jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is cherry, tart and a little oak. Hazy, dark red color, small pink head, fair lace. Light sweet, sour, some oak, cherry and cherrynuts. Quite full, little dry, very soft.
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dutch ratebeer lambic-meeting: Dark red coloured, pink head. Tart lambic aroma, some oak. Fruity kriek flavour, quite sour. Alcohol is more present than in many other krieks.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep hazy red, pink head. funky solvent, cherries, cinnamon and mineral aroma. nutty, woody and cherry flavous go nicely with the sour lemon and funky cheese. a very stylish lambic.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 This is maybe the most beautiful beer of the more than 700 I have seen so far!!! Pours a tall frothy deep pink head on a hazy deep red body - WOW! Aroma is extremely delicious, sweet’n’sour fruity and flowery with tones of almonds and plenty of sweet cherries. Very full and heavy, you can really smell the high quality. Flavor is acidid and well balanced. Wood and cherry notes and also some almond here! Very complex and not too sour. Nice dry woody finish.
This is definately one of the best beers I have ever had and again I must say a huge thanks to Jacob Lövenlund for bringing this amazing beer home from Belgium!! Amazing stuff!!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 (2003 bottle): Clean, full raspberry aroma playing with very funky apple scraps...A quirky yeast heart beating away an orderly acidity...A smidge of cinnamon on top and minerals in the back in a fuller mouthfeel than their regular Kriek...A very promising youth which still needs to wisen up a bit to reach the decadent sagacity of their Framboos...Many thanks to my friend Joris!!...
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red with a pink head - very pretty. Aroma of leather and cherries. Respectable amount of funk, but not assertively so. Ditto the acidity, which is ably balanced with sweet cherry notes and a dryish, nutty character.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one brings the funk. Cinammon, cherry, horse-blanket aroma. Murky brownish-red with pink head that diminishes completely. Cinammon, huge sour cherries, tart, puckering flavour. Decent carbonation. Engaging mouthfeel. Bottle (enjoyed with MartinT, mr_kimchee, Oakes and Rastacouere).
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Bottle brought back by MartinT to whom it was given by incredibly generous JorisPPattyn. Cheers to both. Enjoyed also with Oakes, Kimchee and tiggmtl Appearance is a beautiful bloody red with a thin diminishing pink head. The red is so brilliant that it scores a 5 anyway. Aroma is complex of lambic funk. Spicier than most with cinnamon, cloves. The cherries are very nice, feeling unriped, both black and red cherries, intense and bold for a lambic. Earthy mold. Palate is very lactic with its typical yoghourt sourness, balsamic and citric, moderately salty. Funky brett with nutty, earthy branches and leafy undertones. It didn’t strike me as spectacular from the first sip and sniff, but it grew on me and I realised I drank my glass very fast. I like its grapey vinous character and as weird as it sounds, to me, this is a quaffable offering despite it’s a real crime to just think about drinking this fast! This is a very complex kriek, with a good backing medium body and medium-high carbonation. Just what a brewery!
Lowering from 4.6 to 4.3. Outstanding lambic, but not an absolute favourite.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2007-11-01, vintage 2004, 3 years old, courtesy of Jacob (Hildigöltur), 8-5-8-4-16=41
Cloudy red color with a persistent thin head. Delicate aroma, perfect balance between the kriek, kriek kernels and the cellar touch. Quite smooth mouthfeel, high carbonation, a lot of citrusy sourness, light cherries, astringent, very woody. Great balance
Cloudy dark red color; pink-reddish head. Wonderful cherry aroma, cherry kernels, and light vinegar. Sour, quite dry, smoother than other lambics; some cork. Too short finish. Thanks Jens (Ungstrup) and Jacob (Lövenlund) for sharing this bottle.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled at SBF 2003.
Dark pinot noir red colour. Hazy.
Spicy aroma with acidic spicy cherry tones.
Acicid flavor with spices, cinnamon and olives. Acicid finish.
This is a top ten beer.
The balance between the spicy wild grown Scharbeek cherries and the acidic lambic of Armand Denbelder is prefect. This is as close to a fine pinot noir you get by using cherries and beer. You would think that the difference between the regularly used Slovenian sour cherries and the original Scharbeek ones shouldn´t be that big, but it´s huge. Armand for this got hold of 900 kg of cherries. This one is rare. If you see it, buy it.