to medium palate, watery to creamy.
Carbonation fizzy.

I first had this beer at Belgo Centraal in the Covent Garden region of London. It was a fantastic introduction to lambic and kriek beers. Then it seemed to disappear for a couple of years. Now it's back as a mass-produced product complete with artificial flavoring and color. Sad, really, that it's no worse than Bud.

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