Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let me relate a story to you about myself and lambics. About 3 months into my RB venture, I encountered a Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise at a gathering. I had heard of it, and good things at that, so I went over and poured myself a glass. I wasnít nearly prepared for what I was about to smell. In fact, the smell was so overpowering that I could only take one sip before I had to pour the rest out. That smell stayed with me the rest of the night, and for weeks to come. I convinced myself that I would never, ever, EVER like lambics. No sir, not me. Fast forward to the next gathering. I saw this one in the cooler, and got a bit of a knot in my stomach. However, this time I had about 2 more months and about 100 more beers on my palate. I also had about 15 beers in me to this point. I was feeling good. Brave. I was going to conquer this lambic thing, once and for all. I couldnít fail, right?
Pours a light red body with a very small, pink head. Aroma is overpowering, but this time I was ready for it, and welcomed it. This time I was able to pick out some other notes, sure the sour cherry dominated, but also got some vanilla and spices on the nose. Now it was time to drink it. This was my personal day of reckoning, my judgment day. I took in a nice sized amount, and was immediately hit with overpowering sourness, and acidity. Rolled to the back of the tongue, prepared for the worst, and swallowed. The finish was mouth puckering, as acidic and sour as anything I have ever tasted in my life....and damn was it GOOD. So good in fact that I went back for a second pour. I had done it, I had conqured the beast. I have seen the top of the mountain, and it is good. Now, whereís that Lou Pepe Framboise? Him and I have some talking to do.....
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light orangish red with almost no head at all. It has that unmistakable Cantillon funky acidity aroma. You get some cherry, but it is drowned out by the sourness. I know I should be expecting it, but the first sip makes my cheeks pucker up and I get a wierd look on my face. Everyone laughs..and points. The taste, as usual is of monster sourness, with mild fruity flavors. This brewery isnt for kids.
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at KÝbenhavnske ōldage 2007. Unclear red - light pink head. Sour - sour, acid, cherry, vinegar, soft, juicy, citrus, high high dryness. This is again a top-good cantillon, and just what I need after some boring thin light beers !!
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Smal fizzy red head that mostly diminished. Spar lacing. Hazy red color. Very fruit with notes of cherry, vinegar, citrus, dusty barnyard. Medium bodied with a dry texture and an average carbonation. Flavor was moderated sour with good some sweet notes. Nice sour dry finish.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. I smelled vinegar when I popped the cap and I broke the cork opening it, so I was worried this was a bad bottle. Looks like a rose! Even a little effervescence, but no real head. Clear bright red. Horseblanket? Hay? Tangy and sharp. Lactobaccilis smells strong, with some salt. Nothing too abrasive, or cherry-like, for that matter. In the mouth this is thin but not overly watery and nicely subduedly carbonated. The flavors are the real shocker. Though this is rather tart, Iíd say the first thing that comes to mind is salty! Tart lactobacillis funk. Like a sour yogurt. Lemony. A little vinegar. Hell, I even pick out some cherry in with the straw and light "barnyard". Really well balanced. Like a dry white wine, though much more astringent. The funky horseblanket comes on strong in the finish, disappearing into a straw acidic dry aftertaste. I really enjoy this and I think I may be willing to put down money for other Cantillon products now.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 In a word..SOUR. Iím a big fan of Flemish Sours, and have come to like the Lambics a lot on certain occasions, so the tartness of a beer does not bother me. However, I either got one past its prime, or this is meant to be over the top.
While it did feature a pleasant cherry aroma and flavor, these too were dampened by the tartness. That being said, the palate was a pleasant blend of the ultra-sour, followed closely by a sweet finish...both to an extreme.
All and all, this reminded me of some of those sour kidís candies Iíve had, where your mouth puckers up as you eat them, but for some reason, you come back for more. Iím sure Iíll be back for more of this in the future.
sunevdj (3334) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 Brux 07. Tasting at the brewery. Pours an almost clear red with a small diminishing pink head. Hint of lacing. Smells of cherry and honey. Very, very acidic with a light sweetness. Heavy earthy aromas with a lot of cherries and vinegar. Some cask wood. Soft carbonation. Also some minerals. Long cherry- metallic- and bitter finish that is kinda harsh on the throat.
Also had a bottled and maybe a bit aged version that was not as sour.
chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 2003 12oz. bottle. I had trouble getting the cork out, as it was semi-soaked and started breaking up. I managed to get it out without it falling in the bottle. It pours a cranberry red while bubbles dissipate as I let the Kriek breathe for a few minutes. I have been really excited about trying this! I can pick up a faint aroma from more than 2 feet away even before I can put my nose to it. The aroma is sour cherry skins and wild yeast. The flavor is sour with oak and has the acidity of the ripest cherry skins and lemon rinds. The sourness saturates my tongue until it is numb. No sweetness to note of. Undeniably Cantillon.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Dark red colored, slight cloudiness there also. Vanishing pink head. Aroma is nice with wooden cherries, some sour lemon also there. Medium bodied. Flavor gets even better with cherry, wooden tones, still this ftuity sweetness is cut nicely with balancing sourness. Soft palated.
IndianaRed (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle pous a nice bright red with a slight haze and a thin quick light pink head. Lots of sour cherries on the nose with the classic musty notes as well. Flavor was massivly tart. Almost bloking the cherry flavor for the moment. Then it comes through. Sour, Sour Sour cherries are all over the place. Not at all candy Jolly rancher type just dry tart sour cherries. Some woody, dusty yeast notes as well but appropriately complimentary. Thanks Jordan for splitting this bottle wioth me. Nearly a pint of this was awsome.