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Alesong Brewing & Blending Kriek


72952978_1199045880279555_4848807065440747520_n“It’s no secret that we take inspiration from Belgian Lambic brewers here at Alesong, and this quarter we’re sending a humble nod to their practices and releasing our own take on the classic Belgian Kriek.”

Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Stunning strawberry red with soft pinkish hues. It constructs a short white head but it doesn’t take long for it to settle at the rim. Seeing OK lace despite the lack of head though.

Aroma: How good is Kriek?! It erupts with a kind of sweet yet kind of tart cherry. Loving the almost artificial berry sweetness which reminds us of either cherry or strawberry flavoured roll ups. Lots of tart plum and raspberry with more nuanced hints of cinnamon, vanilla and French oak barrels. Smells freakin amazing.

Flavour: Well tempered sourness initially which gradually moves in to the tart cherries and citric acidity. In and among all of that sweet and sour deliciousness is something a little earthy which really keeps it all nicely grounded. Not getting much from the oak barrels which is a real shame…just more cherry and raspberry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light spritzy kind of thing going on. CO2 maybe just a bit too lifted for us. Good acidity with a medium pucker – rates a 3/5. The 7.8% ABV is really well disguised.

Overall: Not the best Kriek we’ve tried but it’s still pretty damn good. The one thing that sets it apart from the likes of say, Cantillon is the depth and complexity. That is literally the only weakness here. Other than that it ain’t bad at all.

Hanssens Artisanaal ‘Schaarbeekse’ Kriek


54434929_1053473178170160_340618755140747264_n“Fresh sour cherries macerated in young lambic in oak barrels with fermentation in the bottle.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Gorgeous colour…she pours a dark purple almost Ribena-like hue with minimal head. It forms a ring which leaves wavy lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: It doesn’t even need to be close to our nostrils to smell it. Incredibly potent cherry notes alongside red wine vinegar, blueberry and walnut. Kind of has this grape flavoured bubblegum accent to it. A bit of that lacto astringency here but it’s softened by hints of fresh pear and apple. Brilliant.

Flavour: It comes on with vigorous pucker…boosted by super tart cherries, plum and astringent red wine vinegar. Quite salty, really gets the saliva glands flowing. A sharp acidity grabs the back of the throat but eases in to a tart, funky yet fruity finish which goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Super sour! Our pucker-rating is a full 5/5. Mild-moderate body. 6.5% AbV showing through a little bit.

Overall: There’s one subtle yet crucial aspect that we totally ignored in this beer…and that’s the oak. It provides an essential balance, not to mention the soft woody aromas and flavours. Phenomenal drop which almost tuns to wine when it warms up. On par with Cantillon easily.

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriekenlambik


52348546_1036542286529916_1780606162891177984_n“3 Fonteinen (Oude) Kriekenlambik is the result of macerating hand-picked whole sour cherries on young lambic for at least four months, in a proportion of one kilogram of fruit per litre of lambic (and possibly blended with some more young lambic). Fruit intensity ranges from minimum 35% to 50%.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Really deep maroon/burgundy pour. Much darker than the kriek’s we’re used to. It holds a wispy pink/purple head that weaves a wavy lace pattern down the glass.

Aroma: Somewhat dry with a musky funk. Lovely emphasis on the cherries though…very tart and juicy. The barrels play quite a big role here, there’s a prominent woodiness…we picture old cherry stained oak and sauna room. Something kind of floral as well like rose petals and violets. Quite a well layered nose actually.

Flavour: That tart and slightly sour cherry just washes over the palate. It’s not an insane amount of lacto but it definitely posseses a lot of pucker. It opens up on to a musty/woody oak with a gentle touch of lemon in the background which then presents those tart cherries and hints of blueberry and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: There’s a tart and tannic minerality. Light on, spritzy with a modest 5% AbV. Rather smooth.

Overall: It’s a very well polished kriek. Not overly sour and bursting with tart cherry and old oak barrels. A very fine offering.

Beachwood Blendery 2018 Vintage Kriek


49614625_1011958275654984_1101750551277731840_n” ‘Kriek’ starts out as a blend of one year old lambic-inspired barrels, combined with a mix of frozen tart cherries at a rate around 2 lbs per gallon. After two months of secondary fermentation and maturation the beer is sent to bottles and kegs for conditioning.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Hits the glass with a cloudy strawberry red. It forms a short cap on top which leaves spotty lace as it ebbs. Looks good!

Aroma: Heady notes of tart cherry, lactic sourness, lemon/lime juice, red berry sherbet, red wine vinegar and musty wine cellar. Oak and subtle wine tannins also getting amongst it. It has just that right amount of manky character to it as well. Smells fantastic!

Flavour: Ooph she certainly has some pucker! The sharp lacto sourness hits with ferocity then gradually softens enabling the acidic lemon, tart cherry, red wine vinegar and mild oak tannins to come through. The true cherry flavour presents midway and rolls in to a funky/manky finish with lingering tartness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and acetic with lively co2. The 6.4% AbV adds a bit of warmth as well.

Overall: She’d certainly benefit from a few years in the cellar that’s for sure. To be fair it is the 2018 vintage so it’s still expectedly bitey. All in all though it’s a damn fine Kriek.

Brouwerij De Ranke Kriek


46493664_986090781575067_8269092228522049536_n“Kriek de Ranke is an unsweetened  cherry beer of mixed fermentation. It arises from a blend of old Flemish ale, lambic and 25 kilos of sour cherries/Hl.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Kind of a crimson-ish colour, inclining to maroon. A finger of light pink head emerges then gradually settles to the rim. Seeing fine lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Gorgeous! Brimming with red berry tartness, lacto acidity and crystallised sugary sweetness. There’s an absolute metric tonne of funk ranging from sweaty horse blanket to red wine vinegar and cheese cave. Quite the musty little number too, picking up a hint of old sauna room and damp wood. Complex and really well layered.

Flavour: It comes on tart, sour and dry with a hefty lacto acidity – mostly red wine vinegar, lemon and citrus peel. The delicious cherries and mixed red berry flavours come right over the top bringing the woody oak musty-ness and barnyard funk with it. The finish is nicely balanced and semi dry with lingering cherry and subtle funky notes on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Dry and nicely carbonated with a bit of pucker. Medium body. The 7% AbV was a nice surprise though, very well concealed.

Overall: Really the only thing separating this from Cantillon kriek is the lack of creaminess. Although to be fair this has an extra 2% AbV so it naturally offers a bit more bite. Nevertheless it’s a very fine offering.

Brasserie Cantillon Kriek


43712947_964013057116173_3866401934353104896_n“Cantillon Kriek is a 100% Lambic Bio brewed with Morello sour cherries from Turkey.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous crimson with a deep pink hue. The head swells to about three fingers before gradually peeling off to a healthy overlay. Sort of a wet lace drag as we imbibe.

Aroma: Holy moly the amount of uplift on the nose is incredible. We get a nose full of sour red candy, strawberry cream, cherry, earthy spice, subtle lemon/lime juice and rhubarb jam. As far as we know this kriek is fermented in Stainless Steel tanks so that musty/oaky barrel character sits aside and let’s all the fruity and creamy notes do all the talking. Absolutely superb.

Flavour: Nice acetic lacto punch upfront. Strawberry, cherry and raspberry mingle with the acidic lemon and lime. A mild touch of earthy spice and vanilla adds another layer of depth and complexity. The middle is kind of dry, a little funky and a little cheesy with a touch of the candy-esque sherbet sweetness shifting in to the tart and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: High in acidity, medium bodied with a fizzy texture – the medium-high co2 adding to that. Just leaves a nice coating on the palate.

Overall: Another excellent offering from Cantillon…still can’t beat the Saint-Gilloise though!