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

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RATINGS: 981   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fresh sour cherries (krieken) in two year old Lambiek. We use approximately 300 gr cherries for 1 liter Kriek. The second fermentation in the bottle is obtained through addition of a liqueur, made with beer and saccharose.
(Translated from the bottle by Martinus)

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3.4
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - MAY 31, 2007
On tap at Map Room in Chicago. I’m maybe not the best person to judge a kried/lambic, as I’m not the biggest fan. But I thought this was very well done with a nice cherry flavor-- almost a bit too tart. I still prefer an easier to drink cherry fruit beer like New Glarus Belgian Red over a kriek like this. But I tried to appreciate it for what it is.

3.7
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
draft at map room. bright raspberry red, reasonably opaque and a small dark pink head. smell is a bit sour and entirely of cherry tart. no sweetness. i’m not finding it as sour smelling as a lot of farmhouse beers. tyler would hate this. the flavor is simple, but appreciable for how natural it tastes. all cherries, lots of acidity on the back, no sweetness at all. pretty puckering at the bottom of the sides of the tongue. i guess if it wasn’t for the novelty of this beer, though, i’d probably not think too much of it. i think it’d be pretty good to have one on a summer day. but the syrup that sits on the tongue would be a cloying cherry after a couple glasses.

4
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Vintage 2001. The cork was a bit funky upon opening---there was moldy liquid at the top, but all appears to be ok, judging by the taste. Pours a beautiful red red ruby, pink head. I do believe that this is the first "5" that I have ever given for appearance---the color is stunning. Aroma is super sour, tart cherry and raspberry, tangy bleu cheese, and this other scent that reminds me of this old musty tent that my family used to camp in when I was a kid. Flavor is very sour, tart cherries, funky, musty, tangy, sour dough. Good stuff.

4.4
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 2004 vintage on tap at Cooper’s Seafood, Scranton, PA. I was stunned by how well crafted this lambic is. Cherry mahogany red oak flavors with a sour leather aftertaste and the acidity seems so well balanced. A small lacing of a head but visually stunning with its ruby red tone.

4
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle (2003) at ØLbaren - Jens bought this and shared with us, Engelsman, Gunnhild, Mette & Me. Clear red - light pink head. High vinegar, sourness, cherry, light spicy, a clean brew. Very good !!!

4
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
’01 Vintage.Avery balanced sourness with a hint of tart cherries in the aroma.Pours a very dark red with a medium pink head.Great balance of sourness and cherries.Medium mouthfeel with a hint of cherries in the finish.

3.5
jcat (23) - USA - APR 21, 2007
Wow- this has a strong sour cherry flavor. The first taste or two really makes you pucker. Nice reddish appearance though and strong sour cherry aroma. It did have a spicey flavored aftertaste.

4.4
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
#800!!! ’01 Vintage. Cork was in great shape, which was a pleasing sign. The pour revealed a gorgeous deep red brew that sported a lightly colored pink head with lively carbonation present in the glass. Aroma of sour cherries wafted from the glass, and presented a wondeful experience for the nose. Sour cherry spice? This beer puts forth that flavor and makes it work to perfection. The sour aspect hits first, of course, but does not overwhelm at all. In the middle of the experience, the cherry flavor makes itself known without being unwelcome. Finally, a dash of peppery madness arrives and suprises the taste buds in a delightfuly delicate dance of flavoring. This is simply a superb experience--one that I’m glad I waited to experience.

3.9
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2007
2002 vintage. Pours deep ruby red with pink highlights. Sour cherry and hints of spice (cinnamon & nutmeg?) on the nose. Quite firm body. WOW! An explosion of sour and tart cherries on the palate. Quite tart and dry. Finish dry and ling. Very fun stuff.

4.1
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 2004. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. On tap. Vivid, exciting bright real red fresh cherry juice vibrance, alive with dripping moisture and a wildness of the pits. Florid and bright vermillion, with a rose fringe and blush head. Flavor is a sweet, chirping acidity in the note of perfected aged cherry alcohols, fresh flesh and pining pits. Amazing balance derived singularly from the fruit. All around stunning.


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