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


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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Fresh sour cherries (krieken) in two year old Lambiek. We use approximately 300 gr cherries for 1 liter Kriek. The second fermentation in the bottle is obtained through addition of a liqueur, made with beer and saccharose.
(Translated from the bottle by Martinus)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1001) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2014
At quintessence. Red colour with pink head. Dust, fruity aroma. Sweet, cherry, fruity taste, also slightly sour. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Deep ruby pour, pillowy frothy head and high lacing retention. Fruit slurry kind of aroma, fresh cherry pie with a mint sprig.. you can smell the pits and other green matter too. This is a shining example of what extra fruit can do when dosed in larger quantities vs. the standard fruited lineup. Cherry pulp and fruit skins, moderate tannins and bright acidity are the hallmarks of this brew, easily my favorite from the LP series and a treat to age and watch develop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (1287) - BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
@ Cantillon Quintessence. Beautiful dark red colour, pink foam. Complex cherry aroma with notes of almond. Light sweetness, funky sour finish. Wonderfull beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ST247 (378) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 On tap @Chez moeder lambic and bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours cloudy intense red with light red foam. Aroma is little sweet, bit sour, fruity, cherries. Taste little sour, fruity, cherry. Fruity cherry finish. I preferred the bottle version over the tap version because of the intenser aroma and taste. Rating given is for the bottle version. Tap version : 6/10, 3/5, 7/10, 3/5, 13/20.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (120) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle 2013 vintage, tasted fresh. Beautiful deep red red with pinkish-red foam. Aroma is a nice mix of barnyard funk, wood, wheat and cherries. Very nice cherry presence, almost grape and wine. Taste beautifully showcases cherries with an intense tartness. Rich and full bodied. More complex than the regular kriek which is very straightforward cherries with very few funk. One of the best Cantillon out there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2014
A revelation! Aged cheese, mushrooms, funk, and fruit on the nose. Very sour, big cherry finish. A very special beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfroms (247) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the brewery. Pours a dark purple with purple head, gorgeous. Aroma is cherries, raspberry, Bordeaux, bitter almond, lemon, massive fruitiness. Taste is raspberry and sour cherry, grapefruit, tangerine, bitter almond. Very acidic. So creamy and fruity. Lovely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3253) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2014
I drank this with good friends on the evening of Feb 10th, having no idea that within a week I would quit my job, almost loose my wife, & become the father to a baby boy. I was just waiting for a milestone to enter my rating for this beer, but it feels like a lifetime ago since I took these notes.

Pours a bright reddish pink with a big head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is tart cherries with a nice bright acidity. It’s got some lemon rind, barnyard, & musty basement... but it’s dominated by tart cherry character.

The flavor is loads of sour cherry, with some oak & some tart lemony character as well. It’s very fruit forward but holds that bone dryness giving that great juxtaposition that the best fruit lambics pull off so well. It’s got the earthiness of citrus rind & some oakiness, but like the flavor is just extraordinarily cherry dominated.

The mouthfeel is nicely bubbly and lively on the tongue.

I hate to just dole out a huge score to a hard to get "loon" but this is just fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnsense (799) - - APR 16, 2014
2009 bottle shared downtown. Ruby pour, a baby finger of head. Tart cherry/ leather aroma. Sour cherry, leather, vinegar, mild funk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1549) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle shared at LeviLOL tasting - thanks Brad!! Hazy light red pour with off white head. Really nice nose, lots of cherry, crisp. Huge cherry taste, tart but not sour. Really great!

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