Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
1996 vintage shared by alfrantzell for his birthday last month. Thanks, Arne. Trying a fruit lambic this old was a unique experience.
The beer is a murky pinkish-red in the glass. Half a finger's worth of bubbly foam rests atop, which quickly settles to a thin collar. It smells strongly of sweet and tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla; a bit like cherry pie filling, actually. There's also an inkling of musty, funky basement; it's an amazing aroma. Tart cherry consumes the palate, sourness is moderate and both lactic and acetic in character, with undertones of vanilla, minerals and hints of oak. The cherry character is vibrant and outstanding for a 14 year old lambic. Sour lactic finish, musty and faintly woody. Amazing.
1997: More intense lactic sourness than the '96, but still vibrantly fruity.
2007: Brutally sour and harsh, lacking depth - not one of the more impressive batches of Cantillon Kriek.
2009: All bottles I've had from '09 have been great. Vibrantly fruity with moderate sourness. Almost has a cherry pie filling quality to it.
2010: More lactic sourness than '09, but still a very balanced kriek. Outstanding cherry aroma.
04-04-2010 23:36:39 | More by largadeer
3.95/5 rDev -8.6%
750ml bottle at Beer Bistro in DT TO - my girlfriend wanted to try another cherry Belgian ale...I wanted to have a bit of a laugh, apparently. It is indeed weird to pop the cap of a beer, and hear nothing in the way of a hiss - of course, here, that is due to the cork waiting for me underneath.
This beer pours a cloudy, muddled pinkish amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually soapy and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly settles.
It smells of acrid cherry essence, fairly funky yeast - kind of barnyard-like - grainy pale malt, further tart lemon and apple fruit esters, and a bit of dirty, earthy hoppiness. The taste is very, very, very (did I say 'very'?) tart cherry acid, morphing into raw lemon juice territory, some remnant of cherry flesh fruitiness, a bewildered pale wheaty graininess, funky, somewhat yeasty wet cheese, and rather faint, indistinct drying hops.
The mouthfeel, well, to quote a beloved Simpsonian Springfield denizen - "it tastes like burning" - the bubbles do seem to be searing my tongue, but in reality, it's the fruit acids on, well acid, all atop a weirdly sturdy, yet oily medium weight body. It finishes with some lingering deconstructed fruit echoing amidst the tartness and strangely supportive yeasty funk.
A masochistic headfirst 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. I got to finish her share, at least, given that I more or less liked it, as a sort of palate cleanser, or degreaser, solvent, you get the idea. All kidding aside, this is a generally well-wrought kriek lambic, the sourness not for the timid.
01-30-2010 09:30:46 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
12-30-2007 22:36:04 | More by RblWthACoz
3.23/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
12-16-2010 04:28:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Barely one finger of light pink head on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Dry, sour cherries with a little bit of moldy sock funk. The distinctly earthy cherry character is specifically that of cherry pits and skins.
T - Dry, tart acidity with mouth coating earthy funk. The cherries creep in towards the middle and take over from there on in. The earthy cherry pit character of the aroma is replaced here with intense sourness and cherry meat character. Finishes puckeringly sour with a lemony citric acidity and some fruity wild yeast notes.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.
D - This beer displays the classic, spectacular fruit aroma that is common among all cantillon beers. The earthy complexity of the fruit is perfectly balanced by the acidity and funk from the wild yeast. The flavor is not as lively as the aroma, though it is still quite enjoyable, but the acidity does get in the way of drinkability a bit. Like every Cantillon beer I have had, I find myself inhaling deeply to experience the complex fruit aroma again and again. Highly recommended (though I have to admit I still prefer the framboise).
11-03-2009 04:14:59 | More by nickfl
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
Presentation: 375 ml green corked and capped mini-champagne bottle with no freshness date. Artsy label with info about the beer on the back.
Appearance: Dark light orange red hue, skimpy ring of lace from a semi-active carbonation.
Smell: Big tartness, nearly sour. Cherry aroma grows with a faint sweetness and fullness. Light earthy and musty nose within.
Taste: Sourness is nearly puckering at first, the glands and taste buds get used to it soon enough. Light bodied, expressively dry and crisp. Soft earthy and musty notes include slight barn yard, cork and cellar like flavors. Faint grain throughout. Cherry is real tart with a more rounded flavor after-wards. Long finish of tartness and cherry flavors.
Notes: Racy yet simple, withdrawn but traditional. This is true lambic all the way, no sweet syrups or sugars added this is the real thing. I have had samples at the brewery and the trip that the bottles have made produced the same awesome effect without a flaw.
10-10-2002 18:30:35 | More by Jason
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
02-02-2004 23:04:02 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev -9%
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
04-09-2010 02:51:55 | More by russpowell
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-19-2010 01:34:26 | More by MasterSki
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-31-2004 13:12:17 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev -7.4%
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."
01-04-2010 17:08:07 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
I had this courtesy of phnphilly at the Lancaster County Brewers Christmas part 2010. Poured chilled from the 750ml into my tulip.
I was glad to try this on tap at TJ's and was interested in tasting the bottle, thanks John.
A rosy red hued with mild haze and thick pink lasting cap w/ microbead and lace is spotty. The smell is lots of ripe feet with a mild funk backing and gentle vinegar sour odors w/ slight fruit tartness and cherry skin w/ subtle sweet tart accents.
The feel is a bit intense with lots of sour and slight funk textures w/ moderate acidity and subtle sweet middle with an astringent puckering effect. The lambic is moderately carbonated and has sour tart fruit intensity with drying long finish. The mouthfeel is not ordinary but has the puckering finish you expect from Cantillon.
I was really jazzed about the way this smells and when I got to tasting it was really what I expected - lots of wild yeast and tart cherry flavors in a vibrant blend like cherry lemonade with sweet and sour puckering flavor w/ lots of lemony acid and astringency with the depth and earthy cherry pit flavor of the stone fruit and mild funk in the midst. A gentle bitter flavor with accent of sweet cherry just to give the edge a mild contrast and slight tannic elements are there from middle to the long sweet sour fruity finish. I was really impressed once again with such an intense flavor with really yeast and fruit cohesive qualities. The world class Cantillon lambic and lots of vibrant cherry flavor, one you want to savor - highly drinkable
01-01-2011 13:26:02 | More by Slatetank
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
i have no idea if the ratings will reflect this or not, but while i was drinking this, i kept thinking its as good as the lou pepe edition. does it need twice the fruit or another year? i dont think so at all. this is a candy apple red pour, maybe a touch pinker, but really blood stained red, clear though, and with about a half inch of just tainted pink white head. it smells like candied cherries, not really fresh fruit, but not due to artificial sugar or anything, it think its more a product of the lambic base, which is tart as hell, a lot like the classic gueuze really, farmy and funked to high heaven, with a subtle barrel profile. good acidity on the palate, not overdone in the slightest, with the cherry getting more and more intense as the beer warms. wishing for nothing, i find this supremely delicious, and while it may not be as complex or as natural cherry flavored as the lou pepe version, i find it cleaner, equally tasty, and a little more blonde sour basey than its big brother. carbonation is on point, uncommon is real lambic, and frankly just freaking awesome. i find myself drinking it way too fast, but thats just the sign of killer beer. not the best ive had from cantillon, but on par in terms of quality with any of them.
05-28-2014 04:00:49 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev -8.6%
First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)
I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best.
03-03-2012 12:59:15 | More by Rifugium
4.03/5 rDev -6.7%
I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontinas.
Appearance: Pours a Cloudy red with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the glass.
Smell: Natural tart cherries with a mild sweetness. Sour and funky in the background.
Taste: The cherry flavor is so natural, more so than from the bottle. Smooth cherry tartness, not very sweet, tart, bitter, and sour in the finish.
Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that goes from slick to dry.
Overall: I loved the real cherry flavor. My wife who doesn't like sours ordered one after having mine. So smooth and easy drinking.
05-08-2012 22:14:04 | More by oline73
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-19-2010 02:34:19 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
a - Pours a deep reddish pink color with 3 inches of strawberry colored head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of dark fruit, cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, and some definite funk/brett.
t - Tastes of tart dark fruits, especially cherries, funk, citrus, and maybe some vanilla and spice. Very sour.
m - Medium body and low to medium carbonation.
d - A very nice lambic. I thought it smelled great and had some nice sour cherry to the taste. Would try again.
08-04-2010 00:49:56 | More by mdfb79
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-13-2008 20:11:40 | More by jwc215
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
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:
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.
11-05-2003 17:44:18 | More by Gueuzedude
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
08-01-2010 07:36:00 | More by Halcyondays
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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