Mort Subite Kriek | Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-13-2002

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Reviews:
131
Ratings:
330
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
22.91%
 
 
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Mar. 2014. I haven't had any flavoured lambics in quite a while, despite the fact that they are generally my favourite 'fruit' beer. Needless to say, when I spotted this one on the shelf, I quickly grabbed it. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful, clear ruby-red colour, topped with one finger of sparkling, creamy off-white head with a bit of pinkish stain to it. It wilts away gradually over the next 5-6 minutes, leaving behind a dense, lumpy cap and collar, as well as smears of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite sour and funky, with lots of sour cherry pit and a few vinous notes. Some sweetness, but leaning toward the tart side on the nose.

Pretty yummy stuff, with sweet cherry and wheat malt dominating at first, and the sour cherry pit notes rounding things out at the end. The funky barnyard notes aren't dominant, but rather underlie the more prominent cherry infusion, with a few raspberry vibes as well. Reasonably well-balanced between sweetness/tartness, but it could use a little more of the latter for that puckering quality I love in these styles. Other than that, the mouthfeel is light and spritzy, with a good bite from the carbonation.

Final Grade: 3.63, a solid B grade. Mort Subite Kriek is flavorful, tasty stuff that I'd say is worth a try, but it still kind of straddles that line between alcopop and beer, so purists or serious lambic fans probably won't dig it that much. I really wish these sorts of brews were available year-round in my area, but for now it seems fruit lambics will remain a once-in-a-while thing for me. I rarely drink these styles in general, so it's fair to mention that I'm far from a connoisseur here. This might not be the best kriek in the world, but it's still tasty and easy to like, with a nice balance of cherry tartness, sweetness, and funky lambic goodness. A very quaffable brew that I would suggest as an entry point into the style for anyone curious.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mort Subite translates to Sudden or Instant Death. Yep, that pretty well describes this muddled mess. There seem to be too many ingredients. Very sweet but bland in the fruit department. Taste needs more cherries. Smell is pretty good though, fruity with a mixture of berries and medicinal sweet cherries. Thick frothy pink head looks good. Very pink, impressively pink.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of brownbeer
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like carbonated cherry NyQuil in the glass. Cherry soda dominates the aroma and flavor. Pretty sweet without much redeeming tartness. Has a dirty aftertaste, doesn't finish clean. Bleh, not a very good example of the style, even for a sweeter style lambic. Xtreme? Sorry.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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 talbotjf99
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this one for ages - finally picked up a bottle at the LCBO.

Pours a wonderful ruby-copper hue, leaves an inch thick of foamy head. Terrific lacing; a wonderful-looking brew!

The smell is mostly cherry, with some apple-cranberry sourness, biscuits and wine.

The taste is exceptional - sweet fresh cherries at the front, puckery sourness at the finish. The finish is nice and dry. Fully expected a sweet lambic and was pleasantly surprised. However, I agree with a previous poster in that it's not a flavour I can drink for too long.

Mouthfeel is juicy and tart, lightly carbonated.

Not a beer I will pick up too often, but certainly one well worth trying. My favourite lambic thus far!

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Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of innominat
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Chez Leon.

A-Ruby red color, clear. A finger of rocky white head.

S-Sweet cherries dominate.

T-This one is skewed towards being sweet rather than sour. Cherries are evident and pleasant.

M-Nice body-not as thin as some lambics. Quick dry finish.

D-Very high.

O-This is a drinkable lambic with strong cherry flavor which skews towards being more sweet than sour but not overly sweet to the point of tasting artificial.

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Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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 DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of chickenm
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pinkish red color with a white head. Leaves really nice lacing. Sweet fruity aroma with cherries. The taste is mostly cherries with a nice balance between sweet and sourness. Good mouthfeel with a light dry finish. I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is a nice lambic.

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Photo of Dinkel
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rastaman
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet cherry flavour, with perhaps a bit of late sourness and tartness. Pretty light and refreshing, which makes it good to drink in summer, however it is perhaps a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Dan911
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BraveMountie
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brend91
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Het is een lekkere kriek, maar de biersmaak is niet zo goed terug te vinden.

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Photo of Thebeardedangler
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favourite beer. Hands down.

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Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
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