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

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RATINGS: 1310   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.


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 (4910) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Clear red body with no head or lacing. Aroma is sour and tart cherries with hiints of oak. Flavor is the same. Really dry finish. Drink at room temp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Red with a pink highlighting and slightly hazy. Sharp and tart cherry aroma, with a blast of wild fermenting yeast. Sour and dry beginning with a very sour finish. Not a lot of cherry but just enough for flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Intensly sour, only slightly cherry-y aroma. Poured a beautiful ruby with only a ring of solid white head. Flavor was also extremely sour, with only a touch of yeast and cherry. Very wild and authentic tasting, delicious but biting; a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Bottled in 02/2003. This reddish amber lambic ale poured with absolutely no head, eliciting a fruity yeast aroma. The flavor is very cherry, with a long sour finish. This is a very good example of kriek lambic.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2006
"Got it on draft different for a beer. Pour a red and i mean red color. And SOUR twisted my tounge up on every sip. No head no lacing. Smell sweet of fruit go figure, but oh so sour."


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