BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 Vintage. Pours a rich, red magenta color with a foamy pick head. Very strong cherry smell, with hints of vinegar and wood. Beautiful looking lambic. Taste is extremely tart, dry and sour, with a lot of the dryness cherries offer after they have turned. Slightly sweet, but mostly the tartness overrides the sweet. Finish is warm and acidic. Very nice for a lambic.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - FEB 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 1998 bottle. Small pink head, fully diminishing, light hazy, deep red colour.
Very aromatic: full aroma of sour cherry (over-ripe fruit, with juice and stone) wet wood, balsamic vinegar, wet leather, foxy. Taste is tart and dry, both lemon and balsamic vinegar sourness, with tart cherry aftertaste. Body is light to medium, dry, astringent feel on gums and the back of the tongue. A difficult beer, very complex, it is hard to understand it...
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2000 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, pink, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium red, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with a light note of cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Pretty much as mildly disappointing as any other Cantillon...there's just not much to speak of in the aroma, and it's not as vibrant or balanced as equivalent lambics from brewers/blenders like Girardin and Oud Beersel. Just doesn't do anything for me.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, 2001. Deep, deep red, almost purplish, big gushing dark pink head. Strong sour cherry aroma with sour apple and horseblanket hints, nice but not necessarily amazing. Flavor does not let down though, certainly quite sour but with a stronger "real" cherry taste than in any kriek I've had. Actually tastes like sucking on the skin of the best bing cherries, with a powerful oak character pushing through. Very dry, finish is shorter than in many lambics, but this might be a good thing or the sourness would be painful. Nose is getting sweeter and fuller as I continue. This bottle is a bit less carbonated than I'd like .. not much fizz as it opened; but that's about the only defect. I think I'm going to try to get a job with this brewer...