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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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1,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 1444
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%

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

2001 vintage
750ml bottle

Another old vintage Cantillon I was fortunate enough to taste at a small beer gathering. Pours a hazy reddish color. The aroma is oak and cherries with a bit of sour funk. Very pleasant aroma for sure! The taste is sour with oak and cherries with a dry finish. Another great lambic from Cantillon, those guys who brew this stuff definitely know what they are doing, it is definitely an art form.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 03:08:00 | More by cjgator3
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork says this was bottled in 07. Poured into a goblet. Dark strawberry-guava color with some haze. Very little head. Aroma is cherry pits and lemon drupelets. Flavor is searingly tart with tons of citric acid. The unripe lemon onslaught is only barely tempered by a hint of black cherry tartness. Some lactic character too. This makes Drie Fonteinen seem like Lindemanns. My salivary glands can't keep up with the puckering dryness. Relatively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:43:34 | More by illidurit
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This kriek has a very clear red body with just a thin pinkish head. The body looks a little bit like sloe gin.

Loads of tartness in this aroma. Vinegar, fruity cherry, wood, some berries.

This is extremely sour, tart, vinegar. The sourness dominates the flavor for sure. Cherry and berry notes come through too, with soem woodiness, but mostly you should just expect a huge, sour, knock in the face.

Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, high on the puckering.

I drank this entire 750ml bottle, and I enjoyed it. However, it took me several hours because of the extreme tartness. Overall, another sour winner from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 19:12:56 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a light pinkish red with nice clarity. Rose colored head forms and dissipates quickly, minimal lacing present. The aroma features tart and dry cherries with notes of oak and tannins. The flavor starts with a bit of tart cherry, but never becomes sour. Instead the flavor dries quickly and has a very neutral finish. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice lambic, although I was hoping for a little more tartness. Definitely a change of pace compared to other krieks I have encountered.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 06:02:07 | More by homebrew311
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2.58/5  rDev -40%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Shared this with Jwolfie70. That is a day that will be long remembered.

Pours a vibrant, reddish pink. Looks really awesome! Ruby, thin pink crust. I like the appearance of it.

From the moment we cracked the bottle, the smell permeated the entire room. Frankly, it was a bit frightening. A nearby lightbulb blew out, paint began to peel from the walls, and I heard the faint keening of lost souls escaping into the night sky. Oh boy ... just how sour was this going to be?

Egads! You ever seen Temple of Doom? Remember that wicked skull cup Indy was forced to drink from? The one that subjected the imbiber to the "Black Sleep of Kali?" Well, I'm pretty sure this beer was in that cup.

Just absolutely insane sour, unripe, tart, cherry, vinegar, and oaky base. Holy shit. This is barbaric. I have an iron stomach. I'm pretty sure that I have half-digested license plates in there from when I swam up the Gulfstream. But this was unreal. I've occasionally described lambics/gueuzes as "ass-puckering." This motherf****r will turn your digestive tract inside out.

Not particularly carbonated. Could have used more, but a decent mouthfeel nontheless. It's possible that the insane sourness annhilated a lot of the bubbles.

Everyone should try!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 07:38:02 | More by Overlord
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says '12 FL. OZ', but looks like a 375 ml to me. Bottle date says 01/12/10, but the cork says 2009. One for now, one for later (much, much later).

Pours a deep hazed red with orange/brown highlights into my tulip (I got the second half of the pour with a bit of the yeast that I tried to decant). Lovely two-fingered head receded to a 'stick-around' crown. Looks royally elegant.

Tart cherries, wet hay, horse blanket, sour citrus, lemon twang, good bit of Bretty funk. Clean and vigorous.

Big sour bite comes loaded with unripened cherries and fruit skins. The funk is tangy with a grassy rustic tone. Picking up some fresh pomegranate berry, plantains, lemon rind, slight metallic character that is not off-putting, vinaigrette, and blades of fresh grass. Big sour finish with an appropriate level of bitterness. Very dry and puckering.

Fizzy, medium-bodied, high-carb. Wet and easy. Wonderfully crafted.

You gotta try it with some of the yeast in the pour. A satiable beer that was better than the cleaner pour I got at Monk's Cafe in Philly. A high-end sour. Would love to try the Lou Pepe. So happy to have had this again.

* * *

Revisited during a kriek tasting I put on with my girlfriend; 12/30/12.

Cantillon Kriek. Bottled January 12, 2010.

Pours a dark rose color with some off-white foam that fizzed up to maybe a quarter-inch before reducing to a ring of tesselating bubbles. Clarity is very nice. Very slight haze.

Tart and bright cherries, acetic acid, bretty funk, tints of lemon and straw, unripe raspberry, and white wine vinous qualities. Exceptional.

So bright and sour and acetic. These were very young cherries when picked, but there's loads of light fruitiness and tangy tartness that pairs well with a pungent barnyard funk and the bittering piquance of the oak barrel itself. Sourness is a cross between lemon rind and white vinegar. Has that woody Chardonnay bite that is near-perfect. Such a lively beer. Extraordinarily complex for a kriek.

Medium-light body with some great-feeling sourness. Carbonation has good life to it. The feel is lovingly friendly to the flavors absorbed by the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:36:52 | More by thecheapies
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to try this one for a while.

A: The pour was bright cherry/pink/red with a massive pink head, about 2.5 fingers in height. Decent retention, reducing down to a thing layer of foamy bubbles on top. Little bits of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Lots of tart cherries, the aroma intensifies as the beer warms up. It was a bit closed when I first poured it, but at the end was very fragrant.

T: Tart cherry, a little bit of cork, and a little bit of barnyard funk, but the cherries really dominate, with not much else going on.

M: Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering, but not overly sour.

O: A little bit of a let down. Its good, but I was expecting a more powerful and complex flavor profile and maybe a bit more sourness.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:56:31 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

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

375ml bottle, corked and capped. bottled 13 FEB 07. sampled april 29/09. purchased at premier gourmet on a recent trip to buffalo.

pours crystal clear deep red. there's no sign of any carbonation during the pour. a thin wisp of very fine white head forms on top and disappears just as fast. no lace.

aroma is great. lemon. vinegar. sour cherry. horse blanket. old leather. grain. cracker. straw. bit of white bread. wood and earth. orange peel.

taste is sour! wow. like chewing on a fresh lemon. sour cherry. horse blanket. leather. bit of malt vinegar. there's a bit of sweetness in there too, but very minimal and drowning in sour. grain. raw oak. hints of vanilla. cracker. slightly peppery too, but that could be more just my perception of the sour/acidic character.

mouthfeel is pretty good. very dry with a clingy funky/sour mouthfeel. light bodied. very low carbonation.

drinkability is ok. i'm glad this is only a 375ml bottle, because although the alcohol is low i don't think i could handle much more of the acidity and sourness. still, i was surprised to find the taste leaned so far to the sour side without being overly vinegary, which does help the drinkability somewhat. if you like sourness, this is one i think you'll love.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:49:30 | More by grub
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New York

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

Pours ruby rose with lots of fizz and a cheerful frothy pink head. Nose is pure oak, vinegar acidity, concentrated cherries, cider apples and wildflower blossoms. Lemon rind essence, fresh soil, a bit of washed cheese rind funk, tree bark bite (from the cherry pits, I'm told), grape skin tang, some wood barrel and earthy spice. Musty finish and acidic linger. Medium, crisp and fizzy.

Bottled on Aug 17, 2010.

This is fresher than some other reviews, who seem to be drinking aged samples (though the label says "drink it better in the year after purchase") which could explain why I'm not getting as much funk as everyone else. Ironically, not a lot of straight cherry, either. And while it is sour, there's plenty else going on to where the tartness is not what I'm thinking about most. Not an effort to drink at all.

Complex and surprisingly compelling.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:13:36 | More by StJamesGate
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this vintage bottle You're the man, Dan!

2004 Vintage

Kriek Lambic pours a very interesting reddish-brown color. It's a little hazy and looks to be a cherry color when held to light. Carbonation looks to be very light. A white head tops it off, but only covers the surface. It recedes very quickly and leaves little to no lacing behind. Obviously, the alcohol didn't kill this one.

The nose is very good, and very interesting. It's very earthy and musky throughout. That's followed by a strong oak or woodchip presence. That alone is very impressive. It certainly has some fruity notes. Cherry is the most prominent, but there are other light berry scents. It smells sour and a little vinegar-esque. No surprise there. I am curious as to just how sour and tart this will be after a few years in the bottle. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. I've got to admit, it smells deep, complex, and very good.

The flavor is impressive. Initially, it's earthy and musky. That's quickly followed by a healthy dose of funky, barnyard-ish Brett flavor. I can't say that it's an overwhelming funky flavor though. It's just about spot-on for this particular beer. Sour cherry and light berry flavors are noted throughout. It is sour and tart, but not quite mouthpuckeringly so. I'm a little sensitive to overly sour beers and this isn't in that class. It has a strong oak flavor throughout that adds a lot of character and depth to the overall flavor. I'm not quite sure how that flavor develops over time, but today, it's impressive. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes fruity, a little sour, and dry, dry, dry.

Kriek Lambic has a light body. It is smooth due to very, very light carbonation. If it weren't for a few bubbles here and there, it'd be nearly flat. Drinkability is good. There's a lot of flavor here, but it is sour and fruity. I don't need anymore than this bottle. At least not tonight.

Cantillon has certainly brewed some world class beer. While Kriek Lambic is very good, I wouldn't characterize it as world class. At the end of the day, it's a little too vinegar-esque for me to award it that status. I can appreciate sour/tart beers, but I don't necessarily love all of them. This is one of those cases. I like it, but don't love it. Nonetheless, after nearly six years in the bottle, Kriek Lambic has held up well and is very good beer. I'd suggest cellaring a bottle just to see what you think. It will survive the test of time. Thanks, Dan.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:06:10 | More by prototypic
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark rose appearance, feathery head that maintains a skim. No real lacing, just a collar. Great pungent aroma, slight fruit but tons of goat cheese (and even a little goat in its yeasty funkiness). Mouthfeel is soft as rain, monstously contradicted by flavor. Outstanding flavor, no trace of cherry soda but rather, a vinegary and mutating currant, allspice, and even choke cherry that peels the tongue and establishes that "throw down" Lambic astringency that Cantillon so often brings to the table. Its dryness asserts at the same time as your mouth puckers like a blow fish and the aftertaste is like a challenge to give it another whack. A Kriek done right and just a first rate entry from a master of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 20:48:05 | More by ADR
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. corked & capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled September 09, 2008 (other bottle(s) was stamped January 12, 2010).

(A)- Pours a hazy yet an almost blood red to ruby red color. Produced a decent bubbly pink-ish head but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A very dry yet tart cherry profile with a mountain of dry hay, straw, horseblanket, and just an overall big funkhouse of goodness.

(T)- Because of its age, alot of the cherry flavors have disappeared, but there is still some there leaving a big tartness combined with an equally big sourness. A solid taste that really showcases what a fruit lambic is like. A younger bottle has more fruit forward flavors, but still an excellent acidic sourness at the same time.

(M)- A lively carbonation level & balance. Dry, yet has a light sweetness. Big on tartness & sourness. A fresher bottle definitely reveals alot of great juicy fruits as well.

(D)- A fantastic lambic. Everything what you would expect from the style. This just has the true qualities of what a lambic should be like. I might prefer the Lou Pepe a bit more, but when it comes down to it, Cantillon just knows their stuff!

**I updated and modified my review and overall score due to having this a few more times, I really feel like this deserves the updated score.**

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:20:29 | More by sweemzander
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is fantastic and of deep sour cherry. The fruit just hangs in your nose and is so thick. My favorite aspect of this beer.

The cherry onslaught continues from front to back in the flavor. Needless to say the tartness is powerful and sticks with you. Quite refreshing. The acidity is also in your face. The funk flavors are subtle and well below the featured cherry.

Very light and again refreshing. Delicate in body, but bold in flavor.

I have to be in the mood for this stuff but when I am, it’s a fantastic beer.

Thanks Patrick and thanks to my wife for indulging my pilgrimage to the Cantillon Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 23:03:27 | More by Reagan1984
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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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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007 bottle, saved this bottle for review #50! Pours a beautiful red-pink with some fizzy head that lasts for about a second and recededs to a glass that looks more like wine than anything, carbonation rising on the sides of the glass looks great. Smells of funk, sourness, funk, sour fruits and more funk and sour fruits, seems like the typical kriek lambic smell, definitely suitable. The funk seems to die down after a bit and the fruits really shine through. Taste is HUGE sourness followed by a lot of sour fruit, the palate is overwhelmed by this, lemony sourness all the way here. Mouthfeel is thin, some carbonation, more like a wine and a sour tongue feeling dominating the mouth, very harsh but still follows the style. Drinkability is a bit low here because the sourness will definitely start to overwhelm and the palate will become fatigued.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 07:06:58 | More by cbutova
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District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bottle with my wife tonight. I poured it into two wine glasses.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, yet extremely bright red in color, with a small, pink head that withered away to basically nothing.

S: Mild cherries with a bit of oak. This was definitely full and decadent!

T: Not the in-your-face sour cherry fare that I was expecting. Sure, the fruit was there, but the oak and the mild vinegar stole the thunder from the fruit a bit (but in a good way). The finish was somewhat dry, with ever the slightest presence of pepper.

M: Not too sweet or sour actually, and the bubbly champagne-like carbonation was very nice.

D: While this was not my favorite Cantillon brew by a long shot, B-level efforts from this fantastic brewery is still better than A-grade stuff from many other breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:19:49 | More by Chaney
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am splitting a bottle of this with a buddy of mine. Not sure what to expect but excited to try somethig new. I am drinking it at room temp and letting the bottle breath for a little before pouring. The cork says corked in 2/2002
I am using a snifter to consume.
The beer pours a strawberry red with a tight pink head that fades quickly to and edge layer and then to nothing. Aroma is apparent at the pourt with very tart cherry sour and a little bit of general funkiness eminating from the bottle and my glass. I also get a bit of biscuity yeast mixed in. First sip reveals a thinner than expectd body and very mild carbonation. THe flavor is very tart and gives me a puckering effect on my mouth every sip. The sour cherries are prevelant and the beer finishes very dry like a rich red wine. QUite an interesting beer. I enjoy the sourness and tart flavors, but it makes it tougher to finish the bottle. Next time will have more than one person over to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 01:09:29 | More by sulldaddy
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery in June 2011

A: blazing cherry red ale with brilliant clarity. 2 fingers of light pink foam slowly retires to a thick quilt of the same. Sheet lacing.

S: cherry, Brett, hay, yeast, lemon, dry dust. A little whiff of sour cream or yogurt.

T: dark cherries, minerals, sour, slight bitterness comes into play. The finish comes thru with the yogurt sensation and reminds me of a Greek yogurt with cherry.

M: thin to light syrup body wise. Minimal carb.

O: very nice. Like drinking a liquid cherry jolly rancher with an extra kick in the tart department.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:54:16 | More by harrymel
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11. 375ml bottle.

A: Mildly hazy dark reddish pink in color. Forms a rather small, fizzy, bubbly light pink head that reduces down to nothing more than a thick ring around the edge. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aroma is quite sour with notes of acetic acid and cider vinegar on the front end and juicy cherries on the back.

T: This one starts off with an aggressive sourness that made me wonder why I was drinking this beer to begin with. But after the first few sips the complexity really starts to show. Light notes of barnyard, earth, basement, and a musty quality. Then the cherries kick in and this beer becomes quite fruity and juicy with a pleasant sour cherry tartness. Finishes crisp and dry and rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied, tart-sour, crisp and dry. Spry carbonation at first moderates as the beer warms.

O: A fine, complex sour beer which I came to appreciate and enjoy even though sours aren't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:54:55 | More by Florida9
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pino at my 22nd birthday. 750ml into my tulip, 2010 vintage.

Poured blood red, with a nice pink head. Great retention, with some substantial density. Nose has some sour cherry, mild chlorophenols and some typical, but somewhat subdued Cantillon funk. Tastes of more sour cherries, akin to an amped up handful of Sour Patch kids. Some oak, really funky and complex. Sour as hell mouthfeel, extremely high pucker-inducing capabilities. Drying and cleaning mouthfeel, a pseudo-palate cleanser, borders on palate shredder. A great lambic, very tasty and appetizing. Gets me pumped to try the Lou Pepe Kriek at some point.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:19:52 | More by liamt07
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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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4.09/5  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
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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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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted because I'm going to use the yeast in brewing a Flanders red. Translucent strawberry color ranging from dark red to blushing pink. Large, pink seashell colored head is slow to lay down into a respectable layer of retention. From a undisturbed layer to a large crescent moon, consistent thin foam all glass long. Best retention I've seen from a lambic (in fairness, I'm sill fairly new to he style).

Sour, vinagrette lambic-ness offset by a woody cherry sweet aroma with allspice.

After the initial puckering tart shock the tartness dims down and allows a mildly cherry sweet malt to appear. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Opens up as it warms.

Cherries are somewhat obscured, I wonder if that's because it's a relatively new bottle (dated Jan 2010)? I do like the fact that what cherry flavor there is, is natural tasting rather than artificially sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:05:15 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive red-tinted brown color, with a foamy, almost pink head that settles really fast. Lacing is spotty but prolific. Very attractive lambic.

The nose is a little weak in power, basically I am getting an earthy, almost musty aroma and almost nothing else besides a hint of the sourness I know is coming.

Hugely vinegary-forward, tons of acidity and puckering bitterness. The cherries are pushed way to the back and the tartness is the first and almost only thing you meet.

The mouthfeel is thin, but the carbonation is so good that it actually prevents the sourness from lingering too long and spoiling a good thing.

The finish is still quite sour and puckering, but as mentioned it's very clean. This is a well-attenuated and very interesting kriek, and while the boldness and the price definitely put it out of everyday drinking range, it's always a nice little present to yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 04:40:18 | More by BretSikkink
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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