hopscotch (8850) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HSSSG2003 Part 1
This beer rocks!
Murky to say the least. Looks like skim milk mixed with cherry juice. Small, bubbly, white head. Look quick... 'cause then it's gone in a flash.
Smells like Girardin Geueze fermented with cherries.
The flavor is earthy, tart and tangy. Also tastes like Girardin fermented with cherries.
Full-bodied (a lambic?... full-bodied?) with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Long, sour, tongue tingling, toe curling finish. The fairly high ABV is nonexistent in the nose and flavor. A great, full-bodied lambic doesn't come around all that often. Terrific beverage! Thanks for the bottle, Slikwily!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light red color, no head, aroma of vinegar and cherry. The flavor is tart, acidic with slight malt undertones. Very dry and somewhat acidic finish.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong vinegar or sherry aroma. Ripened cherry/pit (dirt/musty) nose with incomparable tart palate. Flavors quickly resolve into a sharep, woody unsweetened
cherry pie flavor (touch of dough, minus the almond extract).
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1995: Opaque rose. Fast dying foam. Huge matchstick aroma. Slightly musty and sour. Underlying traits of chalk, spice, lemon zest, earthy hop, flowers, and leather. Understated sour cherry notes. Trace carbonation. Round, elegant feel. Highly acidic up front, the way a kriek should be. Ingenious mixture of light sharpness and rich malt flavors. Lovely metallic and medicinal tinges. Faint notes of sour cherry, coconut, dried cranberry, and leather. Semi-dry finish with notes of iron and musty oak. Belches with the best of them with soft cherry afterthoughts. Remarkable aroma, extremely well balanced, and complex.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1995 vintage.I just couldn't wait any longer for the wife,i just had to try it.I managed to net 2 of these bad boys in a trade,what a deal it was.Nice red color ,small to no head on this one,the carbonation was very faint and nearly none at all for the most part.Nice aroma with the flavor being a semi strong cherry with a slight acidic attitude to it,mildly sweet but mostly tart with an oaky maybe slightly earthy taste but to this untrained palate that could be wrong,but i do know one thing and that is that this is a fantastic brew a little different from other lambic's i've had but it is well worth pursueing this brew if you have the means.Oh and by all means share very little of it you'll definately want this bad boy for yourself.This is a great brew for my #500 and i have to thank Jskendzel and Captaincougar for getting me a bottle.
nick35 (12) - USA - JUN 2, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed a 1986 brewing at the Toronado. During the last 17 years the flavor has sweetened and softened. The brett and cherries are fully integrated and the profile is very smooth. My best beer experience to date.
BBB63 (5961) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 UPDATE: Just a big wow that a bottle got opened on DLD 2008. Not sure of the exact age of the bottle but was told it was from the early 90’s. Man did this rock, the cherry flavor is still there but the acidity now leads to complete dry and woody finish. Insanely refreshing and very very balanced. If it was a touch more funky it would be perfect. Simply the finest Lambic I have ever had, period!
Original rating 5/11/03 (4.7)
Lucky enough to find a bottle of 1997 that had aged well. Ruby red color is very intense. The aroma matches the flavor, Cherries and Oak to the forefront, with a red apple and flowery rose hint. The aftertaste was just as nice, lingering well after the last sip was gone. This is Kriek for which others should strive.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Vintage 2000. Beautiful ruby red color. Frothy pinkish head, slowly fading away. Cherry pits and almond aroma. Sour cherry falvor, albolutely dry, with vanilla and cherry pits. Citrus. 300 Grammes of cherry per litre lambic is used, but the flavor is not abundant with cherries. Delicious, complex kriek, Boon at its very best.
Vintage 2007: clear pinkish red color. Cherry pits, dust and oak in the aroma. Oak, dust and cherries in the flavor. Thinnish, even a bit alcoholic, yet almost bone dry. Sweet notes come from the cherry fruit only. marzipan in the aftertaste (7 3 8 4 15 = 3.7)
Vintage 2011, tasted july 2013 (slightly cooled, cause it is a very hot day). Ruby red color. Oak, cherries in the aroma. Sour flavor, but the sourness is compensated by cherries, vanilla, almond, oak. Complex, maybe a bit thin, but an excellent kriek.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2003 1995 Bottle: Hazy dark cherry hue. Whitish pink head. Horseblanket nose. A very "active" beer. Cherries are obviously evident. Vinegar and light, dry, vinous notes. Very nimble on the palate, tart, sour, cheddar, horseblanket, band-aid, woody, oak. Acidic and dry, yet fruity, sour and refreshing. What an incredibly balanced lambic. Im terribly impressed. By far one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of tasting...Thankfully, the whole 0,75L bottle is mine alone! Thanks CaptainCouger!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 2000 vintage sampled in Nov. 06: Pours a transparent copper mahogany ruby with a large pinkish white head. Sweet fruity raspberry aroma has some mild funk and tart notes. Body starts sweet and fruity with good cherry raspberry flavor and a drier, tarter puckering finish. Nicely-balanced and complex.
1995 vintage sampled on 2/2/03: This pours a bright cherry-red with a fast-fading ring of pinkish foam. Very little carbonation, which I’m guessing is a result of its age. Tart horseblanket aroma leads into an amazing variety of flavors inclding bing cherries, oak and vinegar and finishes with a puckering dryness. This has aged very well and is the best lambic I have had the pleasure of sampling.