Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 674
Hads: 2,167
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.1%
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Gots: 527 | FT: 43
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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 tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA doobliebop for this one! Paired with a medium-rare steak and baked potato. Pours a light-crimson, Bloody Mary colored red, completely opaque and murky everywhere but the very top. Very volatile, causing a faint-pink head to form quickly but fizzle away completely within thirty seconds.

Aroma is heavy, musty cherries; sweet and aged, with a little bit of a vinous character; more wine-like than expected. Some grape peel and raspberries are hanging around there also. Very authentic, juicy, and acidic. You can just tell from the aroma that this is gonna be a sour ass beer. The sour doesn't stand alone, however - decent amount of funky yeast creeps in trashes about. Light barnyward, wet wood, mild hay - overall, the funk doesn't quite stand up to the tartness, but it's enough to contribute to the aroma in a big way.

I bring the glass to my lips and the brew hits my palate thin and heavily carbonated while my nostrils are being raped by a thicker, heavier cherry aroma. Wow! This beer begins with an intense tartness right off the bat - extremely sour and acidic. Puckering and lip smacking, the sourness lasts for a good few seconds or so before it settles down and begins to subside.

Overwhelming, juicy, ripe, authentic cherries make for most of the flavor, alongside some grape peel and various other "berry" types. Even at 5% ABV, the alcohol is detectable, but very soft and playful. Once the incredible sour component fades, the last few seconds of the sip are filled with a delicate sweetness that turns to a slightly corky and funky flavor. Enough to give you that wet hay and barnyard kick without distracting from the lovely tart cherries. The very acidic nature of this beer makes for a deceivingly dry finish, despite the juicy character of the flavor profile.

Holy sheeyat. Excellent brew, here - a good departure from the normal brews I drink. Sourness was intense, but it became addicting and I was disappointed to have this one end. This beer is authentic, raw, sour, and juicy, through and through. I really wish this stuff wasn't so difficult to come by in America! I need to get my hands on some more Cantillon brews. Two thumbs up.

EDIT: 3/22/2013

Enjoyed another '12 thanks to Ron. Even more sour than I remember. A lot more funk to it, too. Overall, just entirely more flavor-packed than I remember (and believe me, it was already incredible before). Super sour and acidic cherries, raspberries, and grapes. Less vinous this time around. So quenching and addictive. Gotta bump the score up on this one. Great stuff.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Leura Cellars.

Pours all head and no beer to start with. Head fades quickly. Deep pink. Clear and bubbly.

Aromas of lemon, sour, funk.

Taste is very sour to start with, vinegar, lemon, tart, cherries. Dry finish, very refreshing. Sour/tart flavours diminish as bottle goes down and becomes more drinkable.

Mouthfeel light and spritzy.

All in all a little too tart for this palate. I had high hopes of excellence, but never mind....

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Avenue Pub in NOLA - One of my favorite beer bars in the US.
33cl bottle. Bottled june 29 2012. Of course, Avenue does it right...provided in a Geuze/Lambic basket.
Pours a see through slightly hazy ruby red with perfect carbonation into my wine glass. The aromas of funk and cherry just fill the air around awesome. More aromas of barnyard funk and hay. Sour notes are also coming through. Taste is mouthwatering tart cherry and funky pale malts. Wow...this truly is amazing. I had huge hopes on this and it didnt dissapoint. Ive had it at Cantillon but it was a single glass...(the word but seemingly doesnt belong in this sentance), but this time I had the entire bottle for myself. Such a great brew. If you like sours, Cantillon sets the bar...if you are new to sours, dont start only gets worse.
As perfect as I will rate...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 1/8/13.

Appearance: Rose red body with a white cap. Drops quickly to a ring.

Smell: Big funky nose. Touch of cherries and oak.

Taste: Moderately tart cherries, oak, and hay. Moderate funk. A slightly sweet aftertaste that reminds of honey.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Dry finish. The carbonations is so smooth and gentle on the palate. Its perfection.

Overall: This is my second favorite cantillion to date. Only bested by Fou Foune. Kriek is my favorite type of sour and this is just awesome!

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Photo of Luk13
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 750ml, 2013 vintage. Pours a bright but not so dense red with huge white foam that recedes quickly. Aroma is cherries and berries, leaves and lactic notes. Very light barnyard funk per Cantillon standards. Taste is very tart cherries but also a surprising cherry peel bitterness. Palate is light with moderate carbonation. Not as rich as the Lou Pepe versions, but still interesting. I much prefer this version fresh. 4.0

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful ruby red with a white collar, some clumpy lacing.

Wonderful integration of tartness and cherries. Whiffs of sweet sugar?

Retarted cherries up the wazoo. 6.5 on the Duff27 sour scale. Tastes right at 5%abv.

Medium-high carbonation which suits it well. Medium-low mouthfeel.

Yum yum. One of best lambics I've had. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT via Jim C.

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Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated July 29, 2012. Poured into my favorite Cantillon balloon glass.

My midnight toast for ringing in 2013!

The beer pours a lovely ruby red color, hues of garnet and crimson even as dark as plum depending on the light, nice hazy complexion with a bright pinkish white head that rises very quickly, fizzy and light that recedes very quickly, a bit of film is left behind with no lacing. The aroma is wonderful, massive amounts of cherry, a bit of funk, but such a nice grainy malt backing, very inviting and pleasant. The flavor is a knock out, just like a fresh juicy piece of cherry pie. Great fruit, super fresh cherry, a bit of pomegranate flavor as well and even a bit of light strawberry come out, just like a great jammy pie filling, a touch of vanilla and light bready malt is present, just adds to that pie like experience. The body is nice and lively, high levels of carbonation, dances on the tongue, crisp finish.

Verdict: Such a delightful kriek from Cantillon. The fruit is so fresh right now and the pie-like experience is really wonderful. It's always a treat to have a fruit lambic from Cantillon as they really don't take shortcuts when it comes to using fresh fruit.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright, radiant red with two fingers of both half fizzy, half fluffy pink head. Leaves mild lacing, and remains and a ring on the glass. Body is really glowing.

Smell: A hay funk up front, followed by some funky cherry skins. A definite lactic aspect. Some light pears. Nose goes out with raw cherries and funk.

Taste: Nice clean cherry tartness up from, followed by a light lactic sourness, and funk. Funk carries the body, along with a nice bready sweetness. Finishes tart with cherry skins, pear juice, and hay.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable. Cherries are not too sweet. Sourness is perfect. Great carb.

Overall: I think I enjoy this better than the Lou Pepe Kriek I had. Have to keep in mind that was a 2007 (sticker) vintage, so it would definitely be more sour.

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Photo of gtermi
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is probably one of the coolest looking beers I have ever seen in my life. It pours a dark cherry red body with a inch thick pink head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing on the glass at all.

S: I am picking up a strong amount of sour notes, with a lot of fruituness that reminds me of a sweet wine.

T: Like the smell, I am getting a lot of sour and fruity flavors. The fruit becomes very powerful as the beer lingers.

M: The Lambic has a strong amount of carbonation on the back of the tongue and as it goes down the throat. It also has a pretty thin body.

O: This is one of the greatest lambics I have ever had in my life. It goes down with ease and is just beyond delicious. I will for sure be ordering this beer again from Etre Gourmet and age several bottles

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Photo of Tnudish
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage purchased from être gourmet. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Pours a hazy bright red in color with a fingers worth of light pink head.

S-Nose starts out incredibly funky, with must, cob web, lemon, and ample amounts of cherry on the back.

T-Tart cherry skin starts out the flavor, lemon, and only gentle funk on the finish....incredibly tart.

M-Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, moderate acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Great beer, tough to decide if I prefer this or the Lou pepe Kriek. Cantillon never fails with the fruited lambics.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage enjoyed 6/30/15

Appearance: Vibrant red, solid retention on a light pink head.

Aroma/Flavor: Intense cherry pie. Crust and all. Medium+ acidity that is a touch perspiration inducing. Less crust/malt character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, medium carbonation, cleansing acidity.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400: man, how these last hundred have flown by. Still, lots of memorable moments, including my introduction to (and current infatuation with) sours. What better way to celebrate, then, than with my first experience with one of the world’s most acclaimed sour brewers: Cantillon.

Brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled 29 June 2012” on the label).

A: Absolutely gorgeous beer: the body is a glowing reddish-pink, slightly hazy yet brilliant in every light. Soft pink foam sits atop, staying at half-inch in height for the whole drink, with intricate strands of lacing extending up and out of the body. Good head, sure, but the color of this beer is just astounding. As per the notes on the back of bottle, I’m going to let this one sit for half an hour before I mess with it any further.

S: The most authentically fruity nose I’ve ever experienced with a lambic. Its deep black cherry tones swell magnificently, expanding with sweet syrup, fresh puree, and an herbal tartness – natural sours. Lactic acid is strong but balanced, as well, framing the sours in both complexity and balance. Intricate and incredibly satisfying, the rest of the palate is shrouded in cinnamon-bread, oak, and herbs, particularly a pleasantly strong juniper, mint, and menthol coolness that seems to open the sinuses as it hits. Phenomenal.

T: Holy hell, this beer has layers upon layers of flavors – every sip is something more. First sip is a bold cherry sourness, stinging with smooth acids, rounding out with grassy funk, and satisfying the palate in a way only fresh cherries can. And what a slow-developing drink this is; I have distinguishable seconds to sit on the cherry flavor before the palate moves on. What’s next is a surprising array of sweet bread flavors: dark cinnamon, chewy dough, and a light sugar-spice mix, coming off like homemade gingerbread. Unexpected, but most definitely welcome in my glass (especially because it gives this palate a cherry pie character that I can’t help but love). Tannic almond and apple skin build up to the conclusion, but the finishing touches are applied by those cooling tastes made apparent in the nose: lingering effects of menthol and spearmint compliment the cherry notes in what is otherwise a mild, spiced cherry aftertaste. Mixed, the fruity-mint compound does take on a sort of cherry cough drop flavor in the aftertaste, though it’s very fleeting.

M: On first taste, it sent my ears and face tingling with warm astringency; believe me, it doesn’t drink hot (at all), but it has that effect. Otherwise, it’s supremely smooth, letting the sours announce themselves in a strong way, while keeping them from drying out the tongue. Light, foamy carb.

O: Here’s to hundreds more like this! Everything they said about Cantillon is true, it seems. Whenever I drink a kriek, memories of this beer will flicker on for comparison: this is the standard for Belgian fruit lambics, as far as I’m concerned.

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Photo of Treebs
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #550

375 ml bottle served in a half Acre tulip. 2012 cork date, bottled on June 28, 2012.

A: Pours a translucent cherry color with a light pink head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: Black cherries and spicy oak upfront. Some lactic acidity with just a hint of background funk. There's an underlying malty sweetness as well.

T: Wood, tart cherry pits, and some sweet cherry pie. Sour cherries, mild acidity and lactic sourness. Slightly funky on the back end as well.

M: Light bodied with a prickly carbonation level. Sweet and sour finish.

O: Delightful. Great hints of fresh cherries with a lactic sour kick and a restrained funk.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cap came off and the cork worked itself effortlessly (literally without a corkscrew) out of the bottle. The contents revealed a clear, ruby red, effervescent beverage with no head. The nose is relatively dank and cultured with a slight fruitiness, almost perfume-like. Fortunately the beer drinks just as gentle, except for a wickedly underestimated sourness. The mouthfeel is spot on with enough fruit sweetness and body to balance out the dry, sour aftertaste. Perfect beer to pair with a rich chocolaty dessert like I have as it cleanses the palate with each sip and complements the already booze-infused cherries in the dessert.

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2012 375ml bottle and decided to have it fresh for a change.

Pours a light ruby red color into the glass with a soft pink foamy head.

Smell on this is great. The Cantillon's I've had in the past have been aged at least 18months and I'm glad I'm having this fresh. Getting a lot more cherry than I expected mixed with a much lighter barnyard funk than I expected. A faint musky smell is always there but the fruit is front and center.

Wow, taste on this is great. It's like an awesome tart, tart, tart cherry pie. More sweetness than I expected. Sour, but not warhead sour by any means. Just can't get over how fruit forward this is.

Mouthfeel is great for the style. Closer to heavily carbed, but I like it for sours. Quick finish leaves you wanting more right away, so you are forced to pace yourself. It would be easy to go through 12oz quick.

Overall I'm really glad I finally tried a Cantillon "fresh". Much different experience than aged ones that get "sour dominant". I can't believe there was a time I didn't like sours. If you are looking to get into sours seek out a bottle of this and have it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into large wine glass

Pours an electric pink-cherry color with a nice crop of bubbly pink head. One-of-a-kind appearance with a nice retention and some spotty film.

Super intense funk in the nose with yeast, horse blanket, grass and straw. Pleasant cherry and dark fruit with an overwhelming sourness. Definitely formidable in its initial presence.

Starkly sour up front with waves of biting cherry and dark fruit. Cherry skin, burnt sugar and berries come through. Classic fruit lambic flavor throughout, finishing with tons of sour cherry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, chewy and dry on the tongue. This is fantastically worth the money and completely ahead of the pack when it comes to regular storm prep.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured a deep dark ruby red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, funk, tart cherry, and diaper. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, funk, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Just for the record, I love this brew. I opted to review this one on a fresher bottle as I have had an ’03 vintage of this before in the past and it was absolutely crazy how sour/tart it had turned. This one really allowed the cherry and funk to shine throughout each sip. Really well balanced on sweetness from the fruit and the tartness going on. I would suggest anyone try this one at least once, but I wouldn’t make it my first sour as depending on the age it could be quite overwhelming for some.

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

29 June 2012

Pours a dark ruby red color that's completely opaque with a half finger pinkish white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard character that gives off hints of dry oak, horsebkanket, cobweb and wet earth along with uber fresh cherry. Sweet sugars, fruit skins and cherry pit but the nose is dominated by the funky bugs, oak barrel and lactic notes.

Tart and puckering with the perfect amount of sour acidity balanced out by sweet fruit sugars. This is a recent vintage so the cherries really stand out with an almost dessert/pie like flavor but the sweetness is excellently balanced by earthy barnyard funk, dry oak and acetic vinegar. Very dry and tart throughout with earthy oak, lactic and acetic funk, and a lingering vinegar-like flavor in the finish that has me salivating for more. Aggressively sour but never too harsh or solvent like because of the freshness of the fruit. Again, I'm picking up the skin and pit of the fruit which adds complexity while complimenting the sour, earthy funk flavors. Not a beginner sour/Lambic but I find it delicious and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottling. Green 12.7oz corked & capped split into wine glasses with the wife.

A: Pours a hazy pink/rose color with plenty of turbidity...should have left the yeast in the head has better retention than I'm used to in lambics.

S: Lemon and funk, cherry juice, faint barnyard, lactic and acidic.

T: Lemon tartness, funk, cherry sour, just a touch of malt sweetness on the finish, probably only detectable because of the age of this bottle and how the cherries have faded some. There is a bit of barnyard in there...acidic and a bit lactic.

MF: Lighter, well-carbonated tart mouthfeel...refreshing and puckering.

O: I like it better than Rose de Gambrinus. A decent Kriek; however I will need to search these beers out fresher, as the fruit flavor is really what I prefer in these beers over the sour/tartness.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone RIS tulip glass.

Pours a rich, crystal clear, ruby red with a pink head that builds up quick and dissipates right away. Nose is tart cherries, grapes, plums and sour fruits and just a slight hint of something woody. The taste is super tart, sour cherries, red grapes, pears, raspberries all rounded out with a very effervescent kick. The extreme carbonation fades out and leaves notes of tart cherry juice sitting on the tongue. Originally I thought I'd prefer this over the raspberry Cantillon I bought at the same time but I actually think I may have liked the Rose de Gambrinus slightly better. This is still a great lambic and it satisfies the craving I had for a sour ever since I had Gueze Fond at dinner. I hope to find more Cantillon at some point, especially Blaeber.

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4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark deep ruby red color. Some pink in the head. The head is frothy but doesn't have a lot of retention. Perfectly translucent.

S: The cherry tartness is what dominates the smell, obviously. But, there is the usual funky ness that is to be expected from any Cantillon beer. The horse blanket and overall mustiness are there.

T: Well, it's a strong strong cherry acidic bite. It's amazing. And it's just nicely balanced by the mustiness. Top tier.

M: As usual, light and refreshing. The carbonation is strong but it doesn't sting the tongue.

O: It is a great beer, but you have to expect the immense tartness of this beer. For those who enjoy sour beers, this is a no brainer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with three fingers of the shortest lasting head I've ever seen. Seriously, the head was completely gone in less than ten seconds. Carbonation appears very strong, though.

S: Loads of musty Brett funk with sour cherries in the background. This beer is full of funk - quite musty. The cherries are subtle, but certainly there.

T: Cherries are now upfront with moderate lactic and acetic acid in the background. Brett funk is still there - lots of barnyard flavor. Pretty in your face with the sourness and the funk.

M: Light mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: A decent Kriek, but the acetic acid is a bit much. If everything was tuned down a bit in this beer the complexity would come out a bit more I think. It's tough to rate this style since there are so few traditional versions of it, but I prefer 3F by a large margin.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle as a present. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark rose. Bright pink hues at light. Head is a pale pink and drops to a thin, bubbly collar and almost non-existent head almost instantly. Hazed. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Sweet cherry cinnamon. Cinnamon cherry bread without the overt breadiness. Huge citric tart. Cherry skins and flesh. Some lemon zest and underlying funk. Woody with some musty undertones. Almost sugary at times. So very tart. Clean citric bite. Some fruity leather. So much cherry.

Taste: Biting citric tartness. Juicy cherry flesh and skins. Some light powdery yeast. Incredibly dry tartness. Some hints of oak. Musty cellar is faint. Long lingering tart cherry. Pushes toward sour, but remains decidedly tart.

Mouthfeel: Puckering dryness. Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Nice mild carbonation. So very dry.

Overall: There's a reason Cantillon is among the best. This beer cements that reason.

Loaded with tart and cherry. Aggressive but complex. This is the elixir of dreams. I'm not sure a fruit Lambic can really improve from here if you're in to the super tart thing. A bit more fruit wouldn't hurt, but not having it doesn't hurt it.

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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem.
Scene: (I sit a in rocking chair, stroking a long, gray beard) "Back in the early 2010, I could reliably find this on the shelf. Oh, how the times have changed."

Note: 2009 vintage

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Ruby from a distance, a solid pink in the light with some lighter tones and clarity around the edges - moderately-sized, pinkish white head, fades to a creamy ring - lacing is transient

Smell: Utterly ridiculous - basically, it smells like a fresh-baked cherry bread sprinked with cinnamon and some other spices - cherry jam, sweet but not with any added sugar - lightly bready malts, but this is really all about the fruit - very tart, with some funk - light barnyard and some oak

Taste: Nonstop, unrestrained tart assault - so, so tart - more tart than I thought cherries could be tart - acidic sourness, and did I mention this is tart? - cherries and cherry skin, with some yeast - the light sweetness works with the light, pale malts to create a flavor reminiscent of a cherry bread, or dry cherry cookies

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, epic sour tartness that completely dominates the mouth

Overall: Quite possibly the most ridiculous fruit lambic I've ever had

I had high expectations for this beer, as it is from Cantillon. Somehow this was even more intense than I expected. So much cherry tartness. This is like eating some kind of ridiculous cherry bread, but more magical.

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