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

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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10032) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2002
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2002
looks like a glass of raspberry tea. aroma and taste are REALLY vinegary...with just enough sweetness to offset...i liked it

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2001
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2001
Looking at the other reviews: you just hate it or love it! I love it. Itís sweet, fruity, full and smooth.

1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2001
Sorry folks. If you like the sulphur smell of this beer you are insane. Taste wasnt sooo bad.... But such an unpleasant beer to drink.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2156) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2001
Incredible aroma surprisingly like cheese in many respects -- acetic acid, some brett and grain, citrusy but also some gunpowder and horseradish. Flatter than a typical lambic -- almost stark. Cheesy, yeasty, and stinky. Plenty of hops. Mild and wild. Smooth fruit and sour in the mouth with plenty of hops and some reedyness -- nice feel and finish. A spicy pepper finish. A striking, unusual and useful beer. Iím keeping a bottle of this handy for picnics -- itíll go well with strong cheeses or seafood, mushrooms, bread.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 9, 2001
In a word: ífunky.í The smell nearly knocks you off your feet; earth, cedar, un-ripened fruit, vinegar and cherry all virtually assault the senses. The flavor is equally bizarre: vinegar, ash, cheese, íbanyard,í acid and God knows what else. The kriek is just one of the flavors, not a dominating characteristic as in Lindemans. This is easily the most complex thing Iíve ever tasted, there is just so much going on in this beer. Had some strong, smelly cheese with this and the cheese couldnít stand up to these flavors. Very involving ale, but not really a beer I can honestly say I liked or enjoyed, it was more of a challenge to be met, and frankly, Iím not sure I was up to it. For serious beer drinkres only.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 8, 2001
Harkening back to my youth, this smelled strikingly like the odor that arose from coloring Easter eggs by using a color tablate and vinegar. This is rather funky, with a vinegary acidic flavor, slightly puckering character, and very dry mouthfeel. The aroma is somewhat nauseating, exuding an almost rotten stench. Be warned.

1.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 8, 2001
Smells of rotting fruit. Very dry and very tart, almost like vinegar. More like a wine than a beer. While I normally love lambics, this was a bit too fruity and the terrible aroma didnít help much. Try Kasteel or Lindemanís

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2000
This was nice, very tasty, but perhaps not enough cherry aftertaste. I believe that Lindemanís wins this battle.


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