Glassware: Stemmed tulip.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous crimson with a deep pink hue. The head swells to about three fingers before gradually peeling off to a healthy overlay. Sort of a wet lace drag as we imbibe.
Aroma: Holy moly the amount of uplift on the nose is incredible. We get a nose full of sour red candy, strawberry cream, cherry, earthy spice, subtle lemon/lime juice and rhubarb jam. As far as we know this kriek is fermented in Stainless Steel tanks so that musty/oaky barrel character sits aside and let’s all the fruity and creamy notes do all the talking. Absolutely superb.
Flavour: Nice acetic lacto punch upfront. Strawberry, cherry and raspberry mingle with the acidic lemon and lime. A mild touch of earthy spice and vanilla adds another layer of depth and complexity. The middle is kind of dry, a little funky and a little cheesy with a touch of the candy-esque sherbet sweetness shifting in to the tart and fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: High in acidity, medium bodied with a fizzy texture – the medium-high co2 adding to that. Just leaves a nice coating on the palate.
Overall: Another excellent offering from Cantillon…still can’t beat the Saint-Gilloise though!