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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cap came off and the cork worked itself effortlessly (literally without a corkscrew) out of the bottle. The contents revealed a clear, ruby red, effervescent beverage with no head. The nose is relatively dank and cultured with a slight fruitiness, almost perfume-like. Fortunately the beer drinks just as gentle, except for a wickedly underestimated sourness. The mouthfeel is spot on with enough fruit sweetness and body to balance out the dry, sour aftertaste. Perfect beer to pair with a rich chocolaty dessert like I have as it cleanses the palate with each sip and complements the already booze-infused cherries in the dessert.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull ruddy mahogany with virtually no head or carbonation. Aroma of tart cherries hits me from across the room as soon as the cork is removed, long before any glassware is involved. A closer inspection reveals its earthy, winey, robust cherry scent, like fruit left to ferment in a dirty bucket outside.

The taste is slap-in-the-face sour, an overpowering force of funky barnyard and spoiled fruit. Oh, it's cherries all right -- but some sort of evil mutation birthed from a lab by a madman with dreams of conquest. Acetic sourness for days, mere hints of musty cherry and black cherry flavors, maybe some burgundy gone bad. This is what drinking that juice way past its date in the back of the fridge must taste like.

Mouthfeel is medium and flat, almost like drinking juice instead of beer. Probably has more in common with a cherry wine than a cherry beer. Makes some people gag but I like it. I'm strange that way.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the taps of Rattle N Hum. Had right after the Lou Pepe Kriek, so this is somewhat biased and a bit by comparison. Ruby red, good carb even out of the decanter. Less cherry note than the Lou, but definitely still evident in the aroma, a lot more funk, though, definite barnyard, more sour and tart and barnyard. Tasty but seems a bit out of balance when compared to the Lou Pepe. Still, I can't complain too much. Delicioso..

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon stemmed balloon glass. Bottled 18/06/15

Pours an opaque, shiny, bright red coloured body with a moderate amount of fine streaming visible carbonation. A one-finger in height, pinkish-white, bubbly head reduces almost instantly to a thin collar, leaving only small flecks of soapy lace on the glass.

Instantly after removing the cork the nose is greeted with a flash of powerful, vinegar-like acidity, that having quickly escaped the bottle then disappears into background noise. Once in the glass and allowed to breath, the aroma leads with lightly tart cherry and fruity notes, but overall skews slightly in favour of acidic, funky and barnyard-like profiles. Subtler aromas of lemon, crab apple, wet wood, hay and oak are also evident underneath. Taste roughly follows suit. Dry, unripe, sour cherries lead initially above the primarily acidic and funky Lambic base. Sourness builds towards the mid-palate culminating in mouth puckering intensity as raw lemon juice, crab apples, red wine vinegar and lactic acid move to the front, slightly overshadowing the subtler farmyard-like funk. In the mouth, a light body and lively carbonation make for an incredibly clean, crisp and dry feel from start to finish. Oak tannins from extensive barrelling join earthy, lightly bitter cherry skins, woody stones, hay and plenty of lingering sour acidity to give a bone dry finish, leaving the palate just shy of puckering once again.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Taste undoubtedly favours sour and acidic profiles above fruity or funky, but once the palate acclimatises to the intensity it becomes impressively drinkable. I slightly prefer the softer, fruitier and less sour Rosé De Gambrinus, but look forward to revisiting the Kriek once I inevitably develop a taste for the sourer examples. Recommended.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, jewel-toned, royal burgundy with a solid ring of lace in a Saint Louis tulip glass. A black cherry halo and syrupy film accent this beer.

Only a hint of sweet cherry is followed quickly by the typical tartness of Flanders Red.

There is some serious puckering throughout with a long, tart finish. Cherry is present, but under a veil of barn must.

This Lambic has an unexpected thin mouthfeel, especially after noticing the syrupy film, and is very dry, accompanied by soft carbonation.

Definitely an aperitif, however, one could enjoy this with a cigar and conversation.

Date consumed: 20 September 2008

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the sour beers, so I thought I would give this one a shot last night, as I have been fairly impressed with everything that Cantillon has done in the past, well everything I have gotten to taste anyway. A 2007 vintage, corked and capped bottle that I let chill for a few days and poured into an oversized wine glass and let warm up a bit before indulging.

Appearance - The pour was a touch underwhelming for me, as I expected it took look a little fuller then it did. A rich cherry red, essentially like a cool-aid color came before me. Extremely opaque due to the cloudiness and the haze that was inside, it was still very bright though. No head formed at all, none, not even from the first drops that hit the glass. No side glass presentation at all, and this had me a little worried, though the color alone was really quite nice.

Smell - The aroma was huge on this one. Rich, tart cherries were all over thee place. I swear you could smell this one from across the room. No hint of sweetness here at all, this was all sour. Lots of yeast playing tricks, jumping back and forth from cherries, to raspberries and back. Very big and complex.

Taste - The flavor was extremely acidic, with no hope of a balance of sweetness here at all. This had to be one of the most sour beers I have ever tried in my life. A really interesting drink indeed. Had to let it warm up a bit to fully appreciate what was going on here. A full on sour yeast attack. Some hints of cherries, but they were mostly lost with the initial flavor. Very acidic. The finish was much better with a long lasting sour cherry flavor and a very nice sense of fruit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Very light and with very little carbonation would be the best way to describe how this one would come across. I was expecting a little more carbonation in it then what I received, however it was by no means dead or flat in anyway.

Drinkability - A mixed bag here, as the huge amount of sour made it hard to stomach large quantities of it, however, it was light enough and had virtually no ABV, so it made it much easier to put down. Had it been a little less acidic it would have been much more drinkable.

Overall, it was an interesting experience. A little too sour and unbalanced for my taste, but it was still very good nonetheless. I would definitely try this one again, just maybe an aged version. I like the Lou Pepe much better though overall.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful pink hue with a finger of light pink head. the first smell i get is very reminiscent of sunday mornings as a child when my mom would nair her legs and the whole house had that funky smell. tonic, socks, hairspray all at first, once all the funk settled, you get a pleasant cherry aroma.

the taste is very sour, cherries, cork/wood, hay. high carbonation and a light body makes this a crisp refreshing, yet puckery sour beer.

an excellent sour cherry taste and great kriek. not as sour as fou foune was, but still a delicious sour beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a soda pop cherry red maybe a little brownish. With no head on it what so ever. Doesn't look like there's much for caebonation either.
S= very vinegary sour smelling with cherries coming in deeper and possibly some woody notes like oak. Possibly some straight lemon juice as well.
T= sour but not too bad. Great cherry notes but very sour cherries sort of unripened cherries. Some vinegar is in it but not as much as the nose leads on. Touch of wood in the finish as well. Quite pleasant.
M= very dry and smooth. No carbonation in it at all.
D= very good. I would have no problem drinking this all night long. The odor and appearance were a turn off but the beer was still great.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle with a bottled on date of October 25, 2013. Served in a chalice/wine glass hybrid.

This beer has a fizzy pop on the pour and makes quite a buzz. A finger of light but compact and foamy head fizzes up and quickly dissipates, leaving behind a large lily pad of lace. A burgundy body appears to me somewhat like a red wine or sherry, but also strikes me as much like the skin on a cherry. Through the body, carbonation continuously surges. 5

A bit of an aside, but this nose validates my belief that Santa Fe Brewing's Kriek (at least the 2014 version) was phenomenal. Both SFBC's and this beer have an explosive cherry skin and pulp aroma, a touch of sweetness, vanilla and pie crust. A tart cherry pie is a great descriptor for this beer. 4.5

Intense tartness and acidity smack my tongue. I immediately realize this lacks some of the desire sweetness and vanilla that I want. Tart cherry pulp slowly makes an entrance and subtle pie crust and pie-like flavor slides in. While there's no vinegar flavor here, the flavor takes me to the edge of that very disagreeable flavor. With it is something earthy that trails out and meets a light yeasty lily-like flavor. 3.75

Tart, a tad yeasty and floral. Sweetness is extremely faint. Acidity bites and there are vinous qualities, tannins, and a bone dry finish. 4

It's got plenty to like, but I don't love the flavors entirely. A touch more sweetness and vanilla would enhance the beer to my thinking.

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Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean bright pink with a creamy pink head.

The smell is lightly tart with some mild mustiness and a touch of tart cherry.

The taste is lightly tart with a nice bit of sourness and a tart bit of cherries. A bit musty.

Has a nice dry finish with a long lingering tartness.

Very solid, benchmark quality kriek.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one while in Brussels, directly from the brewery. It was bottled on November 10, 2011. The color is red or if you prefer, dark pink! Nice pink foamy head thrones on top of it. The aroma is typical of Cantillon. This is their signature aroma. Cherry are present in the nose but only mildly. Taste is intriguing. I would have expected more cherry than this. Not sugary as the other ones I tasted in the past. Tart but so easy to drink. This is what surprise me from this brewery. It is very tart but in a good way. I've had some vinegar gueuze or lambic but so far, from Cantillon, I only got excellent beers. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep ruby red, capped by a foamy two finger pink head. Retention is good as the head settles down to one finger and holds steady there. Light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Tart cherries are out front, followed by oak, a very light lactic sourness, and moderate barnyard funk. The fruit is a bit subdued but the aroma is overall well balanced.

T: Tart cherries up front again, but the fruit character shines through better than it did in the nose. Lactic sourness and oak come in after the fruit along with some lemon zest, followed by a big dose of horse blanket funk that remains through the finish. A good dose of cherry comes in on the backend to balance the funk in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D: Enjoyable and not overly acidic, but the sourness really builds as it warms.

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 2011 bottle.

A: Beautiful light-red with a big pink head. Foamy, great retention.

S: Mild cherry sweetness, a bit musty with a building hint of acidity.

T: Soft over-ripe (only mildly sweet) cherry mingled with a big, lactic, dry tartness. Breath of wheat and more lactic notes in the finish.

M: Frothy carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Love the tartness, but I'd like a little more fruitiness.

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Photo of Luk13
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 750ml, 2013 vintage. Pours a bright but not so dense red with huge white foam that recedes quickly. Aroma is cherries and berries, leaves and lactic notes. Very light barnyard funk per Cantillon standards. Taste is very tart cherries but also a surprising cherry peel bitterness. Palate is light with moderate carbonation. Not as rich as the Lou Pepe versions, but still interesting. I much prefer this version fresh. 4.0

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/27/2010. 750ml bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: a year in the bottle and this is still bright red. Looks carbonated cranberry juice. Clear with just a slight haze. Fluffy pink head dwindles to a thin layer after a few minutes. Attractive beer.

S: Vinegary right off the bat. Musty and funky. A little bit of barnyard. Beneath the sour scents lies some sweet fruit.

T: All tart and sour up front. All most too much so initially, at least until the taste buds warm up to the sour assault. Sweet cherry and white grape flavors come to the forefront after the beer warms a bit. Finishes zesty and tart.

M: Champagne-like carbonation keeps the feel light on the palate.

O: Wonderfully enjoyable from start to finish. A world classic.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More samples at the Cantillon brewery. Brewer told us the fruit from this years batch was excellent and you could actually taste a fresh cherry flavor. A little sweeter than the Gueze from the fruit and little less acidic. Read one of the reviews before mine that mentioned that it smelled off - kind of like vinegar? with some barnyard smells --- but that's the way it should be. Its definitely not like sweet cherry juice like the Lindemanns.

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Photo of Franz4
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice dark cherry/plum color. Big head that settles slowly and leaves lacing.

S- has a yeasty cherry smell, more like sour cherries than sweet cherries.

T- Sour cherries come through in a big way! Very tart flavor that is very refreshing.

M- some very fine carbonation, but drinks pretty smoothly. Aftertaste lingers a bit, but seems to actually sweeten up just a touch.

D- A very nice lambic that I could drink more of because it's not too sweet. Seems to be well balanced and refreshing, a nice change of pace beer.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had unsweetened lambics before, but this was my first unsweetened kriek, so I was very curious to try it.

Lovely ruby color with almost no carbonation or head. Surprisingly little smell.

The taste is pretty much as expected, very dry, very tart, and sour -- not insane over-the-top sour, but quite bracingly so. The cherry taste is forward but wonderfully non-cloying ("cloyingness" being one thing I didn't like about some other krieks); it's really like eating cherries! A nice kind of woodiness in the aftertaste, if a little subtle and fleeting.

Given my anticipation, I did end up thinking that maybe it seemed a little too straightforward -- the tastes are painted with a bold brush, and some of the details kind of seem to get lost as a result. It's also quite expensive where I am (Tokyo). Nonetheless, a nice beer, and a great change from over-sweetened fruit beers.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting shade of red, looks like a hazy grape juice almost. Fizzy carbonation, with no head. Musty aroma full of horse blanket and sour cherries. Also a slight spiciness. Wonderfully funky flavor. Nice pucker from the sourness, with a nice cherry finish. This is very tart and dry. This is the most sour lambic I've had but really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be seeking more of this style out!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of Rastacouere
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Muddy earthy ruby. Gentle off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Clean sour cherries aroma, very leafy, woody with huge lactic notes, yogurty and even soured milk alike. Totally pungent aroma with a nice restrained barn touch. Very puckering, heavily sour, straightforward. This is everything I’m looking for in a traditional kriek. I would prefer it with standout characteristics though, more funk and mystery, unexplored territories etc. Now it’s extremely clean, direct, balanced, dry and astringent which means it’s an awesome beer and possibly one of cantillon’s best, better than the lou pepe to me anyway. Great texture, thin-medium body with very little carbonation feels perfectly right to carry the acidity. Terrific kriek.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've done the more mass-market kriek and other lambics, as well as a gueze, but this is the first of its kind I've experienced. <Edit: First sample:> I Popped the cap and saw that cork may have drawn in with slight leakage...of course very disappointed, but let's see what happens.

<Edit: Original review 2/5(?)/2008; Re-review 9/2008, no such cap issue here - will only edit changes from original notes>

Rose-colored with very little carbonation on top and in body. Has a flat cherry 7-up look to it. Color is pretty much what's expected.

This stuff is &*(%ing PUNGENT(told y'all I'm a newbie with this)! Can't place the funk - moldy cheese? Weird but it seems like it's there for a reason from looking at other posts on the Cantillon line-up. Essence of cherries and citric acidity present. Know I'm in for something verrry different. <Edit: Interesting horse-blanket tone blends with bright sour cherries and yeast to make it a very clean funk>

Tart tart tart-voluminous acidity with almost nonexistent sweetness. Cherry flavor rounds out as it warms in Ommegang chalice. <Edit: Very clean - the sourness of the cherries and brett mixes nicely with the woody, horse-blanket tones to balance out into an enjoyable sipper.>

Interesting mouthfeel-this one is a pucker. Not used to this but I can definitely appreciate the craft. <Edit:> The sourness and yeast electricity really do a full trot with the horse blanket on the palate. This ain't no mudder (muddah?).

More drinkable than a mass-market Gueze. Must try again. <Edit:> I haven't had many of these but to me it's a very solid example of the true lambic. Slowly over time I've gotten a great appreication for the "funk."

PS Nice blend on Valentine's Day with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of bfields4
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of head a very frothy pink. Comes out a clear ruby red.

Has a nice tart funk going on in the aroma. Cherries come through nicely as well.

The tartness comes through strong. The light cherry comes through slowly at first, but builds as the taste buds adjust to the bitterness.

The high amounts of carbonation roll the tart flavors along the tongue nicely. A very light body.

Of the sours I've tried the flavors are a little less sweet which I almost figured would have been reversed. It's not a bad thing, but maybe a bit more vinegary than other beers I have tried.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon. That speaks for itself, and underneath the wrapping is a cork engraved with a 2003 vintage year. On to the beer:

The cork is a diffcult one to remove, but in the end manpower prevails. The head fizzes away to nothing on top of this elegant violet colored beer. It looks closer to fruit punch than beer, but mind you, so do other fruit lambics. The nose shows assorted tart funkiness, a little vinegar, and very light cherry.

What has 8 years in the bottle done to this beer? For one, the fruit portion seems very small in comparison to the rest of the picutre. It starts off a wave of vinegar and a little sweet tart, which perhaps is the cherry doing that work. Also seems to give off lemon. That's odd, I taste a lot more lemon than I do cherry! Very acidic, though not in the territory of ripping your enamel off your teeth. Light in the mouth, very acidic, and with lots of little carbonation bubbles that seem to tickle inside your mouth. Refreshing and very tart.

If you've tried Lindemans Kriek and are expecting the same thing out of Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, you're coming in with the wrong expectations. Both are tasty, but are so far away in terms of character that they might as well be on different planets. The Cantillon version is the truer, more authentic form of a traditional cherry lambic, though this is not for all palates.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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