Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek 100% lambic is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2007
750 ml. bottle, 96 vintage thanks to egajdzis. Eric opened a bottle of this last year and I must not have taken notes, so it was great to be able to try another 96 from him at BCTC. Cloudy red/copper color with a small pink head. Nice funky, tart cherry aroma with some citrus and a bit of wood(cork?). Bracingly dry and tart, with lots of cherries, barnyard notes, some cheese and a wine like finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
bottle 2006: pours a slightly cloudy red colour witha small light pink head. aroma is sour cherries and some funk. flavour is sour, funky, slight ly acidic and sry. leaves my palate tingly and warms my chest. sefenitly going to let my other bottles set for awhile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
750mL bottle, 1996 vintage, courtesy of egajdzis @ BCTC 2007. Thanks, Eric! Pours a hazy, orangish-red color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Dense tart cherries, funk and strawberry puree in the aroma; tart funk that lasts forever. Very dry, intensely sour and funky red fruit goodness; tons of cherries and fresh strawberries; nice controlled acidity and tons of flavor. Dry, lengthy cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2007
Hazy pink red coloured beer with some light carbonation and a small pink head. Rather special, sour fruity, woody aroma. Full, light sour palate. Finish is fruity, balanced sweet fruity and sour. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8627) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2007
rossa schiuma poca e non persistente aroma di mandorla ciliegia profumi netti di prosecco in bocca acida e secca

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1872) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Description "Chery Lambik." Tried from bottle at Stones 1st Annual Sour Beer Tasting. Saved this beer for last, even though my palate was shot. There were some other 4.07 gueuzes I wanted to try, but I wanted to finish with a nice Cherry sour beer. Great pink red color, and a nice mildy sour aroma. Some sourness in the flavor, but its in the background, with a slightly-sweet sour cherry foreground. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
750mL. Aroma of sour cherry and lambic sourness. Rich Ruby color. This is the beer that when you serve it at a wedding and people say, " Hey, I think this marriage is gonna work!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 I must have had this a dozen times before but never logged a rating. Always figured I had it rated. Even without rating I know this is one of my favorite krieks out there. This rating is from a 750ml bottle, bottled in 2006 according to the cork. Pours a hazy deep red hue with a pinkish head containing mostly large bubbles. The head settles out into a fluffy dark pink film. The nose is more gueuze and less kriek at first, stinging the nostrils with prickly scents, providing a big dose of oak wood complete with funk, and then just barely hinting at the cherries. Low carbonation, high acidity, but also oily up front and over the middle. Subtle cherries, not-so-subtle barrel wood and over the top sour yeast... it then explodes into an acidic sting in the finish, as most Cantillons do, before settling out into an oily resin left coating the mouth which tastes heavy of oak and light of black cherries. A classic Cantillon beer, over the top sour, it basically punches the mouth and then tries to massage it back. Lacks some carbonation, and also lacks sweetness to balance (of course), but the biggest thing is the undeveloped flavors, it’s so young that all it presents is oak and yeast. Can’t rate it too high because of this, even though I’ve had other vintages with some age on them that would probably garner mid-4s. Regardless, the 2006 bottle with about a year on it garners a high 3.

The 1996 bottle that egajdzis brought to BCTC really shows what this beer can become. So dry and stinging, parched dry paper and soft cherry whipped cream flavors, with a finish that could rival Drie Fontienen Framboos as far as how aggressive it is. An amazing beer with some age on it, so I am going to up my numbers for the 1996 bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Rerate, July 3, 2008
ruby red; nearly flat. Aroma: funk, cheese, feet, barrel. Flavor: tart, cherry. Bitter cherry pit finish. Distinctly Cantillonic "flatness" comes out in bottom half of the bottle, comparable to their Bruocsella Grand Cru.

July 12, 2007
Bright red, minimal head. Very tart. Just lovely kriek goodness from Cantillon. What can I say?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14461) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle at Kbenhavnske ldage 07. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sour, green apple, cherry. Flavour is sour, green apple, cherry. Nice beer.

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