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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,785 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 542
Gots: 391 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Massbmx, Dec 16, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

BeerThursdays, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

kbuzz, Aug 10, 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
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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
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jtladner, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

gillagorilla, Feb 23, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in August 2003...

Appearance: beautiful red color (like the juice of a blood orange), quite hazy, a thin layer of pinkish suds appears and then dissipates to nothing

Aroma: fresh sour cherries, yoghurt, wheat, touch of sulphur, cork, diacetyl

Flavor: pert sour twang followed by a bloom of fresh tart cherries, a faint hint of enteric bitterness, a bit musty, some corkiness, not overwhelmingly lambic-y, finish is dry with a long-lasting tangy aftertaste, diacetyl

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation (hasn't fully developed the carbonation at this point), leaves a slick/sticky feeling in the mouth

Overall Impression: Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, authentic krieks that you can find. It seems obvious to laude Cantillon's beers, but this kriek really deserves it. I don't feel the same way about every lambic they make.

I've tried the kriek from one month old up to over a year old and I have to say that I really prefer the Cantillon fruit beers quite young. They seem to be at their prime between 4 and 8 months from bottling. The fruit character is still quite present and there is a delectable gentle carbonation by this point. Over a year old and you don't get much fruit as the lambic qualities take over more.

GreenCard, Jan 13, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

carteravebrew, Jul 27, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle dated 2001

Pours a dark pinkish-champagne color and very very still. The aromas are like nothing I've ever smelled in a beer before. Very tart and sour aromas with a pungent smell in there that I just can't identify. Maybe a cheese or barnyard aroma. Anyway...

This one pulls no punches on your palate. Very bitter and sour. Easily the most sour beer I have tasted. Some is bitter and sour from the lambic, some is bitter and sour from the cherries. Defniitely an unsweetened lambic! Some salty flavors too. Very nice mouthfeel with a dry salty finish. A few hours later, I still can taste that sourness in my mouth.

This is far from an everyday brew and not too drinkable but it certainly kept you interested. This is my first Cantillon and probably my first "traditional" lambic. I feel like a whole new world has opened up in front of me but I'm not sure I want to be there just yet.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 28, 2003
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 9th, 2008. Bright pinkish orange color with no head and no lacing, sitting lovely in a wine glass. Aroma is nicely funky, a bit of tartness, musty, maybe just a hint of cherry. Flavor is immensely tart, sour, vinous, and refreshing. A touch of vinegar and acidic wine flavors come through the dry middle. Nice, fresh tart cherry flavor brings up the rear. Mouth puckering and dry. Leaves a nice sweet and sour sugary taste on the lips. Not as much funk on the tongue as there is in the nose. Mellow carbonation, light to medium bodied. This is utterly delicious. To me, lambics are a bit of a turn off in the aroma department, but always come through in the flavor department. This is a fantastic lambic, much better than other kriek varieties out there. A sipper to be sure.

KeefD, May 10, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy maroon with a soft, large, pinkish head that quickly recedes and leaves a little lacing. pretty damn attractive for a pink beer.

tart, tart black cherries with a touch of sweetness and some yeast. plenty of funk and mustiness, but mostly tart.

damn... my lips pucker and mouth tingles from the sourness, which, once acclimated to gives way to some tart black cherries and some wild berries. my tongue dries quickly, and some slight sweetness lingers.

very soft carbonation on a light/medium bodied brew that tingles the entire mouth due to the tartness.

impressive, and as my first introduction to Cantillon, I can understand why they have the reputation they do. I will definitely buy their more extreme brews for special occasions.

silentjay, Mar 18, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 750ml bottle at a local store that didn't look like it would have gems like this on the rack in the cooler. Cost: $9.29. The dark green bottle had the neck and top wrapped in black foil, was capped, and corked. No bottled on or freshness dates in view on the label. However, the cork read "bottled in 1997".
Poured into my favorite tasting glass after sitting for at least half an hour, this beer had a clear candy apple red with a light wispy white head that dissolved down to a small ring. Slight aggitation brought out fine carbonation. A visually inviting start.
The nose was pungent, nose-wrinkling, and amazing. Almost surreally tart, sour and exuding a slight barnyard funkiness, the aromas of cherries and hints of earthy malt and vinegar made my mouth water and dry up at the same time.
*first sip* Mouth puckering, eyes watering, cheeks imploding....
*2nd taste* Light feel, big-time dry. Getting used to the extreme tartness bordering on sour. Mein Gott, unlike any beer I've tried yet. Deeply acidic, with a hearty blast of cherries and a tongue-buckling dryness. Some light yeastiness. I'm well into my glass now, at least 6-7 full tastes. My tongue is a desert and I have a building warmth in my belly. The crisp, implacable cherry-infused sourness dominates the flavor. I think I'll need an IV if I want to finish the bottle tonight. Has an incredibly long dry finish that tauts that barnyard funk and vinegar bite.
So this is what a truly authentic kriek lambic is all about. Wow! I've got to try other Cantillon offerings. This was a real treat. After missing yesterday's SoCal BA event at the Belgian fest at Lucky Baldwin's, I can find solace in this wondrous beer.

Boilermaker88, Feb 23, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

scotv, May 06, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and capped, split a few ways with family. Pours a dried blood red, hints of brighter cherry. Small amounts of bone white foam build and has okay staying power, could be better.

Hints of vinegar, plenty of barnyard and wet horse blanket funk, hints of cherry underneath - also you can tell this is going to be sour.

This is loaded down with sour and funk. Clenches the jaw on the first sip, then you get a touch of vinegar, lemons, balanced depth in the funk department, chewy damp wood, tart cherries. Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style, needed a bit more carb to get it through. Hint of bittering bite in finish along with plenty of sourness.

Perhaps not as drinkable as some out there, a little more on the intense side, not as dry in the finish. Still, excellent example - beautiful depth in the flavor.

ritzkiss, Dec 29, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

hopley, Jun 21, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a beautiful ruby body turns blood orange against the light. Pretty pink head with good lacing.

Aromas are very fruit driven, bright cherry flesh, and funky, musty, almost poopy aromas.

Rich cherry, damp earth, some musty funk, and a puckering tart cherry finish. Not super acidic, but it is quite sour. Not overly complex, ch eery is the dominant flavor, but it is a complex cherry flavor.

Crisp, lively, with a long sour finish.

Cantillon kriek is one of the best krieks on the market. Tart, sour, mildly fumky, and dry. Wish I had some brie to let this beer play off of.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

zrab11, Feb 06, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah to view the world through rose colored lambics I mean glasses....

A - soft rose colored red, a wisp of a head that quickly disappears
S - Ah, pungent sour cherries. exactly like I would expect real cherries to be like. No questions on artificial flavors or additives here.
T - Starting off with a strong ode to sour, mellowing out to a nice tart cherry and sweet malts flavor. Wonderfully balanced.
M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and tingly
D - what a wonderful summer drink. Hot weather be damned, I have this beer!

barleywinebrewer, Jul 10, 2007
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.