hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to JorisPPatton for this 1987 corked and caged bottle! Ivory head, sparse lacing, carbonated, and cloudy appearance. Sweet cherry aroma. Sweet, acidic, sour, tart, tangy, cherry flavor. A bit too sweet and sour IMO. Very tingly and sour mouthfeel.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Deep dark pink colour, head lasts no more than a few seconds. Toasty, cheese, hay, nappy, vomit, olive, cocktail frankfurt (?!) aroma. My sister said it smelled like baked beans. Tastes a tiny bit thin and was perhaps slightly more dry than I would like. Fricken sour, as expected, really lemon juicey with some acetic acid. Lots of salty blue cheese flavours. The only evidence of cherries is in the cherry and vomit flavoured burps it gives you (and in the colour obviously.) In the grand scheme of things this is a really good beer. Compared to the other Cantillons Iíve had it seems a bit too rough and inelegant. Iíve got another bottle to age a few years anyway so Iím set. Many thanks to beer_ledgend for sending me so many great beers!
RR: Bottled 2005. Iíve been hanging to rerate this one since having it at the brewery on a hot Brussels day a while back. It was easily the best lambic-based Kriek/Kriekenlambik I had on my trip (though I liked Kriek de Ranke better and thatís got some lambic in it I think... but anyway.) This bottle did not disappoint. Incredibly fresh juicy cherry character, yet amazingly light and dry at the same time. Superb clarity of flavours, just incredibly focussed, with the cherry really coming to the fore (it presumably dissipates with bottle-age. Edit: Derr... it even says this on the bottle!) and perfect balance. Perhaps a little less lambic character, but itís a better experience for it. Brilliant stuff. Oh yeah, it also went really well with the rich chocolate brownie I had for dessert. Previous rating 3.8.
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light rose with a little pinked, small beaded carb head. Yeasty doughy aroma with lots of sour cherries on the nose. Certainly not as sour as the Fou Foune but still very lemon/lime sour. Limey very yeasty and metallic. Not syruppy. A little cheesey and salty in the finish. Somewhat dissapointing. Sadly the cherry depth is reserved to skin and pit flavours.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Cantillon Kriek :
Sour funk pressure forcing itself out of the glass to gleefully present its sour ripe cherries...Mouth-puckering reliability is definitely in vigor here, accompanying the relentless cherry and lemon juice balm...A classy slingshot if there ever was one...
Cantillon De Dolle Proevers Kersengueuze 1991 :
(13-year-old bottle) : Gum-cutting citrusy sourness on the verge of vinegariness, in a lighter body than the usual Cantillon...Difficult to see the difference between the kriek and the kersen, but some fruit is felt for sure...Very assertive all the way through and not as refined as most Cantillon products I have had, but a nonetheless immensely pleasurable lambic...Thanks Joris!!...
Aroma (8), Appearance (4), Flavor (8), Palate (4), Overall (16) = 4/5.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muted sour cherries, light barnyard, notes of cinnamon in the clean, lactic aroma. Rose coloured body with pink-tinged head that recedes to ring. Acidic yet clean. Funky, tart cherries pucker the sides of the mouth (perhaps moreso than other offerings from this brewery). Mouthfeel is so silky-smooth. At times I felt the acidity bordered on overwhelming but it never quite crossed the line. Fantastic! Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Muddy earthy ruby. Gentle off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Clean sour cherries aroma, very leafy, woody with huge lactic notes, yogurty and even soured milk alike. Totally pungent aroma with a nice restrained barn touch. Very puckering, heavily sour, straightforward. This is everything Iím looking for in a traditional kriek. I would prefer it with standout characteristics though, more funk and mystery, unexplored territories etc. Now itís extremely clean, direct, balanced, dry and astringent which means itís an awesome beer and possibly one of cantillonís best, better than the lou pepe to me anyway. Great texture, thin-medium body with very little carbonation feels perfectly right to carry the acidity. Terrific kriek.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996 This kriek pours with a pinkish-orange body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is tart, sour and full of horseblanket/barnyard wtih a touch of cherries. THe flavor is tart, tart, tart with a slight horseblanket and a littel cherry...great flavor. Light, smooth and dry as hell.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1987 corked and caged bottle from Joris. The metal was rusted and the cork was deteriorating, but the brew was intact. The cork came out with a soft pop and started to crumble. It poured a large sized head of aromatic fine to medium sized mostly diminishing light purple hued bubbles that left behind a carbonated semi-transparent brown colored body with a purple hue to it. The aroma was mellow with mild cherry notes, but it could be smelled from a distance very easily. It carried well. The mouth feel was bubbly semi-sweet yet dry with a sour cherry flavor. Too sour for me, but very good like a Flemish Sour ale. I had hoped it would have mellowed with time, but it was as fresh and sour as day one.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1996 Bottle. Tasted with DrBill and crew @ the Falling Rock. Beautiful cloudy cherry red with a great head that has very small bubbles that laces the glass perfectly. Sour and earthy with some tobacco and cherry notes in the nose. Tart cherry and sour barnyard Brettanomyces flavors. A wonderful kriek that has aged very well. Spot on! Thanks Bill!
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep burgundy colour, cloudy with no head and faint carbonation. Fruity, acidic, light cherry aroma along with citrus. Very tart, dusty, horseblanket, and a bit of cherry flavour, especially on the finish. Light spice. Nicely done.