jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dutch ratebeer lambic-meeting: Bottled in 2003. Cloudy dark red coloured, pink head. Soft fruity aroma and flavour, no vinegar or obvious tartness. Very unusual flavour for a kriek, iím not sure if iíve ever tasted something similar. Very characteristic and original, but nevertheless not my favourite.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 bottling. hazy deep red, pink head. aroma of solvent, LOTS of cherry, jammy fruit cheery pie filling, cheery pits, cheese and lemon and mineral. powerful carbvonationa nd sour funk. woody cherry flavour dominates. excellent.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Keg (2000) @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Wow, cocoa in arma and taste (confirmed by omhper). Very complex and interresting. Maybe the best Cantillon. A beer on e should write a romance on. I guess most have been said in the entries below. A beer worth hunting for.
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 vintage. Incredible and very full aroma, fruity and lightly flowery, both the classic lambic tartness and cherry strongly evident as well as lighter notes of green, leafy grass, oak, straw, faint wax and stale mustiness. Beautiful cloudy red color with highlights of pink and orange and a pinkish-white head. Flavor is powerfully tart and acidic, mouth-puckeringly sour, the cherries and other faint berryish and citric fruits apparent, along with faint saltiness and woodiness, and having a massively tart finish. Perhaps the most sour of any beer I’ve yet sampled. Carbonation is ideal for the style, fine and effervescent. Yeast character is evident throughout in varying degrees. Palate is surprisingly smooth, body is light-medium. This was an experience, to say the least.
PhillyBeer2112 (2495) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 tasted in 2004. Cherries, barnyard, horseblanket. Among the most sour beers iíve had. It assaults your palate, but politely. Tart cherry sweetness struggles to maintain balance. Slight cherry pit adds complexity in the nose but it buried in the flavor. Fruitiness is deep and intense. Serious complexity but also just plain crazy. Wow.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 750ml bottle, 1999 vintage
Consumed in May 2004 (5-6 years cellared)
Has just a beautiful red colored body, slight murkyness, soft and smooth appearance, really the prototypical kriek look that you seek out. Initial impressions are that itís extremely dry, making your mouth quickly pucker up; a nice acidic wood flavor initially. The flavor of cherry pits is more evident in this kriek than any others Iíve had, also one of the most dry and tart geuze Iíve ever had. Very nice residual sweetness with a bitter cherry finish... really exceptional.
2007 vintage, bottled 2009: sweeter, thinner, less pungent and musty, more clean, more plain,
2008 vintage, bottled 2010: musty, acidic, rich, complex with rigid malt.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 1999 edition
Aroma: cherry vingarette, very strong scents, sweet/tart aroma that fills the nose. cherry and gueze scents, cherry wood scents, black cherry juice, vanilla beans, and flowers
Appearance: bright red, semi-purple head, lacing
Flavor: deep, strong cherry flavors--similar to a cherry pie. floralness, tartness, brown sugar flavors, hibiscus flowers, and pineapple
Palate: very smooth, tart bite, great cherry aftertaste--like pie--very sweet
Overall: This one really blew me away--just fabulous!
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed with Oakes, tiggmtl, kimchee and martint thanks to Nexxus. It pours a beautiful dark bloody red with a short-lasting pinkish head. Aroma is not too intense for a lambic although some of the characteristics I look for are in there. Blood orange meets cherries, strwaberries, blood, leaves, cinnamon... As it warms up, thereís a solvent or toothpaste quality emerging and it seems far less complex like a minty cranberry juice. In mouth though, the cherry flavors is good and clean. Itís quite sour, cherry flavored lemon juice alike, but the acidity is clearly mostly lactic. Orange fruity flavors, dry finish which is surprisingly not too astringent. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Iím impressed at how this is still somehow well balanced and rather thick. Accessible Cantillon, but the best? I think not.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Moan and Dove. Red color with no head. Aroma is all lambic with cherry undertones. Intensely sour taste, yet very refined as you would expect from this brewery. Almost no carbonation. At times it feels like you are chewing on whole cherries, but for the most part the fruitiness hides behind a sharp lambic acidity. Thereís some wood character in here as well. Dry as a bone finish. Complex and delicate and damn sour.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Draft @ d.b.a. Red color with a pesky, smallish pink head. Taste was fresh, clean and tart. Obvious cherries were everywhere in this. Although I think Kriek is more of a chick drink, half way through I knew I was going to have another. As it warmed up a bit, the flavor got a bit more complex with notes of a light smokiness. I wouldnít drink it everyday, but worthy of my 900th rating.