Brouwerij Oud Beersel Kriek – Lambic Style at 4% ABV

Brouwerij Oud Beersel Kriek Lambic Style – Fruit at 4% ABV ($18.60 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 375ml, best before 13-Aug-2017)

Pours murky pinkish purple with one finger of loose light purple head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is sour cherries, light funk, some vinous notes. (8/10) Taste is low to moderate sweet, moderate tart. (8/10) Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, off-dry tart finish. (4/5)

Well, let’s get this out of the way right away: it’s probably not worth the price tag. That being said, it’s a very good, very authentic kriek, if maybe very slightly sweeter than some non-export Belgian krieks I’ve had, like Mort Subite. Pretty similar to the Boon Kriek (and I suspect for good reason since it was apparently originally made by Boon). The cherry taste is neither cloying nor medicinal, making this a very pleasant drink. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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