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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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668 Reviews
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Reviews: 668
Hads: 2,130
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 634
Gots: 525 | FT: 47
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Belgium

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 redmosquito
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ClarkVV is helping to educate me on Lambics. I can smell the horse blanket from about 10 feet. Thecherry aroma stays in the background but it is still there. It pours a dusty reddish amber color with a pinkish head. Flavor goes from sour to barnyard back to sour with a tingling mouthfeel that helps to make up for the dryness. The barnyard fades away with every sip, and the tartness accentuates the cherry. Thanks Clark. (422 characters)

Photo of Mustard
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.76oz. dark, green bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" date given and -- in the case of the later -- none probably needed; no ABV %; purchased from the Wine Expo on Santa Monica and Yale for $3.99.

Appearance: Poured a rosy, ruddy, pink-grapefruit nuanced red with little in the way of clarity; small, pinkish head which was quick to dissipate; lacing was essentially non-existant.

Aroma: Quite tart; large cherry notes; hints of citrus.

Taste: Wow; break-all-your-teeth, claw-out-your-eyes sour; hugely acidic and tart; brilliant, cherry-tinged background notes; *faintly* sugarish in the finish.

Notes: Six thumbs up. (652 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle bought at Sams in Chicago. I learned something from this beer, that only about 1/10 people are able to drink this type of beer, and drinking a 750 yourself is not easy. Pours a clear cherry red color with no head. The aroma is pure sourness. The taste was very acidic, almost a burning mouthfeel. After a while the cherries come through quite nice, some dryness in the finish. A very sour beer. (406 characters)

Photo of afi4lifer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells wonderful/absolutely horrible at the same time. Carbonation is perfect, intense fruit. Super crisp, complex and flavorful. Very hard to put into words what a treat this unique beer is - a standard for the style. Not as good as other Loons but that's hardly criticism. Great beer (285 characters)

Photo of YankChef
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled in 2006 poured into ommegang glass after allowing to breathe

Appearance: No head whatsoever and a ruby cranberry juice like color, no signs of carbonation

Smell: FUnky cheese, warm brie rind, mushroom, vegetal, and o yea a little raspberry and cherry,cherry.

Taste: Really hits the back of the palate, some of that funky aroma carries over to the flavor as well with some bitter cheese rind and this beer is SOUR, the flavor is intense as about anything ive had and just puckering sour. awesome. The finish is surprisingly juicy and fruity with sweetness and the cherry really shines at this point on the finish and lingers and lingers.

Overall: Cantillon is what it is, they make the best lambic beers in the world. Period. This is one of the best fruit beers that are in the world that will redefine you definition of fruit beer if you have not had it. Just outstanding (896 characters)

Photo of mattmaples
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you say the word Lambic you can exchange the word Cantillon because Cantillon IS Lambic. You can not get more authentic lambic style beer from anyone. This Kriek is dry, fruity, fizzy, sour, foxy, horse blanket, and earthy. Lots of flavor layers and not for the Lindemen's drinkers. Comparing Lindeman's to Cantillon is like comparing Bert Grant's Imperial Stout to Harvey and Son's Imperial. It may say they are the same style but they are two very different beers. (471 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a really nice cloudy purpilish red with barely any head or lacing
S- tart tart cherry, vinegar, smoke, oak, a little apple, very very strong
T- very tart and tangy with a slight finish of cherry, finishes very dry and the taste is far less abrasive than the smell
M- very carbonated, the tang really comes through , but smooth enough to enjoy
D- def a hard session beer, couldnt imagine drinking more than 2 of these in one sitting, a def sipper for sure... its taken me over half an hour to drink. Its also not a cheap beer, but I know that alot goes into making this beer.

a phenominal example of a true lambic. Not a gateway beer by any means. People who drink this after only being familiar with "lindemens framboise or kasteel rouge might have a hard time getting this one down , but I loved it. I would love to try it on draft. If you can afford it I would buy a case and let some age for awhile to see how it comes out

note:
poured into my new belgium globe, couldn't find any expiration date on the bottle. The bottle looked like it had been through hell, but it def worked for me

sent to me by onenote81 , thanks for the trade!

might be a little hard to find, so def check it out if you can (1,215 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/27/2010. 750ml bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: a year in the bottle and this is still bright red. Looks carbonated cranberry juice. Clear with just a slight haze. Fluffy pink head dwindles to a thin layer after a few minutes. Attractive beer.

S: Vinegary right off the bat. Musty and funky. A little bit of barnyard. Beneath the sour scents lies some sweet fruit.

T: All tart and sour up front. All most too much so initially, at least until the taste buds warm up to the sour assault. Sweet cherry and white grape flavors come to the forefront after the beer warms a bit. Finishes zesty and tart.

M: Champagne-like carbonation keeps the feel light on the palate.

O: Wonderfully enjoyable from start to finish. A world classic. (748 characters)

Photo of ipogios
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rasberry-like colour. The aroma of this Fruit Lambic beer is dominant by rasberry and cherry hints. There was cranberry flavour but i think the cherry flavour in this beer is dominant. Decent Fruit Lambic (217 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Sept 2006

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear ruby red with no head whatsoever.

Smell: A whole lot of acetic acid with a big musky funk in the background not powerful but what could you expect with no carbonation.

Taste: Vinegar and muskiness up front, fruit in this one is way in the background. The tartness is not overly powerful as others had mentioned. As it warms there is a woodiness that's hanging around the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the palate with a light body and a dry finish, not too puckering.

Drinkability: Overall this ones pretty decent. The fruit has almost completely disappeared leaving a tart complex brew. I was expecting something over the top sour but got something fairly smooth. Overall nice brew. (739 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub over Labor Day weekend along with my girlfriend Meggie88. Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon glass.

A--Pink cherry, ruby color with a short-lived bubblegum pink head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a small amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

S--Cherries, yeast, vinegar, and lemon juice. This thing had both sweet and sour components.

T--Lip-puckering sourness on the first sip. Vinegar, bitter cherries, and pure lemon juice. Then, once the palate adjusted, the sweetness of the cherries powered through and the sourness diminished.

M--Light-bodied with a bit of carbonating scrubber bubbles. It was a refreshing drink once the sourness left.

O--This was a better-than-average lambic, but it wasn't the most earth-shattering beer I had over the weekend. (806 characters)

Photo of jim102864
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only the occassional dabbler into lambics, I found myself in the spirit of experimentation, so I grabbed the Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic and kicked its tires.

Popped the 750 ml wrapped, capped and corked bottle and poured a few fingers into my Duvel tulip. A tight patch of bubbles hugged the glass and a thin layer of head appeared.

The nose was slighty musty with cherries and cream prevelent.

Very sour, puckering taste. Musty and bitter from fermented cherries. Yowza.

The mouthfeel was equally sour and bitter in the finish. The sides of my tongue were attacked with very sweet tartiness, like the candy. Once again, yowza.

Clearly an acquired taste. Not a personal favorite style. Not a brew to introduce the consumer to the style either. See Monk's Flemish Sour Red ale (I know, not a lambic, but sour nonetheless). I may revisit this once my pallette comes to appreciate the style more. (899 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork removed with a corkscrew; bottling date of 2004 is given on the side of the cork. No explosive carbonation; on pouring into a wine glass there is very little head. A small coating of bubbles adhere to the bottom of my glass and tiny bubbles continuously rise through the hazy red brew.

Aroma is dominated by extremely sour cherries, with some fruit peel as well. Taste is very sour, with some bready flavors as well along with a boatload of fruit. Mouthfeel is ticklish with very fine carbonation. Finish is extremely dry and tart. Delicious beer from what might be my favorite non-US brewery. (602 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear blood-orange with a volcanic, light pink, rocky head.

The smell is deep cherry, light hay (but not too funky) and plentiful citrus tart.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light but it has less carbonation than its cousins.

The citric tang takes the lead on the tastebuds. Lemon sour gradually lets in some sweetness that has the effect of fresh raspberries. Then the earthy cherry flavors provide depth and bitterness that builds towards the satisfying finish. Light hay adds another layer. The finish is not as crisp as some Krieks, but instead provides a long sour note that builds with repeated sips.

Not quite as stellar as the Lou Pepe version, but some of that may be a function of age when bottled and when consumed. Still a world-class example of the style. (774 characters)

Photo of Lukie
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a crimson red, which glints in the light. Some slight bubbles of gas explode out of the top of the liquid and create a slight trace around the edges. A head... no. Not at all. Boy the colour is amazing though.

Very tart aroma. The cherry is very minimal. Only hints of sour cherry. Otherwise it smells like a dull Guezue.

Very sour and tart, with sour cherrys to finish in the back of the palate. Very much like drinking a champagne more then anything.

Not what I was expecting. I thought this would be a touch sweeter, and the cherry flavours more predominant, but it's like a dumb down guezue. Mild body, with really sour puckering flavours. Quite drinkable and refreshing, and very nice for some different to the norm. (734 characters)

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a champagne flut a mostly clear red color with very minimal sediment floating around in it. Small white head with no lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Funky aroma; vinegar mixed with sour, unripe cherries and a hint of mildew like wet carpet.

Taste was absolutely sour cherries followed up by a tart, mouth puckering vinegar.

Thin to medium mouthfeel due to moderate carbonation. The sour cherry and vinegar flavor coat the palate for a minute or two after each sip.

Good to drink or sip actually. Carbonation and just the fact this brew is so damn sour make it nice to have a glass or maybe two of this but not anymore. I'm afraid it would give me heartburn! (689 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating Baseball Opening day with this...

Pours a nice pink cranberry color, head quickly dissipates. Smell is cherries and some sour yeast. Got some serious action going on in the taste...cheeries and the tartness abounds. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a total pucker fest. Great beer! (300 characters)

Photo of bogus564
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

One thing I've learned in my beer journey is that the more beers you drink, the more you come to expect. For example, krieks have a color that one comes to expect - deep red, with a strawberry-colored head. This beer has just exactly that.

On to the smell test, where krieks are expected to possess a cherry nose. This is where there are some distinctions. I've had krieks that smell of sweet cherries, I've had krieks that smell of sour cherries, and variations in between. This particular one smells of sour cherries, with a champagne nose as well.

And now, for the taste, which I'm hoping lives up to the sour cherry lambic tradition - ahh, yeah... it made me pucker, and I mean that in a good way. It reminds me of champagne with sour cherries, and I defy you to tell me that this isn't one of the most delightful lambics you can taste. This beer is no joke.

The mouthfeel is good, not outstanding - light body, good carbonation, dry finish, sour cherry aftertaste. Exceeded my expectations.

To drinkability - very good, but make sure to have plenty of dark chocolate on hand to complement the sour cherry flavor. (1,151 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting shade of red, looks like a hazy grape juice almost. Fizzy carbonation, with no head. Musty aroma full of horse blanket and sour cherries. Also a slight spiciness. Wonderfully funky flavor. Nice pucker from the sourness, with a nice cherry finish. This is very tart and dry. This is the most sour lambic I've had but really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be seeking more of this style out! (397 characters)

Photo of kmatlack
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 3 September 2010. Shared with my wife and father while watching In Bruges. Poured into 2 wine glasses and a brandy snifter. Popped the cap off and a black liquid that smelled like a trash dumpster came seeping out of the cork and ran down the bottle. Strange.

A- Pours a very effervescent cloudy red color into my glass with a pink half finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves small white bubbles on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, funk, lemon. You get some of that musty moist smell like you just walked into a barn full of moist hay with the cobwebs and everything.

T- Absolutely amazing mouth puckering factor here. Lactic acid first, when it dies down there is an amazing tart sour cherry flavor mixed with oak, some lemon peels. On the back end there is lingering red fruits with a little bit of bitterness, still tart though.

M- Dry and crisp, doesnt appear to have any carbonation in the glass but there is plenty on the tongue.

O- Absolutely fantastic. Glad my local bottle shop has this regularly. My first Cantillon and definitely the best sour beer ive had to date. (1,111 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a cloudy bright pink with lots of bubbles rising through it. The pour kicks up a generous thick light pink head that fades to a thin cap after a few minutes and leaves almost no lace.

Aroma is mouth-puckeringly tart balanced by some modestly sweet fruit. Honestly, I wouldn't think cherries of the bat if I didn't already know there were cherries in it. There's a moderate amount of barnyard and hay, but as my nose gets adjusted to the tartness it starts to smell increasingly sweet.

Taste follows the nose. Starts off with some tartness that is not as intense as the nose originally suggested. There are some subtle hints of funk, but mostly it's lemony-sour. Mid-palate, the fruitiness comes out, but it's always playing second-fiddle to the tartness. The finish is pretty acidic, and the aftertaste is cherries, along with a weird almost mothball-y taste that isn't entirely pleasant to me, but is interesting.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty nice - tastes like complex funky lemonade. Everything's balanced and it has a nice depth of flavor, but this style just isn't quite my cup of tea. (1,198 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light red, slightly cloudy, with a very thin layer of small bubbles. Nose is cherries, quite tart, with a strong Brett earthiness. Flavor is very tart, making me sweat at the temples; more of the Brett barnyard in the background. Feel has low carbonation and a beautiful tart aftertaste. The tartness detracts from the drinkability; sit down and enjoy this one over an hour: the flavor profile will change as it warms and oxidizes. (437 characters)

Photo of beerdweeb
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Vintage 2010

A: Slightly clear with a reddish / pinkish tinge

S: Cantillon funk, cherries, slight vinegar

T: Delicious sour cherries coupled with a funky finish. A bit of vinegar present.

M: Medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: Great beer, would drink again. (316 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque pinkish purple with a pink head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - dry cherry, soft leather, mild floral, wood.

T - dry cherry, acetic, wood, slightly salty.

M - light-medium body. Semi-oily and creamy. Mouth watering. Moderately sour.

O - a very good example of a traditional Kriek, but Cascade Kriek is still number one for me. (347 characters)

Photo of bowersdm
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle shared with my family members. my portion was poured into a stange.

A - red to pink with a 1cm head. nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary going on here.

S - Holy Hell, this smells rank. sour cherries, oak/vanilla, musty attic and leather, acetic acid, and dog vomit. seriously. dog vomit.

T - as many have said, the taste is nearly ( or IS) puckering at first, but one gets used to it. sour cherries and other berries along with less oak/vanilla than what the nose suggested clash with the musty attic and leather from the Brett. a very vinous, vinegar like quality and a taste that seemed like dog vomit, if I did actually know what dog vomit tasted like. Orange zest, a sherry-like almond flavor and a dry, grassy, earthiness were noticeable upon warming. very complex beer. very sour beer. very good beer.

M - dry and carbonated. just like a lambic.

D - very, very sour. I would say that this beer is only good in small quantities and after that, it just isn't good at all. That is why this rating is low. (1,032 characters)

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.