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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1285   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.


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 (1812) - 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 (4839) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Small bottle, 2004 vintage, 60 degrees and given a half hour to breath before serving in my Cantillon tumbler.

Hazy safire-copper in color with some fizz rising. A few tanish-grey dust wisps serve as the head. Aroma elicits an audible "good grief" - burlap sacks, tart and turning cherries with discarded pits, lime juice, Special K with berries, wet leather and stamped cranberries on the stable floor. Flavor is an onslaught of tart tenacity. Breaching sour extremities strike fast, but then nuances roll in and somehow make it calmer than it was a minute ago. Tart cherry cobbler juice. Dried cranberries scattered among prairie plains and grains of paradise. Harsh coursing lemon juice, and sweet cherries meeting Hawaiian fruit punch. Tart acidity tangos with brett to produce a sleek, quaffable expose. Distant, casual carbonation with non-stop palate smacking. Finish revels with yeasty cranberry scones and a tart sweetness that clings to the lips like an ever-present, sweet acidic lip balm. Truly complex.


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