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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,442 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1442
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Raw sour power. Beautiful wine colour. Leaving it open as recommended for 30 minutes is a good idea, but how patient can you be? Musty barnyard and cherry aroma. A bit of carbonation. There's orange,cheese aftertaste. Astringent bone dry. Be forewarned about the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 03:48:34 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, sour cherry, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice acidic sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:23:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the sour beers, so I thought I would give this one a shot last night, as I have been fairly impressed with everything that Cantillon has done in the past, well everything I have gotten to taste anyway. A 2007 vintage, corked and capped bottle that I let chill for a few days and poured into an oversized wine glass and let warm up a bit before indulging.

Appearance - The pour was a touch underwhelming for me, as I expected it took look a little fuller then it did. A rich cherry red, essentially like a cool-aid color came before me. Extremely opaque due to the cloudiness and the haze that was inside, it was still very bright though. No head formed at all, none, not even from the first drops that hit the glass. No side glass presentation at all, and this had me a little worried, though the color alone was really quite nice.

Smell - The aroma was huge on this one. Rich, tart cherries were all over thee place. I swear you could smell this one from across the room. No hint of sweetness here at all, this was all sour. Lots of yeast playing tricks, jumping back and forth from cherries, to raspberries and back. Very big and complex.

Taste - The flavor was extremely acidic, with no hope of a balance of sweetness here at all. This had to be one of the most sour beers I have ever tried in my life. A really interesting drink indeed. Had to let it warm up a bit to fully appreciate what was going on here. A full on sour yeast attack. Some hints of cherries, but they were mostly lost with the initial flavor. Very acidic. The finish was much better with a long lasting sour cherry flavor and a very nice sense of fruit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Very light and with very little carbonation would be the best way to describe how this one would come across. I was expecting a little more carbonation in it then what I received, however it was by no means dead or flat in anyway.

Drinkability - A mixed bag here, as the huge amount of sour made it hard to stomach large quantities of it, however, it was light enough and had virtually no ABV, so it made it much easier to put down. Had it been a little less acidic it would have been much more drinkable.

Overall, it was an interesting experience. A little too sour and unbalanced for my taste, but it was still very good nonetheless. I would definitely try this one again, just maybe an aged version. I like the Lou Pepe much better though overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 10:09:10 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007 shared with friends to finish off the evening.

A: The pour is a dark reddish-pink color with a pink head that shortly dies down to a thin ring and spotty covering.

S: Plenty of cherry fruit flesh and skins right off the bat. Lots and lots of lactic acidity to go along with the fruit. The barnyard funk is pronounced but the oak is more mellow.

T: The tartness in this beer is unrelenting. For lesser mortals, it might be too much, but I find it to be very enjoyable. Lots of cherry skin and fruit flavor and a more moderate funk character.

M: The body is medium with a soft carbonation that is oh so typical of lambics. Very dry, lots of saliva inducing tartness.

D: While I do enjoy the sourness of this beer, it is not something I would tackle a whole 750 of by myself. That said, it's a Cantillon beer, so I'll still never turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:29:24 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 17:56:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Intese but clean sourness with tart cherry flavor resting behind sharp lactic and light must character.

Impressive and inviting, the pour brings about a bright pink (lavender) color with medium cloudiness. A froathy, airy head carries a modest pink hue. Retaining well, the beer's sourness keeps it from lacing as well as it could.

Clean sourness makes the mouth water and the jaws pucker. Under-rippened berries, crabapples, lemons, cider, and mild vinegars come to mind. Cherry aromas are noticable but weave into the other fruity-tart character well.

Sour-tart flavor also lead the way. Cherry flavor makes more of an impact in the overall fruity nature of the beer than it did in the aroma. Still, the lemony-berry-apple notes are well on display. Mild must, raw oak, white vinegar/grape, and light saltiness carry the beer from bright initial taste into the clean lactic finish.

Crisp, tart, and mildly astringent, the cherry flavor leads to a refreshing and palate cleansing evaporation in the finish. Warning: this beer might even remove noticable amounts of enamle from your teeth. Light heartburn might ensue because of the acidity.

A very good cherry flavored lambic with true fruity character and cleanly controlled beer character throghout. This beer makes every sip more and more inviting- highly drinkable aside from sour intensity.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 16:59:39 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

A: A nice bright ruby color with a mostly-white head that settles down fairly quickly.

S: A little bit of tartness along with scents of fresh cherry with a little bit of funk. The scent was not overwhelming, and pales in comparison to the Lou Pepe version of this.

T: Similar to the smell--very nice all around, with all the requisite properties present, but nothing too overwhelming or earth-shattering.

M: Somewhat dry on a light body. Nice taste and an "introductory" level of sourness.

D: Very nice drinkability; not overly complex, alcoholic, or sour. Nicely balanced and is one I think I'll use (alongside Duchesse) to get people into sours.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 13:29:32 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

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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oberon

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First I will say this is very traditional and well made,but Iam not a fan of the lambic style I have found out.Poured great orange/reddish color with nice looking spritzy head that went quick.Smell had some cherrystone in it maybe a little vanilla?Taste about knocked me over the sourness was too much for me to handle,was expecting a little soureness but this was overpowering.Like I said well made just not a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 13:25:24 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

I've been eying this bottle for a while now, and just pulled the trigger on it. It pours a clear rosy magenta topped by a fluffy finger of pinkish foam. The nose comprises cherries (shocker), cobwebs, tart berries, and a touch of wet hay. The taste ups the ante in terms of both tartness and sourness. Those cherries have been eviscerated by brutal sour demons, unleashing a wave of vinegar-tasting blood and offal as they go. Must and cobwebs form pretty quickly on the grisly scene. Yikes. The body (of the beer, that is...gotta get things back on track here...) is light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky feel and finish. Overall, as my first "true" sour kriek, this thing really kicked my tongue outta bed and sent it off to basic. I may not be completely converted as yet, but I am really interested in trying more of these things. Bring it on!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 23:50:31 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

My girlfriend wanted to try another cherry Belgian ale...I wanted to have a bit of a laugh...

This beer pours a cloudy muddled pink colour, with one finger of soapy light pink head, which leaves next to no lace. It smells of acrid cherry essence, funky yeast, kind of barnyard-like. The taste is very, very, very (did I say 'very'?) tart cherry acid, morphing into raw lemon juice territory, some remnant of cherry fruitiness, and a bit of yeasty white grain. The mouthfeel, well, to quote a beloved Simpsons denizen - "It tastes like burning..." - on top of a thin, oily body. It finishes with some lingering spent fruit echoing amidst the burn.

This is a masochistic dive into beer appreciation, that's for sure. I told my girl not to expect the typical fruit beer sugar bomb - heh, I'm lucky she didn't bomb me over the head with it, because i got to finish her share, given that I liked it, as a sort of palate cleanser, or well, degreaser, solvent, you get the idea...

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 09:30:46 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pinky crimsony coloration...light, negligible head...
nose is funkalicious, big fruitalacious, but not moreso than this overpowering funkadelicaliciousness...cherry-sweet, berry-licious...
Taste? ...ooo, wee! yeah, the cherry's there...but the funk is in control here, this is a distinctive taste, not for everyone... hey, maybe not even for me, at least not every day...whoa, again, I say...big, fresh, cherry taste, but yeasty ...meaty...huge mouthfeel, never ever feels like getting off the couch...pretty damned delicious, but , oh, so unique....I put these words to electronic pen and paper, while 1/2 a bottle remains...fierce flavor, full, lush, impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 13:12:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Very unusual to see the regular Kriek on-tap, so I was glad when a keg popped up at Hopleaf. Served in a flute.

A - Hazed pinkish red body with a big light pink foam that recedes slowly but leaves behind negligible lace. It's a wonderful color and had surprisingly good head retention for lambic. It's hard to say more as it was pretty dark.

S - Horsey funk, tart & sour cherries, some light fruit and graham cracker sweetness, some implied cranberry. Not as acetic or vinegary as I was led to believe - perhaps the bottles are different.

T - Again, this was surprisingly well-balanced. Some fruity, cherry sweetness, graham cracker malt backbone, a touch of oaky vanillin, and some sour and tart elements, but not bracingly so. It's more of a sweet funkiness as opposed to barnyard, although it get a little horsier as it warms up. Quite delicious!

M - Very dry finish, tingly carbonation that is appropriate but not harsh. Medium-light body.

D - I originally gave this a 4.5, as it was not overly sour to taste or hard to drink. However, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling as if I had a hole burning in my stomach, so I had to dock it a half-point.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 01:34:26 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of tart cherries along with some Belgian yeast, vinegar-like smell which is normal for the style.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong cherry sourness that dominates and doesn't yield too much to anything else. There's a little bit of Belgian yeast but just like the smell, the taste is very acidic and vinegary into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty if you're into the extreme sourness, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while I don't mind sours now and again, this one just didn't appeal to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:28:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, dated Sept. 2007, opened and allowed to breathe in the fridge for 20 odd minutes, as instructed by the label.

Served at 50º into a Cantillon glass. Initial finger of pink foam rises, with CO2 clinging to the sides of the glass. Second pour gives an ethereal fizzle and vaporizes on the surface of the red liquid.

Very traditional farmhouse nose, wet hay, old wet wood, musty horse blankets. A lightly acidic, citric lemon tartness cuts through the other aromas.

Tart cherry flavor is almost puckering, but not quite. Seems a little mellow in comparison to some other Cantillon releases. Definitely gets the salivary glands working, it would be a perfect apertif. Certainly quaffable, i'm having a hard time taking sips instead of gulps here. The tart fruit has a brightness to it, that fades into a lightly dry oak aftertaste. Light carbonation, a little vinous or cider-like in body. Overall a standard Kriek to judge others by. The Lou Pepe variety has a little more complexity and depth, but this is a fine Lambic...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:53:29 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, an indulgence I allowed myself, bottled 9 Sep 2003

Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent strawberry color with a pinky of pinkish head, that fades quickly. Only a trace of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & mustyness

T: Tart, tart cherries with vinaigrette & leathery components up front. Tartness, cherries & woody dryness dominate as this warms, plus a tad of sour apples. Finishes sour, tart & dry

MF: Super puckery with minimal to near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but due to the tartness I'd be hard pressed to do more than bottle unless I paired it with some food or dessert. I suspect I would've liked this a little younger...Glad i got to try it. If you are a sour beer freak, you will probably enjoy this more than I did

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:51:55 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tumbler at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish pink and the head is pink but converts to white after a few moments. Head is made up of a small to medium sized bubbles. Beer is completely hazy but on the edges you can see steady carbonation rise through the beer slowly propping the head up slightly. The head falls away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. This is what a Kriek lambic should look like.

The aroma, I was expecting something unique to cherries, but I got a sour / tartness in a general way rather than in a cherry specific way. Smells like a lambic / gueze, just not like a cherry anything.

Beer is medium to low in body and very sour. Now I'm getting a little bit of tartness that I can recognize with cherries. Beer is really sour though. It almost tastes lactic rather than citric in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation carry the sourness throughout the mouth and palate and finishes the beer cleanly with no aftertaste. Drinkability is OK to good and overall I really enjoyed this beer.

On a side note, as I was drinking this beer a fruit fly landed in my drink and promptly died. I fished it out and continued drinking, thinking to myself, "This is my preferred death."

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 17:08:07 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Bottled January 12, 2010 and consumed April 29, 2010.

The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is heavy on the cherries with a slight hint of funk. The flavor is regular cherries, tart cherries, oak and a little bit of wildness/funk. Still, the fruit is the main attraction of the beer at this point. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer could use some more age on it but I wanted to give it a try as soon after bottling as possible to see how the cherries were when fresh. I have another bottle I am aging a couple of years and look forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:34:19 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear pinkish color almost like pink lemonade with a fizzy, bubbly, white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled musty and sour. Definite cherry aroma.

T - It tasted of strong sour cherry and some yeast. It kinda had a lemon-like taste too.

M - It was very dry and puckering. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. The mouthfeel was a little odd, too puckering.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:54:48 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Cork Date of 2000; Sampled May 2010; served only faintly chilled at about 60°F / 15°C
A soft pour into my Cantillon globe glass (what a sexy glass) produces an almost two-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich cherry color; when held up to the light it shows some touches of gold in its pale ruby depths. The aroma is fantastically tart in a very smooth, appetizing way. There are ample funky notes of urea, medicinal phenolics, musky barn animal notes, crusty old sweaty leather aromatics as well as freshly curing scents of leather. There is a bright fruit note that is just noticeable at times, it hints at cherry aromatics, but then becomes fleeting and disappears underneath the tart and funk when you go in for a deeper inspection.

Perhaps not quite as sour as I was expecting, but this is exceedingly sour as a nice ripe Cantillon should be. Bone dry, but still manages to have just a hint of viscosity to it; some tannic oak notes help to boost this perception along with a palate lingering light astringency. The texture is also helped by a solid, though not aggressive carbonation that adds some zip to this beer as it rolls across the tongue. My second sip sees me noticing a faint, but fleshy, cherry note that is more tart than anything, but does capture that slight floral note that cherries have; it almost tastes like a succulent flower of some sort (hints of hibiscus and maybe some faint rose like flavors are found here as well). The acidity is all Lactic in character, with not perceived acetic character at all. The perception of the acidity softens as my palate gets used to it, though this remains uncompromisingly sour throughout. It also ends up with a hint of sweetness (perhaps more perceived than actual), which helps to accentuate the cherry flavors that have by and large aged out over the years. Oak flavors of wood and light spice are a touch more noticeable than I usually notice in a Lambic, but still play only a minor role in the flavor.

A second pour sees this getting a touch hazed, with a corresponding yeasty note to the aroma. The yeast follows through in the flavor adding a touch of richness to this brew; though the oak seems to add to the perceived richness, in what is otherwise a light, quaffable brew. Musty enough to make me thing of cobwebs and damp, moldy cellars, plus there is a muskiness that adds a funky flare

Mad props to my friend KM for dragging this beer, along with the sexy, brewery glassware back with her from Amsterdam; it wasn't new to me, but damn a bottle of aged Cantillon will always be received with wide open arms. Simply a fantastic bottle of Lambic, I wish I had hundreds of Lambics in the cellar as I would drink these all the time. Age has definitely removed the bright cherry character here, but I like the soft, sort of floral note (hibiscus and rose really are really apt descriptors) that this has turned into. Cantillon once again achieves a level of complexity and balance (assuming you can get past the bracing acidity) that I have come to crave; no one does it better when it comes to the bugs and time.

2002 Bottle Vintage, Sampled 11th of January, 2004:
Total 4.35
4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5
Only lightly carbonated, it struggles to produce a thin pink head. The beer is very clear, and is a deep cherry red color. The aroma is sour and musty with notes of vinegar and wood. The first taste, as usual with Cantillon products, is shockingly sour. It is bone dry, and as such it is hard to pick out the cherry flavor at first. It is here though; there is a cherry meat edge, which complements the acidity of this beer. It adds a certain fullness and a tannic backdrop. The best I can describe the cherry character is that of a meaty-cherry flavor. The Lambic character contributes lemon, vinegar (though only slightly), musty, funky mushroom and perhaps a bit of leathery horse-blanket brettanomyces character.

This beer is much better when fully carbonated, but the complexity of this beer is such that I am not at all disappointed in the lack of carbonation. This is certainly a challenging hard-Lambic version of a Kriek. Lambic neophytes beware, there are no syrupy cherry notes here. Overall quite delicious and refreshing.

Sampled at the Brewery, 2001:
The Cantillon Kriek has a sweet cherry nose to it. Not as sour or hard as some of the other Cantillon offerings. This Kriek has a definite cherry skin taste to it, a tannic edge that carries through the finish. As expected from Cantillon this beer is not sweet at all, quite bone dry in fact.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 17:44:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

12 ounce cork and capped bottle - Bottled in 2008, according to cork. As per directions on the label, it was allowed to "breathe" for just over a half hour before decanting. Decanted slowly into a Belgian tumbler, with any yeast sediment left in bottle (also as per the directions.)

Pours red with a pink head that fizzles to a small, slowly vanishing, patch.

The smell is of fresh cherries - very tart - with a barnyardy horse-blanket funkiness.

The taste is of sour cherries - strong tart - with some vanilla sweetness. The cherries taste very "real". A funky character adds to the complexities. Finishes dry with a long finish.

Light-bodied, but not thin - towards effervescent.

The cherries stand out without overshadowing other complexities. Powerful, yet drinkable, stuff regarding aroma and flavor. Very tart in an enjoyable (though puckering) way.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 20:11:40 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

1.25/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only beer I've never finished in my long yet illustrious life! Never before have I wasted and poured a beer down the drain!

75cl Green cork and crowned bottle. Bottled 30 Aug 2007, poured down my sink 7 Aug 2008.

Opened for friends during a Belgian beer evening. Nearly lost a couple of friends that night.

This is one nasty, sour puss of a Lambic. Some modern more commercial Lambics are very sweet (to try and get the youngsters interested), this is at the other end of the scale, in fact it is off the scale completely for sourness.

I have visited the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels and I have tried to like/embrace this style of brewing, but I can see why it is struggles in the modern world.

Try it by all means, but please don't claim it is a wonderful drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 12:52:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet hue with no head. Nose is a smooth and not overpowering musty. Flavor is slightly sour, but not a punch in the mouth. It will get much more sour if you let it warm significantly. Firm, yet mature, kriek attributes slide over your tongue. Feel is as expected. Little bubble on the tongue and a smooth overall character. Damn drinkable. Smooth and not as abrasive as other lambics might seem to be to a rookie. Worth the shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:36:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Purple pink tone with an off pink tinted thin foaming head showing traces of carbonation lacing coats the sides fairly well. Aroma: Tart cherries funky barn house style here, woody with a musty sourness chilling about. Taste: Very yogurt like in nature similar yeast tone sour flow of spoiled tart cherry flavor, very acidic and lip puckering but this one isn't as shocking Rose de Gambrinus (Framboise). Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body not very carbonated at all, sticks and coats the palate rather well. Drinkability: Grows on you with each sip as the palate adjusts to the pure sourness, overall an artform that should be experienced by all serious beer drinkers newcomers beware.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 23:04:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

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

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