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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - THK - Tripel Honey Kriek by De Proef Brouwerij

September, 2019
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

THK - Tripel Honey Kriek by De Proef Brouwerij​ is loosely categorized as a Fruit Lambic (23F). This dark copper brew drew a faint head, which fell quickly but with persistent lacing throughout the sampling session. 

From the snifter, notes of wildflower honey, toasted wood and an underlying ginger spice were detected. Flavors featured a sturdy honey component, backed by sourness and a heavy amount of caramel. As it warmed, the cherry flavoring blossomed, as did its alcohol firmness. 

The heaviness of the finish combined with the fruit component made this a beer to be sipped and savored slowly. It turned out to be sweeter in the finish than a traditional tripel, but overall was well balanced, with a subtle sourness melded with a honey backbone. 

A little more bitterness would have been welcomed, but for a dessert beer this would be stellar.