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

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RATINGS: 1412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek 100% lambic is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
750mL. Aroma of sour cherry and lambic sourness. Rich Ruby color. This is the beer that when you serve it at a wedding and people say, " Hey, I think this marriage is gonna work!"

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8637) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 I must have had this a dozen times before but never logged a rating. Always figured I had it rated. Even without rating I know this is one of my favorite krieks out there. This rating is from a 750ml bottle, bottled in 2006 according to the cork. Pours a hazy deep red hue with a pinkish head containing mostly large bubbles. The head settles out into a fluffy dark pink film. The nose is more gueuze and less kriek at first, stinging the nostrils with prickly scents, providing a big dose of oak wood complete with funk, and then just barely hinting at the cherries. Low carbonation, high acidity, but also oily up front and over the middle. Subtle cherries, not-so-subtle barrel wood and over the top sour yeast... it then explodes into an acidic sting in the finish, as most Cantillons do, before settling out into an oily resin left coating the mouth which tastes heavy of oak and light of black cherries. A classic Cantillon beer, over the top sour, it basically punches the mouth and then tries to massage it back. Lacks some carbonation, and also lacks sweetness to balance (of course), but the biggest thing is the undeveloped flavors, it’s so young that all it presents is oak and yeast. Can’t rate it too high because of this, even though I’ve had other vintages with some age on them that would probably garner mid-4s. Regardless, the 2006 bottle with about a year on it garners a high 3.

The 1996 bottle that egajdzis brought to BCTC really shows what this beer can become. So dry and stinging, parched dry paper and soft cherry whipped cream flavors, with a finish that could rival Drie Fontienen Framboos as far as how aggressive it is. An amazing beer with some age on it, so I am going to up my numbers for the 1996 bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Rerate, July 3, 2008
ruby red; nearly flat. Aroma: funk, cheese, feet, barrel. Flavor: tart, cherry. Bitter cherry pit finish. Distinctly Cantillonic "flatness" comes out in bottom half of the bottle, comparable to their Bruocsella Grand Cru.

July 12, 2007
Bright red, minimal head. Very tart. Just lovely kriek goodness from Cantillon. What can I say?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12614) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske øldage 07. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sour, green apple, cherry. Flavour is sour, green apple, cherry. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Hazy reddish color. Strong cherry scent. Extremely tart cherry flavor with hints of vinegar and lemons. This is a wonderful beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2011 Bottle, 75cl corked, at Københavnske Øldage. Deep reddish, clear body, almost brownish. Small, pinkish-beige head. Lots of cherries in the aroma, along with sourness and barnyard. Tart and sour in the mouth, with cherries, brnyard and some green apples. A lovely, refreshing, palate-cleansing beer with an acidic finish with cherries and some apples. Rating: 7-4-8-4-16-3.9. 070512

Bottle, 37.5cl corked, at Patricks Pub. It’s a clear, candy-red beer topped by a diminishing, pink, finger-thick head. Hints of almond on the nose, with cherries and funk doing the rest of the job. Lots of good cherries in the mouth, a little almond blending in, along with sweaty horse blanket and a lemony sourness. Dry and palate-cleansing. The finish is sour with almond notes and cherry. A lovely beer indeed. 091211

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a murky red color with small pink head. Aroma of cherries and raspberries. Taste is intensely sour, which caught me off guard. However, the taste grew on me once I got used to the sour notes. Cherry notes, with some light vanilla and yeast as well. Average palate. This is actually pretty good, and a lambic that I won’t soon forget!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle. Nose is fruity and sour. Cherries, sour apple, strong yeast presence. Beautiful pinkish red. Extremely sour, well beyong my palate’s sensitivites, but punctuated by cherry and raspberry notes. Outside of the tartness, the palate is smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Pours a hazy reddish color. Smells of tart cherries. Tastes of cherries with a decent hint of tartness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2007
Hazy red colouring with a slim white head with tiny bubbles. Sour tart cherry aroma with typical cantillion funk. Fresh tangy tart cherries dominantes with an earthy sour character trhoughout. Refreshing. Dusky yeast is noticable. Pungent, crisp, tart with enough cherry flavour to prevent a stomach acid retch. My kind of beer


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