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


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RATINGS: 857   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.

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aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Cheeries balance nicely with lemons and sour lambic base. Might be just a tad to much cherry sweetness. full mouthfeel and nice sour finish. re rate from previous. Has lost much of its previous sour notes. Much sweeter and more cough syrup like.

biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2005
First taste is a tad on the tart side, but does not over power you. Excellent sweet & sour fruit aroma.

DanielBrown (4527) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Flat as a pannekoeken. Rosy red colour. Strong, sour aroma - invitingly vinuous and deep. Splendid Kriek. Candy cherry flavour on a pear drop background (hello Mark!). It’s smooth, long, with sherbet mixed in and a tasty lengthy, warming finish. I don’t go much for flat Lambics, but this sticky fellow is absolutely crammed with taste.

pootzboy (1778) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Poured a murky copper-red with only a lace cap. Nose was nice: berries, musty banana, wet horse blanket. Puckering mouth feel...this Kreik has more of a sour decernment than a tart berry profile, musty malty body is eclipsed by the sourness....finish is puckering sour...after a few sips you appreciate it more...this is well made but I prefer rodenbach.

Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Orange-red appearance. Very smooth, not harsh on palate, not too sour, was expecting harsher. Sweet finsish. Nutty cherry and cidery aroma.

ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Undated bottle (or I just don’t know where to look). I know these 750mL bottles hit the U.S. shelves in late 2004 and it says aged 3 years on the bottle, so is this a 2000 or 2001 brewing and a 2003 or 2004 bottling? Pours a thick-looking, very vibrant auburn-pink-sour cherry, with light orange highlights and a fizzy white head, that is retained for a couple of minutes before receding to cover. The yeast in the beer is not chunky, but curiously is more of a thick liquid that produces light waves or strands in the beer, difficult to describe in words. Aroma has plenty of sour cherries, with relaxed brett character that invites a deep sniff. Cherry pie, very juicy, with notes of musty, wet socks and tart acids. Flavor begins much less sweeter than expected, though nowhere near the dryness of Cantillon Kriek. Raw, sour-cherry juice mixed with a full, lovely brett flavor, tart and juicy. Grows lightly tannic towards the end, with some sharp acidic notes for a finish and a tartness that lingers on. The cherry sugars linger on as well, however and stick to the palate quite resiliently. This isn’t even in the same ball-park as Lindemans Kriek in terms of being too sweet, but yet, towards the end of the bottle, I couldnt help but be a bit relieved to get away from the cherry flavor, which is quite heavy. A touch of syrupiness (honey mixed with cherry juice), by no means a bad thing, and less carbonation than expected (the beer is drinkable, without being too peppery, right from the popping of the cork). Assuming this is a fairly young sample, this has plenty of aging potential, as it is already drinkable and has a strong body to hold up to the cellar. Strong brett character goes side-by-side with the cherries. I’d still rather have a Cantillon. . .

joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Sour funky aroma. Taste is intially sweet but finishes sour- a slightly complex experience. Bit O Metallic flavors in aftertaste. Good.

Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours an amber hue with a small white head. Flavors of spice, malt and honey with a nice sour, cherry finish.

pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAR 18, 2005
750 ML: Had this at our wedding. Nice sour cherry nose, low tight-bubbled head. Medium body that blend the beer malt and cherries really well. Moderate sour puckering effect towards the end.

mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
Pale orangey red colour. Aroma has a strong lactic sourness. Great cherry flavour is well balanced bya near perfect level of sourness. I do enjoy my beers sour.

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