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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 592
Gots: 434 | FT: 31
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of russwbeck
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown.

A: Clear red pour with a fizzy pink head. Much larger head than I was expecting. No lacing but decent retention. My server poured the beer, and set the bottle down before clearing the bottle, meaning my second pour was much more cloudy.

S: Very sour smell with hints of cherries. While it is very funky, the acidity takes over.

T: Following the smell the taste is much more acidic than funky and the cherries fall in the background, providing balance. Very delicious. While the acidity is the forefront, it is not overbearing. The funk and cherries balance it out very nicely and leave a tart aftertaste, which hangs on well after the beer has left the palate.

MF: Light and carbonated very well. Extremely dry finish. Very tart.

O: This is very very good. Balanced, tart, funky, easy drinking. I can understand why these are so hard to come by.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: This pours a hazy raspberry color. Seriously, tons of haze in the middle of this visibly appearing beer. A flash of a pinkish tan head, and then nothing.

Smell: The smell is tart cherries and vinegar with some underlying wood and funky notes.

Taste: There is a burst of sweetness before the tart acidity hits my palate. Cherry in its purest form embraces both the sweet and sour, eventually relenting to a musty and funky and leathery Brett character.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and acidic, as I would expect. The carbonation is light, but noticeable, and the body is on the light side as well.

Drinkability: This was my first Cantillon, and I very much enjoyed it. Right now I am learning more about Lambics and like the learning process.

Photo of dansmcd
2.65/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Pink and bubbly, with a short lived foamy pink head.

S - White wine, vinegar, lemon juice.

T - Tart yet earthy, vinegar dominates with guava. Im struggling to get any cherry out of this.

M - Light, thin, fizzy. Cidery.

O - This was my first lambic. I wanted to try the best so picked up a Cantillon. Very disappointing to be honest. Maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe lambics are just not for me but I dont get the attraction. An easy to drink, thirst quenching, refreshing drink but I just didnt get any of the complexity or full flavour that Ive read about.

Photo of scotv
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jayhunter357
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" pink head (haha) which dissipated relatively quickly over red cloudy liquid. Very inviting.

S: Yeast and sour cherries.

T: Tastes like a pie made of sour cherries. No other way to describe it.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of very fine carbonation.

O: Beautiful beer that is delicately balanced.

Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottling. Green 12.7oz corked & capped split into wine glasses with the wife.

A: Pours a hazy pink/rose color with plenty of turbidity...should have left the yeast in the bottle...pink head has better retention than I'm used to in lambics.

S: Lemon and funk, cherry juice, faint barnyard, lactic and acidic.

T: Lemon tartness, funk, cherry sour, just a touch of malt sweetness on the finish, probably only detectable because of the age of this bottle and how the cherries have faded some. There is a bit of barnyard in there...acidic and a bit lactic.

MF: Lighter, well-carbonated tart mouthfeel...refreshing and puckering.

O: I like it better than Rose de Gambrinus. A decent Kriek; however I will need to search these beers out fresher, as the fruit flavor is really what I prefer in these beers over the sour/tartness.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.9/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Dated 2008.

Pours a bright cherry red, with little to no lacing or head. Looks like cherry juice.

Nose is sour cherries, sugar, citrus and cream, a touch of that lambic horse blanket funkiness. Musky.

Wow, is this brew ever sour! I thought I was prepared for such an astringent brew, but I was certainly mistaken. A real palate cleanser. Sour, sour cherries with vinegar and oaky, musky flavors. Demands one's entire attention.

Medium bodied, with a light carbonation to deliver the sourness right to your door. However, the acidic quality provides a real burn that I'm not enjoying.

As high a quality of lambic beer that this is, I have to say I really didn't understand it. Not an enjoyable experience whatsoever. This was just oppressively sour and was a chore to get through. Instead of sour, fresh cherries, I just got...well, sour. Well made, but definitely not my thing. I might try it again in the future to see if a different batch works for me, but as for now, I'll have to count myself among those who just don't dig authentic lambics.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at lord hobos on zwanze day 2011.

This beer pours a nice ruby red color with a huge white head (the bartenders had two pictures going allowing the foam to settle because the beer was pouring with way to much head) the smell is slightly funky more so on the earthy side than the horse blanket side , that is followed by cherries very tart cherries. Te flavor is very similar but the funk is pretty well covered up by the sourness and big tart cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and Puckering with good carbonation. Overall this is a truly excellent kriek I like it more than 3F and hanssens

Photo of Massbmx
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass at the brewery. Bottle of spring water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear cherry red color with a ¾” head that would be white if it were not pink. The head begins to recede soon but persists for quite a long time during the drinking of the beer. Sipping moves foam up and down the sides of the glass but leaves hardly any lacing.

Smell: The dominant aroma is from the cherries but this rides over a few other things that I suspect become more prominent with age. There is a musty hint of leather and barnyard here but they are more a promise of things to come than an up-front reality. There is also a character to the aroma that promises tartness in the mouth.

Taste: The beer is tart and dry and the flavors are dominated by the sour cherry. But underneath that, if one is patient and takes time with the beer, there are hints of vinegar, wood and lemon. These are difficult to pick up and so it might only be my imagination since I know they will someday be there even if they are not at present.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light bodied side and has a nice tingly character from the persistent active carbonation. The finish ends with a dry astringent character that seems to go on for a long time and is where one can find hints of things developing such as the vinegar and lemon.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found each sip quite easy to taste. When one first approaches sour dry beers the ideas of sourness and astringency being pleasant seems a bit strange. However, I’ve found that when done right the sourness and tartness are similar to hop bitterness in that when controlled they can be very enjoyable (even as one is puckering up from the tartness). My overall impression is that this beer well deserves its good reputation and the praise it has received from others. I’ll be happy to have it again. I like it.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of craytonic
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cherry purple-red, pink head, spritzy carbonation and lacing.

Smell: very tart, Sour/tart cherries, light vinegar, earthy funk and musty barn, leather, oak.

taste: Lush, fresh tart cherries. Incredibly sour lactic acidity, with lemon, oak, leather, barn funk, and a slight earthiness. So nice to have a kriek done by the masters, standard for everyone else and the cherries taste so fresh and real.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, but the cherry skins must have some tannins that lend it some body. Still my one complaint is the body feels a bit light to me, perhaps accentuated by this particular bottle's spritzy carbonation. Perhaps this is young but you can pick up many notes of the base beer beneath the cherries as they don't seem fully melded, it is a fun exercise. I have had some bottles with much lighter carbonation and prefer those, although they were not as sour as this one.

Drinkability: This stuff is delicious but very acidic, slows you down a bit while heightening the enjoyment.

*NB - I had a new/fresh bottle on 4/7/2011 and it tasted just like fresh raspberries, completely different beer that wasn't particularly sour. Lots of bottle variation; all great beers.

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of PDXHops
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The cork (which pops out quite easily) indicates it was bottled in 2004.

Even with a careful pour, it's a rather hazy amberish red. No head at all save a very thing ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing. Kinda reminds me of a murky sangria.

Quite a nose on this. Musty and dusty, cherry pie and a sharp woodiness. It begs to be pondered and studied for a bit.

I'm glad I took my Pepcid beforehand, because damn if this ain't some sour stuff. Some extremely tart cherry reveals itself behind a wave of general vinegar sourness. A little woody, a little earthy, a little funky, a little vinous. Lots going on here, but the intense acidity turns it into a bit of a chore after a while. Could definitely use a touch of sweetness.

Carbonation is quite minimal, yet the feel is pretty good, a bit slippery with a tiny hint of vanilla sweetness that keeps the tannic qualities in the finish from becoming absolutely puckering.

Overall impression: Very complex and interesting, but half a bottle was plenty for me.

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mschofield
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition.
Pours a hazy dark red, topped with a two finger pink-tan head, dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Sweaty, oily aroma, nuts, cherry, grape skin, lemon, "barnyard" notes.
Very dry and tart taste, lemon juice, cherrry, tannic, vinegar, musty.
Light bodied, very tart, dry. It goes good with salad.

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,938 ratings.