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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,679 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 511
Gots: 356 | FT: 22
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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ratedz

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review, so I decided it was time to try my first Cantillon from the cellar. Bottled 18 November 2010. Poured into a New Glarus flute.

A - Pours a beautiful red/burgundy color with a half inch of pink head. Steady streams of bubbles race to the top of the glass.

S - Slightly funkiness and tart cherries dominate the nose. Some mild notes of lemon are also present.

T - Follows the nose with tart cherries and some barnyard funk. Slightly acidic with hints of lemon and vinegar. Some sweet cherry flavors take over after the sourness fades on the finish.

M - Heavily carbonated, thin body. Fairly dry.

O - The tartness is a little overwhelming at first, but after a few sips, it becomes less noticeable as the tongue adjusts. The big cherry flavors mix very well with the sourness. A very enjoyable lambic worthy of being my 100th review!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:43:53 | More by ratedz
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beermeX2

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2012 03:50:00 | More by beermeX2
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says '12 FL. OZ', but looks like a 375 ml to me. Bottle date says 01/12/10, but the cork says 2009. One for now, one for later (much, much later).

Pours a deep hazed red with orange/brown highlights into my tulip (I got the second half of the pour with a bit of the yeast that I tried to decant). Lovely two-fingered head receded to a 'stick-around' crown. Looks royally elegant.

Tart cherries, wet hay, horse blanket, sour citrus, lemon twang, good bit of Bretty funk. Clean and vigorous.

Big sour bite comes loaded with unripened cherries and fruit skins. The funk is tangy with a grassy rustic tone. Picking up some fresh pomegranate berry, plantains, lemon rind, slight metallic character that is not off-putting, vinaigrette, and blades of fresh grass. Big sour finish with an appropriate level of bitterness. Very dry and puckering.

Fizzy, medium-bodied, high-carb. Wet and easy. Wonderfully crafted.

You gotta try it with some of the yeast in the pour. A satiable beer that was better than the cleaner pour I got at Monk's Cafe in Philly. A high-end sour. Would love to try the Lou Pepe. So happy to have had this again.

* * *

Revisited during a kriek tasting I put on with my girlfriend; 12/30/12.

Cantillon Kriek. Bottled January 12, 2010.

Pours a dark rose color with some off-white foam that fizzed up to maybe a quarter-inch before reducing to a ring of tesselating bubbles. Clarity is very nice. Very slight haze.

Tart and bright cherries, acetic acid, bretty funk, tints of lemon and straw, unripe raspberry, and white wine vinous qualities. Exceptional.

So bright and sour and acetic. These were very young cherries when picked, but there's loads of light fruitiness and tangy tartness that pairs well with a pungent barnyard funk and the bittering piquance of the oak barrel itself. Sourness is a cross between lemon rind and white vinegar. Has that woody Chardonnay bite that is near-perfect. Such a lively beer. Extraordinarily complex for a kriek.

Medium-light body with some great-feeling sourness. Carbonation has good life to it. The feel is lovingly friendly to the flavors absorbed by the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:36:52 | More by thecheapies
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kiki3drt292

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2012 18:12:45 | More by kiki3drt292
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle, dated 14 February 2011 (makes me realized I should have saved this one for Valentine's Day).

A: A cranberry red with a thick, pinkish head that mostly dissolved after a minute or so.
S: The sour cherries stand out the most, followed by some cinnamon, wood, and that trademark Lambic smell.
T: Sour cherries again (emphasis on sour), but with a reserved mix of sweetness and tart on the finish.
M: Very bubbly and medium-bodied.
O: Greatness in a bottle. Love the balance of this beer — a must-try for sour fans.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:34:46 | More by CaptainPiret
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BuddyLambic

Colorado

2/5  rDev -53.7%

01-13-2012 00:00:00 | More by BuddyLambic
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-12-2012 18:06:16 | More by bonbini26
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2012 06:48:22 | More by ThirstyHerf
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Robje

Australia

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-10-2012 00:41:43 | More by Robje
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kmatlack

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 3 September 2010. Shared with my wife and father while watching In Bruges. Poured into 2 wine glasses and a brandy snifter. Popped the cap off and a black liquid that smelled like a trash dumpster came seeping out of the cork and ran down the bottle. Strange.

A- Pours a very effervescent cloudy red color into my glass with a pink half finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves small white bubbles on the glass.

S- Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, funk, lemon. You get some of that musty moist smell like you just walked into a barn full of moist hay with the cobwebs and everything.

T- Absolutely amazing mouth puckering factor here. Lactic acid first, when it dies down there is an amazing tart sour cherry flavor mixed with oak, some lemon peels. On the back end there is lingering red fruits with a little bit of bitterness, still tart though.

M- Dry and crisp, doesnt appear to have any carbonation in the glass but there is plenty on the tongue.

O- Absolutely fantastic. Glad my local bottle shop has this regularly. My first Cantillon and definitely the best sour beer ive had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:07:14 | More by kmatlack
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-09-2012 02:22:11 | More by imperialking
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Faina

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-05-2012 03:49:47 | More by Faina
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tclapper

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2012 03:11:07 | More by tclapper
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Craft Ale House into a 10 ounce glass.

A: Deep red with some nice burgundy undertones but the cherries certainly impacted the color heavily. A soft light pink foamy head surfaces and does stick around even after the initial dissipation. No real lace on the glass, though I didn't expect it anyway.

S: Funky and tart cherries, strawberry and raspberry. An underlying wheat base comes in after the wash of ripe red fruits clears out. Although, they're never really gone. It's the focus of the nose, juicy ripe fruits and it's wonderful.

T: Oh this is awesome. Puckering cherry juice tartness, funky floral notes, and a nice pale malt/wheat base. There's just enough to balance out the fruitiness while still letting it be the focus of the beer. More red fruits towards the back with more raspberry, strawberry and oak. Incredibly well balanced in flavor.

M: Highly carbonated, fizzy and bubbly on the palate. It's what I've come to expect for the style and absolutely dig it. Cleansing, light and scrubbing.

This was awesome and I'm so glad I stopped in for this on draft. Cantillon is becoming scarce around here so whenever it pops up either in bottle or on draft, I have to get my hands on it!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 15:31:22 | More by ShanePB
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-03-2012 14:00:29 | More by Archemedies
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stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-02-2012 04:38:25 | More by stevefinny
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emdawg

New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-01-2012 05:53:24 | More by emdawg
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bruffco

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-31-2011 17:55:06 | More by bruffco
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one while in Brussels, directly from the brewery. It was bottled on November 10, 2011. The color is red or if you prefer, dark pink! Nice pink foamy head thrones on top of it. The aroma is typical of Cantillon. This is their signature aroma. Cherry are present in the nose but only mildly. Taste is intriguing. I would have expected more cherry than this. Not sugary as the other ones I tasted in the past. Tart but so easy to drink. This is what surprise me from this brewery. It is very tart but in a good way. I've had some vinegar gueuze or lambic but so far, from Cantillon, I only got excellent beers. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:35:18 | More by ZorPrime
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jcone17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-29-2011 19:30:27 | More by jcone17
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pigdog

California

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-28-2011 06:40:53 | More by pigdog
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hurfer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-28-2011 03:02:14 | More by hurfer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled on June 23, 2011. Poured into a matching Cantillon stemmed tulip. The brew appears a hazed color of ruby with a finger and a half worth of pink froth. The cap slowly fades to a thin lacing across the top. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and produces some spots of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation provide a steady ring of froth around the edges only.

The smell of this brew includes the classic expected cantillon aromas. Funk and earth come across mildly like cheese mixed with a lemony lactic note. Some thoughts of stinky cheese/feet mix with earthy notes of old wood/cork and a bit of mildew. As the glass is swirled, a bit of sulfur comes forward.

The taste has all of the descriptors provided in the aroma but has a mild fruity note of cherry that is quite earthy with an over-ripe to rotten appeal. Cheese and mildew to old cork is apparent throughout. The finish is fairly clean with a bit of tartness that seems to come from a lactic almost lemony quality mixed with unripe cherries. A little bit of plastic is noted towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. It is fairly well done for the style and very much lives up to my expectations of a Cantillon offering. Very nice and tart with lots of funk. Wouldn't have it any other way. Solid. The 5% abv is perfectly integrated in this. The more I drink it, the more thirsty it makes me.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:18:53 | More by stakem
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Jefe73

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-27-2011 13:40:18 | More by Jefe73
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice, slightly hazy ruby red with a pretty big pink head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Smells sour and lightly funky with what smells like real tart cherries.

Taste. Very sour, fairly dry, slight horse blanket funk, some oak and sour cherries. More cherry in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Light body, pretty strong and spritzy carbonation

Overall. Very nice sour. The cherries taste good, but could go for a little more of that action.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 02:45:29 | More by Rutager
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.