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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,788 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 542
Gots: 391 | FT: 26
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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Photo of IdentityAles
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Musty, wet blanket, funky, woodsy, slight sour cherry, and raw beef? in the nose... complex and interesting. Very assertively sour up front (for me) pick out some spicy astringency, apple peals, and sour cherries in the flavor. Dry mouthfeel with lingering sourness, low carbonation, and acidity. Interesting beer, but lambics are still new to me so I need some warming up to them.

IdentityAles, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 2/18/08. 2006 bottle. Poured a beautiful deep ruby red, very little head. Smelled sour, fruity, some barnyard funk. Taste of very sour cherries. I enjoyed it a lot but it is hard to drink!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/10
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 15/20
(3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a pink colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between the raspberry and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours, the raspberry are buried under the acidic tones. I believe that some other lambic -fruit a better balanced then this one and offer a better refreshing taste.

Phyl21ca, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of beatingwings
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an awesome murky reddish with orange hints. No lacing or head.

Smells like brett. Musty, almost dusty smelling. Barnyardy and strawlike. Nose intimates at the sour onslaught that is Kriek 100% Lambic, with faint cherries. I really don't get that much cherry, the aroma is definitely funk dominated. Eventually, as the beer warms and breathes, the cherries become more prevalent.

Massive mouth-filling, lip-tingling sourness. Sour beer. Very sour beer. Like lemon juice. Mild vinegar. Cherries are there, but not too strong, be also become more prevalent as time passes. Brett barnyard throughout, with a funky/oaky finish and aftertaste. Really strong sourness with no other flavor/sensation really matching it.

Fairly light feeling with good carbonation. The finish is really try with some acid still residing in the mouth and lips. I like the occasional sour-bomb, but the intensity really limits the drinkability.

beatingwings, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Over the years I’ve heard much about this breweries beers, and as I never really cared much for Lambics till a year or two ago, it was a real treat to find these at my “Second Home The Papago Brewery”.

A resplendent and nebulous cherry red on the pour, the head diminutive, the lace tenuous, with the nose tart and little else noticed. Sweet and sour start, top cadaverous, finish is quite tart, astringent, vinous, and alum dry aftertaste. Different, for sure, and something I will need to re-sample to determine my true feelings for this beer.

Gusler, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a- This beer is amazing looking. The dark pink body with light pink head is really apetizing looking.

s- This beer smells like straight vinegar. I cant get anything much else from it.

t-tons of sour vinegar flavor. Almost like unripe cherries, there is some fruits specifically cherries that comes through.

m- light carbonation yet thick for a lambic. I am not a fan of thick lambics because they remind me of syrup

d- This one scares me to drink alot because i am afraid I could get gut rot or something

leakyfaucet12, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle (2005 vintage)...one of several purchased on clearance - $5/bottle - Really?!? Poured into a gold rimmed Buzzards Bay stemmed glass.

A - Pours a bright but hazy, gleaming cranberry juice like pinkish tinged red. Only the smallest of skim coats of loose white bubbles sits on the surface momentarily before giving it up and leaving behind a thin, fine bubbled collar.

S - Very healthy dose of brett induced funk hits the nose immediately. A bit musty, cellar like around the barnyard funk mixed with oak. All of this surrounds a very tart lactic and acetic sour cherry aroma in the center of it all.

T - Wow - sour, sour, sour. Immediately hit with very sour cherries, extreme lactic sourness, some nice horseblankety funk, some oak. Did I say this is sour??? This rivals Beatification for the most intense sour I've ever experienced - this is actually a bit too much for me.

M - Puckering is the first word that comes to mind. After every swallow, my saliva glands feel like they are literally dripping, fighting with everything they have to counteract this sourness. This actually is a bit reminiscent of some of the worst heartburn I've ever had...just with cherries added. This is just a bit intense!

D - This is a rough one. In small doses, this is an interesting and pretty tasty beer. The full bottle is ending up being a bit much. Gotta find something to counteract this acidity before I attempt to lay down for bed tonight.

portia99, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jisak74
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

jisak74, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Takahiro
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

A: pink/reddish beer, head that dissipates very quickly
S: brett funk, oak, musty, dampness,
T: corky, oaky, lactic sourness, lemon peel bitterness, tannic, berry fruit, vinegar sour
M: dry finish, but vinegar lingers a bit long

expected a simple and fruity, light kriek, but it has complex flavor.
it is nice, but muddled by various flavors that are going on

Takahiro, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

bostonryan, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/05/10.

A-This one pours a cabernet red with a reddish pink one finger head.

S-Tart cherries with some acidic and vinegary sour notes.

T-Follows the nose but with mostl our, vinegary notes with some tart cherries.

M-Prickly and pretty highly carbonated with with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a sour but I can't discern the difference between this beer and a Flanders Red.

samie85, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Boston_Steve, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of BeerMothaLova
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

BeerMothaLova, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of dctriman
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

dctriman, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ali1987
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

ali1987, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of HookemHops13
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

HookemHops13, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

seeswo, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BigJK
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

BigJK, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of RES
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

RES, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of LittleCreature
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger of foamy pink head that steadily reduced . Colour is a deep, barely transparent red.

Smell - 3.5
The first smell is a musty cork aroma (please don't be tainted!) that may actually be the oak barrels that the beer is brewed in. Some fresh cherry (particularly skin), slightly herbal.

Taste - 3.5
Wow, this tastes like sour warheads! I was told of the mouth-puckering sourness before, but this has just blown me away. Wow! There is a distinct damp woody flavour, muted cherry flavour, a little vinegar and the sweetness overpowered by the sourness. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Puckering sourness dicatates here, a low level of fine carbonation. Moderately weighted, leaves the mouth feeling a little sticky.

Drinkability - 2.5
Low. True to the style, somewhat refreshing, but I think most would struggle with this, as I did.

OVERALL - 3.65
Perhaps this is a good example of a traditionally brewed lambic, but it is just too much for me. Very expensive also, but it was worth the try. Shoot me for saying it, but I think I prefer Belle Vue Kriek!

LittleCreature, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of kimcgolf
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a word..SOUR. I’m a big fan of Flemish Sours, and have come to like the Lambics a lot on certain occassions, so the tartness of a beer does not bother me. However, I either got one past its prime, or this is meant to be over the top.

While it did feature a pleasant cherry aroma and flavor, these too were dampened by the tartness. That being said, the palate was a pleasant blend of the ultra-sour, followed closely by a sweet finish...both to an extreme.

All and all, this reminded me of some of those sour kid’s candies I’ve hd, where your mouth puckers up as you eat them, but for some reason, you come back for more. I’m sure I’ll be back for more of this in the future.

kimcgolf, May 20, 2007
Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara served in the small Cantillon, wine style, tasting glass.

Filled to the top of the glass, it poured a cloudy reddish/burgundy body with no head. The nose was a little hard to make out in the bar. Some soft fruit and a touch of earthiness.

The taste caught me off guard. Very sour and dry. Tart and sour Cherries. Earthy with a fine carbonation. The best analogy I can think of for this beer is comparing it to cranberry juice. Most labmics are like grocery store variety, tart and sweet. This stuff on the other hand is like hand squeezed/no sugar added. You can definitely taste the difference, but it’s quite a shocker if you’ve never had it before. It ends extremely dry.

Overall a great, “true” labmic. Sour and dry. Not my cup of tea, but definitely worth trying if you want to experience the lambic spectrum.

taez555, Jan 03, 2004
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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