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


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RATINGS: 822   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 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 haven’t 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 didn’t like Brussel sprouts as a kid, and I enthusiuastically eat them now. I’ll 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 don’t like wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2004
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 cherry’s. This is pure finesse.

   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 don’t like lambics all that much!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6162) - 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. They’re all in the greatness department, ranging from 4.2 to 4.6 to me, but sometimes, the aroma is the tear bringing aspect. I’m 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) - Skørping, 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.

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