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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1441
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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Photo of rlee1390


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy bright ruby, one finger pink head.

S-Lots of cherries, mild funk and a tad bit of oak.

T-Lots of cherries, maybe too much. Mild funk, tad bit of oak and rather sweet.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, tad watery though.

O-A good Kriek, bordered the line of overly sweet and not sour enough but stayed to the right side of the divide.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 01:00:16 | More by rlee1390
Photo of AgentMunky


4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013. Vintage 2012.

A: Beautiful hazy red-purple. Cranberry?

S: Funky and very lightly fruity. Wine-like.

T: Hm. VERY light-bodied. Ephemeral barnyard funk. Aftertaste is lightly bitter. It grows in me, providing welcome bursts of tart funk as I drink. The sour cherry is distantly but distinctly present. I like it.

M: A little...weak? Very drinkable, but not a lot going on. Almost like a wine spritzer.

O: I like this beer, but I'm not sure I understand the fuss? Delicate and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 06:27:54 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of EdKing

United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/16/12 Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is reddish, with some amber tinge. It’s not like those bright pink krieks, cloudy with white head. Nose is very sour, burnt white sugar, cherry, sour little cheesy yeast. Taste is acidic sour, lip smackingly so. Bit of cherry fruit, white apple sour and some citric tongue curling sour. 3.8 Rerate - Keg in Craft Beer Co. 2nd B’day. Great balance between sweet and sour. Nose is minerally cherry fruit, raspberries, sugary merengue, bit of farmyard and mud, Taste is lots of granny smith sour, bit of sour raspberry and subtle cherry. Great nose and sour taste.Keg in Craft Beer Co. 2nd B’day. Great balance between sweet and sour. Nose is minerally cherry fruit, raspberries, sugary merengue, bit of farmyard and mud, Taste is lots of granny smith sour, bit of sour raspberry and subtle cherry. Great nose and sour taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 15:03:09 | More by EdKing
Photo of Pinknuggets


4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at three penny taproom to hfs sniffer

A: ruby bright red in color almost candy like with a redish tan had that leaves a thin lacing

S:a fruity smell you can definitely smell the sour cherries. The oak has a fairly strong presence as well. There is also a bit of funk high quality stuff

T:sour and tart flavor up front but not overwhelming it is extremely juicy fruity flavor distinctly of cherries and a crisp light finish

M: it is puckering upfront but not overwhelming then the carbonation makes it light crisp and clean like champaign or soda. That makes it go down easy I have to stop myself from drinking it too fast

O: cantillon lives up to the reputation this is my first loon expierence and I will be back not necessarily blowing other krieks away but it is better and a really good beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 22:57:44 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of cnbrown313


4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Publican in Chicago - 12oz pour served in a tulip glass

A - Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Bright ruby red / pinkish in color with about a half finger of pink head that fades pretty quick.

S - Tart cherries, barnyard funk, dry champagne smell

T - Lots of tart cherries up front provide a fair amount of sourness, but not overly sour. Then on the back end you get that funky barnyard taste, followed by a touch of sweetness. I keep wanting another sip after each one...

M - Light / medium bodied with a very fine champagne-like carbonation which allows the flavors to really move around from sour, to funky, to sweet.

O - An outstanding, world-class lambic. If I could drink this all of the time, I would. The best kriek I've had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 14:26:33 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of Rifugium


3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Photo of Heavenisbeer


4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Amsterdam Cafe in SF on SuperBowl Sunday 2012.

A: Hazy, pale, ruby red. No head. No lacing. But looks the style and it's a thing of beauty.

S: Woody, hay, funk, tart lemon, and cherries.

T: Acidic, acetic. Very tart, lovely. Like a nice gueuze with cherries.

M: Dry and tart. No carb.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 06:46:52 | More by Heavenisbeer
Photo of nataku00


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass, 2008 keg. Beer pours a dark scarlet red, slightly hazy, with a thin soapy pink head that leaves some light lacing. Some tiny bubbles floating up here and there.

Nose is tart cherries, red wine vinegar, a light nutty aroma, wet earth. Some sweeter red berry notes as well.

Taste some sharp sourness, sour cherries with vinegar, mellowing to some sweeter red berry and cherry flavors, along with some earthy funk and a nutty flavor possibly from the cherry pits. Finishes dry with lingering vinegar and berry flavors.

Light body with some light carbonation. Very refreshing. Pretty tasty kriek.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:49:54 | More by nataku00
Photo of ShanePB


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Craft Ale House into a 10 ounce glass.

A: Deep red with some nice burgundy undertones but the cherries certainly impacted the color heavily. A soft light pink foamy head surfaces and does stick around even after the initial dissipation. No real lace on the glass, though I didn't expect it anyway.

S: Funky and tart cherries, strawberry and raspberry. An underlying wheat base comes in after the wash of ripe red fruits clears out. Although, they're never really gone. It's the focus of the nose, juicy ripe fruits and it's wonderful.

T: Oh this is awesome. Puckering cherry juice tartness, funky floral notes, and a nice pale malt/wheat base. There's just enough to balance out the fruitiness while still letting it be the focus of the beer. More red fruits towards the back with more raspberry, strawberry and oak. Incredibly well balanced in flavor.

M: Highly carbonated, fizzy and bubbly on the palate. It's what I've come to expect for the style and absolutely dig it. Cleansing, light and scrubbing.

This was awesome and I'm so glad I stopped in for this on draft. Cantillon is becoming scarce around here so whenever it pops up either in bottle or on draft, I have to get my hands on it!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 15:31:22 | More by ShanePB
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at lord hobos on zwanze day 2011.

This beer pours a nice ruby red color with a huge white head (the bartenders had two pictures going allowing the foam to settle because the beer was pouring with way to much head) the smell is slightly funky more so on the earthy side than the horse blanket side , that is followed by cherries very tart cherries. Te flavor is very similar but the funk is pretty well covered up by the sourness and big tart cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and Puckering with good carbonation. Overall this is a truly excellent kriek I like it more than 3F and hanssens

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 13:06:58 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of AleWatcher


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.
Reviewed from notes.

Reddish pink with a pinkish white head. Nice legs, nice spotty lace.
Smells intense-- oaky, cherries, little funk... Huge sour smell.
The taste is spectacular. Light sweetness up front with sweet cherries before turning nice and sour with a dry finish.

The feel is nice and light with a tart and sour bite that pulls in my cheek and dries out my tongue.

Overall-- spectacular. Just awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 02:25:24 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Spuyten Duyvil for 2011 Zwanze Day. This one was a 12oz pour served in a wine glass

Cantillion Kriek pours a spot on solid cherry color. There's just a wispy crown of rose tinged foam that shows a little bit of staying power, but is a bit lacking in the lacing department. The nose is very interesting, it's a fairly even blend of earthy brett funk, notes of oak/wood, and a definite sour cherry aroma. The flavor dials up the sour, and the cherries are a little bit more prominent as well. It tastes like a soured beer with cherries, as opposed to what came across as just slightly tart cherry in the nose. The notes of earth and wood from the aroma carry through from the aroma and fill out the beer nicely. The mouthfeel feels pretty much identical to the Rose de Gambrinus I just had. The body is very dried out, and the carbonation is active, though stops a bit short of being truly bubbly. In general I prefer beers made with rasperries to ones with cherries, but I think I preferred Cantillon Kriek to Rose de Gambrinus, as I think it made much better use of its fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 00:26:41 | More by axeman9182
Photo of amphion1065


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz. or so pour from a keg at Lord Hobo, enjoyed from a wine glass on Zwanze Day. Vintage unknown. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a vibrant reddish pink, like the petals of a rose. A small, frothy white head with tight bubbles lasts for some time. Beautiful lacing.

The smell is very fruit-forward. Though there's a little bit of lemon rind and citric funk, the aroma that really dominates is that of fresh cherries. Not much in the way of acidity, sweetness is at the forefront here.

The taste follows closely on the smell, with a ton of cherries throughout. Whereas I don't particularly enjoy Rose de Gambrinus for its overwhelming citric acidity, in this beer I really enjoy the converse: though there's not too much tartness in the flavor, the cherries are front and center and they're delicious. This is a wonderful fruity lambic, and what it lacks in overall balance it makes up for in pure natural flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, and the liveliness helps those cherries come through. It's a shame that Cantillon kegs are so rare.

This beer to me epitomizes fruit over funk, and though I usually prefer lambics that emphasize the latter, I really enjoyed this. Not endlessly fascinating or especially complex, but a delicious beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 23:32:35 | More by amphion1065
Photo of jwhancher


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 8/8/11 at Monk's Mad Monday featuring Brasserie Cantillion. Served in 6-oz. portion in an 8-oz. wine-like glass. From my tasting notes:

Pours a bright cranberry red with pinkish little head. Sourness is subtle. Smells like red vinegar - the type you'd put on your salad as a dressing. Tastes of a woody, tart, sour-like cherry pie. Light but tart & sour. Excellent kriek - and likely the first I've ever tried (or actually remembered trying).

(Please note that my point values are purely a best guess as I tried this beer a month ago. I do know that I enjoyed this beer - just not sure what points I would give it until I try it again.)

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 18:34:57 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Retail1LO


3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've strayed from sours for so long. However, I couldn't resist ordering my first Cantillon when it was offered on tap here at The Wealth of Riches kickoff event at the Blue Dog in Chalfont. Pours a brilliant, vibrant, yet cloudy rose color with a minimal head. The nose is dominated by vinegar. Only the faintest cherry pushes through. The taste is sour, but seemingly only because of the vinegaresque qualities from the aforementioned nose. I had Raspberry Tart last night, and felt that it was both sweet and sour. This is just sour for the sake of being sour. But that's cool. I get it. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 16:13:29 | More by Retail1LO
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A murky, dark ruby without much carbonation. Extremely small head. Looks a touch thick without the bubbling carbonation.

A bright, punching sour aroma, perhaps the most sour aroma I've experienced! There's some sweet cherry and earth as well, but the tartness and sour is like a kick to the face--and is literally making the sides of my throat clench and my mouth water. Wow!

A biting sourness, lots of yeast funk, and a sweet cherry accent underneath it all. The sourness is just huge in this one, nearly drowning out most anything else--though it's still delicious, in small sips.

Medium bodied though it seems a bit still and heavy. I wish mine had a bit more carbonation.

An absolute treat of a kriek--so glad I got to try this one!

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 22:32:44 | More by ehammond1
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N' Hum in New York, NY on 5/29/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a beautiful bright red color. It has a small pink head on it that fizzles out quickly and leaves no lace. There are also some carbonation bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. This just looks beautiful.

S - It smells of tart sour cherries and a big barnyard funk. There are some musty grassy notes as well, and it smells a bit dry.

T - There is a big sour cherry tartness right off the bat. There is a big barnyard funkiness that works really well with the cherries. The finish is dry and a bit sour. Awesome taste.

M - It has a medium body and good tingly carbonation. It goes down good, and has some mouth puckering sourness.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It goes down good, and the flavor is just awesome. Overall, I thought this was just an awesome beer. It is my first Cantillon, and it is unlike any sour that I've had so far. I highly recommend trying this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 19:56:27 | More by JizackFH
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a finger high pink head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate amount of sour aromas in the nose.
T: The beer is very acidic and sour and has notes of cherries in the flavors. There is a very strong sour aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Although the beer is very sour, it doesn’t have a funky element in the smell or taste that makes some beers in this style difficult to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 00:57:27 | More by metter98
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the taps of Rattle N Hum. Had right after the Lou Pepe Kriek, so this is somewhat biased and a bit by comparison. Ruby red, good carb even out of the decanter. Less cherry note than the Lou, but definitely still evident in the aroma, a lot more funk, though, definite barnyard, more sour and tart and barnyard. Tasty but seems a bit out of balance when compared to the Lou Pepe. Still, I can't complain too much. Delicioso..

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 23:10:12 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of andrewinski1

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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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark crimson red color (darker than the Gambrinus) with a thin bubbly white head that lasts for 20 sec and fades to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is sour cherries, lemon, tart and funky yeast. Nothing overpowering and just right.

Taste is delicious with a tart start with lots of fruit notes. Cherries are the most prominent but there is a lot of citric fruits coming through as well, with lots of lemon zesty notes. The yeast is the star here however with many spicy and funky/barnyard compounds making this the best kriek out there.

Light body and high carbonation. Mouthfeel is adstringent and dry. Long tart aftertaste leaves the mouth watering.

This is the original Kriek, very sour complex and refreshing. Taste just like the one I had as a sample at the brewery in Brussels about 3 years ago.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 22:33:08 | More by paulozanello
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District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this on tap (along with rose de gambrinus) and it was so fantastic, I had to review it again. thought they may have poured me the wrong beer at first, because when it arrived, it was a glowing, pink/raspberry color. much lighter in color than i remember. hold it up to my nose, and... woah! awesome. bright cherry flavor on top of lemon and proper cobwebby, earthy, woody, dewwy sunny country farm hillside. just fantastic. maybe this is a young keg, because the fruit flavors are so bright in the taste, and the nutty, peppery-spice notes are more round than i am used to in the bottle. nevertheless, the taste is tart, acidic fruit up front. cherry is obvious, but if i didn't know better, i would have believed there were strawberries and red raspberries in there too. the base lambic shows it's face just a little in the middle and finish with the lemon, wood, cellar and earth notes. crazy good. silky medium body that coats the palate before being completely cleaned and wiped away by the healthy acidity. i could drink this whole keg myself. wow. do not pass this up if you are lucky enough to see it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 13:33:32 | More by timtim
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at TJ's 7th Anniversary Event.

Appearance: Ruby red with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Sour tart cherries and sweet cherry pie filling.

Taste: Sweet cherry pie, very tart and sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable lambic that I am stocking up on any bottles I can find. Nice and sour.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 00:14:24 | More by Axic10
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mini pint at TJ's 7th anniversary party. A rare treat on-tap that can not be passed up.

A - Pours bright red with spotty head leaving no lacing at all. I think this was one from the bottom of the keg.

S - Plenty of sour notes up front. Hints of cherries, oak, and plenty of funk permeate everything. Fairly subtle but still very nice.

T - Strong tartness up front slowly giving way to some tart cherrie puree. Finish is strong tartness with plenty of strong cherrie notes. I really like this one a lot but it gets to be a bit overpowering after about half a glass.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart finish that fades quickly. Quite pleasant

D - Pretty good. I liked this one a lot. It was tart but still very complex. I have a bottle of this in the cellar, can't wait to see what that does with some age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 04:13:40 | More by orangesol
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy red with pink and dark nuances, a small pink head with nearly no lacing.

The smell is sour with earthy nuances and sour milk, old cheese, fruits - cherries and green apples.

Tasting of fruit in sour milk, vinegar and a good bitterness in the finish. Cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, complex body yet refreshing, and a dry finish.

A very refreshing and rewarding kriek, not the sweet lemonade feeling you can get from others.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 21:42:50 | More by rarbring
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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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