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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-13-2002

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330
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
22.91%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO in a moment of inspiration, albeit it gay inspiration. Pink froth with some fruity esthers. Medium bodied, though I am glad I shared this as drinkable, a little. Finishes sweet, that cherry sticky syrup, not too sweet, dtill retaining a sour edge.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A small curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cherry juice and cherries with a slightly tart quality. Taste is also of cherries and cherry juice with only a mildly tart quality. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too fantastic.

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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 metter98
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle – Poured a reddish brew with good carbonation. Aroma of cherries is overpowering with nothing else coming out in terms of aroma. Taste is bit too much cheery with not enough tart and tannic. Overall, this one is very refreshing but not the best from Mort Subite, nor close to the great kriek lambic.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked mini champagne style bottle.

Popping the cork, this beer pours a clear, orange and pink tinted copper hue, with several fingers of puffy, foamy, and silken pale pink head, which leaves some random soap film lacing around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet and sour cherry juice, raspberry fruit wine, and a mild grainy, somewhat caramelized malt. The taste is cherry/raspberry pie, one with a middling acidic tartness, which borders freakishly on my own mom's raspberry cream pie.

The carbonation is moderate, just a few aspiring frothy bubbles, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a wee twinge of creaminess. It finishes off-dry and still rather fruity, some pie crust malt and a sour cherry candy essence lingering.

A pleasantly tasty, refreshing, and drinkable cherry lambic (if not a particularly complex one), the only danger being that one might get a bit tired of that particular fruit flavour, as with any fruit beverage. However, there's enough going on here to obviate that concern, at least until the end of this bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce pour in a footed goblet. Bright red and brilliantly clear, topped with a slim cap that had a pinkish tint. Delicate concentric rings of drippy lacing. An ever present, mottled veil of skim sits on the surface.

Lightly sweet cherry aroma, initial wafts of damp dishrag must and minerals. Something vaguely medicinal about the cherry, but nothing hinting at a traditional lambic so far.

Cherry tartness hits first, then the club soda spritzer carbonation fizzes you into submission. Towards the end of the glass the carb settles down, but initially it tastes like a cherry soda or wine cooler. The cherry taste is tart however, like natural juice and not overtly artificial. Feel is a bit hollow and it tastes somewhat one dimensional, but it's better than expected.

"Matured in oak casks for several months" says the promo material... why even bother? Sort of a joke compared to traditional lambic producers aging for years to achieve the depth and complexity sorely missing here.

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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 Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured clear, bright red, with a foamy white head. Obvious aroma of cherries, with not much else coming through. Heavy cherry taste, more sweet than sour, which is sometimes good. Comes off a little medicine-y than authentic fresh cherries, but still very nice. It is a kriek after all. Light and sweet mouthfeel, and quite drinkable if your in the mood for a good cherry beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a nice bright red color with a thin layer of pinkish head.

S: Intense cherry aroma with a slight sugary note to it. There is a little bit of acidity to it which does help to balance out the sweetness.

T: The best way to describe the taste of this beer is cherry soda. Mildly acidic with tons of cherry flavor and a substantial sweetness. But, the beer is not overly sugary or cloying.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Certainly a guilty pleasure. Although it's not necessarily traditional, it's still enjoyable in small servings.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red touched ruby with a thick and frothy crème head. Nose is candied sugars. Flavor is cherries, sure. But it's just a sweetened seemingly artificial flavor profile. Clearly additives have been used. Feel is slick and sticky thick on liquid and the carbonation is standard. This is just like Lindemans. So if that is your thing, you'll be able to appreciate this more.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle purchased at the LCBO, poured into a pint glass and shared with my girlfriend. She loves the stuff. BBD of Sept 2011?

Brigt red cranberry/cherry couloured body with a few fingers of lace 'fizzling' to some splotches with some sheets of lace. Nose is a sharp a tart one, cherry sweetness but there is a sense of the sourness here as well. Flavour has loads of cherry in it, sweet initially but sours up against the cheeks in the midmouth. Medium-high carbonation, and goes down fast and easy. I can see why she digs this. Fairly likeable and drinkable for my first lambic ever (surprisingly!).

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
This beer arrives from the tap with a dark purple, deep red color. The beer is flat, but there is a touch of a ring head around the edges of my glass. Fruity smelling, though I wouldn't necessarily describe it as expressively of cherries; this smells more berry like, or perhaps sort of like red wine. When I come back to the nose after a bit I get a floral, ripe cherry note that is now much more noticeable. The cherry derived notes are definitely the dominant character in the nose, but there is also a note of popcorn some how, or perhaps it is a note reminiscent of sweet corn.

The beer is dry tasting and tart with a lactic and cherry sourness to it. Behind this is a note of sweet baby vomit. My second sip has a berry-like, red wine character being noticeable in the flavor. This is quite tannic, though it is not overly astringent. This is not very complexly flavor and more vaguely fruity with some faded cherry flavors. This would be exceedingly light and quaffable if not for the tannic, cherry skin finish.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Green cork and caged 37.5cl bottle, best before Sept 09, drank May 09. Poured into a 'Palm' tulip shaped glass.

Rose wine look about it, pinky red, with a thin white head that became a wisp and collar very quickly.

Sweet cherryade smell, but with a sour twist too.

The taste was also sweet and sour, very cherry and getting more sour as the beer warmed.

A little on the thin side when compared to others within this style. It is almost watery once you get through the fruit flavours.

The sweet and sour mix suits my palate and I can see traditionalists pooh-poohing the sweetness and wanting more sourness, but I thought it fine.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's no doubt the beer is pretty. Its deep ruby red body is considerably dense and unrevealing, allowing some clarity but refusing most all highlighting when held to the light. Its head is subtly brushed in a pink hue and it, like the lacing, currently sits in sprawled, circular clumps themselves shaped, fittingly enough, like cherry blossoms.

The bouquet can be said to be artificial or medicinal but undeniably, if shamefully, also quite appealing. It is fruity and very sweet and any notions of candy or cough drops are certainly justified. I'll concede that there's little smell of actual lambic (and that the cherry seems synthetic) but I won't say that either of those affect my opinion that it smells good.

The flavour, similar to its aroma, bears the uncanny impression of candy-canes. The fruitiness (which at times can resemble raspberries just as much as it does cherries) is married with that candy-cane like minty character, so much so that while I typically associate cherries with spring and summer, this flavour reminds me of Christmas.

This is quite different from an authentic, traditional lambic. For one, this is artificially sweet (the cherries, for instance, taste like the plastic looking maraschino cherries you'd be served on an ice cream sundae). A real lambic would boast much less fruit character and taste far more tart, if not outright sour, and be nowhere near as universally appealing.

The carbonation is stinging, the fruity flavour synthetic and its sweetness cloying. To the average palate - or a child's palate for that matter - this is far more drinkable than what's being offered by the handful of artisanal lambic producers left. But it's a matter of industry versus artistry and, for my palate, I prefer the latter for a laundry list of reasons.

These artificially sweetened lambics are like fake breasts - sure, they look good and are appealing on a purely superficial level but they're depthless, shallow, cosmetic and lack the distinct character of *real* lambics. They may bring empty gratification, but it comes at the depreciation of natural means, product and palate integrity and traditional values.

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

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: amber hue with a light haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam with nice tenacity and lacing. I like it.

Smell: earthy cherry aroma; a little bit of tartness is present, but not much. Decent, but unspectacular.

Taste: cherry character is pretty light, but nice nonetheless. There's an earthiness to the flavor which works well enough, although it is missing a lot of that classic lambic character. Not bad, but not worth going out of your way for.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body with a great big carbonation and a big creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent fruity beer, but not a great lambic.

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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Red with a white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Wonderful tart, cherry nose & sweet fruity esters.

T: Light tartness balances the fruity sweetness. Definitely cherries.

M: Light to moderate body is slightly acidic.

D: Very drinkable for the style.

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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 beertunes
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The bar I had this at just listed it as "Red" and the keg said "Kriek Original", so I hope this is in the right listing.

Served in tulip. Poured a nice red color with a half inch of of off-white head that moderately low retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was very nice, good fruit scents upfront and a bit of grain and yeast in the background. the cherry scent was just a touch on the sweet side however. On the tongue the sweet cherry hits first, followed by just a bit of tart sourness. the beer had a clean, dry finish.

The body was far too thin for my preferences, but otherwise was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a very nice beer that had a good, even balance of sweet and tart. Certainly worth your time when you have a chance.

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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 sweemzander
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml corked bottle, purchased at the LCBO.

Pours a crystal clear cranberry juice red, big frothy light pink head forms, slowly settles down, leaving some lace foam on the glass, some decent retention, head stick around, solid layer, pretty rocky. Smell is very sweet, sugary, some cherry juice, wood, very earthy, some light funk and acidity. Taste is not too bad, very sweet cherry juice, oak, bread, kind of dry in the finish, light funkiness, woody, not as bad as I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not exciting but an accessible Kriek for something wanting to check out the style. Not bad.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Put off trying numerous fruit beers but I caved for this one a few days ago at the LCBO. Not a massive fan of them in the first place but I'm giving it a chance.

A - Lot's of smoke when the cork is popped on this. Pours with a solid, cloud-like, pillowy, 2 finger, pinkish/white head leaving incredible lacing as it goes down. Cloudy christmasy red/pink colour with medium carbonation.

S - Soury cherry aromas and some yeast and wheat as well.

T - Somewhat sour upfront and in the finish, but much more noticable in the finish and the middle is dominated by overly sweet flavours. Cherry is there also but not in its pure form. Tastes alot more like juice which could be from the elderberry juice in there. There is too much aside from cherry going on that detracts from it. It's not horrible but the juices might be holding this back. Ingredients say there is corn and sugar in there too which might be what's giving it sweetness and taking away from the cherry flavours. If actual cherries had been used I could see this being much better.

M - Dances on the tongue with lingering flavours. Light bodied

D - The sweetness of this ruins the drinkability. It's ok, but not something I want often or even once and a while. Again, getting away from juices would probably make this better. One as a novelty is good enough for me.

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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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Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
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