Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,089
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: the "Bio" in this variant is the European Union designation for certified organic.

Bottled Mar 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Stunning, bright, crystal clear raspberry body. Bright pink head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Fresh strawberries, sweet kiwi, peach, black cherry jello.

T - Super dry, sour black cherries. Honey and yeast center. Bitter, tanniny pit finish.

M - Acidic, dry, medium frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Clean profile with a soft, simple, well balanced complexity.

Photo of sublimesipping
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is sour, no souououoouououuoouour! Ordered for a late afternoon meditative sesssion, nad this one does the job. the color is a wonderful burgandy, ruby red. the smell reminds one of earthy fields in the late fall(or early spring). Very little head or lacing which may be standard for this beer, I do not know. The taste is one of country lanes, essences of pastoral lanes and cherrys grwoing wild in foreign lands. Musty almost hay aroma, tast and aftertaste. A beer for the discerning, sophisticated and/or beer afficaiando of thsi style. A challenging but enjoyable experience. A thesis type beer.

Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml, 2013. Hazy, deep reddish color, quite opaque. Pink-colored head of at least two fingers worth of foam. Smell is very fruit-forward with plenty of sour cherry. Minimal lacto sourness. Musty, leathery Brett notes.

Fruity, slightly puckering with good cherry presence. Not so much sour as quite tart. Quite balanced for a sour in that respect. Sour cherry and oak, but not much else. Carbonation is nice and tame, leading to a pleasant mouthfeel.

A good straightforward fruit lambic, as expected from the likes of Cantillon. I don't like very sour beers so this suited me fine. Great flavor, but a bit lacking in complexity.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Bottle date is October 21st, 2008 (~22 months).

A: Dense light rose colored head forms above a beautiful ruby body.

S: Sour cherry mostly. In the background there is a slight yeast aroma.

T: Very sour, cherry flavor creeps up after the sourness fades. I don't detect much funk, if any.

M: Highly carbonated, not too thick, goes well with the refreshing sourness of this beer.

D: While the flavor is good, I am finding the intense sourness making this a bit one dimensional.

Photo of beerdweeb
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Vintage 2010

A: Slightly clear with a reddish / pinkish tinge

S: Cantillon funk, cherries, slight vinegar

T: Delicious sour cherries coupled with a funky finish. A bit of vinegar present.

M: Medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: Great beer, would drink again.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, an indulgence I allowed myself, bottled 9 Sep 2003

Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent strawberry color with a pinky of pinkish head, that fades quickly. Only a trace of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & mustyness

T: Tart, tart cherries with vinaigrette & leathery components up front. Tartness, cherries & woody dryness dominate as this warms, plus a tad of sour apples. Finishes sour, tart & dry

MF: Super puckery with minimal to near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but due to the tartness I'd be hard pressed to do more than bottle unless I paired it with some food or dessert. I suspect I would've liked this a little younger...Glad i got to try it. If you are a sour beer freak, you will probably enjoy this more than I did

Photo of seanyfo
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: plum ruby red, with no real head, just a crown.

S: musty books, lots of sour fruits,

T: fantastically sour and citric, fruitful!. Lots of cherry flavours, starting out with a nice sweetness, but the refreshing spritzy tartness takes over.

M: spritzy and dry

D: This is my first lambic, didnt expect it to be quite so sour, i could see me enjoying this in the height of summer tho, does become very refreshing as you get used to it, i enjoyed it overall but like i say, i think ill leave this one for the summer months.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive red-tinted brown color, with a foamy, almost pink head that settles really fast. Lacing is spotty but prolific. Very attractive lambic.

The nose is a little weak in power, basically I am getting an earthy, almost musty aroma and almost nothing else besides a hint of the sourness I know is coming.

Hugely vinegary-forward, tons of acidity and puckering bitterness. The cherries are pushed way to the back and the tartness is the first and almost only thing you meet.

The mouthfeel is thin, but the carbonation is so good that it actually prevents the sourness from lingering too long and spoiling a good thing.

The finish is still quite sour and puckering, but as mentioned it's very clean. This is a well-attenuated and very interesting kriek, and while the boldness and the price definitely put it out of everyday drinking range, it's always a nice little present to yourself.

Photo of chugalug06
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From brew notes taken this past weekend:

A - White head with lots of little bubbles. Brew is cloudy blood red with black and orange hues.

S - Very cherry. Sour. Lots of milky scents too. Slightly burns the nose. Smells a bit like lighter fluid.

T - Tasty. I could drink this one every so often... Very cherry flavor. I can feel the heartburn set in slowly.

M - Dry. Slightly bitter. Tart.

O - Slightly disappointing. Worth finding, but not worth giving up too much for. Good brew in a good trade! Thank you!

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a reddish-purple color with a somewhat pink head. The aroma is very different; I don’t get the cherries I was expecting. It is kinda flat smelling with a sort of walnut shell, chemical smell. The flavor is tart and souring, fruity from the souring cherries throughout. It also has a medicinal hay-like flavor as well. It is a medium bodied, tart brew. Not too bad, but one sour bitch.

Sampled 12/31/03

Photo of Onibubba
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Chaney
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bottle with my wife tonight. I poured it into two wine glasses.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, yet extremely bright red in color, with a small, pink head that withered away to basically nothing.

S: Mild cherries with a bit of oak. This was definitely full and decadent!

T: Not the in-your-face sour cherry fare that I was expecting. Sure, the fruit was there, but the oak and the mild vinegar stole the thunder from the fruit a bit (but in a good way). The finish was somewhat dry, with ever the slightest presence of pepper.

M: Not too sweet or sour actually, and the bubbly champagne-like carbonation was very nice.

D: While this was not my favorite Cantillon brew by a long shot, B-level efforts from this fantastic brewery is still better than A-grade stuff from many other breweries.

Photo of Lexx
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head vanished incredibly quickly, but man is the color OUTSTANDING! Agorgeous murky raspberry, raw ruby color that I could just stare at if I didnt want to drink this thing so badly. It has even an almost watered down tomato juice color under strong light.

Now the scent... man can you smell the tartness, wow! Nice sour, pre-ripe cherry. Almost a cranberry scent, even... You can actually taste this just from inhaling.

The taste is almost sea salty. Very strongly sour on the tip, slightly mellower in the middle, but somehow you stay puckering the whole time and it becomes sour again. There's also a slight metal in there... somewhere between iron and copper.

I'm amazed I found this at a grocery store.

Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle bought at Sams in Chicago. I learned something from this beer, that only about 1/10 people are able to drink this type of beer, and drinking a 750 yourself is not easy. Pours a clear cherry red color with no head. The aroma is pure sourness. The taste was very acidic, almost a burning mouthfeel. After a while the cherries come through quite nice, some dryness in the finish. A very sour beer.

Photo of SteveB24
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-color was a nice ruby, poured a half finger of fizzy head that dissipated immediately, lots of soda-like carbonation within the beer itself.

smell-Tart cherries, hay, unidentifiable, grape-lie sourness.

Taste- very clean upfront, sleigh hint of cherries and plums, followed by lip puckering tartness, slightly earthy in the finish.

Feel-thin, very carbonated, finishes surprisingly dry.

Overall- a nice beer, i liked that the fruitiness was subtle, man this beer is sour. worth trying but would not seek out again.

Photo of RedChrome
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rose colored beer with edges closer to pink. A very thin white colored head dissipated rapidly. Has is too rich to notice any carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Very dry cherry aroma. Definitely has an aged quality expected in a lambic. Sour is the main theme of this beer. Not much in the way of hidden aromas, but a bit weak.

The taste assaults the mouth with a super hit of sourness. Cherry is clearly noticeable on the tongue through the tartness. As in the smell, uncomplicated but pleasant.

Extremely tingling effect on the tongue comes more from bitterness then from carbonation. Decent viscosity.

A very nice beer in the style. This one is a dessert beer unto itself. Truly not a lambic for the uninitiated. This one is not a beer to try and session, and best enjoyed in a smaller amount shared amongst friends.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a pale red with a small head that leaves very little residual lacing.

S. Musty barnyard smells including hay, grass, and leather as well as a tart/sour smell.

T. Starts out fairly unpleasant (like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth). After some time for the beer to open up and for my taste buds to adjust to the tartness, rather pleasing. It's like they took a saison and added a tart (mildly cherry) flavor to it.

M. Minimal carbonation and fairly thin, but somehow still pleasant (I tend to prefer low carbonation with a big body, but the mouthfeel for this was spot on for the style.)

D. My wife and I drank a bottle of this together; I wouldn't really want much more than a half bottle of this at a time.

Overall an enjoyable beer, but not a style I particularly appreciate. That said, this was a definite improvement to the Vigneronne that was much too sour for my taste.

Photo of fear025
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Aroma:Smells like sour cherries, and unlit cigar tobacco.

Appearance:Ruby Red. Very little head. Poor lacing.

Taste:Oh my god, this is sour! It has huge mouth puckering tart and sour cherry flavors. I don't really get many subtle flavors out of this one, it's not a subtle beer.

Mouthfeel:This beer is smooth, and a little bit acidic on the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This beer is a great sour beer. It's just tart and sour and cherries, with no off flavors.

Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007 bottle, saved this bottle for review #50! Pours a beautiful red-pink with some fizzy head that lasts for about a second and recededs to a glass that looks more like wine than anything, carbonation rising on the sides of the glass looks great. Smells of funk, sourness, funk, sour fruits and more funk and sour fruits, seems like the typical kriek lambic smell, definitely suitable. The funk seems to die down after a bit and the fruits really shine through. Taste is HUGE sourness followed by a lot of sour fruit, the palate is overwhelmed by this, lemony sourness all the way here. Mouthfeel is thin, some carbonation, more like a wine and a sour tongue feeling dominating the mouth, very harsh but still follows the style. Drinkability is a bit low here because the sourness will definitely start to overwhelm and the palate will become fatigued.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color red cherry nose and blood, even if it is not really pronounced, which is discernible flavors and acid woodland. In the mouth it is sour and acid without being in abundance, as are the Cantillon. It feels as cherries with pits, but also hints of fermentation. The finish displays a woody dryness, without being in abundance, which emphasizes the presence of cherries. This lambic, without using an abundance of cherry taste or acidity of the drink remains extremely refreshing.

Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pink red beer with next to no head, pretty par for the course though. the cork didn't pop when i pulled it out.
tart and funky smelling. with barnyard and hay aromas mingled with both unripe and ripe floral cherries. at times an almost tomato-y acidic aroma.
this is a murderously sour beer. the first sip is incredibly puckering, i'm sure i made a face. in a couple sips you become accustomed, and it become quite good, bombarding you with sour cherries, cranberries, and actually hints of watermelon at the finish as the other flavors trail off. tastes of spice now and again, especially at lower temperatures. not super complex, but tasty.
the carbonation level is near flat with only the slightest tingling to let you know it's carbonated. medium bodied.
a good tasting beer, but drinkability takes a little bit of a hit because of it's sourness, and slight lack of complexity may not keep you interested. certainly a good beer though, and something i'd buy again.

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, corked and capped. bottled 13 FEB 07. sampled april 29/09. purchased at premier gourmet on a recent trip to buffalo.

pours crystal clear deep red. there's no sign of any carbonation during the pour. a thin wisp of very fine white head forms on top and disappears just as fast. no lace.

aroma is great. lemon. vinegar. sour cherry. horse blanket. old leather. grain. cracker. straw. bit of white bread. wood and earth. orange peel.

taste is sour! wow. like chewing on a fresh lemon. sour cherry. horse blanket. leather. bit of malt vinegar. there's a bit of sweetness in there too, but very minimal and drowning in sour. grain. raw oak. hints of vanilla. cracker. slightly peppery too, but that could be more just my perception of the sour/acidic character.

mouthfeel is pretty good. very dry with a clingy funky/sour mouthfeel. light bodied. very low carbonation.

drinkability is ok. i'm glad this is only a 375ml bottle, because although the alcohol is low i don't think i could handle much more of the acidity and sourness. still, i was surprised to find the taste leaned so far to the sour side without being overly vinegary, which does help the drinkability somewhat. if you like sourness, this is one i think you'll love.

Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into champagne flutes.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear pink to light red coloration. The beer is pretty much flat for carbonation. Very thin whisp of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very acidic cherry vinegar smell on intial smelling. Further smelling of the beer reveals a pleasant wheaty, asparagus funky pleasing yeasty smell. The smell alone was enough to convince my buddy not to even try the beer. More for me ha ha ha.

Taste: The beer most definately has a very slap you in the mouth acidic tart cherry punch. The beer then goes into a very funky wild yeast spin. The beer is definately a complex mother and is not for every beer drinker.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Inspite of all the acidic tartness the beer still manages to be very drinkable and refreshing. The beer has a very flat light bodied consistancy.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear pinkish color almost like pink lemonade with a fizzy, bubbly, white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled musty and sour. Definite cherry aroma.

T - It tasted of strong sour cherry and some yeast. It kinda had a lemon-like taste too.

M - It was very dry and puckering. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. The mouthfeel was a little odd, too puckering.

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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