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 | website

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 corby112
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

29 June 2012

Pours a dark ruby red color that's completely opaque with a half finger pinkish white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard character that gives off hints of dry oak, horsebkanket, cobweb and wet earth along with uber fresh cherry. Sweet sugars, fruit skins and cherry pit but the nose is dominated by the funky bugs, oak barrel and lactic notes.

Tart and puckering with the perfect amount of sour acidity balanced out by sweet fruit sugars. This is a recent vintage so the cherries really stand out with an almost dessert/pie like flavor but the sweetness is excellently balanced by earthy barnyard funk, dry oak and acetic vinegar. Very dry and tart throughout with earthy oak, lactic and acetic funk, and a lingering vinegar-like flavor in the finish that has me salivating for more. Aggressively sour but never too harsh or solvent like because of the freshness of the fruit. Again, I'm picking up the skin and pit of the fruit which adds complexity while complimenting the sour, earthy funk flavors. Not a beginner sour/Lambic but I find it delicious and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottling. Green 12.7oz corked & capped split into wine glasses with the wife.

A: Pours a hazy pink/rose color with plenty of turbidity...should have left the yeast in the bottle...pink head has better retention than I'm used to in lambics.

S: Lemon and funk, cherry juice, faint barnyard, lactic and acidic.

T: Lemon tartness, funk, cherry sour, just a touch of malt sweetness on the finish, probably only detectable because of the age of this bottle and how the cherries have faded some. There is a bit of barnyard in there...acidic and a bit lactic.

MF: Lighter, well-carbonated tart mouthfeel...refreshing and puckering.

O: I like it better than Rose de Gambrinus. A decent Kriek; however I will need to search these beers out fresher, as the fruit flavor is really what I prefer in these beers over the sour/tartness.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone RIS tulip glass.

Pours a rich, crystal clear, ruby red with a pink head that builds up quick and dissipates right away. Nose is tart cherries, grapes, plums and sour fruits and just a slight hint of something woody. The taste is super tart, sour cherries, red grapes, pears, raspberries all rounded out with a very effervescent kick. The extreme carbonation fades out and leaves notes of tart cherry juice sitting on the tongue. Originally I thought I'd prefer this over the raspberry Cantillon I bought at the same time but I actually think I may have liked the Rose de Gambrinus slightly better. This is still a great lambic and it satisfies the craving I had for a sour ever since I had Gueze Fond at dinner. I hope to find more Cantillon at some point, especially Blaeber.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark deep ruby red color. Some pink in the head. The head is frothy but doesn't have a lot of retention. Perfectly translucent.

S: The cherry tartness is what dominates the smell, obviously. But, there is the usual funky ness that is to be expected from any Cantillon beer. The horse blanket and overall mustiness are there.

T: Well, it's a strong strong cherry acidic bite. It's amazing. And it's just nicely balanced by the mustiness. Top tier.

M: As usual, light and refreshing. The carbonation is strong but it doesn't sting the tongue.

O: It is a great beer, but you have to expect the immense tartness of this beer. For those who enjoy sour beers, this is a no brainer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with three fingers of the shortest lasting head I've ever seen. Seriously, the head was completely gone in less than ten seconds. Carbonation appears very strong, though.

S: Loads of musty Brett funk with sour cherries in the background. This beer is full of funk - quite musty. The cherries are subtle, but certainly there.

T: Cherries are now upfront with moderate lactic and acetic acid in the background. Brett funk is still there - lots of barnyard flavor. Pretty in your face with the sourness and the funk.

M: Light mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: A decent Kriek, but the acetic acid is a bit much. If everything was tuned down a bit in this beer the complexity would come out a bit more I think. It's tough to rate this style since there are so few traditional versions of it, but I prefer 3F by a large margin.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle as a present. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark rose. Bright pink hues at light. Head is a pale pink and drops to a thin, bubbly collar and almost non-existent head almost instantly. Hazed. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Sweet cherry cinnamon. Cinnamon cherry bread without the overt breadiness. Huge citric tart. Cherry skins and flesh. Some lemon zest and underlying funk. Woody with some musty undertones. Almost sugary at times. So very tart. Clean citric bite. Some fruity leather. So much cherry.

Taste: Biting citric tartness. Juicy cherry flesh and skins. Some light powdery yeast. Incredibly dry tartness. Some hints of oak. Musty cellar is faint. Long lingering tart cherry. Pushes toward sour, but remains decidedly tart.

Mouthfeel: Puckering dryness. Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Nice mild carbonation. So very dry.

Overall: There's a reason Cantillon is among the best. This beer cements that reason.

Loaded with tart and cherry. Aggressive but complex. This is the elixir of dreams. I'm not sure a fruit Lambic can really improve from here if you're in to the super tart thing. A bit more fruit wouldn't hurt, but not having it doesn't hurt it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem.
Scene: (I sit a in rocking chair, stroking a long, gray beard) "Back in the early 2010, I could reliably find this on the shelf. Oh, how the times have changed."

Note: 2009 vintage

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Ruby from a distance, a solid pink in the light with some lighter tones and clarity around the edges - moderately-sized, pinkish white head, fades to a creamy ring - lacing is transient

Smell: Utterly ridiculous - basically, it smells like a fresh-baked cherry bread sprinked with cinnamon and some other spices - cherry jam, sweet but not with any added sugar - lightly bready malts, but this is really all about the fruit - very tart, with some funk - light barnyard and some oak

Taste: Nonstop, unrestrained tart assault - so, so tart - more tart than I thought cherries could be tart - acidic sourness, and did I mention this is tart? - cherries and cherry skin, with some yeast - the light sweetness works with the light, pale malts to create a flavor reminiscent of a cherry bread, or dry cherry cookies

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, epic sour tartness that completely dominates the mouth

Overall: Quite possibly the most ridiculous fruit lambic I've ever had

I had high expectations for this beer, as it is from Cantillon. Somehow this was even more intense than I expected. So much cherry tartness. This is like eating some kind of ridiculous cherry bread, but more magical.

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Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, thanks Marcos!

Rose red body, white head & lace. Rich, soured cherries and funky yeast greet my nose. Fresh cherries dance on my tongue as the acetic base induces puckering from my jaw. Intensely flavored, good sourness. Not as crazy as the '07s I've previously enjoyed, still delicious!

Tied with Fou'Foune for my favorite shelf Cantillon.

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Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully - murky cranberry body topped with off-white to pink head that retains very well. Great lacing and tons of active beading.

Tart cherries, lemongrass, fresh apple, funky yeast - very inviting.

Far more complex than I was anticipating... various sour red fruits, faint vinegar qualities, cherry pie, definite rhubarb notes, cane sugar... it keeps changing on me. What an interesting beer - in the best way possible.

Very drinkable given how imposing the flavors are. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating review on 7/19/15 as I go through my tasting notes over the past few months. Enjoyed this one out of a 375 mL bottle at Beer Kitchen in April. Label is stamped with a bottling date of 11/27/14, making this probably the youngest I've enjoyed this beer at a little under five months old. Poured into a classic Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance (4.75) - One of the most striking beers I've ever seen, with the body a somewhat cloudy/opaque cherry red hue. Bright, with almost a neon-like quality to it as the sunlight hits the glass. Atop the body sits a middling pinkish-white head of medium-sized suds. Retention is not for long, taking a few minutes to settle as a ringlet of foam around the sides of the glass with no discernible lacing to be found. Still, the color is the hero of this beer's look.

Smell (4.75) - As to be expected, the aroma leads with a wafting of sour cherry, followed closely by funky wet hay and musty oak characteristics to give the fruit some balance. It's that musty quality that really makes this beer what it is and separates it from, not only fruit beers, but other beers in the kriek style.

Taste (4.5) - The taste follows the smell quite closely, with a balance of sour cherry, barnyard funk and oaky tannins. There is also a sort of candy cinnamon undertone that I often sense from really well-done cherry-infused beers. It's not sweet or artificial like candy, but it's not a cinnamon-stick kind of cinnamon either. As it warms, the sour become more intense and the cherry really overpowers the funk and oak characteristics in a good way.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light bodied and moderately carbonated, with a fairly dry finish in spite of the fruit. There is also a definite puckering feel, especially as the temperature increases over time.

Overall (4.5), just a fantastic beer. It was the first kriek I ever had, early on in my foray into the wonderful world of sour beers, and it's nice to have it again now that I have so much more experience. It still holds the top spot for me as far as krieks go, and it will be hard to find one that can top it.

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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 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 spdyfire83
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

252nd Review
37.5cl bottle poured in a Cantillon stemmed lambic glass
Vintage: 2000

Enjoyed at DHvL in early June 2012. This beer concluded the dinner session of an enjoyable day with Joost, Jessie, Helena, Tom & Co. Enjoyed immediately following a mediocre '90 Wets Geuze that is non-existent to review on this site.

A: Pours a soft pinkish red. Three quarter (foamy off-white) fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Smells of raspberry, soft sweetness, and touch of funk + sourness. Classic (Cantillon) lambic smell and raspberry makes this very enjoyable to sniff.

T: Pungent punch of sour from the start! Soft raspberry follows with nice blend/balance of funk and must. Mild cherry tartness towards the end and a nice hint of sweetness, but most of the fruit is gone. Good stuff!

M: Light/medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: Overall, a very nice and tasty beer. As previously mentioned, the fruit is mostly gone/faded on this. To re-balance itself I think this vintage could stand to sit for a bit and mellow out. However, classic/vintage Cantillon rarely disappoints and this follows that mantra.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a light pinkish red with nice clarity. Rose colored head forms and dissipates quickly, minimal lacing present. The aroma features tart and dry cherries with notes of oak and tannins. The flavor starts with a bit of tart cherry, but never becomes sour. Instead the flavor dries quickly and has a very neutral finish. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice lambic, although I was hoping for a little more tartness. Definitely a change of pace compared to other krieks I have encountered.

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

Served to me at Cantillon following the tour.

Brilliant bright pink color, clear and with a nice clean head.

Smells tart right off the bat with lots of cherry aromas coming through as well.

Compared to the Lambic and Gueuze this was much more tart. The cherrys bring about such a great offset of flavor, quite an awesome beer.

Easy to drink, and I would drink this all the time if it was easily found.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Pours deep cherry red with a fizzy, soapy looking pink head that soon subsides. Minimal slippery lace. Strong nose of powerfully tart cherries; lemony acidity, and a light funky straw barn component. Perhaps a hint of...leather?

Very sour cherry flavor that's bone dry; lots of lemon and acidity; again some musty hay and funk notes. Both sweetness and vinegar aspects are extremely minimal-this is all about in your face sour cherry. Subtler notes of oak, green apple, and more emerge as the beers opens a bit.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style; medium to very slightly light with spritely carbonation. Crisp and puckering. Probably the best kriek I've had although I haven't opened my Lou Pepe yet. Similar in intensity to Hanssen's kriek.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark pink with a huge light pink head that fades down to about 1/2 finger and lingers.

Lots of sweet cherry aroma with some acidity and oak.

Starts off with very sweet cherries almost like cherry pie filling. Some vinegar and oak on the back end. Not so much traditional sourness as just biting acidity.

Lighter bodied beer with medium high carbonation.

Not horrible, but below average and nowhere near the standard I usually expect from Cantillon. The cherry sweetness and massive acidity create a medicinal taste.

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Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hoppypocket for my first taste of Cantillon.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle; bottled 10 December, 2011- best before 12/2015.

Appearance: A dark pink body which is reflected as light pink in the head. Foam is massive, very foamy and dissolves like Alka Seltzer.

Smell: Strong acidic cherries balanced by a bit of a lactic aroma. Some whispers of wood. Sweet and tart.

Taste: Intense sour cherries without being too mouth puckering. As it warms, the sourness is followed immediately by a nice sweetness. More acidic than lactic. Some raw cork in the finish as well as a tiny bit of salt?

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, intense with a dry and clean finish. Just a lingering tartness remains.

Overall: Hype is definitely deserved for this brewery and I will seek more out. Simply stellar.

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Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared by dougofthefuture. Thanks!

Cork bears 2009.

Deep pink-violet colored with a light pink head. Strong funk and soft cherries in the aroma. Tastes puckering sour and clean, but with hints of vinegar. Notes of oak as well. The fruit is not as intense as the color led me to believe. Clean, dry and effervescent feel.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with BPK59. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Taken from notes.

A - Pours a rosey red strawberry hue with a one finger creamy head that leaves thick lacing and a nice quarter inch blanket.

S - Cherries and oak, cherries and oak. Sweet yet tart, so so tasty smelling. Funky and inviting.

T - Almost meaty cherry. Light barrel notes, cherry, both fresh and other with tart oak and vanilla. Wow. Sour deliciousness. Cherry blossom deliciousness.

M - Bit too carbonated. Good tart finish and oak barrel end.

O - So, so, so fucking good. This is another great example of wonderfulness from Cantillon. Superbly done.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium red color with pink overtones. Fairly large light pink head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mild funk, tart cherries and some citrus notes.

Taste: Sour cherries, a touch of funk, and a slight black pepper-like spiciness. I also get some citrus notes. The beer finishes fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly brisk level of carbonation.

Overall: Good sour.

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lambic beers are typically flat, but this bottle of Cantillon Kriek poured with an abundance of pink-tinted froth which, despite consistent and loud crackling (it sounds like bacon hitting a hot pan), fades very little. Without it what's in the glass might easily be mistaken for cranberry juice. It's a beer pretty enough to decorate a little girl's room with.

Kriek, Framboise, Gueuze, Faro - changing the prefix to 'Lambic' doesn't much change its aroma. This smell is sour, vinegar-y, musty and acidic. The only kind of cherries noted in this bouquet are of the festered and fermented variety. (Having an impractically overgrown cherry tree in the backyard I know that scent all too well.)

And yet, rotted fruit and musty vinegar notwithstanding, the beer is ridiculously refreshing, assuming one has a penchant for sourness. Its natural acidity is extravagantly quenching. An almost puckering tartness spreads over the palate like aphids over the canopy of trees, but it's not at all astringent, and the cherries add some sweetness to the mix.

Though a cherry beer, this drinks more like cranberry juice (by which I mean the real stuff - not from concentrate and certainly not "cocktail"). It is lightly bitter and notably sour. Fruity yet not at all in the typical sugary, sweet sense. The ultra-light body and pin-prick carbonation make it a godsend on hot days. How did beer like this ever fall out of style?

Kriek-Lambic is a style that has not much been improved on since its inception, however many centuries ago. The modern, commercial examples that add fruit juices or sugar may appeal to a wider audience but, for my money, there's nothing more appetizing than lemon juice acidity, mildewy oak wood must, and the tartness of wild yeasts and bacterias.

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Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11. 375ml bottle.

A: Mildly hazy dark reddish pink in color. Forms a rather small, fizzy, bubbly light pink head that reduces down to nothing more than a thick ring around the edge. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aroma is quite sour with notes of acetic acid and cider vinegar on the front end and juicy cherries on the back.

T: This one starts off with an aggressive sourness that made me wonder why I was drinking this beer to begin with. But after the first few sips the complexity really starts to show. Light notes of barnyard, earth, basement, and a musty quality. Then the cherries kick in and this beer becomes quite fruity and juicy with a pleasant sour cherry tartness. Finishes crisp and dry and rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied, tart-sour, crisp and dry. Spry carbonation at first moderates as the beer warms.

O: A fine, complex sour beer which I came to appreciate and enjoy even though sours aren't my favorite.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ brewery.

I prefered the raspberry based lambic. Found the cherry flavors more cough/syrupy sweet, with less of the salty tartness. More dark cherry flavors, more my preference, I could see how others would enjoy this though. Everyone needs to sample cantillon brews, this one included.

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontinas.

Appearance: Pours a Cloudy red with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural tart cherries with a mild sweetness. Sour and funky in the background.

Taste: The cherry flavor is so natural, more so than from the bottle. Smooth cherry tartness, not very sweet, tart, bitter, and sour in the finish.

Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that goes from slick to dry.

Overall: I loved the real cherry flavor. My wife who doesn't like sours ordered one after having mine. So smooth and easy drinking.

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