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

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RATINGS: 902   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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3477) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Tap at Moan and Dove. 8oz glass. Sour, lactic, and tart aroma with a few cherry notes. I also get barnyard-like haystacks. Opaque dark blood-red color with a pink head. Cute. Slightly puckering to start with sour, funky, barnyard notes. Turns a bit sweeter with some cherry flavors in the aftertaste. Extremely dry finish. The finish is tasty, though, and somewhat enjoyable after the harsh start.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Cherry red. Thin white head. Cherry nose with hints of sulphur. Clear cherry flavour, extremely dry. Almost agressive sourness in finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled @RBESG’05(vintage 2002)
Hazy deep cherry red. Sour, not very strong nose. Sour, dry cherry flavor. Long sour aftertaste. Flat, straightforward matured kriek.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2005
2002 Bottle.Wow what a color.Looks like a watered down blood red color.Aromas of cherries and a slight citrus.Sour cherry taste.This is definately an aquired taste.I am not a big fan of these styles.For what it was it was good, not $26 a bottle good, but good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
Bottled. Amazing deep red colour. Loads of cherries in the aroma and in the flavour. This is one of those beers you don’t want to drink beacuse of the fantastic aroma. Very soft and well balanced between sourness and sweetness. In June 2005 I tasted the first version of this. A "test brew" from 1986 of which only some 20 litres were bottled. Still after 19 years it was very red in colour and the aroma was extremely complex and full of fresh cherries. Very impressive.

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 beginner’s nose. The flavor is sour and cheesey with little "kriekness" coming through. The finish left my mouth feeling as though I’d 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 (3506) - 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. I’m 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 wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn’t 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 it’s somewhere in between. I wish lambics weren’t 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 (1139) - 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 i’ve ever had!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
2002 bottle. Cherryade appearance. There’s certainly some farmyard funk in the aroma but it’s relatively restrained. Quite woody. Very sharp flavour with as much lemon as cherry. Quite easy drinking for a Cantillon. Maybe I’m just getting more accustomed to lambics, but I didn’t find this as extreme as I expected. Still pretty good though. 750ml bottle at the London Joet gathering.


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