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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1443
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 18:56:11 | More by mick303
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Explosive aroma with whiffs of funk and sweet fruits.

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 19:37:03 | More by Hibernator
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

My first sample from this brewery...

It pours from the capped and corked(2007) 12oz bottle a cloudy light red colour with a small head of foam that breaks up quickly to just some spotting with some lacing/

The smell is super sour at first..nothing else hits my nose but after a few more whiffs, I can smell some cherry presence. Good nose for me, yeah.

The taste starts off the same as the smell..sour to the nth degree, especially up front. More sips in and the cherries, be they black or be they red, add a bit of sweetness to take a small bite out of the tartness, and there's a underling earthiness dealty out by the malt and that works well for my palate. Very well. Towards the finish is where I mostly notice the fruit; not over powering like the Kriek from Lindemans, which I consider more of a fruit beer, but defintely there and adding kust the right flavour to keep this Lambic more true to style.

I think it's still light bodied but very close to medium, the carbonation is lightly but rightly done, and, being a fan of brews that travel into the land of sour, drinkability for me is in the upper stratosphere. This is one tasty and fabulous brew! Thanks again, Joe!!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:35:16 | More by Bitterbill
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Ljunkan

Sweden

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice red color (as with most krieks...). The head is quite small though, and it's dying.

The smell is very... lambic-like. Lot's of acidity-like aromas in there. Some sour cherries. Smells like you now this is gonna be something extra ordinary in the world of lambic!

The taste is extremely amazing. It's so tart, sour, acid... whatever you like. Lot's of sour cherries in there, very complex with notes of bitter cherry stones. The end is very dry. Fantastic.

The best kriek I've tried!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 07:42:52 | More by Ljunkan
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 06:39:47 | More by natasharai
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2010. I love a bottle of beer with instructions on how to serve it. I will follow them religously. Thank you Cantillon. More people should be like you for multiple reasons.

Ruby red pour with a pink head that would be more than suitable for rainbow brite. Quite effervescent.

Dark, tart cherry and raspberry fruit nose. Hints of oak and brett funk.

Tasty, delicious, tart, dark berry fruits on the tongue. Soft carbonation slides evenly across the tongue like a lubed up armadillidiidae on ice. With tartness to boot. Very well balanced and just fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 20:39:10 | More by brownbeer
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DrewZ926

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled April 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:50:37 | More by DrewZ926
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked and capped bottle poured in a Smuttynose tulip glass. Bottled on January 12, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a nice two finger, pink, fizzy head. Ruby pink in color. Leaves a nice lacing throughout and plenty of effervescence.

Aroma: Definitely a lot of barnyard funkiness upfront. Grass and musty notes really stand out. Background notes of lush cherries. The tart notes really don't assert themselves too much here, but there are a couple in teh background here.

Taste: Big acetic, tart notes immediately upfront. Lush cherries really start to work thir way in next. The cherries compliment the sourness great and really provide a nice sweetness throughout. Background flavors of funk and barnyard, along with a touch of oak and vanilla. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really spot on carbonation. Everything stays light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I finished a 750 mL bottle by myself, but that may be a tad much for most. Definitely exceedingly drinkable for a lambic.

Overall, a really solid, flavorful, crisp, and complex interpretation of the style. Everything is executed extremely well. Definitely a top notch sour I would get again. The cherries used in this really provide a nice contrast and range for the fruit. The sweet notes are incredibly lush and full, while it still contributes the necessary tart character. The fruit is still really there after a year on this as well. I'd be curious to see how this evolves over time as the fruit is my favorite compliment.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:46:13 | More by Gosox8787
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool little pink head pour, thin head. Delicious sour cherry aroma, real fruit in the nose, not fruit juice w/ sugar added. Smell the funk (good funk).

Taste, quite sour, just like I like 'em. Cherry flavor is not thick, nice and spritzy with the sour. Slightly sweet. Not balanced, in a good way. Bitter and acidity might be a problem for the less learned palate, or simply if you're just not into this kind of flavor smacking sour. You get a bit of everything here, good barrel tinge, great sour, great fruit, even with time on it, still tastes fresh, not one dimensional at all.

Mouthfeel, the slightest wood nuance is noticeable. Very dry finish to this. Sour cherry flavor is the best cherry flavor most often.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 22:55:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.
Reviewed from notes.

Reddish pink with a pinkish white head. Nice legs, nice spotty lace.
Smells intense-- oaky, cherries, little funk... Huge sour smell.
The taste is spectacular. Light sweetness up front with sweet cherries before turning nice and sour with a dry finish.

The feel is nice and light with a tart and sour bite that pulls in my cheek and dries out my tongue.

Overall-- spectacular. Just awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 02:25:24 | More by AleWatcher
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:34:46 | More by CaptainPiret
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork Date of 2000; Sampled May 2010; served only faintly chilled at about 60°F / 15°C
A soft pour into my Cantillon globe glass (what a sexy glass) produces an almost two-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich cherry color; when held up to the light it shows some touches of gold in its pale ruby depths. The aroma is fantastically tart in a very smooth, appetizing way. There are ample funky notes of urea, medicinal phenolics, musky barn animal notes, crusty old sweaty leather aromatics as well as freshly curing scents of leather. There is a bright fruit note that is just noticeable at times, it hints at cherry aromatics, but then becomes fleeting and disappears underneath the tart and funk when you go in for a deeper inspection.

Perhaps not quite as sour as I was expecting, but this is exceedingly sour as a nice ripe Cantillon should be. Bone dry, but still manages to have just a hint of viscosity to it; some tannic oak notes help to boost this perception along with a palate lingering light astringency. The texture is also helped by a solid, though not aggressive carbonation that adds some zip to this beer as it rolls across the tongue. My second sip sees me noticing a faint, but fleshy, cherry note that is more tart than anything, but does capture that slight floral note that cherries have; it almost tastes like a succulent flower of some sort (hints of hibiscus and maybe some faint rose like flavors are found here as well). The acidity is all Lactic in character, with not perceived acetic character at all. The perception of the acidity softens as my palate gets used to it, though this remains uncompromisingly sour throughout. It also ends up with a hint of sweetness (perhaps more perceived than actual), which helps to accentuate the cherry flavors that have by and large aged out over the years. Oak flavors of wood and light spice are a touch more noticeable than I usually notice in a Lambic, but still play only a minor role in the flavor.

A second pour sees this getting a touch hazed, with a corresponding yeasty note to the aroma. The yeast follows through in the flavor adding a touch of richness to this brew; though the oak seems to add to the perceived richness, in what is otherwise a light, quaffable brew. Musty enough to make me thing of cobwebs and damp, moldy cellars, plus there is a muskiness that adds a funky flare

Mad props to my friend KM for dragging this beer, along with the sexy, brewery glassware back with her from Amsterdam; it wasn't new to me, but damn a bottle of aged Cantillon will always be received with wide open arms. Simply a fantastic bottle of Lambic, I wish I had hundreds of Lambics in the cellar as I would drink these all the time. Age has definitely removed the bright cherry character here, but I like the soft, sort of floral note (hibiscus and rose really are really apt descriptors) that this has turned into. Cantillon once again achieves a level of complexity and balance (assuming you can get past the bracing acidity) that I have come to crave; no one does it better when it comes to the bugs and time.

2002 Bottle Vintage, Sampled 11th of January, 2004:
Total 4.35
4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5
Only lightly carbonated, it struggles to produce a thin pink head. The beer is very clear, and is a deep cherry red color. The aroma is sour and musty with notes of vinegar and wood. The first taste, as usual with Cantillon products, is shockingly sour. It is bone dry, and as such it is hard to pick out the cherry flavor at first. It is here though; there is a cherry meat edge, which complements the acidity of this beer. It adds a certain fullness and a tannic backdrop. The best I can describe the cherry character is that of a meaty-cherry flavor. The Lambic character contributes lemon, vinegar (though only slightly), musty, funky mushroom and perhaps a bit of leathery horse-blanket brettanomyces character.

This beer is much better when fully carbonated, but the complexity of this beer is such that I am not at all disappointed in the lack of carbonation. This is certainly a challenging hard-Lambic version of a Kriek. Lambic neophytes beware, there are no syrupy cherry notes here. Overall quite delicious and refreshing.

Sampled at the Brewery, 2001:
The Cantillon Kriek has a sweet cherry nose to it. Not as sour or hard as some of the other Cantillon offerings. This Kriek has a definite cherry skin taste to it, a tannic edge that carries through the finish. As expected from Cantillon this beer is not sweet at all, quite bone dry in fact.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 17:44:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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MarkBlackout

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12oz. bottle of this out of deference (in part) to Jason, co-creator of this site which we hold so dear. I was looking for a reasonable, but representative lambic. I followed the bottle's instructions and allowed this beer to breathe for about 30 minutes before pouring. It seemed to cut down on the strange funk emitting from the bottle (so THAT's horse blanket!). Not that I was entirely put off..
Pours nicely, without much head but boasting a bright CHERRY color, irrespective of fermentation.
The smell is strange, to be sure, but if I have any beef w/ it, it's only that it hides the wonderful qualities within:
Now to taste this 'Kriek'...
Oh god that's interesting. I'm not at all put off by the sourness of this brew, and it definitely has a 'natural' quality to the fermentation. It is as if the sourness has entirely taken the place of the sweet flavors in the cherries. Fantastic. It shows off (throws off?) oaky, funky flavors that I really like.
Others could dissect this beer's nuances better, but I'm content to wholeheartedly recommend it to any extreme beer lover. Carbonation was appropriately low. Drinkability is earth-shattering; who could expect that out of such a full-flavored beer?
I rated accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 17:46:26 | More by MarkBlackout
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light ruby red with cute pink head.

Nose displays aromas of cherry marshmallows and candybar wrapper.

Palate hits you with a whopper of lambic sourness that delights or makes you want to dump it out, depending on preference for the style. Once you're past the Biblical sourness, the cherry is more obvious, and the creamy mouthfeel is appreciated together with the carbonation.

An amazing lambic, and a must try for Kriek lovers.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 04:13:09 | More by yemenmocha
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koolk

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 it...so complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 10:40:09 | More by koolk
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rye726

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright cherry color with a somewhat lacking head. The has sour cherries, musky oak and barnyard funk. Very traditional flavor. A tart, funky lambic blended with faint and delicate cherries. Super complex and not overly sweet. The crisp body has a nice dry finish. Truly a masterpiece from cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 03:34:50 | More by rye726
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Brewery is a wonderfully place to tour and highly recommended. I feel I have a heightened appreciation for their wonderful beers after my visit, and I wish them all the success that life can bring.

Their kriek is a wondrous thing. My past issue with the style is that its either been too sweet, too artificial or both. This kriek differs completely, however, tasting both authentic while eschewing sweetness. This is hinted at in it sumptuous bouquet, which smells like tart cherries mixed in with a great dose of funkiness. From here on out, the funk is behind the wheel, drying out the cherries, keeping the sweetness in check and providing the perfect background for the fruit to shine. And shine it does! there's absolutely no doubt that some damn good cherries enjoyed their maceration in Cantillon's lambic, and who wouldn't? This wine coloured beer, with its frothy white cap pushes the borders of drinkability to new levels.

Excellent in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 19:49:47 | More by bobsy
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mike130

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have not before a lambic that is as sour and tart as this one, but was extremely impressed. Pours a nice red, quite clear, color similar to a darker rose wine. Little bit of a head, dissipates into a small layer with a little bit of lacing.

Smells totally different to anything I've had before - sour and tart, much more so than any other lambics I've had in the past, almost like a red wine. The cherries themselves don't come through except in their tartness which is very strong, no hops or malts really discenirble at all.

The taste is astounding - very cherry-like and with hints of sweetness, yet ultimately very sour. The end is particularly strong, but whereas with most beers you get a strong kick of hops, with this it's sour.

Pleasant mouthfeel - very well carbonated, nothing too excessive, and leaves a lasting soury freshness in your mouth. Very easy to drink, some people might find the sourness to be a problem but I personally love. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:19:44 | More by mike130
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bogus564

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

One thing I've learned in my beer journey is that the more beers you drink, the more you come to expect. For example, krieks have a color that one comes to expect - deep red, with a strawberry-colored head. This beer has just exactly that.

On to the smell test, where krieks are expected to possess a cherry nose. This is where there are some distinctions. I've had krieks that smell of sweet cherries, I've had krieks that smell of sour cherries, and variations in between. This particular one smells of sour cherries, with a champagne nose as well.

And now, for the taste, which I'm hoping lives up to the sour cherry lambic tradition - ahh, yeah... it made me pucker, and I mean that in a good way. It reminds me of champagne with sour cherries, and I defy you to tell me that this isn't one of the most delightful lambics you can taste. This beer is no joke.

The mouthfeel is good, not outstanding - light body, good carbonation, dry finish, sour cherry aftertaste. Exceeded my expectations.

To drinkability - very good, but make sure to have plenty of dark chocolate on hand to complement the sour cherry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:47:42 | More by bogus564
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whiterascal

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2008, purchased in PHX
Shared w ottovon

A: looks like sparkling cranberry juice

S: sweet, fruity, mouth-puckering lactic

T: tart is too mild a descriptor. fresh, light, mouthwatering cherries, with a bit of wood in the background.

M: bubble and pucker

D: yes. I would like a Kriek drinking fountain. Refreshing, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:16:35 | More by whiterascal
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated nov. 18, 2010
Poured into a chalice

Pours a deep cherry red with two fingers of pink head. Head recedes quickly and settles with a small crown with slight lacing.

Smell is cherries and sour funk. The funk smell is well balanced with the sweet cherry smell, not as overwhelming as I thought it would be.

The taste is sour cherry, much like sour patch kids. The cherry flavor is excellent, not too sweet and not too tart. The sour is not too overwhelming, very balanced. This is only my third or fourth sour, and if they all taste like this, I'm hooked.

The mouthfeel is typical of the style, high carbonation and light body. Drinks more like champagne or carbonated fruit juice. Very refreshing.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. It is sour and a little funky, but it tastes great. I will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:10:20 | More by rmalinowski4
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/18/10. Enjoyed on 07/23/11.

A - A beautiful beer. A deep hazy crimson color with a large pink head resting atop it. Leaves a few patches of lacing.

S - Sour cherries, that classic Cantillon funkiness, some Belgian yeasty fruitiness. Still lots of cherry and not a too much vinegar at its young age.

T - Quite balanced up front with some tart cherries and some type of lactic sweetness. Then comes the sour cherry/vinegary flavor through the middle that I love. Finishes somewhat funky with a great cherry flavor on the back. Excellent stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be for a lambic. Very lively and prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is one of the best breweries in the world and they have yet to disappoint. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:54:53 | More by Janderson91
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown.

A: Clear red pour with a fizzy pink head. Much larger head than I was expecting. No lacing but decent retention. My server poured the beer, and set the bottle down before clearing the bottle, meaning my second pour was much more cloudy.

S: Very sour smell with hints of cherries. While it is very funky, the acidity takes over.

T: Following the smell the taste is much more acidic than funky and the cherries fall in the background, providing balance. Very delicious. While the acidity is the forefront, it is not overbearing. The funk and cherries balance it out very nicely and leave a tart aftertaste, which hangs on well after the beer has left the palate.

MF: Light and carbonated very well. Extremely dry finish. Very tart.

O: This is very very good. Balanced, tart, funky, easy drinking. I can understand why these are so hard to come by.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:39:02 | More by russwbeck
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.