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


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RATINGS: 1423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek 100% lambic is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2006
At the brewery. I had this right after the gueuze, so most of my comments are comparisons to that beer. Smell is less acidic and less brett-y than gueuze, mostly of a faint brett and cherry overlay. The brett is definitely there on the flavor, and the acid is more tangy and mouthwatering, but the grape and fruity roundness is not there. The cherry is subtle overall, mostly a nice accent to the long and tangy finish. While the gueuze had nicely developed flavors, this seems flatter, like a cherry Flemish red. Still good, but I’m glad I got the other one first.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 26, 2006
Very very tart, sour cherries. Dominate the nose. Red with light pink head. Flavour is vinegary, some cherry. Very very sour again. Completely over-rides any other taste there. Nice, just too tart. Some fizz. Vintage 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10909) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
12 oz corked and capped bottle. Pours garnet, ruby with a foamy white head and patchy, edgy head. Aroma is sour berry, malt, cardboard, citrus nose and yeast (mold, sweat). Sour berry flavor, heavy acidity and tartness that kicks in ALL saliva glands, medium bitterness, lemon rind finish. Medium bodied, dry and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
2002 – Very nice a little unclear orange body, white head; Very nice deep complex nose of barnyard, hay, soil, orange, grapefruit and just very little cherry; Very sour body with a very sharp sparkle; Very sour finish with great length of cherry sourness and aroma, a lot of pit appears together with some warm, ripe cherry quite late in the finish. Very nice and interesting beer, I think the sourness overshadows the complexity of the beer, whih I find the case with a lot of the Cantillon’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Clear cherry color with a thin frothy off-white head. Sour and musty aroma. Very sour flavor, light cherry hints, some musty notes, light yeastiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2006
[bottle from Beers of Europe] Cherry aroma, dusty dry yeast notes, lots of acidity and barnyard funk. Light, drinkable mouthfeel, very dry, VERY sour. Another class Kriek.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1255) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Romance is a bitter passion, replete with the pyrrhic agony that only self-inflicted pain can manifest. I understand the Herculean lads who dismiss this view as the solitary cries of the smitten and smited, but it is far too great (and loud) a wailing chorus to be anything but a truth. Still, we indulge in this vexing ceremony at any cost. As I have been prone to argue, there is a brewed equivalent to this platitude: the Cantillon Kriek. The sublimely sanguine body is the rich color of Cupid’s arrow tips, practically beating like the impassioned (or embittered) heart. There is no frothy halo on the amorously hued drink, but its reddened depths are enough to inspire a sip. Cantillon has done us a great favor and skipped the whole business of love’s lasting. Instead, we’re taken straight away to the staggering end, sipping on an acrimonious painful tinge of fruity tartness and a lasting sour sting. But as bitter as it may be, intrinsic to the drink is an addictive quality aside from the alcohol. A spectre of masochism haunts this red flared lambic as romance haunts men seeking to court a lady. It is a flavored trap set and executed again and again, usually to the bitter cries of the victim. It may be a sad affair, but it is normal and, to the point, human. A drink that connects deeply to any emotional poignancy is always welcome in my glass (and yes, even in my heart).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14836) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
Red with white head. Very sour because of the fruit I guess, but again sour like cantillon’s other products. Lively carbonation. good lasting finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1899) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Burnt orange-red with a thin white head. Tart cherry and oak aroma, mixed with sweet goat cheese. Very tart and sour flavor, burnt/charred wood notes are evident in the middle-to-late flavor profile, along with some slightly cheesy Brie notes towards the end. Lingering bitter and tart finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
Bottle. Clear red coloured with a white head. Acidic aroma with of berries and wood. Acidic flavour of berries and wood.

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