Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
08-23-2010 01:43:10 | More by dasenebler
4.63/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-21-2010 18:14:24 | More by Stigs
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
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!
08-25-2009 14:15:40 | More by botham
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
Presentation: 750 mL corked and capped bottle poured in a Smuttynose tulip glass. Bottled on January 12, 2010.
Appearance: Pours a nice two finger, pink, fizzy head. Ruby pink in color. Leaves a nice lacing throughout and plenty of effervescence.
Aroma: Definitely a lot of barnyard funkiness upfront. Grass and musty notes really stand out. Background notes of lush cherries. The tart notes really don't assert themselves too much here, but there are a couple in teh background here.
Taste: Big acetic, tart notes immediately upfront. Lush cherries really start to work thir way in next. The cherries compliment the sourness great and really provide a nice sweetness throughout. Background flavors of funk and barnyard, along with a touch of oak and vanilla. Nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really spot on carbonation. Everything stays light and refreshing.
Drinkability: I finished a 750 mL bottle by myself, but that may be a tad much for most. Definitely exceedingly drinkable for a lambic.
Overall, a really solid, flavorful, crisp, and complex interpretation of the style. Everything is executed extremely well. Definitely a top notch sour I would get again. The cherries used in this really provide a nice contrast and range for the fruit. The sweet notes are incredibly lush and full, while it still contributes the necessary tart character. The fruit is still really there after a year on this as well. I'd be curious to see how this evolves over time as the fruit is my favorite compliment.
03-07-2011 02:46:13 | More by Gosox8787
3.5/5 rDev -19%
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.
09-06-2010 02:49:22 | More by samie85
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
(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.
12-19-2004 21:40:45 | More by marburg
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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