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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,650 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 502
Gots: 349 | FT: 23
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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Reaper16

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, served into a tulip glass

Pours a gorgeous translucent strawberry color. Nearly still; it looks a lot like rosé wine. The edges of the beer have a somewhat browned color, like cooking sherry. A quarter-finger of off-pink head settles quickly into a faint ring. Lovely looking beer.

This is a Cantillon beer, so you know it brings the funk. Strong Brettanomyces aromas of horseblanket, gym sock, and the rind of a goat cheese muscle their way to the front of the bouquet. The cherry aroma has fallen off quite a bit since this beer's bottling date of February 2008. This isn't a bad thing; there's just enough cheery sweetness to keep the funk interesting. There isn't a lot to say about the aroma other than that its very good. If you love strong, strong Brett aroma then you will love smelling this beer.

The acidic structure on this vintage is insane. This is the most acidic Cantillon offering that I've ever had. Bracing lactic sourness is amplified by what wild cherry flavor is still left in this four year old bottle. Sweaty sock flavor for days. I'm picking up that cheese rind flavor strongly in this beer; it's clean and almost lightly chemical. That slightly chemical taste features into the finish, and it reminds me of the way that water from a refrigerator water filter tastes. Everything about this beer is great, especially if you can handle the bracing acidity.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for a beer of this age. It is a few steps away from being flat, but that's fine given all of the acidity. Like all Cantillon beers, it finishes so, so dry. Overall, this is the best Kriek that I've ever had (though there are notable ones that I have yet to try, namely a few from Drie Fontienen). Supremely drinkable despite its intense acidity.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 21:47:29 | More by Reaper16
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johntfox

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-11-2013 16:24:01 | More by johntfox
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2014 15:52:04 | More by jayhunter357
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-06-2013 17:05:05 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 20th 2010

Popped cork and allowed to breathe at room temperature for a half hour as specified on bottle.

A- Slightly hazzy cherry red pour. Three finger tight bubbled pink head. Recedes to thin cap. Fizzing noises like pouring a pop. Lacing is decent.

S- Tart cherries, oak and earthy notes. Slight must and funk. Lemon juice and slight apple.

T- Tart right off the bat. Puckering cherries. Vinegar and lemon juice. Sour and refreshing, oakiness blends everything perfectly.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, dry. Each sip is making me drool more and more.

O- My new favorite lambic. Sour, fruity and dry. Everything you come to expect from a world class lambic and Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:45:09 | More by korguy123
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sleazo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 03 Sept 2007
12 oz Bottle

A_Poured a fruit punch style red with a small slightly pink head. This dissipated quickly into a fine cap to the slightly murky brew.

S_The odour poured out even as the cork is pulled from the bottle. A funky, musty smell competes with a sweet ripe red cherry scent.

T_Mouth puckeringly sour and a bit salty at first. This is followed by good funky wet barnyard and then more pucker. The cherry shines through in the follow through and manages to balance out the sour to some degree. Still the funk and the sour are ruling the roost as the cherry is more of an side player. As it warms a copper metallic quality rears its head as well.

M_Light and refreshing with a light low carbonation.

D_Very well done. I am getting more and more into the sours and this one delivers. The slight hint of fruit does make this more approachable as compared to the straight lambics and guezes. This doesn't mean that this is a sweet brew by any means. If you are looking for a sour funk, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 03:07:34 | More by sleazo
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-18-2013 15:37:50 | More by KStark
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-07-2013 00:28:24 | More by e30todamax
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moonknight31

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-31-2013 06:47:47 | More by moonknight31
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully - murky cranberry body topped with off-white to pink head that retains very well. Great lacing and tons of active beading.

Tart cherries, lemongrass, fresh apple, funky yeast - very inviting.

Far more complex than I was anticipating... various sour red fruits, faint vinegar qualities, cherry pie, definite rhubarb notes, cane sugar... it keeps changing on me. What an interesting beer - in the best way possible.

Very drinkable given how imposing the flavors are. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:13:57 | More by yamar68
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2012 01:04:37 | More by IpeeA
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2013 12:28:19 | More by alamode
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-07-2014 22:30:51 | More by PA-Michigander
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Muddy earthy ruby. Gentle off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Clean sour cherries aroma, very leafy, woody with huge lactic notes, yogurty and even soured milk alike. Totally pungent aroma with a nice restrained barn touch. Very puckering, heavily sour, straightforward. This is everything I’m looking for in a traditional kriek. I would prefer it with standout characteristics though, more funk and mystery, unexplored territories etc. Now it’s extremely clean, direct, balanced, dry and astringent which means it’s an awesome beer and possibly one of cantillon’s best, better than the lou pepe to me anyway. Great texture, thin-medium body with very little carbonation feels perfectly right to carry the acidity. Terrific kriek.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 17:21:56 | More by Rastacouere
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-30-2012 20:10:32 | More by TheRuss9585
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

08-16-2013 02:22:55 | More by EBeckett3
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-06-2013 03:36:54 | More by LotsofLupulin
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-19-2014 15:24:03 | More by PappyVans
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impending

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-30-2013 04:13:15 | More by impending
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patre_tim

China

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pink, tropical punch red, 1 finger of pinkish head.

S: Fruity, dry cherries, crisp and tart, cherry blossoms.

T: Sour, dry, cherries, no sweetness, an almost lactic quality like milk.

M: Dry and acidic, medium low carbonation.

O: Awesome, smooth must try if you can ever swing it. I drank this one at the brewery Cantillon. It came free with the brewery tour.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2014 15:28:30 | More by patre_tim
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-26-2013 12:40:55 | More by Jordy777
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-24-2013 18:03:46 | More by jtladner
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-18-2011 18:21:48 | More by Rempo
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-16-2011 03:47:58 | More by Blanco
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gueuzegossage

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-09-2012 17:48:06 | More by gueuzegossage
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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