WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow...an incredibly tart lambic. I kept thinking that I'd get used to the sourness, but each sip until the end of the glass left the same impact on my mouth. Not a lambic for the meek!
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
definitely a cherry color, thin pink head. aroma is of tar and cherry and plenty of funkiness. extremely tart...probably moreso than any gueuze i've tried. my salivary glands just go completely nuts with each sip...now THIS is the stuff for which i've been looking!
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008  Poured a pale, pinkish orange color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, bretty, horseblanket, and some vinegar. Taste was tart, with some sweet cherries, a touch of vinegar, and sour lemonpeels. Really nice.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red with some orange colored notes. Good white lace. Sour and oaky aroma with hints of cherries and leather. Sour and vinous flavour with hints of grape and cherries. Very dry finish.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks!
Very hazy, rubyish-colored brew. Small, fizzy, pink head.
The aroma is wonderful. Very geueze-like. Woodsy, earthy and fruity with undertones of grapefruit and overtones of lemon.
The flavor is much like the aroma... very tart, very complex. Citrus fruit, woodsy and earthy.
Astringent, sour finish. Mouth-wateringly wonderful!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Absolutely nothing like the Lindeman's "black cherry soda" kriek that I have come to love. The cherries are barely noticable here, it tastes about like Cantillon gueuze. Which is good, but I would just buy the gueuze if I wanted that. This would rate higher as a gueuze than a kriek.
haukur (1163) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet and fruity cherry aroma, slightly bitter aroma. Complex taste, cherrys are quite noticable, slightly bitter taste and complexity. Slightly sour compared to other Krieks I´ve tasted... very enjoyable beer and refreshing
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite Krieks. Cherry aromas mixed with complex leather, fruit tastes thin but smooth, complex yet balanced. Excellent dry acidic finish. A wonderful beer.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Cork Date of 2000; Sampled May 2010; served only faintly chilled at about 60°F / 15°C
A soft pour into my Cantillon globe glass (what a sexy glass) produces an almost two-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich cherry color; when held up to the light it shows some touches of gold in its pale ruby depths. The aroma is fantastically tart in a very smooth, appetizing way. There are ample funky notes of urea, medicinal phenolics, musky barn animal notes, crusty old sweaty leather aromatics as well as freshly curing scents of leather. There is a bright fruit note that is just noticeable at times, it hints at cherry aromatics, but then becomes fleeting and disappears underneath the tart and funk when you go in for a deeper inspection.
Perhaps not quite as sour as I was expecting, but this is exceedingly sour as a nice ripe Cantillon should be. Bone dry, but still manages to have just a hint of viscosity to it; some tannic oak notes help to boost this perception along with a palate lingering light astringency. The texture is also helped by a solid, though not aggressive carbonation that adds some zip to this beer as it rolls across the tongue. My second sip sees me noticing a faint, but fleshy, cherry note that is more tart than anything, but does capture that slight floral note that cherries have; it almost tastes like a succulent flower of some sort (hints of hibiscus and maybe some faint rose like flavors are found here as well). The acidity is all Lactic in character, with not perceived acetic character at all. The perception of the acidity softens as my palate gets used to it, though this remains uncompromisingly sour throughout. It also ends up with a hint of sweetness (perhaps more perceived than actual), which helps to accentuate the cherry flavors that have by and large aged out over the years. Oak flavors of wood and light spice are a touch more noticeable than I usually notice in a Lambic, but still play only a minor role in the flavor.
A second pour sees this getting a touch hazed, with a corresponding yeasty note to the aroma. The yeast follows through in the flavor adding a touch of richness to this brew; though the oak seems to add to the perceived richness, in what is otherwise a light, quaffable brew. Musty enough to make me thing of cobwebs and damp, moldy cellars, plus there is a muskiness that adds a funky flare.
Mad props to my friend KM for dragging this beer, along with the sexy, brewery glassware back with her from Amsterdam; it wasn’t new to me, but damn a bottle of aged Cantillon will always be received with wide open arms. Simply a fantastic bottle of Lambic, I wish I had hundreds of Lambics in the cellar as I would drink these all the time. Age has definitely removed the bright cherry character here, but I like the soft, sort of floral note (hibiscus and rose really are really apt descriptors) that this has turned into. Cantillon once again achieves a level of complexity and balance (assuming you can get past the bracing acidity) that I have come to crave; no one does it better when it comes to the bugs and time.
2002 Bottle Vintage, Sampled 11th of January, 2004:
Only lightly carbonated, it struggles to produce a thin pink head. The beer is very clear, and is a deep cherry red color. The aroma is sour and musty with notes of vinegar and wood. The first taste, as usual with Cantillon products, is shockingly sour. It is bone dry, and as such it is hard to pick out the cherry flavor at first. It is here though; there is a cherry meat edge, which complements the acidity of this beer. It adds a certain fullness and a tannic backdrop. The best I can describe the cherry character is that of a meaty-cherry flavor. The Lambic character contributes lemon, vinegar (though only slightly), musty, funky mushroom and perhaps a bit of leathery horse-blanket brettanomyces character.
This beer is much better when fully carbonated, but the complexity of this beer is such that I am not at all disappointed in the lack of carbonation. This is certainly a challenging hard-Lambic version of a Kriek. Lambic neophytes beware, there are no syrupy cherry notes here. Overall quite delicious and refreshing.
Sampled at the Brewery, 2001
The Cantillon Kriek has a sweet cherry nose to it. Not as sour or hard as some of the other Cantillon offerings. This Kriek has a definite cherry skin taste to it, a tannic edge that carries through the finish. As expected from Cantillon this beer is not sweet at all, quite bone dry in fact.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cL bottle, wine glass. Tight creamy head disappears quickly. Deep red body is hazy with no visible carbonation. Sour cherries, horse blanket and barnyard are the predominate aromas. Bitingly sour taste. Very much like their gueuze with cherries. Medium body is very dry and has almost no carbonation. The bottom line is: I didn’t take good notes because I was having too much fun drinking this.