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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,818 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 547
Gots: 398 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pink/purple in color with a light colored head that quickly turns into a ring of foam in my tulip glass.

Smells exactly like it should: Earthy, musty and sour with notes of cherries.

The taste -- surprise! -- is tart, but not extremely so. This isn't as sour as -- say -- Rodenbach Grand Cru (which is of course a different kind of beer). The cherries are quite noticeable and fill out the flavor well.

The body is light and crisp and refreshing.

I can see why Cantillon is so highly rated. This is a great Lambic. At $16 a bottle, though, it's for special occasions.

Shaw, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -7.6%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

HumanParaquat, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ucsbmullet, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pinkish red hue with good white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is of sour tart cherries and lambic. Taste follows with tart cherry flavors and a very nice sour pucker. as it warms it gets easier to drink, and the cherry flavors come out a little more. Mouthfeel is nice, drinkability is very good for as sour as it is. I growing to like these sour beers more and more. This one was pretty delicious.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
5/5  rDev +15.5%

kbuzz, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Massbmx
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Massbmx, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Beerbuddy21, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into pint glass. Bottled in 2007.

A- Aggressive pour conjures up head that quickly settles. Hazy amber/ruby with pink berry highlights. Head is mostly white and very thin.

S- Tart, sour. Ah, Cantillon. A bit musty, a bit funky, the fruit sweetness is apparent but not overbearing.

T- Oh so good. Tart, puckering, dry. The berry sweetness is spot-on, and is balanced incredibly well by the overall puckering tartness. I'm really digging it. Vinegar, for sure, but perhaps I'm becoming more accustomed to sours as I put it down as an afterthought.

M- Dry, tart, sour. Intense, but very tasty.

D- High. I really like this stuff, flavor, body, composition, everything is just wonderful. Highly recommended.

ShogoKawada, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of kmanjohnson
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

kmanjohnson, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

hopley, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

gillagorilla, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005

Pours out a bright, vibrant rose with effervescent carbonation a thinnish pink head and pock marks of bubbles left hanging on the glass. Has a musky sour aroma that stands out above the cherries. The cherry aroma mixes in the back with a pungent astringency in the nostrils. Oddly enough, I find that the cherries come out more if you just waft in the aromas rather than stick your nose in the glass. Harsh acidity hits the sides of the tongue firstly which is then followed by huge cherry flavors with their tartness accentuated by the lambic base. Finishes dry but with a hint of sweetness as the acid dies down. The aftertaste leaves only the oak and cherries that hints at some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, but could use a bit more carbonation for my tastes. Interesting, refreshing, and challenging.

goochpunch, May 27, 2007
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Kyrojack
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Kyrojack, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass out of a 375ml bottle. Back label states that it was bottled in "May 2011" and that it should be consumed before December 2011. However, as it is bottle-conditioned, it can be apparently cellared for the next 10 years - although be weary that doing so will cause it to change its flavor and texture quite radically.

I've been very much enjoying every single Cantillon I've found across Europe so far. This one is a perfect reason why it is worthwhile to seek out their beers. The pour is absolutely incredible. It has a ruby, slightly reddish tone that resembles the glimmer of jewelry. No one would EVER guess that this was a beer by looking at it - the fact that it has no head (a few bubbles) and the consistency of wine makes it even more fascinating.

Smell is great: an ideal lambic funkiness with a tart sourness that everyone seems to agree on when reviewing Cantillon lambics. There's an incredible zestiness of lemon rinds to the flavor, as well as a spicy aroma that remains throughout. I can sort of pick up cherry notes, yet again, just like with their rosé, it's hard to distinguish precise fruits past the funk.

And the taste is equally impressive as well. Not getting much cherry, yet I am indeed getting other notes of far more sour fruits such as boysenberries, blackberries... all topped with lemon juice. The wheat does indeed become present towards the end, which is as "bready" this gets. It's more on the sweet than bitter side, yet the sourness is what shines here. I expected this one to be really intense, but it turned out to be the most satisfying sour I've had from Cantillon so far. Really refreshing and tasty. Dry like wine, and contains the consistency of champagne - with far less bubbles. Manages to be classy and informal at the same time.

My favorite Cantillon so far. I could drink this every week if it weren't for the high price tag. I probably won't be able to drink krieks (or hell, even most lambics) in the same way ever again!

magictacosinus, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Cantillon taster courtesy of Andrewinski1. Pours a clear vibrant red with about a finger of fluffy pink head. Really a treat to look at this one.

Good cherry aroma with a tart aroma to begin and finishing off sweetly. Nice balance with a bit of a musty funk to this. Holy F$%@ing sour here! This is great! Big tart cherry flavors here. Sour cherries straight up. This is great.

Light and crisp. Puckering and a little dry.

This is a perfect beer to me. I've had it a handful of times now and I've always thought this was perfect. Clearly it is.

Bendurgin, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright, radiant red with two fingers of both half fizzy, half fluffy pink head. Leaves mild lacing, and remains and a ring on the glass. Body is really glowing.

Smell: A hay funk up front, followed by some funky cherry skins. A definite lactic aspect. Some light pears. Nose goes out with raw cherries and funk.

Taste: Nice clean cherry tartness up from, followed by a light lactic sourness, and funk. Funk carries the body, along with a nice bready sweetness. Finishes tart with cherry skins, pear juice, and hay.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable. Cherries are not too sweet. Sourness is perfect. Great carb.

Overall: I think I enjoy this better than the Lou Pepe Kriek I had. Have to keep in mind that was a 2007 (sticker) vintage, so it would definitely be more sour.

cfrances33, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

thampel09, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

fthegiants, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Whatup14, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ortie, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

scotv, May 06, 2013
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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