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

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RATINGS: 1293   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Great intense clean pie cherry hit. Dry as you can get. This is an amazing, amazing, amazing beer. I tip my hat to the Cantillon family.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring. White Ring. Merlot Aroma.. Bitter ...very much so Throughout... Not Much on Cherry..Although Most Lambics are so Intense, Hard to Know if Iím just Hitting the Other End of the Spectrum or Gracefully in the Middle.. Overall Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Sour cherry aroma. Deep red body, with a foamy pinkish head. Very sour, dusty and nice sweetness from the cherries. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Looks almost like cough syrup in the glass. Just a very slight hint of cherry in the nose. A slightly tart and dry mouth, but not enough cherry. Iím not looking for an overwhelming cherry hit, and I like that itís not so sweet, but it needs more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2004
pinky crimsony coloration...light, negligible head... nose is funkalicious, big fruitalacious, but not moreso than this overpowering funkadelicaliciousness...cherry-sweet, berry-licious... Taste? ...ooo, wee! yeah, the cherryís there...but the funk is in control here, this is a distinctive taste, not for everyone... hey, maybe not even for me, at least not every day...whoa, again, I say...big, fresh, cherry taste, but yeasty ...meaty...huge mouthfeel, never ever feels like getting off the couch...pretty damned delicious, but , oh, so unique....I put these words to electronic pen and paper, while 1/2 a bottle remains...fierce flavor, full, lush, impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Thanks to JorisPPatton for this 1987 corked and caged bottle! Ivory head, sparse lacing, carbonated, and cloudy appearance. Sweet cherry aroma. Sweet, acidic, sour, tart, tangy, cherry flavor. A bit too sweet and sour IMO. Very tingly and sour mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Deep dark pink colour, head lasts no more than a few seconds. Toasty, cheese, hay, nappy, vomit, olive, cocktail frankfurt (?!) aroma. My sister said it smelled like baked beans. Tastes a tiny bit thin and was perhaps slightly more dry than I would like. Fricken sour, as expected, really lemon juicey with some acetic acid. Lots of salty blue cheese flavours. The only evidence of cherries is in the cherry and vomit flavoured burps it gives you (and in the colour obviously.) In the grand scheme of things this is a really good beer. Compared to the other Cantillons Iíve had it seems a bit too rough and inelegant. Iíve got another bottle to age a few years anyway so Iím set. Many thanks to beer_ledgend for sending me so many great beers!
RR: Bottled 2005. Iíve been hanging to rerate this one since having it at the brewery on a hot Brussels day a while back. It was easily the best lambic-based Kriek/Kriekenlambik I had on my trip (though I liked Kriek de Ranke better and thatís got some lambic in it I think... but anyway.) This bottle did not disappoint. Incredibly fresh juicy cherry character, yet amazingly light and dry at the same time. Superb clarity of flavours, just incredibly focussed, with the cherry really coming to the fore (it presumably dissipates with bottle-age. Edit: Derr... it even says this on the bottle!) and perfect balance. Perhaps a little less lambic character, but itís a better experience for it. Brilliant stuff. Oh yeah, it also went really well with the rich chocolate brownie I had for dessert. Previous rating 3.8.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2004
Pours light rose with a little pinked, small beaded carb head. Yeasty doughy aroma with lots of sour cherries on the nose. Certainly not as sour as the Fou Foune but still very lemon/lime sour. Limey very yeasty and metallic. Not syruppy. A little cheesey and salty in the finish. Somewhat dissapointing. Sadly the cherry depth is reserved to skin and pit flavours.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Cantillon Kriek :
Sour funk pressure forcing itself out of the glass to gleefully present its sour ripe cherries...Mouth-puckering reliability is definitely in vigor here, accompanying the relentless cherry and lemon juice balm...A classy slingshot if there ever was one...

Cantillon De Dolle Proevers Kersengueuze 1991 :
(13-year-old bottle) : Gum-cutting citrusy sourness on the verge of vinegariness, in a lighter body than the usual Cantillon...Difficult to see the difference between the kriek and the kersen, but some fruit is felt for sure...Very assertive all the way through and not as refined as most Cantillon products I have had, but a nonetheless immensely pleasurable lambic...Thanks Joris!!...

Aroma (8), Appearance (4), Flavor (8), Palate (4), Overall (16) = 4/5.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Muted sour cherries, light barnyard, notes of cinnamon in the clean, lactic aroma. Rose coloured body with pink-tinged head that recedes to ring. Acidic yet clean. Funky, tart cherries pucker the sides of the mouth (perhaps moreso than other offerings from this brewery). Mouthfeel is so silky-smooth. At times I felt the acidity bordered on overwhelming but it never quite crossed the line. Fantastic! Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).


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