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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Otje (678) - 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, don’t 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 (2416) - 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 (3257) - 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 (7551) - 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 (1049) - 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."

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
2002 says the cork. Outstanding kriek. Very much like the geueze, however the cherrys do not so much flavour the beer, i would say its more a case of they balance it. Lovly and ill need to get some more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. 2002 vintage. It’s always great when you get beer from non-beer geek friends and fly back from Europe with it. Aroma of cherry, tannin and brett. Poured a hazen cherry red with a quick fizzing head. Flavor was tasty, sour cherry and brett with just a tinge of sweetness. Palate was nice and finish was pleasantly dry. Overall very good hoping to get more from these guys.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Red with rapidly dissipating pink head. Aroma of lemon, cherry, oak, brett. Spritzy mouthfeel. Beautifully acidic with lip pursing sour finish. Excellent as always.


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