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

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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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)


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 (4677) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
worth every penny of its steep price tag. cherry lambic heaven with a gorgeous pink hue and wonderful Cantillon signature nose of Horseblanket and lemon. just superb

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
On tap @ Toronado. Pours red with no head. Aroma is that of dry, sour cherries. Most of the flavor notes seem to have an antithesis to me. It seems sweet and sour, dry and refreshing all at once. The flavor is somewhat watery but fantastic none-the-less.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014
2014-05-30, tasting at Mattís, vintage 2011, 3 years old, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Smell of cherry pits and ass. Smooth, sour just to the right degree, rich in cherries, a lot of Lambic character, not dry, and cedar peel.
Lovely.

2004-12-11, vintage 1998, 6 years old, 8-4-7-4-14=37
Cloudy ruby color. Typical Cantillon Lambic, with a nice cherry aroma. The mouthfeel is quite weaker than usual, but still very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
Red (dimetapp!) colour with a pink head. Funky barnyard cherry aroma. Funk continues in taste, with acidic tartness coming through too. Suprisingly not as in your face as the standard kriek. More rounded fruit flavour. Nice, more mellow version. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle I picked up at the Cantillon brewery, drunk at the RB London & JoeT Gathering. Pours a gorgeous colour - red and higly carbonated, cloudy with a little head that dissapates fast. Aroma is wonderfully woody and sour fruit with traces of the cork. Flavour is dry and very much cherry like and fairly sharp. It being a young example has seemingly not yet fermeted out completely and retains some residual sweetness that keeps it very drinkable. Unfortunately like every other Cantillon it may be traditional but itís not the best example.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A bright purply, red coloured lambic with medium carbonation and no head. The aroma is on the sour side with cherries and a little bit of smoke. The taste is raspingly sour. There are good cherry fruit flavours. Very throat-smacking.


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