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

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RATINGS: 1511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek 100% lambic is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3947) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2016 Brux 07. Tasting at the brewery. Pours an almost clear red with a small diminishing pink head. Hint of lacing. Smells of cherry and honey. Very, very acidic with a light sweetness. Heavy earthy aromas with a lot of cherries and vinegar. Some cask wood. Soft carbonation. Also some minerals. Long cherry- metallic- and bitter finish that is kinda harsh on the throat.
Also had a bottled and maybe a bit aged version that was not as sour.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottled in 2003 12oz. bottle. I had trouble getting the cork out, as it was semi-soaked and started breaking up. I managed to get it out without it falling in the bottle. It pours a cranberry red while bubbles dissipate as I let the Kriek breathe for a few minutes. I have been really excited about trying this! I can pick up a faint aroma from more than 2 feet away even before I can put my nose to it. The aroma is sour cherry skins and wild yeast. The flavor is sour with oak and has the acidity of the ripest cherry skins and lemon rinds. The sourness saturates my tongue until it is numb. No sweetness to note of. Undeniably Cantillon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2007
(Draught) Dark red colored, slight cloudiness there also. Vanishing pink head. Aroma is nice with wooden cherries, some sour lemon also there. Medium bodied. Flavor gets even better with cherry, wooden tones, still this ftuity sweetness is cut nicely with balancing sourness. Soft palated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3791) - 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 (3445) - Meridian, 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 (14073) - 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 what’s 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. Hasn’t 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 (5855) - 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 ol’ thumbs up for this wonderful kriek. <P> Rerate notes: With a eight month old bottle the cherry is much more pronounced, but thankfully doesn’t 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 (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - 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-rosé head. A fabolous, enjoyable cantillon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1927) - Phuket, THAILAND - 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.


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