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Ratings: 2,089
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Raw sour power. Beautiful wine colour. Leaving it open as recommended for 30 minutes is a good idea, but how patient can you be? Musty barnyard and cherry aroma. A bit of carbonation. There's orange,cheese aftertaste. Astringent bone dry. Be forewarned about the tartness.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, sour cherry, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice acidic sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a finger high pink head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate amount of sour aromas in the nose.
T: The beer is very acidic and sour and has notes of cherries in the flavors. There is a very strong sour aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Although the beer is very sour, it doesn’t have a funky element in the smell or taste that makes some beers in this style difficult to drink.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice bright ruby color with a mostly-white head that settles down fairly quickly.

S: A little bit of tartness along with scents of fresh cherry with a little bit of funk. The scent was not overwhelming, and pales in comparison to the Lou Pepe version of this.

T: Similar to the smell--very nice all around, with all the requisite properties present, but nothing too overwhelming or earth-shattering.

M: Somewhat dry on a light body. Nice taste and an "introductory" level of sourness.

D: Very nice drinkability; not overly complex, alcoholic, or sour. Nicely balanced and is one I think I'll use (alongside Duchesse) to get people into sours.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intese but clean sourness with tart cherry flavor resting behind sharp lactic and light must character.

Impressive and inviting, the pour brings about a bright pink (lavender) color with medium cloudiness. A froathy, airy head carries a modest pink hue. Retaining well, the beer's sourness keeps it from lacing as well as it could.

Clean sourness makes the mouth water and the jaws pucker. Under-rippened berries, crabapples, lemons, cider, and mild vinegars come to mind. Cherry aromas are noticable but weave into the other fruity-tart character well.

Sour-tart flavor also lead the way. Cherry flavor makes more of an impact in the overall fruity nature of the beer than it did in the aroma. Still, the lemony-berry-apple notes are well on display. Mild must, raw oak, white vinegar/grape, and light saltiness carry the beer from bright initial taste into the clean lactic finish.

Crisp, tart, and mildly astringent, the cherry flavor leads to a refreshing and palate cleansing evaporation in the finish. Warning: this beer might even remove noticable amounts of enamle from your teeth. Light heartburn might ensue because of the acidity.

A very good cherry flavored lambic with true fruity character and cleanly controlled beer character throghout. This beer makes every sip more and more inviting- highly drinkable aside from sour intensity.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have no idea if the ratings will reflect this or not, but while i was drinking this, i kept thinking its as good as the lou pepe edition. does it need twice the fruit or another year? i dont think so at all. this is a candy apple red pour, maybe a touch pinker, but really blood stained red, clear though, and with about a half inch of just tainted pink white head. it smells like candied cherries, not really fresh fruit, but not due to artificial sugar or anything, it think its more a product of the lambic base, which is tart as hell, a lot like the classic gueuze really, farmy and funked to high heaven, with a subtle barrel profile. good acidity on the palate, not overdone in the slightest, with the cherry getting more and more intense as the beer warms. wishing for nothing, i find this supremely delicious, and while it may not be as complex or as natural cherry flavored as the lou pepe version, i find it cleaner, equally tasty, and a little more blonde sour basey than its big brother. carbonation is on point, uncommon is real lambic, and frankly just freaking awesome. i find myself drinking it way too fast, but thats just the sign of killer beer. not the best ive had from cantillon, but on par in terms of quality with any of them.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a pink colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between the raspberry and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours, the raspberry are buried under the acidic tones. I believe that some other lambic -fruit a better balanced then this one and offer a better refreshing taste.

Photo of largadeer
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage shared by alfrantzell for his birthday last month. Thanks, Arne. Trying a fruit lambic this old was a unique experience.

The beer is a murky pinkish-red in the glass. Half a finger's worth of bubbly foam rests atop, which quickly settles to a thin collar. It smells strongly of sweet and tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla; a bit like cherry pie filling, actually. There's also an inkling of musty, funky basement; it's an amazing aroma. Tart cherry consumes the palate, sourness is moderate and both lactic and acetic in character, with undertones of vanilla, minerals and hints of oak. The cherry character is vibrant and outstanding for a 14 year old lambic. Sour lactic finish, musty and faintly woody. Amazing.

Other vintages:

1997: More intense lactic sourness than the '96, but still vibrantly fruity.

2007: Brutally sour and harsh, lacking depth - not one of the more impressive batches of Cantillon Kriek.

2009: All bottles I've had from '09 have been great. Vibrantly fruity with moderate sourness. Almost has a cherry pie filling quality to it.

2010: More lactic sourness than '09, but still a very balanced kriek. Outstanding cherry aroma.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the sour beers, so I thought I would give this one a shot last night, as I have been fairly impressed with everything that Cantillon has done in the past, well everything I have gotten to taste anyway. A 2007 vintage, corked and capped bottle that I let chill for a few days and poured into an oversized wine glass and let warm up a bit before indulging.

Appearance - The pour was a touch underwhelming for me, as I expected it took look a little fuller then it did. A rich cherry red, essentially like a cool-aid color came before me. Extremely opaque due to the cloudiness and the haze that was inside, it was still very bright though. No head formed at all, none, not even from the first drops that hit the glass. No side glass presentation at all, and this had me a little worried, though the color alone was really quite nice.

Smell - The aroma was huge on this one. Rich, tart cherries were all over thee place. I swear you could smell this one from across the room. No hint of sweetness here at all, this was all sour. Lots of yeast playing tricks, jumping back and forth from cherries, to raspberries and back. Very big and complex.

Taste - The flavor was extremely acidic, with no hope of a balance of sweetness here at all. This had to be one of the most sour beers I have ever tried in my life. A really interesting drink indeed. Had to let it warm up a bit to fully appreciate what was going on here. A full on sour yeast attack. Some hints of cherries, but they were mostly lost with the initial flavor. Very acidic. The finish was much better with a long lasting sour cherry flavor and a very nice sense of fruit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Very light and with very little carbonation would be the best way to describe how this one would come across. I was expecting a little more carbonation in it then what I received, however it was by no means dead or flat in anyway.

Drinkability - A mixed bag here, as the huge amount of sour made it hard to stomach large quantities of it, however, it was light enough and had virtually no ABV, so it made it much easier to put down. Had it been a little less acidic it would have been much more drinkable.

Overall, it was an interesting experience. A little too sour and unbalanced for my taste, but it was still very good nonetheless. I would definitely try this one again, just maybe an aged version. I like the Lou Pepe much better though overall.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Beer Bistro in DT TO - my girlfriend wanted to try another cherry Belgian ale...I wanted to have a bit of a laugh, apparently. It is indeed weird to pop the cap of a beer, and hear nothing in the way of a hiss - of course, here, that is due to the cork waiting for me underneath.

This beer pours a cloudy, muddled pinkish amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually soapy and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of acrid cherry essence, fairly funky yeast - kind of barnyard-like - grainy pale malt, further tart lemon and apple fruit esters, and a bit of dirty, earthy hoppiness. The taste is very, very, very (did I say 'very'?) tart cherry acid, morphing into raw lemon juice territory, some remnant of cherry flesh fruitiness, a bewildered pale wheaty graininess, funky, somewhat yeasty wet cheese, and rather faint, indistinct drying hops.

The mouthfeel, well, to quote a beloved Simpsonian Springfield denizen - "it tastes like burning" - the bubbles do seem to be searing my tongue, but in reality, it's the fruit acids on, well acid, all atop a weirdly sturdy, yet oily medium weight body. It finishes with some lingering deconstructed fruit echoing amidst the tartness and strangely supportive yeasty funk.

A masochistic headfirst dive into beer appreciation, that's for sure. I told my girl not to expect the typical fruit beer sugar bomb - heh, I'm lucky she didn't bomb me over the head with it. I got to finish her share, at least, given that I more or less liked it, as a sort of palate cleanser, or degreaser, solvent, you get the idea. All kidding aside, this is a generally well-wrought kriek lambic, the sourness not for the timid.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, dated Sept. 2007, opened and allowed to breathe in the fridge for 20 odd minutes, as instructed by the label.

Served at 50º into a Cantillon glass. Initial finger of pink foam rises, with CO2 clinging to the sides of the glass. Second pour gives an ethereal fizzle and vaporizes on the surface of the red liquid.

Very traditional farmhouse nose, wet hay, old wet wood, musty horse blankets. A lightly acidic, citric lemon tartness cuts through the other aromas.

Tart cherry flavor is almost puckering, but not quite. Seems a little mellow in comparison to some other Cantillon releases. Definitely gets the salivary glands working, it would be a perfect apertif. Certainly quaffable, i'm having a hard time taking sips instead of gulps here. The tart fruit has a brightness to it, that fades into a lightly dry oak aftertaste. Light carbonation, a little vinous or cider-like in body. Overall a standard Kriek to judge others by. The Lou Pepe variety has a little more complexity and depth, but this is a fine Lambic...

Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First I will say this is very traditional and well made,but Iam not a fan of the lambic style I have found out.Poured great orange/reddish color with nice looking spritzy head that went quick.Smell had some cherrystone in it maybe a little vanilla?Taste about knocked me over the sourness was too much for me to handle,was expecting a little soureness but this was overpowering.Like I said well made just not a fan of the style.

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007 shared with friends to finish off the evening.

A: The pour is a dark reddish-pink color with a pink head that shortly dies down to a thin ring and spotty covering.

S: Plenty of cherry fruit flesh and skins right off the bat. Lots and lots of lactic acidity to go along with the fruit. The barnyard funk is pronounced but the oak is more mellow.

T: The tartness in this beer is unrelenting. For lesser mortals, it might be too much, but I find it to be very enjoyable. Lots of cherry skin and fruit flavor and a more moderate funk character.

M: The body is medium with a soft carbonation that is oh so typical of lambics. Very dry, lots of saliva inducing tartness.

D: While I do enjoy the sourness of this beer, it is not something I would tackle a whole 750 of by myself. That said, it's a Cantillon beer, so I'll still never turn it down.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear pinkish color almost like pink lemonade with a fizzy, bubbly, white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled musty and sour. Definite cherry aroma.

T - It tasted of strong sour cherry and some yeast. It kinda had a lemon-like taste too.

M - It was very dry and puckering. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. The mouthfeel was a little odd, too puckering.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

I've been eying this bottle for a while now, and just pulled the trigger on it. It pours a clear rosy magenta topped by a fluffy finger of pinkish foam. The nose comprises cherries (shocker), cobwebs, tart berries, and a touch of wet hay. The taste ups the ante in terms of both tartness and sourness. Those cherries have been eviscerated by brutal sour demons, unleashing a wave of vinegar-tasting blood and offal as they go. Must and cobwebs form pretty quickly on the grisly scene. Yikes. The body (of the beer, that is...gotta get things back on track here...) is light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky feel and finish. Overall, as my first "true" sour kriek, this thing really kicked my tongue outta bed and sent it off to basic. I may not be completely converted as yet, but I am really interested in trying more of these things. Bring it on!

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Barely one finger of light pink head on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Dry, sour cherries with a little bit of moldy sock funk. The distinctly earthy cherry character is specifically that of cherry pits and skins.

T - Dry, tart acidity with mouth coating earthy funk. The cherries creep in towards the middle and take over from there on in. The earthy cherry pit character of the aroma is replaced here with intense sourness and cherry meat character. Finishes puckeringly sour with a lemony citric acidity and some fruity wild yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - This beer displays the classic, spectacular fruit aroma that is common among all cantillon beers. The earthy complexity of the fruit is perfectly balanced by the acidity and funk from the wild yeast. The flavor is not as lively as the aroma, though it is still quite enjoyable, but the acidity does get in the way of drinkability a bit. Like every Cantillon beer I have had, I find myself inhaling deeply to experience the complex fruit aroma again and again. Highly recommended (though I have to admit I still prefer the framboise).

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontinas.

Appearance: Pours a Cloudy red with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural tart cherries with a mild sweetness. Sour and funky in the background.

Taste: The cherry flavor is so natural, more so than from the bottle. Smooth cherry tartness, not very sweet, tart, bitter, and sour in the finish.

Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that goes from slick to dry.

Overall: I loved the real cherry flavor. My wife who doesn't like sours ordered one after having mine. So smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of tart cherries along with some Belgian yeast, vinegar-like smell which is normal for the style.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong cherry sourness that dominates and doesn't yield too much to anything else. There's a little bit of Belgian yeast but just like the smell, the taste is very acidic and vinegary into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty if you're into the extreme sourness, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while I don't mind sours now and again, this one just didn't appeal to me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet hue with no head. Nose is a smooth and not overpowering musty. Flavor is slightly sour, but not a punch in the mouth. It will get much more sour if you let it warm significantly. Firm, yet mature, kriek attributes slide over your tongue. Feel is as expected. Little bubble on the tongue and a smooth overall character. Damn drinkable. Smooth and not as abrasive as other lambics might seem to be to a rookie. Worth the shot.

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this courtesy of phnphilly at the Lancaster County Brewers Christmas part 2010. Poured chilled from the 750ml into my tulip.
I was glad to try this on tap at TJ's and was interested in tasting the bottle, thanks John.

A rosy red hued with mild haze and thick pink lasting cap w/ microbead and lace is spotty. The smell is lots of ripe feet with a mild funk backing and gentle vinegar sour odors w/ slight fruit tartness and cherry skin w/ subtle sweet tart accents.
The feel is a bit intense with lots of sour and slight funk textures w/ moderate acidity and subtle sweet middle with an astringent puckering effect. The lambic is moderately carbonated and has sour tart fruit intensity with drying long finish. The mouthfeel is not ordinary but has the puckering finish you expect from Cantillon.

I was really jazzed about the way this smells and when I got to tasting it was really what I expected - lots of wild yeast and tart cherry flavors in a vibrant blend like cherry lemonade with sweet and sour puckering flavor w/ lots of lemony acid and astringency with the depth and earthy cherry pit flavor of the stone fruit and mild funk in the midst. A gentle bitter flavor with accent of sweet cherry just to give the edge a mild contrast and slight tannic elements are there from middle to the long sweet sour fruity finish. I was really impressed once again with such an intense flavor with really yeast and fruit cohesive qualities. The world class Cantillon lambic and lots of vibrant cherry flavor, one you want to savor - highly drinkable

enjoyed again in Belgium at Cantillon and tucked a bottle away to bring home opened with Tim and Dr G.
A-4.5 S-4.25 M -4.25 T-4.5 Ov-4.25

The color is bright cherry red with thick pink cream of 2 fingers depth with fine bead. The smell is fresh sour and fruity with strong stone fruit -cherry presence light yeast funk. The feel has a lot of sour texture with the acidity of cherries and mild tangy effect with moderately low carbonation -semi sweet body with juicy mouthfeel and dry tangy finish.

The taste is intense and packed with cherry flavor which is both tart and has the cherry skin tannin with cherry flesh sweetness and sour flavor from the yeast with smooth juicy lingering taste with sweetness in back and linger sour flavor in the dry finish. Overall I was so happy to have one of the best lambics available in Belgium but not as readily available near me. I consider this a treat to savor -world class in every way with acidity of fruit and wildness of yeast that was nice paired with quiche and salad at Moeder Lambic

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 375 ml green corked and capped mini-champagne bottle with no freshness date. Artsy label with info about the beer on the back.

Appearance: Dark light orange red hue, skimpy ring of lace from a semi-active carbonation.

Smell: Big tartness, nearly sour. Cherry aroma grows with a faint sweetness and fullness. Light earthy and musty nose within.

Taste: Sourness is nearly puckering at first, the glands and taste buds get used to it soon enough. Light bodied, expressively dry and crisp. Soft earthy and musty notes include slight barn yard, cork and cellar like flavors. Faint grain throughout. Cherry is real tart with a more rounded flavor after-wards. Long finish of tartness and cherry flavors.

Notes: Racy yet simple, withdrawn but traditional. This is true lambic all the way, no sweet syrups or sugars added … this is the real thing. I have had samples at the brewery and the trip that the bottles have made produced the same awesome effect without a flaw.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, an indulgence I allowed myself, bottled 9 Sep 2003

Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent strawberry color with a pinky of pinkish head, that fades quickly. Only a trace of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & mustyness

T: Tart, tart cherries with vinaigrette & leathery components up front. Tartness, cherries & woody dryness dominate as this warms, plus a tad of sour apples. Finishes sour, tart & dry

MF: Super puckery with minimal to near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but due to the tartness I'd be hard pressed to do more than bottle unless I paired it with some food or dessert. I suspect I would've liked this a little younger...Glad i got to try it. If you are a sour beer freak, you will probably enjoy this more than I did

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)

I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Purple pink tone with an off pink tinted thin foaming head showing traces of carbonation lacing coats the sides fairly well. Aroma: Tart cherries funky barn house style here, woody with a musty sourness chilling about. Taste: Very yogurt like in nature similar yeast tone sour flow of spoiled tart cherry flavor, very acidic and lip puckering but this one isn't as shocking Rose de Gambrinus (Framboise). Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body not very carbonated at all, sticks and coats the palate rather well. Drinkability: Grows on you with each sip as the palate adjusts to the pure sourness, overall an artform that should be experienced by all serious beer drinkers newcomers beware.

Photo of kojevergas
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl green glass bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 24 March 2014. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. "Kriek 100% Lambic Bio." Reviewed as a kriek.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of pink colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy grapefruit red. Murky yet translucent. Nontransparent. Appears clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for a kriek overall; I'm craving the first sip. The head and colour could be better but this is solid.

AROMA: The cherry notes aren't as full, evocative, and present as I expected having had Lou Pepe Kriek earlier today, but they're nice, with some interesting tartness and befitting fruity sweetness. The sourness in the aroma is more restrained and tame than I'd like, but it's nice for what it is - seemingly a 5/10 in terms of sourness, but nevertheless redolent of wild lambicus yeast and a bit of bacterial character. The fruit is unmistakable, but not as impressive as it could be.

Lacks a noticeable hop presence, alcohol presence, or off-note aroma - all of which are good things to lack.

It's an inviting aroma of average strength, but I crave more cherry, more sourness, and at least a bit of oak/chestnut wood presence from the barrel. Naturally though, I cannot wait for the first sip. Very pleasant and seemingly refreshing.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully smacky on the palate. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Excellent medium body. Apt thickness. Has an excellent overall presence on the palate and just enough softness to keep it approachable in spite of the assertive sour notes. Not overbearing, heavy, hefty, or too weighty. Perfectly carbonated. This texture is an ideal companion to this taste. Brilliantly executed. Wow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough on the palate.

TASTE: The sour and tart cherry notes are a highlight here, and are just fucking wonderful. The lambicus yeast is perfectly suited to the cherry notes, and evokes a wonderful sourness accompanied by wild bacterial notes. Cherry skin abound. This beer is the dog's bollocks. Flawless balance, brilliant subtlety, great complexity and intricacy, excellent nuance, and superb integration of flavours. This is a gestalt flavour profile with an excellent build. The dominant fruit and sour notes work well together and would please even the most discerning of drinkers.

No overt hop flavours are detectable, nor is any alcohol. I don't find any off notes.

Constructively, more of an oak or chestnut wood presence might help the beer, as might more sourness; as-is, it's about a 6-7/10 in terms of sourness. The lightly palate-stripping acidity is lovely, and complements the flavour profile beautifully.

I'm loving this beer. Execution is excellent.

The subtle fruity sweetness right on the finish closes out the lingering sourness in a lovely way, which makes one crave the next sip.

O: I'll have to have Cantillon's Lou Pepe Kriek again, but I will say this beer is an achievement. It's rare you encounter a beer of this quality, and this one solidifies Cantillon's position as a world-class brewery. I'd absolutely have it again - hell I'd probably pay American prices for it - and I'd definitely put it up there with the best krieks I've ever had. Damn good stuff from Cantillon, and worth all the praise it receives. Wow. I look forward to enjoying the rest of this bottle alone. Perhaps Cantillon's best (relatively) easily available offering. Almost effortlessly drinkable.

Drink fresh. I can't see age making this much better.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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