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

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RATINGS: 909   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Draft at O’Brien’s. Kool-aid looking with minimal head. Aromas were very tart as expected. Cherry and even a bit of wood. Flavors were sour cherry. made me think of unsweeted pie filling. Very good and sour as expected. After the pucker, it goes down with a nice aftertaste. Very good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2006
The 750 ml bottle is either a 2001, like the sticker says, or a 2003 like the cork says, I’m not sure what to believe! Anyway, it pours a deep cherry red color w/ a short lived light pink colored head. Intial aromas of barnyard horse maneur and sour cherries that become more earthy and baked cherry pie like as it warms. A hint of oaky aroma and bready malt come through as well. Also some leathery and chloroseptic like phenolic and sourness. Flavor is definitely sour throughout. Some corked woodiness, in the long dry finish with some baked cherry pie flavors mid palate that faint into the dryness. Up front very sour, but it backs off a little bit shortly into the sip. Earthy flavors thrown in for good measure. Oddly enough, there is a touch of sugary sweetness at the very front. Aftertaste is woody cork and dry with a hint of sour cherries. Dry mouthfeel, very dry and puckering tannin like. Lighter medium body, lower carbonation. Not a big fan of sour beers, but this one’s not too bad as far as they go. I’m having a bit of a hard time getting past the corked woody flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (542) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2006
2001 bottle that I recieved in a trade too long ago to remember who gave it to me. Deep ruby body with a thin pink head along with minimal lacing. Cherries abound along with some clover honey, loads of sourness, and a bit of woody/earthy too. The wife gets lemon grass, but I don’t. The cherries are there, along with a good deal of honey. The sour doesn’t hit right away, but it makes a sneak attack just before the taste is gone, and it hits with full force. A lasting sourness as well, only washed away by the next wonderful sip. Very very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2006
2001 vintage. Pours a deep dull red with a thin pink head. Sharp, funky and acidic in aroma with just a hint of cherry. Low carbonation with a slender body that still manages to be elegant. Very sour with some oak flavors. Finishes fast, funky and clean. The cherry flavor is slight but lingering. Has a saccharine note in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2006
Red with notes of brown appearance. Very refreshing an gigantial taste of cherries. Very clean and pleasant. Finish is moderately sour and slightly sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (19534) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a lovely deep red colour with a smal pink head. Nutty cherry aroma with some sourness. Malty sour cherry flavor with a long nice nutty cherry aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Thank goodness for a good beer buddy or i am not having this one. 2002 Vintage. Poured nice dark red color with a little pink head with almost no lacing. Aroma was citrus and very tart. The flavor vinegar, woody, citrus, light cherries, strong tart. Good for the style not my fav."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Muddy red with a light pinkish head, sour aroma, hint of cherries, flavor is of funk, some cherry , sourness, earth, yeast and citrus. Interesting and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Thanks JasonC! Poured from a 2001 bottle. The aroma is pine sap with cinnamon and nice earthen funky cherries and lemons. Wow!!! This is REALLY tart. You may actually get jaw ache from cringing too much. The beer pours to a deep reddish cherry color with a nice fizzy white head. The flavor is really intense tart cherries and grapes with some nice cinnamon spice and light apples. Once you get past the first hit with the intense sourness, the complexity really opens up. The palate is really tart and good feeling. 8, 4, 9, 4, 18 = 4.3.
Thanks JasonN. 2002 vintage. Phenomenally tart. Puckeringly sour flavor of fruity cherries and pie filling. Ridiculously tart palate but finishes clean. The aroma’s god some tart cherries and funky horseblankets. Very "simple" but masterfully made. 8, 4, 9, 5, 18 = 4.4

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
2001 vintage; sampled Jan 2006. Raspberry colored clear body, pick bubbly/creamy head. Woody dry cherry and barnyard vinegar aroma, dry weed stems, urine soaked and dried blanket, fresh liquid cowpie (thanks Dave), sour patch kids. Very smooth sour cherry taste (overall). This is extremely smooth, for a "sour" beer. Some oak perhaps, mostly cherry sour patch kids without the fakeness, but does have Kool Aid hints. Generally full of flavor. Booyah.


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