Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After the 10-year old De Cam Oude Kriek, I was lucky enough to discover another forgotten bottle in my cellar: Cantillon Kriek, at 9 years of age. Pours a lighter red than the De Cam, more an orangey hued red, but equally warm and beautiful and perfectly clear at first but brownish and fully cloudy with deposit, with very little fizz remaining after all those years. Head formation is rather limited: some gentle forcing leads to a very pale beige, loose, milky, ’old beer’ head which nevertheless retains quite well; and we all know that head retention is naturally limited in this style of beer, and in this style of beer we don’t care about that, do we... Aroma is more lambic-oriented and a bit less fruit-oriented than the De Cam, but of similar complexity and even a bit more ’fresh’ and crisp, revealing all kinds of impressions: sour cherries of course, raspberry vinegar, hay, dry sherry, Rioja wine, strawberries, wood, vanilla-like tannins, musty cellar, wet leather, mango, passion fruit, damp cloth, very old port wine. The mouth is immediately dried and cleansed with a sharp, typical Cantillon-like lemony and vinegary acidity, delicate and fresh but still very assertive, spritzy, with some of the champenoise fizz remaining and finely tingling on the tongue; rounded, still crisp fruitiness, sour cherries, lime juice, redcurrant, after which the wheatiness appears along with a more subdued, lactic acidity as of sour cream or yoghurt, though it is the citrus and vinegar acidity which keeps dominating the palate; Brett ’leatheriness’ and stone fruit woodiness further dry the back of the mouth and the throat, a vague leafy hoppiness for sheer structural balance is noticeable and the fruit sourness lasts for a very long time. Complex, elegant, sharp and feisty, fascinating: this has all of the noble qualities lambic afficionados associate with Cantillon. It has retained its crispiness and vivacity almost perfectly after 9 years of ageing. Another delight from the old lambic family, perfectly fit for a sunny autumn afternoon. Very appetizing too: this type of beer is probably the best apéritif we have in beer culture. Highly recommended - if you’re not afraid of the tartness and funkiness of a (very) genuine lambic, of course.
fellebag (1089) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glass at brewery. White bubbly head, dark red color. Aroma is cherries with a meaty sting. Taste is matured cherries and quite heavy.
SinH4 (746) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Blood red appearance with pink medium head. Funky aroma of sour cherries, classic dry-fruity Kriek taste. Sour and very good. EDIT: had a 2011 one in 2015. aged perfectly! Big head that goes down *very* quickly. Carbonation was heavy, but very fitting, the funk was awesome! Uprated from 3.9 to 4.1. Worth it!
momordgz (251) - - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice and yeasty-tasty lambic beer. Sour and citrous. Usually I dislike fruit beer, but this is delicious!
bigda83 (375) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewery after the tour. Poured a cherry red and pretty clear, not much head. Aroma was fruity and heavily of cherry. Taste was cherry. Light body and fizzy on the mouth. Smooth throughout, a little dry to finish. Somewhat tart in there. Enjoyable.
GlasgowTAD (386) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Cherry red with a pink fluffy head. Taste is a very pleasant fresh cherry to cherry jam that becomes tart but not lip-puckering. Smell is cherry jam. Drank this on draft and loved it.
Gandalf39 (135) - - OCT 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sa sent le vieux grenier, les champs de céréale, la cave. La cerise aigre est plutôt en bouche. Délicieuses Kriek!!!
jorge76 (22) - ITALY - OCT 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the beer that changed my mind about sour /acid beers .. From now on I’M READY !
neongolden (728) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap at barVolo for Zwanze Day 2014, Sept 20 2014) Pours lightly hazy deep pink with a huge pale pink head. Aroma lots of sour cherry pie filling, lightly acidic with barrel hints. Flavour acidic, lightly lactic but not yoghurty, sour cherry strong at first but drying and more preserved cherry towards the finish. There is wood middle to end but not very funky per se. Light with moderate active carb. Very refreshing. Not the most complex lambic but it drinks very well nonetheless.
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2014 Bottle, thanks to mcberko. From notes. Pours brilliant clear red-purple. Tons of cherry; vinegar; lemon juice; lemon drop; funk. Together it all feels strangely synthetic. More and more it’s got a menthol medicinal lozenge thing. I mention it to Eric who pops out a bag of cherry cough lozenges (with eucalyptus). I’m a serious drinker so I do a blind side-by-side. Cough drop is more solid; more redvine cherry, but the backup is similar. Can tell the kriek -- dirtier, funkier, liquid, but rather similar in a lot of other regards. Light body, slick texture.
Had this as part of a blind tasting, where it showed much better than this first bottle. 4.2 on the re-rate, 3.7 on the first -- I’ll split the difference.