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Mort Subite KriekMort Subite Kriek

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Brouwerij Mort Subite

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 334
Photo of velkyal
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just popping open the cork was to be rushed with the fragrance of cherries. No messing around here then, fruit by name, fruit by nature.

Very red beer, and the head was distinctly pink. Guess what it smelt like, erm yes cherries, but also like the powdered sherbert that I loved as a kid.

Tastewise it was a revelation - I was expecting a sweet cloying flavour, but au contraire this was tart and acidic balanced out with a sweetness in the aftertaste, and as I did expect lots of fruitiness. The body was smooth and velvety.


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Photo of Lemke10
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a maroon red color with a foamy, light pink head. The aroma is rich with sweet cherries. The taste is sweet with cherries evolving into a tart finish. Decent flavor, but the texture is a little thinner than I would have imagined. A smooth, refreshing desert beer that I’m a little surprised doesn’t have a higher rating.

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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 kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a reddish brown body. Tons if lacing, light aroma which is as expected mostly fruity and raspberry like. This is an excellent lambic with a nice raspberry and medicinal cherry taste up front and brown sugar finish with moderate to high carbinaion and light body. Overall very drinkable and one of the better lambic beers out there.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Sour malty aroma with some medicinal cherry.

T - A sweet, candy like cherry character up front with some malty caramel in the middle. Finishes with caramel, tart fruit, and dark sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very strong cherry presence with enough sweet and sour character to be eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottles bought in a department store in Monterrey, México, with a best before date of August 2006.

Pours a beautiful bubbling rosé champagne-like brew, with a nice pink to reddish head and good lacing.

Smell is of cherries and little maltiness.

Taste is refreshing, fizzy, of cherries. Good balance of malts and sweetness of the fruits.

Mouthfeel is crisp, sweetish though.

Of course I'll have another one. Actually, I am.

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Photo of jahred
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back this bottle from my trip to Amsterdam. Comsuned 7/28/04, date on bottle says 11/05.

This beer is absolutely beautiful. As it's pouring out of the bottle it's a light pink color, and acquires darker reddish-brown colors in the glass. A huge and gorgeous light-pink, creamy foamy sticks around the glass after a pour.

As for the scent, it's not as strong as I expected, and is best-described as cherry-musy. An old farmouse. Old cheese. And there's a wiff of cherry in there, too.

The taste is crisp and only slightly tast, and the surprisingly large head adds a creamy aspect aspect to the mouthfeel. The level of acidity makes there more of a lemon taste than a cherry taste, though some cherry notes are still there. Later, as the beer warms, the sweet cherry flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Mmm....

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Photo of donnebaby
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy red body with a fresh white hear of hazy spontaneous bubbles. Ample lacing. Smell is cherry preserves, like pie, powerful and true--yet not too sweet; very nice.

Taste, too, refreshes by not being too sweet. The focus arrives more on the mouthfeel, accented by a somewhat strong carbonation flush followed by a smooth, creamy characterature of the sweet and fruity cherry. Utterly clean finish.

Highly drinkable and an excellent kriek, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This kriek poured a slightly hazy cherry red with a forever lasting bright white head.

The cherries came through quite strong in the nose but never completely overpowered the sourness that lingers.

The taste, like the nose is dominated by the cherries. The sweet start is almost too much. But the finish combines the sweetness with a nice sour that lingers and lingers.

The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Really nice.

This is a very drinkable lambic. Probably a little kool ade for a died in the wool lambic lover, but I really liked it.

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Photo of cfrancis
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I adore Mort Subite. Such a nice beer to have on the off occasion. This one is laced with cherries. Aroma is very subtle but you can detect cherry and fruit. Taste is an explosion of taste. Cherry with the dry bitterness of cranberry with the bite of alcohol. Just a fantastic mouthfeel.

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Photo of sherillc
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ewright
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my second beer I had with dinner at Belgo Centraal in London. It came looking like a rose wine, but with lots of champagne like bubbles and a frothy 1/2" of pinkish white head. There was a large sour cherry nose with hints of mild toasted grain.

The taste was dominated by sweet and sour cherries, with a tingling effervescence much like champagne. A very drinkable beer and a great way to finish off a really good pot of mussels!

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Photo of NoDeity
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright red. The head is thick and rich, pinkish in colour, and sticks around for a long time.

The sour flavour of the cherries comes through beautifully but not so strongly that it's like a cherry soda. As expected for the style, it's somewhat dry and the taste isn't especially beery -- it might even appeal to those strange folks who aren't fond of beer.

This is not my favourite style of beer but I like variety and this makes a very nice break from the IPAs and strong beers that I usually favour. I'll definitely buy it again.

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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 jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bottle.

Fleshy pink tones with wonderfull lacing. Clear with no residue.
SMells of cherries and sour fruits.
Taste: Sour cherries with a touch of bitterness. Very crisp and very refreshing. Fine bubbles contribute to the excellent mouthfeel.

Overall a nice, refreshing beer.

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

Pours a lovely, fiery amber colour with a yellow hue around the edges. A generous, frothy white head leaves an ample amount of lacing before settling as a thin collar.

Smells like rotten apples, ripe grapes and a warm, honey-sweetened bran muffin.

Tart and slightly sour cherry taste with an oat or bran-like backing and a peppery tone. Sweetened, almost buttery apple taste in the finish, like a fritter or pie.

Has a really sharp bite on the tongue. Light, but syrupy body with a low carbonation. The long-lasting collar provides a certain creaminess before a dry and tart aftertaste with lingering apple-cherry tones.

This is a great desert beer and a great introduction to lambics. It has both a quality fruit taste and a proper tartness and it looks great to boot.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mort subite - sudden death. So kriek would make this the sudden death by cherries?

A - pink. It's a kriek. Head is thin cotton candy pink and body is also a ruby cool-aid red.

S - smells pink too. Cherries are there the elderberries are in here too (as per the label) but I'm not familiar enough with elderberries to know what I'm looking for. It has lots of subtle layers. Colors and seasons and types of cherries

T - it has the cherry flavor not of fake candy but of the cherry filling in Bon bons. Like the fancy syrup in ihop. Slight tangy sour aftertaste. Designed to be had with Belgian chocolate.

M - smooth and crisp

D - fantastic dessert beer. Give me this with a chocolate and I'll order it everytime.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a chalice from a bottle in Brussels at Delirium Cafe..

This is very good lambic.

it smells great very sweet with cherries.

The beer has a beautiful red/brown color with a white head, not a lot lacing.

It tastes sweet with cherries dominating but has a nice sour kick too.

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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 cypressbob
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle

Pours with a deep red body, pinky white head with good retention

Smell, strong sherbet coated cherries. Slight acidic tart twang but followed by a sugary sweetness

Taste, slight tart cherry flavour followed by an estery sweet finish. Some crisp bready malt in the background

A very drinkable kriek, not a big tart unsweetened lambic but a drinkable fruit beer this is

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

The beer has a good inch head and a pink colour to it. The head retention is very good.

The nose on the beer is with sweet cherries and a bit of tartness. This beer has a sweetness from the cherries and a slight tartness. Very balanced. The mouth feel is a bit creamy and the beer is pretty drinkable. Solid lambic all around.

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

A: 1/4" very light pink head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing over red liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Sour cherries and yeast.

T: Tart yet sweet taste of sour cherries with a finish reminiscent of candy.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: This lambic is an easy drinker and is on the sweeter end of the spectrum for the style.

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

Poured a vivid cherry red with a thin slick of head. Sweet cherry aroma with hints of tartness and malt.

Moderate-to-highish carbonation and full mouthfeel. Sweet cherry up front with hints of caramel and some mild tartness on the finish.

A little sweet and one-dimensional, but tasty and easy-drinking.

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

A: Poured a dark cherry red color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Immediate difference between this and others of the style is the dark cherry presence versus the young, red cherries. Wood, some Earthy notes to it as well.

T: Starts out with a nice blend of dark cherries with a subtle hint of young red cherries but dark cherries being dominant, a bit sweeter, wood, tartness.

M: Felt fuller than many for the style, medium body, well carbonated a bit sweeter yet still dry with lots dark cherry flavor

o: Good

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

Bottle purchased at LCBO in July. Bottle notched B, C, E, 6 & 11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours crystal clear and red if looked at in light, but a brownish colour when looked at from atop... Nice head, little lacing, but excellent retention. The aromas and palate are dominated by dried cherries, but with a light sourness that becomes puckering slowly over time. Enjoyable, and a nice light sour IMO.

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