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


on tap

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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 2004. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. On tap. Vivid, exciting bright real red fresh cherry juice vibrance, alive with dripping moisture and a wildness of the pits. Florid and bright vermillion, with a rose fringe and blush head. Flavor is a sweet, chirping acidity in the note of perfected aged cherry alcohols, fresh flesh and pining pits. Amazing balance derived singularly from the fruit. All around stunning.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Great, great beer(ish). Ruby red color, spectacular cherry smell. Much better than lindenmans, because less sharp and less sweet. The best Cantillon. Tried it at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle 2003. Poured hazy reddish color with an average frothy reddish head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex sour cherry aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Heavy sour cherry flavor with a medium tart sour finish of long duration. Sour refreshing brew that was good for 2300.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. 2001 vintage. Pours a murky, varying, reddish coloured body with a medium-sized soapy white head. Loads of cherry, acidic seeds, vinegar, and sweet jam in the aroma. Very tart acidity, chewy fruit sharpness moving between cherries and raspberries. In the middle there is some fruit sugar and then leads into a well-attenuated long, lingering, aciditic finish. Another great Cantillon.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2839) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2007
In the far, far reaching netherworld of the notebook I pull out another one. Tasted way back in March ’06, seems a lifetime ago. A 2003 corked seven fifty, into a shallow chalice at just on cold. Classic, candi apple red body, bright, with minute intermittent carbonation almost too fine to distinguish. A head developed off the pour, a tight, thin, wafered pad of pink to sit in charm of the beer itself. Aroma, a let down. I expected aggressive, in fact I wanted aggressive and alas, only subtlety here. A light prickle, acidic and tart, fell fruit, slight dampness of hessian but little else, no real character. It’s peppery in the mouth, lively and yet delicate in body. The spritzy carbonation and tart cherry flavours cause it to bounce across the palate with so much haste it barely grips for enjoyment. It is sour, no doubt, but so, so controlled up against the likes of the Cantillon 100% Kriek. The palate so dry, it does manage to leave a feint cherry essence to linger on the lips where the saliva once dwelt. Subtle baby-spew end and fruit on dominance so much to not really be of character at all. It sadly lacks in true Lambic character, it’s just too subtle to be of worth. Where are the cobwebs, the must, the damp cellar, the Brett. and Lambicus. I did expect more, but hey, I love Cantillon so it is forgiven. (apologies for the overuse of the word subtle!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2007
Tasted at the brewery. Very smooth, the cerries bringing a new dimension. A little sweetness in the finish, but the sourness lingers, too. Very refreshing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Draft at DRE. Deep pinky purplish pour with light pink head. Aroma of Bretty funky cherries, red wine grapes, earthy yeast. Tastes very tart, but not as mouth puckeringly tart as some of the other Cantillon offerings I’ve had. The mid-palate sees more earthy Bretty notes, with the chery and red grapey notes always present. Complex in aroma and flavor, this one is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2003. Jellied cranberry sauce red. The cherry flavor is sour and big but not overbearing. This stuff is great just swishing in my mouth. Effervescent, prickly, sour, sweet...always interesting. Spicy, peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Courtesy boboski or SoLan. Second beer sampled at O-Town Throwdown. 2003 on neck label. Light scarlet in color with a pinkish thin head. Pretty funky aroma, but not as sharply sour as the Framboise. Not much fruit in the nose. Well-carbonated and light-bodied. Sharp acidic taste, but again, not as aggressive as the Framb. (I’m referring to a 2003 LP Framb.). Sour plum notes in the taste, but overall dominated by the sharp tart funk tastes. A bit acidic for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Pours a hazy, cloudy red with a light pink thin head. Very thick fruity smell. Get a little cherry in there but not a whole lot. The taste is big tannins and sourness, typical of Cantillon beers. You get a little cherry mixed in but not a whole lot. You never do with these guys. Still excellent Kriek.

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