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

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RATINGS: 1325   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Musky barnyard, fresh cut hay, and a touch of cherry grace the nose. It has an interesting amber color with a touch a pink, the blooms big and quickly shuts down completely. There is a big pine needle overtone in this along with the sour, a low squeak of sweetness lurks down there somewhere. It smooths out nicely as it warms up. An interesting lambic, but the cherry gets a little lost.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obe83 (48) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 27, 2014
perfetta lambic. la felicità fatta birra! la perfezione, l origine di tutto, la magia!!! solo alla vista te ne innamori...ROSA SCURO, color lampone, con una schiuma bassa ma frizzante e poco persistente (lo stile lo prevede, chissene frega della schiuma!!!) al naso si entra in un trip olfattivo che ti porta nelle campagne belghe dove l odore di ciliege si mischia a quello di terra, umido, odore di cavallo, humus, odori acri dei prati all alba, limoni....una cosa fantastica! In bocca si concretizza la magia, l atto finale di questo capolavoro comincia con il sapore acido dei cedri acerbi accompagnata da una carbonatazione che stuzzica la lingua e ti invoglia a bere un altro sorso immediatamente prima che ti fermi il finale e la persistenza delle ciliege in perfetta maturazione! Difficile da descrivere (e tutto sommato tutt altro che facile anche da bere) ma se cominci ad amarla non vorresti nient altro che bere la kriek!!!!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2500) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
I have had this countless times over the years. Recently, had a relatively fresh bottle in a blind tasting. It was my hit of the evening at 4.1. I liked more than the LP Kriek or 3F Intense Red. Wasn’t as aggressive sourness as I remember or expected. Blind tastings are the best.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guiroul33 (96) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 24, 2014
bottle 37,5cl from brasserie Cantillon, @ home. Nice red color, white foam. Nice aroma of krieken that you find in the taste, with a good balance between bitterness, sourness and acidity. Not my prefered kind of beer but I must admit this one is very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (48) - SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Nice colour! A: Cherry, marzipan T: Tart, mineral salty, cherries Overall: Beautiful fresh Kriek. A bit more tart and minerals than other Krieks I've had, but I like it that way.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
llkc (464) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
duft: lidt druer lidt brett. hindbær tør duft svag sødme meget kompleks. lidt grøn duft- smag. hindbær meget dybde sur lidt kirsebær. lidt vanilje. super lækker lambic

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1051) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours bright, clear red with pink head. Aroma is very brett, wild yeast, cherry, estery. Taste is very wild yeast, a bit of cherry, light bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
electrotype (241) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Je suis un amateur de quelques bières fruitées, particulièrement de Kriek, mais celle-çi me laisse plutôt indiférent... Les cerises sont très présentes certes, mais le goût est prèsque trop intense, on aurait prèsque envie de dire qu’il est artificiel. Le liquide est très carbonnaté, ce qui le fait encore plus ressembler à un breuvage en cannette. Remarquez, ce n’est pas mauvais pour autant! Mais c’est probablement la Cantillon que j’ai la moins appréciée jusqu’ici.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tricksta_p (1279) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2014
Aroma of tart cherry, tart fruit, barnyard funk, vinegar, oak. Flavour is incredibly intense sourness with an equally remarkable dry finish. Drinking this Kriek was like an epiphany.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2355) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (883) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2014
Glass at brewery. White bubbly head, dark red color. Aroma is cherries with a meaty sting. Taste is matured cherries and quite heavy.


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