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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:
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Photo of Kshock
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- White lacing with mild retention on a blood red colored beer. Looks like something you would drink on halloween to simulate blood or something.

S- Wow, wayy too sweet for me. i have a huge sweet tooth and this is too much for me.

T- like a liquid cherry jolly rancher. way too sweet, luckily it finishes fairly clean so it doesnt stay with you.

M- very light and delicate, not too dry.

O- Too sweet for me, ill pass.

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Photo of afksports
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Washington Commons. Happy birthday, Max!

Red beer, good head, nearly clear. Sexy appearance. Yum. But then I smelled it. Ludens cherry cough drops. This isn't beer. This is the drug store. Ouch. Nostrils flare, another sniff, whoof, more medicine. Such a shame. The taste is still consistent, with a terrible aftertaste, persistent softness ad sweetness, but besides tart, there's nothing to the taste until the medicinal end.

Time to pack the girlfriend for the trip home to Atlanta. She liked this beer, but I didn't love it. Still love the style though.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at A La Mort Subite. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Bright red color with a thin pink head of foam.

S: Intense cherry flavor, but not too sugary sweet. What sweetness that is present in the kriek is balanced well by the mild acidity.

T: Almost tastes like a cherry wine cooler, but not in a bad way. A great deal of cherry flavor with sweetness and light acidity.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation.

O: Definitely a guilty pleasure beer that I'd swipe from my wife when she's not looking.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with two fingers of dark pink to red head, body is deep red. Aroma is light amount of funk and bitter cherry. Flavor is good, cherry again a bit of funk, a little tart as well. Light on the palate and crisp carbonation. Also the head laces very nicely

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

Small corked bottle, poured into a wine glass for lack of a better one while in Toronto.
It looks real nice, glowing cherry color, long lasting white head with a slight pink tinge, good lacing.
Aroma is cherry, some acidity, sugar and candy.
Light bodied, refreshing, sweet, perhaps a bit too sweet, but somewhat balanced by acidity and minimal sourness.
Good, but would be better with less sugar.

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Photo of dmsohyea
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Churchill's, served in a tulip.

Pours blood red with a little tinge of pink. One finger bright white head. Lacing and retention are good.

Smells like Maraschino cherries mixed with table sugar. This seems like it should be mixed with ice cream...

Tastes mostly like one of those fruity vodka drinks your girlfriend might order at a bar. Super syrupy and sugary. Not a touch of alcohol can be tasted here. It does taste like cherries, so there's that. I can feel a sugar rush hitting me...

Creamy mouthfeel with stinging high carbonation.

This beer is too sweet and sugary. Consider drinking it if you're reaching for a Smirnoff Ice. You just got iced, bro.

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

Appearance - deep amber red with a finger of rose-coloured head that sticks around for a long time and leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Cherries, obviously, and a touch of herbaceousness; a pleasant candy-sweet and fruit-sour contrast.

Taste - candy sugar, cherries, caramel, subtle oak, and a touch of nuttiness.

Much sweeter and deeper than traditional lambics I have had. This isn't bad at all, but I prefer a drier, more sour kriek.

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

Deep red in colour, topped generously with off-white (or barely pink) head. Tart cherry aroma is simple but very pleasant. While this has been sweetened, it's not a syrupy mess of a beer. It is still predominately tart, but not puckeringly so. It tastes of sour cherries with a light tannic note. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This would work well as a simple thirst quencher during the summertime. I was worried this would be a cloying mess like the Chapeau sweetened fruit lambics, but this is actually decent.

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

Bottle, 25 cl.

Bourgondy red colour, pale pink head. Modest carbonation, but nice lacing in the glass.
Smell is nice pleasant of cherries. Ripe ones and sour ones.
Taste is a nice balance between sour and sweet. Very clean taste. The cherry taste is quite faint, i have to say. Not as pronounced as the smell tries to indicate.
A bit watery mouthfeel, but refreshing of character nevertheless.
Overall, a good and solid kriek.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle...

A - Slightly cloudy, nice looking ruby body. Loads of bubbles and a pretty nice pinkish bubbly head. Good head retention and pretty solid lacing.

S - Very fruity, with strong, pronounced cherry notes, and a little bit of a yeasty funkiness.

T - Loads of sour cherry and even a little bit of raspberry (?) (or, perhaps, that is the elderberry juice). Some sweetness. The finish is tart and a little sweet at the same time. No bitterness whatsoever.

M - Light-to-medium feel to it. Nice effervescence at first. Great feel to it! I particularly liked how there was not a lot of acidity like in some other fruit lambics.

D - Drinks well. For a tart fruit beer, this is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fully translucent orange/red beer. Very nice color. When I opened it, no pop, nothing. Aggressive pour didn't give much head at all. Head is foamy and white with poor retention. There is some amount of lacing though...

S: Very fruity smell. There is also good amount of tartness and raspberry/cherry juice. A bit of medicinal smell in this. Some very light earthy notes. Some leafy mint too. A bit One dimensional.

T: Much more acid than the raspberry version, still not sour enough though for a true lambic. Vinous with lots of tartness. Cheap, artificial, sour cherry candy like flavor as well as raspberries (which aren't supposed to be in this). Oak-y notes and light pepper. Still a bit medicinal. Overall, it tastes good, but could have been better.

M: Medium to light body with medium to strong carbonation. What you wish for the beer but not "impressive" by any means.

D: It's a fruit beer that tastes like fruit candy. Easy to drink for sure just not super interesting.

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

a Pours a nice cloudy red gold colour def reminiscent of the cherries.

s Crisp cherry smells coming through in the nose at the forefront.

t Nice sourness from the cherries. Very crisp just like in the nose.

m Lighter but it's a 4.5 percent beer. On point IMO.

d pretty drinkable...I'm pretty sure I could polish off quite a few of these on a hot day.

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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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Photo of scott451
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked green (bah!) bottle. Best before 6-2012.

A clear orangey red with a one finger bubbly pinkish head. Good head retention. Clingy bubbly lacing.

Slightly sour estery fruit smells. Nice lambic taste up front. Mild cherry in the middle with nice tart finish. Fairly light flavour but well balanced.

Light body with good carbonation. Drinkability is very good. Well balanced and refreshing. A nice light fruit lambic.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Please bear with me as this is my first time trying lambic. I picked up a 25 cl bottle at Carrefour for about $2 and poured it into a champagne flute. It gave me about 1-2" of pinkish head which provide generous lacing and appeared a reddish cranberry color. It was clear not cloudy. Smell is cherries, not too much else, there is something else fruity in there but can't put my finger on it. Taste is malty and cherrries, like a cherry soda, alcohol taste is barely present. Mouth feel is bubbly and light-not as much as champagne but still somewhat dry. Drinkability is okay but when I buy something Belgium I am looking for something a bit more manly. My wife didn't even like this. May try again but when I can get a Chimay red for almost the same price-why would I? I can now say I gave it a try!

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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 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 kwjd
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish-red colour with bubbly white head. Lacing has some coverage of the glass. Smell is sweet cherry, almost like cherry flavoured candy. Taste is both sweet and a sour tartness. I haven't had a lambic before (that I can remember) so it is hard to review to style, but I do enjoy this. It is too sweet for an everyday beer for me, but I'd be willing to have this again sometime.

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Photo of uno99
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375 ml corked bottle, purchased at the LCBO.

A: Lots of frothy head and lacing. A very lovely shade.

S: I'm not shocked to smell the cherries, but there's a little more to this. Slight cloves, a sweet sherbety scent as well (which reminds me of licorice as well). Very slight funk and sour edge.

T: Less sweet than I expected, but still I think a little too sweet. nice sourness cleans most of that up however.

M: very refreshing with it's small champagne bubbles. comes alive in the mouth.

D: A refreshing drink, however, I don't think its one to sit down the pub with all night. One is about all Id like to drink.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

37.5cl bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

A- Dark cherry red body with excellent clarity and a creamy sustained 3 finger head that produces super lacing.

S- Cherry notes but not overkill with a nice acidic/sour note. Slight marzipan and earthiness

T- All the flavours are there but die so quickly. A mix of cherry up front balancing to an earthy acidic finish, but all of a sudden all the flavours die into a dull lifeless finish.

M- Low carbonation, a bit lifeless, medium body. Not spritzy enough at all

D- Looks the part and smells promising, but this all melts away into a lifeless beer on the tongue. Shame.

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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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