Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%
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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 coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with three fingers of the shortest lasting head I've ever seen. Seriously, the head was completely gone in less than ten seconds. Carbonation appears very strong, though.

S: Loads of musty Brett funk with sour cherries in the background. This beer is full of funk - quite musty. The cherries are subtle, but certainly there.

T: Cherries are now upfront with moderate lactic and acetic acid in the background. Brett funk is still there - lots of barnyard flavor. Pretty in your face with the sourness and the funk.

M: Light mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: A decent Kriek, but the acetic acid is a bit much. If everything was tuned down a bit in this beer the complexity would come out a bit more I think. It's tough to rate this style since there are so few traditional versions of it, but I prefer 3F by a large margin.

Photo of jera1350
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright red body with a fizzy and foamy pink head. Leaves a little lace, but not much. Good retention of the head.

Funky, wet wood with sour cherry notes.

Fresh unsweetened cherry pie. Plenty of tartness from the wild yeast and the cherries. Very acidic. Some oak character and very little sweetness. The cherries are the definite highlight here.

Very dry and puckering. Light bodied.

This one is growing on me a little. I am finding that I like more sweetness in this style, but even without, this one has complexity and a real high quality to it. This won't be for everyone, but will please people wanting sour.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of jim102864
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only the occassional dabbler into lambics, I found myself in the spirit of experimentation, so I grabbed the Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic and kicked its tires.

Popped the 750 ml wrapped, capped and corked bottle and poured a few fingers into my Duvel tulip. A tight patch of bubbles hugged the glass and a thin layer of head appeared.

The nose was slighty musty with cherries and cream prevelent.

Very sour, puckering taste. Musty and bitter from fermented cherries. Yowza.

The mouthfeel was equally sour and bitter in the finish. The sides of my tongue were attacked with very sweet tartiness, like the candy. Once again, yowza.

Clearly an acquired taste. Not a personal favorite style. Not a brew to introduce the consumer to the style either. See Monk's Flemish Sour Red ale (I know, not a lambic, but sour nonetheless). I may revisit this once my pallette comes to appreciate the style more.

Photo of redmosquito
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ClarkVV is helping to educate me on Lambics. I can smell the horse blanket from about 10 feet. Thecherry aroma stays in the background but it is still there. It pours a dusty reddish amber color with a pinkish head. Flavor goes from sour to barnyard back to sour with a tingling mouthfeel that helps to make up for the dryness. The barnyard fades away with every sip, and the tartness accentuates the cherry. Thanks Clark.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/13/10- Review of a 750 mL bottle.
A: Bright clear pinky red, nice white creamy head.
S: Barnyard funk, mild sour cherry, fresh fruit.
T: Vinegar tartness, apple cider, strong sour cherry, soda consistency.
M: Really frothy soda.
D: Pretty good.

You get what you'd expect. It's a pretty good kriek.

Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting beer from cantillon. I must admit to not being in any ways a great fan of Lambics but cantillon was out of the question in such a statement.

The pour right away reminds me of home made raspberry juice because of its imposing red tone with a white head that is thick but weak at the same time, and has some red tones as though "dirty" somehow.

The smell is strong in red fruits, amazingly attractive at once, combining further on a stronger beery feel that lets you understand this is no conventional juice (mike's hard lemonade folks).

The taste however unimpressed me. it was great if you put it all apart: fruits, an ale sensation, a sour ending...but all combined turned into a strong medicinal sensation, sort of like trying children's cough medicine. I overlook that because I know with a bit more expertise I'm sure I'll understand this beer much better. whenever back in belgie I'll give it a second chance.

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin red color with minor light red head and little red lace patches. A very tart smell of light fruits, mostly cherry (that's all I really smelled) and some oakiness. The cherry/fruit is there in bunches, but this medium-bodied brew is extremely tart, a little too tart. It goes down smooth but the tartness rubbed my tastebuds a little raw as it finishes very dry w/ tart and woody flavors. This is a beer designed to be sipped on as it complements a hearty meal; I did not have the pleasure to drink it over dinner so maybe my review is a little off.

Photo of matthewfuchs
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark pink, not quite red. Into a snifter, little head due to pour. smelled pretty bad to be honest, sour infiltration of my nose. first taste is a shock to the senses, tingle in the back of my jaw. surprisingly smooth mouthfeel, i thought it would be more of a sting. overall drinkibility is ok, good to try. a true sour good tasting kriek lambic.

Photo of hayesez
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up during a recent trip to Bloomington with my kids. Love Cantillon's beer and was looking forward to trying what many regard to be the "most sour" of the sours. This was beer number three during a tasting with a group of four of us. It did not disappoint.

Poured into my Stone snifter, I could have convinced myself that I was drinking a V8 or a Bloody Mary when I held it up to the light. A cloudy reddish pink suspension that produced a modest pink-hued head and left no lace throughout the session. Definitely off to a good start.

Let me preface this next rant with a little history - so it has only been the past couple of years or so that I have really started trying a bunch of different sour beers. As I've now had several dozen of them, I've really grown to appreciate the funky barnyardy smell that is associated with many of them. I grew up a on a farm and am always amazed by how much a beer can smell like that combination of must, mold, wet hay, horse piss, sweat, etc. that you'd smell in an old barn...but I like it. Weird for most, but certainly understood by anyone who digs sours. Before this beer warmed up, it literally smelled like a fresh cow-pie...or a toddler's dirty diaper that had spent too much time in the sun. There was a hint of cherry in there as well, but it was significantly overshadowed by the funk. A bit too much for me. This definitely calmed down as the beer warmed up a bit as well.

Judging from the smell, I was fully anticipating not liking the flavor of this beer. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and actually quite pleased. The first few drinks were not as sour as I expected, but picked up as the beer warmed. Acidic, tart, and sour cherry were the first thoughts that came to mind upon drinking. A mild (but very functional) amount of carbonation and a medium-body aided the experience of the brew, and by the end I realized that I actually quite enjoyed this beer. The cherry flavor is a bit over-powered by the extreme tartness, but gratefully the sour did not cross the line for me. I really did enjoy it. I can't imagine that I have ever reviewed a beer with such a large gap between smell and taste...

Drinkability on this guy takes a hit largely because I'm not quite sure how much the inner-workings of my body could really handle. This is sour, and I'm sure if I'd had much more, I would have felt it...Although I did keep looking for more, long after my portion was gone. I really did enjoy what I had and will certainly buy it again the next time I see it.

Consumed: 6/13/2010

Photo of champ103
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy ruby red. A small white, nearly red cap of foam forms. Light lace.
S: A funky, musky, doughy malt aroma that is fruity. Mostly cherries. A sweet tartness from the fruit used. Lots of barnyard goodness.
T: Wow, this is sour. Mouthpuckering. After I get use to the sourness a light cherry fruitiness and funky barnyard hey.
M/D: A light body, but with a nice snappy crispness. The sourness really makes this hard for me to drink.

The sourness is really a shock to the senses at first. I never really get past it, but I do appreciate the craft that went in to the making this. Not an everyday beer, but very interesting to try. Nothing else I have had so far is quite like it.

Photo of letsgopicnic
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a Chimay goblet.

color- dark rose.
smell- vinegar and cherries
taste- vary sour. made my face pucker. wasn't really digging it much at first but it grew on me by the end of the bottle. not really a style i think i'm gonna try again for a while but over all decent.
drinkability- wouldn't want to drink more than one bottle.

Photo of BigCheese
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ brewery.

I prefered the raspberry based lambic. Found the cherry flavors more cough/syrupy sweet, with less of the salty tartness. More dark cherry flavors, more my preference, I could see how others would enjoy this though. Everyone needs to sample cantillon brews, this one included.

Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on October 28, 2008.

A: Medium red body. One-finger light pink head that fades to nothing.

S: Cherries, vinegar, and a touch of funk.

T: Any cherry flavor that might have been present has long since left the building. Surprisingly, there isn't even really any funkiness. Just an unrelenting barrage of sourness. I will say that it does grow on you after a while.

M: Light-bodied, a bit of carbonation.

D: This is not a training wheels lambic by any stretch of the imagination. This is hardcore like Quick Draw McGraw. And to be honest, it's not really up my alley. But if only the most authentic lambics will do for you, then have at it.

Photo of Higravity
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't too big on this one. The red pink body with a top of girlie pink foam let you know what's coming. Smell is very acidic with small fractions of candied fruit and a funk of something rotten. The taste is utterly acid with the cherry only prevealent in the aftertaste. This really lives in the memory as the carbonation fizzs off my tongue it leaves the life of cherry and floral smells. A nice sipper but not something I would buy but I wouldn't mind helping to drink by splitting a bottle.

Photo of capra12
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed with speedwayjim and dj schnitzel served out of a tulip on 9/25/09.

Appearance: cloudy, bloody red with hints of orange.

Smell: sour cherries and earthy wood

Taste: opens with sour unripened cherries, which last till the end. I taste what think is brett at the finish leaving a pucker effect.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with and intense puckering affect.

Drinkability: This is growing on me but its drinkability is rather low, but worth a try.

Photo of FloppyDog
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed on Feb 2008, and poured on September 29, 2009 into a Duvel glass.

Appearance is a hazy ruby with a medium-sized pink head that dissipates within a minute.

Aroma is of funky wet animal/funky cherry sweetness.

Taste initially hints at sweetness, but this is only for a fraction of a second, at which point the drink starts tipping toward the sour side, and then finishes completely sour. and when I say sour...I mean SOUR, almost like straight vinegar.

Mouth feel is medium-light with very fine carbonation. Overall, unlike anything I have ever had! Even though it is tough to drink because it is so sour, I prefer this to the Lindeman's that tastes overly sweet like cherry syrup.

Something that is great to try to broaden your horizons, but not something I can drink all the time.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Poured a vigorous 1 finger pastel pink head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Brew was a cloudy, hazy red.

S: Sour cherries, wood, earth, dirt, and skunk.

T: Sour and incredibly tart opening that really makes you pucker. Ends with a sweet, malty, really surprising explosion that does not last. Almost no aftertaste on this one.

M: Surprisingly full bodied and smothering.

D: Real enjoyable and this one grew on me throughout the experience, but it is again, a little too tart for my taste.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub over Labor Day weekend along with my girlfriend Meggie88. Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon glass.

A--Pink cherry, ruby color with a short-lived bubblegum pink head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a small amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

S--Cherries, yeast, vinegar, and lemon juice. This thing had both sweet and sour components.

T--Lip-puckering sourness on the first sip. Vinegar, bitter cherries, and pure lemon juice. Then, once the palate adjusted, the sweetness of the cherries powered through and the sourness diminished.

M--Light-bodied with a bit of carbonating scrubber bubbles. It was a refreshing drink once the sourness left.

O--This was a better-than-average lambic, but it wasn't the most earth-shattering beer I had over the weekend.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a cloudy bright pink with lots of bubbles rising through it. The pour kicks up a generous thick light pink head that fades to a thin cap after a few minutes and leaves almost no lace.

Aroma is mouth-puckeringly tart balanced by some modestly sweet fruit. Honestly, I wouldn't think cherries of the bat if I didn't already know there were cherries in it. There's a moderate amount of barnyard and hay, but as my nose gets adjusted to the tartness it starts to smell increasingly sweet.

Taste follows the nose. Starts off with some tartness that is not as intense as the nose originally suggested. There are some subtle hints of funk, but mostly it's lemony-sour. Mid-palate, the fruitiness comes out, but it's always playing second-fiddle to the tartness. The finish is pretty acidic, and the aftertaste is cherries, along with a weird almost mothball-y taste that isn't entirely pleasant to me, but is interesting.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty nice - tastes like complex funky lemonade. Everything's balanced and it has a nice depth of flavor, but this style just isn't quite my cup of tea.

Photo of Phatz
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is much more Cantillon 100% Lambic than it is Kriek. The cherry is in the color and in the nose a tad but flavor is intense and quite sour. The flavor is so intense that while I enjoy sour beers it is simply impossible to deny that it does affect the drinkability.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a corked 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Poured a brilliant, clear, glowing crimson with no head.

Aroma was typical of a lambic. Musty, funky, fairly sour and a touch earthy with some sour fruits hiding in the background.

Taste was very sour from start to finish. The beer started super sour and funky up front before some oaky notes appeared mid-palate. The long, puckeringly dry and acidic finish was quite sour as well with an earthy and oaky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was crisp, sparkly and heavily effervescent.

This is a very traditional lambic. It's not not refreshing (as the maker claims) nor is it something you would want to drink on a regular basis. However, it can serve as a nice aperitif, an accompaniment to salads or as a reduction in a variety of dishes.

Photo of KornWallace
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 5-13-14
Location: Eagle Provisions
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Ruby red in color with a rosy carbonated head. A regular pour gave the beer a massive head which settled within the minute. The beer itself is hazy with a large opaque edge that nearly let's you see down into the beer.
Aroma: An intense sour smell at the start. The cherries make a huge splash with some apple and lemon.
Taste: Again with the intense sourness. The beer lessens in intensity with every sip and them a number of flavors come through. The sour cherries are strong but the other fruits remain. The interesting flavor I really get is of a mild salt water which makes me want to drink more.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. High carbonation. The lactic acid is everywhere in this beer starting with mouthfeel. I don't know if I should place this under mouthfeel but almost instantly this beer made myself and my girlfriend burp and have stomach rumbling. (Consequently, it wasn't her favorite).

Notes: The cork was cracked in the bottle and there appeared to be some sediment stuck to the cap but the drink itself drank within reason. Only small flavor issues that I didn't mention.

Photo of jammalamma
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 750ml and popped it open soon as I got home tonight! Love the style, sours, funkys, and this one was over the top-

Pours a deep pink, reddish color with a quickly fading white head.
Smells very tart right off the bat, all cherry raspberry oaky tart. Very pleasant, and a peek into whats to come..
Taste is crazy Tart, sour fruit makes you pucker every sip! There is a vinegar taste just as strong as the sour if not stronger- border too much.
Stringent mouth feel, corse and abrasive. I love these brews, but this one will be a difficult finish for one person.

Over all, try it if you can. Traditional and authentic- Kriek Lambic at its purest

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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