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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 547
Gots: 398 | FT: 28
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

scotv, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

IpeeA, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

MattSweatshirt, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

LotsofLupulin, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of GreenCard
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

carteravebrew, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

HoppyBastard2, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
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
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 9th, 2008. Bright pinkish orange color with no head and no lacing, sitting lovely in a wine glass. Aroma is nicely funky, a bit of tartness, musty, maybe just a hint of cherry. Flavor is immensely tart, sour, vinous, and refreshing. A touch of vinegar and acidic wine flavors come through the dry middle. Nice, fresh tart cherry flavor brings up the rear. Mouth puckering and dry. Leaves a nice sweet and sour sugary taste on the lips. Not as much funk on the tongue as there is in the nose. Mellow carbonation, light to medium bodied. This is utterly delicious. To me, lambics are a bit of a turn off in the aroma department, but always come through in the flavor department. This is a fantastic lambic, much better than other kriek varieties out there. A sipper to be sure.

KeefD, May 10, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy maroon with a soft, large, pinkish head that quickly recedes and leaves a little lacing. pretty damn attractive for a pink beer.

tart, tart black cherries with a touch of sweetness and some yeast. plenty of funk and mustiness, but mostly tart.

damn... my lips pucker and mouth tingles from the sourness, which, once acclimated to gives way to some tart black cherries and some wild berries. my tongue dries quickly, and some slight sweetness lingers.

very soft carbonation on a light/medium bodied brew that tingles the entire mouth due to the tartness.

impressive, and as my first introduction to Cantillon, I can understand why they have the reputation they do. I will definitely buy their more extreme brews for special occasions.

silentjay, Mar 18, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 750ml bottle at a local store that didn't look like it would have gems like this on the rack in the cooler. Cost: $9.29. The dark green bottle had the neck and top wrapped in black foil, was capped, and corked. No bottled on or freshness dates in view on the label. However, the cork read "bottled in 1997".
Poured into my favorite tasting glass after sitting for at least half an hour, this beer had a clear candy apple red with a light wispy white head that dissolved down to a small ring. Slight aggitation brought out fine carbonation. A visually inviting start.
The nose was pungent, nose-wrinkling, and amazing. Almost surreally tart, sour and exuding a slight barnyard funkiness, the aromas of cherries and hints of earthy malt and vinegar made my mouth water and dry up at the same time.
*first sip* Mouth puckering, eyes watering, cheeks imploding....
*2nd taste* Light feel, big-time dry. Getting used to the extreme tartness bordering on sour. Mein Gott, unlike any beer I've tried yet. Deeply acidic, with a hearty blast of cherries and a tongue-buckling dryness. Some light yeastiness. I'm well into my glass now, at least 6-7 full tastes. My tongue is a desert and I have a building warmth in my belly. The crisp, implacable cherry-infused sourness dominates the flavor. I think I'll need an IV if I want to finish the bottle tonight. Has an incredibly long dry finish that tauts that barnyard funk and vinegar bite.
So this is what a truly authentic kriek lambic is all about. Wow! I've got to try other Cantillon offerings. This was a real treat. After missing yesterday's SoCal BA event at the Belgian fest at Lucky Baldwin's, I can find solace in this wondrous beer.

Boilermaker88, Feb 23, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and capped, split a few ways with family. Pours a dried blood red, hints of brighter cherry. Small amounts of bone white foam build and has okay staying power, could be better.

Hints of vinegar, plenty of barnyard and wet horse blanket funk, hints of cherry underneath - also you can tell this is going to be sour.

This is loaded down with sour and funk. Clenches the jaw on the first sip, then you get a touch of vinegar, lemons, balanced depth in the funk department, chewy damp wood, tart cherries. Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style, needed a bit more carb to get it through. Hint of bittering bite in finish along with plenty of sourness.

Perhaps not as drinkable as some out there, a little more on the intense side, not as dry in the finish. Still, excellent example - beautiful depth in the flavor.

ritzkiss, Dec 29, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Rado, Dec 23, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a beautiful ruby body turns blood orange against the light. Pretty pink head with good lacing.

Aromas are very fruit driven, bright cherry flesh, and funky, musty, almost poopy aromas.

Rich cherry, damp earth, some musty funk, and a puckering tart cherry finish. Not super acidic, but it is quite sour. Not overly complex, ch eery is the dominant flavor, but it is a complex cherry flavor.

Crisp, lively, with a long sour finish.

Cantillon kriek is one of the best krieks on the market. Tart, sour, mildly fumky, and dry. Wish I had some brie to let this beer play off of.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zrab11, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

yancot, Sep 26, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah to view the world through rose colored lambics I mean glasses....

A - soft rose colored red, a wisp of a head that quickly disappears
S - Ah, pungent sour cherries. exactly like I would expect real cherries to be like. No questions on artificial flavors or additives here.
T - Starting off with a strong ode to sour, mellowing out to a nice tart cherry and sweet malts flavor. Wonderfully balanced.
M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and tingly
D - what a wonderful summer drink. Hot weather be damned, I have this beer!

barleywinebrewer, Jul 10, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Spuyten Duyvil for 2011 Zwanze Day. This one was a 12oz pour served in a wine glass

Cantillion Kriek pours a spot on solid cherry color. There's just a wispy crown of rose tinged foam that shows a little bit of staying power, but is a bit lacking in the lacing department. The nose is very interesting, it's a fairly even blend of earthy brett funk, notes of oak/wood, and a definite sour cherry aroma. The flavor dials up the sour, and the cherries are a little bit more prominent as well. It tastes like a soured beer with cherries, as opposed to what came across as just slightly tart cherry in the nose. The notes of earth and wood from the aroma carry through from the aroma and fill out the beer nicely. The mouthfeel feels pretty much identical to the Rose de Gambrinus I just had. The body is very dried out, and the carbonation is active, though stops a bit short of being truly bubbly. In general I prefer beers made with rasperries to ones with cherries, but I think I preferred Cantillon Kriek to Rose de Gambrinus, as I think it made much better use of its fruit.

axeman9182, Sep 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

victory4me, Nov 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Eighty, Jul 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

impending, Oct 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Modernrickk, Dec 21, 2013
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,819 ratings.