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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 680
Hads: 2,191
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 641
Gots: 540 | FT: 44
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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 dhitchcox
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 7 Nov 2015 at Novare Res in Portland, ME
Look: Ruby red. Barely translucent. Pours a minor head (1/4inch) that fades but narrow layer lingers throughout the drink.
Smell: predominantly fruit; tart cherry all the way. Very little in the way of Brett or funk. Very pleasing.
Taste: tart cherry dominated but does have a nice sour bite. Definitely a very sweet component.
Feel: smooth in mouth and the sour tinge is closer to an after taste. Does leave a dryness on the back of the tongue.
Overall: amazing cherry sour. Maybe too sweet to be perfect but I can't say I'd change much about this.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on cask at Cantillon in Brussels. Poured into their stemmed taster glasses. Look is a much darker red than the Framboise's. Cloudy and difficult to get a lot of light through. Gets cloudier as the liquid in the bottle dwindles. Minimal head that dissipates quickly, with a ring remaining around the glass. Smell is the sourness and tartness of both the cherries and the lambic. Taste is again, more sour than their other offerings due to the cherries. In a side by side test I chose LPF for a few reasons, but cherry isn't my favorite additive in anything. On the dryer side. Overall, an extremely fruity beer that was a pleasure to drink, but at the brewery it was up against some tough competition.

LPF on the left, Kriek on the right:

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Photo of MrDell
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
Lambic – 5% - 375ml Bottle - Bottling date 15 February 2015

Appearance: Red, big bright pink head that dissipates quickly. Low levels of carbonation with a few small bubbles climbing side of the teku glass.

Aroma: Funky, cherries, oak, very pleasant aroma sugar and sour fruits.

Taste: Tart on the tongue, as expected then you get the taste of the oak and then the sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Leaves palate very moist. Low in both body and carbonation.

Overall: I'm surprising myself with just how much I am enjoying these funky sour beers these days. Being new to the style I find them difficult to describe but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I think that many people that write off the sour beers straight away do so because they are shocked by the taste but when you know what's coming and are not surprised by it, it enables you to enjoy the experience. I will definitely be buying more of this. 8.75 / 10

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant reddish copper brew; translucent; minimal head.

Tart cherries up front, but quickly the aroma features the musty, funky yeast one would expect. A touch sweet; hay and straw.

Very funky; among the more rustic brews I've had, along with 3F and Fantome. It's a dry, rustic mustiness with a hint of cheese and earth, only laced with a tiny bit of tartness at first.

The finish is like chewing on fresh cherries. The strengths completely flip, with the yeast now providing the soft envelope for the cherries, which are front and center, with plenty of accompanying tartness.

Very lively feel; long puckering finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Edition – Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Deep tart cherries, some oak and accompanying funk.

A: Hazy, bright deep red color with a thick foamy head.

T: Expressive deep cherry character, with a light amount of oak.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a moderate amount of acidity, though not sharp. Long lingering dry, cherry complexity.

O: Delicious. Wow this beer has an amazing tart cherry complexity. Great balance between funk, oak and

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Photo of Stevem68
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy cherry red color. Has a tart funky sour aroma. Flavor is tart, there's a unsweetened cheery profile with a smooth but crisp finish. This is very dynamic and interesting. Like this a lot

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Photo of aleigator
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek bottled May 2014

Pours a vibrant, ruby red color, with a small pink head.

Smells of an intriguing, leathery tartness, blending directly into the beers ripe cherry quality. Has a pleasant mineralic profile atop of the barnyard funkiness, both highlighting the sweet, ripe character of the fruits. There is also a whiff of tomatoe shrub underneath, accompanied by earthy sherry stem and red wine barrel, completing the wonderful aromas.

Drinks very soft, while a lower carbonation adds a refreshing note to the pungent tartness, consisting of fermented cherries and funky bretts.

Tastes of a glue defined, dusty earthiness, with an uncompromising tart character to it, which gets softened when cherries become noteable, evoking almost a cinnamon impression, based on the richness of the oak barrel synergating with the fruit ripeness. A good amount of white lemon zest goes hand in hand with matured cherries, which turn even moldier during the finish. The beers finish focusses entirely on the prominent cherries, revealing a leather coated stone pit quality with sweet cherry skin to it.

This offers a great cherry depth, featuring a nice crispness during the beginning, which turns more mature, riper while drinking. Exhibits a great interaction between sour funk and fermented fruits, throughout evolving on the palate.

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Photo of danh53
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cherry red with huge foamy pink head the quickly dissipates. No lacing. Aroma is funk, oak, leather, cherries, and vinegar. Taste is tart cherry skins with lots of earth and funk and some vinegar. Mouth feel is light to medium. Very clean with dry oak finish. Cantillon doesn't disappoint with this one.

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Photo of LAp
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a small snifter. Pours a deep raspberry, with a thin off-white head. Nose is tart cherry, and palate is dark fruit, cherry, with a hint of balsalmic vinegar. There's also a hint of a sweet aftertaste here. Overall, a deeply complex beer. A treat to try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, New York.

This pours a brilliant dark-ish red, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like deep raw sour cherry, top shelf kriek all the way. There's some decent tartness on the nose too, and some oak and funk.

This just has that indescribable combo of funk and sour that makes Cantillon so Cantillon. There's a ton of expressive, earthy and dry cherry. There's just a smidgen of oak. It all comes together in a beautifully complex way.

This is light bodied, super crisp and dry, and quite drinkable.

A near perfect beer, just super well crafted.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this on draft at Zwanze Day 2015. Location: Brouwer's Cafe | Seattle, WA. The color is absolutely beautiful when poured, bright cherry color. Nose is present with sour cherry. The finish is the perfect amount of tartness with an absolutely fresh cherry aftertaste. This beer is perfect.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle from ThatCracker (many thanks for my first 'Loon!). Bottled 2/15. Served in a Monday Night snifter.

Pours a cloudy, deep rose with a huge three finger cap of pink head. A tenuous layer of bubbles lingers before shrinking to a thin halo that persists, leaving only a few small pin points in the way of lace.

Smells tart, funky and fruity with plenty of lacto, cherries, hay and some faint sugar.

This smacks the palate with a puckering tartness from the start. Cherry skins, sour fruit, wet hay, hints of wood, tart lemonade and faint leather. A nice sour kick with plenty of cherry and earthiness. Tasty and very easy to drink.

Fairly light body with abundant carbonation. The cherries seem to shine most in the finish along with a lingering tartness and mild earthiness.

My first Cantillon does not disappoint. Not just sour for sour's sake, this has a pleasant depth to it. Based on this I am eager to try more from this legendary brewery.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle with a bottled on date of October 25, 2013. Served in a chalice/wine glass hybrid.

This beer has a fizzy pop on the pour and makes quite a buzz. A finger of light but compact and foamy head fizzes up and quickly dissipates, leaving behind a large lily pad of lace. A burgundy body appears to me somewhat like a red wine or sherry, but also strikes me as much like the skin on a cherry. Through the body, carbonation continuously surges. 5

A bit of an aside, but this nose validates my belief that Santa Fe Brewing's Kriek (at least the 2014 version) was phenomenal. Both SFBC's and this beer have an explosive cherry skin and pulp aroma, a touch of sweetness, vanilla and pie crust. A tart cherry pie is a great descriptor for this beer. 4.5

Intense tartness and acidity smack my tongue. I immediately realize this lacks some of the desire sweetness and vanilla that I want. Tart cherry pulp slowly makes an entrance and subtle pie crust and pie-like flavor slides in. While there's no vinegar flavor here, the flavor takes me to the edge of that very disagreeable flavor. With it is something earthy that trails out and meets a light yeasty lily-like flavor. 3.75

Tart, a tad yeasty and floral. Sweetness is extremely faint. Acidity bites and there are vinous qualities, tannins, and a bone dry finish. 4

It's got plenty to like, but I don't love the flavors entirely. A touch more sweetness and vanilla would enhance the beer to my thinking.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light red with hints of pink or orange. Those pink tones continue through the thin off white head which breaks quickly leaving a small ring of bubbles.

S: Sour, vinegars, mild cherry scent and some funk. Overall the nose is very mild.

T: Quite Sour up front, acidic and then the cherry and funk come through. A nice finish.

M: puckering acidity, fine bubbly carbonation, but still extremely drinkable.

O: I found this beer enjoyable, the tart was really nice and I really enjoyed how the cherry lingers on your palate. Another reviewer mentioned how lambics are best fresh, I agree, this bottle was quite old and I have to wonder if it would have been better fresher.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, rosy red color.

Nose big cherry, sour cherry funk, juicy tart cherry fruit, mild musty dank funk.

Taste big tart cherry, sour funk, little acidity, tart juicy cherry kriek, candy notes, mild funk, nice sour cherry, etc.

Mouth med bod, tons of carb,

Overall pretty nice, but kriek is not always my fav sour style.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Kriek 100% lambic pours a dark ruby hue, intermingled with burnt orange, topped with a shallow layer of pure white bubbles. The aroma we are treated to is nothing short of enchanting, reminiscent of orange blossom honey, dried flower scents, dark cherry, and lemony yeast. Cantillon once again shows off absolute mastery over sour libations in providing an intricate yet balanced flavor experience. One's first impression is that it is simple due to this supreme balance, but after a more careful focus on detail, along with your expected findings of vinous sweet and sour cherry notes, funky yeast and a little lacto, we also get more subtle pomegranate and citrusy lemon esters, green tea, a little spice and an earthy finish. Despite the tartness, it's doesn't scream simply sour cherry, and the mouthfeel is carbonated, yet very soft as well. A true masterpiece.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a beer goes too sour and the fruit can can difficult to really identify and appreciate. And sometimes the fruit comes through but the sour is downplayed and it doesn't mesh. This beer doesn't have either problem. Just the perfect tart cherry flavor that just couldn't be any better.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My experience so far with fruited lambics tells me that they're really best enjoyed fresh. A 3-month old Kriek makes the point well, demonstrating a bright pop of cherry up front, with some light gueuze-like complexity in the finish. I think that balance is key and, again, reason to drink these sooner rather than later. IMHO, of course.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive starting off white (pink-tinged) head. Settles to ring bubbles with only a couple of spots for lace. The liquid is orange hued red. A bit hazy.

Very sour aroma. Some unidentifiable floral touches. I don't detect any cherry, though.

The cherry is subtle in the taste. Lots of tartness with a cutting carbonation that really makes the whole thing work. The aftertaste is moderately long with a chewy, lemony flavor. The body is thin with high carbonation, but again, it seems to work.

I'm not as psyched with this beer as some people, but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a gorgeous intense deep garnet/ruby with a light pink head.

The aroma hits of cherry cotton candy, minerality, light funk, tart, cherry skin.

The flavor follows with that cotton candy flavor, cherry juice, skin, a bit of jam. A theme of minerality and cherry yogurt throughout. Mild tart quality, light funk, a good amount of red wine red fruit and drying. Oak structure dries out the beer. Carbonation is bright and bubbly.

One of the best Cantillons, an underrated one.

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Photo of mrjez
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a gorgeous ruby dark pink, big fizzy champagne head that vanishes, carbonation continues to surface.
S: sour cherries, oak, grape and dark fruits in the background, a little funky.
T: tartness, similar to the nose, delicious.
F: puckering at the start, sensational balance, perfectly effervescent. Insanely drinkable.
O: not usually my style but I can't ignore how delicious and wonderfully crafted this beer is.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red color with pinkish head fizzy head. Cherries, oak, tartness, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering cherries, lots of fruit on this one, tart and dry.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to snaotheus for bringing this bottle back in his luggage from Belgium! Poured into a goblet from a corked and capped .375.

Color is hazy ruby with a thick pink champagne-like head that dissipates fairly quickly. A very beautiful beer in the glass. Smell is funk, tart cherry, and oak. Taste is very tart, almost puckering at first. Cherry flavors and oak flavors combine to give this a really great balance. Body is fairly light with a lot of carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the very few times I've ever thought "holy cow that is beautiful" when I poured a beer. Big fluffy pink head on rose-colored beer. Head dissipated fairly quickly without lacing. Nose had that classic Cantillon funk, but was not overly horsey or odd like some wild yeasts can be. It was funky but fresh and not overly powerful. Flavor was, of course, sour, dry. I was surprised the fruit didn't come through a little stronger (beer was fresh from the maker about a month and a half ago). Fruit lent more of a tart acidity with a dry cherry nuance. Mouthfell was right on. Full carbonation without feeling like soda pop, like a fine champagne. Overall, a classic.

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours ruby red, quite bright. The nose indicates this will be very tart with notes of cherries, spur yeast, sour bugs, and earthy dust/straw. Unlike some beers, the taste follows the nose to the tee. This has super smooth, high carb, and light feel.

Once again, outstanding. I don't think this is worth the hassle and on par with the Lou Pepe Kriek.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.