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

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RATINGS: 739   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Oh wow. The best Lambic I’ve had. One of the best beers I’ve had, in general. Pervasively sour and dry, earthy/musty, with not unpleasant hints of sweat and leather in both aroma and flavor. They seem to have used sour cherries, which works very well with the full-force Lambicness. The beer is reddish-copper, with scant yet persistent head. This is an all-out assault on the tastebuds-- the knobs go up to eleven here-- and those who are new to Lambic should probably steer clear lest they be turned off to the style.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
One of the best kriek lambics on the market. Dry but fruity at the same time. Big ripe cherry flavour with the same elegant lambic complexity as the gueuze, though it works even better here. One of the top 5 beers I had while in Belgium. Extremely elegant, thirst quenching and complex.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
traPISSED (102) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 31, 2011
37.5cl bottle, vintage 2010. This was given to me as a gift and it was much appreciated! The aroma was barnyard, smoke and cherries! The pour showed a blood red beer with a fast disappearing head. The flavour is astonishing! I usually prefer my krieks with 5+ years on them but this was fantastic. There was oak, smoke, funk and cherries along with a surprising Christmas spice aftertaste. This is very good! Cheers Peter!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3586) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 (02/04/2011) bottle@Waagstuk: kind-of ruby/blood red, strong tart taste which overpowers a bit the cherry which have an almost acidic rather than sour quality to them, this is far more tart as opposed to sour, small touch of syrup ///////////////// Tried it again, way better than I originally rated it but that rating was early on. No notes this time but 4.2 –> 4.8

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a dark red with little to no white head. Nose is cherry and wood. Taste is sour dark cherry,oak and tart cherry. This is a world class beer. The levels of sour and tartness are amazing. The years of cellaring are noticable. Truly a classic. Perfecto!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Not being bid into Lambic's but i have to say what a brew this stuff is fantastic.Color is nice i think,I'm lambic deprived.good color . very fruity in the aroma. the flavor is wonderful very fruity some what sour but it's liveable.It's a nice addition to my taste experience.I wish i had more of these to sample there a nice change from the ordinary.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (1977) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Cloudy red-brown coloured, small head. Aroma and flavour is more towards a gueuze than a kriek, which i like. Like the Hanssens oude gueuze, this is really world-class.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle, 37,5 cl. (Bought @ Geers) Absolutly one of the best kriek lambics on the market. Beautiful red color, little rose head. Aroma sour, cherries. Medium body. Taste sourness, dry but fruity at the same time. Great sour and cherrie aftertaste. Like it !

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle from 08 Night of the Funk. Aroma of funked up cherries. Flavor of wood, acidic cherries, bretty cherries, just marvelously classic. No bells and whistles, but so fantastic.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2010
Grapefruity orange/red color. Almost no head at all, mild carbonation going on. Aroma is sweet-and-sour. Taste is very very sour, the cherries have obviously done their good work. Extreme and refined, best way to make beers these days.


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