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

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RATINGS: 835   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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)


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5176) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 1999 Vintage. Thanks to jeffin7 for bringing this to When Continents Collide 2! Clouded red with a pinkish head. Strong sour cherry aroma with some burnt rubber hints. Taste is sour cherry and perhaps some black cherry notes along with some extra "funk". The mouthfeel was tart and acidic. Finish is dry and tart. Very sour but very good.

2001 Vintage. Pours VERY deep ruby with a small pink head. Nose is sour cherry and leather. VERY TART! The cherry is abundant. It's almost bordering on a sour black cherry. There's some nice sweetness about the edges to round it out a bit. Has a weakened champagne like mouthfeel and the finish is sweeter than the taste. Damn good kriek, but a little too sour to be 100% pleasurable. However, this is the correct way in which this style was meant to be, so I won't hold that against it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Raspberry color. Small pinkish white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, tart and sour. A medium to full bodied kriek. Tart and sour yet the fruit and cheery flavor are very evident. Crisp and clean. Yeasts are very bright. The heavy fruit flavors are balanced very well by the sharp tartness and overall high acidity of this beer. The malt backbone is also quite evident. Mouthfeel is ful and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and fruity

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Ruddy liquid that with a pink small head. Cobweb, old wood and faint cherry aroma with a hint of citrus. Light sweet malt start with a acidic sour cherry middle and finish. Quite good, but Oud Beersel is better for a much more reasonable price.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2004
2001 bottle (750mL), lambic flute. Lots of fresh cherries, oak, stinky cheeses, horseblanket/barnyard, and an earthy/dirty mustiness. Aroma could stand to be stronger, but that's my only knock. Amazingly deep ruby-red body has a short-lived, pink, fizzy head. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly sour flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily acidic, heavily sour finish. There's more cherries in this beer than any other Kriek I've ever had. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: after dinner or before? It's delicious either way!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5961) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 2001 Vintage: Slightly murky ruby red with violet highlights that produces a fizzy pink head and minimal lacing. The aroma hints of tart cherries with some lemon and current fruit notes too. The nose also detects a major funky barnyard and leather yeast esters, oak wood, light bittersweet chocolate, and aromatic hops. The taste starts full pucker mode with tons of sour cherries attacking the palate but unlike the basic Cantillion Kriek, this beer has a good dose of malty backbone and some bitter character. The finish displays the woody and funky yeast nature of the brew. This medium-bodied brew had a dry and astringent mouthfeel, very lively and fizzy. A good fruit lambic but I must admit to liking the Lou Pepe Framboise much more. The yeast nature is a bit too strong with this beer, but that said, I would still recommend to those who enjoy a lambic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Good color dark ruby with a big bubly head. Flavor was exceptionally tart/acidic. Sour cherry with large amounts of mustiness. Wonderful example of the style...Sampled at Atlanta tasting

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5042) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Red, nice pink head. Cherry and balsamic vinegar aroma. Sour cherry, and dusty, grassy flavors, too. Not sweet at all, but a treat, nonetheless. Sampled at Ratebeer Southeastern Gathering, Atlanta, 2004.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 2001 - See my review of the Framboise. Ditto. This was more sour than tart, but still lacked the sweetness to keep any sort of balance. Maybe the "pure" part og "Lou Pepe Pure Kriek" is the problem.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Another winner from Cantillon! Bright red appearance. Sour cherries and granny smith apples dominate the flavor. A little more on the sweet side than the Framboise. The beer finish with a tart aftertaste. An excellent fruit lambic!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Alot of musky dampness pervades the aroma. This one is a little sweeter than the regular kriek. Still very citrusy sour and tart. Very dry.


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