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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek 100% lambic is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. 2002 vintage. Itís always great when you get beer from non-beer geek friends and fly back from Europe with it. Aroma of cherry, tannin and brett. Poured a hazen cherry red with a quick fizzing head. Flavor was tasty, sour cherry and brett with just a tinge of sweetness. Palate was nice and finish was pleasantly dry. Overall very good hoping to get more from these guys.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Red with rapidly dissipating pink head. Aroma of lemon, cherry, oak, brett. Spritzy mouthfeel. Beautifully acidic with lip pursing sour finish. Excellent as always.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1807) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Dark red colour with a slim pink head. Nice cherry aroma with a sour promise to it. Taste is sour, then sour followed by sour with a sour dry finish. Nice acidity throughout also, and there is some sweetness which dances round the edges quite nicely. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
From Bottle

Poured dark red. slight reddish head. Aroma of cherries, but not overpowering. Flavor is of very sour, slight cherry flavor. Sweet in the aftertaste. Very acidic all the way through. Dry finish. Comparable to a nice red wine. Very nice beer for a special occasion

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YellowMellow (6) - ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2005 does not count
Deep red and slightly cloudy appearance, only slight cherry aroma. Very acidic to start, but long finish with cherries coming through. Intense. Needs to be drunk slowly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bright red color with no head. Aroma is tart with some sour cherries. The flavor begins quickly with sweet but turns sour with the sweet sneaking in again at the finish. Nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2005
2003 Bottle. Beautiful red with a pink head, my only complaint is that the head doesnít stay around too long. Very musty and earthy aroma. Lots of dirty blanket. Not good at first, but becomes benign after a few minutes. The tartness in the mouthfeel is enough to knock almost anyone down at first, only the persistent will get up from that blow. A fleeting sweetness emerges after a few sips and the cherry becomes present for a few seconds before getting knocked back down by the brett and tart. By the end of the bottle, however, the transformation is complete, and this becomes a wonderful beer (although I have trouble calling it beer, itís something more)... sweet, fruity and dry in the mouth. Very puckering. You canít help but to lick your lips after each and every sip. The aspect of this is the post-aftertaste: there is a residual flavor that only surfaces a few seconds after you swallow. I canít really describe what it is, but itís damn good. One of the more complex beers Iíve had in a while.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
(Fresh from the tap, unblended) Deep cherry red with light cherry head. Light fresh sweet cherries in aroma. Ever puckering sourness, with fresh cherries in mouth, but a bit light bodied. (7-4-7-3-13). Aged bottled version was more intense on the cherries in aroma, more tart, due to blending with gueuze. Excellent (8-4-8-4-16). Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Sour fruits, musty barn in the aroma. Red with pink highlights and a fast fading white head. Mouth puckering sourness dominates the flavor with the cherry only barely making an appearance and even then it tastes like sour cherry candy and not real cherries. Musty barn and blanket flavors follow that. Very high acidity actually hurts your throat if you lrt the liquid linger.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
750ml bottle. Pinkish red color with a fairly fizzy pink head. Musty aroma, punchy funk, light cherry, quite sour. Flavor is nicely balanced between the funk, the sour and the cherry. A bit woody, definitely earthy, with lots of Cantillon house character. Active mouthfeel, finishes sour, quite dry, very acidic. Completely refreeshing. Excellent, Iíll need to pick up some more.


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