Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 Sephiroth
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cotk says bottled in 2003. Pours with light head. Body is cherry red with brownish tinge. Smells every bit as tart as non fruit lambics I've had, this is my first fruit lambic. Funk increases with temperature.

Taste is tart with slight cherry. Funks up as it wasrms up, and the cherry increases its presence as well. Hint of vanilla oak for a brief moment, this stuff coats my teeth. Mouthfeel is puckering with an everlasting sour finish. Drinkable for me, but I'll drink everything.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew to have with a meal.

A=could be mistaken for a wine. Could be the pour I had but there was no head whatsoever.

S=lots of cherry, almost no alcohol scent.

T= fantastic. Sour cherry, almost like a candy with no trace of alcohol.

M=probably the weak point, moderately carbonated and thin but appropriate fir this style.

D=absolutely would have again, though perhaps couldn't session because of the strong taste.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: pinkish red, 1/2 inche head (pink), splashes of lacing

N: sour cherries, tartness, and extreme funk

T: cherries at the top, moving to sourness, and then extreme tartness at the end....funk is swallowed up by the tartness

M: full and puckering, a little bit too much so

D: half point knocked off for the tartness, this is intense even for a sour

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small white head, poor retention and some lacing. Pretty hazy read colored beer.

S- Earthy and woody notes up front, hints of aged cheese with a nice fruit back bone. Also some good tartness.

T- Big fruity tartness, raspberries and sour cherry. some earthy spice and light bitterness in the end.

M- Puckering tart fairly light bodied beer with a nice dry finish.

Very good tart lambic, I would like to have more of this in the future.

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Photo of JLeege
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle ~ poured into a flute
Bottled Sept. 2008

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy pink grapefruit color with with a small creamy head. Some rings of lace are left behind.

Smell- Cherry and lemon dominate the nose. Barnyard funk, some funky cheese, leather.

Taste- Starts out with sweet cherries, quickly turning tart, with some puckering sourness. Definite barnyard funk and leather notes, very earthy, semi musty cellar. Awesome. The finish is dry with lingering tart/sweet cherry on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light body with low carbonation, fairly sticky.

Overall- Great beer, with a nice depth of flavors, its not just a cherry bomb. Refreshing as well.

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Photo of Travlr
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One year old bottle stored at home. Cloudy ruby red that reflects and absorbs light. Scant pinkish head evaporates in seconds. Aroma of sour cherries and lemon. Sour lip puckering cherry taste with musty dryness. Ages extremely well. A classic kriek, in a league of its own.

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Photo of soper2000
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained via trade with the ever so gracious ngandhi. I must say that I love Cantillon and believe that they are the best brewery in the world. So with much anticipation, I dive in. Cork came out without much pomp and circumstance. And it poured a beautiful ruby red with a pink 1 finger head. Smell has that wonderful Cantillon acidity, but the cherry aroma is much more assertive than the rasberries were in Rose de Gambrinus. A slight funkiness is present as well, but in no means dominant. Why don't they make incense with this aroma. Taste, oh my, where do I begin? A very sharp tartness introduces this beer to my palate. The intial lambic sourness fades ever so gently into a full flavored cherry with subtle hints of wood. A slightly funky flavor glides into the aftertaste. This is one remarkable brew. Even though the acidity in this beer is very high. I could drink this all day if presented with the oppourtunity. Ever since I became a BA, I never thought that I would give a beer a perfect rating, but this truly deserves it. Remarkable, remarkable beer. Thanks again Ngandhi.
*cork dated 2003

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Photo of haz77
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cherry red with a layer of pink foam which drops to form a thin ring.

S - Vinegar, must, faint whiff of cherries.

T - Immediately tart, then cherries smooth it out before the sour tartness kicks up a notch and leaves a dry/sour aftertaste.

M - Light and dry. Carbonation is low and adds to the drink well.

D - After the initial shock of the first mouthful it's very moreish and hard to put the glass down. I could handle 2 or 3 of these very well, but not something I would want to drink all day.

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Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light red color that reminds me of strawberries. Almost no head to speak of and little carbonation. It almost looks like cherry kool-aid.

S - The smell is definitely old and musty. Reminds me of grass and hay from an old barn mixed with some old dusty cave water. Plenty of funk and sourness in the nose also.

T - Extreme tartness from the cherries and a nice dollop of mustiness. Definitely pulls the cheeks back of the first couple drinks. However, this is not as acidic as I thought it would be.

M - Thin and watery but I am not expecting anything else.

D - While I thought this beer was great, I'm not sure if I would want to drink them all the time.

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Photo of capra12
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed with speedwayjim and dj schnitzel served out of a tulip on 9/25/09.

Appearance: cloudy, bloody red with hints of orange.

Smell: sour cherries and earthy wood

Taste: opens with sour unripened cherries, which last till the end. I taste what think is brett at the finish leaving a pucker effect.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with and intense puckering affect.

Drinkability: This is growing on me but its drinkability is rather low, but worth a try.

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Photo of danh53
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cherry red with huge foamy pink head the quickly dissipates. No lacing. Aroma is funk, oak, leather, cherries, and vinegar. Taste is tart cherry skins with lots of earth and funk and some vinegar. Mouth feel is light to medium. Very clean with dry oak finish. Cantillon doesn't disappoint with this one.

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Photo of hawks10
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage - 375ml green bottle - Corked, Capped & Foiled - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a beautiful pink grapefruit color, glowing ruby red...reminds me of Hawaiian-Punch. A very sparse bubbly white head forms and recedes into a few streaks of white haze on top of the beer - 4.0

Largely earthy and musty, this one has loads of funk. Wet hay, damp basement, leathery and oaky...rotting driftwood covered in seaweed. Not what most people would enjoy to smell in a beer, but I love it! A nice lactic acid, citrus/lemon peel tartness with some very faint cherry character. It seems most of the fruit component has fallen out of this beer leaving the funk to come forward aggressively. Incredible! - 5.0

Holy shit! This is the most sour beer I have ever tasted! By far the most sour Cantillon I have had and much more sour than the 2009 Vintage Kriek that I had recently. Time has really brought the pucker out in this one! Very acidic, literally like biting into a lemon. Most of the cherry character has left this beer, leaving behind an incredibly sour lambic. Slightly funky, a leafy, prairie-like taste to it but it's hard to pick the subtle nuances out of this beer with the almost overpowering sourness and acidity. After a few sips however, as my palette begins to accept its fate the sourness relaxes a bit revealing a depth of character, something very typical of Cantillon. Barnyard and leather with a bit of oak - 4.5

Medium bodied with very little carbonation. This one sits pretty still in the mouth and just assaults you with a biting sourness and acidity. Very drying and astringent. Heartburn - 3.5

Pretty good overall. Was excited to see how this beer would be after 4+ years in the bottle. I expected sourness, but was not prepared for it to this extreme. Couldn't take anymore of this at the moment, but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna fuck with my palette again in the future - 4.0


2010 Vintage - 375ml green bottle - Corked & Capped - Bottled March 30th, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a beautiful deep, dark ruby red with two fingers of bubbly light pink head forms and quickly recedes, loudly. A thin cap of pink haze remains on the beer for the entire drink - 4.5

No shortage of the typical Cantillon funk in the nose. Musty, wet basement that has stored some well used hay in its day. Leathery and slight oak. The tart cherries are very apparent, but almost take a backseat to the funk, which is fine with me. Very good - 4.5

Wow, fresh, this is an entirely different beer. Slightly tart, but not lip puckering sour at all. Cherries, while apparent, are overshadowed a bit by a very prominent oak/dry flavor. Very funky, much more so than the 2006. Musty, some barnyard and very dry - 4.5

Medium bodied and very spritzy. Highly carbonated, by far the most carbonated serving of a Cantillon beer I have ever had. Burp inducer. Slightly dry in the finish. Good, but the carbonation could be a bit lower - 4.0

Fresh v Aged? Two entirely different beers. The 2006 was possibly the most extreme sour beer I have ever had. The feel was thick and syrupy. The 2010 is light and lively with less sour and more fruit in the taste. Both are very good, but I gotta lean to the fresh version, at least for now...

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

2008 Vintage drunk in 2008.

Glorious colour of orange red with some brick orange around the edges. No head and very low carbonation. Looks like wine.

Amazing nose that screams old oak barrels. Some real strong nutty notes (possible sulfides) are quickly over run by beautiful cherry and raspberry aromas. Then the funk arrives. Not over the top - more earthy funkiness than overtly strong Brett - kind of subdued. Maybe a touch antiseptic with air/warmth. SO much like a Burgundy it is not funny.

Some delicious sour cherry fruit dominates the palate, with some hints of other red fruits. The cherry really picks up with air/warmth and helps level out the very strong acidity. Some sweetness on the mid palate which gives this a real cherry candy feel. Drying tannins. Cantillon class as always.

As with the other Cantillons I have tried, this will not be everyones cup of tea. But I dig complex.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Fairly fresh. Pours a slightly hazy orange reddish amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is funky cherry, a bit of earthiness, a very light sulfur note, and a hint of raspberry. The initial taste has a light sweetness with some cherry. There is more cherry in the taste than the nose. There is also a funky earthiness, and lemon tartness. The finish is tart with cherry and a bit of funkiness. Medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Quite enjoyable. This is quite a bit dryer than the 3F Oude Kriek.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a Cantillon chalice. Bottled May 2013.

Appearance: Poured a one-finger head. Quickly dissipates in thickness, though a thin layer of foam remains on top. Cloudy, red. Good carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherries are the predominate scent. Slight floral notes. Maybe a dash of vanilla.

Taste: Sour cherries carry over, as does the slight floral notes. No vanilla. A little grapefruit comes in towards the end. Slightly medicinal. Light, dry, crisp. Recalls the sourness of some dry white wines. Amazing when paired with food as you would pair white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, slightly carbonated, and a little foamy.

Overall: Cantillon has quickly become one of my favorite breweries. This is my second 75 cl bottle and it grows on my each time. The sourness will come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with lambics. I could sip on this all day. So I will.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, brought back to me from Brussels by a buddy. Thanks Matty!

A - 2006. A bunch of funky shit under the cap. I'm worried. It looks moldy. Whatever, let's see. Popped the cork, beer itself looks fine, underside of cork looks fine. Wiped the top of the bottle. Pours into the St. Feuillien globe a nice raspberry/fiery ruby red with a scant pink head. Not much carbonation observed.

S - Cheesy, funky, horseblankety goodness. Nothing particularly standout, as it smells like a Cantillon should, but however nothing is off. Feet. This is about as "funky" a beer can smell. The more it warms, the easier it is to actually dissect the cherries/funky bacteria.

T - Ultra sour, ultra puckering. The more your tastebuds get used to it, the more you're able to pick out underlying sour cherries and heavy yeast notes. No sweetness, just incredibly tart all around. Love the aftertaste on my lips and on the back of my tongue the most.

M - Attenuation is good, carbonation is lacking. While there, it hardly plays a role, when it seems like it could do nothing but help this beer out. My only real complaint with the beer is with the mouthfeel... but it's a solid complaint.

D - It's good, and I'll get through the bottle, albeit a bit slower than usual.

Notes: My first "good" Cantillon proved to be good. I still don't get the point of cork + crown. Every bottle I've opened from them has been seemingly tainted by the process. Whatever.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. Cork reads 2008. reviewed 7/5/2010.

Ar: funk, sour, lactic acid, very mild acetic acid, tart cherry, lightly floral, somewhat restrained aroma, classic cantillon smell but more fruity, barn/earth increase with warmth and breathing

Ap: clear bright red, medium pink head settles to thin layer quickly

T: very tart, cherries and pitty earthiness, very pleasant earth/cherry mix, ends with warming acid, not as complex as the normal geuze but good, cherry strength increases with warmth, lemon, acid, sour/earthy character adds good depth, starts tart, then cherry fruitiness, then pitty/nutty earthiness, ends wth warming acid

M: very tart but very mild acetic acid so the acid is clean, mild carbonation, warming light end

O: would possibly prefer less sourness and more funk, but good, better after it breathes

I noticed about half way through my first pour that Jean van Roy says to let it breath at room temp for 1/2 hour first. I definitely felt the second pour was better

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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 TheSupremeAJ
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 poured into wine glass.

A- Deep beautiful red rose color with thin white head.
S- Fine sour lambic with pronounced complex cherry scents
T- Very sour and complex. Sour is actually kind of overwhelming in a good way. Cherries are expertly blended.
M- Adequate to low carb is appropriate. Sour cherry lingers and I can taste the citric acid on my lips.
D- Quite sessionable and very good. The best kriek I ever tried.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Cork says bottled in 2007. I had a sample of this on tap earlier this year but this is my first bottle. From notes 12/29/09.

Pours a fruit punch color with a moderate haze. Beer is topped by a small pink head with slightly better retention than other Cantillon beers but after not too long it fades to a thin pink ring.

Cherries and oak are there on the aroma but the fruit is relatively subdued for my expectations. Deeper there's a nice earthy pungency. I think the bright red color led me to believe the cherry character would be stronger than it is.

Flavor isn't sour as advertised but the cherries add an extra tart and sweet complexity to the beer. Vinegar acidity is fairly subtle for a Cantillon but still noticeable while the aftertaste is mouth wateringly pungent. The sour notes missing at first are more present as this beer rises from cellar temperature to room temperature. Dry and earthy brett characteristics are quite well developed on this bottle.

Feel is dry and puckering with good carbonation. Slow drinking beer, best to share a bottle of this size with a friend to avoid getting burned out on the flavors. I actually recorked it halfway through and it drank very well the following day.

Overall an excellent beer but not my favorite Cantillon. I would be interested in having another bottle but the high cost of these beers limits the number I purchase.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle. No pop from the cork. Pour was a darker cherry red than I expected. No head and no lacing. A very still looking beer. Not good signs for me. Wonderful aroma full of tart unsweetened chrerries. A slight woodiness. Taste is the same mixture of cherries, tart ones, and some woodiness which intensifies by the end of the bottle. No carbonation at all, very dry and puckering. Not the most sour beer I have ever tried though. The last third of the bottle is almost undrinkable. It is not the sourness. It is a woody / corky taste that is simply overpowering. I'm not taking away from the taste, but I am taking away from the drinkability. All in all, a good sour lambic, but the raspberry is their sour monster winner so far as I am concerned.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Cantillon, received from the generous FluffyMcTingles. Thank you very much! Bottled 02/14/2011 and reviewed from notes taken 10/26/2011. Poured into a snifter.

A translucent, vibrant, ruby red body with about two centimeters of bubbly, pink head. Brief retention, minimal lacing, but a gorgeous hue nonetheless.

Aroma is of tart cherries, a faint yeast funk, some straw, and hay. A delicate saison-like background that showcases the cherries.

It tastes of cherries, other light fruits, yeast/funk, straw, haw, some faint grasses, and subtle spices. Well balanced, and again highlighting the cherries.

Mouth is crisp, not overly acidic or abrasive, and finishes a bit dry.

Overall, a delicious offering. Easy to see why these are sought after.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather elegant packaging, at least compared to American beers. Sealed with foil, capped, and with a cork, mine being dated 2004. Fizzy soda-like head, that actually sticks around in my Lindemans lambic glass. Dark red body, somewhat translucent if held up to light.

Smells good & tart. Doesnt seem as strong in those qualities as the other two Cantillons I have had.

But oh my, it is certainly tart/sour in the taste. Perhaps stronger than the other two I've had? I think it has more sourness than actual flavor, which is interesting. I cant really pick up on much cherry taste. At least, not the kind of sweet candy cherry flavor Americans are used to.

The mouthfeel is a tart, sour wallop. Awesome and powerful.

I dont think any normal person would have more than one of these at a sitting, considering the price ($6 per 12oz bottle), and the extreme characteristics. Glad I got to try it, and maybe I will have it again one day if I happen upon it.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Deep, cherry red with a slight hint of murk. Head is fairly thin and pale pink. Retention is so-so, as is the amount of lacing. It soon subsides to a foamy ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Cherries, oddly enough, with a hint of sourness and barnyard funk. Not nearly as in-your-face as, say, Rose de Gambrinus, but still plenty going on all the same. There are some woody, earthy aromas lurking in the background, but you'll only get those if you let it sit for a while.

Taste: The taste, on the other hand, is sour - again, it's not at the paint-stripping levels of Rose de Gambrinus. Even so, it's an extremely tart beer and you don't really get any hint of cherries until towards the end - the run up is full of those sour, zesty lambic flavours. When they finally arrive, the cherry flavours are a combination of sweet and tart, with a definite tilt towards the latter.

Feel: Quite dry and acidic, as you'd expect - like a lot of other Cantillon beers, the carbonation is a bit on the frisky side and this helps to accentuate the sourness. Medium body, it doesn't have that cough syrup thing going on that some fruit beers have.

Overall: A top drawer Kriek, but then this is a Cantillon after all. Well worth a try - in terms of sourness it's quite a bit tamer than its raspberry sibling, but that's not to say you'll get easy sipping sweetness. You won't. Well worth trying if you can track it down - availability seems to vary wildly. This is up there with Kasteel Rouge as my favourite cherry beer.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,380 ratings.
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