Bontus (697) - Flanders, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle ít Speelse Geweten. Pours fiery red with a pink white head. Aroma of syrup, cherries and poepegatjes. Flavor develops sourness but stays predominantly sweet and the finish is only mildly astringent.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL green glass cork-finished. Cork date 04-2007. Poured in Moinette chalace.
Appearance: A white, very light but sudsy head, left no lacing. Color is mahogany to reddish brown. Fairly clear.
Nose: The classic red cherry (Ludenís cough drops) of a sweeter-style kriek. Not a lot of woodiness or nuttiness here. Hard to get much other than the cherries.
Palate: Light carbonation, moderately sweet, but the tartness creeps in on the finish. It is a sweet-tartness though, like a sour patch kid. Mouth-feel is nice, with a certain woody texture and some of the wheat comes across, mostly in texture, not as much in flavor. A lightly-toasted oak flavor is subtly present. When aggitated in the mouth, the finish is more classic kriek than
"other" mass-produced examples.
Notes: A half-step between the commercial and cloyingly sweet lambics (Lindemanís) and the traditional, sour labics (Cantillon). A better introduction to what Lambics are than Lindemanís and more user-friendly for those just starting into sour Belgian beers.
Other Notes: We tried this beer, at the request of the regional rep, next to a bottle of Lindemanís Kriek. On the nose, the differences were subtle. The palate revealed the woody texture of St. Louis and the notes associated with oak-ageing, whereas the Lindemanís was cloying, round, and had a slick, soda like mouth-feel. The finish of the St. Louis was stronger and more complex than the Lindemanís. All in all, theyíre not hugely different (half-step), but the quality of the St. Louis is such that the money is better spent with it and the lesson of oak-ageing is more obvious. I still prefer the Cantillon style to both though.
charlotte (4812) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
25 can.Reddish colour with small head.Sweet cherry aroma with thin body and slight watery mild with short finish.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Back to Back with the peche, with some spicy lentils in between. Bottle. Pours dark red with a tan head. Nose is like cherry cough syrup. Taste is very sweet, and cloying with some tartness. Overall I like this less than the peche.
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
250 ml bottle. From Germany. 4%.
Clear red colour with small head.
Sweet cherry aroma. A bit too sweet flavour. Very cherry.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle, dated 11/2008. Clear red with a pink head. Sweet and strong maraschino cherry nose. Flavor is much the same, just a hint of tartness. Again, why is this rated so low? I liked it a lot.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma does not bode too well; cherry cough syrup is the only thing that comes to mind. Flavor is OK, though. No funk at all, just sweet cherry syrup flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit, well, syrupy.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - SEP 16, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
a cartoonish drink. pour pink colored with cream read head, it has fruity aroma of sourness with sweet flavor.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a ruby color with a fair amount of head good cherry flavor alittle sweet with a lasting finish.
Borresteijn (5472) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Red beer, pink head. Very sweet smell of cherries, just a little musty. Taste is very sweet, cherries, a little sourness/acidity in the finish. A bit too sweet for me.