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

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RATINGS: 1311   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2005
This is a rather Young bottle.
Cork Reads, Bottles in 2004

Pours a majestic ruby colored body and the lightest hue of sexy pink and silky head. The aroma is tart with stale wet wheat or straw. There is a delicate blending of aroma and flavor that evoke thoughts of tart mid-summer cherries… a farmhands dusty old barn… Brushing a horses coat… shoveling fresh oak leaf compost…. my grandmothers old home in the hills of West Virginia… barrel aged basaltic vinegar… and a soure orange astringency. I always enjoy the complexities and raw craftsmanship of a true Lambic… It’s a glorious art, and this offering is no exception! The finish is cotton dry… it’s tart and lingers on in the back of the mouth with a yeasty Granny Smith green apple and cherry rendering. .

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
Hazy reddish colour thin off white head. Aroma is fruity with some sourness. Sweet and fruity flavor with a sour touch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Rerate: This one’s had a a while to settle. It poured absolutely clear, a rose sort of color, perhaps a shade or two deeper. The nose is just a crazy nuts whallop of funk--slightly floral, earthy, sweaty, organic and fruity--but still pretty subtle. Flvorwise, it is sour of course--definitely lemon-juicy rather than vinegary. Carbonation is too low, making the mouthfeel a dull and flabby. There’s maybe a slight twinge of sweetness in the finish but it mostly the sourness and strange lambicosity. I don’t like this as much as the first time but it’s still high class if you ask me.

Original rating: Hazy reddish pinkish bronze. A bit of big bubbled head with a good sheet of webby lacing. Nose is very tart but not one dimensional at all--lemon juice, cedar, hay, leather and cobweb with a twinge of cherry sweetness--oh yeah, that’s nice. The sourness here is less overbearing than in some Cantillon brews--much more of a fruity tartness than vinegar sourness (though no less intense). Light bodied but slightly oily mouthfeel and gently carbed for a lambic (still pretty brisk for anything else), Very dry but not entirely, incredibly bone dry--actually almost balanced in it’s own strange way. Incredibly tasty though it does pain my chapped lips with it’s acidity. One of my favorite Cantillon beers and a favorite lambic in general.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
This is a particularly sour lambic, I’d venture to say this is as sour as the ouds I’ve had. Beautiful musty cherry beneath the tartness, and a definite hay-like undercurrent here. So much going on beneath the sourness, I’ve tried my best to put it in perspective and zero out my taste buds to the sour but I just can’t do it. I’ll need another shot at this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4772) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Super hazy muddy red coloured body with a very thin tan head that doesn’t last long at all. Aroma of very tart cherries, raspberries, malt, icing sugar and some light must. Light to Medium-bodied; Super tart cherry flavour with a nice malt backbone and a fresh icing sugar taste. Aftertaste puckers the mouth for a very-long time. More of a flemish sour than a lambic. Overall, a damn good beer-hopefully this is a sign of the beer to come in the new year. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased yesterday at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 01-January-2005.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1101) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
drinking to commemorate the 2005 rose bowl appearance for the michigan wolverines! a rose colored liquid for a rose colored game--thin dissipating pink head. super tart aroma with a quiet cherry presence. a bit more cherries in the flavor, but still super-sour and bacterial. this seems to define a fruit lambic! silky smooth despite some fizziness. not a drink for chugging--you really need to pay attention to this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
This might be the best lambic that I have ever had, although I haven’t persused my past ratings to see how it stands. It has everything that makes a lambic a lambic -- the bacteria is forthright and assertive. The fruit is most definitely understated, a little too much so, but I still love this stuff. Challenging and rewarding all at once, I really need to try some more Cantillon stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
ClarkVV is helping to educate me on Lambics. I can smell the horse blanket from about 10 feet. Thecherry aroma stays in the background but it is still there. It pours a dusty reddish amber color with a pinkish head. Flavor goes from sour to barnyard back to sour with a tingling mouthfeel that helps to make up for the dryness. The barnyard fades away with every sip, and the tartness accentuates the cherry. Thanks Clark.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Dark murky red color, no head. Tart cherry aroma. Taste is the most sour, tart kriek I’ve had to date, quite gripping. Finish is a little bitter, and some dark cherries come through in the palate.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Vintage 2003. Slightly hazy rose color,sour cherry aroma. Also picking up strawberry in here(?). Somewhat tart and dryish. Nothing special and over priced. $6 and change for a 12 oz bottle.


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