Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 664
Hads: 2,109
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
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Gots: 509 | FT: 42
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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 ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$15 750ml bottle 2007 vintage. The cork looked like it was starting to mold which was slightly bothersome...I chilled the bottle and then let it breathe for half an hour as the label suggested. The couple sniffs i took from the bottle as it warmed were sour cherries as to be expected. It looks like pink juice?!? It smells like sour cherry juice and then must. It has an earthy taste that at first seems less sour than expected and the aftertaste kicks in. This has a real nice sour kick and the cherry flavor is subtle. This is actually seems very drinkable despite the sour kick but then the acidity gets to me. This almost reminds me of the lik-a-stik candy from back in the day.

update - 08/15/09 375ml bottle 02/26/2008 bottling date

This is good but doesn't hurt my stomach like the previous bottle seemed to but that could be due to the difference in size. It has a good sourness and is like a sour pixie stick, cherries, musty, not a lot of funk. This is a good kriek but the lou pepe is much better. (1,011 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,342 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you to bbarak! enjoyed out of my cantillon taster glass.

a - hard pour yielded a thick magenta liquid with 3/5 of the glass of pink frothy head which eventually dissolved leaving no sign of ever being present, trace a few bubbles on the surface. swirling the glass rebuilds a thin head.

s - hallelujah! that's what i'm talking about. perfect balance of sweet, sour, and happiness...for my tastes. fresh berries, black, raspberry, cherry forward, really even balance of sourness. lovely. my mouth is literally watering. perfection.

t - more on the sour side than the nose suggests, but still a masterpiece. there is definitely some extreme barnyard funk on it. sweaty and spoiled, but it works. sour cherry explosion. i imagine that time evens out some of the intense sourness. really over the top in an extremely funky way.

m - fizzy as opposed to prickly. my mouth grimaces from the sourness. a bit over the top.

o - i've slowly been converting to the dark side...or should i say the sour side? and with this exploration, i begin to understand the infatuation with cantillon. kriek is no different...although the funkiest of the bunch i've tasted...still a world class beer. this brewery understands the style and thus far, every variation is worth checking out...however, the common ones seem to be just as tasty, if not more tasty than some of the trickier ones to acquire (although, my exploration has been minimal compared to what's out there). cheers and thanks for a great brew. (1,496 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 1/8/13.

Appearance: Rose red body with a white cap. Drops quickly to a ring.

Smell: Big funky nose. Touch of cherries and oak.

Taste: Moderately tart cherries, oak, and hay. Moderate funk. A slightly sweet aftertaste that reminds of honey.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Dry finish. The carbonations is so smooth and gentle on the palate. Its perfection.

Overall: This is my second favorite cantillion to date. Only bested by Fou Foune. Kriek is my favorite type of sour and this is just awesome! (595 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: no head, cloudy, high carbonation-pink in color

Smell: sour apples and cherries

Taste: sour cherry, dark fruit, and a bit of lemon

Mouthfeel: sweet start, then a huge sour taste, light bodied medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is really sour even for a sour beer, especially in the aftertaste. This is one you sip with a puckered face. A great brew, I could have several slowly. (397 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a peach-tinged brown, just a dark pink really, with nice white head, but not enough of it. Just a thin rim of cloud, although lacing is delightfully dense and sticky. Strong bead - good-looking fruit beer, really. Could use more head though.

Nose is intensely sour. Large amount of brett, with a pongy brie rankness to it, and a large metallic coppery whiff as well. A fresh tart character at the back probably suggests fruit, but there is not a lot of distinctive cherry character. An impressive funk, but it just seems very brett, and I suspect this nose could be quite easily homebrewed with the right ingredients. I'm prepared to be wrong, though.

Oh yeah, taste is hugely sour. A real citric acid kind of intensity all over that. Right from the front taste my tongue feels like a layer is coming off it. Gets richer and slightly more mature towards the mid, with more of that pongy cheese rankness, some rubber and leather notes and some soil coming through as well, and what do you know - of all things - some tart, underripe cherry character as well. Yeah the richness on the late back palate are fruity hints, but the sourness really just pervades everything in a way I haven't experienced in a beer before. An intense, teeth-grinding, head-expanding explosion that makes you shriek "Yes! Come in my mouth some more, you sour-faced bitch!" Very impressive, for want of a better word.

The mouthfeel rips the fucking enamel from your teeth and I can feel ulcers popping out in my mouth. It just feels like swallowing acid. Insane, and painfully drying. It's too impressive for me to hate it though.

An unforgettable beer experience, but by 'unforgettable' I think I mean I will be getting major restorative work done on my digestive system as a result, and will forever live with the pain. A whole bottle was unbearable, and half of this went down the drain. This beer is a lot of things, but drinkable absolutely is not one of them. (1,949 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz capped and corked bottle, no date on the cork, but I assume that this is a 2000 or so vintage. I have to agree with Darren on this one...this beer is a true masterpiece, and Cantillon are indeed the masters of traditional lambic beers. This beer pours a unique ruby red colour with a nice, fizzy, white head. The aromas are lamic funk, barnyard junk, gestating skunk, chunky munk, sour cherries, sour sours, and more. The taste is a tart explosion of flavor with some ripe cherries bursting into the foreground right before the extremely, long, dry and dehydrating finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and never cloying and the drinkability is ace as well.

One of the best lambic beers, and probably THE best kriek out there!

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Photo of Pencible
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle opened 2011.
A: This poured a nearly opaque pinkish red, with a bit of white head. Not the prettiest beer, but whatever.
S: It smelled like super tart cherries and funky oak, with a little floral hops and sour wild yeast.
T: It tasted like tongue-walloping sourness and super puckering tartness, with some cherry and cranberry and a bit of oak and funk. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste that was crazy tart.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation, but not as bubbly as expected.
D: This beer blew my mind. Probably the most sour puckering beer I've ever had. Other krieks and lambics didn't prepare me for this. Absolutely must be sipped, but it's worth it if you can handle the intensity. Cellar as long as you want, as I'm sure it'll be good forever. I wish it had more carbonation to help moderate the taste, but otherwise this was a fantastic lambic. (875 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 19, 2011

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/red with one finger of light pink foam. Head dissipates quickly but maintains a small cap.

S - Aroma is mostly tart cherry, with only a mild funk presence that increases as it warms up.

T - Tart cherry, but also a bit of sweet cherry, with mre funk in the taste than I got from the aroma. Also, some faint green apple and lemon. Funk maintains through the finish.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Finish is cleaner than other Cantillon fruit lambics I've had, with only a faint lingering earthy bitterness.

O - Very tasty and refreshing kriek. I look forward to seeing what a few years in the bottle does to this. (697 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek 100% Lambic – 750ml Green Bottle - Cork Dated 1996.

Unlike the commercial “pseudo-Kriek” producers who so shamelessly bastardize the meaning of this much facsimiled style. THIS Offering is made with Whole Cherries and 6 month old Traditional Lambic. Matured in Oak/Chestnut Casks, it is then Bottled.

I poured this 1996 bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into a Cantillon Tumbler. I served it at 55 Deg.F.

Appearance: Pours with a stiff effervescence at first. Fantastic looking flamingo pink, richly smooth, fine-foamed head. A hazy rose colored body with a slight brown tinge. Thankfully, it will never win any cherry cough syrup “look-alike” awards, for it has a look that unapologetically says – traditional Kriek.

Nose: Unashamedly dry, incredibly acidic & deeply pungent Cherries set amidst a sharp biting smell that tugs at your nasal hairs, this in turn reacts with the moisture in your nasal cavity & upper mouth. This is what it must be like to snort Cherry Cocaine.

Taste: WOW – F**K ME!!!! This has to be one of the best aged Krieks that I have ever had. This offering is maybe 7-8 years old, but it is in *fine form*. My eyes water, I jest not, as I delve into this fabulous acidic Lambic-Rosé. A parching arid hydrophobic entrance removes all semblance of a useful Beer Review from my mouth. The tongue is stripped & taste-buds are rendered useless as my cheeks pucker in the Kriek acid bath. Can a Beer really have Hydrophobia?

Mouthfeel: Dissolved Cheek Cells and Teeth Enamel. Acerbically Dominant.

Drinkability: I could drink this ALL day, every day, until I die of Cantillon Kriek-induced Dehydration.

Overall: Another, 5-Star, superb, totally traditional offering from Cantillon, the Masters of Lambic. Put simply - This Kriek is fiercely traditional in style, no fruit syrups or added sugars here. It does not “fuck around” in the tastes department either. Traditional Kriek Virgins - Be Prepared to have your Cherry, well & truly, Plucked!
Just how it should be: Supremely Dry with a Pungent Aroma of Acidic Cherries.

This Review is dedicated to my fellow BA & “Extreme Lambic-Head”, Rastaman. No doubt he would have preferred this offering to the commercial St. Louis "Gueuze-Lambic" that he sportingly endured for his #750 Review.

Congratulations & Cheers on the 750 Rastaman, the extra beer in your Mug is well deserved; you are a true asset to! (2,456 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is probably one of the coolest looking beers I have ever seen in my life. It pours a dark cherry red body with a inch thick pink head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing on the glass at all.

S: I am picking up a strong amount of sour notes, with a lot of fruituness that reminds me of a sweet wine.

T: Like the smell, I am getting a lot of sour and fruity flavors. The fruit becomes very powerful as the beer lingers.

M: The Lambic has a strong amount of carbonation on the back of the tongue and as it goes down the throat. It also has a pretty thin body.

O: This is one of the greatest lambics I have ever had in my life. It goes down with ease and is just beyond delicious. I will for sure be ordering this beer again from Etre Gourmet and age several bottles (778 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml, bottled 22 October 2008, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Lovely ruby body with a delicate 1/2" head of ultra-fine pinkish foam. The head slowly settles into a soft ring and an island of foam, with the occasional sheet of temporary lace sliding down the side of the tulip. Very attractive lambic.

S: The initial inhalation of this one was the single most acidic aroma I've ever experienced, but some time to breath releases a more approachable nose of extremely sour cherries, barnyard funk, and a little bit of vinous oak and vanilla. Nice, but a little too far skewed toward the acid-bomb side of things to be really transcendent.

T: Starts, continues, and finishes with puckering, almost overwhelming sourness - probably the most sour beer I've tasted so far. Mixed in with the pure acidity is a lovely interplay of cherry, oak, and funk. The aftertaste is particularly delicious with its subtle oak and light cherry sweetness. It's a nice thing to look forward to after the physical shiver that each sip's sourness delivers. Intense.

M: Very interesting in this department - it seems smooth, medium-bodied, and almost still at first, but a couple flicks of the tongue turn each sip into a near meringue of creamy foam. Cool.

D: As much as I'm enjoying this beer, I just can't give it a good score for drinkability. I feel like I've been at it for ever, and I've had maybe 6 ounces. Finishing the bottle is going to be a serious challenge, something I didn't find to be the case with Classic Gueuze or Bruocsella. That said, it's going to be fun challenge.

Notes: Three Cantillons down now, and hopefully many to go. I just love the depth and complexity that these lambics have, even if this one was a little over the top with the tartness. I may also be influenced slightly by the fact that I just recently had the pleasure of drinking the brand-new and awesome Cisco Cherry Woods, which hit many of the same notes but with far more freshness and balance. I'd love to try a fresher bottle of this, as I think that might be more to my tastes.

Cheers! (2,057 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has that very unique cantillon nose. Has some fruited taste, surprisingly a little bit of strawberry taste to it. Unfortunately, and expected there is a very strong/harsh aftertaste making you run for the tums. Overall solidly enjoyable if you have a strong stomach. (269 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unlike most Krieks where the brewer or blender sweatens the finished product up for consumer's tastes, this one does not. You notice the take no prisoners character of this kriek upon opening the bottle as tart funky cherry aromas flow from the bottle. It pours an energetic hazy cherry red and its champagne like head quickly dissipates. This is a very dry, very tart cherry drink with traces of lemon, oak, over ripe fruit, and a hard to define, bitter finish. Refreshing and lives up to the hype. (499 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright red body with a fizzy and foamy pink head. Leaves a little lace, but not much. Good retention of the head.

Funky, wet wood with sour cherry notes.

Fresh unsweetened cherry pie. Plenty of tartness from the wild yeast and the cherries. Very acidic. Some oak character and very little sweetness. The cherries are the definite highlight here.

Very dry and puckering. Light bodied.

This one is growing on me a little. I am finding that I like more sweetness in this style, but even without, this one has complexity and a real high quality to it. This won't be for everyone, but will please people wanting sour. (616 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Cantillon pours a fizzy, hazy, almost bright reddish-rose color (is atomic fireball a color?). The head is pink and very short-lived. Wonderful aroma, lots of sour cherries and barnyard funk. Horsey, sweaty, musty, sour, and fruit, all are present in the aroma. The taste is also very complex and interesting. Plenty of sourness, with a fairly high pucker-factor, but also a lot more balanced and approachable than other Cantillon's. There is a lot of cherry flavor in the beer, more than I expected. Fresh tasting with a fairly low carbonation. All in all, this one is a keeper. (584 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

140th review on BA
12 oz bottle, capped and corked
Bottled 9 September 2008
Bottle to Wine glass as per bottle instructions

App- A light colored pink with some tinges of red.

Smell- Didn't get much but overall, cherries, tarty and vinegar.

Taste- A sour cherry with undertones of a light vinegar. I'm not a fan of this style so far.

Mouth- Light, crispy and thin. Not too much body to this. Other Lambiks ivs had have seemed to have more body. Maybe this was just a bad bottle. I sure hope so.

Drink- I'm not a fan of the style. I'll give this a fair rating on how I liked it but I'll have to try more of the style to see if I can find a good one. (652 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice, slightly hazy ruby red with a pretty big pink head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Smells sour and lightly funky with what smells like real tart cherries.

Taste. Very sour, fairly dry, slight horse blanket funk, some oak and sour cherries. More cherry in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Light body, pretty strong and spritzy carbonation

Overall. Very nice sour. The cherries taste good, but could go for a little more of that action. (464 characters)

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.