Eylenbosch Kriek | Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 77black_ships
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1987 Vintage // 37.5 cl. dusty bottle @ Kulminator // unfortunately this one was a sweet one & not a sour one, not sure really why there are still so many bottles of this one floating around, maybe the production used to be huge? // taste is pretty standard for a seriously aged sweetened sour beer // appearance is blood red ruby, clearly reveals its age, head, is just some mould looking bubbles // smells like sweet mouldy jam, cough syrup, cherries with a dash of raspberries // smell is cherry syrup, jam, cough syrup, quickly blending into mould, decay, sewage water, routing carpets, old aspartame, its holding up quite well but it has definitely decayed quite a bit // body is slightly thinned out by age // not bad after a while all this sweetened sour beers, all kind of get to the same place, its better to get an old bottle of Liefmans Kriek which are pretty fantastic at this point still.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served Chilled in a wine glass.
BB: July 1990.

A massive thanks to my buddy Futura for sending this my way.

On first inspection the cork actually seemed to be in pretty good condition but unfortunately the lower parts were soaked through and crumbled into the beer while trying to remove it. On the plus side, there was still a bit of a pop when the main part of the cork was removed, so I am hoping that there is still some carbonation.

Appearance: Aside from the bits of cork, the beer appears a beautiful crystal clear reddish colour, with orange streaks and bright golden-orange edges. A medium pour yields a thin layer of bubbles that actually last pretty well and even leave a little lacing. The beer seems stickier than other fruit lambics, with a swirl coating the glass in a light film.

Smell: Wow, the nose still offers quite a lot of cherry - mostly sweet and a little candy like (cherry sherbert?), but with a touch of tartness as well. There is not much in the way of fun, but there is a strong not of wet cork, as well as old wood, maybe a note of old books and some oxidization. The oxidization is not really unpleasant and not as strong as I would have expected. As the beer warms, a sweet fruit note (stewed plums?) becomes apparent.

Taste: As with the nose, there is a surprising amount of cherry flavour left. It is mostly sweet cherry, but there is also some tartness present. The old/wet cork character is more prominent than in the nose and together with old, dirty wood and cardboard like oxidization detract somewhat from the pleasant cherry notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is likely the best part of the beer - the body is light-medium and there is a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation has a fantastic crispness to it, that makes the beer very drinkable.

Overall: Based on the remaining flavours, I have a feeling that this was a fruit lambic more in the vein of Lindemans, as opposed to the likes of Cantillon or 3F. It was still a fantastic experience drinking a beer that is older than I am!

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Photo of phingdong
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WillCarrera
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle at Grote Dorst, has a date handwritten on it of 15/9/87, thanks for sharing this Eric!

A- Pours a clear amber/reddish/brownish color, actually produces a nice white head that recedes to a collar but leaves awesome lacing.

S- Some mild cherry aromas, along with caramel/sugar sweetness, some stale oxidation flavors.

T- Acidity is pretty much gone, at least it isn't terribly sweet though, some mild cherry flavors, some caramel, cardboardy oxidation.

M- Light-bodied, smooth feel, low carb.

O- It's cool to taste a beer this old, and it's still reasonably drinkable at this point. It's definitely past its prime though, I wouldn't personally drop much money on one of these except as a novelty.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had the privilege of tasking the 1994 vintage tapped at the Dag van de Kriek festival in Eizeringen. I asked if it's a faro (as I know they sell it at the cafe)! Dusky caramel in color, gone brown the way aged claret goes brown. Just a glint of claret in the tea. A scrim of ivory clinging to the surface tension. Nose of not cherry fruit but an arbor, something green and leafy about it, but obviously cherry, and cinnamon toast. Attack of acidity, malty root beer, cherry fruit but nothing jammy about it. Lots of fruit left in there, though, either the beer or the cellaring is impressive. Backed with sweet cherry but in a properly acidic base. Oily ( not in a bad way) texture to the fore, some surviving bubbles to cleanse it all magnificently. I had to go back for more of the precious short supply.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1987 Eylenbosch Kriek, 375mL bottle poured at the Kulminator in March 2013. This poured a very still reddish brown color with a very thin ring of large-celled bubbles around the edge. It smells old but the cherries are still very present. There's no vinegar or bad solventy things going on, more of a "stale" aroma from the age (which I didn't mind).

The taste is not really sour, maybe a little sweeter than I expected (not overly sweet in any way though). Pleasant enough, this old beer sort of bridges the gap from Lindemans sweeter concoctions and the more recent vintages of oude krieks which I really love. At 9 euros you really can't go wrong with this if you spot it at Kulminator. I think I saw it priced significantly higher at another cafe last year, so I recommend Antwerp if you want to try it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brownish-red color with little to no head. Sweet cherry aroma, cardboard oxidation, a light tartness, and sugar. A light woodiness, maybe some vinegar. The flavor is sweet and sugary. Decent cherry flavor, lots of cardboard, a touch of vinegar to go with the more acidic sourness.

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