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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1443
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 03:48:34 | More by Sammy
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nutmeg and wood spice on the nose, developing to a wonderful cherry backdrop supported by mild lactose, assertive but not overstated acid, and lush oak vanillins and cocoa. Lingering, developing spice on a long, dry finish.

Relax, relax.
ng
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Bone dry with a sourness that's initially menacing and ultimately elegant. The tart cherries are evident on the nose with a strong, musky earthiness. The palette is much of the same with marked "wild" and "infectious" qualities familiar to veiny cheese. The spontaneous fermentation lends a deep grain and spice that compliments the sour cherry. Cantillon Kriek is absolutely pure and absolutely lambic -- not exactly a crowd pleaser, but everything it ought to be. It helps you understand where the new world intepretations come from (New Glarus), how good they indeed are, and how miserably short they fall.

Original rating: 4.05

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 20:38:04 | More by ngandhi
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage. 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium plum color with two fingers of light pink head. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is sour and tart with lots of cherries coming through (of course). Just a slight funkiness, classic Cantillon. The taste is tart and fruity, sweet and sour. A nice blend of all the flavors coming together. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth, even for the decent carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good as well. A wonderful Kriek.

EDIT: I recently got to try a bottle of this that was bottled in 1996, and OMFG, it was unbelieveable. It had soooo much of that funky aroma and flavor that I love so much. It makes me want to buy another of the recent bottles and lay it down for years and years. A really big thanks to Big Body Bill for sharing this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 05:00:54 | More by SheepNutz
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 on the cork. Pours a pinkish red wine color with a pink bubbly head. Cherries and a barnyard tartness evident in the aroma. Some sweaty, leathery notes, too. The taste is totally acrid and pungent with sour cherry. Really hits the sourness portion of the taste buds. There seems to be a real woodiness in the malt aspect, cherries aside. Astrigency left for a long time on the palate. Certainly gets more inviting as it warms and breathes for a bit as it suggests on the label. Great beer, but it's acidity cuts down on it's drinkability. Great beer from an outstanding brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 00:24:55 | More by crookedhalo
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition.
Pours a hazy dark red, topped with a two finger pink-tan head, dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Sweaty, oily aroma, nuts, cherry, grape skin, lemon, "barnyard" notes.
Very dry and tart taste, lemon juice, cherrry, tannic, vinegar, musty.
Light bodied, very tart, dry. It goes good with salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 01:37:26 | More by mschofield
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, light burgandy in color. No head or lacing.

S: Sour lambic smell tends to overwhelm everything else. Cherry smell is there, but pretty understated.

T: A big sour punch in the mouth at first. There's a nice cherry flavor which isn't too overpoweringly sweet. After the initial pucker wears off, this beer has a lot of nice flavors.

M: Very dry on the palate. Still can't believe this is called a "beer". CO2 and ETOH levels are quite nice.

D&N: More of what I was expecting from a lambic. Nicely sour without being too over the top. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 23:29:40 | More by JackTheRipper
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark rose appearance, feathery head that maintains a skim. No real lacing, just a collar. Great pungent aroma, slight fruit but tons of goat cheese (and even a little goat in its yeasty funkiness). Mouthfeel is soft as rain, monstously contradicted by flavor. Outstanding flavor, no trace of cherry soda but rather, a vinegary and mutating currant, allspice, and even choke cherry that peels the tongue and establishes that "throw down" Lambic astringency that Cantillon so often brings to the table. Its dryness asserts at the same time as your mouth puckers like a blow fish and the aftertaste is like a challenge to give it another whack. A Kriek done right and just a first rate entry from a master of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 20:48:05 | More by ADR
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beerinator

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy cherry coughdrop colored. Off-Pink head with nice retention.

Aroma: Smell dominated by extremely soured cherries, that have been grazed by oak.

Taste: Pungently sour. Exactly what is to be expected from a Cantillion lambic. Tiny bit of sweetness shows up for the finale on your tongue. Bitterness lingers for a while after the finish.

Notes: Refreshing, thirst quenching beer. First taste is a shock to your palate, but the sourness grows on me.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 14:59:48 | More by beerinator
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a reddish-purple color with a somewhat pink head. The aroma is very different; I don’t get the cherries I was expecting. It is kinda flat smelling with a sort of walnut shell, chemical smell. The flavor is tart and souring, fruity from the souring cherries throughout. It also has a medicinal hay-like flavor as well. It is a medium bodied, tart brew. Not too bad, but one sour bitch.

Sampled 12/31/03

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 17:04:30 | More by BeerBuilder
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a light red with a fanitly pink head that disspiates fairly quick. The aroma is musty with some horse blanket/barnyard and a light fruitiness. The body is light with some honey and cherry notes and some horse sweat and a vinousness. Of course it has a mouth puckering sourness. A great all around lambic that is very complex and satisfying from my favorite lambic brewer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 20:59:23 | More by ark57
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krberg

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2K2

Cloudy reddish brown - This is no Lindemans. Pink head with what could be little bits of cherries in it. I'm drooling in anticipation.

Smells like the real thing. Sour as hell with big cherry pie aromas. Almost sour enough to bring tears to my eye.

Good Lord is this sour! Nice cherry undertones. Almost sweet. I can't find any hops, just sour that seems to bounce back and forth between my cheeks. There is a certain grassiness in the finish. I think that's why Lambic lovers enjoy it so much - the liveliness and the subtleties.

It feels like champagne darting around my mouth. Goes down smooth. One of the very few beers I have been able to hold in my mouth to examine all its subtle qualities.

While I love lambics, I don't think I could drink a whole lot of this. Unfortunately, my LBS only had 750s and I don't think I'll be left wanting more tonight.

This is my third Cantillon and I am not let down at all. My only complaint is the $13 price tag. I think I may try this as the acid in a salad dressing this summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 03:08:32 | More by krberg
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Boilermaker88

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 750ml bottle at a local store that didn't look like it would have gems like this on the rack in the cooler. Cost: $9.29. The dark green bottle had the neck and top wrapped in black foil, was capped, and corked. No bottled on or freshness dates in view on the label. However, the cork read "bottled in 1997".
Poured into my favorite tasting glass after sitting for at least half an hour, this beer had a clear candy apple red with a light wispy white head that dissolved down to a small ring. Slight aggitation brought out fine carbonation. A visually inviting start.
The nose was pungent, nose-wrinkling, and amazing. Almost surreally tart, sour and exuding a slight barnyard funkiness, the aromas of cherries and hints of earthy malt and vinegar made my mouth water and dry up at the same time.
*first sip* Mouth puckering, eyes watering, cheeks imploding....
*2nd taste* Light feel, big-time dry. Getting used to the extreme tartness bordering on sour. Mein Gott, unlike any beer I've tried yet. Deeply acidic, with a hearty blast of cherries and a tongue-buckling dryness. Some light yeastiness. I'm well into my glass now, at least 6-7 full tastes. My tongue is a desert and I have a building warmth in my belly. The crisp, implacable cherry-infused sourness dominates the flavor. I think I'll need an IV if I want to finish the bottle tonight. Has an incredibly long dry finish that tauts that barnyard funk and vinegar bite.
So this is what a truly authentic kriek lambic is all about. Wow! I've got to try other Cantillon offerings. This was a real treat. After missing yesterday's SoCal BA event at the Belgian fest at Lucky Baldwin's, I can find solace in this wondrous beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 05:27:59 | More by Boilermaker88
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a goblet. The color is well, cherry red, with some wisps of white head. The smell is cherry tartness. The taste is the nice sourness, which the tart cherry only adds to, and finishes off with the nice, earthy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, I could have these until my mouth puckered up.

So far, my favorite of the Cantillon line. The cherry mixes very nicely with the lambic tartness to make a well-married beer. Simply fantastic, certainly as a treat, and absolutely one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 19:50:15 | More by beergeek279
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork pulled out with ease on this bottle, weird...pours out to a thinnly hazed light red color looking much like cherry 7-up but darker in tone by a good margin. Puffy and loose pink bubbley thin head.

Wowza, the aroma begins to waft about the room, quickly erasing anything that may have been in the air. Replacing the air with a big funkadelic barnyard mustyness and canned tuna pungent sweetness. Once brought to the nose, and the funk has been engaged, rotton moldy grasses, old rotting wood, sourness, and very slight cherry hints make their way through the fog. Again, Cantillon has made the smell something uniquely interesting, abrasive and in-your-face, rude, but with a hinderance of class, respect, and above all, power. This stuff reeks, and boy do I like it. The effect the smells of these Cantillon lambics have on me is hard to explain. I'm disgusted by its presense, but yet somehow charmed into continuely sniffing it. What's wrong with me?

Taste is hardly a word to be used here, and I can't think of a word thats more stronger then taste so I'll just say this is more of an experience. So...just as powerful as the smell would lead you to believe, the sourness is all over the place, quick and lively, lasting and stark. Strongly sour and tart the whole way through, the musky stuff isn't so much on the palate as it just lurks within letting other puckering acerbic things surge in. Souring crab apple, super strange aspects of flowers, grass, and dirt. There are smaller nuances of the cherry pulling in every direction but not directly on the palate, always popping in with some added ummff of tartness over the acidicness. Pulpy thick and souring acidic mouthfeel, heavily fizzed and textured in a pure cheek puckering tartness. Another Wowza is needed here, Uff-da! Wow! A whole nother level of sipping is employed with this stuff. As much as the label declares "100% Lambic" - they ain't kidding! I was hoping for more cherryness to be dominate but this is all about the love for the wicked.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 18:13:00 | More by tavernjef
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 23:04:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in August 2003...

Appearance: beautiful red color (like the juice of a blood orange), quite hazy, a thin layer of pinkish suds appears and then dissipates to nothing

Aroma: fresh sour cherries, yoghurt, wheat, touch of sulphur, cork, diacetyl

Flavor: pert sour twang followed by a bloom of fresh tart cherries, a faint hint of enteric bitterness, a bit musty, some corkiness, not overwhelmingly lambic-y, finish is dry with a long-lasting tangy aftertaste, diacetyl

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation (hasn't fully developed the carbonation at this point), leaves a slick/sticky feeling in the mouth

Overall Impression: Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, authentic krieks that you can find. It seems obvious to laude Cantillon's beers, but this kriek really deserves it. I don't feel the same way about every lambic they make.

I've tried the kriek from one month old up to over a year old and I have to say that I really prefer the Cantillon fruit beers quite young. They seem to be at their prime between 4 and 8 months from bottling. The fruit character is still quite present and there is a delectable gentle carbonation by this point. Over a year old and you don't get much fruit as the lambic qualities take over more.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 19:35:26 | More by GreenCard
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marc77

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glowing ruby hue with a slight murk. Thin, soapy, but steadfast, strawberry cream colored head leaves wisps of lace. Overripe, juicy cherry with pungent, Penecillium like cheesy must hits the nose initially. Woody, damp cork and vinegar soaked sweatsock hints surface after a deliberation. Intense, yet inviting aromawise. In flavor, sharp acetic tartness coats the palate upfront. Rounded woodiness of an old oak bark like nature ensues, bringing both gentle tannins and subtle vanilla hints. Sweetness is only of trace, apple skin and restrained citric, lemon undertones. Meaty, leathery, enteric underbelly merges with ethereal wild yeast tones to lend a wet horse and saddle impression. ...But it is so good. Well attenuated, bone dry, and parching. Paradoxically thirst inducing and quenching like all top notch lambics. Softens considerably as it breathes, with balmy lactic notes emerging and carrying through the gentle cherry tinged buttermilk finish. A delicious, truly world class lambic. Seemingly more balanced than most. Unparalled in drinkability. I would easily consume at least a gallon of this tart, restorative elixir. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the delivery!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 01:57:06 | More by marc77
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle dated 2001

Pours a dark pinkish-champagne color and very very still. The aromas are like nothing I've ever smelled in a beer before. Very tart and sour aromas with a pungent smell in there that I just can't identify. Maybe a cheese or barnyard aroma. Anyway...

This one pulls no punches on your palate. Very bitter and sour. Easily the most sour beer I have tasted. Some is bitter and sour from the lambic, some is bitter and sour from the cherries. Defniitely an unsweetened lambic! Some salty flavors too. Very nice mouthfeel with a dry salty finish. A few hours later, I still can taste that sourness in my mouth.

This is far from an everyday brew and not too drinkable but it certainly kept you interested. This is my first Cantillon and probably my first "traditional" lambic. I feel like a whole new world has opened up in front of me but I'm not sure I want to be there just yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 04:02:31 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork Date of 2000; Sampled May 2010; served only faintly chilled at about 60°F / 15°C
A soft pour into my Cantillon globe glass (what a sexy glass) produces an almost two-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich cherry color; when held up to the light it shows some touches of gold in its pale ruby depths. The aroma is fantastically tart in a very smooth, appetizing way. There are ample funky notes of urea, medicinal phenolics, musky barn animal notes, crusty old sweaty leather aromatics as well as freshly curing scents of leather. There is a bright fruit note that is just noticeable at times, it hints at cherry aromatics, but then becomes fleeting and disappears underneath the tart and funk when you go in for a deeper inspection.

Perhaps not quite as sour as I was expecting, but this is exceedingly sour as a nice ripe Cantillon should be. Bone dry, but still manages to have just a hint of viscosity to it; some tannic oak notes help to boost this perception along with a palate lingering light astringency. The texture is also helped by a solid, though not aggressive carbonation that adds some zip to this beer as it rolls across the tongue. My second sip sees me noticing a faint, but fleshy, cherry note that is more tart than anything, but does capture that slight floral note that cherries have; it almost tastes like a succulent flower of some sort (hints of hibiscus and maybe some faint rose like flavors are found here as well). The acidity is all Lactic in character, with not perceived acetic character at all. The perception of the acidity softens as my palate gets used to it, though this remains uncompromisingly sour throughout. It also ends up with a hint of sweetness (perhaps more perceived than actual), which helps to accentuate the cherry flavors that have by and large aged out over the years. Oak flavors of wood and light spice are a touch more noticeable than I usually notice in a Lambic, but still play only a minor role in the flavor.

A second pour sees this getting a touch hazed, with a corresponding yeasty note to the aroma. The yeast follows through in the flavor adding a touch of richness to this brew; though the oak seems to add to the perceived richness, in what is otherwise a light, quaffable brew. Musty enough to make me thing of cobwebs and damp, moldy cellars, plus there is a muskiness that adds a funky flare

Mad props to my friend KM for dragging this beer, along with the sexy, brewery glassware back with her from Amsterdam; it wasn't new to me, but damn a bottle of aged Cantillon will always be received with wide open arms. Simply a fantastic bottle of Lambic, I wish I had hundreds of Lambics in the cellar as I would drink these all the time. Age has definitely removed the bright cherry character here, but I like the soft, sort of floral note (hibiscus and rose really are really apt descriptors) that this has turned into. Cantillon once again achieves a level of complexity and balance (assuming you can get past the bracing acidity) that I have come to crave; no one does it better when it comes to the bugs and time.

2002 Bottle Vintage, Sampled 11th of January, 2004:
Total 4.35
4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5
Only lightly carbonated, it struggles to produce a thin pink head. The beer is very clear, and is a deep cherry red color. The aroma is sour and musty with notes of vinegar and wood. The first taste, as usual with Cantillon products, is shockingly sour. It is bone dry, and as such it is hard to pick out the cherry flavor at first. It is here though; there is a cherry meat edge, which complements the acidity of this beer. It adds a certain fullness and a tannic backdrop. The best I can describe the cherry character is that of a meaty-cherry flavor. The Lambic character contributes lemon, vinegar (though only slightly), musty, funky mushroom and perhaps a bit of leathery horse-blanket brettanomyces character.

This beer is much better when fully carbonated, but the complexity of this beer is such that I am not at all disappointed in the lack of carbonation. This is certainly a challenging hard-Lambic version of a Kriek. Lambic neophytes beware, there are no syrupy cherry notes here. Overall quite delicious and refreshing.

Sampled at the Brewery, 2001:
The Cantillon Kriek has a sweet cherry nose to it. Not as sour or hard as some of the other Cantillon offerings. This Kriek has a definite cherry skin taste to it, a tannic edge that carries through the finish. As expected from Cantillon this beer is not sweet at all, quite bone dry in fact.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 17:44:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Cantillon brewery Oct 20/03.

Appearance: Light redish pour with a small, thin pink head.

Smell: The nose is tart with cherry and lemony notes. The back of my mouth waters from the smell alone.

Taste: Extremely, extremely tart. Actually, sour might be a better word. Suprisingly, i found the chrries in this beer to be very mild, just a tease really.

Mouthfeel: The lemon tartness takes over from the cherries and combined with the good acidity leads to a very clean and biting finish.

Drinkability: A superb kriek lambic. Excellent beer but not for everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 21:42:16 | More by Popsinc
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Mustard

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.76oz. dark, green bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" date given and -- in the case of the later -- none probably needed; no ABV %; purchased from the Wine Expo on Santa Monica and Yale for $3.99.

Appearance: Poured a rosy, ruddy, pink-grapefruit nuanced red with little in the way of clarity; small, pinkish head which was quick to dissipate; lacing was essentially non-existant.

Aroma: Quite tart; large cherry notes; hints of citrus.

Taste: Wow; break-all-your-teeth, claw-out-your-eyes sour; hugely acidic and tart; brilliant, cherry-tinged background notes; *faintly* sugarish in the finish.

Notes: Six thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 05:55:17 | More by Mustard
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Jon

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled 2002.

Deep scarlet color with a durable, bubbly pink head. Lacing is evident down the glass. Nose is truly Cantillon with unparalleled mustiness and eye-watering acidity. Cherries are dominant with additional oak and funky cheese aromas. The naive palate would be overwhelmed with what's to come in the flavor department. Tart, incredibly sour cherries accentuated with oak and a remarkable concentration of acidity set this apart from other fruit lambics. The lack of sugar addition make this authentic in the truly traditional sense. This beer's mouthpuckering ability is unsurpassed. Playfully prickly on the tongue, even at room temperature (the preferred serving temperature), with lingering acidity on the finish leaves the palate thirsting for more. Wonderfully refreshing like a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day, this is one remarkable Kriek.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 23:14:38 | More by Jon
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nomad

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing red with a rosy hue, with the color of the liquid moving toward opacity. It did not appear perfectly cherry-looking, which, to me, makes it appear more authentic. Had a cute pinkish head from tons of carbonation underneath. It left a wall of lace made up of carbonation and not the thick sudsy lace of most every other ale - curious but alluring.

Smelled of a musty-sour, quite verdant, with wild yeast scents mixed with sharp and almost vinegary sourness abounding. Cherries were on the verge of being overpowered by the scents of the lambic base. Taste started tart and wet, but moved to a less tart but equally powerful sour with a good cherry tone. Sourness was strong but not drying or overpwering, in fact quite juicy, showing off its fine lambic base well. Had a sour cherry skin finish that felt quite chewy for a lambic yet very wet and slick. This odd but great mouthfeel added to the gist of this sort of lambic.

Though the drink was complicated, the conclusion is simple: Impressive, thirst-inducing, and full of irrepressible character. A far cry from Lindeman's Kriek, this is in the very-tart category of cherry lambics.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 17:07:05 | More by nomad
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2001. A huge beer in taste and aroma, this version was an orangish looking liquid that pulled up a quickly gone head and laced from a small ring. The nose is big, having very sour notes and a hint of fruity overtones. The taste is huge - tart to an extreme with strong hints of dark cherry and lasting impressions from the lovely lasting flavors. This is another of the Cantillons made for sipping, not session drinking, and as others have noted it is an acquired taste, though I've never met one with which I'd rather be acquainted. This is beer with an exclamation point - be prepared to deal with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 16:56:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml green bottle, it's a nice-looking cross between cranberry and yellow. The head billowed upon pouring but didn't last long. The smell is very sour, with a pronounced citric smell and just a hint of the cherries. It seems to sort of bubble its way over the top of the front part of the tongue-leaving just a trace-until it hits the knockout punch at the back of the mouth. The entire mouth puckers just at the moment the sour cherry taste takes hold, leading to a rare and pleasant drinking experience. To further enhance the experience, it sticks to the lips allowing another dose of sour joy when licking the lips after drinking. It's not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's surprisingly drinkable considering its sourocity. (Yeah, I know it's not a word, but it seemed to work.)

Serving type: bottle

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