Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pitfield Beer Shop, London. 375ml corked bottle. Sharp, acidic lambic that is never overwhelmed with fruity sweetness. Tart and refreshing.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Golden red color, heavy cherry aroma and taste, medium body, sour dry winy finish. I donít like wine.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma musty and tremendously sour. Appearance is red/orange with minimal head. Flavor is lively, with a tartness that almost has a lime kick. Moderate sweetness, with a touch of wood. The finish is extraordinarily long, with a nice saliva-inducing thickness. Not for all, but enjoyable for me.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown body with minimal carbonatoion. The aroma is a very strong leather, ash, and dust followed by some cherry, the cherry is rather subdued. The aroma of a freshly extingused camp fire is what is coming out the most. The cherry is much more pronounced in the flavor, but still leather and ash are very big components. Sour but puckering. Medium body dry finish. The finish has a sweetness that I am not found of, other than that this is a quality lambic, though not one of the best.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 At the Brugs Beertje, great color off old red roses and small white head. Outstandig cherry aroma with an extreem freshness. Pure taste with winelike caracter and noble touch of cherryís. This is pure finesse.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Reddish amber w/ a lasting whitish head. Sour, slightly smokey & cherry aroma. Horsey and musty, as well as a little catty. Malt character very low in this one. Light cherry & sour flavor. Well balanced, but musty & woody. Light sugar sweetness under sourness; dry sour finish w/ a musty malt flavored aftertaste. Very dry m/f, astringency from acidic sourness, lighter body & highly carbonated. Too sour for my liking but some sugary sweetness balances fairly well. Still donít like lambics all that much!
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Nice color reminiscent of a certain drie fonteinen framboos, dirty brownish red, but at the same time orangey with a light haze. Shy off-white ring though. Rather mild aroma, musty, barnyardy. Not as complex as many other lambics as far as the nose go.Very phenolic, horsey and sweaty. On the tongue though, the yeast expresses itself in a serenade of funkiness. Give me a shot of this someone. Highly intense mouth presence. Multiple levels of acidity, all at once citric, acetic, lactic and balsamic. Funky cherries, obvious cask wood, horsey, hay, must, lemon and grapefruit juice. Soft carbonation, medium body lets the flavors express rather than stealing the show. Almost tear bringing taste.
Further Samples have been very variable. Theyíre all in the greatness department, ranging from 4.2 to 4.6 to me, but sometimes, the aroma is the tear bringing aspect. Iím leaving thr original rating for the moment, but this is a variable one folks..
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Beautiful red colour w. small light pink head. Cherries, cheese, very nice lasting acidity that never gets sharp, pleasent round mouthfeel. A very good kriek.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 Original Rating (20-Jul-04, 8-2-9-4-17=4.0): Very funky earthy yet sweet phenolics and mild cheese in the aroma. Orange-brown with shy, white, fully-diminishing head. Earthy yet sweet and very much more like a gueuze than a kriek. Fruit flavours are extremely subdued. Puckering acetic, vinegar-like sourness. First sip is an overload of sensory input. Becomes sweeter as palate acclimates to the phenolics. Touches of cherry become more apparent as it warms. Very dry finish and puckering almost but not quite astringent mouthfeel. Excellent. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (1-May-05, 10-3-9-4-19=4.5): Strong fresh cherries right off the tree and into the bottle. Sharp and tart with an undertone of rubbery phenolics. A wonderful aroma that draws you in with both the fresh fruit and appealing lambic character. Opaque reddish brown with no head. Cherry flavour is dominant with some lactic berry-like character and rubbery phenols. Acidity is strong and lasting. Very dry, medium-light body with a soft, gentle effervescence that is smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.