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


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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12.7 oz corked and caged green bottle. I see no vintage; the price tag on it says it came in to Enoteca in April of 2012, so its probably a 2011 vintage, but who knows? Pours cloudy ruby-red with a quickly-collapsing pink-white head; leaves a ring of big-bubbly foam. Aroma consists of cherries, cherry pits/almonds; nice-smelling, although not quite as assertive as the Cantillon I drank before this. Taste is much more sour and acidic than the Cantillon; lots of cherry flavor. Carbonation is almost flat, finishes dry. Overall, I liked the Cantillon better; it was better in every category, from aroma to palate, but the carbonation was the real clincher--the lack of bubbles made this one especially inferior to my tastes. Still, this is not bad at all--I probably wouldve rated it higher had I not just drank the Cantillon before this.

rubbishystuff (2529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2017
At Local Option. Intensly tart. Puckery. A bit much for me. Woody, dry. Serving: Tap

mike5326 (1746) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2017
Poured from a bottle. Murky burgundy color, no visible head. Nice sour cherry aroma. Medium body with a thick sour cherry flavor and nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Luvystypotables (1929) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2017
A sour raspberry nose, pours a hazy red color. A tart taste with a hint of raspberry, medium body with a with a tart funky finish.

Korcz (3375) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2016
On tap at York River Landing, Maine. This is a great example of a Belgian Kriek. It manages to have a lot of cherry character -- the red color, the fruit in the aroma, the cherry flavors -- but still display all of the barnyard funk that I love from the best lambics. Its earthy and musty and funky, with a bit of tartness and a lot of cherry flavor. Excellent stuff.

VsXsV (4420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle. Deep ruby liquid with small to medium pink head. Aroma of almond, cherries, lemon, barnyard, grain, wood and earth. Taste is dry and medium to high sour with notes of lemon, cherries, almonds and light earth. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Super nice. Lots of fruit.

jc1762 (1386) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Tap into a snifter showing deep red with no filtration and sparse white foam on the edges. The nose shows shrewd oak around the edges with the a big, deep, and concentrated cherry note taking center stage. The palate is full bodied and lightly carbonated. Extremely tart with flavors of light cherry with a vanilla on the finish and more cherries on the resurgence. A moderately intense vanilla also becomes more apparent in the background through once you get used to the extreme tartness. For those not used to sours, the puckering tartness of this beer is very high.

stevoj (4967) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2016
375ml bottle from Friday night share. Pours out a ruby red with scarce bubbly head. Aroma is the cherries (natch!), but real cherries not the cough syrup kind. Taste brings the fruit, jelly jar, the barrel aging and a fair amount of pucker.

Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Sample at the "Post Beer Week Bottle Share" on 06/06/16. The beer pours pours a cloudy ruby-purple color with a medium pinkish-white head that burns away steadily to a wispy film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of funky yeast, cherry and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of sour cherry, funky yeast and doughy malt. The finish is fruity with a tart cherry aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Ten years ago today I married my beloved wife, her sister in law requested that I bring "one of those fruity beers" to the wedding, what she wanted was Lindemans Framboise, I decided to get "something else" assuming that Hanssens Oude Kriek was essentially just a sweet cherry beer. The sister in law immediately rejected the beer and it was passed to her husband and I. This was the genesis of my love for Lambic beer, ten years to the day after tasting my first "authentic" dry lambic beer I am happy to celebrate my marriage & this turning point in my beer "journey" by entering this as my 3,900th rating, a beer of the same style & from the same producer that started this fascination a decade ago.
Pours seemingly almost still at first with the tiniest semblance of head forming mid glass and spiderwebbing off from there. The color is a beautiful dark red & despite the lack of head some lacing does remain on the glass.

The aroma is very sour cherry forward with a bunch of lemony and some lightly nutty notes. In classic Hanssens style its just charmingly funky with barnyard and wet limestone.... but this is pretty focused on the cherries.

The flavor is dry and very tart with a nice lemon rind thing happening. The level of sourness in a touch under puckering and the fruit character is out in full array. There are lots of sour cherries here with some mild nutty and bitter undertones. The beer is pleasantly earthy and has some well defined oak character.

Its a very good Kriek just tipping the scales on the more sour end of things.

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