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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 537
Gots: 386 | FT: 24
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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Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

I've done the more mass-market kriek and other lambics, as well as a gueze, but this is the first of its kind I've experienced. <Edit: First sample:> I Popped the cap and saw that cork may have drawn in with slight leakage...of course very disappointed, but let's see what happens.

<Edit: Original review 2/5(?)/2008; Re-review 9/2008, no such cap issue here - will only edit changes from original notes>

Rose-colored with very little carbonation on top and in body. Has a flat cherry 7-up look to it. Color is pretty much what's expected.

This stuff is &*(%ing PUNGENT(told y'all I'm a newbie with this)! Can't place the funk - moldy cheese? Weird but it seems like it's there for a reason from looking at other posts on the Cantillon line-up. Essence of cherries and citric acidity present. Know I'm in for something verrry different. <Edit: Interesting horse-blanket tone blends with bright sour cherries and yeast to make it a very clean funk>

Tart tart tart-voluminous acidity with almost nonexistent sweetness. Cherry flavor rounds out as it warms in Ommegang chalice. <Edit: Very clean - the sourness of the cherries and brett mixes nicely with the woody, horse-blanket tones to balance out into an enjoyable sipper.>

Interesting mouthfeel-this one is a pucker. Not used to this but I can definitely appreciate the craft. <Edit:> The sourness and yeast electricity really do a full trot with the horse blanket on the palate. This ain't no mudder (muddah?).

More drinkable than a mass-market Gueze. Must try again. <Edit:> I haven't had many of these but to me it's a very solid example of the true lambic. Slowly over time I've gotten a great appreication for the "funk."

PS Nice blend on Valentine's Day with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

IBUnit63, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Eighty
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Eighty, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev -7.6%

hopley, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev -3%

375 mL bottle dated Nov. 18 2010 poured into a snifter

A- Deep ruby-red color with one finger pink head.

S- Tart, some cherries and lemon, somewhat funky and musty.

T- Tart cherries, could be more sour, nice funk in the finish.

M- Crisp, smooth, refreshing.

O- A solid lambic from Cantillion and easy to drink. I was thinking that it would be more sour, but it is still good.

larryi86, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of HumanParaquat
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

victory4me, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of impending
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

impending, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

On the pour, this one had no head atop a hazy, pinkish-amber body. I was pleased at the color, a little surprised at the lack of any noticeable head but not too much.

Aroma was solid cherries, but underneath was the definite tart-sour lambic character. You could tell this was a wild one easily, even if you knew almost nothing about lambics.

Taste was very tart and sour, with less cherry flavor than I expected. It made me pucker up. I liked it quite a bit.

Mouthfeel... well, puckering and sour. Great body, not too heavy and not too thin.

Drinkability is quite good. Again, if not for the price, I'd have another in a heartbeat.

connecticutpoet, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Whatup14, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

MattSweatshirt, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Kramerbarthomer, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

cosmonick, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

laxer8811, May 06, 2013
Photo of beergeek279
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a goblet. The color is well, cherry red, with some wisps of white head. The smell is cherry tartness. The taste is the nice sourness, which the tart cherry only adds to, and finishes off with the nice, earthy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, I could have these until my mouth puckered up.

So far, my favorite of the Cantillon line. The cherry mixes very nicely with the lambic tartness to make a well-married beer. Simply fantastic, certainly as a treat, and absolutely one I'd have again.

beergeek279, Feb 22, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

IpeeA, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

gueuzegossage, Feb 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

jkane101, Jul 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Jordy777, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

From a 375mL bottle dated Jan. 2010, this Kriek pours a lightly hazy ruby color with a small bubbly head. Does not retain or lace, but that is not what sours are all about.

Aroma is pungent and fantastic, with nice funky notes of earthy cheese and sweaty clothes. Acidic fruitiness and cherry notes in the background.

The flavor is exceptionally tart with an underlying sour cherry presence. Hardly any sweetness, with a very dry finish. There is more raw acidity than fruit flavor, but the cherries are definitely there. Some hay-stack and barnyard. Pretty puckering. The mouthfeel was light and well-carbonated, refreshingly so.

This half bottle was more than enough for me, as it was quite acidic. Sour opens up a whole new world to the beer drinker, and I'm digging what it has to offer.

dasenebler, Aug 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Archemedies, Jan 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

KeyWestGator, May 19, 2014
Photo of Stigs
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz pour at Monk's, served in a flute-type glass

A - solid two fingers of creamy soft pink colored foam, slowly retreats to a thin layer + ring leaving a thick coat of lacing down the glass. the beer is a very pretty red color and slightly hazy.

S - sweet vanilla, oak...a little sweeter than anticipated. the cherries come through in the nose, but a little subtle, graceful. not picking up much in the way of lactic or sour.

T - yum. out of nowhere the mouth explodes with fresh and lovely sour cherries with a sharp acidic and lactic bite. if all cherries tasted like this i would eat them everyday, incredibly fresh and ripe. touches of oak and vanilla finish it off. perfect.

M - light-medium body, carries an unsuspecting creaminess and slightly syrupy, but refreshing. playful carbonation dances around the mouth.

D - i was expecting to like this, not love it. i was wrong. so delicious fresh, I am psyched to go home and see how a bottle with some time on it is doing. a true work of art this this. cheers to Cantillon.

Stigs, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

bottle pours a pinkish rouge with no head and a thin rim. no lacings or retention. mildly hazy.

aroma is funky with a light bit of cherries and a distinct wet hay character, close to the funk. not sour in the nose but pleasant with a lightly fruity aura.

taste is mildly fruity with a light funk and a bit of wet hay right alongside the cherries. very well put together on the palate with an acidic finish of residual fruit with a light tartness.

mouthfeel is lightly tart with a medium body and an acidic finish with a lightly tart aftertaste as well. the sour gets more pronounced as the beer warms a bit.

drinkability is very good. the fruit is understated enough to work alongside the sour and funk instead of cover it up. very tasty and pleasant withhout ending up overly tart. cheers!

botham, Aug 25, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

browniewithnuts, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

KStark, Jul 18, 2013
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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