jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000: An interesting kriek for sure. Reddish color, which gives away the sour cherry taste. There is a slight musty, leathery type of aftertaste that is quite complex and interesting. Impressive.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
By far the most complex of any kriek i have had. This is why it is chosen to be part of so many gueuzes. Already musty and cheesy in the nose, with a nicely mixed taste that is so much more than a cherry lambic. Lemons and sour apples and coarse ground black pepper... so much going on! Ends with the sour complexity of an older gueuze. Best of show for krieks, and even better than some gueuzes.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sour barnyard nose. Spectacular hazy reddish color that almost glows with a thin self sustaining head. Very tart with more mustieness, barnyard, straw, dried cherry, cask oak, and tannin.
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium pinkish-amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of cask wood, cherry, celery, raspberry. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Lovely horse-stable aroma, excellent balance. It’s Hanssens, that’s all you need to know.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cool stuff. Quite sour--tastes like juice from unripe fruits. Very strong lychee taste and smell. Also green apple. Fun, but certainly not something to drink frequently.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty interesting stuff. Really smelly barnyard, dirty nappy, earthy, balsamic, acidic and slightly cherried aroma. Sour, sour and more sour, strange little brew, but pretty good stuff. I think someone said this was ’too’ fruity in their reviews and then gos on to say try Lindemans (which is even sweeter and fruitier), i think it has a nice balance of kriek flavour in the their, and dry aswell.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gold redish coloured kriek with a soft sweet aroma. Plenty of pressure in the bottle giving a lively character. A marvelous kriek.
bierkoning (10206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Found in a lost corner in my cellar. I bought this bottle in 1993 at Hanssens itself. Dusty aroma, with oak, caramel, porto and cherries. The taste is a very pleasant surprise. The mousse has almost gone, the years have rounded and eased the sourness. Still a good cherry taste, some syrupy sweetness, honey and caramel. An outstanding example of a well-ripened old kriek (4.0: 7/3/9/4/17). Re-rate, fresher bottle (2000 probably)Strong cherry aroma with lemon and oak. Very sour, but also with a good deal of cherry and some almond bitterness. Lemon. Dry mouthfeel. Great kriek lambic, one of my all time favorites. Another re-rate: somewhat citric cherry aroma and flavor. Cheesecake. Firm cherry character.
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
looks like a glass of raspberry tea. aroma and taste are REALLY vinegary...with just enough sweetness to offset...i liked it
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2001
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red lambic. Sweet aroma of cherries. Sour, but with some residual sweetness. Citric and vinegar; the vinegar taste develops itself before the bitter sour final, very good and long.