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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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1,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 1443
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%

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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew to have with a meal.

A=could be mistaken for a wine. Could be the pour I had but there was no head whatsoever.

S=lots of cherry, almost no alcohol scent.

T= fantastic. Sour cherry, almost like a candy with no trace of alcohol.

M=probably the weak point, moderately carbonated and thin but appropriate fir this style.

D=absolutely would have again, though perhaps couldn't session because of the strong taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:00:33 | More by sonicdescent
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Allagash chalice. There is a large creamy looking light head atop a ros colored body.

The aroma is full of cherry with the signature Cantillon yeast taking a back seat, but still present.

The taste starts out with an ever so slightly sweet cherry. This is quickly overrun by grapefruit rind and sour. The balance here is nice. This has a strong fruit presence.

The body is light and the carbonation is relatively smooth.

Well it's Cantillon so it scores high in my book. This might be the best fruit lambic they make.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 04:03:01 | More by andrewinski1
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 3 September 2010. Shared with my wife and father while watching In Bruges. Poured into 2 wine glasses and a brandy snifter. Popped the cap off and a black liquid that smelled like a trash dumpster came seeping out of the cork and ran down the bottle. Strange.

A- Pours a very effervescent cloudy red color into my glass with a pink half finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves small white bubbles on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, funk, lemon. You get some of that musty moist smell like you just walked into a barn full of moist hay with the cobwebs and everything.

T- Absolutely amazing mouth puckering factor here. Lactic acid first, when it dies down there is an amazing tart sour cherry flavor mixed with oak, some lemon peels. On the back end there is lingering red fruits with a little bit of bitterness, still tart though.

M- Dry and crisp, doesnt appear to have any carbonation in the glass but there is plenty on the tongue.

O- Absolutely fantastic. Glad my local bottle shop has this regularly. My first Cantillon and definitely the best sour beer ive had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:07:14 | More by kmatlack
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling

the cork is popped, and gas comes rushing out of the bottle. the smell of belgian yeast creeps into the air. poured into a wine glass, a small crisp head forms on top of the bold red liquid, and then vanishes. each sip is like a bite of a cherry pie made from scratch -- sour natural cherries, plenty of yeasty funk, and minuscule amounts of spice to keep things balanced.
rugged on the tongue at first, and then expands into a smooth sweet nectar. this is what natural ingredients taste like.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 14:36:18 | More by schusterbauer
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited to try new Cantillons. Just one of the few truly unique beers out there. Bottling date: 02/2007. Into the Ommegang goblet.

A - Dark amber body, with light pink body. Attractive.

S - Wonderful funk already. Mulberry and intense cherry notes. Nice.

T - Sharp acidity dominates, light black cherry sweetness is underneath, with a nice subtle angle food cake sweetness. Very satisfying and intense.

M - Fuller than I expected, nice and crisp.

D - Man, if you are going to drink a lambic, you got to do it right. This is the best Kriek I've had, not for everyone for sure, but my favorate.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 04:00:56 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a corked bottle into a oregon pinot noir glass. cork said 2007 drank january 2009.

pink/red beer very carbonated with little head. had yeast sediment which was large and clumpy.

smell was all acid. maybe a touch of wheat, but no cherry smell.

tart refreshing very dry. cherry flavor is all dark fruit cherry with no residual sweetness which is subdued. fruit seems to fill hole from lack of body left by dryness without being the star fo the show. wow this is good.

just a touch of acetic acid cuts through the lactic acid goodness. tartness adds up as i continue to sip. food is needed to cut this buildup but it plays well with food.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 05:56:40 | More by heapofaoatmeal
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New York

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 champs bottle.

Bottled Jan. 2010

Foamy head settles quickly to a thin, light foam. Good carbonation. No real lacing - as with most lambics.

Pretty red/orange/pink color. Medium deep.

Amazing nose . . . Celestial sour red & wild cherry aromas. Huge & fresh. An aromatic cherry fruit cornucopia with heavenly Brett, lactic, bacterial & barrel funk. Creamy/fruity lactic & rose petals.

On the palate: lightly Bretty, funky, creamy & sour.
Acerola, red & wild cherries. Nice lactic quality. extended flavor & finish with intensity of flavor & fruit right through to finish.

An absolute Goddess among beers!

95 Points.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 07:46:51 | More by ausonius
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. Bottled April 2011.

A: Beautiful dark red color with 2 fingers of bubbly pink head that dissapates quickly but never fully leaves.

S: Very funky with a tart cherry aroma in the background. Very bold all around.

T: Sour cherry throughout with a nice funky yeasty finish. Just a beautifully balanced brew! Nice long lasting tart finish.

M: Soft, bubbly, prickly mouthfeel. High carbonation with a medium body. Very nice!

This my first time trying a Cantillon beer and I'm not disappointed. Just a wonderful well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 21:03:31 | More by muletrane
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got my hands on a 33 cl. bottle. At Cantillon they are serious I tell you - both metallic cap and a cork.

A: It pours ruby red with a surprisingly small light pink head. A bit hazy with some small bubbles - it looks a bit like pink champagne. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

S: Obvious Brettanomyces (yeast), fruity notes, mostly grapefruit but strangly enough I can't smell any cherries. A very complex smell, both dry and fresh.

T: Very refreshing. The sour cherries dominates over all other flavours. But there is some dryness, some raspberries in this very complex beer. It has a very faint taste that reminds me of the smell from fired black-powder!?

M: A very long, dry and a bit sour aftertaste - one of the most dry aftertaste I ever had. The body is medium and the carbonation is really nice.

D: This is a very nice beer, the best Kriek I ever had. If you're not into this kind of beer you should probably skip this one - cause it is very much Lambic. Complex!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 17:14:24 | More by Sunnanek
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage shared by alfrantzell for his birthday last month. Thanks, Arne. Trying a fruit lambic this old was a unique experience.

The beer is a murky pinkish-red in the glass. Half a finger's worth of bubbly foam rests atop, which quickly settles to a thin collar. It smells strongly of sweet and tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla; a bit like cherry pie filling, actually. There's also an inkling of musty, funky basement; it's an amazing aroma. Tart cherry consumes the palate, sourness is moderate and both lactic and acetic in character, with undertones of vanilla, minerals and hints of oak. The cherry character is vibrant and outstanding for a 14 year old lambic. Sour lactic finish, musty and faintly woody. Amazing.

Other vintages:

1997: More intense lactic sourness than the '96, but still vibrantly fruity.

2007: Brutally sour and harsh, lacking depth - not one of the more impressive batches of Cantillon Kriek.

2009: All bottles I've had from '09 have been great. Vibrantly fruity with moderate sourness. Almost has a cherry pie filling quality to it.

2010: More lactic sourness than '09, but still a very balanced kriek. Outstanding cherry aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 23:36:39 | More by largadeer
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brilliant pink in color with a very very pink head. Lacy head. Head comes back to life with a little bit of a swirl.

Aroma is a cherry bomb. Full, sweet, a bit tart, just a wonderful mixture of everything that a cherry can be. A little lactic sourness in the aroma.

Tart sour cherries in the taste. Somewhat sweet to start with a dry and tart finish. Almost puckering in the finish. Very sour. Some notes of red fruits like currant.

Body is light, carbonation helps make the beer crisp, silky mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent beer. Balanced. Cherry is displayed perfectly. Very sour

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 18:14:13 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured deep opaque red. Smelled distinctly of cherries. Initial taste is so sour it causes the lips to pucker. Strong notes of cherries and not much else. A really solid sour, if sours are your thing, definitely not a beer for those who aren't into the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 10:49:35 | More by onecrazybreeze
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4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled 2002.

Deep scarlet color with a durable, bubbly pink head. Lacing is evident down the glass. Nose is truly Cantillon with unparalleled mustiness and eye-watering acidity. Cherries are dominant with additional oak and funky cheese aromas. The naive palate would be overwhelmed with what's to come in the flavor department. Tart, incredibly sour cherries accentuated with oak and a remarkable concentration of acidity set this apart from other fruit lambics. The lack of sugar addition make this authentic in the truly traditional sense. This beer's mouthpuckering ability is unsurpassed. Playfully prickly on the tongue, even at room temperature (the preferred serving temperature), with lingering acidity on the finish leaves the palate thirsting for more. Wonderfully refreshing like a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day, this is one remarkable Kriek.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 23:14:38 | More by Jon
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4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

small bottle, bottled jan 2010. Drinking it to celebrate a special occasion we didn't get to celebrate a few days ago.

appearance -beautiful ruby red color, quite bubbly pink head, leaves generous pink clouds of lace on the glass.

smell - fresh, crisp fruity smell, tiny bit funky..but not nearly as much as I expected

taste -crisp, tart, fresh cherries, not sirupy at all. refreshingly sour and much more cherryish than I expected. again, it's a dry cherry taste, not a sweet cherry taste. long lasting flavor, very pleasant, not as complex as other Cantillon I've had, but I'm used to bottles with much more age on them. You can pick up the wheat a slight bit. Would love to serve this at my wedding, should I get married : ). Would love to serve this with food.

mouthfeel- lots of bubbles dancing on tongue, sourness on the tongue, but smooth and light.

Very good. If only this was available in Southern California..and if only it wasn't so pricey, then I would drink it very often as one of my go-to beers, varying fresh and aged bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:26:29 | More by voteforgoat
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United Kingdom (England)

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very interesting to drink, stinky barnyard smell, quite sour and acidic, not too much fruit characteristic but the cherry flavour is there, bone dry aswell, which is how i like my lambics.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2002 20:09:09 | More by rastaman
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001.

Even the color is complex! Sort of a pinkish/orangish/reddish shade. Bit of a head, but it quickly dissipates.

The nose . . . let's see how many characters do I get for a review? Hmmm. I'd better just summarize. Sure there are some sour cherry/strawberry/cranberry notes, but nothing dominates. Substantial brett. components of horse blanket, barnyard, and, to use the French . . . merde. Then there are the acidic citrus notes - lemon, lime, who knows what else. Again, its all completely integrated. Literally mouth-watering. Simply stunning.

In the mouth its all Cantillon. The incredible acidity is primary, but its supposed to be, this is a lambic after all. The fruit notes are there, as well as a hint of wheaty/malty grain, but the grain notes are the understudy's understudy in this production. Everything from the nose is there, plus the faint grainy notes, for just a bit more complexity. There is even a prickle of carbonation to make it more lively on the palate.

The finish is amazingly long, and quite dry. It just goes on and on, and on and on, gently echoing the acidic fruit for what seems like minutes. Quite a ride, and unlike most other things that inhabit the world of beer. A treasure.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 10:01:01 | More by Realale
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001.

Despite what I'd read, this bottle was not a gusher...I'd hate to waste a single drop of this heavenly nectar...

Appearance: Pours a strange mix of colors: pink, red, orange, and garnet. The head on this one barely even shows up from the outset, and quickly fizzes down to a ring of large bubbles around the edge of my glass. There seems to be a bit of chill haze...

Smell: Here's where it gets interesting! Sharp cherries and assorted berry aromas blend perfectly with the powerful smack from the wild yeasts. Horse blanket, farmhouse, musty, whatever you call it... There are very faint citrus hints as well...maybe lemon. This brew has more complexity in it's nose than many breweries can pack into their whole line! Amazing complex and perfectly integrated.

Taste: Damn! The acidity and sourness assert themselves strongly from the beginning! Not for the faint of heart or those afraid of something new! There's the fruit flavor, but it doesn't come across as sweet; it's more of a sharp note. Then there's the musty character. I notice a bit of a grainy flavor that is clearest and easiest to pick out in the aftertaste. Dry, complex, and never-ending.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with an amazing dryness and crispness due to the spontaneous fermentation sucking out every possible sugar molecule.

Drinkability: If you're the type of drinker who can enjoy this unique type of beer, the drinkability is quite high. The crispness, dry finish, and thin body just beg for another sip.

Painfully traditional and so damn good...I need to get more of this. Hallelujah!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 19:14:52 | More by MJR
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another Cantillon lambic I've been dying to try. Cork evacuates the bottle with a nice pop. Bottled in 2003. Pours from the bottle a stunning red with hints of pink...a nice bubbly pink head tops it off. Brilliant ruby when held up to the light. The nose comes with a sour, astringent cherry mixed with a splash of vinegar, a hint of lemon and a healthy dose of barnyard, dirty laundry funkiness that is trademark Cantillon...simply lovely.

First sip is a rush of acidic, mouth puckering sour. Hints of lemon peek through as the vibrant sour cherry tones flow over the palate. The barnyard, earthy, woody, dank funkiness is simply spectacular. A perfect mix of lambic and fruit that creates an incredibly rewarding drinking experience. Amazing.

Small bubbly carbonation couple with a nice light body that flows over the tongue. Each and every taste bud stands up at attention with each sip taking in the sublte complexities that only Cantillon can deliver. I have a feeling that when I finish this bottle I will be left aching for more and looking forward to the next time I can partake in this finely crafted, spontaneously fermented masterpiece. History, art, brewing and nature all in one bottle.

Bottled 18 April 2011..freshest bottle I've had - sampled 09-20-2011

Pours into my glass a deep vibrant cherry red with a fizzy pink head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas are bright with cherries along with an underlying deep sour funk. Lots of oak notes with lemon zest. Musty, earthy and a touch of vinegar. Lovely.

First sip brings bring sour cherry pucker upfront. Acidic funk and oak meld together. The underlying lambic is musty and earthy with lemon zest. Super complex, it finishes dry and extremely tart with lingering cherry notes.

Mouthfeel is light with very spritzy carbonation that explodes across the palate with each sip. Such a great depth of flavor, I love how every time I drink a Cantillon beer it's like a new experience. Wish it was easier to drink this more often!!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 06:26:07 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours barely any head and has a beautiful bright red color, it's fairly clear with a little haze to it. Little to no pink head. Cork says bottled in 2005. Smell is tart and sour with some light cherry flavor, pretty mellow smell for a lambic. Taste is sour and mellow, the only thing that gives me an idea that there are cherries would be tartness. Like a really sour cherry. The sour wild yeast is very mellow, but I guess I started out with some big sour lambics and got used to that. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with very little acidity. Overall I think this is pretty drinkable, if I was a well-off Belgian or east coast man I would drink this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 05:52:09 | More by Erdinger2003
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $24.99. Poured from the corked bottle w/ a familiar scene on the front of the bottle into a Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date or bottle date. Bummer! While getting my girlfriend into beer drinking and the whole culture, this was a great beer to get her taste buds going.

appearance: Beer would fizz and then the "head" would disintegrate in seconds. very cool!

smell: smelled very sour and tart from the beginning to end of the beer

taste: Great crisp tastes. Almost like eating a War-Head at the beginning and then a Cherry type of taste at the end

mouthfeel: very sour and tart

drinkability: AWESOME!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:51:00 | More by DCon
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a cloudy red, almost light blood red with a pink bubbly head.

The aroma has cherry, woodiness, some sourness, lactic sourness, lots of sweet berry, some funk, vinegar sourness as well.

The flavor has tons of complexity. It hits you with lots of woody oak, cherry, then grape and red wine. Some bitterness and drying on the end. There lots of bubbly carbonation, fizziness, a light body, not much sweetness. A relatively light refreshing body without the sourness, bitterness, or sweetness coming out too much on the end. Lots of acidity as well as barnyard funk.

This really is one of the best sours I’ve had. It actually has some similarities to Supplication, based on my limited knowledge of wild ales, though not as sour and certainty with more red wine characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 18:45:13 | More by dar482
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek 100% Lambic – 750ml Green Bottle - Cork Dated 1996.

Unlike the commercial “pseudo-Kriek” producers who so shamelessly bastardize the meaning of this much facsimiled style. THIS Offering is made with Whole Cherries and 6 month old Traditional Lambic. Matured in Oak/Chestnut Casks, it is then Bottled.

I poured this 1996 bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into a Cantillon Tumbler. I served it at 55 Deg.F.

Appearance: Pours with a stiff effervescence at first. Fantastic looking flamingo pink, richly smooth, fine-foamed head. A hazy rose colored body with a slight brown tinge. Thankfully, it will never win any cherry cough syrup “look-alike” awards, for it has a look that unapologetically says – traditional Kriek.

Nose: Unashamedly dry, incredibly acidic & deeply pungent Cherries set amidst a sharp biting smell that tugs at your nasal hairs, this in turn reacts with the moisture in your nasal cavity & upper mouth. This is what it must be like to snort Cherry Cocaine.

Taste: WOW – F**K ME!!!! This has to be one of the best aged Krieks that I have ever had. This offering is maybe 7-8 years old, but it is in *fine form*. My eyes water, I jest not, as I delve into this fabulous acidic Lambic-Rosé. A parching arid hydrophobic entrance removes all semblance of a useful Beer Review from my mouth. The tongue is stripped & taste-buds are rendered useless as my cheeks pucker in the Kriek acid bath. Can a Beer really have Hydrophobia?

Mouthfeel: Dissolved Cheek Cells and Teeth Enamel. Acerbically Dominant.

Drinkability: I could drink this ALL day, every day, until I die of Cantillon Kriek-induced Dehydration.

Overall: Another, 5-Star, superb, totally traditional offering from Cantillon, the Masters of Lambic. Put simply - This Kriek is fiercely traditional in style, no fruit syrups or added sugars here. It does not “fuck around” in the tastes department either. Traditional Kriek Virgins - Be Prepared to have your Cherry, well & truly, Plucked!
Just how it should be: Supremely Dry with a Pungent Aroma of Acidic Cherries.

This Review is dedicated to my fellow BA & “Extreme Lambic-Head”, Rastaman. No doubt he would have preferred this offering to the commercial St. Louis "Gueuze-Lambic" that he sportingly endured for his #750 Review.

Congratulations & Cheers on the 750 Rastaman, the extra beer in your Mug is well deserved; you are a true asset to BA.com!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 22:47:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz capped and corked bottle, no date on the cork, but I assume that this is a 2000 or so vintage. I have to agree with Darren on this one...this beer is a true masterpiece, and Cantillon are indeed the masters of traditional lambic beers. This beer pours a unique ruby red colour with a nice, fizzy, white head. The aromas are lamic funk, barnyard junk, gestating skunk, chunky munk, sour cherries, sour sours, and more. The taste is a tart explosion of flavor with some ripe cherries bursting into the foreground right before the extremely, long, dry and dehydrating finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and never cloying and the drinkability is ace as well.

One of the best lambic beers, and probably THE best kriek out there!


Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 06:44:01 | More by francisweizen
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Added review) Ah, the politics of fruit and beer. I believe the 2004 is vastly different from prior bottlings, and my visit to the brewery in August suggests a new type of cherry may be the culprit (confirmation from the importer pending). Either way, the 2002 and 2003 are delightfully tart and overwhelmingly puckering; the 2004 is richly flavored with cherry. Either way, it's a winner. A little bump.

(Original review) Bottled in 2002. Huge sour aroma hits from the instant the cork is popped. My mouth was salivating left and right at the expectation of the much-desired tartness.

Poured blood red -- garnet, ruby, et cetera. The medium-sized head sputters out like cola fizz. Only very slightly cloudy since, at the recommendation of the back label, I tried to avoid decanting too much of the yeast.

Poignantly sour aroma. Very acidic in the nose. A light but very discernable cherry aroma is buried underneath powerfully crafted sourness. Similarly, the cherry is fairly light and fleeting despite the bright, vibrant color. Light, and crisp, this is a true delight and very easy on the tongue despite the initial feeling that it's somehow biting or caustic. Indeed, it's quite the opposite -- pure fucking joy.

Tart, acidic, and sour from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. You get used to it after a while, and the cherry becomes slightly more prominent, and it's certainly just a tiny bit bigger on the tip of the tongue.

An amazing, amazing beer. Anyone looking for a true-to-form, delight-to-drink lambic ought to try this at his or her earliest convenience.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 21:40:45 | More by marburg
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, 2005 Vintage, shared with my brother and his girlfriend, my cousin, my sister and her husband, picked up at the Total Wine in Glendale, AZ,

A: Pours an attractive pinkish red, light head, no lace.

S: Classic Brett aroma/horse blanket, cherries, pomegranate, lactic acid.

T: Opens with a burst of delicious lactic acid. Heavy lemon, with the essence of the cherries. They're there, but they've been completely fermented out. The fruit, as light as it appears in the finished beer through the beginning and mid-palate, jumps out to give a great finish surrounded with the acid.

M: Quite acidic, but not rough at all. The acid makes the body with a slightly sweet finish, moderate/high acidity overall. Perchance I wanted more acidity to give it a 5?

D: This frankly is fantastic beer. Delicious, incredible lactic acid and funk flavours, that just begs another sip to be taken. I went through this so fast, the acidity and fruit flavour were to die for. My brother opened up a bottle of Mersault at the same time, and while I love White Burgs and it was a good wine, the difference in overall complexity between the two was striking and clear in the Cantillon's favour for something that was half the price. A must try if it's available. About as perfect as a fruit lambic gets, I think the age is well apparent in the complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 07:36:00 | More by Halcyondays
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.