afrantzell (39) - The Court of the Crimson King, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Handpump at Moeder Lambic. The fellow that coaxed this from the cask informed me that it’s a slightly different recipe than the bottled kriek, there being more cherries in this version.
And right he was. A three dimensional cherry flavor, tart and dry, fills the mouth. It’s tempered with a miniscule amount of oak. Indescribable ecstasy.
They offer this by the glass or the "cruchon," a 1L serving vessel. A tantalizing prospect, but I think it’s intended for multiple people. Plus Zwanze beckoned..
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The pitcher poured from the tap has a big, large bubbled, pink tinged head of foam to it and the color is a hazy, deep red hue. The aroma of this beer is fantastically creamy smelling in its cherry character (if that makes any sense at all); buttery cherry notes, some cherry pie like character and just a really over-the-top cherry aroma push this into cherry overload. This smells so sweet and cherry-full; the bad thing is that the cherry just completely dominates the aroma here, the good thing is that the cherry is so rich and complex in and of itself that it really works.
The taste is shockingly dry given the uber-fruit expectations one got from the aroma. The beer is light bodied, but has lots of cherry skin tannins that add texture and fullness to this beer (though it is also likely that the oak contributes to this texture). The beer has a light spiciness to it, has a huge tartness and an “aromatic” cherry flavor. The fruit definitely plays a big role in this beer, it is way bigger than any bottled version that I have had from Cantillon and I wonder if that is because the Kriek has to be “watered” down with Lambic to kick-start the bottle conditioning.
The cherry character is just so huge throughout, but still this manages to be so dry, which the 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek does not fully manage. The aroma has such a cherry explosive character that it is quite awesome how bone dry the flavor of this beer ends up being.
Jerre (2897) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted with friends at WOSF 23.05.’10.
Dark red color, no head.
Aroma cherry, sweet.
Taste bit woody, cherries, fruity, sourness but this is no too sour.
A good one from Cantillon.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at WOSF’10. Sweet cherry syrup aroma with a hint of vinegar. Cloudy dark red color with no head. Light sweet cherry flavor initially followed by a tart, light vinegar finish. Nicely blended.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2010 NOTE: This rating is for the special CUVÉE MODER LAMBIC version. Exclusive to both Moder Lambic locations. I later confirmed with Cantillon brewer that it is like their Kriekenlambik except that they use a lot more cherries for this version, almost twice as much.
In short: A superb cherry beer with a mild funky and acidic edge
How: Hand-pumped Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles and at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels Belgium.
The look: Dark red body topped by a large long-lasting pink head
In long: Strong nose of fresh cherries with only a tiny bit of funk. This smells a lot more like a cherry fruit beer than a lambic cherry. Taste is simple but how effective! Lots and lots of fresh cherries with a mild dry acidic bite in the finish. A bit of funk. Maybe some grapes in there too. Unlike most fruit cantillons the lambic is not the main attraction here. They use so much cherries for this special Cuvée Moeder Lambic version that the beer is more like a cherry beer than a lambic-cherry. With the difference that the lambic does make the beer dryer and a little acidic. Probably my favourite cherry beer ever. I like it as much as a fresh Lou Pepe Kriek. I had the regular Kriekenlambik at Cantillon. It is good but I much this version. If you are hoping for a lambic-cherry you might be a bit disappointed but if you look at it as a cherry beer it is simply mind blowing. What an unexpected surprise. They say nice things always happen to those who least expect it. Seems to be true. I’ve been expecting to get beaten up in a dark alley. For so many reasons.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle…Hazy raspberry-colored ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, pinkish head. The aroma is funky, earthy and very acidic. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sour, funky, fruity flavor with mild hop and yeast bitterness. Very tart, semi-dry finish.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 On cask, Kriek Moeder Lambic. Said to be 20% Schaerbeekse cherries blended with other cherries. Pours a cloudy red with a pink head. Amazing aroma of coconut, cherries, vanilla, almonds, other spices and a little tartness. Flavor mimics, with almonds and coconut really pushing through the cherries. Extreme complexity in sweetness, tartness and even mouthfeel. Just a touch of sour, a touch of tart, a touch of sweetness and a touch of earthiness. Smooth as can be, and super easy drinking. This beer rocks. The odd coconut flavors really make it special. Reminds me of some kind of coconut, almond and cherry butter cookie. Very fresh and possibly the most memorable beer I’ve ever had. I will remember this one for ages. Fantastic.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy deep red with a medium pinkish head. Fairly dry and sourish aroma with almonds and cherries. Dry flavour with sourish cherries, almonds, marzipan and peats. Finished sourish and dry.
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draugh as Kriek Moeder Lambic @ Moeder Lambic, Bruxelles. Red coloured. Unclear. Reddish white head. Aroma of cherries, almond and some earth and sourness. Good balance. Flavour is grapy, sweet, perfumed, full of cherries and almond. Medium to full bodied. Fruity and light grapy end. Very nice and easy to drink.
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles (as Kriek Cuvee Moeder). Deep reedish - oink head. High berries, cherry, stones, almonds, marzipan, fruity, light sourness, light soapy, lovely - high drinkability.