Brewed by Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Dworp, Belgium


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RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This is the result of blending black cherries lambic of different ages followed by a second fermentation in the bottle. Storage is similar like geuze. All bottles are champagne corked and can be reserved, in normal conditions, for more than thirty years. It is obvious that an amazing taste evolution takes place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Poured a gloomy light reddish/orange with no head at all. Where was the pink head in krieks that I have grown accustomed to and always get excited about? This did nothing but confuse me. This smelled sour..just like I like them, almost like vinegar. Not much cherry in the aroma but some stale musty fruit notes. This was a very unusual but awesome tasting beer. The cherries seem to leave but not fully and are almost taken over by grapes. The cherry and grapes tasted very well together but were overtaken by the sourness. Very sour, very tart and very very dry. This is not a sweet kriek at all. The sour flavor forced me to close my eyes and just let my facial muscles cringe together in total joy. Very tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is mostly sour with a hint of cherries. Has somewhat of a vinegar smell to it. Pours a dark hazy reddish-orange with virtually no head. The flavor definitely has cherry but itís a sour cherry. Slightly carbonated with a wine-like texture. My first lambic and itís very interesting. If it was just a tad bit sweeter my rating would be much higher. It's no Berliner Kindl Weisse (in sourness), but it is just a tad too much on the sour side. The rating also takes a slight hit because of the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2004
The beer dispenses from the 375ml green wired and corked bottle a deep luminous orange with a minimal in size head that is frothy and the color and off white, the remaining lace a velum like film to cover the class. Nose sweet with a tart backing, fresh and pleasing to the eye and nose, start is sweet with the top light in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, sour, vinous, exceedingly dry, a drinkable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3994) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Tart sweet cherry aroma, light hops. Smooth. Copper-strawberry red clear with no head. Medium bodied with medium-fizzy carbonation. Very tart start, heavy acidity, great cherry flavor. Heavy gueuze wheat finish, with cherry tart chalky bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Smells like a bad foot infection. Apple vinegar like aroma with a touch of sweetness. Tastes like vinagrette salad dressing. This stuff is awesome. I drank Duchess de Burgongne and petrus oak aged pale ale yesterday and thought those were sour. This is way more sour. Iím loving it right now. Rerate 081405: Just want to add that it reminds me aof Cuvee de Tomme. Very good balance of sour and touch of sweetness. Increased score from 3.9 to 4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (5095) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2004
Aroma of cherries. Exceptionally good cherries. Also oak and some dusty spices. Very beautifull coloured; cloudy dark red. Head is small, little reddish luckily not so pink. Head disappears. Taste is tart/sour. fruity (quite good cherries again). Oaky. Bit sweet, i dunno i got the feeling, the beer I had was too young. Luckily I have another (older bottle) so perhaps in a few years I get back on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
Hazy red amber in colour. Aroma of cherries, barnyard with a great sourness. Flavour of cherries, very tart and sour - quite gueuze like, woody with a slight sweetness. Dry mouthfeel, medium body. Finishes with a great cherry sourness, tart and dry. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Lambics are an acquired taste that I apparently havenít developed yet (after 40 years of beer drinking), and I hesitate to rate this on those grounds... but I drank it, so here goes. The reddish/orange color looked good and the aroma was... uh, interesting. But to me it truly tasted like a carbonated Robitussim DM (cough medicine). Sipping, gulping... nothing made it easier for me to drink. Oh, well. I didnít like Brussel sprouts as a kid, and I enthusiuastically eat them now. Iíll give this a try in a year or two and revise my rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2004
Bottle from Pitfield Beer Shop, London. 375ml corked bottle. Sharp, acidic lambic that is never overwhelmed with fruity sweetness. Tart and refreshing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Golden red color, heavy cherry aroma and taste, medium body, sour dry winy finish. I donít like wine.

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