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


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RATINGS: 898   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8494) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 750ml bottle, 1999 vintage
Consumed in May 2004 (5-6 years cellared)

Has just a beautiful red colored body, slight murkyness, soft and smooth appearance, really the prototypical kriek look that you seek out. Initial impressions are that itís extremely dry, making your mouth quickly pucker up; a nice acidic wood flavor initially. The flavor of cherry pits is more evident in this kriek than any others Iíve had, also one of the most dry and tart geuze Iíve ever had. Very nice residual sweetness with a bitter cherry finish... really exceptional.

2007 vintage, bottled 2009: sweeter, thinner, less pungent and musty, more clean, more plain,

2008 vintage, bottled 2010: musty, acidic, rich, complex with rigid malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 1999 edition
Aroma: cherry vingarette, very strong scents, sweet/tart aroma that fills the nose. cherry and gueze scents, cherry wood scents, black cherry juice, vanilla beans, and flowers
Appearance: bright red, semi-purple head, lacing
Flavor: deep, strong cherry flavors--similar to a cherry pie. floralness, tartness, brown sugar flavors, hibiscus flowers, and pineapple
Palate: very smooth, tart bite, great cherry aftertaste--like pie--very sweet
Overall: This one really blew me away--just fabulous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
Enjoyed with Oakes, tiggmtl, kimchee and martint thanks to Nexxus. It pours a beautiful dark bloody red with a short-lasting pinkish head. Aroma is not too intense for a lambic although some of the characteristics I look for are in there. Blood orange meets cherries, strwaberries, blood, leaves, cinnamon... As it warms up, thereís a solvent or toothpaste quality emerging and it seems far less complex like a minty cranberry juice. In mouth though, the cherry flavors is good and clean. Itís quite sour, cherry flavored lemon juice alike, but the acidity is clearly mostly lactic. Orange fruity flavors, dry finish which is surprisingly not too astringent. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Iím impressed at how this is still somehow well balanced and rather thick. Accessible Cantillon, but the best? I think not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2004
On tap at the Moan and Dove. Red color with no head. Aroma is all lambic with cherry undertones. Intensely sour taste, yet very refined as you would expect from this brewery. Almost no carbonation. At times it feels like you are chewing on whole cherries, but for the most part the fruitiness hides behind a sharp lambic acidity. Thereís some wood character in here as well. Dry as a bone finish. Complex and delicate and damn sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Draft @ d.b.a. Red color with a pesky, smallish pink head. Taste was fresh, clean and tart. Obvious cherries were everywhere in this. Although I think Kriek is more of a chick drink, half way through I knew I was going to have another. As it warmed up a bit, the flavor got a bit more complex with notes of a light smokiness. I wouldnít drink it everyday, but worthy of my 900th rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2004
very cherry red color. head is very thin, not lasting. aroma has the typical hot fresh asphalt quality, plus plenty of tart fruit in the kriek, the mustiness is in there, but itís softer than the gueuze. flavor has plenty of tart cherry, fresh asphalt. definitely sensory overload for the salivary glands...lots better than the gueuze in my opinion...but still, not in the class of oud beersel kriek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2004
woody soft cherry aroma, a head pinker than valentineís day on top of a blood red body, sour cherry, very viney with building cherry sourness, astringent yet creamy, green woody notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2004
WCCII: Faint hazy pink beige with a large short lasting head. Strong unripened super sour and burnt foam rubber mattress yeast aroma. Super dry medium rosť wine like body. Intense citric sour with only a faint hint of kriek like flavours. Maybe itís all the heavy malts we rated in the last couple of hours but this seems to be one of the sourest Cantillons ever. Still very very good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
(750ml bottle) Vintage 1999. Pour a heavenly smooth, cloudy pink head with a red wine body. Nice sour cherries nose. Flavours are so incredibly tart and dry. Somewhat salty. Again, thanks MaiBockAddict for sharing such good beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 Rerate: (9-4-7-3-17=4.0) Cinammon, cherry, sour tart aroma. Bright red in the pour becomes murky brownish red. Fleeting solvent-like after-smell. Simple, straight forward cherry-cinammon-spice flavour. Fairly still, medium body. Bottle (green - shared with MartinT, mr_kimchee, Oakes and Rastacouere).
Original rating (8-3-8-5-17=4.1): Salty, sweaty, cherry aroma prickles the nostrils. Reddish brown with thin pink head that recedes to ring. Sour malt vinegar flavour. Tasty cherries are subdued but apparent. Effervescent body. Very enjoyable but Iím not sure Iíd pop the bucks for it. Bottle (at rating session after TapNY festival - some debate as to whether this was a 1999 or 2001 vintage). Thanks, MaiBockAddict for providing this treasure.
Lucky enough to have this again Nov/2004... rated (8-4-9-4-17=4.2)

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