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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,969 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 605
Gots: 444 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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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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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.