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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,680 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 512
Gots: 357 | FT: 22
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

2007 on cork - 375ml bottle

Small, white bubbly head. A cloudy dull maroon color.

I didn't even have to put my nose up to it to smell this one. I was at least 3 feet away and it was pungent. Vinegar, deep, rich cheery aromas and a light sweetness all make up a wonderful funky bouquet of smells. Slight hint of band-aid and barnyard funk.

Taste was unforgiving. Lots of vinegar and sourness. You can't really even feel the carbonation until it hits the back of your throat because the sourness takes over your whole mouth. I feel it in the insides of my cheeks.

As my mouth gets more accustomed to the drink I can start to taste a very light cherry flavor that develops in the aftertaste. The acidity of this beer is dominating.

It coats my mouth with a buttery feeling and then leaves it dry like a red wine. Amazingly, it hasn't effected my teeth much. Usually with sours they will start to feel a little sensitive and gritty.

I have to say, this was brutal.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 00:26:19 | More by BearsOnAcid
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very unusual to see the regular Kriek on-tap, so I was glad when a keg popped up at Hopleaf. Served in a flute.

A - Hazed pinkish red body with a big light pink foam that recedes slowly but leaves behind negligible lace. It's a wonderful color and had surprisingly good head retention for lambic. It's hard to say more as it was pretty dark.

S - Horsey funk, tart & sour cherries, some light fruit and graham cracker sweetness, some implied cranberry. Not as acetic or vinegary as I was led to believe - perhaps the bottles are different.

T - Again, this was surprisingly well-balanced. Some fruity, cherry sweetness, graham cracker malt backbone, a touch of oaky vanillin, and some sour and tart elements, but not bracingly so. It's more of a sweet funkiness as opposed to barnyard, although it get a little horsier as it warms up. Quite delicious!

M - Very dry finish, tingly carbonation that is appropriate but not harsh. Medium-light body.

D - I originally gave this a 4.5, as it was not overly sour to taste or hard to drink. However, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling as if I had a hole burning in my stomach, so I had to dock it a half-point.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 01:34:26 | More by MasterSki
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a bright red color with a thin and quickly disappearing pink head that settles into a thin ring around the glass and a wispy layer upon swishing the glass.

Smells of tart cherries with just a hint of sweetness and loads of funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. After puckering up a bit on the first sip I become acclimated and can pick out flavors like tart cherries, a good deal of funk, very small hints of leafy hops and even smaller hints of assorted berries. The ending is very dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall I'm beginning to learn that sours are all about nuance. The flavors aren't overly complex, it's just getting the levels just right that's key. This one hits the mark, well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 03:42:58 | More by glid02
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2008 750 ml. bottle. Upon romoving the cap, there is some browned seepage under the cap. After uncorking, the beer pours a blood red, with a hint of rust. The head is light pink and short-lived, but keeps a thin layer of film on the surface.

S: Upon opening, I though I noticed a bit of TCA at first, but that scent blew off after a few minutes. It revealed the trademark barnyardy, earthy notes, along with sour cherries, cranberries, and raspberry.

T: One of the most tart lambics I have ever tasted. Sour cherry dominates, with hints of funky brett and earthiness lingering in the backroud. Very nice tart, acidic finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, clean and dry in the mouth. Very refreshing and has a very long finish.

D: Once again Cantillon has done it. They have taken the true lambic style, and perfected it. It's easy to drink, and well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:57:58 | More by WYVYRN527
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy reddish brown. Pours a finger of slightly pink head.

S: Funky sweaty lambic sour. Very vinegar-like nose. Slight cherry, but with a goaty acid smell.

T: Dry, puckering and bitter. This one stings the saliva glands under the tongue. Slightly salty towards the end, but it's hard to get over the mouth pucker this beer causes.

M: Can I say "puckering" three times in one review? Fairly high carbonation, too, but everything takes a back seat to the sour here.

D: Low.

I thought this beer was very similar to the New Belgium Lips of Faith Kriek...which was another beer that was too sour for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 22:14:11 | More by SPThirtyThree
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SaucyA

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, brought back to me from Brussels by a buddy. Thanks Matty!

A - 2006. A bunch of funky shit under the cap. I'm worried. It looks moldy. Whatever, let's see. Popped the cork, beer itself looks fine, underside of cork looks fine. Wiped the top of the bottle. Pours into the St. Feuillien globe a nice raspberry/fiery ruby red with a scant pink head. Not much carbonation observed.

S - Cheesy, funky, horseblankety goodness. Nothing particularly standout, as it smells like a Cantillon should, but however nothing is off. Feet. This is about as "funky" a beer can smell. The more it warms, the easier it is to actually dissect the cherries/funky bacteria.

T - Ultra sour, ultra puckering. The more your tastebuds get used to it, the more you're able to pick out underlying sour cherries and heavy yeast notes. No sweetness, just incredibly tart all around. Love the aftertaste on my lips and on the back of my tongue the most.

M - Attenuation is good, carbonation is lacking. While there, it hardly plays a role, when it seems like it could do nothing but help this beer out. My only real complaint with the beer is with the mouthfeel... but it's a solid complaint.

D - It's good, and I'll get through the bottle, albeit a bit slower than usual.

Notes: My first "good" Cantillon proved to be good. I still don't get the point of cork + crown. Every bottle I've opened from them has been seemingly tainted by the process. Whatever.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:04:42 | More by SaucyA
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Mikey for the EXTREMELY generous christmas gift. 375mL 2004 vintage shared with some friends.

Pours a translucent cherry-red with a few bubbles. No real head formation, but a few abstract bubbles try to cling to the glass after a swirl or two.

Smells of cheesy funk and some musty bales of hay. Earthy and acidic. Moderate fruit component, but not necessarily distinctly cherry at this point. A dash of vinegar. Taste follows with very intense initial tartness. Signature Cantillon Funk comes in mid-palate before a drying finish reminding you of the acidity here.

Very low carbonation as the appearance indicated leads to a slippery mouthfeel that somewhat accentuates the funkiness and must of the flavor profile. A little more carbonation mightve lifted the acidity off my tongue. Intense beer and definitely not for the rookie beer drinker. More please!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 22:43:14 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tumbler at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish pink and the head is pink but converts to white after a few moments. Head is made up of a small to medium sized bubbles. Beer is completely hazy but on the edges you can see steady carbonation rise through the beer slowly propping the head up slightly. The head falls away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. This is what a Kriek lambic should look like.

The aroma, I was expecting something unique to cherries, but I got a sour / tartness in a general way rather than in a cherry specific way. Smells like a lambic / gueze, just not like a cherry anything.

Beer is medium to low in body and very sour. Now I'm getting a little bit of tartness that I can recognize with cherries. Beer is really sour though. It almost tastes lactic rather than citric in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation carry the sourness throughout the mouth and palate and finishes the beer cleanly with no aftertaste. Drinkability is OK to good and overall I really enjoyed this beer.

On a side note, as I was drinking this beer a fruit fly landed in my drink and promptly died. I fished it out and continued drinking, thinking to myself, "This is my preferred death."

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 17:08:07 | More by drabmuh
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NYCWheatFanSC

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz's bottled in 2008

A - Hazy muave color, pours with no head to speak of.

S - The tart sour funk fills the room as soon as the cork is popped. Never thought I'd use this word, but horseblanket it its!

T - Very tart citrus, with a hint of cherry in the back. Starts off with a bit of sweetness but finishes very dry. As it warms some more prominent vinegar characteristics express themselves, but never to the point of being overwhelming or unpleasant. Even a hint of saltiness.

M - Very light and thin, properly carbonated

D - A great regular sour, but perhaps a bit expensive - but then again it is an import, and a classic at that.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 00:45:53 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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berkey

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Cork says bottled in 2007. I had a sample of this on tap earlier this year but this is my first bottle. From notes 12/29/09.

Pours a fruit punch color with a moderate haze. Beer is topped by a small pink head with slightly better retention than other Cantillon beers but after not too long it fades to a thin pink ring.

Cherries and oak are there on the aroma but the fruit is relatively subdued for my expectations. Deeper there's a nice earthy pungency. I think the bright red color led me to believe the cherry character would be stronger than it is.

Flavor isn't sour as advertised but the cherries add an extra tart and sweet complexity to the beer. Vinegar acidity is fairly subtle for a Cantillon but still noticeable while the aftertaste is mouth wateringly pungent. The sour notes missing at first are more present as this beer rises from cellar temperature to room temperature. Dry and earthy brett characteristics are quite well developed on this bottle.

Feel is dry and puckering with good carbonation. Slow drinking beer, best to share a bottle of this size with a friend to avoid getting burned out on the flavors. I actually recorked it halfway through and it drank very well the following day.

Overall an excellent beer but not my favorite Cantillon. I would be interested in having another bottle but the high cost of these beers limits the number I purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:53:32 | More by berkey
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and capped, split a few ways with family. Pours a dried blood red, hints of brighter cherry. Small amounts of bone white foam build and has okay staying power, could be better.

Hints of vinegar, plenty of barnyard and wet horse blanket funk, hints of cherry underneath - also you can tell this is going to be sour.

This is loaded down with sour and funk. Clenches the jaw on the first sip, then you get a touch of vinegar, lemons, balanced depth in the funk department, chewy damp wood, tart cherries. Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style, needed a bit more carb to get it through. Hint of bittering bite in finish along with plenty of sourness.

Perhaps not as drinkable as some out there, a little more on the intense side, not as dry in the finish. Still, excellent example - beautiful depth in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:30:21 | More by ritzkiss
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Wespatrick

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml 2004 vintage poured into my Duvel tulip.
Pinkish brown pour with little to no head that leaves a very thin layer of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Top of my cok was wet under the cap, but seems to have had no ill effects on the beer.
Smell is wet horse blanket, damp cellar and a little bit of vinegar.
This is probably the most intensely sour beer I've ever had. I can feel the sourness tingle the back of my tongue and my jawbones. Cherry is almost gone. Taste is like sucking on a lemon. The bugs have done a real number on this one.
Drinkability is fairly high even though it is so intense. Very refreshing. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 04:36:02 | More by Wespatrick
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage

A: Looks exactly like cranberry juice.

S: Lots of notes of ripe and cherries both sweet and sour. Some hints of wood that are very pleasant. Notes of dirt and hay as well. Damn this is earthy

T: It's funky without being overly bretty. Tons of cherries and wood in this one. Lots of earthy notes that are very enjoyable.

M: Very nice level of acidity that is extremely well balanced with the tart sweetness. Despite lacking visible carbonation there is some that can be noticed in each sip.

D: A good one to share but could finish it on my own if need be. Once again cantillon continues to prove that their beers when ages are very mellow and delicious

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 01:07:25 | More by mikey711
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
CORK SAYS: Bottled in 2008

This pours a crystal clear, light red/pink color. A one-finger head of lightly pink tinted foam forms and dissipates. The lacing is foamy and slippery.

This has some cherries coming through, but I was expecting more, based on the color. The sour/funk notes are dominating the nose, on this one.

That is sour and funky...but in the right way. There are some funky critters at work with this one, for sure. They are bringing along a huge sourness level also. The cherry flavor that I was hoping for is here, but it's much more 'below the surface' than I'd hoped. Mild hints of oak. The finish is bone-dry.

Light-to-medium body with a carbonation level to match. This one is extremely crisp and it sucks your cheeks in, with it's sourness, each time you take a sip.

The sour level would probably keep most people from drinking too many of these in one sitting. But it is very drinkable and well within session-range, abv-wise.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:11:36 | More by coldmeat23
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beatingwings

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an awesome murky reddish with orange hints. No lacing or head.

Smells like brett. Musty, almost dusty smelling. Barnyardy and strawlike. Nose intimates at the sour onslaught that is Kriek 100% Lambic, with faint cherries. I really don't get that much cherry, the aroma is definitely funk dominated. Eventually, as the beer warms and breathes, the cherries become more prevalent.

Massive mouth-filling, lip-tingling sourness. Sour beer. Very sour beer. Like lemon juice. Mild vinegar. Cherries are there, but not too strong, be also become more prevalent as time passes. Brett barnyard throughout, with a funky/oaky finish and aftertaste. Really strong sourness with no other flavor/sensation really matching it.

Fairly light feeling with good carbonation. The finish is really try with some acid still residing in the mouth and lips. I like the occasional sour-bomb, but the intensity really limits the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 07:25:48 | More by beatingwings
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a simple white wine glass at the brewery. Viscous looking rose with red hues and a healthy dark pink froth. Great carbonation streams. Healthy to aggressive aroma of fresh cherries and earth. Acid is immediately present and bites at the nostril hairs. Hits the palate with a distinctive sourness and tartness and goes immediately dry. Rich cherry flavors dominate along fresh lemon acidity, earth, and traces of chestnut. Mouthfeeel is bone dry, effervescent, and light-medium bodied. Drinkability is superb. Phenomenal in its simplicity, and outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 21:55:52 | More by DaPeculierDane
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jammalamma

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 750ml and popped it open soon as I got home tonight! Love the style, sours, funkys, and this one was over the top-

Pours a deep pink, reddish color with a quickly fading white head.
Smells very tart right off the bat, all cherry raspberry oaky tart. Very pleasant, and a peek into whats to come..
Taste is crazy Tart, sour fruit makes you pucker every sip! There is a vinegar taste just as strong as the sour if not stronger- border too much.
Stringent mouth feel, corse and abrasive. I love these brews, but this one will be a difficult finish for one person.

Over all, try it if you can. Traditional and authentic- Kriek Lambic at its purest

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:27:14 | More by jammalamma
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Pours a small light pink hued white head that fades away rather quickly. No lacing. Color is a bright raspberry/rhubarb purplish red. Very nice looking color.

Aroma: very tart fresh cherries. Very sour smelling. Has the 'horse-blanket' funk smell to it as well. Reminds me of American wild ales.

Taste: Right off the get go, I get the horse blanket sour taste. Very funky and sour. Tons of tart cherries. Wow, this beer is incredibly sour and fantastic.

Mouthfeel: bitter tart, sour, mouthwatering, refreshing. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Ends with a clean aftertaste.

Really, there isn't too much to not like about this beer (unless you don't enjoy sours). I think it is fantastic. I have a feeling my 750 will take me awhile and be hard to finish, but I think it will be doable. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:04:02 | More by mothman
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my duvel tulip glass. served at just under room temp, as the bottle asks. bottled jan 28, 2008. cork says bottled in 2007, i guess they had some left over corks.

A- this one pours a pinkish red body with a very small off white head that vanishes in the blink of an eye.

S- very acidic. vinegar. lots of tart cherries. earthy and moderately funk, like old socks. ideal.

T- woah. very tart. vinegar and cherries. earthy and sharp.

M- light bodied with a low level of carbonation. about what i was expecting.

D- glad my wife and i split this one. too sour for such a large bottle. i had to struggle through what she couldnt finish. a feel heartburn coming on. other than that, its probably the best lambic ive had to date. check it out if youre a fan of the style. but if you are, youve probably had this one already.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 03:17:41 | More by jwinship83
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Travlr

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year old bottle stored at home. Cloudy ruby red that reflects and absorbs light. Scant pinkish head evaporates in seconds. Aroma of sour cherries and lemon. Sour lip puckering cherry taste with musty dryness. Ages extremely well. A classic kriek, in a league of its own.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 03:17:32 | More by Travlr
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 04:14:59 | More by nickfl
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JoshJ

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being that I rate a good Kriek Lambic as possibly the best type of beer in the world for me, I was pointed to this by my local specialty beer store owner.

It poured a brilliant red amber colour with very little head to speak of, the bubbles quickly disappeared leaving very little trace of what should look like a beer. If someone told me it was a glass of cloudy cranberry juice, I would probably believe them. However it did spark my interest even moreso as to what the taste was going to be like. 3.5 for appearance.

The small was very interesting indeed, it had a crisp clean beer smell with a fruity undertone. It was very piquant on the nose, almost set my nose on tingle alert. 4.0 for smell.

Oh my god, talk about punch me in the mouth with flavour! It hit me from the first split second with a zesty punch. The original look of cranberry juice just came to hit me with the similar taste, but it had a strong bitter undertone that wasn't too strong, almost like a squeeze of lemon juice. The lambic bitterness came through at the right point, which assured me this was a quality lambic. 4.5 for taste

Zesty with sharp tingles. Fresh in the mouth. 4.0 for mouthfeel.

Overall, I probably could not drink another one of these in the same night. It was very strong and the Mrs said she could drink these all night. It's almost like a cocktail beer. However, if I wanted to show someone what a true lambic should taste like (compared to the bellevues or Kriek Max)

I am planning on cellaring one of these for a couple of years, see how it goes. One very intriguing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:45:46 | More by JoshJ
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Cantillon Kriek 100% lambic is murky brownish magenta with a loud, spritzy violet head that quickly settles and leaves no lace but maintains lazy effervescence.

Smell is tart cherries and funky, with some acetic acid creeping in as it opens. Extremely complex.

Taste is nice cherry fruit blasted by extremely tart, acidic lambic, wow. After I get used to the sourness, I can enjoy the cherry flavor, which is natural and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very acidic, major pucker, dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is limited by the strength of the acidity, but make no mistake, this is an excellent Oude Kriek!! I love the pucker, and the fruit is elegantly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:30:18 | More by ccrida
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my hunt for non-chemically pimped up Kriek beers I ended up with a few good advices after posting on the BA forum. This was one of them.

A: A great blood red color with a pink two finger head.

S: Cherries, marzipan, cloves and some citrus notes.

T: SOUR... and then cherries, almonds, something woody and a slight bitterness.

M: Low carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Because of the sourness it's not a beer that I will drink a lot. Still SO MUCH better than all this Krieks that are nothing more than beer with added cherry juice and artifial sweeteners.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 09:37:23 | More by PapaEugene
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark ruby color with a fizzy two inches of pink head. Head fizzles down to a thin lace and then disappears completely, leaving nary a trace behind.

Smell is quite sour but also very earthy and woody. Has a bold tart cherry aroma which is really pleasing.

Taste starts off with a big smack of sour, then gives way to less shockingly sour but still tart cherry. There is a woody, earthy flavor here too. There is a bit of a vinegary flavor as well, and some lingering tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry and medium bodied, with a slight burn in the back of the throat owing to the vinegary flavor. There is very little carbonation here and it feels like it would be better with more. A crisp feel would seem more appropriate.

This is my first Kriek, athough not my first Lambic, and overall I'm impressed. I especially enjoyed the nose which was bold and robust with lots of cherry. An enjoyable once in awhile kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:19:59 | More by number1bum
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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