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


on tap


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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ATTENTION! This is the unblended lambic with cherries, not the blended Cantillon Kriek. Normally this comes draught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Metalic cabage yeast and dark fruit nose , pool water. Tart and ripe lactic finish with a lingering juicyness. Looks like grape juice with a disipating effervesence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
Draft @ Monkís as Cantillon Monks Cafť Cuvee Kriek - consumed immediately after a bottle of RR Supplication (batch 2) at Monks. This one was blood red (as best as I could tell at the back bar) with no head. Aroma was bold with some really nice sour cherries, funk, and wet barrel. Flavor is much more cherry dominant than any Cantillon Iíve had - lots of wood, dark/tart cherry, and smoke. Really good, but having the Supplication right before might have dampened my enthusiasm just a tad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Draft at monks. Pours a bloodlust body with a thin pink lacing. Very dry tart cherries with very low acidity. Tart cherries lightly woody with some earth and cherry pits. Wow this is awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2516) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Draft at Monks Cafe out of the beer engine. Pour was a nice ruby with very little head and aromas of musty, tart cherries. Flavor is more of the same, but has that strange Cantillon thinness in the mouthfeel. I could drink this every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Cask, at Monkís Cafe. Pours hazy maroon, capped with a medium-sized pink head that fades gradually to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is predominantly black cherry, with notes of wet leather, vanilla, and fairly mild acidity. Flavor is also fruit forward, with wood, vanilla, tannins, earth, and leather complimenting the sour cherry. Acidity is only moderate. Incredibly drinkable and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
Notes amalgamated from a few samples. Deep cherry red colour with lots of haziness. The aroma is intensely fruity with loads of soft cherry aroma, light woodiness and a soft vineous tannic note as well. Kiss of almond/cherry pit on the nose as well. There is a kiss of vanilla and a faint acetone character that accentuates, rather than dominates the fruit. Soft funkiness on the back that picks up as you work your way through the glass. Earthy, sour and intensely funky, but the sourness is quite muted, especially for Cantillon. More lactic and soft than the typical citric Cantillon house character. Musty/musky flavour toward the back finishing with a shot of acid. This stuff is really complex and has a subtlety all itís own. Definitely worth seeking out if you find yourself in Philly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Cask at Monkís during Philly beer week. Iím amazed this stuff has been available for so long, I have a feeling they have more than they let on.

The waitress warned us that the beer was flat and tasted like vinegar; it seemed she really didnít even want us to buy it. Fool! The pour was a gorgeous deep red, with the slightest touch of carbonation and head. The aroma was intoxicating, deeply funky, sweaty, horsy, sour, like a dead cherry tree growing in a sauna converted from a horse shed. Mmmm. Just begging to be drank. There was a touch of thinness and lack of complexity in the flavor, however the sourness and funk was deep and very enjoyable. Easy drinking, thick yet still light in body. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 7, 2009
On cask at Monkís. Noses with a very tart, dry cottony Morello cherry pits and skins. Pie-like. Tangy and lemon-juice inflected. Pours a vibrant, bold, bold crimson-blood with pale rose finger. Flavor is rich, with a punchy mix of gueze and fruit. The flavor of the cherries isnít so much dominant, as lifting the tart, skin-like dryness of the gueze to a different level. The cask presentation, I find, disconcerting, however. It really dampens the desirable profile of the style. I miss the prickly, bursting, carbonation of a well conditioned fruit beer, and instead find the softness of the cask presentation doesnít meld well with tart, citric quality of the beer. Ends with a lightly sweet cherry-filling quality. All that being said, itís still pretty freaking delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (814) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Draft at Monks: had this a while back and forgot to rate, very nice dark red with a white head, sour aroma and taste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (531) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Draft at Monks cafe. Beautiful look; a rich, deep crimson with a whimsical fluffy snow-white head. I took a few notable things away from this. First, the lack of carbonation, which normally bothers me but actually created a nice, soft feel, probably due to the hand cask. Next, there was a relatively low acidity level, allowing the fruit to shine in a well put-together, nuanced package. Subtle and refreshing. Not mind blowing though, Im kind of surprised at the recent high ratings for this one.

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