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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: 540 | FT: 44
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle, bottled on August 28, 2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours purple/red with no head or lacing at all. Aroma is tart cherries, funk, and yeast. Taste is the same as the aroma, however the taste is stronger than is smells. It has a pretty good tart/sour cherry taste that lingers around for a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium with light carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink (well, if you like the sourness in the beer). I think this is a good overall beer. It's just my second Cantillon beer, and I haven't been disappointed in them yet. I can't wait to try more of their stuff.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!

Appearance - Burgundy colour with a small size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cherries, vinegar, Lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric notes and fresh ripe cherries. There is also a light vinegar flavour and a light amount of barnyard funk. It ends with tart but not over the top cherry aftertaste.

Overall - Amazing how the cherries taste fresh and not artificial like they tend to do in other fruit/sour beers. Great balance and each sip brings out different nuances. Hard to find and pricier than other krieks, but worth it.

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Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with a light off white mousse. Head retention isn't great but that is expected with the style.

Earthy funk, sour, a touch woody and a hint of fruit in the nose.

Starts with a brief hit of sweetness and big cherry flavour. This is quickly followed by a sour vinegary hit and follows again with cherry character and a hint of funk. Just great.

Medium body but high carbonation is biting and makes this beer nice a refreshing. Dry and crisp, really good.

For a style which by its very acidic nature is somewhat hard to drink this realy steps up and provides a beer with lots of other flavours going on to counteract it. A great refreshing beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. corked & capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled September 09, 2008 (other bottle(s) was stamped January 12, 2010).

(A)- Pours a hazy yet an almost blood red to ruby red color. Produced a decent bubbly pink-ish head but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A very dry yet tart cherry profile with a mountain of dry hay, straw, horseblanket, and just an overall big funkhouse of goodness.

(T)- Because of its age, alot of the cherry flavors have disappeared, but there is still some there leaving a big tartness combined with an equally big sourness. A solid taste that really showcases what a fruit lambic is like. A younger bottle has more fruit forward flavors, but still an excellent acidic sourness at the same time.

(M)- A lively carbonation level & balance. Dry, yet has a light sweetness. Big on tartness & sourness. A fresher bottle definitely reveals alot of great juicy fruits as well.

(D)- A fantastic lambic. Everything what you would expect from the style. This just has the true qualities of what a lambic should be like. I might prefer the Lou Pepe a bit more, but when it comes down to it, Cantillon just knows their stuff!

**I updated and modified my review and overall score due to having this a few more times, I really feel like this deserves the updated score.**

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, looked like a small bottle of wine. The beer is ruby red. looked good except for no head at all. I'd have liked to see some pink froth on top...

The aroma is 100% sour lambic, maybe 98% sour lambic + 2% cherries. I expected more cherry in the smell, but actually I probably prefer it just the way it is. As for the taste, it's completely sour. My face actually puckered up several times through the bottle, it was so intensely acidic. The masochist in me liked it, but only just this once. I couldn't drink this too often, way too bracing.

Drinkability is good for the style, but you absolutely have to like sour beers to even finish the bottle.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin red color with minor light red head and little red lace patches. A very tart smell of light fruits, mostly cherry (that's all I really smelled) and some oakiness. The cherry/fruit is there in bunches, but this medium-bodied brew is extremely tart, a little too tart. It goes down smooth but the tartness rubbed my tastebuds a little raw as it finishes very dry w/ tart and woody flavors. This is a beer designed to be sipped on as it complements a hearty meal; I did not have the pleasure to drink it over dinner so maybe my review is a little off.

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Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for giving us this 2005 bottle... Poured a dark ruby grapefruit juice with a big pink head, good retention and lacing... The aroma is great strong horse blanket, musky, not a lot of depth but the horse is outstanding... The taste is equally awesome with tons of horse. This is very tart couldn't crush the whole bottle quickly, but I'd sip on this for a couple hours just loving love.

Age this a couple years but this is well worth owning, drinking, and cellaring.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Over the years I’ve heard much about this breweries beers, and as I never really cared much for Lambics till a year or two ago, it was a real treat to find these at my “Second Home The Papago Brewery”.

A resplendent and nebulous cherry red on the pour, the head diminutive, the lace tenuous, with the nose tart and little else noticed. Sweet and sour start, top cadaverous, finish is quite tart, astringent, vinous, and alum dry aftertaste. Different, for sure, and something I will need to re-sample to determine my true feelings for this beer.

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

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, New York.

This pours a brilliant dark-ish red, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like deep raw sour cherry, top shelf kriek all the way. There's some decent tartness on the nose too, and some oak and funk.

This just has that indescribable combo of funk and sour that makes Cantillon so Cantillon. There's a ton of expressive, earthy and dry cherry. There's just a smidgen of oak. It all comes together in a beautifully complex way.

This is light bodied, super crisp and dry, and quite drinkable.

A near perfect beer, just super well crafted.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark pink to red with a half finger pink head

smell: sour cherries, hints of sweetness

taste: cherries up front then fade in the back end, sour and very tart

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

drinkability: a very nice representation of a kriek wish the cherries didn't fade in the back end.



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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle I drank at Max's last night. 9$ (!!)

A: Cherry red/pink with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S: Tart cherries to start things off but immediately taken over by a massive amount of funk, vinegar and leather. This is also one of the mustiest beers I've smelt. Compelling, heavenly stuff

T: Start off sour, vinegary and funky and quickly acquires a tart, cherry characteristic. The finish is puckeringly tart and great

M: The carbonation is great and the acidity feels right. The finish is dry but it has something I can't quite put my finger on that doesn't quite do it for me. Still good, though

D: Drinkable stuff, made for a great night of drinking!

**Edit 21 Nov 2014**

Bottled 2001. Thanks, Peter.

The nose is super sour, sharp, acidic with sharp lactic and lemony acidity with a dusty, musty, cherry skin character, quite nice. The palate opens very sour with an intense but clean lactic sourness, some lemon and sour cherry character. It's surprising how much fruit character persists after 14 years in a bottle. The cherry skin character is noticeable with a mild leathery note. Light in body, moderately tannic and lightly carbonated, this is solid stuff. 4/4/4.25

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

750ml bottle, January 2010 bottling

cellphone notes, served slightly cooler than room temperature

appearance: split and served in a new glarus flute - light cherry color, pinkish-white fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

smell: super tart cherry, oak, raspberry balsamic, funky yeast

taste: Cantillon kriek is certainly a game-changer within the style. I've had some really awful belgian krieks before (i'm looking at you lindemans and st louis) but this one clearly goes in the class with drie fonteinen and hanssens. This lambic is sour enough to split your tongue in half, bright cherry/raspberry flavor, light vinegar, oak, funky yeast - all sorts of good.

mouthfeel: high tartness, sour, light bodied

drinkability: good

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Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Brothers Beer Bistro alongside Rosee de Gambrinus. From notes.

A - Poured hazy reddish with a pink influence. Medium carbonation, pink two finger head, strong carbonation, spotty lace, half finger of retention.

S - Cherry and tart as hell smelling lemon candies. Couldn't wait to dive in.

T - Tart cherry, cobwebby, horse blanket. Where it stands alone from more modern interpretations of wild, sour, whatever is that the yeast is much more aggressive and just seems more natural if that makes sense. Very fruity while being nice and acid as well.

M - Puckering tartness, strong carbonation and a light to medium body.

O/D - A great fruit lambic. Lovely and drinkable with tons of complexity and deliciousness. Definitely world class.

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Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
Bottled 21 October 2008, Serve at 50-55°F

Instead of an intervention, Beerwolf77 is supporting my uncontrollable ticking addiction (not-to-mention sour addiction) for another night, yet again. Thanks Todd, that's what friends are for!

A - Gorgeous hazy ruby-red beer capped by a faint pink head. Low retention from the potent acidity leaves pinches of lace left on the glass, but not much.

S - That's a unique blend of very funky lambic and smooth, delicious cherries. Out-doors-y, woody, super funky with crazy yeast going on and tart cherries.

T - Strong wild yeast floods the mouth with loads of unique funk! Barnyard and horse-blanket with an underlying cherry tartness.

M - Tart and sour as all hell! Biting, killer sourness makes my jowls cringe and teeth hurt. Man, I love that. This one is so acidic it makes your stomach churn. Those Belgians must have cast-iron innards.

O - I'd have, have, have to share this with someone. It's potent as hell with a massive but fantastic wild sourness to it.

[I ended up getting another bottle after trying this and it was bottled in late 2010. The cherry flavor was much too potent and while it was very sour hadn't developed that kick-your-ass sourness this aged one had. I'll get a few more to age for a while. The aged one was far better.]

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Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle served at 52 degrees in my Allagash chalice. Bottled on 28 October 2008 indicated on the back label. Poured the color of pomegranate with a semi-hazy clarity. A half inch, loose, off-white head quickly dissipated into a skim - no lacing on this one. Clusters of bubbles adhered to the sides of the glass and sizzled and effervesced in solution. The nose screams tart - cork, choke cherries, a musty quality and a hint of citric acid. Taste consistent with nose; however the cherries are masked by the citrus acidity and expresses itself as salty in the mouth. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to light, while a lively carbonation and a bone dry finish. It is so tart that it stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks while it's in the mouth, and keeps going after the swallow. I've had more gueuzes than lambics; however, I found this lambic to be much tarter than most gueuzes I've had the opportunity to try. Very nice and quite refreshing and enjoyable.

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

375mL bottle poured into large wine glass

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

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

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

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

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Photo of bsuedekum
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purcahsed this one at Wine 33 Bar in Lafayette Square in St. Louis for the second weekend in a row and decided to review it.

A - Poured into a wine glass and this beer looks specatular. Nicely carbonated and in the glass it has a gleaming red color with a pinkish head that doesn't last too long.

S - Tart cherries, Belgian yeast, and the expected Cantillon sourness/funk that I've come to really enjoy over the last 6 months or so.

T - Such a balanced sour throughout with the tart cherry base flavor. The taste is where so many Cantillon's shine to me and this one falls in line with expectations. It doesn't lean on just the cherries, or the acidity, or the yeast, or the oak to shine through as it's prominent taste, it instead blends these flavors perfectly and creates a very enjoyable, incredibly tasty kriek.

M - Can't get any better. Carbonated, light feel, with a crisp and clean finish that is refreshing enough to want more and more.

O - I love this beer and wish it was more available. I've only had it 3 times but it's never disappointed that's for sure. A beer and style that I wish I would of discovered and appreciated much sooner than I did as these are delicious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDIT: 3/22/2013

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

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cork 2014. 750 mL. Pour is dark ruby red, clear, with a pinkish head. Nose has a little paper, seltzery brett, some mushroom notes, with a moderate fleshy cherry. Flavor is quite simple, very little lambic, hints of leathery brett, strong cherry flesh, cherry juice, moderate carb, smooth feel and drinkable body, with a lightly sour finish.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a gorgeous intense deep garnet/ruby with a light pink head.

The aroma hits of cherry cotton candy, minerality, light funk, tart, cherry skin.

The flavor follows with that cotton candy flavor, cherry juice, skin, a bit of jam. A theme of minerality and cherry yogurt throughout. Mild tart quality, light funk, a good amount of red wine red fruit and drying. Oak structure dries out the beer. Carbonation is bright and bubbly.

One of the best Cantillons, an underrated one.

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Photo of champ103
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy ruby red. A small white, nearly red cap of foam forms. Light lace.
S: A funky, musky, doughy malt aroma that is fruity. Mostly cherries. A sweet tartness from the fruit used. Lots of barnyard goodness.
T: Wow, this is sour. Mouthpuckering. After I get use to the sourness a light cherry fruitiness and funky barnyard hey.
M/D: A light body, but with a nice snappy crispness. The sourness really makes this hard for me to drink.

The sourness is really a shock to the senses at first. I never really get past it, but I do appreciate the craft that went in to the making this. Not an everyday beer, but very interesting to try. Nothing else I have had so far is quite like it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red color with just the slightest hint of foam. No retention or lacing. Looks like some sort of arbor mist wine in the glass.

Smell is uber-funky. Rubber bands, brettomyces induced rotting wood, sour cherries, moldy aged hops and raspberry juice sweetness. Waaay out there.

Whoa! This bitch is sou-ur. Warhead candies aint got nothin on this. Crazy shit, wonder what the pH is on this, it's acidic. Tart cherry flavor is followed up by a sour and woody brett middle and finished off with a sweetart candy acidic aftertaste. This one will cure any sour fix one might have. I would definitely buy again.

Also, it paired excellently with a cherry stilton cheese.

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