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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,996 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 617
Gots: 464 | FT: 34
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #550

375 ml bottle served in a half Acre tulip. 2012 cork date, bottled on June 28, 2012.

A: Pours a translucent cherry color with a light pink head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: Black cherries and spicy oak upfront. Some lactic acidity with just a hint of background funk. There's an underlying malty sweetness as well.

T: Wood, tart cherry pits, and some sweet cherry pie. Sour cherries, mild acidity and lactic sourness. Slightly funky on the back end as well.

M: Light bodied with a prickly carbonation level. Sweet and sour finish.

O: Delightful. Great hints of fresh cherries with a lactic sour kick and a restrained funk.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has some retention. The head is rosy, light pink while the body is a lazy crimson color which appears as a dull raspberry when held up to the light. There isn't any lacing at the moment. No real lacing is left behind at all.

Nose- Much more tart from the bottle than the glass. The bottle seems to smell more like raspberries or strawberries than the glass. Some acetic acid from the glass. The glass shows a strong and solid front of cherry with practically nothing else. A mild tartness. Some notes of cherry pie. Swirling shows a more basic cherry rather than a tart one.

Taste- Loads of cherry explode through the mouth. It ranges from tart cherry to regular cherry to cherry pie. Doesn't sound that complex but it doesn't need to be- it nails what it sets out to do. Some acetic acid on the front but this isn't very sour or tart at all. While I really like the Lambickx Kriek, this is simply better and more accessible. Mild hints of straw and funk start to creep but don't impinge upon the basic cherry character. Loads of balance and integration while having a strong but constrained presence. Slight woody bitterness on the finish. Strong linger of cherries which I greatly appreciate. Very refined and sublime. The Lambickx Kriek is a brasher beer but this is one for the ages. A great beer that rightfully defines all others in the style. Some notes of strawberry and raspberry around the edges but this really about the cherries.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with light carbonation. Airy. The way the beer is expands in your mouth is one of my favorite things about it. Effervescent despite the low carbonation. Makes your entire mouth tingle slightly.

Drinkability- If I hadn't paid 15 dollars a bottle (yes, I know, too much), this would be very sessionable. This beer begs you to drink it and I have no problem complying.

Overall- Amazing beer that defines all other krieks. I don't have to tell you need to try it because you already want it. Even if you think don't like fruit beers, you need to try this. I will buy this anytime I see this. Without fail.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400: man, how these last hundred have flown by. Still, lots of memorable moments, including my introduction to (and current infatuation with) sours. What better way to celebrate, then, than with my first experience with one of the world’s most acclaimed sour brewers: Cantillon.

Brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled 29 June 2012” on the label).

A: Absolutely gorgeous beer: the body is a glowing reddish-pink, slightly hazy yet brilliant in every light. Soft pink foam sits atop, staying at half-inch in height for the whole drink, with intricate strands of lacing extending up and out of the body. Good head, sure, but the color of this beer is just astounding. As per the notes on the back of bottle, I’m going to let this one sit for half an hour before I mess with it any further.

S: The most authentically fruity nose I’ve ever experienced with a lambic. Its deep black cherry tones swell magnificently, expanding with sweet syrup, fresh puree, and an herbal tartness – natural sours. Lactic acid is strong but balanced, as well, framing the sours in both complexity and balance. Intricate and incredibly satisfying, the rest of the palate is shrouded in cinnamon-bread, oak, and herbs, particularly a pleasantly strong juniper, mint, and menthol coolness that seems to open the sinuses as it hits. Phenomenal.

T: Holy hell, this beer has layers upon layers of flavors – every sip is something more. First sip is a bold cherry sourness, stinging with smooth acids, rounding out with grassy funk, and satisfying the palate in a way only fresh cherries can. And what a slow-developing drink this is; I have distinguishable seconds to sit on the cherry flavor before the palate moves on. What’s next is a surprising array of sweet bread flavors: dark cinnamon, chewy dough, and a light sugar-spice mix, coming off like homemade gingerbread. Unexpected, but most definitely welcome in my glass (especially because it gives this palate a cherry pie character that I can’t help but love). Tannic almond and apple skin build up to the conclusion, but the finishing touches are applied by those cooling tastes made apparent in the nose: lingering effects of menthol and spearmint compliment the cherry notes in what is otherwise a mild, spiced cherry aftertaste. Mixed, the fruity-mint compound does take on a sort of cherry cough drop flavor in the aftertaste, though it’s very fleeting.

M: On first taste, it sent my ears and face tingling with warm astringency; believe me, it doesn’t drink hot (at all), but it has that effect. Otherwise, it’s supremely smooth, letting the sours announce themselves in a strong way, while keeping them from drying out the tongue. Light, foamy carb.

O: Here’s to hundreds more like this! Everything they said about Cantillon is true, it seems. Whenever I drink a kriek, memories of this beer will flicker on for comparison: this is the standard for Belgian fruit lambics, as far as I’m concerned.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes taken early august 2008)

dated 26 aug. cork labelled 2007.

poured into tulip

color of cranberry juice. only slight haze. minimal, bubbly head, yet it then manages to form a thin but solid ring of foam. lacing doesn't stick to the glass for long, even though it looks great immediately after each sip.

aroma of cider vinegar and fresh cranberries. hint of sour cherry. slight farmhouse funk and fermentation. woody note.

tart flavor of red wine vinegar, with very mild barn funk, then wood aging makes itself known. sour cherries are detectable, but faint. very gentle bitterness, plus hay/grass notes (hops?). tart, semi-dry finish.

decently smooth, not thin. some acidic and tannic texture. mild carbonation for a bit of complexity.

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3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a word..SOUR. I’m a big fan of Flemish Sours, and have come to like the Lambics a lot on certain occassions, so the tartness of a beer does not bother me. However, I either got one past its prime, or this is meant to be over the top.

While it did feature a pleasant cherry aroma and flavor, these too were dampened by the tartness. That being said, the palate was a pleasant blend of the ultra-sour, followed closely by a sweet finish...both to an extreme.

All and all, this reminded me of some of those sour kid’s candies I’ve hd, where your mouth puckers up as you eat them, but for some reason, you come back for more. I’m sure I’ll be back for more of this in the future.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
CORK SAYS: Bottled in 2008

This pours a crystal clear, light red/pink color. A one-finger head of lightly pink tinted foam forms and dissipates. The lacing is foamy and slippery.

This has some cherries coming through, but I was expecting more, based on the color. The sour/funk notes are dominating the nose, on this one.

That is sour and funky...but in the right way. There are some funky critters at work with this one, for sure. They are bringing along a huge sourness level also. The cherry flavor that I was hoping for is here, but it's much more 'below the surface' than I'd hoped. Mild hints of oak. The finish is bone-dry.

Light-to-medium body with a carbonation level to match. This one is extremely crisp and it sucks your cheeks in, with it's sourness, each time you take a sip.

The sour level would probably keep most people from drinking too many of these in one sitting. But it is very drinkable and well within session-range, abv-wise.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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