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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aerated cask at Moeder Lambic Saint Gilles. Drinking on a sunny afternoon on the patio, Monday April 22. Life is good.

Lovely presentation in a tulip glass. Bright red, a little hazy, with a bright pink head of foam.

Nose is red cherries, flowers, wheat malt, some old wood.

Served at a nice, slightly chilled temperature. Tastes so smooth of fresh cherries, wheat malt, with a hint of lemon. A little bitterness from the cherry pits and a hint of hops. Not very sour and not much more sour than fresh cherries. A little overpour on the glass is sticky, suggesting a little residual sugar or sugar addition.

Body is light and the mouthfeel is soft with big round bubbles that float on the tongue but without hardly any fizziness.

A lovely beer to be drinking when the cherry trees are blooming. Although it lacks the complexity of a gueze kriek, honesty and simplicity is this beer's virtue, as well as its price.

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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 heapofaoatmeal
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a corked bottle into a oregon pinot noir glass. cork said 2007 drank january 2009.

pink/red beer very carbonated with little head. had yeast sediment which was large and clumpy.

smell was all acid. maybe a touch of wheat, but no cherry smell.

tart refreshing very dry. cherry flavor is all dark fruit cherry with no residual sweetness which is subdued. fruit seems to fill hole from lack of body left by dryness without being the star fo the show. wow this is good.

just a touch of acetic acid cuts through the lactic acid goodness. tartness adds up as i continue to sip. food is needed to cut this buildup but it plays well with food.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Allagash chalice. There is a large creamy looking light head atop a ros colored body.

The aroma is full of cherry with the signature Cantillon yeast taking a back seat, but still present.

The taste starts out with an ever so slightly sweet cherry. This is quickly overrun by grapefruit rind and sour. The balance here is nice. This has a strong fruit presence.

The body is light and the carbonation is relatively smooth.

Well it's Cantillon so it scores high in my book. This might be the best fruit lambic they make.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light red, slightly cloudy, with a very thin layer of small bubbles. Nose is cherries, quite tart, with a strong Brett earthiness. Flavor is very tart, making me sweat at the temples; more of the Brett barnyard in the background. Feel has low carbonation and a beautiful tart aftertaste. The tartness detracts from the drinkability; sit down and enjoy this one over an hour: the flavor profile will change as it warms and oxidizes.

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Photo of kmatlack
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 3 September 2010. Shared with my wife and father while watching In Bruges. Poured into 2 wine glasses and a brandy snifter. Popped the cap off and a black liquid that smelled like a trash dumpster came seeping out of the cork and ran down the bottle. Strange.

A- Pours a very effervescent cloudy red color into my glass with a pink half finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves small white bubbles on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, funk, lemon. You get some of that musty moist smell like you just walked into a barn full of moist hay with the cobwebs and everything.

T- Absolutely amazing mouth puckering factor here. Lactic acid first, when it dies down there is an amazing tart sour cherry flavor mixed with oak, some lemon peels. On the back end there is lingering red fruits with a little bit of bitterness, still tart though.

M- Dry and crisp, doesnt appear to have any carbonation in the glass but there is plenty on the tongue.

O- Absolutely fantastic. Glad my local bottle shop has this regularly. My first Cantillon and definitely the best sour beer ive had to date.

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Photo of jthor018
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red with a nice pinkish head.
S: Smells like cherries and some sourness gets caught in my nose.
T: Sour with a bit of cherry flavor. Very interesting flavor that makes my eyes all squinty like biting into a lemon. But a great taste.
M & D: Bubbly and awesome. Tickles my tongue and makes my head think of cherry flavored champagne. Very drink about.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

One of the best Cantillons, an underrated one.

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Photo of 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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Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a beautiful dark rose. Big fizzy pink head settles quickly to a nice thinger width. I think kriek is the most refreshing looking drink on earth, and this one looks exactly how it's supposed to.

Despite some of the previous reviews, I find the aroma quite subtle. It's all light cherries up front. Just the slightest tartness comes up after that, giving it a very fresh smell.

There's an instant before the tartness takes over that you get a nice fruitiness from the cherries (just like the aroma). Then you get the tartness, but it certainly isn't overblown, I wouldn't call this brew sour. Just a bit of barnyard together with a drying yeastiness in the finish. I got a metallic twang off my first couple sips, so I'd let it sit in the glass for a minute or two. Once the tartness gets off the tongue it's a nice cherry afterglow.

An acquired taste, maybe, but no less a classic (both style and take). If you find it too much, let the first sip roll around in the mouth for awhile until you get accustomed to the tartness, then you can really enjoy what this fine beer has to offer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Jerico
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Deep, vibrant red - like cranberry juice. Slight head that fades quickly and leaves a faint ring.

S - Tart and sour with a cheery background with that famous funk in the background that is more noticeable after a swirld around the glass (I hate that word - it makes it sound negative!).

T - Very tart and sour, with a delicate and slight cherry taste. This is not a sweet kriek. Leaves a tart aftertaste as well, that makes you want to taker another sip. Delicious.

M - Light and sparkly, with carbonation that sticks to the the tongue for a few seconds. Only slightly dry.

D - An outstanding drink, for those who enjoy the bitter and sour taste that Cantillon does so well. This is not for those who like their lambics sweet.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at lord hobos on zwanze day 2011.

This beer pours a nice ruby red color with a huge white head (the bartenders had two pictures going allowing the foam to settle because the beer was pouring with way to much head) the smell is slightly funky more so on the earthy side than the horse blanket side , that is followed by cherries very tart cherries. Te flavor is very similar but the funk is pretty well covered up by the sourness and big tart cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and Puckering with good carbonation. Overall this is a truly excellent kriek I like it more than 3F and hanssens

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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 DrinkSlurm
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Avenue Pub in NOLA - One of my favorite beer bars in the US.
33cl bottle. Bottled june 29 2012. Of course, Avenue does it right...provided in a Geuze/Lambic basket.
Pours a see through slightly hazy ruby red with perfect carbonation into my wine glass. The aromas of funk and cherry just fill the air around me..so awesome. More aromas of barnyard funk and hay. Sour notes are also coming through. Taste is mouthwatering tart cherry and funky pale malts. Wow...this truly is amazing. I had huge hopes on this and it didnt dissapoint. Ive had it at Cantillon but it was a single glass...(the word but seemingly doesnt belong in this sentance), but this time I had the entire bottle for myself. Such a great brew. If you like sours, Cantillon sets the bar...if you are new to sours, dont start here...it only gets worse.
As perfect as I will rate...

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Photo of shand
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Kriek pours out a brilliant ruby with a small light red head that quickly drops. Beautiful looking. The aroma is a nice musty, tart cherry with a solid amount of acidity. The taste is beautiful, providing layers of yeast, tart cherry, oak, and lactic acid. It's a very bright and crisp beer. The aftertaste is a thing of beauty, with a lingering delicate tart cherry skin flavor hanging out for quite some time. Basically - if you like fruit beers, you absolutely have to try this. Cantillon Kriek and New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red are easily the best two cherry beers on the market, and each represent a different side of the coin - sweetness for the New Glarus and tartness for the Cantillon.

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours ruby red, quite bright. The nose indicates this will be very tart with notes of cherries, spur yeast, sour bugs, and earthy dust/straw. Unlike some beers, the taste follows the nose to the tee. This has super smooth, high carb, and light feel.

Once again, outstanding. I don't think this is worth the hassle and on par with the Lou Pepe Kriek.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 bottle, consumed on the high seas, with the girlfriend, on a 40' Tiara. The yeast cake was so rigid that the pour remained unclouded despite the inevitable turbulence. I was shocked by this.

A - Rustic strawberry-red tint, a froth comprised of medium-large soapy bubbles from a hard pour; it's Lambic, what do you expect? Also, see above...

S - The nose is briny, astringent, and also cherry laden; there is an element equally bushy and green, like the harvest of fruit rather than the fruit itself; a theme not unusual for Cantillon. As it airs out, lots of wood and lactic sourness become apparent as well. This is big-boy Kriek.

T - As I said, this is big-boy Kriek. This is quite tart and astringent, and perhaps requires a developed palate to appreciate. Horse funk and old hay are in play here. Fruit flavor is subdued, and it is equally suggestive of bushy and unripe berry as it is evocative of the familiar cherry in the state of jam-confection.

M - Very complex; punchy carbonation quickly segues into a soft silky feel; this is followed by a long drying finish that highlights sulfur, apple and wood; and finally, it leaves a mouth-watering impression.

O - Very good.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into tulip.

This brew pours a beautiful rich red indicative of the cherries used to make it. No head at all but more carbonation than I was expecting. I did pour very slow because this is my first Cantillon lambic and I wanted to savor every second. It smells of sour cherries. There is nothing artificial hitting the senses. You can smell the wood barrels that this.kriek was aged in. I pleasant funk dominates the palate and by holding it in your mouth for a few seconds you can feel the flavor evolve from sour to earthly with the cherries making their presence known throughout. A good.amount of carbonation and a well balanced mouth feel. Overall, this is the best lambic I have had to date. If it wasn't so hard to get, I would buy more. Absolutely outstanding...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, New York.

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

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

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

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

A near perfect beer, just super well crafted.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Publican in Chicago - 12oz pour served in a tulip glass

A - Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Bright ruby red / pinkish in color with about a half finger of pink head that fades pretty quick.

S - Tart cherries, barnyard funk, dry champagne smell

T - Lots of tart cherries up front provide a fair amount of sourness, but not overly sour. Then on the back end you get that funky barnyard taste, followed by a touch of sweetness. I keep wanting another sip after each one...

M - Light / medium bodied with a very fine champagne-like carbonation which allows the flavors to really move around from sour, to funky, to sweet.

O - An outstanding, world-class lambic. If I could drink this all of the time, I would. The best kriek I've had to date.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of pink head which slowly settled in to the edges of the glass while drinking. The color is bold ruby red that is darker then I expected. Active carbonation is pretty much on par for the style.

Smell: Sprite yeast, tart yet surprisingly juicy cherries, and oak all rush the drinker immediately. Earth, straw, figs, and a touch of darker fruits like blackberries raspberries all shine on the body. That rustic, funky oak continues to blast through to the back end with some sugary cherry tartness wishing you a sweet farewell.

Taste: The second this beer touches your lips, such a wonderfully rounded tartness explodes. The woody oak notes are really unlike any other beer I've ever had, rich mature oak and there is some brighter flavors resembling cedar. The cherries on the body are have the flavors of dried cherries, giving off plenty of sweetness but remains grounded throughout. Dancing on the back end is this bright bouquet of citrus fruits playing along well with the oak and cherries. Lingering tartness with faint dark fruits and breathable woody notes sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very noticeable while drinking, but fits perfectly with everything going on. Bright fruits produced from the yeast are unrivaled.

Overall: My first Cantillon was a special treat. I really couldn't find a way past the incredible flavors the oak produce in this beer. The oak manages to round all of the corners perfectly together, especially the cherries which take on a much darker profile then I expected. A truly wonderful experience.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 750 ml bottle for 14.99 at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Its been almost 3 years since Ive had Cantillon Kriek and its as good as I remember it.

Pours a glowing cranberry orange color. Through the haze brisk carbonation is very prominent. With a hard pour a fizzy pinkish head emerges and quickly fizzles away leaving moderate lacing behind. The aroma is full of trademark Cantillon funk with lots of horse blanket and wet hay. there's also some honeyish malt and a clear acidity. Some sulfur hides in the background. I couldnt detect any cherry.

The taste is super sour and also immensely complex as you would expect from a good Kriek. There is lots of barnyardy notes and lactic acidity. There is also a good measure of woody cherry pit flavor and some tart cherry fruit. Musty cheese and sweaty socks figure in there too. As the glass warms the sourness becomes ever more puckering. The finish is as sour as they come and still very complex. The mouthfeel is light with a active but not abrasive carbonation.

This is a fantastic Kriek. Cantillon truly makes the benchmark for the style, so intense and enigmatic. A must try.

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

12 oz bottle bottled in 2006 poured into ommegang glass after allowing to breathe

Appearance: No head whatsoever and a ruby cranberry juice like color, no signs of carbonation

Smell: FUnky cheese, warm brie rind, mushroom, vegetal, and o yea a little raspberry and cherry,cherry.

Taste: Really hits the back of the palate, some of that funky aroma carries over to the flavor as well with some bitter cheese rind and this beer is SOUR, the flavor is intense as about anything ive had and just puckering sour. awesome. The finish is surprisingly juicy and fruity with sweetness and the cherry really shines at this point on the finish and lingers and lingers.

Overall: Cantillon is what it is, they make the best lambic beers in the world. Period. This is one of the best fruit beers that are in the world that will redefine you definition of fruit beer if you have not had it. Just outstanding

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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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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,346 ratings.
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