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

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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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)


2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Vintage 1999: This smelled more like my armpit than it did of cherries. It looks fine, red with a pink head, but the aroma is hard for my beginnerís nose. The flavor is sour and cheesey with little "kriekness" coming through. The finish left my mouth feeling as though Iíd been chewing on an old blanket. I will have to try this again some day, but not soon.

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3375) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle 2001, cork 2002, huge thanks to my Secret Santa for dropping this one on me! My last beer before a trip to a beer wasteland. Pours a deep red, bright pink, rapidly fading head. Nice. Aroma advised me up front that this one was bringing the funk, with a ton of horseblanket upfront. Faint cherry on finish, definitely going to be sour. Iím psyched at this point. Flavor was piercingly sour, followed by a rich, almost but not quite cheesy horseblanket. Definitely a bit more hardcore funky than other, more sour yet refined Cantillons I have had. The little beasts had quite the party in this bottle. Only the faintest glimpse of sour cherry shows through on the finish, and I probably wouldnít have noticed if it wasnít for the fact that this is a kriek. Any fruit sweetness was long, long gone. Fantastic, aggressive lambic.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
A fantastic change of pace! Spritzy, with a bright pink fizzy head. Pink. My buddy claimed this was more of a wine than a beer, but I think itís somewhere in between. I wish lambics werenít so expensive so I could have more to compare this to. Very pleased.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 2001 750 ml bottle. pours a beauteous red with a pink head. tart cherry aroma, with a hint of wine and oak. tons of carbonation which contributes to a rather big foamy head. initially very tart but not overly dry or sour. the finish is extremely dry however, reminds me of licking a freeze-dried cherry. quite good, perhaps the best fruit lambic iíve ever had!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
2002 bottle. Cherryade appearance. Thereís certainly some farmyard funk in the aroma but itís relatively restrained. Quite woody. Very sharp flavour with as much lemon as cherry. Quite easy drinking for a Cantillon. Maybe Iím just getting more accustomed to lambics, but I didnít find this as extreme as I expected. Still pretty good though. 750ml bottle at the London Joet gathering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2005
75cl bottle, sticker says 1999, it was then bottled in 2001 according to the cork. The pour was amazing...cherry red with a big pink head. marvelous. I can still get some sour cherry in the nose...everything else is classic Cantillon, the wild yeast and acidity is there, some cherries still persist in the flavor and finish which is dry. Much more rounded and less overbearingly acidic than the similiar aged Fou Foune I drank earlier in the week...It was fun spending about 2.5 hours with this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
On draft at Monkís cafe. 2002 vintage. Pours a bright, horror movie blood red. Obvious cherries flavor, sour with some lemon in there as well. Very subtle nut flavor. Sourness is nicely balanced with a delicate sweet, sugary taste. Nicely dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
mmmmm....How I love the lou pepeís---- POursa rich cherry red hue with a nice pink head. Aromas of horse blanket, sour funk, and a hint of cherries. Flavors are very sour with the cherries melding in perfectly.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 (Draught@Pikkulintu) Opaque blood red with a small, fading head. very delicious and full cherry aroma. Smooth and luscious cherry flavor with tartness only hitting in the end, and even then quite smoothly. Medium to full body, low carbonation. Certainly one of the best krieks ever made. (Bottled, 2002 vintage, 0.75l, was 7-4-7-3-13=3.4) Hazy, deep red color with a small, pink head. Very fruity, quite sour cherry aroma. Sour, quite dry cherry flavor - typical Cantillon. Refreshing, crisp summer drink. Not the "worst" Cantillon, but not drinkable in large quantities, either.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2005
2001 vintage (bottled 2003).Deep deep red colour thatís as thick as raspberry jam or eczematicís beetroot homebrew. Pink head which sticks around pretty well for a Cantillon brew. Typical Cantillon lambic aroma which I find really hard to describe - wood, fish & cobwebs perhaps? Dense morello cherries, vanilla, coconut, whiskey and a nice cidery character. This beer features an incredible balance between fruit, sourness and bitterness. Itís not sweet but itís definitely more sweet and approachable than their regular Kriek. Itís lemony-sour but not overly so. I would have preferred it a little more sour but I donít think out-and-out sourness is the point of the exercise here. Itís seems more like a showcase for balance, drinkability and accessibility (of course for a Cantillon beer this is all relative) and this objective is certainly achieved. The bitterness works especially well - itís always perceptible but never dominant or clashing with the sourness. Thereís quite a bit of cherry flavour but not as much as in the aroma. Some red wine character too. Incredible fleshy mouthfeel was great. Much like the St Lamvinus I am left with the impression of an incredibly well-brewed beer, and I did enjoy it immensely, but itís a bit too styled and not rough enough to really do it for me. Perhaps Cantillon is doomed to constantly fail to impress me as much as that first, incredible bottle of Rose de Gambrinus? Or maybe not. Itís still my favourite brewery. Thanks Chuk!


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