Brasserie Cantillon // Kriek 1996 // Anderlecht, Brussels, Belguim // 5% ABV
Okay, so listen. I know this is a Pacific Northwest beer blog. But when you have the opportunity to drink a 20 year old Belgian lambic that's no longer in production, you have to blog about it. The fact that the kriek is on tap is a rare and exiting way to drink it. Oh, and did I mention that I had the last pour of it before the keg blew? The last of the kegged kriek in (probably) all of Washington belonged to me muuuhahahaha. Brasserie Cantillon has been in production since 1900 and is known world-wide for their lambics. Kriek specifically, means the fruit used in the brewing process are cherries.
Color: Bright ruby red, hints of magenta, a light pink head.
Smell: Unripe red fruit, aged vinegar, cherries.
Taste: The tartness is puckering at first (surprising for it's age) but it mellows out in the palate and stays consistent with the characteristic tartness, funky sour, and rounded cherry flavors. With slight acidity, it's ends relatively dry.
Overall: The fruit and yeast sour flavors have held up tremendously for it being 20 years old. I've never had an aged lambic before but Cantillon sure knows what they are doing. What a treat to have been able to drink such a rare beer! And a prompt kick-off to a Spring season of beer drinking.