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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 77black_ships
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favourite beer. Every time I have it, it is just as incredible as the first time around. I greatly prefer this one in 75 cl. bottles but any form is fine for me. Have had this one dozens of times.

Old review from early 2011, first time trying. 2009 vintage [email protected]: about 1 & ½ year old at time of consumption, fairly fresh for this one, nice full red colour with pink head, smells heavily of cherries, tart & funk, oak, hint of rosé wine, taste is restrained at first but quickly turns very sour, very pronounced tart & funk with a sour ending that really lingers on and turns almost acidic in the end, followed by delicious sour cherries, tiny hint of bitterness, absolutely amazing, spectacular even.

Some other notes I have. Tried a 1992 375 ml. bottle courtesy of Martinus @ RBBWG 2013, there were doubts about this beer prior to opening it, which all instantly vanished once we tried this, has kept incredible well, even better integrated than younger bottles, didn’t think that this is possible.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from t'Brugge beer bar. 375ml bottle poured vigorously into a Cantillon gueze glass. Vintage june 5th 2012.

A-Beautiful pink/red with pink/white head that lasted a while.

S-Cantillon funk, cherry, sweet off-wheaty aroma. Light faded hops.

T-Lemon, dark cherry upfront, funky, hay and cherry pie. Yeasty dough. Finish is pure cherry.

M-Heavy carb. Very sour. Off-dry with huge tart finish.

O-Gotta love a fresh fruit lambic.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

AP: Dark purple/red colour, but when held directly in front of the light it's shade is a cross between strawberry and pomegranate. Started with a 1.5" fluffy light pink head that was bubbling thick foam which settled down to 1/8" with light lacing on the sides.
AR: A little ACV, a lot of Belgian barnyard funk, plentiful tart/sour cherries, musty damp wood, grape and apple skins. Beautiful mixture of aromas here.
T: Nice clean crisp flavours of apple cider, sour/tart cherries, grape skins, musty oak, barnyard funky yeast, green apple skins. They all blend harmoniously together in great balance.
M: Mild carbonation, acidity on the tongue is just about right, crisp and leaning towards dry despite the best efforts of the cherries, clean lip smacking cleansing finish.
OV: I love Lambics, Sours and Wild Ales and this is a superb offering. The flavours were in near perfect balance with each other, nothing dominating. Nothing really complex about this brew, but when it's so well crafted like this it doesn't need to be. Just delicious and rewarding, a true treat.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in North Attleboro, MA.

Appearance - Pours a bright cherry colored, slightly hazy body with a light red, huge gushing, fizzy head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell - Has a sweet and sour aroma, fruity cherries, some funkyness, red wine.

Taste - Upfront there are big sour cherry notes, lactic, berries, red wine vinegar. The follow through reveals some sweet notes and a nice oaky aftertaste. Leaves a tart taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Super crisp and carbonated.

Cantillon never lets me down. This was a lot more sour than I was expecting, in a good way. An excellent example of a world-class Kriek. Must try for all Belgian sour fans.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The more I drink this beer, the more I like/love it. Very sweet cherry flavor, as much like a wine as a sour, but the sour does come through in a big way. Gets better as it warms and certainly well made. Oak flavors add to the complexity and enjoyment. If you're into craft, you gotta give the best lambics a try, and this is one of them. Me likey.

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Photo of RichD
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

June 5 2013 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep cherry red. There was not head which made me wonder if I poured this wrong. Nonetheless, this is a gorgeous looking beer.

S: A strong cherry aroma wafted from my glass and intruded my nasal passage. There is a mild funk and oak character that also adds an interesting depth to the smell.

T: As expected the taste is cherry, cherry and of course...oak. The cherry is very potent and juicy and flavorful. The oak flavor along with some mild funk round out the flavor of this. The yeast also contributes to the juiciness of this beer. Also, this is mildly sour but not lip puckering, eye wincing, nose scrunching, fish face making sour. It's more like I shoved 5 cherries into my mouth at the same time. Just wondrous.

M: The drinkability of this is extremely dangerous. If not for the medium level of carbonation I would be drinking myself into a coma. A very light body reminds me of how delicate this beer actually is.

Overall: This is a fine lambic. Cantillon has proven that they set the bar for most sours. This beer is no different. The cherry flavor is top notch and the oak and funk make this an enjoyable beer. I'm glad I got to experience this. I guess I have to find some more of this!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy bright ruby, one finger pink head.

S-Lots of cherries, mild funk and a tad bit of oak.

T-Lots of cherries, maybe too much. Mild funk, tad bit of oak and rather sweet.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, tad watery though.

O-A good Kriek, bordered the line of overly sweet and not sour enough but stayed to the right side of the divide.

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

A. It has a red-orange color with a limited head and limited lace. It is opaque.
S. smells like vinegar.
T/m. This is extremely acidic and has a strong vinegar taste. Full bodied with a long finish.
O. The cork says this was bottled in 2007 and if that's true then it may have been sitting in Muggs Tavern that whole time. I think it is just too old and past it's prime.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Light reddish body. Small white head. A few wisps.

Smell - Cherry and a ton of acidity. Little bit of hay. Some faint funk, but it's there.

Taste - Grain is strangely the first flavor. Then sour cherry. And I mean really sour cherry. Intense sourness of all kinds. Lactic and even some acetic acid. All other components are masked.

Mouthfeel - Overly sour. Medium carbonation. Dry body.

Overall - This is way too sour. Good otherwise.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013. Vintage 2012.

A: Beautiful hazy red-purple. Cranberry?

S: Funky and very lightly fruity. Wine-like.

T: Hm. VERY light-bodied. Ephemeral barnyard funk. Aftertaste is lightly bitter. It grows in me, providing welcome bursts of tart funk as I drink. The sour cherry is distantly but distinctly present. I like it.

M: A little...weak? Very drinkable, but not a lot going on. Almost like a wine spritzer.

O: I like this beer, but I'm not sure I understand the fuss? Delicate and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jonada
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled 22nd March 2012. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours ruby red in color with 2 fingers of an off white/light pinkish head. Body is lightly hazy with medium fine carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Musty funk, hay, sour cherries, oak, some light barnyard.

Taste: Stronger than medium acidic sourness right upfront. Sour cherries, oak, earthy funk along with a hint of herbals notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Relatively soft mouthfeel. Sour, dry finish.

Overall: Really good kriek. The cherries and sourness are the stars of this beer, more so than the funk (though that's not to say it's not there). This is another example why Cantillon is one of the best in the business.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Brothers Beer Bistro alongside Rosee de Gambrinus. From notes.

A - Poured hazy reddish with a pink influence. Medium carbonation, pink two finger head, strong carbonation, spotty lace, half finger of retention.

S - Cherry and tart as hell smelling lemon candies. Couldn't wait to dive in.

T - Tart cherry, cobwebby, horse blanket. Where it stands alone from more modern interpretations of wild, sour, whatever is that the yeast is much more aggressive and just seems more natural if that makes sense. Very fruity while being nice and acid as well.

M - Puckering tartness, strong carbonation and a light to medium body.

O/D - A great fruit lambic. Lovely and drinkable with tons of complexity and deliciousness. Definitely world class.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle bottled May 2013, shared with my future father-in-law today, 8/2/2013 before dinner. Poured into a wine glass at approximately cellar temperature. Have had this multiple times in the past, including at the Brasserie Cantillon a month ago.

The beer pours a rich, clear ruby red with a ton of carbonation present in a bubbly white head that slowly recedes into a thin film and then into nothing at all, like a red wine. Not much lacing is left on the glass as the beer disappears into my mouth. There's nothing about this beer that doesn't say kriek, and my non-beer geek future father-in-law who likes amber ales and red wines found the look interesting.

Smells of dry, tart cherries and a faint background of earthy funkiness, reminding me once again of the smell of the brewery on Rue de Gheude. A bit of oak barrel in there somewhere along with some acidic sourness. Smells tart, refreshing and delicious.

I really enjoy the flavour profile of this beer. A delicious cherry tartness and even fruitiness (perhaps not sweetness) is complemented well with the oak barrel background and the musty Cantillon funk.. which altogether brings a nice puckering acidic sourness. It's a pleasantly sour beer, not super mouthpuckering but the cherry tartness goes along very well with the vinegar-like sourness. It's not as fruity/sweet as the 3F Oude Kriek, but it is a bit more sour.

In the mouth it feels a thinner medium bodied beer that is well carbonated and fizzly on the tongue. Drinks incredibly well, and does not finish dry by any means- really more of a slightly resinous, funky moist feel on the backend.

Great Kriek! Drinks incredibly well and is a very enjoyable brew. All I can say is that I love the flavour profile, aroma and the sourness of Cantillon beers. It reminds me of my recent vacation in Belgium where I visited the brewery twice, and that smell just brings it home for me.. putting a big grin on my face. Love it.

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Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shop: Shop of Burg Bier Brouwerij in Ermelo
Glass: Jopen Stemglass
Name on Label: Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio
Image on Label: Painting of cherry tree in full blossom in a meadow and white houses in the background
ABV: 5%
Ingredients according to label: water, wheat, malted barley, hops, morello cherries
Expiry date: DEC2015
LOT: bottled 17AUG10

It says on the bottle that this kriek is best within one year after bottling.Apparantly, I am more than a year late.

Pours with lots of carbonation and a one finger fine bubbled foam that reduces to a thin layer immediately. Body is beautiful clear red almost without any visible carbonation after the beer has settled.

smells of the morello cherries it was brewed with, some candy and tartness.

Does have the refreshingly sour taste of a lambic. There is also some sweetness and only a little bit of funk. Cherries are a little in the background and there are also raspberries.

Though there is only little carbonation it does not feel stale or watery, however I would like it to be more spritzy. There is some oily feel on the tongue.

I am still a newbie to the lambic world and this sometimes overpowering sourness is still a turn off for me, but this is not true for this one. In my opinion the sourness is very enjoyable. I love cherries and consequently the smell of this beer but the cherry flavor could be stronger in the taste. I studied the Cantillon webpage and found out that if the beer is older the lambic taste starts dominating the cherry taste. Next time I will try a younger one.

All in all a very nice representative of the style.

Ok, as promised I am back with a younger one. It is just over a year old. There is more carbonation and more fruity taste, though rather raspberry than cherry. However, they are right that it is somewhat better when young.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 14/7/13 bottled Jan, 2013

A slight haze in a dark ruby red body, lovely color with a large short lived pink foam that leaves no lace, about what I expected

S cheesy funks strong, leafy hops, real cherries, wet wood, jujubes, more funk, faint gym socks, and some cranberries

T even more funk but the cherries are a little stronger too, I'm getting some strawberries I didn't smell along with some dry cereal

M light bodied, a little foamy, tart and sour but its not turning my mouth inside-out, cherries and woody funk linger on the finish

O I was expecting a little more fruit in this relatively fresh lambic but I can live with the heavy funk, other then that it's more or less what I was expecting

I knew sooner or later I'd need to cough up the cash to try this one, its a solid brew and a funk monster but its hard to drop the dough when I could get few great brews for the same price as this single bottle. That being said I'm probably going to buy more Cantillon in the near future for no other reason then I've yet to try it

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Photo of EdKing
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/16/12 Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is reddish, with some amber tinge. It’s not like those bright pink krieks, cloudy with white head. Nose is very sour, burnt white sugar, cherry, sour little cheesy yeast. Taste is acidic sour, lip smackingly so. Bit of cherry fruit, white apple sour and some citric tongue curling sour. 3.8 Rerate - Keg in Craft Beer Co. 2nd B’day. Great balance between sweet and sour. Nose is minerally cherry fruit, raspberries, sugary merengue, bit of farmyard and mud, Taste is lots of granny smith sour, bit of sour raspberry and subtle cherry. Great nose and sour taste.Keg in Craft Beer Co. 2nd B’day. Great balance between sweet and sour. Nose is minerally cherry fruit, raspberries, sugary merengue, bit of farmyard and mud, Taste is lots of granny smith sour, bit of sour raspberry and subtle cherry. Great nose and sour taste.

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

Poured into my Shelton Bros. sampler at "The Festival."

Beer was quite red, very pretty, not too much apparent carbonation or head.

The nose was quite tart, from the smell I really thought this was going to be one extremely sour beer.

The taste was surprisingly mild on the sour front, I would describe it as mildly tart and not at all in an acidic way that many sour beers develop. Definitely got some hints of cherries here, this was truly a delightful beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Glowing red; no head

Aroma: Very sour; sickly sweet

Taste: Very dry; sour; tart fruit; lingering fruit flavor

Remarks: Refreshing; not bad for a kriek, but still not my thing overall

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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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 jeonseh
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle

A - Bright cherry with light brown accents and a small white head

S - Sour bing cherries, lemon peel, lemon, lactic acid, and a slight blue cheese funk

T - Tartness is comes up as the lemon and lactic acid makes itself known. The cherry comes through next to give a slight, darker, almost bing cherry-like flavor. The finish has some of the funk that I picked up in the nose as well as light oak.

M - Tons of carbonation that makes this a zesty beer with a slight bite. Dry finish

O - Solid kriek with lots of tartness to it instead of being too sweet (this is one of my pet peeves with some of the beers in this still). It brings nice cherry flavor while still allowing the lambic tartness to shine through

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep pinkish red color with a one finger light pink head. Some fair lace.

S: Incredible. Deep tart red cherry notes, oak, hay, chestnut meal, raspberries and cream and a touch of funk. As it warms, an almost spicy oak note begins to emerge with some more funk.

T: A big, meaty sour cherry note upfront with some raspberry preserves, lemony tartness and cherry skins. The tartness lingers on your tongue forever, never really becoming overpoweringly sour. Just a hint of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel light enough without detracting from the flavors. This is awesome stuff.

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Photo of mick303
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottled (May 27, 2011) drank (May 9, 2013). Gave a nice spritzy pink head, receded relatively quickly leaving some light lacing. Colour is a rich cherry read, with lots of visible carbonation. 4

S – sour cherry, viney-ness, macaroon?, bakery sweets in anycase, some macerated sweetness. Honey cake, smoky chestnuts, a definite full yeastiness, slightly toasty (with cherry jam on top obviously). Very interesting, with well-integrated subtleties making a very characterful aroma. 4.25

T – A thoroughly mesmerizing experience. A balanced cherry sourness, a lot of fruitiness coming through, with light biscuity maltiness and an underlying macerated sweetness. A pleasant earthiness, almond, farmy hay, with a pleasant ‘meaty’ yeasty character, some blood orange. Sourness is not as intense as I might have expected, more of a deliciously balanced tartness. Yet it remains refreshing and very full on the palate. 4.75

M – Pleasant and light, with an upfront tartness, pleasant refreshing carbonation, but a full body of balanced sour cherry flavor that coats the palate, finish leaves a coating cherry sweetness, almost filmy on the palate, lingers on nicely, vineyard character. 4.5

My first Cantillon and the best lambic-style I’ve come across, I think that’s because the sourness is not as intensely in-your-face, this offers a balanced, intricate tart, semisweet flavor profile, with amazing feel and complexity. A work of art in every sense, this will definitely entice me to try more from Cantillon. 4.5

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque pinkish purple with a pink head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - dry cherry, soft leather, mild floral, wood.

T - dry cherry, acetic, wood, slightly salty.

M - light-medium body. Semi-oily and creamy. Mouth watering. Moderately sour.

O - a very good example of a traditional Kriek, but Cascade Kriek is still number one for me.

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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 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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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,347 ratings.
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