Tonight’s beer was a special offering from Belgium’s world-renowned Cantillon Brewery. Cantillon is famous for their amazing lambic style beers, one style of which is a Kriek, a sour Belgian ale brewed with cherries. Cantillon doesn’t skimp on the cherries with this offering. Here’s an excerpt from their website that shows just how many cherries they brew a typical batch of this beer with:
“On a warm summer day, a lorry coming from the auction at Sint-Truiden delivers 4,000 kgs of fresh Kellery cherries to the brewery.
The brewery staff will then put about 150 kgs of fruits in oakwood or chestnutwood barrels which can contain 650 litres of lambic and which have been cleaned some days before.”
Here’s my full review:
Final rating: 4.34/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in North Attleboro, MA.
Appearance – Pours a bright cherry colored, slightly hazy body with a light red, huge gushing, fizzy head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell – Has a sweet and sour aroma, fruity cherries, some funkyness, red wine.
Taste – Upfront there are big sour cherry notes, lactic, berries, red wine vinegar. The follow through reveals some sweet notes and a nice oaky aftertaste. Leaves a tart taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- Super crisp and carbonated.
Cantillon never lets me down. This was a lot more sour than I was expecting, in a good way. An excellent example of a world-class Kriek. Must try for all Belgian sour fans.