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

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RATINGS: 831   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)


5
   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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 Draft at Maxís. Deep ruby red color. Very acidic vinegar aroma with lots of cherries. Really delicious. Nice and sour cherry taste with a really creamy oak finish. Heavenly

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HomerSlottved (40) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2008
The most beautiful beer. Deep clear ruby color with a little pink head to go along. The ever amazing geuze flavors of horsestble, hayloft and barnyard is complementes with cinnamon, clove, pepper, cherries and a complexity that keeps my nose in the glass forever. The taste completes the experience with matchin sourness and I want more

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
REDBEARPUB (11) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2012
This is the beer that should be the first in the standings! We say to the family Cantillon thanks for the existence of these treasures!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (684) - - FEB 12, 2014
Dull red, pink head that fizzles into lacing and disappears. Nose is tart cherries, wood, subtle sweetness. Taste is tart cherries, oak, tart yogurt. Very light and dry mouthfeel. Lingering tart yogurt finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bruxellover (16) - Dilbeek, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2014
Another wonderful Kriek from this brewery. Great use of different sour cherries, the fermentation turned out fantastic, with perfect palate. One of the most complex Krieks I have had, and real balanced to match.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Rerate, after several tries of the second vintage: 4.9. Original at 5.0: #800 - Hey_Kevin brought this from the wilds of John's Grocery in Iowa City and I am indebted; he and his friend Frank and I had an excellent afternoon of sampling a couple of rare beers while watching the kids play with their new yo yo balls. On to the beer - incredibly rich cheesy horseblanket, the kind of oaky woodiness normally I only sense in Hanssen's and the most incredibly sour Schaarbeek cherries - a bit softer that Cantillon's regular Kriek, and slightly more sour than Oud Beersel Kriek, but just as complex. The Gueuze is limited to 120 (!) bottles, but this does not have a bottle number on it. The label says 1999, the cork indicates a bottling of 2001. Delicious, and utterly world class.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 2001 bottle shared with drmatt, smhncabot. Aroma is all sour cherry and funk that just assaults your senses. The sour dry, barnyard is so appealing. Jesus, this aroma used to repel me; what happened? Taste is super sour at first, just very unripe cherry and crazy yeast profile. The finish is slightly bitter, funky, and bright cherry- like you have the first bite of a sour cherry, but as you slowly chew it the cherry develops and matures into a ripe, well-rounded fruit. This beer is amazing. It looks like cranberry juice, tastes like sweet/sour cherry, barnyard, and smells very similar with a lot of cherry and funk. I could drink this all day. 959518 ----re-rate- 1999 Lou Pepe Pure Kriek consumed 1/24/2009 Aroma is dirty hay and rotten cherries; ah, lovely! Itís like an earthy, cherry pie. Taste is lemony-tart cherry. Lots of acid and some small bit of sweetness brought on by the malt. Wow. 959418

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Thanks to, uh, me for sharing. Perfect cloudy cherry red body with a great pink head (thatís what she said..). The smell is of fantastic fresh cherries with great funk, sour, and sweet notes. Nice honey, bright dry hops, a slight mineral/iron note, and a strong vinegar tone. The taste is super dry, very acetic, fantastically funky and super sour. Cherries, raspberries, sulfur, mineral, vinegar, cranberries, bread, and an almost gingery, cinnamon spiciness. The irony aftertaste lingers for hours, and I love it. Oak, rubber, and barnyard notes appear as it warms. This is almost exactly what a kriek should taste like.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Glass: flute, tumbler Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt) Price: $22.99 Size: 25.4 fl oz ABV: 5 % IBU: n/a Estimated Calories: 300 C RateBeer Rating: 99 Aural: cork opening, but uneventful, beautiful, continuous carbonation, quiet, luscious pour Aroma 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: sharp Impression: nice Malt Aroma: sour Hops Aroma: wholly floral, rose, cinnamon, clove, Other Aroma: orange, cherry, lemon Notes: You have to be able to enjoy sour to get into a cherry behemoth like this. While itís not my favorite style, I genuinely appreciate it when itís done well. Itís done perfectly. Appearance 5 out of 5 Color: ruby Clarity: nearly opaque Head Retention: poor Lace: poor Notes: Very much like a sparkling wine, with great visual effects. Flavor 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: bitter Impression: nice Malt Flavor: sour Hops Flavor: rose, lemon, rind Other: cherry, plum, dates, raisin Notes: An absolutely overwhelming sourness and bitterness. Done with finesse and great care. Palate 5 out of 5 Mouthfeel Sensation: drying Body: full Carbonation: heavy Finish Length: long Intensity: strong Balance: bitter Notes: A dark, oaky, bitter finish and a very dry bite. delicious. General Impression: 19 out of 20 Craftmanship: excellent Freshness: fresh Personal Taste: liked very much. Notes: As I said, while this is not my go to style (luckily, since I couldnít afford it) I definitely appreciate when itís done well, and this is very well crafted. It demands to be sipped.


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