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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite
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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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3.58
pDev:
22.91%
 
 
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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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 +8.7%
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 -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 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 mick303
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -16.2%
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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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this from the LCBO for $3.70 CDN some time ago, finally getting a chance to enjoy it. Served cool into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pink, with faint pink head. 1.5 fingers of head poured with ok retention time. Some lacing is left in the glass.

Smell - To me, I got more cranberry than anything else although there's elements of cherry and raspberry (sourness) that come through.

Taste - Cherry very faint, honestly dominated by interplay between cranberry and raspberry. Nice transitions here between some lingering sweetness and the sourness of the fruits.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, high level of carbonation and a tingling sensation. A touch on the tin side, but still very good feel.

Overall - This isn't something i would purchase regularly, but a nice beer to have in the summer or looking for something with a nice fruit infusion.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark red color, exact color of cherries, and is topped with weak head. The aroma was a bit disappointing (luckily the only disapointing thing here). I expected a pleasant cherry aroma, but I got a slight acid smell reminding me of cheap wine. The taste was a completely different story - sweet and slightly hoppy towards the end. I could definitely taste some cherries. One of the best krieks so far, sweet (not too much) and easy to drink.

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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 polloenfuego
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a snifter.

This is my first experience with lambic beer, so I did not know what to expect. This beer poured cherry red (surprise!) with a very thin head. The smell was slightly vinegary, but thus was not the case with the taste which was sweet and cherry. There was low carbonation present and this made me wonder if I had a bad/spoiled bottle. It was marked best before 2014, and it has been cellared correctly, so I am at a loss.

While this was not a bad drink, it is not something I would go chasing after anytime soon. I think I will give the style another chance, but perhaps with something of a better reputation.

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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 leifpetersen
2.32/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This tastes like winegum, and there is almost no foam. It is quite citric.

This beer was bought in France for a whopping 2,5 EUR, and I see nothing in it's quality to justify it, it's a sweet-sour beer that tastes like more like strawberry/cherry wine. The aftertaste lasts very long, at least that is value for money.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is red in color with a sticky and pinkish head.

The aroma is very fruity, mostly dominated by raspberries.

The beer is rather sweet with nice red fruit notes. Crisp and sparkling in the finish, some acidity in the finish but just enough to make it tart.

The body is medium, smooth, and is somewhat silky.

Overall the beer is very crisp and refreshing. The raspberries come through well, maybe a little too sweet and not sour enough.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger off-white with slight pink hue head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, sugar, cherries, fruit, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, earth, strawberries, cherries, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Unfortunately nothing really jumped out at me on this one. Tons of sweetness and fruit going on, but that was about it. Kind of seemed like this was the only thing going on with it unless you investigated further. Worth your time trying at least once, but that is about it.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Started loving those Lambic beer. Lets try this one.

The beer is red in colour. Clear too. The head is slightly pink in colour. Typical look for a Kriek beer. The aroma is not intense. I notice the presence of sugars, cherry and a light sourness in it. Not over the top Lambic regarding the aroma... On the taste side, the beer is sweet and quite effervescent. Some cherries in the taste too. Well balanced and quite approachable for the ones wanting to try Lambic. There is better one out there, but this is good to start with.

Not a bad beer. A good one.

I would say this is an introductory Lambic. Not quite in the same league than the Cantillon.

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Photo of SebD
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice orange/red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet cherries and sweet candy.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant cherry taste with an fairly big sourness upfront.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a ruby red color with a one finger off white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is on the lighter side, but is sweet. It is mainly of a cherry nature but also contained some raspberry aroma as well. With the fruit aromas, there were some lighter notes of a yeasty smell. Overall the aroma was light but rather nice.

Taste – The taste started out with a big burst of sweet cherry. As the taste advances some very light yeasty flavors as well as a light herbal flavor come to the tongue. While this occurs, the taste sours up a little bit. In the end, while still of sweet cherry, the taste has a lighter tart flavor as well.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are fantastic for the sweet and sour flavors and makes for a very drinkable brew.

Overall – A nice lambic. Very drinkable and quite tasty. It is more on the sweet side then on the sour side making it more refreshing and faster drinking. Good for a go if you get a chance.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Platinum.

Pours cherry red! - the head dies quite soon, sadly. Sheet lace

Aromas of sweet cherry, and that's about it, a little syrupy.

Taste is sweet cherries, and sadly only a mere of balancing tartness.

Mouthfeel good a zingy.

Hmmm - overall, is it beer or is it soda?

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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 russwbeck
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest

This kriek came out with a red pour and a finger of white head. Very nice retention and lacing. It smelled like cherry juice. Not much else, just cherries and sweetness. The taste is so sweet, no sour or funk at all. Basically tastes like a sweet cherry soda with less carbonation. I enjoy it, but it isn't great. I will say that this is at least pretty damn drinkable. I just wish this had some funk, too sweet and average.

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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 duracell
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a Pilsner glass. This is my first Lambic ever.

A - Pours a bright red color with copper hues. Beautiful, white, and fluffy head with a medium retention leaving an abundant lacing on a glass.

S - Strong cherry aroma. I also pick out some biscuit along a nice sweetness.

T - The taste is pretty much straightforward: cherry! Although there are some slight herbal notes, I would like to find more complex flavors.

M - Perfect carbonation, light body, and a tart finish which seems to be to style.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this Kriek. It feels rustic and delicate at the same time. Please note it was difficult for me to judge since I have never drunk anything similar. Having said that, I think it would benefit from being sweeter in order to balance the tartness.

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Photo of Kacid
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fine bubbles, Rose-Pomegranate colored foam
Very clean and fine lacing that dries like a mousse. Brilliant strarberry red rose color.

Nose: Bret Funk, juicy sweet cherry, grassy, rose

Flavour: Mouthfeel is a bit thin and syrupy (overly sweet), taste of cranberry-citrus, slightly medicinal, juicy, very slight acidity, candy sweetness and tartness (like sour-patch kids). Tastes like an alcoholic Izze (Sparkling Fruit Juice)

This is the first lambic i have enjoyed and it serves as a fine introduction to the style. Though it is important to recognize the excessive sweetness of this beer is not characteristic of the style; however, this is what makes a great first lambic to try. I look forward to trying stronger, more complex and tart krieks. I dont suspect aging of this kriek would do it any good as it is not overly acid.

Overall, this beer serves more as a cooler or aperitif due to its low ABV and excessive sweetness.

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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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Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.
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