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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,725
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 524
Gots: 371 | FT: 22
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

2008 vintage, served into a tulip glass

Pours a gorgeous translucent strawberry color. Nearly still; it looks a lot like rosé wine. The edges of the beer have a somewhat browned color, like cooking sherry. A quarter-finger of off-pink head settles quickly into a faint ring. Lovely looking beer.

This is a Cantillon beer, so you know it brings the funk. Strong Brettanomyces aromas of horseblanket, gym sock, and the rind of a goat cheese muscle their way to the front of the bouquet. The cherry aroma has fallen off quite a bit since this beer's bottling date of February 2008. This isn't a bad thing; there's just enough cheery sweetness to keep the funk interesting. There isn't a lot to say about the aroma other than that its very good. If you love strong, strong Brett aroma then you will love smelling this beer.

The acidic structure on this vintage is insane. This is the most acidic Cantillon offering that I've ever had. Bracing lactic sourness is amplified by what wild cherry flavor is still left in this four year old bottle. Sweaty sock flavor for days. I'm picking up that cheese rind flavor strongly in this beer; it's clean and almost lightly chemical. That slightly chemical taste features into the finish, and it reminds me of the way that water from a refrigerator water filter tastes. Everything about this beer is great, especially if you can handle the bracing acidity.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for a beer of this age. It is a few steps away from being flat, but that's fine given all of the acidity. Like all Cantillon beers, it finishes so, so dry. Overall, this is the best Kriek that I've ever had (though there are notable ones that I have yet to try, namely a few from Drie Fontienen). Supremely drinkable despite its intense acidity.

06-11-2011 21:47:29 | More by Reaper16
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

bottled 5/27/2010. 750ml bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: a year in the bottle and this is still bright red. Looks carbonated cranberry juice. Clear with just a slight haze. Fluffy pink head dwindles to a thin layer after a few minutes. Attractive beer.

S: Vinegary right off the bat. Musty and funky. A little bit of barnyard. Beneath the sour scents lies some sweet fruit.

T: All tart and sour up front. All most too much so initially, at least until the taste buds warm up to the sour assault. Sweet cherry and white grape flavors come to the forefront after the beer warms a bit. Finishes zesty and tart.

M: Champagne-like carbonation keeps the feel light on the palate.

O: Wonderfully enjoyable from start to finish. A world classic.

06-06-2011 22:36:00 | More by AdamGarcia
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Been waiting to try this one for a while.

A: The pour was bright cherry/pink/red with a massive pink head, about 2.5 fingers in height. Decent retention, reducing down to a thing layer of foamy bubbles on top. Little bits of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Lots of tart cherries, the aroma intensifies as the beer warms up. It was a bit closed when I first poured it, but at the end was very fragrant.

T: Tart cherry, a little bit of cork, and a little bit of barnyard funk, but the cherries really dominate, with not much else going on.

M: Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering, but not overly sour.

O: A little bit of a let down. Its good, but I was expecting a more powerful and complex flavor profile and maybe a bit more sourness.

06-02-2011 00:56:31 | More by mdaschaf
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

Had on-tap at Rattle N' Hum in New York, NY on 5/29/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a beautiful bright red color. It has a small pink head on it that fizzles out quickly and leaves no lace. There are also some carbonation bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. This just looks beautiful.

S - It smells of tart sour cherries and a big barnyard funk. There are some musty grassy notes as well, and it smells a bit dry.

T - There is a big sour cherry tartness right off the bat. There is a big barnyard funkiness that works really well with the cherries. The finish is dry and a bit sour. Awesome taste.

M - It has a medium body and good tingly carbonation. It goes down good, and has some mouth puckering sourness.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It goes down good, and the flavor is just awesome. Overall, I thought this was just an awesome beer. It is my first Cantillon, and it is unlike any sour that I've had so far. I highly recommend trying this.

05-30-2011 19:56:27 | More by JizackFH
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Cantillon Kriek

Appearance: cherry red, small head, and slight lacing.

Smell: sourness, slight cherry.

Taste: sharp sweettart sourness, spices, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: potent and bitter.

It is in your face with the first sip. This is an explosive sour kriek.

05-27-2011 05:26:30 | More by megahurts4
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a finger high pink head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate amount of sour aromas in the nose.
T: The beer is very acidic and sour and has notes of cherries in the flavors. There is a very strong sour aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Although the beer is very sour, it doesn’t have a funky element in the smell or taste that makes some beers in this style difficult to drink.

05-23-2011 00:57:27 | More by metter98
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

On the taps of Rattle N Hum. Had right after the Lou Pepe Kriek, so this is somewhat biased and a bit by comparison. Ruby red, good carb even out of the decanter. Less cherry note than the Lou, but definitely still evident in the aroma, a lot more funk, though, definite barnyard, more sour and tart and barnyard. Tasty but seems a bit out of balance when compared to the Lou Pepe. Still, I can't complain too much. Delicioso..

05-21-2011 23:10:12 | More by dragonWhale
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottled November 2010

Poured into a Goose Island tulip. Beautiful pink-red body with a thin light pink head. The head maintains well with light lacing.

Earthy barnyard funk and cherry mixed with wet hay on the nose. Musty oak barrel. Great Cantillon sourness throughout.

Grassy, sour, cherry tingles the taste buds. Nice sour acidity, especially towards the finish. Wet hay and light oak. More sour and slightly less sweet than Drie Fonteinen when both are young. I really like the earthy/grassy notes that add to the complexity of the flavor.

Mouthfeel has a medium level of sourness with less than a year in the bottle. Spritzy, somewhat foamy. Fruit sweetness throughout.

Overall, one of the best krieks out there from one of the best lambic breweries in the world. Delicious sour cherry with a nice level of complexity. Highly recommended for the style.

05-17-2011 01:08:38 | More by sisuspeed
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottled March 20th 2010

Popped cork and allowed to breathe at room temperature for a half hour as specified on bottle.

A- Slightly hazzy cherry red pour. Three finger tight bubbled pink head. Recedes to thin cap. Fizzing noises like pouring a pop. Lacing is decent.

S- Tart cherries, oak and earthy notes. Slight must and funk. Lemon juice and slight apple.

T- Tart right off the bat. Puckering cherries. Vinegar and lemon juice. Sour and refreshing, oakiness blends everything perfectly.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, dry. Each sip is making me drool more and more.

O- My new favorite lambic. Sour, fruity and dry. Everything you come to expect from a world class lambic and Cantillon.

05-16-2011 00:45:09 | More by korguy123
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4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

2005 bottle, consumed on the high seas, with the girlfriend, on a 40' Tiara. The yeast cake was so rigid that the pour remained unclouded despite the inevitable turbulence. I was shocked by this.

A - Rustic strawberry-red tint, a froth comprised of medium-large soapy bubbles from a hard pour; it's Lambic, what do you expect? Also, see above...

S - The nose is briny, astringent, and also cherry laden; there is an element equally bushy and green, like the harvest of fruit rather than the fruit itself; a theme not unusual for Cantillon. As it airs out, lots of wood and lactic sourness become apparent as well. This is big-boy Kriek.

T - As I said, this is big-boy Kriek. This is quite tart and astringent, and perhaps requires a developed palate to appreciate. Horse funk and old hay are in play here. Fruit flavor is subdued, and it is equally suggestive of bushy and unripe berry as it is evocative of the familiar cherry in the state of jam-confection.

M - Very complex; punchy carbonation quickly segues into a soft silky feel; this is followed by a long drying finish that highlights sulfur, apple and wood; and finally, it leaves a mouth-watering impression.

O - Very good.

05-12-2011 08:49:03 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

375ml, '09 vintage. Poured a bright red color with a pinkish head. Aroma is funky, with a nice sour cherry aroma. Lots of carbonation on the palate, along with loads of tart cherry and fine acidity. The finish is very dry with a sweet/sour complex going on. Not a whole lot of Cantillon funk on this one, but plenty of tart cherry. Very refreshing.

05-09-2011 22:47:06 | More by alampear
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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Bottled:18 Nov 2010

A - Pours a deep rosy red color with some nice haze and a pink 1 inch head. It is quite dense and recedes fairly slowly.

S - Aroma of roses, tartness, vinegar and some nice tart cherry. There is also some nice funk and some nice barn yard and husk notes that balances out the tartness. There is also some mild sweetness. The flowers in the nose are quite nice as well.

T & M - Flavor starts off with funk and then quickly cherry tartness. The beer is quite sour but not overwhelming. There is some nice sweetness and woody notes as well. There is some flower notes and some slight vinegar notes with the beer. This beer is quite delicious and not overpowering at all. There is good cherry tartness and sweetness balanced by woody and funk notes. Body is light refreshing and delicious with some nice carbonation and dry tartness.

O - This beer is quite delicious. Probably one of the top sour ales I've ever had.

05-08-2011 22:24:47 | More by JoEBoBpr
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Served in an Allagash chalice. There is a large creamy looking light head atop a ros colored body.

The aroma is full of cherry with the signature Cantillon yeast taking a back seat, but still present.

The taste starts out with an ever so slightly sweet cherry. This is quickly overrun by grapefruit rind and sour. The balance here is nice. This has a strong fruit presence.

The body is light and the carbonation is relatively smooth.

Well it's Cantillon so it scores high in my book. This might be the best fruit lambic they make.

05-08-2011 04:03:01 | More by andrewinski1
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

not much time on this bottle - brewed in November 2010. Pour shows tremendous head close to overflowing. Looks spectacular, bright vibrant pink color. smell is tart green apple and cherry. Very dry, sourness coming through with first sip. Brett is evident as always with these beers and it just works. I prefer the drie fonteinen kriek over this, but this is no slouch. Too bad we don't see this around much anymore, but it is always nice to revisit when you can. just a great beer.

05-07-2011 03:33:38 | More by ejeffer11
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2.3/5  rDev -46.8%

A: Pours a deep, slightly translucent red, yielding about 2 fingers worth of off white head that recedes into a film of bubbles.

S: Sour, green apples, cider, slightly vinegary.

T: Initial blast of sour, followed by cherry, raspberry, lemon/lime, and has a sour, vinegar finish.

M: Very good carbonation, still very "lively" in your mouth, with lots of bubbling, popping and smacking as it goes down.

O: Not sure if I'm a sour fan, I figured this would be sweeter and more cherry flavored, like lindemann's kriek, but this one was pretty middle of the road for me. A bit too sour for my taste, and I'm having a hard time finding flavors other than cherry and sour.

05-03-2011 00:57:15 | More by Krakistophales
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Per the bottle, I opened this and let it decant for 30 minutes before reviewing. Bottled in 2010, poured into a Bell's tulip glass.

A - poured a nice cherry red with a solid two finger head that subsides a bit, but ultimately settles as a nice cap

S - the aroma is super tart lemon laced with a bit of sweet cherry and some vinegar

T - A very tart lemon sourness greets you as this first entered the mouth. It transitions to a beautiful woody (from the chestnut barrels) cherry flavor that mixes with some lemon and cherry on the exhale. The overall theme of this is a sour, citrusy beer with a nice underlayer of bright cherries. Really, really good stuff. Although this flavor description is rather short, this thing is packed with flavor that is very delicious.

M - A little thin but nice carbonation that plays well with the sourness

D - Another winner from Cantillon. As I am just getting into sours, this brewery is setting all sorts of bars for others. As far as fruit beers go, you can tell the difference of beers that use artificial flavoring and the good stuff; no mistakes, these were real cherries. The care that went into this was very noticeable and much appreciated. I can't wait to keep exploring the others from this brewery I just bought this week.


2005 vintage sampled in 2011 (6 years old). The cherries really faded out of this, forming a more sour, aciditic shell of its former self. Not to say it isn't good, but is definitely looses the cherry flavors that I love so much about this beer. I can understand why this one is recommended to drink fresh.

05-01-2011 03:36:57 | More by birchstick
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle dated nov. 18, 2010
Poured into a chalice

Pours a deep cherry red with two fingers of pink head. Head recedes quickly and settles with a small crown with slight lacing.

Smell is cherries and sour funk. The funk smell is well balanced with the sweet cherry smell, not as overwhelming as I thought it would be.

The taste is sour cherry, much like sour patch kids. The cherry flavor is excellent, not too sweet and not too tart. The sour is not too overwhelming, very balanced. This is only my third or fourth sour, and if they all taste like this, I'm hooked.

The mouthfeel is typical of the style, high carbonation and light body. Drinks more like champagne or carbonated fruit juice. Very refreshing.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. It is sour and a little funky, but it tastes great. I will definitely seek this out again.

04-25-2011 01:10:20 | More by rmalinowski4
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Cool little pink head pour, thin head. Delicious sour cherry aroma, real fruit in the nose, not fruit juice w/ sugar added. Smell the funk (good funk).

Taste, quite sour, just like I like 'em. Cherry flavor is not thick, nice and spritzy with the sour. Slightly sweet. Not balanced, in a good way. Bitter and acidity might be a problem for the less learned palate, or simply if you're just not into this kind of flavor smacking sour. You get a bit of everything here, good barrel tinge, great sour, great fruit, even with time on it, still tastes fresh, not one dimensional at all.

Mouthfeel, the slightest wood nuance is noticeable. Very dry finish to this. Sour cherry flavor is the best cherry flavor most often.

04-21-2011 22:55:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours clear blood-orange with a volcanic, light pink, rocky head.

The smell is deep cherry, light hay (but not too funky) and plentiful citrus tart.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light but it has less carbonation than its cousins.

The citric tang takes the lead on the tastebuds. Lemon sour gradually lets in some sweetness that has the effect of fresh raspberries. Then the earthy cherry flavors provide depth and bitterness that builds towards the satisfying finish. Light hay adds another layer. The finish is not as crisp as some Krieks, but instead provides a long sour note that builds with repeated sips.

Not quite as stellar as the Lou Pepe version, but some of that may be a function of age when bottled and when consumed. Still a world-class example of the style.

04-17-2011 22:53:34 | More by chicagobeerriot
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

04-16-2011 15:49:19 | More by drtth
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4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz. corked & capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled September 09, 2008 (other bottle(s) was stamped January 12, 2010).

(A)- Pours a hazy yet an almost blood red to ruby red color. Produced a decent bubbly pink-ish head but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A very dry yet tart cherry profile with a mountain of dry hay, straw, horseblanket, and just an overall big funkhouse of goodness.

(T)- Because of its age, alot of the cherry flavors have disappeared, but there is still some there leaving a big tartness combined with an equally big sourness. A solid taste that really showcases what a fruit lambic is like. A younger bottle has more fruit forward flavors, but still an excellent acidic sourness at the same time.

(M)- A lively carbonation level & balance. Dry, yet has a light sweetness. Big on tartness & sourness. A fresher bottle definitely reveals alot of great juicy fruits as well.

(D)- A fantastic lambic. Everything what you would expect from the style. This just has the true qualities of what a lambic should be like. I might prefer the Lou Pepe a bit more, but when it comes down to it, Cantillon just knows their stuff!

**I updated and modified my review and overall score due to having this a few more times, I really feel like this deserves the updated score.**

04-16-2011 01:20:29 | More by sweemzander
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

This beer is an interesting beer, one of which I tried at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels. I brought one back to try and am just having it now.

It pours a bright red in color with a frothy pink head. The aroma is very fruity-of cherries and other berries. The taste is very sour, but not too sour.

This is an interesting beer, very impressive-worth checking out.


04-10-2011 22:45:46 | More by Chincino
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +3%

Bottled on 20 April 2010.

Pours a bright red, mostly clear with plenty of carbonation. A very active pink head persists well. Pleasantly sour cherry aroma with funky undertones. The flavor is quite sour but still pleasantly so, due to the explosion of cherry. The cherry flavor blends nicely with strong funk/barnyard notes. Thinnish mouthfeel but nice and crisp on the finish; very clean tasting. Complexity, sourness and funk make this a classic kriek.

04-02-2011 18:07:08 | More by goldbot
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours ruby rose with lots of fizz and a cheerful frothy pink head. Nose is pure oak, vinegar acidity, concentrated cherries, cider apples and wildflower blossoms. Lemon rind essence, fresh soil, a bit of washed cheese rind funk, tree bark bite (from the cherry pits, I'm told), grape skin tang, some wood barrel and earthy spice. Musty finish and acidic linger. Medium, crisp and fizzy.

Bottled on Aug 17, 2010.

This is fresher than some other reviews, who seem to be drinking aged samples (though the label says "drink it better in the year after purchase") which could explain why I'm not getting as much funk as everyone else. Ironically, not a lot of straight cherry, either. And while it is sour, there's plenty else going on to where the tartness is not what I'm thinking about most. Not an effort to drink at all.

Complex and surprisingly compelling.

03-27-2011 21:13:36 | More by StJamesGate
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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%

2008 bottle split and poured into tulips.

A: Dark pink/red hue. Tiny amount of light pink head. Tiny soapy lace ring remains.

S: Awesome dirty funk. Like taking a whiff of Jean Van Roy's filthy arm pits as he blends a fresh kriek. Full on dark cherry aroma. Hints of wet wood and dusty attic. Just a faint bit of vanilla. Fantastic!

T: Sour cherry power! Wow! The sweetness of the fresh cherry hits your tongue and lulls you into a trance and then BAM! Super eye crossing sour punches you in the face. The funk is mild. It's much more lactic sour being showcased here.

M: Light and dry body. Mild carbonation.

O: Fantastic beer. I will clean the shelf next time I see this one.

03-21-2011 02:52:38 | More by beerwolf77
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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