Category Archives: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal BA Chardonnay Wine

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Aged in Chardonnay wine barrels.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st August 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark ruby purple colour with a one finger pink-purple (like beetroot) colour head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart cherry, raspberry, almonds, marzipan and funk.
Taste: Sweet tart cherry, almond, marzipan, oak, hints of vanilla and a lightly sour finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and balanced kriek with great sweet, sour and marzipan flavours. I can just keep drinking this.

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Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Sour ale brewed with Frederiksdal cherries & aged in oak barrels. Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from website) With cherries from the award winning Frederiksdal plantation (situated on the island of Lolland in the very south of Denmark) we proudly present the perfect combination of berries and sour ale;. Spontancherry, aged on oak barrels. With countless notes of flavor and mouthfeel sensations ranging high and low on multiple scales, this is as delicate as it comes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st January 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark ruby purple colour with a thin half finger pink-purple (like beetroot) colour head that dissipated quickly while leaving sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart cherry, raspberry, light funk and a hint of almonds.
Taste: Tart cherry and dark berries with light funk, vinegar and oak. Sweeter to begin, while sour on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice, tasty and very easy to drink.

Lindemans BlossomGueuze

Brewery: Brouwerij Lindemans
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Breaking the mold among existing beer styles, Lindemans developed the Botanical Lambics, a collection of old gueuzes with a twist. Second in this series, BlossomGueuze is based on a blend of 12 months with 2 to 3 year-old lambic fermented in oak and elderflower. Refermented in the bottle, BlossomGueuze has a golden colour and combines the sourness of lambic with the subtle flavours of elderflower. Ideal as an aperitif, it is also perfect for food pairings.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled in September 2015. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Elderflower and lychee jelly with hints of oak.
Taste: Sour, oak, herbal, funk, white wine, grape, elderflower and lychee.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Elderflower and lychee… I was curious. When I did a search of “elderflower smells like…” lychee actually popped up automatically for me, so clearly someone did the same search as I did. This was all the more interesting since even though I’ve also tried Mamouche, I still had no idea what elderflower was supposed to smell or taste like. But the result here was good with nice aroma and flavours that weren’t too flowery since they were of the lychee fruit. And on top of that, I thought that this turned out better than Cantillon Mamouche.

pFriem Oude Kriek

Brewery: pFriem Family Brewers
Country: USA
ABV: 5.6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 2017 vintage. Oude Kriek barrel aged ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Adding fresh, Mosier cherries to our barrel aged Lambic inspired ale is thrilling, but ten months later, flavors of cherry pie and the dry, tangy finish are even more satisfying.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A corked and caged 375ml bottle, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A nice ruby red colour with a thin pinkish head that dissipates fairly quickly while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sweetish cherries, oak and hints of balsamic.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, cherries, hints of oak, but lacking the funk complexity, almost like its missing something.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Aroma and first sip was pretty good, but midway through and the finish, it just felt like it was missing something. Lacking the complexity of top Lambic brews.

Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René

Brewery: Brouwerij Lindemans
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 2016. No. 07578

Brewer Description: (from bottle) In Belgium brewing beer is considered a form of art. In our family this art has been passed down since 1822 from generation to generation. Our traditional Kriek Cuvée René Grand Cru is brewed with wild yeast from the surrounding air, water, malted barley, wheat, aged hop flowers and selected wild cherries. Deep cherry red clear body, tart taste with a moderate sourness and an authentic cherry skin presence. No added sugar.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottled on 9th December 2016 and with a best before date of 9th December 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice deep ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish-purple coloured head that had good retention but pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Sweetish tart cherry juice followed by some barnyard funk and damp hay with hints of vinegar and oak.
Taste: Crisp sour tart cherries and mixed berries and oak with only hints of barnyard funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Crisp, easy to drink, nice tart cherry and enjoyable.