dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red,cloudy,no carbonation,no head.Musty,sour.fruity,cherry aroma.Flavors of cherries,fruit,sourness,tartnessacidic.Finishes dry and astringent.
redlem (1293) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A murky cherry red with a small pink head. Of the Cantillon products I have tried the kriek works the best in balancing the sweetness and tartness inherent of this type of beer. Maintaining the sourness with a hint of sweet to offset it makes this a very drinkable beer.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark purpley red with a fluffy pink head. True lambic aroma, sour, horses. Cherries of course. The flavor is SOUR. So sour the tongue mistranslates it as almost salty. Past that there's a lot going on underneath. Cherry is subtle here. Not the sweet soda beer of Lindeman's (which I do admit having a soft spot for) and instead a true lambic with the flavor of the fruit.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 Bottle 2001 Cork, those damn Belgians. Body is red and pink with a fine particled pink and white head. Massive sour fruity cherry aroma. The flavor is sour with lots of cherry and other dark fruit. Quite complex actually. Body is medium with a very dry and sour, bordering on puckering. Good stuff. This is what lambic is all about!
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 edition. Stunningly good. The standard by which all fruit lambics are to be judged. The aroma keeps all of those qualities that make Cantillon so mouth-watering, in that body-odor/barnyard way that only the Chosen can appreciate. The color from my first pours was like the sunrise, then the last glass, with the yeast, was like a thick pressing of fruit juice. Kriek makes the best flavoring for a lambic, in my opinion, because it preseves or even enhances the saliva-stimulating sourness. The acidity is restrained but present with each swallow, as the sourness and carbonation combine to keep it interesting as the bottle warms. Exceedingly drinkable, keeping the fruit charm and yet aggressively tempting me as a good gueuze would. 2003 was a great year for my lambic education and what a way to end it, with this bottle, a Christmas gift from my mother-and-father-in-law: if only everyone could be as fortunate to get gifts like this.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 26, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Everything you could want in a traditional sour kriek beer and more. I am just blown away by the sophistication and balance of this beer. A perfect mix of cherry and tart lambic. Satisfies a craving for mouth-puckering sour beer for sure. Worth the money.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. 2001 edition bottled in 2003 according to the cork. Pours a beautiful ruby red color with a fizzy pink dissipating head. Great aroma of cherries with the usual lambic musty notes and tartness. A great drink.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1999 Version. Sulphur, iron, acidic nose and not as pivos mom said: like urin. Red with a little purple head layer. Tastes irony, cherry, bloody, chalky and very earthy. Very dry and a long dry acidic finish. Flavors are mostly notable on the sides of the tongue. Great! Love it!
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very red colour, like blood, quite foggy, a small pink head, at least very fast diminishing. Very pure cherry-aroma, but not very sweet, rather lambic-sour. I thought this was going to be a little bit to sweet, because of so many cherries, but fortunately it was a mistake: it begins sour-sweety and becomes sour-bitter. It is not very complex, but it is magnificent by it's simplicity.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 This beer pours with a ruby red body topped by a medium thick, pink head with a good amount of lacing laft behind. Slightly sour yet slighlty sweet and fruity (Cherries, duh)aroma with woody and malty accents. The flavor is tart and sour with a touch of cherry fruitiness and a slight sweetness. Medium bodied and very dry.