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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (1398) - Ghent, 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 (382) - 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 (262) - 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 (3310) - 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. Itís got some lemon rind, barnyard, & musty basement... but itís dominated by tart cherry character.

The flavor is loads of sour cherry, with some oak & some tart lemony character as well. Itís very fruit forward but holds that bone dryness giving that great juxtaposition that the best fruit lambics pull off so well. Itís 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 (805) - - 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 (1585) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 2008 bottle shared by Brad - thanks! Hazy reddish pink pour with a white head. Wow, what a beer! Sour cherry, funky, prickly on the tongue. Damn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rbrazell (1675) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle with 2010 sticker. Deep clear ruby/magenta pour with a bubbly pink head that sticks around for the whole bottle. Aroma of sour cherries, black cherry jam, oak, pizza shop funk, worn leather and lemon rind. Sour, juicy cherry, lemon peels, leather, oak, sourdough and earthy flavors. Smooth puckering, juicy palate with a lingering tart finish. Fantastic.

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