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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,165
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.1%
Wants: 633
Gots: 525 | FT: 43
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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 danh53
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cherry red with huge foamy pink head the quickly dissipates. No lacing. Aroma is funk, oak, leather, cherries, and vinegar. Taste is tart cherry skins with lots of earth and funk and some vinegar. Mouth feel is light to medium. Very clean with dry oak finish. Cantillon doesn't disappoint with this one.

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Photo of LAp
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a small snifter. Pours a deep raspberry, with a thin off-white head. Nose is tart cherry, and palate is dark fruit, cherry, with a hint of balsalmic vinegar. There's also a hint of a sweet aftertaste here. Overall, a deeply complex beer. A treat to try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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 ccnorthwest
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this on draft at Zwanze Day 2015. Location: Brouwer's Cafe | Seattle, WA. The color is absolutely beautiful when poured, bright cherry color. Nose is present with sour cherry. The finish is the perfect amount of tartness with an absolutely fresh cherry aftertaste. This beer is perfect.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle from ThatCracker (many thanks for my first 'Loon!). Bottled 2/15. Served in a Monday Night snifter.

Pours a cloudy, deep rose with a huge three finger cap of pink head. A tenuous layer of bubbles lingers before shrinking to a thin halo that persists, leaving only a few small pin points in the way of lace.

Smells tart, funky and fruity with plenty of lacto, cherries, hay and some faint sugar.

This smacks the palate with a puckering tartness from the start. Cherry skins, sour fruit, wet hay, hints of wood, tart lemonade and faint leather. A nice sour kick with plenty of cherry and earthiness. Tasty and very easy to drink.

Fairly light body with abundant carbonation. The cherries seem to shine most in the finish along with a lingering tartness and mild earthiness.

My first Cantillon does not disappoint. Not just sour for sour's sake, this has a pleasant depth to it. Based on this I am eager to try more from this legendary brewery.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle with a bottled on date of October 25, 2013. Served in a chalice/wine glass hybrid.

This beer has a fizzy pop on the pour and makes quite a buzz. A finger of light but compact and foamy head fizzes up and quickly dissipates, leaving behind a large lily pad of lace. A burgundy body appears to me somewhat like a red wine or sherry, but also strikes me as much like the skin on a cherry. Through the body, carbonation continuously surges. 5

A bit of an aside, but this nose validates my belief that Santa Fe Brewing's Kriek (at least the 2014 version) was phenomenal. Both SFBC's and this beer have an explosive cherry skin and pulp aroma, a touch of sweetness, vanilla and pie crust. A tart cherry pie is a great descriptor for this beer. 4.5

Intense tartness and acidity smack my tongue. I immediately realize this lacks some of the desire sweetness and vanilla that I want. Tart cherry pulp slowly makes an entrance and subtle pie crust and pie-like flavor slides in. While there's no vinegar flavor here, the flavor takes me to the edge of that very disagreeable flavor. With it is something earthy that trails out and meets a light yeasty lily-like flavor. 3.75

Tart, a tad yeasty and floral. Sweetness is extremely faint. Acidity bites and there are vinous qualities, tannins, and a bone dry finish. 4

It's got plenty to like, but I don't love the flavors entirely. A touch more sweetness and vanilla would enhance the beer to my thinking.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light red with hints of pink or orange. Those pink tones continue through the thin off white head which breaks quickly leaving a small ring of bubbles.

S: Sour, vinegars, mild cherry scent and some funk. Overall the nose is very mild.

T: Quite Sour up front, acidic and then the cherry and funk come through. A nice finish.

M: puckering acidity, fine bubbly carbonation, but still extremely drinkable.

O: I found this beer enjoyable, the tart was really nice and I really enjoyed how the cherry lingers on your palate. Another reviewer mentioned how lambics are best fresh, I agree, this bottle was quite old and I have to wonder if it would have been better fresher.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, rosy red color.

Nose big cherry, sour cherry funk, juicy tart cherry fruit, mild musty dank funk.

Taste big tart cherry, sour funk, little acidity, tart juicy cherry kriek, candy notes, mild funk, nice sour cherry, etc.

Mouth med bod, tons of carb,

Overall pretty nice, but kriek is not always my fav sour style.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Kriek 100% lambic pours a dark ruby hue, intermingled with burnt orange, topped with a shallow layer of pure white bubbles. The aroma we are treated to is nothing short of enchanting, reminiscent of orange blossom honey, dried flower scents, dark cherry, and lemony yeast. Cantillon once again shows off absolute mastery over sour libations in providing an intricate yet balanced flavor experience. One's first impression is that it is simple due to this supreme balance, but after a more careful focus on detail, along with your expected findings of vinous sweet and sour cherry notes, funky yeast and a little lacto, we also get more subtle pomegranate and citrusy lemon esters, green tea, a little spice and an earthy finish. Despite the tartness, it's doesn't scream simply sour cherry, and the mouthfeel is carbonated, yet very soft as well. A true masterpiece.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a beer goes too sour and the fruit can can difficult to really identify and appreciate. And sometimes the fruit comes through but the sour is downplayed and it doesn't mesh. This beer doesn't have either problem. Just the perfect tart cherry flavor that just couldn't be any better.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My experience so far with fruited lambics tells me that they're really best enjoyed fresh. A 3-month old Kriek makes the point well, demonstrating a bright pop of cherry up front, with some light gueuze-like complexity in the finish. I think that balance is key and, again, reason to drink these sooner rather than later. IMHO, of course.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive starting off white (pink-tinged) head. Settles to ring bubbles with only a couple of spots for lace. The liquid is orange hued red. A bit hazy.

Very sour aroma. Some unidentifiable floral touches. I don't detect any cherry, though.

The cherry is subtle in the taste. Lots of tartness with a cutting carbonation that really makes the whole thing work. The aftertaste is moderately long with a chewy, lemony flavor. The body is thin with high carbonation, but again, it seems to work.

I'm not as psyched with this beer as some people, but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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 mrjez
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a gorgeous ruby dark pink, big fizzy champagne head that vanishes, carbonation continues to surface.
S: sour cherries, oak, grape and dark fruits in the background, a little funky.
T: tartness, similar to the nose, delicious.
F: puckering at the start, sensational balance, perfectly effervescent. Insanely drinkable.
O: not usually my style but I can't ignore how delicious and wonderfully crafted this beer is.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red color with pinkish head fizzy head. Cherries, oak, tartness, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering cherries, lots of fruit on this one, tart and dry.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to snaotheus for bringing this bottle back in his luggage from Belgium! Poured into a goblet from a corked and capped .375.

Color is hazy ruby with a thick pink champagne-like head that dissipates fairly quickly. A very beautiful beer in the glass. Smell is funk, tart cherry, and oak. Taste is very tart, almost puckering at first. Cherry flavors and oak flavors combine to give this a really great balance. Body is fairly light with a lot of carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

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

One of the very few times I've ever thought "holy cow that is beautiful" when I poured a beer. Big fluffy pink head on rose-colored beer. Head dissipated fairly quickly without lacing. Nose had that classic Cantillon funk, but was not overly horsey or odd like some wild yeasts can be. It was funky but fresh and not overly powerful. Flavor was, of course, sour, dry. I was surprised the fruit didn't come through a little stronger (beer was fresh from the maker about a month and a half ago). Fruit lent more of a tart acidity with a dry cherry nuance. Mouthfell was right on. Full carbonation without feeling like soda pop, like a fine champagne. Overall, a classic.

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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 snaotheus
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in a basket at the Cantillon brewery. Served in wine glasses.

Pours pink with a pink head. Slight haze. Smell is fruity and sweet, but not over the top. Just smells alluring.

Taste is extremely tart, with just enough cherry. Has some of the same softness as the lambic, and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is again perfect, like the lambic. Overall, this is very good.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Free bottle given to me by rich patrons at the bar.

This is a very good sour beer.

I did not have to over think this one at all.

Funk, tart, fruit, good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cork 2014. 750 mL. Pour is dark ruby red, clear, with a pinkish head. Nose has a little paper, seltzery brett, some mushroom notes, with a moderate fleshy cherry. Flavor is quite simple, very little lambic, hints of leathery brett, strong cherry flesh, cherry juice, moderate carb, smooth feel and drinkable body, with a lightly sour finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unlike most Krieks where the brewer or blender sweatens the finished product up for consumer's tastes, this one does not. You notice the take no prisoners character of this kriek upon opening the bottle as tart funky cherry aromas flow from the bottle. It pours an energetic hazy cherry red and its champagne like head quickly dissipates. This is a very dry, very tart cherry drink with traces of lemon, oak, over ripe fruit, and a hard to define, bitter finish. Refreshing and lives up to the hype.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one with a good friend of mine to celebrate the birth of his 2nd child. He brought it back from Cantillon where he spent his honeymoom 3 years earlier. Excellent fruit notes, nice light tart and very drinkable!!

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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 sommersb
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375ml bottle my brother picked up in Belgium, bottled 11-27-2014.

Appearance is a hazy, pink-red color, capped by a thin pink head that has a mild amount of retention with low lacing.

Smells are of cherry fruits and white grapes.

On first sip, I get a very prickly mouthfeel from the full carbonation. Then flavors of cherry become apparent, both fruit and a bit sour. The finish is quite dry.

Overall a splendid lambic I am glad to have tried!

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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