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


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RATINGS: 816   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2004
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
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..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Another treat by the beer geek members of your wedding party: JoeT and Arnoud - nice. Nice acidic, cherry aroma also honey. Thick brew light brown sticky on the glass. Kind of stale but ok with a nice cherry, berry and medium sour taste. Dry and chalky with a metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Reddish pour with the lingering halo of a whipped cream head. Nose is sour cherries and a hint of funky cheesiness. Flavor starts sweet with the sour cherry hitting midway ending with a dry, slightly astringent funkiness. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1634) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2004
Red-pinkish, lightly cloudy body. (Almost) no head. Nose of cherries, combined with some sourness, little bit cider-aroma. Very full, warm flavour, quite soft. Litlghly sour, but not as outspoken as a Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10888) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
Bottled @ ít Brugs Beertje: Dark brownish red coloured. Light dusty. Reddish dense head. Earthy aroma with a light cherrynote. Very good sourness. The flavour is earthy as well and the sourness is perfectly balanced by the cherrysweetness. The beer finishes in a great sour sweetness that last long. Very good kriek.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Cloudy amber color, almost no head. Aroma is incredibly vinegary, almost geuze-like. Tastes much milder than the smell. Flavor is a great blend of sweet and sour. Finishes clean and refreshing. Much better cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Hazy brown/red color with a light carbonation and some lacing and head. The aroma is spicy with lots of musky barnyard smells and pepperoni. The flavor has only a distant fruity note with more of the tart, vinous qualities coming up front. Finishes balanced and fairly refreshing. A good traditional fruit lambic, IMO better than Lindemanís oversweet examples. Gueuze plus a little fruit.

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