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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 509
Gots: 355 | FT: 23
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of berkey


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
Photo of 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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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
Photo of 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, cloudy maroon in color. Thin white head with low retention. Large bouquet of pungent spontaneous funk. Has some red fruit to it, it smells so tart it comes across as cranberries instead of cherries. An intense beer, before it even touches the lips.

Flavor is quickly puckering. Fruity, which obviously comes from the cherries, but hard to place as cherries initially. Has a natural, spontaneous funk to it. Quite intense, a tiny sip fills the mouth with flavor, a moderate sized sip puckers the entire mouth. Relatively acidic. Finish is intensifies the sourness for a dry puckering finish. A very nice experience for fans of highly sour beer. Nice light body, medium carbonation could be spritizer in this bottle. Overall this is delicious, though somewhat simple, this is bursting with authentic and satisfyingly intense flavor. A beer to share for sure, but something I am eager to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 08:01:01 | More by vacax
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed on Feb 2008, and poured on September 29, 2009 into a Duvel glass.

Appearance is a hazy ruby with a medium-sized pink head that dissipates within a minute.

Aroma is of funky wet animal/funky cherry sweetness.

Taste initially hints at sweetness, but this is only for a fraction of a second, at which point the drink starts tipping toward the sour side, and then finishes completely sour. and when I say sour...I mean SOUR, almost like straight vinegar.

Mouth feel is medium-light with very fine carbonation. Overall, unlike anything I have ever had! Even though it is tough to drink because it is so sour, I prefer this to the Lindeman's that tastes overly sweet like cherry syrup.

Something that is great to try to broaden your horizons, but not something I can drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 03:08:12 | More by FloppyDog
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit beers are really not my style, but anyhow I went to the Cantillon brewery trying to find some bottles for a trade with a fellow BA-member yesterday. Arriving there, I decided to take a brewery tour as well, which was very impressive. Of course I also bought some beers (not the ones I originally wanted). The beer pours a hazy blood-orange color, with a very small pink head, that changed into a beautiful and very stable lacing.

Smell: Very sour cherries, woody, oily (engine oil) and, I cannot help it, urine

Taste: Very very sour cherries again, with some hints of other red fruits and a bit salty. The tartness of this beer is amazing. The beer has a short, sour-bitter-dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation and medium-thin bodied. Because this beer is so acidic, not very easy to drink

Overall: great balanced flavor profile, although the smell of this one was a bit weird for what I am used to.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 08:23:02 | More by rvdoorn
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Poured a vigorous 1 finger pastel pink head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Brew was a cloudy, hazy red.

S: Sour cherries, wood, earth, dirt, and skunk.

T: Sour and incredibly tart opening that really makes you pucker. Ends with a sweet, malty, really surprising explosion that does not last. Almost no aftertaste on this one.

M: Surprisingly full bodied and smothering.

D: Real enjoyable and this one grew on me throughout the experience, but it is again, a little too tart for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 15:18:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed with speedwayjim and dj schnitzel served out of a tulip on 9/25/09.

Appearance: cloudy, bloody red with hints of orange.

Smell: sour cherries and earthy wood

Taste: opens with sour unripened cherries, which last till the end. I taste what think is brett at the finish leaving a pucker effect.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with and intense puckering affect.

Drinkability: This is growing on me but its drinkability is rather low, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:37:37 | More by capra12
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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Ruby red, good clarity, small pink head that quickly dissipates into a solid ring around the edge of the glass.

S = There is some serious funk in the nose of this beer. There are some unripe cherries but those lie underneath the stronger scents of barnyard smells, horse sweat, some pepper, fair amount of salt, red wine vinegar.

T = The taste is very sour, fruity, some of the funk in the smell is there but not quite to the same extent. There is more fruit and straight up sour flavors, less sweat and pig stalls, more cherry, lemon juice, also a fair amount of salt on the tongue around the edges and in the middle.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, carbonation has just slightly a little bit too much sting.

D = I love this, but it does not just flow right down the throat begging you to take the next drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:29:23 | More by Traquairlover
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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in Sept 2007, tasted in Sept 2009

A: pale red with solid finger of salmon colored head

S: tart, almost vinegary. Barnyard flavors of hay, general funk and warm manure...I mean this in the best way possible!

T: The sourness of the cherry and the sourness of the lambic pair so well they are indistinguishable (by me at least). Classic Cantillon funk comes on in the mid palate and slowly fades.

M: Light and tart in the mouth, with a pleasant sting on the tongue.

D: Crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a late summer afternoon

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 04:06:39 | More by quinnsi
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Brewery is a wonderfully place to tour and highly recommended. I feel I have a heightened appreciation for their wonderful beers after my visit, and I wish them all the success that life can bring.

Their kriek is a wondrous thing. My past issue with the style is that its either been too sweet, too artificial or both. This kriek differs completely, however, tasting both authentic while eschewing sweetness. This is hinted at in it sumptuous bouquet, which smells like tart cherries mixed in with a great dose of funkiness. From here on out, the funk is behind the wheel, drying out the cherries, keeping the sweetness in check and providing the perfect background for the fruit to shine. And shine it does! there's absolutely no doubt that some damn good cherries enjoyed their maceration in Cantillon's lambic, and who wouldn't? This wine coloured beer, with its frothy white cap pushes the borders of drinkability to new levels.

Excellent in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 19:49:47 | More by bobsy
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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