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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,869 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 557
Gots: 411 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

pokesbeerdude, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Massbmx, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Yeti1979, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Whatup14, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005

Pours out a bright, vibrant rose with effervescent carbonation a thinnish pink head and pock marks of bubbles left hanging on the glass. Has a musky sour aroma that stands out above the cherries. The cherry aroma mixes in the back with a pungent astringency in the nostrils. Oddly enough, I find that the cherries come out more if you just waft in the aromas rather than stick your nose in the glass. Harsh acidity hits the sides of the tongue firstly which is then followed by huge cherry flavors with their tartness accentuated by the lambic base. Finishes dry but with a hint of sweetness as the acid dies down. The aftertaste leaves only the oak and cherries that hints at some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, but could use a bit more carbonation for my tastes. Interesting, refreshing, and challenging.

goochpunch, May 27, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

yancot, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HoppyBastard2, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pinkish red hue with good white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is of sour tart cherries and lambic. Taste follows with tart cherry flavors and a very nice sour pucker. as it warms it gets easier to drink, and the cherry flavors come out a little more. Mouthfeel is nice, drinkability is very good for as sour as it is. I growing to like these sour beers more and more. This one was pretty delicious.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 08, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into pint glass. Bottled in 2007.

A- Aggressive pour conjures up head that quickly settles. Hazy amber/ruby with pink berry highlights. Head is mostly white and very thin.

S- Tart, sour. Ah, Cantillon. A bit musty, a bit funky, the fruit sweetness is apparent but not overbearing.

T- Oh so good. Tart, puckering, dry. The berry sweetness is spot-on, and is balanced incredibly well by the overall puckering tartness. I'm really digging it. Vinegar, for sure, but perhaps I'm becoming more accustomed to sours as I put it down as an afterthought.

M- Dry, tart, sour. Intense, but very tasty.

D- High. I really like this stuff, flavor, body, composition, everything is just wonderful. Highly recommended.

ShogoKawada, Jan 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

scotv, May 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ortie, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

LotsofLupulin, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Modernrickk, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

carteravebrew, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Maillard, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass out of a 375ml bottle. Back label states that it was bottled in "May 2011" and that it should be consumed before December 2011. However, as it is bottle-conditioned, it can be apparently cellared for the next 10 years - although be weary that doing so will cause it to change its flavor and texture quite radically.

I've been very much enjoying every single Cantillon I've found across Europe so far. This one is a perfect reason why it is worthwhile to seek out their beers. The pour is absolutely incredible. It has a ruby, slightly reddish tone that resembles the glimmer of jewelry. No one would EVER guess that this was a beer by looking at it - the fact that it has no head (a few bubbles) and the consistency of wine makes it even more fascinating.

Smell is great: an ideal lambic funkiness with a tart sourness that everyone seems to agree on when reviewing Cantillon lambics. There's an incredible zestiness of lemon rinds to the flavor, as well as a spicy aroma that remains throughout. I can sort of pick up cherry notes, yet again, just like with their rosé, it's hard to distinguish precise fruits past the funk.

And the taste is equally impressive as well. Not getting much cherry, yet I am indeed getting other notes of far more sour fruits such as boysenberries, blackberries... all topped with lemon juice. The wheat does indeed become present towards the end, which is as "bready" this gets. It's more on the sweet than bitter side, yet the sourness is what shines here. I expected this one to be really intense, but it turned out to be the most satisfying sour I've had from Cantillon so far. Really refreshing and tasty. Dry like wine, and contains the consistency of champagne - with far less bubbles. Manages to be classy and informal at the same time.

My favorite Cantillon so far. I could drink this every week if it weren't for the high price tag. I probably won't be able to drink krieks (or hell, even most lambics) in the same way ever again!

magictacosinus, Nov 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

POTABLE83, Nov 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Cantillon taster courtesy of Andrewinski1. Pours a clear vibrant red with about a finger of fluffy pink head. Really a treat to look at this one.

Good cherry aroma with a tart aroma to begin and finishing off sweetly. Nice balance with a bit of a musty funk to this. Holy F$%@ing sour here! This is great! Big tart cherry flavors here. Sour cherries straight up. This is great.

Light and crisp. Puckering and a little dry.

This is a perfect beer to me. I've had it a handful of times now and I've always thought this was perfect. Clearly it is.

Bendurgin, Dec 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

blindpiggie, Mar 04, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour on this one, bright pink/red. Nice two finger pink head, very bubbly. The cherry is very upfront in the smell. Tart cherry skin and a little bit of funk. Taste isn't as tart as I expected, pretty gentle, nice bubbly mouthfeel. Cherries and cinnamon. Great cherry aftertaste. Very nice lambic, even if it isn't incredibly complex.

Mikeypnh, May 21, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in August 2003...

Appearance: beautiful red color (like the juice of a blood orange), quite hazy, a thin layer of pinkish suds appears and then dissipates to nothing

Aroma: fresh sour cherries, yoghurt, wheat, touch of sulphur, cork, diacetyl

Flavor: pert sour twang followed by a bloom of fresh tart cherries, a faint hint of enteric bitterness, a bit musty, some corkiness, not overwhelmingly lambic-y, finish is dry with a long-lasting tangy aftertaste, diacetyl

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation (hasn't fully developed the carbonation at this point), leaves a slick/sticky feeling in the mouth

Overall Impression: Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, authentic krieks that you can find. It seems obvious to laude Cantillon's beers, but this kriek really deserves it. I don't feel the same way about every lambic they make.

I've tried the kriek from one month old up to over a year old and I have to say that I really prefer the Cantillon fruit beers quite young. They seem to be at their prime between 4 and 8 months from bottling. The fruit character is still quite present and there is a delectable gentle carbonation by this point. Over a year old and you don't get much fruit as the lambic qualities take over more.

GreenCard, Jan 13, 2004
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3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle dated 2001

Pours a dark pinkish-champagne color and very very still. The aromas are like nothing I've ever smelled in a beer before. Very tart and sour aromas with a pungent smell in there that I just can't identify. Maybe a cheese or barnyard aroma. Anyway...

This one pulls no punches on your palate. Very bitter and sour. Easily the most sour beer I have tasted. Some is bitter and sour from the lambic, some is bitter and sour from the cherries. Defniitely an unsweetened lambic! Some salty flavors too. Very nice mouthfeel with a dry salty finish. A few hours later, I still can taste that sourness in my mouth.

This is far from an everyday brew and not too drinkable but it certainly kept you interested. This is my first Cantillon and probably my first "traditional" lambic. I feel like a whole new world has opened up in front of me but I'm not sure I want to be there just yet.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 28, 2003
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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