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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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96
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1,968 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 605
Gots: 443 | FT: 32
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a word..SOUR. I’m a big fan of Flemish Sours, and have come to like the Lambics a lot on certain occassions, so the tartness of a beer does not bother me. However, I either got one past its prime, or this is meant to be over the top.

While it did feature a pleasant cherry aroma and flavor, these too were dampened by the tartness. That being said, the palate was a pleasant blend of the ultra-sour, followed closely by a sweet finish...both to an extreme.

All and all, this reminded me of some of those sour kid’s candies I’ve hd, where your mouth puckers up as you eat them, but for some reason, you come back for more. I’m sure I’ll be back for more of this in the future.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400: man, how these last hundred have flown by. Still, lots of memorable moments, including my introduction to (and current infatuation with) sours. What better way to celebrate, then, than with my first experience with one of the world’s most acclaimed sour brewers: Cantillon.

Brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled 29 June 2012” on the label).

A: Absolutely gorgeous beer: the body is a glowing reddish-pink, slightly hazy yet brilliant in every light. Soft pink foam sits atop, staying at half-inch in height for the whole drink, with intricate strands of lacing extending up and out of the body. Good head, sure, but the color of this beer is just astounding. As per the notes on the back of bottle, I’m going to let this one sit for half an hour before I mess with it any further.

S: The most authentically fruity nose I’ve ever experienced with a lambic. Its deep black cherry tones swell magnificently, expanding with sweet syrup, fresh puree, and an herbal tartness – natural sours. Lactic acid is strong but balanced, as well, framing the sours in both complexity and balance. Intricate and incredibly satisfying, the rest of the palate is shrouded in cinnamon-bread, oak, and herbs, particularly a pleasantly strong juniper, mint, and menthol coolness that seems to open the sinuses as it hits. Phenomenal.

T: Holy hell, this beer has layers upon layers of flavors – every sip is something more. First sip is a bold cherry sourness, stinging with smooth acids, rounding out with grassy funk, and satisfying the palate in a way only fresh cherries can. And what a slow-developing drink this is; I have distinguishable seconds to sit on the cherry flavor before the palate moves on. What’s next is a surprising array of sweet bread flavors: dark cinnamon, chewy dough, and a light sugar-spice mix, coming off like homemade gingerbread. Unexpected, but most definitely welcome in my glass (especially because it gives this palate a cherry pie character that I can’t help but love). Tannic almond and apple skin build up to the conclusion, but the finishing touches are applied by those cooling tastes made apparent in the nose: lingering effects of menthol and spearmint compliment the cherry notes in what is otherwise a mild, spiced cherry aftertaste. Mixed, the fruity-mint compound does take on a sort of cherry cough drop flavor in the aftertaste, though it’s very fleeting.

M: On first taste, it sent my ears and face tingling with warm astringency; believe me, it doesn’t drink hot (at all), but it has that effect. Otherwise, it’s supremely smooth, letting the sours announce themselves in a strong way, while keeping them from drying out the tongue. Light, foamy carb.

O: Here’s to hundreds more like this! Everything they said about Cantillon is true, it seems. Whenever I drink a kriek, memories of this beer will flicker on for comparison: this is the standard for Belgian fruit lambics, as far as I’m concerned.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
CORK SAYS: Bottled in 2008

This pours a crystal clear, light red/pink color. A one-finger head of lightly pink tinted foam forms and dissipates. The lacing is foamy and slippery.

This has some cherries coming through, but I was expecting more, based on the color. The sour/funk notes are dominating the nose, on this one.

That is sour and funky...but in the right way. There are some funky critters at work with this one, for sure. They are bringing along a huge sourness level also. The cherry flavor that I was hoping for is here, but it's much more 'below the surface' than I'd hoped. Mild hints of oak. The finish is bone-dry.

Light-to-medium body with a carbonation level to match. This one is extremely crisp and it sucks your cheeks in, with it's sourness, each time you take a sip.

The sour level would probably keep most people from drinking too many of these in one sitting. But it is very drinkable and well within session-range, abv-wise.

Photo of IndyDad
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of putnam
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Piles of raw, sour cherries,cherry pit splinters,smoked ham and latex define the immense aromatics of this beer
Smoky and dense on the nose, it is vengefully acidic on the palate, revealing layers of copper, lemon juice, sweet herbs and photographic developer. This may be the sourest beer I've ever had in my life. The sweetness is in the form of texture, which is fleshy and round. But a little actual sweetness wouldn't hurt at all. Definitely must go with food: pickled herring, boiled smelt etc."

I wish I could remember what vintage that "4.25" beer was. This 2004 is solidly in the 4.5 to 5 zone. It reeks of pulpy cherries and Chateauneuf du Pape. Savory, meaty middle flavors are help up by powerful cherry, raspberry, vanilla and spice flavors. The texture is imposing. The acidity is lime-like. Aromatics of tobacco, tea, kirsch and almond/tangerine paste rise up through the finish.

Initially I ordered a conservative two cases. Now I've requested four more.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into flute.

Pours clear dark ruby red with almost no head, just a ring of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Nose is cherries and vinegar, bit of earthy barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp and sour from the very beginning, dry vinegar and sharp cherry sourness, with a bit of barnyard funk and horse blanket emerging on the clean, dry, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel is light, with very sharp, dry, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of insane for a sour this intense - it calls to you.

If you'll excuse me, I'll be looking for the enamel on my teeth.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a slightly hazy bright red with a thin film of pink head. Smells fruity and acidic with hints of malt. Tastes initially sweet and fruity, slightly malty, and very sour. Pretty light in body, fairly aqueous, and light in carbonation. Takes a little getting used to, but after a few sips, brilliantly sour, subtly complex, and very enjoyable indeed. I'm hooked.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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 chugalug06
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From brew notes taken this past weekend:

A - White head with lots of little bubbles. Brew is cloudy blood red with black and orange hues.

S - Very cherry. Sour. Lots of milky scents too. Slightly burns the nose. Smells a bit like lighter fluid.

T - Tasty. I could drink this one every so often... Very cherry flavor. I can feel the heartburn set in slowly.

M - Dry. Slightly bitter. Tart.

O - Slightly disappointing. Worth finding, but not worth giving up too much for. Good brew in a good trade! Thank you!

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 FreshZ
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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 jayhunter357
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 taospowder
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Massbmx
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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 jakea
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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