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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 680
Hads: 2,191
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 641
Gots: 541 | FT: 44
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kojevergas
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of KornWallace
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 5-13-14
Location: Eagle Provisions
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Ruby red in color with a rosy carbonated head. A regular pour gave the beer a massive head which settled within the minute. The beer itself is hazy with a large opaque edge that nearly let's you see down into the beer.
Aroma: An intense sour smell at the start. The cherries make a huge splash with some apple and lemon.
Taste: Again with the intense sourness. The beer lessens in intensity with every sip and them a number of flavors come through. The sour cherries are strong but the other fruits remain. The interesting flavor I really get is of a mild salt water which makes me want to drink more.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. High carbonation. The lactic acid is everywhere in this beer starting with mouthfeel. I don't know if I should place this under mouthfeel but almost instantly this beer made myself and my girlfriend burp and have stomach rumbling. (Consequently, it wasn't her favorite).

Notes: The cork was cracked in the bottle and there appeared to be some sediment stuck to the cap but the drink itself drank within reason. Only small flavor issues that I didn't mention.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with a cork date of 2013. Poured into a Cantillon Abbaye de Cureghem glass.

A- Pours a nice dark cherry color with some translucency, fairly minimal head, nice consistent carbonation.

S- Nice aroma of cherries and cherry skin balanced with subtle funk, very light underlying cheesiness, slight grass. Not overly aromatic and wish the fruit came out a little bit more but otherwise very pleasant and nice balance.

T- Cherry skins, nice dry cherry presence with a slight tannic acidic bite, lambic funk that perfectly balances the fruitiness, oak, finishes with light pitted cherries with additional funk. The cherry presence isn't overpowering and balances with the funk which comes out nicely as it decants.

M- Very dry, pH a little bit on the acidic side but not overly so, not overly carbonated (a lot less then Rose de Gambrinus) which fits the style nicely, very drinkable once you get past the dryness.

O- Cantillon makes some of the best lambic in the business and the addition of the cherries adds a nice fruit presence that doesn't dominate the base too much. The beer isn't overly sweet like some fruited lambics I've had and while it isn't quite as fruity as the Lou Pepe beers it still has a nice presence + balance. Definitely one of my favorite krieks out there and I wish I could drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a slightly hazy pinkish-red color with a thick and foamy pinkish-white head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of funky cherries, oak and yeast. Light-bodied with flavors of tart cherries and berries, funky yeast and vinous oak. The finish is fruity with a lingering sour cherry and apple aftertaste. Really good all around.

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Photo of Beervana
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing lambic. Definitely a good kick of cherry, but it's the underlying oak flavour contributing a hint of sweet spice, something like cinnamon and clove that really separates this beer from other Belgian krieks that I've had.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, gorgeous cranberry, with 2 fingers of volcanic fizzy pink head.

Smell: Tart cherries, funk, green apples, cranberry and perhaps a mild touch of horse blanket. There is definitely a vinous element

Taste: Not too much sour here, but quite fruity and a bit tart. It's basically a semi-sweet cherry blast with a dry, tart finish. Definitely not very sweet or sour, but this is very young, after all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable, as expected.

Overall: A drinkable and refreshing brew. Need to get my hands on older vintages and get get a little more sour.

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Photo of Beejay
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for sharing this one.

A: Hazy ruby grapefruit in color, white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Cherry, and almond, with oak notes, vanilla and spice.

T: Tart and acidic, with oak, almond and an almost cinnamon flavor. Finish is tart fruit and cherry pie.

M: Dry. Bone dry with super high carbonation. Finish is puckering.

O: Excellent. Tart and very prevalent cherry. Tasty and Crisp.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red in appearance. Very cloudy in appearance with very little light getting through. A minimal bit of white foam only covers a fraction of the top of the beer. The aroma is of strongly tart cherries. The body is light,crisp,and a bit sticky. The flavor is strong of tart cherries with a long bitter fade.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/26/13.

Pours translucent bright magenta with a 1/2 inch light pink head that quickly disappears completely and leaves almost no lace. Impressive.

Smell is of sour cherry, funky yeast and white grape.

Taste is of tart cherry, unripe dark fruit and a hint of vinegar.

Texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

A very refreshing and delicious cherry lambic. Pleasantly tart. Outstanding.

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Photo of afi4lifer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells wonderful/absolutely horrible at the same time. Carbonation is perfect, intense fruit. Super crisp, complex and flavorful. Very hard to put into words what a treat this unique beer is - a standard for the style. Not as good as other Loons but that's hardly criticism. Great beer

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Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle dated 6-15-12 in wine glass

Cloudy, red pour with good lacing. Sweet jammy nose; clean but sour with a touch of vinegar. Earthy, dry cherry taste with sharp lactic sourness. Clean at first but develops on the palate to include some funky, leathery tones. Finishes with a dry lemony/salty pop. Plenty of carbonation (maybe a bit too much) with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, outstanding. Clean and refreshing but complex. Great natural cherry flavor where most of the sweetness is in the nose. Avoids the cough medicine taste found in some other krieks I have tasted. Well done.

Update 7/24/14 with 750ml bottle dated 12/5/13: a little rougher than the previous bottle. Wonderful cherry pie nose but the flavor is a little high on the acetic acid making for a very sour and slightly astringent offering. There is also a heavy earthy / leathery tone.

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Photo of ACarp
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into Cantillon Sniffing glass
appearance: ruby red, pink head that lingered for a few min before disappearing
smell: strong cherry presence overlying the background of musty funk
taste: sour cherries and lactic tartness with a fair and pleasantly balanced funk presence, lacking any offputting barnyard character. Very dry and crisp
Mouth: coats the mouth when swirled, the flavor is very full and lingers
An incredible sour ale!

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Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml, 2013. Hazy, deep reddish color, quite opaque. Pink-colored head of at least two fingers worth of foam. Smell is very fruit-forward with plenty of sour cherry. Minimal lacto sourness. Musty, leathery Brett notes.

Fruity, slightly puckering with good cherry presence. Not so much sour as quite tart. Quite balanced for a sour in that respect. Sour cherry and oak, but not much else. Carbonation is nice and tame, leading to a pleasant mouthfeel.

A good straightforward fruit lambic, as expected from the likes of Cantillon. I don't like very sour beers so this suited me fine. Great flavor, but a bit lacking in complexity.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an incredibly deep cherry hue. Light pink head. The aroma is cherries, mineral wet stone. There's a nice malt backbone, and the perfect (yet unnoticeable) hop bitterness.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Fizzy bright cherry red with 2 fingers of reddish-white head.

S - Sour cherry, funk, bready sweetness. Slightly unexpected nose.

T - Dry sourness up front that is slightly puckering and is accompanied by a big funk presence. A huge fresh and juicy cherry presence takes centre stage and really shines. Magnificent.

M - Medium body; exceptionally dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: the "Bio" in this variant is the European Union designation for certified organic.

Bottled Mar 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Stunning, bright, crystal clear raspberry body. Bright pink head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Fresh strawberries, sweet kiwi, peach, black cherry jello.

T - Super dry, sour black cherries. Honey and yeast center. Bitter, tanniny pit finish.

M - Acidic, dry, medium frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Clean profile with a soft, simple, well balanced complexity.

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has some retention. The head is rosy, light pink while the body is a lazy crimson color which appears as a dull raspberry when held up to the light. There isn't any lacing at the moment. No real lacing is left behind at all.

Nose- Much more tart from the bottle than the glass. The bottle seems to smell more like raspberries or strawberries than the glass. Some acetic acid from the glass. The glass shows a strong and solid front of cherry with practically nothing else. A mild tartness. Some notes of cherry pie. Swirling shows a more basic cherry rather than a tart one.

Taste- Loads of cherry explode through the mouth. It ranges from tart cherry to regular cherry to cherry pie. Doesn't sound that complex but it doesn't need to be- it nails what it sets out to do. Some acetic acid on the front but this isn't very sour or tart at all. While I really like the Lambickx Kriek, this is simply better and more accessible. Mild hints of straw and funk start to creep but don't impinge upon the basic cherry character. Loads of balance and integration while having a strong but constrained presence. Slight woody bitterness on the finish. Strong linger of cherries which I greatly appreciate. Very refined and sublime. The Lambickx Kriek is a brasher beer but this is one for the ages. A great beer that rightfully defines all others in the style. Some notes of strawberry and raspberry around the edges but this really about the cherries.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with light carbonation. Airy. The way the beer is expands in your mouth is one of my favorite things about it. Effervescent despite the low carbonation. Makes your entire mouth tingle slightly.

Drinkability- If I hadn't paid 15 dollars a bottle (yes, I know, too much), this would be very sessionable. This beer begs you to drink it and I have no problem complying.

Overall- Amazing beer that defines all other krieks. I don't have to tell you need to try it because you already want it. Even if you think don't like fruit beers, you need to try this. I will buy this anytime I see this. Without fail.

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Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL (2013) into a tulip. Pours a cranberry red w/ a 1/2-inch-finger head that settles to a soft pink film.

Aroma is fruity and tart, both sweet and acidic. Seems more raspberry than cherry on the nose, but the presence of ripe fruit is unmistakable.

Taste is puckeringly sour, and here's where the cherry really kicks in. I can taste the real cherries like in no other kriek I've had (not that I've had many). Wow, I'm impressed. Tastes like fresh cherry pie. Delving beneath that, there's a nice lemony acidity that wipes the palate clean.

Mouthfeel is balanced, drinkable, refreshing with a crisp dry finish. Very nice.

Overall a rock-solid kriek that, for me at least, sets the bar pretty high for the style.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into tulip.

This brew pours a beautiful rich red indicative of the cherries used to make it. No head at all but more carbonation than I was expecting. I did pour very slow because this is my first Cantillon lambic and I wanted to savor every second. It smells of sour cherries. There is nothing artificial hitting the senses. You can smell the wood barrels that this.kriek was aged in. I pleasant funk dominates the palate and by holding it in your mouth for a few seconds you can feel the flavor evolve from sour to earthly with the cherries making their presence known throughout. A good.amount of carbonation and a well balanced mouth feel. Overall, this is the best lambic I have had to date. If it wasn't so hard to get, I would buy more. Absolutely outstanding...

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Photo of 77black_ships
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favourite beer. Every time I have it, it is just as incredible as the first time around. I greatly prefer this one in 75 cl. bottles but any form is fine for me. Have had this one dozens of times.

Old review from early 2011, first time trying. 2009 vintage bottle@home: about 1 & ½ year old at time of consumption, fairly fresh for this one, nice full red colour with pink head, smells heavily of cherries, tart & funk, oak, hint of rosé wine, taste is restrained at first but quickly turns very sour, very pronounced tart & funk with a sour ending that really lingers on and turns almost acidic in the end, followed by delicious sour cherries, tiny hint of bitterness, absolutely amazing, spectacular even.

Some other notes I have. Tried a 1992 375 ml. bottle courtesy of Martinus @ RBBWG 2013, there were doubts about this beer prior to opening it, which all instantly vanished once we tried this, has kept incredible well, even better integrated than younger bottles, didn’t think that this is possible.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from t'Brugge beer bar. 375ml bottle poured vigorously into a Cantillon gueze glass. Vintage june 5th 2012.

A-Beautiful pink/red with pink/white head that lasted a while.

S-Cantillon funk, cherry, sweet off-wheaty aroma. Light faded hops.

T-Lemon, dark cherry upfront, funky, hay and cherry pie. Yeasty dough. Finish is pure cherry.

M-Heavy carb. Very sour. Off-dry with huge tart finish.

O-Gotta love a fresh fruit lambic.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

AP: Dark purple/red colour, but when held directly in front of the light it's shade is a cross between strawberry and pomegranate. Started with a 1.5" fluffy light pink head that was bubbling thick foam which settled down to 1/8" with light lacing on the sides.
AR: A little ACV, a lot of Belgian barnyard funk, plentiful tart/sour cherries, musty damp wood, grape and apple skins. Beautiful mixture of aromas here.
T: Nice clean crisp flavours of apple cider, sour/tart cherries, grape skins, musty oak, barnyard funky yeast, green apple skins. They all blend harmoniously together in great balance.
M: Mild carbonation, acidity on the tongue is just about right, crisp and leaning towards dry despite the best efforts of the cherries, clean lip smacking cleansing finish.
OV: I love Lambics, Sours and Wild Ales and this is a superb offering. The flavours were in near perfect balance with each other, nothing dominating. Nothing really complex about this brew, but when it's so well crafted like this it doesn't need to be. Just delicious and rewarding, a true treat.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in North Attleboro, MA.

Appearance - Pours a bright cherry colored, slightly hazy body with a light red, huge gushing, fizzy head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell - Has a sweet and sour aroma, fruity cherries, some funkyness, red wine.

Taste - Upfront there are big sour cherry notes, lactic, berries, red wine vinegar. The follow through reveals some sweet notes and a nice oaky aftertaste. Leaves a tart taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Super crisp and carbonated.

Cantillon never lets me down. This was a lot more sour than I was expecting, in a good way. An excellent example of a world-class Kriek. Must try for all Belgian sour fans.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The more I drink this beer, the more I like/love it. Very sweet cherry flavor, as much like a wine as a sour, but the sour does come through in a big way. Gets better as it warms and certainly well made. Oak flavors add to the complexity and enjoyment. If you're into craft, you gotta give the best lambics a try, and this is one of them. Me likey.

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Photo of RichD
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

June 5 2013 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep cherry red. There was not head which made me wonder if I poured this wrong. Nonetheless, this is a gorgeous looking beer.

S: A strong cherry aroma wafted from my glass and intruded my nasal passage. There is a mild funk and oak character that also adds an interesting depth to the smell.

T: As expected the taste is cherry, cherry and of course...oak. The cherry is very potent and juicy and flavorful. The oak flavor along with some mild funk round out the flavor of this. The yeast also contributes to the juiciness of this beer. Also, this is mildly sour but not lip puckering, eye wincing, nose scrunching, fish face making sour. It's more like I shoved 5 cherries into my mouth at the same time. Just wondrous.

M: The drinkability of this is extremely dangerous. If not for the medium level of carbonation I would be drinking myself into a coma. A very light body reminds me of how delicate this beer actually is.

Overall: This is a fine lambic. Cantillon has proven that they set the bar for most sours. This beer is no different. The cherry flavor is top notch and the oak and funk make this an enjoyable beer. I'm glad I got to experience this. I guess I have to find some more of this!

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.