FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 Sampled July 2010 at 3F Lambikodroom
I talked to Armand about the Lambic that he uses to make Kriek and he said that you want to use young Lambic from the same brew season so that you get a vigorous fermentation after adding the cherries.
This is very dark, with a concentrated cherry color, it is quite clear and typically flat; the color is just so dark, again I find it quite surprising how dark these fresh Krieks are. This smells a bit medicinal and of plastic, but it really smells mostly of cherries that reminds me of black cherries (as opposed to the typical sour type of cherry). Hmm, this isn’t really plastic, but instead reminds me of roses; huge, expressive, floral rose aromatics just seem to expansively emanate from my glass. Sort of potpourri like, sort of a touch like a floral soap, or perhaps even carnations might be another deScriptor for the nose on this beer.
The beer is still lightly sweet tasting and it finishes with a big rose-like flavor as well as a deep berry character that seems quite vinous actually. This is very different than the Cantillon Kriekenlambik (the Cuvee Moeder version) that I had recently or even than the Schaarbeekse Kriek versions that I have had. The rose flavors move to notes of potpourri, berry like flavors and even the berry jam like character one finds in a red wine. This is not as tart tasting as the Lambic I just had, but there is lots of tannic character here that seems to remind me of cherry skins that stick to the teeth.
Apparently this Kriekenlambik was from the bottom of the vat, after bottling, and it is darker and more concentrated because of it; this is part of the source of the floral character and darker color that is a typical of a Kriek. There are also some Schaarbeekse cherries in this batch. This is just a very nice beer, I really like how unique the cherry character is in it floral quality.
douglas88 (7424) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 3 Fonteinen bar/restaurant. Pours a bright red color with a large pink head. The aroma is great; sweet woody cherries but also huge vinegar. A tart woody flavor, very tart at times, some bright sweet cherries fight through brilliantly, woody and very smooth. Wonderful. Such a nice palate on draft: smooth and easy.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Jan’s Masters Division Celebration, 2nd August 2010. Bright red. The perfect balance of sourness and fruitiness. The ideal expression of the style.
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at the Fonefan In Masters Division party at the White Horse, Parsons Green 02/08/2010
Fruity slightly woody aroma. Red coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of sourness in a fruity finish.
2nd tasting later in the evening : Big fruit aroma. Red coloured and rich on the palate with some alcohol present. Fruity cherry flavour with a hint of dryness in a lasting finish.
3rd tasting even later in the evening : Fruity slightly sour aroma. Dark red coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity with a hint of dryness in a lasting finish.
madmitch76 (18947) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2nd August 2010. Fonefan in the Masters Division - Jan’s Birthday Bash.
Cloudy dark red beer. Dry crisp palate. Semi sharp sour cherry tartness. Mouth water inducing sourness. Not bad but could not drink much of this.
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2011 Handpump at the 3 Fonteinen restaurant. Tasted on 25 June 2010. Cloudy dark red color and a small pink head. Aroma of sour cherry’s. Taste is very sour with a slight sour cherry taste, slight citrus and a dry cherry finish. Magnificent!
Theis (14610) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handpump at Lambik Odroom.
Clear deep red - pink head.
Cherry. Marzipan. Still. Lots of cherry. Light sourness. Wooden. Very pleasant.
shrubber85 (9261) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at WOSF’10. Dry musty cherry aroma. Purple color with no head. Sweet tart cherry malt flavor - moderate acidity. Smooth creamy cherry aftertaste. Very nice.
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at the restaurant. Pours clear and golden deep red witha small and dense pink head. Aroma i solid almondish. Almondish and fruity. Mild citric and light malty base flavoured. Mild sourish bite into a otherwise mild finish.
daniele (6710) - ITALY - AUG 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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