Sunday, 27 April 2014

Mort Subite Kriek Lambic

Mort Subite Kriek Lambic comes in a 375mL corked bottle.  It is brewed by Mort Subite (Alken-Maes), out of Lierput, Belgium. It's a tart, sour beer, a lambic flavoured with cherry and elderberry. A rose-hued brew, this stuff is relatively clear, amply carbonated, and topped with a thick, pinkish head. According to the bottle, this stuff is aged in oak and contains natural flavours, artificial sweetener, and artificial colour.

M.S.K.L. has a tart aroma that screams of sour cherries, and also comes with a dose of yeastiness. the flavour is certainly tart, but it is nowhere near as sour as I was expecting. I recall drinking a kriek in my youth and finding it distressingly sour. This beer features a very pleasant cherry flavour. A sourish lambic base provides the foundation, but it's muted.  The artificial sweetener really seems to take a lot of the bite out of the brew, which is unfortunate.

Mort Subite Kriek Lambic has a lively, fizzy mouthfeel and a low alcohol content that make it a very quaffable beer, but it's really not as tart or as electric as I'd have liked.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.

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