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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 508
Gots: 354 | FT: 23
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-07-2013 21:40:03 | More by Zaphog
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Cantillon Kriek 100% lambic is murky brownish magenta with a loud, spritzy violet head that quickly settles and leaves no lace but maintains lazy effervescence.

Smell is tart cherries and funky, with some acetic acid creeping in as it opens. Extremely complex.

Taste is nice cherry fruit blasted by extremely tart, acidic lambic, wow. After I get used to the sourness, I can enjoy the cherry flavor, which is natural and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very acidic, major pucker, dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is limited by the strength of the acidity, but make no mistake, this is an excellent Oude Kriek!! I love the pucker, and the fruit is elegantly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:30:18 | More by ccrida
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Pours deep cherry red with a fizzy, soapy looking pink head that soon subsides. Minimal slippery lace. Strong nose of powerfully tart cherries; lemony acidity, and a light funky straw barn component. Perhaps a hint of...leather?

Very sour cherry flavor that's bone dry; lots of lemon and acidity; again some musty hay and funk notes. Both sweetness and vinegar aspects are extremely minimal-this is all about in your face sour cherry. Subtler notes of oak, green apple, and more emerge as the beers opens a bit.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style; medium to very slightly light with spritely carbonation. Crisp and puckering. Probably the best kriek I've had although I haven't opened my Lou Pepe yet. Similar in intensity to Hanssen's kriek.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 04:31:28 | More by tobelerone
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
Bottled 21 October 2008, Serve at 50-55°F

Instead of an intervention, Beerwolf77 is supporting my uncontrollable ticking addiction (not-to-mention sour addiction) for another night, yet again. Thanks Todd, that's what friends are for!

A - Gorgeous hazy ruby-red beer capped by a faint pink head. Low retention from the potent acidity leaves pinches of lace left on the glass, but not much.

S - That's a unique blend of very funky lambic and smooth, delicious cherries. Out-doors-y, woody, super funky with crazy yeast going on and tart cherries.

T - Strong wild yeast floods the mouth with loads of unique funk! Barnyard and horse-blanket with an underlying cherry tartness.

M - Tart and sour as all hell! Biting, killer sourness makes my jowls cringe and teeth hurt. Man, I love that. This one is so acidic it makes your stomach churn. Those Belgians must have cast-iron innards.

O - I'd have, have, have to share this with someone. It's potent as hell with a massive but fantastic wild sourness to it.

[I ended up getting another bottle after trying this and it was bottled in late 2010. The cherry flavor was much too potent and while it was very sour hadn't developed that kick-your-ass sourness this aged one had. I'll get a few more to age for a while. The aged one was far better.]

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:15:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for giving us this 2005 bottle... Poured a dark ruby grapefruit juice with a big pink head, good retention and lacing... The aroma is great strong horse blanket, musky, not a lot of depth but the horse is outstanding... The taste is equally awesome with tons of horse. This is very tart couldn't crush the whole bottle quickly, but I'd sip on this for a couple hours just loving love.

Age this a couple years but this is well worth owning, drinking, and cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 16:18:17 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.16.13
Bottled 10 November 2011

A - Pours a bright red with a fizzy light pink head that fades very quickly.

S - Tart, over-ripe raspberries, funky-earhiness.

T - Sweet cherry, funk, raspberry, earthy, very complex and wonderful.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Fruit, slight funk, complex and lovely to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:21:21 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

My first sample from this brewery...

It pours from the capped and corked(2007) 12oz bottle a cloudy light red colour with a small head of foam that breaks up quickly to just some spotting with some lacing/

The smell is super sour at first..nothing else hits my nose but after a few more whiffs, I can smell some cherry presence. Good nose for me, yeah.

The taste starts off the same as the smell..sour to the nth degree, especially up front. More sips in and the cherries, be they black or be they red, add a bit of sweetness to take a small bite out of the tartness, and there's a underling earthiness dealty out by the malt and that works well for my palate. Very well. Towards the finish is where I mostly notice the fruit; not over powering like the Kriek from Lindemans, which I consider more of a fruit beer, but defintely there and adding kust the right flavour to keep this Lambic more true to style.

I think it's still light bodied but very close to medium, the carbonation is lightly but rightly done, and, being a fan of brews that travel into the land of sour, drinkability for me is in the upper stratosphere. This is one tasty and fabulous brew! Thanks again, Joe!!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:35:16 | More by Bitterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Light reddish body. Small white head. A few wisps.

Smell - Cherry and a ton of acidity. Little bit of hay. Some faint funk, but it's there.

Taste - Grain is strangely the first flavor. Then sour cherry. And I mean really sour cherry. Intense sourness of all kinds. Lactic and even some acetic acid. All other components are masked.

Mouthfeel - Overly sour. Medium carbonation. Dry body.

Overall - This is way too sour. Good otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 21:08:09 | More by Alieniloquium
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured a deep dark ruby red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, funk, tart cherry, and diaper. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, funk, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Just for the record, I love this brew. I opted to review this one on a fresher bottle as I have had an ’03 vintage of this before in the past and it was absolutely crazy how sour/tart it had turned. This one really allowed the cherry and funk to shine throughout each sip. Really well balanced on sweetness from the fruit and the tartness going on. I would suggest anyone try this one at least once, but I wouldn’t make it my first sour as depending on the age it could be quite overwhelming for some.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 11:07:08 | More by thagr81us
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled October 23, 2013.

A - Fizzy bright cherry red with 2 fingers of reddish-white head.

S - Sour cherry, funk, bready sweetness. Slightly unexpected nose.

T - Dry sourness up front that is slightly puckering and is accompanied by a big funk presence. There is defintiely a sour cherry presence but it is not as prominent as I expected or would have liked.

M - Medium body; exceptionally dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:57:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for pouring this 2005 bottle.

A - Red colored beer with some decent retention and lace.

S - Horse blanket, tartnees, cherries, sour, hay, barnyard funk. Almost everything you would want in a lambic.

T - This is exceptionaly tart and sour, with a lot of barnyard funk and horseblanket. Fruit is nicely blended in, quite good, if not a bit of a sipper due to the puckering quality of this.

M - Jammy, lower carbonation, lot of body on this one.

D - Pretty good, love this beer and drinking it, but it's so sour you have to take it slow. Great stuff, would love to have it again, particularly with this many years on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 03:54:54 | More by AgentZero
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle, bottled on August 28, 2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours purple/red with no head or lacing at all. Aroma is tart cherries, funk, and yeast. Taste is the same as the aroma, however the taste is stronger than is smells. It has a pretty good tart/sour cherry taste that lingers around for a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium with light carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink (well, if you like the sourness in the beer). I think this is a good overall beer. It's just my second Cantillon beer, and I haven't been disappointed in them yet. I can't wait to try more of their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 00:42:31 | More by bluejacket74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork pulled out with ease on this bottle, weird...pours out to a thinnly hazed light red color looking much like cherry 7-up but darker in tone by a good margin. Puffy and loose pink bubbley thin head.

Wowza, the aroma begins to waft about the room, quickly erasing anything that may have been in the air. Replacing the air with a big funkadelic barnyard mustyness and canned tuna pungent sweetness. Once brought to the nose, and the funk has been engaged, rotton moldy grasses, old rotting wood, sourness, and very slight cherry hints make their way through the fog. Again, Cantillon has made the smell something uniquely interesting, abrasive and in-your-face, rude, but with a hinderance of class, respect, and above all, power. This stuff reeks, and boy do I like it. The effect the smells of these Cantillon lambics have on me is hard to explain. I'm disgusted by its presense, but yet somehow charmed into continuely sniffing it. What's wrong with me?

Taste is hardly a word to be used here, and I can't think of a word thats more stronger then taste so I'll just say this is more of an experience. So...just as powerful as the smell would lead you to believe, the sourness is all over the place, quick and lively, lasting and stark. Strongly sour and tart the whole way through, the musky stuff isn't so much on the palate as it just lurks within letting other puckering acerbic things surge in. Souring crab apple, super strange aspects of flowers, grass, and dirt. There are smaller nuances of the cherry pulling in every direction but not directly on the palate, always popping in with some added ummff of tartness over the acidicness. Pulpy thick and souring acidic mouthfeel, heavily fizzed and textured in a pure cheek puckering tartness. Another Wowza is needed here, Uff-da! Wow! A whole nother level of sipping is employed with this stuff. As much as the label declares "100% Lambic" - they ain't kidding! I was hoping for more cherryness to be dominate but this is all about the love for the wicked.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 18:13:00 | More by tavernjef
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red color with just the slightest hint of foam. No retention or lacing. Looks like some sort of arbor mist wine in the glass.

Smell is uber-funky. Rubber bands, brettomyces induced rotting wood, sour cherries, moldy aged hops and raspberry juice sweetness. Waaay out there.

Whoa! This bitch is sou-ur. Warhead candies aint got nothin on this. Crazy shit, wonder what the pH is on this, it's acidic. Tart cherry flavor is followed up by a sour and woody brett middle and finished off with a sweetart candy acidic aftertaste. This one will cure any sour fix one might have. I would definitely buy again.

Also, it paired excellently with a cherry stilton cheese.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 21:05:58 | More by twiggamortis420
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-21-2012 04:51:14 | More by chippo33
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-28-2013 20:29:57 | More by WOLFGANG
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-02-2012 22:52:35 | More by iL0VEbeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle I drank at Max's last night. 9$ (!!)

A: Cherry red/pink with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S: Tart cherries to start things off but immediately taken over by a massive amount of funk, vinegar and leather. This is also one of the mustiest beers I've smelt. Compelling, heavenly stuff

T: Start off sour, vinegary and funky and quickly acquires a tart, cherry characteristic. The finish is puckeringly tart and great

M: The carbonation is great and the acidity feels right. The finish is dry but it has something I can't quite put my finger on that doesn't quite do it for me. Still good, though

D: Drinkable stuff, made for a great night of drinking!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 18:49:01 | More by DefenCorps
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peach color with a small, fizzy head that dissipates…great nose of cherries…not sweet cherries but cherries none the less…very tart as it should be…like biting into a lime or lemon..definitely a sipping beer…not really my cup of tea…err..beer, but I can apprciate it for being true to form…tart cherries.. a bit acidic in the mouthI have a tough time enjoying this the way some would but I am rating it high because I is very true to form (according to what I’ve read)..If you want a true lambic you should try this…if you want a sweeter cherry flavored beer stay away…because you will pour this down the drain which would be a shame. I’m rating it high because I think it deserves to be but personally it’s not my favorite style..

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 11:17:15 | More by ZAP
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was delivered in a tiny little Chimay glass. It was a beautiful raspberry red in color with a pink head. The colors were just brilliant and it probably was the prettiest glass of beer that I have ever seen.

Smell – The sharp sweet and sour nose was amazing. The luscious, fresh raspberries smelled so natural and fresh they rivaled the smell of real raspberries. This was a collusion of nature, a rich, fruity freshness and the light beer-like malt with the sophisticated aroma of dull soury lemon.

Taste – The tart flavors were so big at the taste that I literally did a double-take. They were mixed with a fresh fruity sweetness in just the right ratio. The raspberries from the nose accompanied some wonderful but not overpowering cherry flavors. The malts were light, just enough to let the drinker know that he is drinking a beer.

Mouthfeel – This was a bit bigger than light-bodied and perfectly carbonated. The feel in the cheeks was light and fluffy yet lively enough to keep one entertained. The tartness was bigger than other samples of the style but played right into the bold flavors of this wonderful Lambic.

Drinkability – This was the show-stopper of the night at the O’Brien’s pre-Stone 10th Anniversary BA Party. Any fan of the style would die for a taste of this offering from Cantillon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2006 05:05:23 | More by RoyalT
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dgilks

Australia

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with a light off white mousse. Head retention isn't great but that is expected with the style.

Earthy funk, sour, a touch woody and a hint of fruit in the nose.

Starts with a brief hit of sweetness and big cherry flavour. This is quickly followed by a sour vinegary hit and follows again with cherry character and a hint of funk. Just great.

Medium body but high carbonation is biting and makes this beer nice a refreshing. Dry and crisp, really good.

For a style which by its very acidic nature is somewhat hard to drink this realy steps up and provides a beer with lots of other flavours going on to counteract it. A great refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 08:14:56 | More by dgilks
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gford217

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle with a bottled-on date of April 18, 2011.

Right after I popped the top, the cork started slowly sliding out of the bottle, so, needless to say, there was plenty of carbonation on the pour. It's a bright hazy reddish pink with a big fizzy pinkish head that recedes to a bubbly collar quickly.

Aroma is definitely Cantillon with the wet hay and lactic acid character that I'm used to in their beers. There are some sweet cherries in there as well which keep the acidity from getting overpowering.

Taste is much less funky than I was expecting with more acidity and a lot more tannins, much drier and oakier than the aroma suggests. Less cherry than the aroma as well. The finish is where the earthy funk comes out a little, with the wet leather and oak lingering.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and light bodied making it very drinkable.

This is one of the more drinkable Cantillons I've had but lacks the complexity of some of the others, like the Lou Pepe Kreik I had last week. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:00:44 | More by gford217
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Evil_Pidde
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