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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 564
Gots: 416 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 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 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 Magery
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PDXHops
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
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 Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mschofield
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Massbmx
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pink/purple in color with a light colored head that quickly turns into a ring of foam in my tulip glass.

Smells exactly like it should: Earthy, musty and sour with notes of cherries.

The taste -- surprise! -- is tart, but not extremely so. This isn't as sour as -- say -- Rodenbach Grand Cru (which is of course a different kind of beer). The cherries are quite noticeable and fill out the flavor well.

The body is light and crisp and refreshing.

I can see why Cantillon is so highly rated. This is a great Lambic. At $16 a bottle, though, it's for special occasions.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ortie
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ShogoKawada
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.

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.