Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Of note, this was only my second serious sour and I utterly fell in love with Cantillon drinking this tonight. Now I have the insatiable urge to seek out the more rare styles!
Bottled on date: April 30, 2010.
This beer is fresh, and it tasted so too. I'd love to try some older vintages, but I definitely recommend this as is to any first timers.
Appearance: Poured a deep cloudy red, like that of fresh strawberries. The pink foamy head rose to nearly one finger length and then fairly quickly receded to a small ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. It reminded me of a Lindeman's but not as thick, or like a raspberry sherbet champagne punch.
At first the beer's aroma was not as enticing as the other reviews led me to expect. But as she warmed up I began to notice deeper levels of complexity and wider pungency. Immediately I smelled the Brett (again reminiscent of champagne) and some lemony/citrus notes. Then came the sour cherries followed by faint peppery notes. As it grew warmer I detected some mild funk - mostly moldy/water-logged wood.
The flavor was amazing! Raw, tart cherries abound. You get just enough sweetness to balance the rampaging sour. However, even though the beer grew more sour as it warmed, it didn't seem to live up to some of the extreme sour descriptors I have seen previously. Perhaps it grows more sour with time. Warm, you still taste mostly cherries, but the underlying funkiness asserts itself, tasting like it came from the dankness of an old basement.
The mouthfeel is bright and highly carbonated. Semi dry, and you get some mild puckering in the back of the palate.
As for drinkability I probably wouldn't want to open more than one 750ml bottle in a sitting, but I would have gladly finished the entire bottle myself had I not been sharing it with my wife. I most certainly will be drinking this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2010 05:31:01 | More by Spider889
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