Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark pink with a huge light pink head that fades down to about 1/2 finger and lingers.

Lots of sweet cherry aroma with some acidity and oak.

Starts off with very sweet cherries almost like cherry pie filling. Some vinegar and oak on the back end. Not so much traditional sourness as just biting acidity.

Lighter bodied beer with medium high carbonation.

Not horrible, but below average and nowhere near the standard I usually expect from Cantillon. The cherry sweetness and massive acidity create a medicinal taste. (532 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hoppypocket for my first taste of Cantillon.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle; bottled 10 December, 2011- best before 12/2015.

Appearance: A dark pink body which is reflected as light pink in the head. Foam is massive, very foamy and dissolves like Alka Seltzer.

Smell: Strong acidic cherries balanced by a bit of a lactic aroma. Some whispers of wood. Sweet and tart.

Taste: Intense sour cherries without being too mouth puckering. As it warms, the sourness is followed immediately by a nice sweetness. More acidic than lactic. Some raw cork in the finish as well as a tiny bit of salt?

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, intense with a dry and clean finish. Just a lingering tartness remains.

Overall: Hype is definitely deserved for this brewery and I will seek more out. Simply stellar. (801 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared by dougofthefuture. Thanks!

Cork bears 2009.

Deep pink-violet colored with a light pink head. Strong funk and soft cherries in the aroma. Tastes puckering sour and clean, but with hints of vinegar. Notes of oak as well. The fruit is not as intense as the color led me to believe. Clean, dry and effervescent feel. (322 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with BPK59. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Taken from notes.

A - Pours a rosey red strawberry hue with a one finger creamy head that leaves thick lacing and a nice quarter inch blanket.

S - Cherries and oak, cherries and oak. Sweet yet tart, so so tasty smelling. Funky and inviting.

T - Almost meaty cherry. Light barrel notes, cherry, both fresh and other with tart oak and vanilla. Wow. Sour deliciousness. Cherry blossom deliciousness.

M - Bit too carbonated. Good tart finish and oak barrel end.

O - So, so, so fucking good. This is another great example of wonderfulness from Cantillon. Superbly done. (627 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium red color with pink overtones. Fairly large light pink head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mild funk, tart cherries and some citrus notes.

Taste: Sour cherries, a touch of funk, and a slight black pepper-like spiciness. I also get some citrus notes. The beer finishes fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly brisk level of carbonation.

Overall: Good sour. (432 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lambic beers are typically flat, but this bottle of Cantillon Kriek poured with an abundance of pink-tinted froth which, despite consistent and loud crackling (it sounds like bacon hitting a hot pan), fades very little. Without it what's in the glass might easily be mistaken for cranberry juice. It's a beer pretty enough to decorate a little girl's room with.

Kriek, Framboise, Gueuze, Faro - changing the prefix to 'Lambic' doesn't much change its aroma. This smell is sour, vinegar-y, musty and acidic. The only kind of cherries noted in this bouquet are of the festered and fermented variety. (Having an impractically overgrown cherry tree in the backyard I know that scent all too well.)

And yet, rotted fruit and musty vinegar notwithstanding, the beer is ridiculously refreshing, assuming one has a penchant for sourness. Its natural acidity is extravagantly quenching. An almost puckering tartness spreads over the palate like aphids over the canopy of trees, but it's not at all astringent, and the cherries add some sweetness to the mix.

Though a cherry beer, this drinks more like cranberry juice (by which I mean the real stuff - not from concentrate and certainly not "cocktail"). It is lightly bitter and notably sour. Fruity yet not at all in the typical sugary, sweet sense. The ultra-light body and pin-prick carbonation make it a godsend on hot days. How did beer like this ever fall out of style?

Kriek-Lambic is a style that has not much been improved on since its inception, however many centuries ago. The modern, commercial examples that add fruit juices or sugar may appeal to a wider audience but, for my money, there's nothing more appetizing than lemon juice acidity, mildewy oak wood must, and the tartness of wild yeasts and bacterias. (1,779 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/11. 375ml bottle.

A: Mildly hazy dark reddish pink in color. Forms a rather small, fizzy, bubbly light pink head that reduces down to nothing more than a thick ring around the edge. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aroma is quite sour with notes of acetic acid and cider vinegar on the front end and juicy cherries on the back.

T: This one starts off with an aggressive sourness that made me wonder why I was drinking this beer to begin with. But after the first few sips the complexity really starts to show. Light notes of barnyard, earth, basement, and a musty quality. Then the cherries kick in and this beer becomes quite fruity and juicy with a pleasant sour cherry tartness. Finishes crisp and dry and rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied, tart-sour, crisp and dry. Spry carbonation at first moderates as the beer warms.

O: A fine, complex sour beer which I came to appreciate and enjoy even though sours aren't my favorite. (942 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ brewery.

I prefered the raspberry based lambic. Found the cherry flavors more cough/syrupy sweet, with less of the salty tartness. More dark cherry flavors, more my preference, I could see how others would enjoy this though. Everyone needs to sample cantillon brews, this one included. (295 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontinas.

Appearance: Pours a Cloudy red with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural tart cherries with a mild sweetness. Sour and funky in the background.

Taste: The cherry flavor is so natural, more so than from the bottle. Smooth cherry tartness, not very sweet, tart, bitter, and sour in the finish.

Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that goes from slick to dry.

Overall: I loved the real cherry flavor. My wife who doesn't like sours ordered one after having mine. So smooth and easy drinking. (589 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a hazy light red verging on dark pink with a three finger head which is light pink in color and is very fizzy with fine bubbles and dissipates rapidly, leaves absolutely zero lacing
S: very tart and sour scent notes with nice cherry sweetness and a bit of an odd after note which i would compare to sweaty gym socks
T: pretty spot on for the style but i definitely see that note of sweat socks from the scent come through just before taking a sip, nice tartness and cherry notes, doesnt quite have the sweetness that i have seen and so enjoyed in other kriek lambics, i think lindemans was just a touch more drinkable but this one is still very solid, im also finding a slight cinnamon note which lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: gentle carbonation tingle, definitely awakens the palate nicely and finishes with a slight dryness which is wholly different from the dryness seem from hops, almost more of a chalkiness than anything, also, just as i had assumed, i have heart burn haha
O: pretty much what i had expected to find here from cantillon, a well executed and well rounded lambic which is pretty much spot on, as i mentioned before, this is not my favorite kriek as i think lindemans beats is out nicely with more sweetness and drinkability, still a wonderful lambic and im very happy with my $25 investment here (1,358 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is fantastic and of deep sour cherry. The fruit just hangs in your nose and is so thick. My favorite aspect of this beer.

The cherry onslaught continues from front to back in the flavor. Needless to say the tartness is powerful and sticks with you. Quite refreshing. The acidity is also in your face. The funk flavors are subtle and well below the featured cherry.

Very light and again refreshing. Delicate in body, but bold in flavor.

I have to be in the mood for this stuff but when I am, it’s a fantastic beer.

Thanks Patrick and thanks to my wife for indulging my pilgrimage to the Cantillon Brewery. (620 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Dated: November 2010. Poured this into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pour a beautiful reddish pick color. Crystal clear. Two fingers of pink head. Tight fluffy bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Lots of funkiness. Tart cherries, but also some of that acidic citrus hidden behind it.

T: Lots of tart cherries. But so much cleaner than the Hannsens. Bitterness on the tip of the tongue then nice mid palate sweetness from the cherries. Really clean dry finish.

M: Light to medium.

O: A. Really like this. Understand how good people say it is. (549 characters)

Photo of SneezyAchew
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half of a 2011 375ml bottle poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: Hazy rose color. A little swirling causes some pretty intense bubbles.

S: Has a musky barnyard odor complete with some seriously funky cherries, and squeezed lemon.

T: A good amount of funk. Sour cherries dominate. Easy to go down.

M: Very dry with a high level of carbonation. Taste sticks around for sometime and alters the taste of anything else I come in contact with.

O: I enjoy this beer, but tend to lean towards the American wild alternative to Krieks like Consecration (especially aged). However, the Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the best beers I have had the delight to try. I'll probably sit on my other bottle of this for a few years and see just how sour it gets. (746 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into tulip
2010 vinatge
375 ml bottle

Color: Hazy, but yet a vibrant and deep reddish/pink. A nickle thick white head appears after the pour and this beer leaves behind minimal lacing/retention.

Nose: Big time sour cherries followed by that unique Cantillon funk. A nice oak profile rises from the glass along with all those barnyard smells associated with Belgian sours.

Palate: Sour, fruity, balanced, and complex. This beer is extremely drinkable for how funky and tart it can be. Cherries invade your mouth followed by some woody textures and dryness. The abv is this beer is not evident at all making the mouthfeel incredible and full if taste.

Finish: Dry and sour. Cherries abound and the complexity of this beer is superb on the back end. Truly an amazing fruit lambic/

Rating: 94/100 (819 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 19, 2011

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/red with one finger of light pink foam. Head dissipates quickly but maintains a small cap.

S - Aroma is mostly tart cherry, with only a mild funk presence that increases as it warms up.

T - Tart cherry, but also a bit of sweet cherry, with mre funk in the taste than I got from the aroma. Also, some faint green apple and lemon. Funk maintains through the finish.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Finish is cleaner than other Cantillon fruit lambics I've had, with only a faint lingering earthy bitterness.

O - Very tasty and refreshing kriek. I look forward to seeing what a few years in the bottle does to this. (697 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating Baseball Opening day with this...

Pours a nice pink cranberry color, head quickly dissipates. Smell is cherries and some sour yeast. Got some serious action going on in the taste...cheeries and the tartness abounds. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a total pucker fest. Great beer! (300 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you to bbarak! enjoyed out of my cantillon taster glass.

a - hard pour yielded a thick magenta liquid with 3/5 of the glass of pink frothy head which eventually dissolved leaving no sign of ever being present, trace a few bubbles on the surface. swirling the glass rebuilds a thin head.

s - hallelujah! that's what i'm talking about. perfect balance of sweet, sour, and happiness...for my tastes. fresh berries, black, raspberry, cherry forward, really even balance of sourness. lovely. my mouth is literally watering. perfection.

t - more on the sour side than the nose suggests, but still a masterpiece. there is definitely some extreme barnyard funk on it. sweaty and spoiled, but it works. sour cherry explosion. i imagine that time evens out some of the intense sourness. really over the top in an extremely funky way.

m - fizzy as opposed to prickly. my mouth grimaces from the sourness. a bit over the top.

o - i've slowly been converting to the dark side...or should i say the sour side? and with this exploration, i begin to understand the infatuation with cantillon. kriek is no different...although the funkiest of the bunch i've tasted...still a world class beer. this brewery understands the style and thus far, every variation is worth checking out...however, the common ones seem to be just as tasty, if not more tasty than some of the trickier ones to acquire (although, my exploration has been minimal compared to what's out there). cheers and thanks for a great brew. (1,496 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened along side the Allagash Cerise to compare. 375ml bottle with 2009 vintage on the cork.

A - Pours a reddish/pink color, light white head, spotty lace.

S - Sour cherries, barynard funk, big sour/tart notes, oak. Pretty straight forward here, but that really don't matter, because it's so damn good.

T - Right in line with the nose. Sour cherries, oak, big funk/tart/sour, barnyard, light vinegar. Really good stuff. Finish is dry with a big sour cherry note.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - If you like sour and you like cherries, this is your beer. Not sure it gets much better in the beer world with this combo. It's sharp, yet works perfectly together. Good stuff! (690 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours a clear bright red with a foamy, light pink head.

Aroma is dominated by sour cherry initially, with a definite funkiness coming through soon after.

Quite tart and sour cherry with a light, funky backing.

A medium body with soft, prickly carbonation.

My first sample of the style, but I found it enjoyable. Quite sour, but the funkiness helps give it a balance. (418 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 375ml bottle split with my wife

Pours a nice one and a half fingers worth of a very creamy light pink colored head. Rosey red colored clear body. Great lacing and retention.

Smells of fermented cherries and lemon vinegar. This smells a bit funky but in a clean and pleasant way.

Very tart right away. Sweet tarts, sharp lemon, tart cherries and some leather, paper taste and some oak. As it warms the lemon and vinegar come out a bit more. The finish is like sucking on a spree candy.

Thin bodied, high carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Overall this was an awesome beer that I looked forward to and it delivered. Thanks Ian for finding this.
$11 a 375ml (666 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pinkish strawberry colour with a thumb sized, bubbly head that is a pink shade of white and fades to a thin lacing around the edges.

Very sour on the nose with a light cherry aroma but also some raspberries. Other than the incredibly sour and tart like aroma this one is pretty clean on the nose with a tiny amount of acidity.

Light cherry taste to begin with that is overridden by the incredibly sour taste and a lot of acidity. There is some yeast and tart like flavours too but to be honest the sourness is so intense it masks most of the rest of the taste.

A smooth texture to this one with a light to medium body and an incredibly sour and slightly dry feel with mild carbonation.

I felt the taste was too sour to fully enjoy and it made it a lot harder to detect the subtle flavours of this beer.

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Photo of BrewsoBrewco
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a belgian tulip. let it warm up before opening and then decant for 30+ minutes before serving.

A- Pour an awesome ruby red. Can almost see the cherries in it. The head was good and though it faded fairly quickly a slight head held great.

S- Funk funk and more funk. The best description i heard on here was "whores" blanket. And yes it does. Also wet hay and I know this is because it's a kriek but sour cherries. The smell is a fantastic funked up mess. Love it

T-A great lambic. Not as tart as i have had with other krieks but still made my mouth pucker. The soured cherries come through great.

M-Light body like I always feel i get from a lambic. Works the tongue senses great and finishes dry.

Overall- This is a fantastic kriek. It wasn't what i expected from other krieks that I have had, but really shined. It really brought everything that I want out of a lambic together nicely between the sour, and the funk and all in between.

This was my first Cantillon ever and i was very impressed and I know this is not the best they have. I have a Rose de Gambrinus which I look forward to try. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)

I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best. (617 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a 9oz flute. Here goes my first Cantillon as well as my first authentic lambic. Bottled January 2010.

A - Pours a vibrant cherry red, quite hazy in the body. The head is fizzy off the pour, and fizzles down to a small bubbly cap, with a slight pinkish tinge to it.

S - Lots of sweet, but very tart cherry notes upfront. Lots of funky notes as well, with vinegar, hay, and lots of sour funk. Light Belgian yeastiness lingers with acidic and sharp tart notes.

T - Not quite as vicious as I had been warned. Lots of tart cherry bite, very sour, lots of funk; but the aftertaste is where the funk really shines, with really earthy, barnyard notes coming through nicely. Sharp lemony sourness and light vinegar notes linger in the finish.

M - Tart, sour, and very drying in the finish. Bubbly carbonation couples with a light body.

D - A nice but rather simple sour. While I enjoyed my introduction to Cantillon and sours in general, I don't know that I could make it through a bottle of this too often. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Amsterdam Cafe in SF on SuperBowl Sunday 2012.

A: Hazy, pale, ruby red. No head. No lacing. But looks the style and it's a thing of beauty.

S: Woody, hay, funk, tart lemon, and cherries.

T: Acidic, acetic. Very tart, lovely. Like a nice gueuze with cherries.

M: Dry and tart. No carb. (292 characters)

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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