Size: 750 ml
Style: Blend of lambics and sour cherries
The Kriek has a slightly acidic taste of red fruit complemented with subtle almond flavours. Kriek brings out its maximum "fruitiness" when drunk young. The sour cherries are certified organic and come from Turkey. The fruit is blended with lambic that is on averaged 20 months old, the proportion being 200g of fruit per litre of beer. Since the sour cherries have a very pronounced taste it is necessary to select a lambic that hs enough character so that it will be a good match for the fruit. After soaking for two to three months, the lambic has extracted the full colours, fragrances and flavours of the sour cherries. At that point it is blended with one-year-old lambic, which contributes the sugars necessary for secondary fermentation in the bottle.
Only fresh fruit and, as is the case for wine, Cantillon beers can be referred to in terms of vintages. Prevailing wether conditions have a major impact on the ripeness and quality of the fruit, and this is why the taste of the brewery's fruit-based beers will differ slightly from one year to the next.
Belgian pubs haven’t always offered 200 or 300 types of beers to their customers. Many years ago only local products were sold, and in order to make drinks lists a little more extensive and expensive brewers came up with recipes based on locally-produced fruit. The most famous among the fruit beers is without a doubt kriek.
Years ago, people drinking kriek in a pub were also given two lumps of sugar and a "stoemper" on a small saucer This small utensil made of steel, basically a miniature masher, was used to crush the lumps of sugar at the bottom of the glass of kriek. It meant that the customer could sweeten his or her beer in a natural way and eliminate the slightly sour taste.