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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1451
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%


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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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 17:04:30 | More by BeerBuilder
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2004 03:15:51 | More by sublimesipping
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 19:46:53 | More by seanyfo
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 04:40:18 | More by BretSikkink
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:51:55 | More by russpowell
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:48:32 | More by 51mmz0rz
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:19:49 | More by Chaney
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:03:36 | More by chugalug06
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beerdweeb

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 17:01:40 | More by beerdweeb
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Cantillon brewery Oct 20/03.

Appearance: Light redish pour with a small, thin pink head.

Smell: The nose is tart with cherry and lemony notes. The back of my mouth waters from the smell alone.

Taste: Extremely, extremely tart. Actually, sour might be a better word. Suprisingly, i found the chrries in this beer to be very mild, just a tease really.

Mouthfeel: The lemon tartness takes over from the cherries and combined with the good acidity leads to a very clean and biting finish.

Drinkability: A superb kriek lambic. Excellent beer but not for everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 21:42:16 | More by Popsinc
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear ruby with a white and compact head that lasted fairly well to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly cheesy when first opened and poured. That aroma lessened over time and a definite oaky presence came to the forefront. The oak was strong and sweaty. The aroma was not overly fruity and was only slightly reminiscent of cherries until the beer warmed at which time the fruity nature became more prominent.

The flavor was sour and acidic with definite grapeskin/seed flavors and light fruitiness from the cherries. There is no doubt this beer is not sweetened and that the cherries are not artificial. The oaky and sweaty flavors carry through from the aroma. The sourness rules the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting sourness and oak/sweat with a light fruity presence, but not dicernable as cherry. The body was medium light and the sourness detracted from the drinkability just a bit.

12 ounce bottle, foil covering the cap and cork. Bottled in 2002 on cork.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 22:43:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
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gnoff

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried it on draught at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden, in November 2005.

Poured a deep red color, with a pink head.
Very sour scent and flavor, typical of the Cantillon beers.
This is what a kriek from a lambic really should taste like.

It's not at all sweet or almondy like some kriek, prepare for a very sour experience.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2006 13:03:34 | More by gnoff
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into flute.

Pours clear dark ruby red with almost no head, just a ring of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Nose is cherries and vinegar, bit of earthy barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp and sour from the very beginning, dry vinegar and sharp cherry sourness, with a bit of barnyard funk and horse blanket emerging on the clean, dry, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel is light, with very sharp, dry, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of insane for a sour this intense - it calls to you.

If you'll excuse me, I'll be looking for the enamel on my teeth.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 12:42:43 | More by JohnQVegas
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

37 cl bottel
A - Pours a dark pink beer with a pink tinged inch of fluffy white head that falls away fairly quickly.

S - Musty, earthy & sour notes on top of a definate cherry aroma.

T - Tart cherry sourness with some musty, earthy notes.

M - Mouth puckering tartness, fairly light bodied with a pretty high carbonation.

D - Not something I'd drink regularly but it is a very interesting beer and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 15:08:28 | More by beerpirates
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

I've been eying this bottle for a while now, and just pulled the trigger on it. It pours a clear rosy magenta topped by a fluffy finger of pinkish foam. The nose comprises cherries (shocker), cobwebs, tart berries, and a touch of wet hay. The taste ups the ante in terms of both tartness and sourness. Those cherries have been eviscerated by brutal sour demons, unleashing a wave of vinegar-tasting blood and offal as they go. Must and cobwebs form pretty quickly on the grisly scene. Yikes. The body (of the beer, that is...gotta get things back on track here...) is light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky feel and finish. Overall, as my first "true" sour kriek, this thing really kicked my tongue outta bed and sent it off to basic. I may not be completely converted as yet, but I am really interested in trying more of these things. Bring it on!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 23:50:31 | More by TMoney2591
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beerhan

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml 2007 bottle.

Pours a nice ruby red color with a pinkish read head that does not last very long. Lightly carbonated.

Smells much like banyard, grass, cherries, very funky.

Tastes very tart. The most tart of all krieks I have had. There is a lot of acidity to this one but in a good way. Very sour dry finish with a subtle cherry flavor but it is not overwhelming.

The sourness of this made me cringe a little at first but I habituated fast. It is a bit tough to get a proper swish in your mouth just do to the sourness.

Very drinkable, I think I ended up polishing at least 600 ml of this bottle to myself and I could have had much more. The alcohol is not really even there and I definitely felt full in a good way afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 16:55:06 | More by beerhan
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kaseydad

California

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tulip pour and a cranberry juice/ruby red grapefruit colored ale pours out with a bright white head. Pure awesome. The aroma has some tart cherries, raspberry, vinegar and some good old fashioned funk. Very tart cherry taste with a bitter mouth-puckering finish. Very dry. A definite sipper. This bottle was a little on the older side and I would like to try a fresher bottle and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:22:50 | More by kaseydad
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)

I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 12:59:15 | More by Rifugium
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vkv822

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours a clear bright red with a foamy, light pink head.

Aroma is dominated by sour cherry initially, with a definite funkiness coming through soon after.

Quite tart and sour cherry with a light, funky backing.

A medium body with soft, prickly carbonation.

My first sample of the style, but I found it enjoyable. Quite sour, but the funkiness helps give it a balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 08:10:14 | More by vkv822
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packetknife

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby or pomegranite red, cloudy, bare minimum lace but no head. Appearance would be higher if it managed some sort of head. Smells of cherry pie with a nice tartness even on the nose. Dry.... I think this is the first time I actually felt like moisture was being sucked out of my system by a liquid. Dry dry. It tastes like I remember organic cherries out in CA tasting at the beginning of last winter. It's sour to be sure but it's perfectly reasonable and not nearly as artificial as others (although I certainly have a sweets addiction). DRY. Wow... that is really dry. It's a sensation I haven't felt before and I really enjoy it. For some reason I feel like I'm at a cafe in Belgium and expect the cured meat and cheeses to be delivered now.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 01:43:16 | More by packetknife
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thinned red cherry color, alomost like a blush wine, with a thin just off-white head and only spotty lacing in the deep red wine glassware. The nose is exceedingly rich, pungeant and full of ripened cherries mingled with the tell-tale "funk" of this spontaneously fermented treat. The palate is nothing short of mouth-puckering, shivering goodness. The cherries burst forth in all of their tart glory here and never let up. This one is NOT one of those soda pop style lambics you can get anywhere ... this is the real deal and my face is contorting to prove it. The moutfeel is slightly biting, acidic and finishes quite dry. A wonderous journey into lambic excellence. Be warned, though ... this isn't a beer for everyone. Like sucking on lemons ...? You might be able to handle this beer. Terrific Belgian brew, froma terrific Belgian brewery!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 03:22:36 | More by beerphilosopher
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davexisxrabid

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a champagne flut a mostly clear red color with very minimal sediment floating around in it. Small white head with no lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Funky aroma; vinegar mixed with sour, unripe cherries and a hint of mildew like wet carpet.

Taste was absolutely sour cherries followed up by a tart, mouth puckering vinegar.

Thin to medium mouthfeel due to moderate carbonation. The sour cherry and vinegar flavor coat the palate for a minute or two after each sip.

Good to drink or sip actually. Carbonation and just the fact this brew is so damn sour make it nice to have a glass or maybe two of this but not anymore. I'm afraid it would give me heartburn!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 15:08:30 | More by davexisxrabid
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codewarrior

New York

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Chalice

Picked this up to celebrate some recent good fortune from Colorado Liquor Mart. Cork was wet when I opened the bottle, but it drank well none-the-less.

L: Cloudy reddish with a slight hint at froth.

S: Sweet and tart, with a twinge of sour.

T: Sweet into a massively tart finish. I loe tart, and this is quite possibly too much tartness.

F: Puckering and smooth.

D: Yes, yes please.

So, as far as entry level (real) lambics go, this one is pretty damn good. At the same price-point as Hanssen's Artisinal Oude Kriek however, this guy just doesn't stand up (or even hold a candle) in any category.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 16:02:19 | More by codewarrior
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 poured into wine glass.

A- Deep beautiful red rose color with thin white head.
S- Fine sour lambic with pronounced complex cherry scents
T- Very sour and complex. Sour is actually kind of overwhelming in a good way. Cherries are expertly blended.
M- Adequate to low carb is appropriate. Sour cherry lingers and I can taste the citric acid on my lips.
D- Quite sessionable and very good. The best kriek I ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:23:31 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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readbaron

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby red with plentiful pink foam, which fades into a white ring.

Smells tart - lots of cherry and oak, quite a bit of vinegar as well.

Taste is very good. Shockingly sour at first, but as you get used to it lots of cherry comes through as long as a bit of oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy for a medium bodied drink.

Too sour for perfect drinkability, but it's easy to finish a goblet.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:05:26 | More by readbaron
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