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

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RATINGS: 1276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 8, 2006
Nose of alcohol and vinegar. Pours a cloudy rose quartz with no head to speak of. Highly acidic and very sour. Light, watery, and soft. Nothing I would choose to drink again. Iím sure volumes could be written about itís complexity, but Iím at a loss for an appreciation of this style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roner77 (35) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2006
Tap@Bier Stein, Eugene OR. A beutiful cherry color with a light rose head. A great sour/tart flavor of complexity that is not overbearing. The finish has sour cherry taste with oak and aged flavors. A truly enjoyable treat in the wonderful world of beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1772) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours a cloudy cherry pink with a soft-pink head, some floating material.

Both the aroma and the flavor are well-adjusted sour cherry lambic; lovely and deeply refreshing from the very first sip; no burn-in time for the tastebuds needed here as with of the harder-core sour lambics. Nonethless the beer does not strike me as overly seet and indeed intensifies in both sourness and in a dry woodines on the finish.

We donít have the full complexity here that we do with Oud Beersel Oude Kriek, but this is a lovely beer with no out-front flaws and it is a pleasure to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2006
Dark red appearance. Somewhat sweet and mellow flavour. Finish is dominated by citrus and quite sour. An extremely refreshing beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer offers a sour acidic aroma consisting of cherries and yeast. It is a rose colored liquid with no head but decent lacing. This acidic solution is very tart and has a healthy cherry taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
A nearly perfect example of what a kriek should be. Which to choose? Cantillon, 3F, Hanssens? Boon? Why choose? Have one of each!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Deep, dark red, barely a head at all. Highly sour nose - maybe slightly cherry, but itís not obvious nor is it particularly inviting. Very, very tart - one of the most sour ales Iíve ever had! Hard to imagine having to drink an entire bottle of this stuff! It definetly needs some kind of food accompaniment. Not very complex, just sour, slightly cherried, low carbonation...Not my favorite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 [re-rate: had the remainder of the bottle with a meal today, and I enjoyed it a lot more - the tannic qualities and driness served as good palate cleansers and really enhanced the taste of the food - also, with my palate alternating between the flavors of the food and the beer, it seemed much less over the top/intense - this is really wonderful stuff] Dark, purple/red color with minimal carbonation, therefore minimal lace - very "wild" aroma, with brett funk/cheesiness in abundance, along with huge amounts of oak, cherries, barnyard/earth/mustiness - very tart and extremely dry, giving it wine-like character without it actually tasting like wine (if that makes sense) - the funk is all over this (I wish Iíd remember to buy cheese to have with this) - woodiness, sour cherries - Iíve been liking the sour beers lately, but this may be a bit too much for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Pours a deep ressish pink with a thoroughly pink head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. A very aromaticly tart nose with cherries, almonds and vanilla (from the pits) and some typical Cantillon terroir of barnyard animals. The body is thin and the mouthfeel dry, but the CO2 really gives this an enjoyable texture. The flavors match the nose but the cherries really just add to the dimension of the brett without taking it over as the fruit does in many lesser beers. It finishes extremely tart with some notes of sherry and a lingering oak character. Just amazing stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2006
Vintage 2002. I can see why this is a very good beer, very good aromas of wild yeast and rotten fruit, lots of horseblanket and a bit of cherry/cranberry. But this one is just to sour for me on the stomach (kept me awake for half a night...pfff). So if you like to try it, donít finish the whole bottle with just 2 people. Tastes very good though: tart and acidic of course, but also a lot of classical earthy lambic notes. Excellent beer but why oh why is it so sour!


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