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

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RATINGS: 1388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle: Pours a bright, cherry red with a bubbly fruit colored head. Nose is of pie cherries and sweet tart candy. The taste is loaded with tart from the cherries and a mouth puckering sour. Sour and tart dominated as opposed to fruity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Aromas of cherry, sour, oak. Beautiful ruby color, with essentially no head. Starts lactically sour, with cherries. Puckers the mouth. Oaky notes survive the cherries. Develops earthy notes as the experience proceeds. Seems to become a bit acetic as well. Bet the pH value is below 5!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle, 1996 Vintage. Pours a slightly transparent, deep ruby color with some shades of resiny amber lying beneath a thin head of fizzy white. Like most krieks, cherries abound in the aroma, but this cherry character has that authentic fleshy, woody pit-like quality that can only be found in an elite few. In addition, the signature cantillon sourness suggests the cherries were actually added as an afterthought to an already great lambic, and not selected to be the focal point of the beer. Light bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, but whatís there assaults the palate with a sharpness that supplements the sourness quite well. Acidic, funky flavors of lemon skins, broken leather, white wine vinegar, and oaky chardonnay tannins form a beautiful sour backdrop for the exquisitely authentic cherries. Hasnít lost a bit in its time. Thanks for another memorable tasting experience, Dr. Bill!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Pours reddish amber with a white head with light hint of prickly carbonation. The aroma has lots of tart gueze traits with a good amount of cherries balancing it out. Very much on the sour side, but with light richness with lots of wild yeast - quite crisp. Thin crisp body that has lots of sharpness and only a light bit of sharp carbonation. The taste starts with extra sharp sour cherries, wild yeast, barnyard funk, dry white grapes and tart limes - everything it should have. Big olí thumbs up for this wonderful kriek. <P> Rerate notes: With a eight month old bottle the cherry is much more pronounced, but thankfully doesnít sweeten it up. It mainly makes is smoother and much easier to drink. A fine lambic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (897) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 7, 2007
Bottle at Cantillon, march 07. Sharp, aromatic nose with some fruits, lemon, vinegar and horse saddle. Beatifull flavor, anise, balsamic cherries with a slight citric acid finnish. MF is medium to light, full fruity punch but a short aftertaste. Amazing shinny red color with some rose notes and a small but lasting white-rosť head. A fabolous, enjoyable cantillon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Vintage: March 2008
Consumed: December 2008

It probably comes as not great surprise that this beer is still very very young. Great colour; bright and cheerful cherry red with goo depth. Aromas are powerful and jump out of the bottle the second the cork is popped. All about tart and dry fruits. Palate is very intense and dominated at the moment by salt, vinegar, acid, spice. Quite medium-bodied despite the sourness, but needs time for the fruit to come through. Another classic.

Vintage: June 2005
Consumed: April 2007

Fully loaded hard core lambic style. Very kriek in appearance but nose and palate suggests, strongly, unsweetened lambic. High on acid and tart fruits, right through the nose and palate. Very unyielding right now. One of those rare beers that seems far too young to consume.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 1996 vintage. 750mL thanks to Dr. Bill. On the nose a crisp tart dryness in rose hips, german kirsch and a flowery oaky preserved quality. A pour of blushed sun, rimmed in pale peach. Flavor was a graceful, delicate breezy panache of Door County cherry pits, craisins and longing, wonderfully parching woodiness. Some hickory and ash alighted amongst the perfusive hard candy cherry juice feeling. Yet, the wildness was balanced in the midst, with plenty of hay and grass with cork over the whole beast. A perfectly dry and satisfying completion. Maybe a perfect Kriek.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1376) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2007
Young 37.5 cL, freshly bottled sometime this year. Bright red with pinkish tint, sour cherries, berries, and lemons in the nose. Very sour of course but much less acidic than I expected, somewhat flat with powerful cherries. Damn nice, and I think Iíll cellar the others for a while yet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a pink colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between the raspberry and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours, the raspberry are buried under the acidic tones. I believe that some other lambic -fruit a better balanced then this one and offer a better refreshing taste.


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