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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 508
Gots: 354 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/05/10.

A-This one pours a cabernet red with a reddish pink one finger head.

S-Tart cherries with some acidic and vinegary sour notes.

T-Follows the nose but with mostl our, vinegary notes with some tart cherries.

M-Prickly and pretty highly carbonated with with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a sour but I can't discern the difference between this beer and a Flanders Red.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:49:22 | More by samie85
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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Added review) Ah, the politics of fruit and beer. I believe the 2004 is vastly different from prior bottlings, and my visit to the brewery in August suggests a new type of cherry may be the culprit (confirmation from the importer pending). Either way, the 2002 and 2003 are delightfully tart and overwhelmingly puckering; the 2004 is richly flavored with cherry. Either way, it's a winner. A little bump.

(Original review) Bottled in 2002. Huge sour aroma hits from the instant the cork is popped. My mouth was salivating left and right at the expectation of the much-desired tartness.

Poured blood red -- garnet, ruby, et cetera. The medium-sized head sputters out like cola fizz. Only very slightly cloudy since, at the recommendation of the back label, I tried to avoid decanting too much of the yeast.

Poignantly sour aroma. Very acidic in the nose. A light but very discernable cherry aroma is buried underneath powerfully crafted sourness. Similarly, the cherry is fairly light and fleeting despite the bright, vibrant color. Light, and crisp, this is a true delight and very easy on the tongue despite the initial feeling that it's somehow biting or caustic. Indeed, it's quite the opposite -- pure fucking joy.

Tart, acidic, and sour from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. You get used to it after a while, and the cherry becomes slightly more prominent, and it's certainly just a tiny bit bigger on the tip of the tongue.

An amazing, amazing beer. Anyone looking for a true-to-form, delight-to-drink lambic ought to try this at his or her earliest convenience.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 21:40:45 | More by marburg
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-06-2013 17:05:05 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-26-2013 05:29:01 | More by dcloeren
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2013 04:19:14 | More by POTABLE83
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-24-2013 18:03:46 | More by jtladner
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-26-2013 12:40:55 | More by Jordy777
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2014 15:52:04 | More by jayhunter357
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 cork

Pours a beautiful dark red with a pink head and lots effervescent bubbles.

Taste is tart cherry, cobweb, lemon zest, band aid, orange. Standard Cantillon aroma (i.e. amazing)

The flavor is a stunning burst of fresh picked cherry flavor and vacuum filters. This is not as sour as I had expected based on what others have told me. Perhaps the 2009 vintage still needs a bit of time to get that bite? Either way, it doesn't really matter. The extra sour would simply be icing on the cake on top of this fantastic lambic in front of me. Just such a nice cherry pie flavor and very subtle funkiness (subtle for a Cantillon). The finish is juicy cherry with notes of cobweb and lemon zest.

The body on this is on the high side of medium and carbonation levels are high but kind of soft. The finish is juicy rather than ultra dry, which works well here.

Drinkability is very good right now...I think with more sourness it could change the whole landscape of this beer, so I'm curious to find an older bottle and compare.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:58:39 | More by alcstradamus
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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 24 April 2011 and poured into a flute.

Has a beautiful red color to it. The head fizzles down quickly.

The funk plays a bigger role than the cherries in the nose. Also some citrus/grapefruit type notes.

It tastes and feels wonderful. Cherries n' funk. Not as tart as say their Rose de Gambinus. The flavor and tartness just work perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:29:10 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-11-2013 16:24:01 | More by johntfox
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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In teaching my roommates the wonders of non-Lindeman's lambics (not that there's anything wrong with that!) we picked up a bottle of the Kriek. Delightful stuff this, a luminescent ruby red with plenty of bubbles. Tart & funky nose with strong sour citric lemon juice notes. Cherries are more present in the dry aftertaste than anywhere else. Sour mega warhead funky barnyard takes the flavor. A lambic I always enjoy, but as I noted on draught, a bit sweet for me to have more than one really. Glad I'm sharing the bottle. Still a great offering from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 02:29:50 | More by IrishRedRock
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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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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-18-2013 15:37:50 | More by KStark
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-30-2013 04:13:15 | More by impending
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2012 01:04:37 | More by IpeeA
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-06-2013 03:36:54 | More by LotsofLupulin
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-07-2013 00:28:24 | More by e30todamax
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-31-2013 06:47:47 | More by moonknight31
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-09-2012 17:48:06 | More by gueuzegossage
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2013 12:28:19 | More by alamode
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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
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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