Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
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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 Hibernator
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
Bottled in 2005
12 oz green bottle with cork and tin foil wrapping
Served in a Duck Walk vineyard champagne flute

During the past few weeks I have been really zoning in on exploring Lambics. I was excited to pick up this 12 oz bottle for $6.80 at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA.

I opened the bottle and let the beer sit for about 20 minutes and then poured away in my champagne flute. Pours a vibrant shade of light red with pink colored highlights. Wispy thin lacing for a head.

Explosive aroma with whiffs of funk and sweet fruits.

Highly acidic, raw and sour with an authentic cherry appeal. The mouthfeel is spritzy and intense as it takes control over my taste buds. Hints of apple cider vinegar and raw cherry juice blend together to make an impression on my palate.

The drinkability level is rather high as my palate is on heightened alert.

I guess this is what Lambics are all about. Incredibly magnificent and marvelously complex.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one last night, split with my girlfriend. It has an amazing aroma and appearance as it's a super carbonated dark red. But from the first taste, it's kind of petrifying. It's definitely the most tart beer I've ever had, and the sourness of it really brings out the intensity of the cherry. It's a really striking beer, and after my face unwrinkled from the first sip I probably laughed for a good minute. It's fun to drink, fun to share, and an awesome blend.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled April 2010

A- Pours a beautiful garnet/grapefruit body with a light pink head that fizzles quickly. Lively carbonation (cork shot out and nailed my chandelier).

S- Extremely complex. Right off the bat, picking up some tart, acidic, sour cherry. Followed by the perfect about of funk/earthiness. Swirls reveal sweeter cherry notes and oak. Also picking up some red wine/tannin.

T- Starts sweet, cherry and lemon zest upfront. Transitions to a more acidic, dry funky cherry taste. Finishes with just the perfect level of tart/sour on the tongue.

M- Again, active carbonation, but not too overbearing. Works with the tartness of the cherries, not against it. Not nearly too sweet, which is a common shortcoming of many beers similar to Cantillon Kriek. The dry body and finish is superb.

D- At 5% abv this beer is extremely sessionable. Quite refreshing too, would be great on a warm summer day. Paired great with mussels in white wine/garlic and oil.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vibrant ruby red with a soft pink blanket.

Fresh cherries all over the nose, with peppercorn and a little funky drainage pipe full of rotting leaves.

Taste is cinnamon and tons of fresh cherries. I even get a little rounding pie crust that cuts the tart and sweet elements. Whoa--Jester King really hit a very similar profile to this...I guess they should be very flattered by that since Cantillon is a huge inspiration for them.

This has a warming, almost thick feel--warming as in comforting and soothing, not hot like booze. It smooths the sourness keeping this in a safely tart territory.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to snaotheus for bringing this bottle back in his luggage from Belgium! Poured into a goblet from a corked and capped .375.

Color is hazy ruby with a thick pink champagne-like head that dissipates fairly quickly. A very beautiful beer in the glass. Smell is funk, tart cherry, and oak. Taste is very tart, almost puckering at first. Cherry flavors and oak flavors combine to give this a really great balance. Body is fairly light with a lot of carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle, dated 14 February 2011 (makes me realized I should have saved this one for Valentine's Day).

A: A cranberry red with a thick, pinkish head that mostly dissolved after a minute or so.
S: The sour cherries stand out the most, followed by some cinnamon, wood, and that trademark Lambic smell.
T: Sour cherries again (emphasis on sour), but with a reserved mix of sweetness and tart on the finish.
M: Very bubbly and medium-bodied.
O: Greatness in a bottle. Love the balance of this beer — a must-try for sour fans.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Cantillon beer EVER! Pours a Beautiful red with a nice pink head. Once this beer was corked, I got SO MUCH cherry scent. I love cherries, and I got a TON! When the beer was held up to my nose, I still got a lot of sweetness followed by tons of funk and sour notes. The taste is surprisingly sour cherry (the cherry is so obvious). Followed by amazing sour flavors. The mouthfeel remains tart and crisp with amazing drinkability.

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Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at the brewery in Brussels while on tour there 3 days ago by Madame Cantillon, Granddaughter of founder of Cantillon brewery. Poured into a snifter type clear glass with "Cantillon" written on the side. Met fellow named Dan from the U.S. while sampling this beer.

A Slightly cloudy body, the color of cherries, minimal light pink head. Nice look, true the style and really unique.

S Vinegar, medicinal even to the nose, like cherry cough syrup. Certainly a different kind of smell but inviting none the less.

T/M Strong cherry tartness, like the kind of fresh cherries. Gone was the medicinal and vinegar like sensations that the nose suggested. The taste has a nice smooth finish as well and the whole beer is rather "soft" in feel.

D I could drink many of these in a sitting.

Notes: I have not had hundreds of Krieks but this one is easily recognizable as the best of the ones that I have sampled. Mature, confident in its presentation, reflecting the true tartness of a Cherry.

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Photo of natasharai
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a small light pink silky head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the top of my glass. The beer is a hazy dark rusty red color.

Smell: Funky raspberry, a small sweet berry flavor, then a big tangy sour, nice earthy spice, and slightly musty.

Taste: Tangy sour, lightly sweet raspberry, big sour dry bite, like almost ripe raspberries, a little watery/light though.

Mouthfeel: Nice sour pucker, nice carbonation, followed with a nice dry feel. Overall a little watery though.

Overall: Great drinkability, more than just sour flavors including sweet berry, earthy flavors, and a nice musty spice. Great flavors and aroma, but a little watery at the end which takes away from the beer a bit.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a beer goes too sour and the fruit can can difficult to really identify and appreciate. And sometimes the fruit comes through but the sour is downplayed and it doesn't mesh. This beer doesn't have either problem. Just the perfect tart cherry flavor that just couldn't be any better.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The beer was a murky red color with white bubbles.

Smell - The sour notes were downright pungent but you really get cherries.

Taste - There was a very tart and vinegary cherry presence. The cherry seems to become richer within the taste. As it wears on, it almost seems like cherry pie filling. The tartness is rich and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - One might not expect this style to be so thick. Yet it coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says '12 FL. OZ', but looks like a 375 ml to me. Bottle date says 01/12/10, but the cork says 2009. One for now, one for later (much, much later).

Pours a deep hazed red with orange/brown highlights into my tulip (I got the second half of the pour with a bit of the yeast that I tried to decant). Lovely two-fingered head receded to a 'stick-around' crown. Looks royally elegant.

Tart cherries, wet hay, horse blanket, sour citrus, lemon twang, good bit of Bretty funk. Clean and vigorous.

Big sour bite comes loaded with unripened cherries and fruit skins. The funk is tangy with a grassy rustic tone. Picking up some fresh pomegranate berry, plantains, lemon rind, slight metallic character that is not off-putting, vinaigrette, and blades of fresh grass. Big sour finish with an appropriate level of bitterness. Very dry and puckering.

Fizzy, medium-bodied, high-carb. Wet and easy. Wonderfully crafted.

You gotta try it with some of the yeast in the pour. A satiable beer that was better than the cleaner pour I got at Monk's Cafe in Philly. A high-end sour. Would love to try the Lou Pepe. So happy to have had this again.

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Revisited during a kriek tasting I put on with my girlfriend; 12/30/12.

Cantillon Kriek. Bottled January 12, 2010.

Pours a dark rose color with some off-white foam that fizzed up to maybe a quarter-inch before reducing to a ring of tesselating bubbles. Clarity is very nice. Very slight haze.

Tart and bright cherries, acetic acid, bretty funk, tints of lemon and straw, unripe raspberry, and white wine vinous qualities. Exceptional.

So bright and sour and acetic. These were very young cherries when picked, but there's loads of light fruitiness and tangy tartness that pairs well with a pungent barnyard funk and the bittering piquance of the oak barrel itself. Sourness is a cross between lemon rind and white vinegar. Has that woody Chardonnay bite that is near-perfect. Such a lively beer. Extraordinarily complex for a kriek.

Medium-light body with some great-feeling sourness. Carbonation has good life to it. The feel is lovingly friendly to the flavors absorbed by the palate.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright, radiant red with two fingers of both half fizzy, half fluffy pink head. Leaves mild lacing, and remains and a ring on the glass. Body is really glowing.

Smell: A hay funk up front, followed by some funky cherry skins. A definite lactic aspect. Some light pears. Nose goes out with raw cherries and funk.

Taste: Nice clean cherry tartness up from, followed by a light lactic sourness, and funk. Funk carries the body, along with a nice bready sweetness. Finishes tart with cherry skins, pear juice, and hay.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable. Cherries are not too sweet. Sourness is perfect. Great carb.

Overall: I think I enjoy this better than the Lou Pepe Kriek I had. Have to keep in mind that was a 2007 (sticker) vintage, so it would definitely be more sour.

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Photo of sommersb
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375ml bottle my brother picked up in Belgium, bottled 11-27-2014.

Appearance is a hazy, pink-red color, capped by a thin pink head that has a mild amount of retention with low lacing.

Smells are of cherry fruits and white grapes.

On first sip, I get a very prickly mouthfeel from the full carbonation. Then flavors of cherry become apparent, both fruit and a bit sour. The finish is quite dry.

Overall a splendid lambic I am glad to have tried!

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Photo of korguy123
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 20th 2010

Popped cork and allowed to breathe at room temperature for a half hour as specified on bottle.

A- Slightly hazzy cherry red pour. Three finger tight bubbled pink head. Recedes to thin cap. Fizzing noises like pouring a pop. Lacing is decent.

S- Tart cherries, oak and earthy notes. Slight must and funk. Lemon juice and slight apple.

T- Tart right off the bat. Puckering cherries. Vinegar and lemon juice. Sour and refreshing, oakiness blends everything perfectly.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, dry. Each sip is making me drool more and more.

O- My new favorite lambic. Sour, fruity and dry. Everything you come to expect from a world class lambic and Cantillon.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Edition. 375 ml bottle.
ABV: 5.0% Bottled: June 18 2015.
Got this bottle from Belgian Happines.

This is perfection! The beer pours hazy ruby red like a Strawberry Margarita with a two finger high, pink head that pretty fast dismisses to nothing.

Nose: Tart but sweet, cherries, strawberry, red fruit, citrus, lime, barnyard, hay and wood.
Taste: So refreshing! Fresh cherries, green apples, tart, funk, oak and lemon.
Mouth: Light body and medium carbonation. Sour, sweet and dry. Delicious!

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Photo of jbaker67
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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 jsanford
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprise package from THECPJ, cheers Shane! Bottled in 2010, 375ml green bottle. Poured into a Rodenbach flute.

A - Pours a gorgeous ruby-red with a thick head of vibrant, rose-colored foam that exhibits wonderful retention, never fully dissipating. Absolutely beautiful!
S - Tart cherries, lemon juice, hay, and just a touch of that Cantillon funk. Quite nice, but the cherries aren't as pronounced as I'd hoped.
T - OK, there's the cherries! Strong flavors of tart pie cherries with a touch of brown sugar, red wine vinegar, cinnamon, oak, and a bit of funk. Such an amazing balance between tart, sweet, funky, and spicy!
M - Slick, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Exactly how I like my lambics.
O - I can't imagine a more drinkable Kriek, this one is right up my alley! Excellent.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pink, tropical punch red, 1 finger of pinkish head.

S: Fruity, dry cherries, crisp and tart, cherry blossoms.

T: Sour, dry, cherries, no sweetness, an almost lactic quality like milk.

M: Dry and acidic, medium low carbonation.

O: Awesome, smooth must try if you can ever swing it. I drank this one at the brewery Cantillon. It came free with the brewery tour.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright and clear ruby red with a soft light pink head that surprisingly takes a while to fade.

Tart cherries, almonds, and brett funk in the aroma. Barnyard and oak. A good amount of vanilla.

Tart cherries and lactic acid upfront. Very tart. Barnyard and musty earthy brett character. Perhaps some acetic acid present. Lambic is very present along with cherries. Nice mingling of the two. Lots of funk and acidity as well as some oak. Bright cherry character gives way to a slightly more rich cherry character as it warms.

Highly carbonated. Acidity fills the mouth and lingers. Some tannins as well.

Though very tart, it is not at all one dimensional. Lots of cherry character though just a touch less complex and jammy as Drie Fonteinen. Still lovely.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Bottled: 21st February 2008

I have always wanted to try a true sour Lambic, I had to pay more than an arm and a leg to get this bottle, so let's hope it is worth it.

Appearance: Cantillon Kriek pours as one of the most beautifully coloured beers I have ever seen. Slightly clouded crimson red with stunning pink and orange edges. The head is small and light pink in colour, unfortunately the retention and lacing leave a fair bit to be desired. 4.0

Smell: Wow, what an aroma, massively tart cherries combine with an equal measure of funkiness - barnyard, musty leather and a slight woodiness. There is also a slightly vinous quality to the nose. 4.5

Taste: Yes I knew this beer was going to be sour, but WOW... Nothing could have prepared me for the mouth-puckering sourness of the first sip. It's a good thing I like sour, otherwise this beer could well have been an immediate drain pour. Once your mouth is used to the sourness you can begin to appreciate the underlying flavours of the beer. Tart cherry, slightly vinous, hints of wood and then the wonderful - though slightly more subdued than in the nose - funk consisting of musty leather and some earthy barnyard. It almost seemed as though the sourness covered up a fair bit of the funkiness (pity if I'm right). 4

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, with a low (but just right in my books) level of carbonation. 4.5

Drinkability: I found this beer fairly easy drinking (after the initial sour shock) and actually quite refreshing. Though my stomach did not agree with me for a few days afterwards. 4.0

Dec 2013 Vintage (Drank in March 2014)

Appearance: Cantillon Kriek pours a wonderful deep red with tinges of pink and a little orange on the edges. A rough pour yields a large light pink head that lasts well for a sour, but doesn’t leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: The nose is absolutely delicious and offers a ton of fantastic acidic cherry character alongside a little sweetness , tannic skins, some woodiness, musty funk, and some lactic notes.

Taste: As the nose promised, the flavour is bursting with a fantastic combination of tart cherries and funk. Notes include: Tart cherries, a touch of sweetness, cherry pips, tannic skins, wood, musty funk and a touch of cheese.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied (or just over), with a medium level of fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall: The only previous Cantillon Kriek I have had was an ’07 in 2011 and I have to agree with Jean, the beer is best within a year of bottling.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long morning preparing for a Belgian beer dinner, the slaughter of the rabbits is over and a beer must be drunk. I wander to the cellar, hands bloody and nose full of rich life. I look. Rodenbach? Consecration? No. Today is the day for something special.

A 2008 35 cl bottle is opened, poured into white wine glasses in the sunlight. It sparkles, effervescent and boldly red. The nose wafts of lemons and cherries, oaken funk and dreams. A taste, its sweet, a burst of sweet cherries followed by a cleaning punch of tart. It dances, it dances well.

We sit in the sun, one week until the great day. a hundred bottles will be opened, and none will be as fine as this one, this day, this sunlight.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottling.

Appearance is a beautiful ruby red with a small white head that instantly fades into a small ring around the glass. Smell is potently sour and funky. Not just a little mustiness here, but a full-fledged acidic bile smell. I love it. Taste is shockingly sour. Until your tastebuds adjust, all you taste is the face-disfiguring sourness, but then as it warms and you adjust (though it never loses its sharp sourness) you get some up front sweetness from the malt, and the cherry flavor really comes through. Almost tastes like cherries that have gone horribly bad at some point. This is possibly the most acidic drink I have ever had. Its dryness is beyond compare. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, very quenching. Due to its overpowering flavor, this is a sipper, but I could down a whole 750 by myself. Lip smackingly good.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy red with a white which doesn't last

S - Funk and cherry

T - funky barnyard, cherry tartness a bit of grain complex yet balanced

F - champagne-like mouthfeel

O - Amazing stuff not too acidic, tart. Complex but clear taste. A true reference for the style

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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