Tap at BXL 2018. This kriek was amazing. Not by the pure beer on its own ( couldn't even find the barrel aroma), but it was so. So, so fresh... Juicy to the point its nearly fleshy. Extremely natural cherries over a very mild, funky lambic. Hell yeah. Quality perspective!? Way to young. Taste perspective ? I'd like to drink this daily. Not sure how it will be when it settles, and matures. This might be one of those beers you want to drink 'too' young!
From tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, as Cantillon Kriek à L'écossaise. Hazy dark red ruby color with no head. Malty and yeasty aroma, berries-cherries, wood, floral and herbal notes, vanilla, light funk. Sweet, light bitter and acidic taste. Full silky oily body with soft carbonation.
28/09/2018 - draught glass @Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Hazy red, no head. Nose is full cherries, bit caramel, tart. Taste is cherries, wood, bit vanilla, very strong cherry flavours. No whisky to taste but I suppose it is backing up the flavours a bit. Made me think a bit of the Cuvée de Mortange Kriek and is together with that one, one of the best cherrybeers I had.
Cantillon one-off (and therefore automatically attracting a lot of buzz at BXL Beerfest when it was put on tap), a 'kriekenlambic' aged on a barrel that previously contained Scottish whisky which in itself was aged on a Cantillon barrel used for kriekenlambiek - quite an elaborate crossover, apparently. Loose, off-white bubbles quickly dissolving over a stunningly beautiful, very deep cherry red beer with bright ruby hue, a marvel to look at, I wonder what the density of cherries was in this one… Incredibly rich cherry aroma, as lush and fruity as is maximally possible, sour cherry essence and cherry wine, almond, candied lemon, dry sherry, vanilla-scented wood, ripe nectarine, blue plums, vague damp cellar note; whisky is there in an almost metaphorical way, adding unusual beauty from behind the scenes yet by itself not explicitly recognisable as whisky. Same story in the mouth: extremely fruity sour cherry essence, very highly concentrated, with almost ruby port- and plum wine-like aspects; lemony sour edge surrounding all this wonderful red fruitiness, some very soft carb, slick, supple and at the same time very dry mouthfeel, with that superbly concentrated cherry essence and cherry wine effect remaining as thick as ever in the finish, with a perfectly integrated whisky note - again in a virtual kind of way, bending the cherry and lambic properties in such a way that it seems to intensify the flavour without actually revealing itself as being whisky. Long tannic and cherry pit dryness in an elegant way, with sweet sherry- and almond-like side effects. This was worth waiting in line: a absolutely beautiful cherry lambic, filled to the brim with bright red cherry beauty and adorned with sweetish, aromatic notes that can only come from the whisky imput, while the whisky itself remains unrecognisable as such. An exercise in excellence, if only this emanated in bottled form some day - only to be hyped to the max by all those international beer geeks that have fallen in love with Cantillon 'en masse', I suppose.
Draft @ BXL Beer Fest 2018. Almost no foam, nice red colour. Fruity kriek along with some woody, bitter and vanilla notes.
Sampled @ BXL Beerfest 2018. A slightly hazy purple reddish beer with a small white head. Aroma of tart red, lactic fruits, vanilla. Taste of tart red lactic fruits, berries, fresh red berries, nice.
Sample @ BXL BeerFest 2018, shared with Belgian RB crew, thanks. Couleur pourpre, pas de col, le tout sur un léger côté huileux sur le rebord. Arôme est au premier abord fort sur le côté cerise qui donne un bouquet fruité très prononcé et frais de cerises fermentées. Le côté whisky reste plutôt discret et revient légèrement une fois que le bière est plus ouverte. Palais est fort centré sur les cerises, ces dernières très présentes quasi en jus de cerise avec un effet un peu acidulé - griotte. Cela aide aussi le palais à garder une douceur fruitée et note verte fruitée. Citrique léger sur la fin, le côté whisky est plaisant mais un peu discret et reste à voir comment cela viendra à évoluer avec le temps - sans pour cela demander à ce que le whisky devienne trop dominant.
Draft at BXL Beerfest ‘18, Brussels. Hazy deep red with no head. Aroma of rich cherries and oak. Flavour is moderate sweet and sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. The whiskey barrel simply adds a beautiful woody character to the beer that works fantastically.
0,15l taster at BXLBeerfest. bourdeaux like color, almost no head. smells of cherries, sour cherries, some more berry notes, blueberry like, bit glueish, marzipan, nutty, very nice smell. medium to full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of cherries, sour cherries, marzipan, very light vinegar, earthy, peppery, glueish, lactic, peppery. finishes dry and medium lactic sour with notes of sour cherries, marzipan and some vinegar notes. very nice one, still a bit young though, a bit on the lactic side 8, 4, 8, 3, 16
Thanks to the RB crew for sharing! Sampled draft @ BXLBeerFest 2018! Plenty draft :) Dark red juice, pomegranate, kriek, with no head. So much kriek, pure kriek, lots kriek pure juice all the way, skins, so juicy,…. Cherry juice with low oak, almost no fermentation character, pure cherry juice to the max, Turkish cherry, all juice, little carbonation, really good but more juice than beer. Low carbonation. Bit sour,… All juice but so tasty, whisky is basically impossible to find.