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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 524
Gots: 376 | FT: 22
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of danieelol


4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

A: pours a raspberry colour with red tinted head. No real lacing. Ok head.

S: Ok, there's quite a bit of funk here, but I can't think of any specific descriptors for it. Also there's melted marshmallow, chocolate, skunk. Pesticide, trees, plants, sour fruits, vinegar. Maybe the tiniest bit of raspberry puree, or is that the power of suggestion? Oh there's also some fairly prominent oak.

T: Sour, little bit sweet, bit of berry taste. Definitely has some drying lemon juice in there.

M: Is good. Good carb works well with the sourness.

O: Great. Best sour I've had yet.

07-31-2011 13:47:30 | More by danieelol
Photo of Janderson91


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottled on 11/18/10. Enjoyed on 07/23/11.

A - A beautiful beer. A deep hazy crimson color with a large pink head resting atop it. Leaves a few patches of lacing.

S - Sour cherries, that classic Cantillon funkiness, some Belgian yeasty fruitiness. Still lots of cherry and not a too much vinegar at its young age.

T - Quite balanced up front with some tart cherries and some type of lactic sweetness. Then comes the sour cherry/vinegary flavor through the middle that I love. Finishes somewhat funky with a great cherry flavor on the back. Excellent stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be for a lambic. Very lively and prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is one of the best breweries in the world and they have yet to disappoint. Cheers!

07-24-2011 03:54:53 | More by Janderson91
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.38/5  rDev -44.9%

Poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage.

3.5 A: First pour yielded 4+ fingers of head. I needed a few more pours to get a full glass. Anyway, hazed cherry plum color. Three fingers of frothy pink head with average retention and very little lacing.

3.0 S: Tart cherry throughout. Intense mustiness, like an super old house occupied by a super old person. Hints of dirty diaper and a touch of oak. Surpringly simple and not particularly alluring.

2.0 T: Good god is this unbalanced. Super tart cherry with way too much acid. Tons of fruity lactic acid with more acetic acid that a vinegarette. For a while, it was difficult to taste much beyond that as an automonic puckering shrinks my mouth to a third it's usual size. As my mouth finally adjusted to the acid (which took about 10 oz), new flavors began to creep in. Oak is in moderate amounts, as is a tannic astringency. Funk can finally be found and it is again old people funk.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Overcarbonated, but not "explode in the mouth" level. Decent creaminess from the body.

2.0 D: Suggested food pairing: Tums, Pepsid, Mylanta. This is one of the least drinkable beers I've ever had - no balance, fairly simplistic for the style, and skin meltingly acidic. If you have a bottle of this in your basement, don't open it. Rather, keep it in case you accidentally ingest an entire box of baking soda.

Edit: The last 8 oz. or so (of the 750) were much more palatable after getting used to the sourness. However, I don't think a beer should require a 17 oz. introduction.

07-18-2011 20:15:27 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of cooch69


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

This one poured from the bottle a deep rose red. It was pretty clear when held to the light, but not see through due to the intense richness in color. Really glossy looking with a nice one and a half finger pinkish white head.

Nose on this one is full of funk, tart cherries and must.

Really satisfying and tasty. It's good to have an honest fruit lambic. Semi sweet and full of tart cherries. Nice medium sourness in the underlying Lambic beer. It had old musty oak and some funky fungus taste like that associated with a big cheese.

Nice body and mouthfeel. Pretty silky and slightly syrupy but not too heavy.

07-18-2011 02:23:48 | More by cooch69
Photo of Goldstar81


5/5  rDev +15.7%

Unsure of the year but it appears to be a 2004 purchased at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena. This is what it was advertised as.

A - White head with a cloudy red appearence. Definitely has a Kriek look to it.

S - SOUR! And funky like a good Cantillon with some age on it!

T - Fundadelic like James Brown. Burned the mouth and nose quite a bit on the first sip. I was drinking a triple prior to cracking this bottle open. The fruit has faded a bit but it still tastes like a Kriek but its hidden under the funk.

M - Dry. Slightly bitter. Tart like a mouthful of sweet tarts. Puckering like a mouth full of lemons.

O - So worth the 45 bucks we paid. Defintely a treat for Cantillon fans. Nobody does it better.

07-17-2011 07:11:35 | More by Goldstar81
Photo of DaveHS


5/5  rDev +15.7%

Vintage 1997, courtesy of the immensely generous Onibubba.

A- The cork was falling apart as I removed it, and there was a small pool of liquid under the cap. Pours stunning cloudy apple cider vinegar color with ruby highlights and small errant flecks of yeast. No head, just a small ring of brilliant white lace.

S-So perfect. Old musty cherry flavors, the best balsamic vinegar you've ever smelled, old wood, mulch. Impressive in every way.

T/M-Gorgeous tart cherry flavors up front, yielding to lovely lush funk. The finish retains the tart acidity till the very end. Like sweet tarts dissolved in balsamic vinegar. I know that sounds unappetizing but somehow it works. The genius of Cantillon. Thin and sharp, with low carbonation and a lingering funky, palate coating yeast.

O-I'm blown away by this.

07-16-2011 02:03:58 | More by DaveHS
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3.93/5  rDev -9%

From brew notes taken this past weekend:

A - White head with lots of little bubbles. Brew is cloudy blood red with black and orange hues.

S - Very cherry. Sour. Lots of milky scents too. Slightly burns the nose. Smells a bit like lighter fluid.

T - Tasty. I could drink this one every so often... Very cherry flavor. I can feel the heartburn set in slowly.

M - Dry. Slightly bitter. Tart.

O - Slightly disappointing. Worth finding, but not worth giving up too much for. Good brew in a good trade! Thank you!

07-06-2011 03:03:36 | More by chugalug06
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

750ml bottle. Bottled in Jan 2010, tasted in July 2011.

Poured a clear pale ruby with a vigorous carbonation. The towering frothy head soon dissipates.

Slightly peppery ripe black cherry smell. On the first sip medium sour is the first impression. Very subdued fruit in the middle. Cherry only emerges at the end. A long sour aftertaste with mild cherry flavours persist.

Fairly light in body. The initial vigorous carbonation diminishes to a relatively flat brew. Another fine understated Cantillon offering. Nicely balanced and smooth.

07-04-2011 03:51:20 | More by scott451
Photo of kaseydad


3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

Tulip pour and a cranberry juice/ruby red grapefruit colored ale pours out with a bright white head. Pure awesome. The aroma has some tart cherries, raspberry, vinegar and some good old fashioned funk. Very tart cherry taste with a bitter mouth-puckering finish. Very dry. A definite sipper. This bottle was a little on the older side and I would like to try a fresher bottle and re-review.

07-03-2011 23:22:50 | More by kaseydad
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4.45/5  rDev +3%

2007 bottle opened 2011.
A: This poured a nearly opaque pinkish red, with a bit of white head. Not the prettiest beer, but whatever.
S: It smelled like super tart cherries and funky oak, with a little floral hops and sour wild yeast.
T: It tasted like tongue-walloping sourness and super puckering tartness, with some cherry and cranberry and a bit of oak and funk. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste that was crazy tart.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation, but not as bubbly as expected.
D: This beer blew my mind. Probably the most sour puckering beer I've ever had. Other krieks and lambics didn't prepare me for this. Absolutely must be sipped, but it's worth it if you can handle the intensity. Cellar as long as you want, as I'm sure it'll be good forever. I wish it had more carbonation to help moderate the taste, but otherwise this was a fantastic lambic.

06-30-2011 20:07:42 | More by Pencible
Photo of Bierguy5


4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

750 ml bottle. Bottled April 30, 2010. Hazy, almost ruby colored. Pink fizzy head disappears immediately. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.

Sour cherries and other berries up front. Musty, leathery and earthy. Classic horse blanket funk.

Very tart and sour up front. Acidic. Sour cherries and ripe berries, along with leather, hay, funky notes. Earthy at the back, finishes bone dry.

Lighter body, with a great amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a non-factor. An acquired taste for sure. A classic.

06-27-2011 00:33:35 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of jnn4v


4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

"2007" bottle that was aged for three years in my cellar at 65-70 degrees before opening.

A: Not as pale as I had anticipated. Nice faded red / pink grapefruit color. Some white head, and surprisingly little sediment. Moderately hazy but still translucent.

S: Sour, acidic, tart, and intense scents. Cherry and cranberry are the two that jump out (and yes, I know it's only cherry in the ingredients).

T: Tart, sour, slightly cherry and a nicely sweet aftertaste. Did I mention that it's tart and sour? It's somewhere in the range of sour patch kid, warhead or sweet tart.

M: Thin, bordering on gritty. Kind of like a sour liqueur that's really sour, mixed with sour mix. Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

O: Challenging, but so rewarding (sort of?). Glad I got to try this and overall most people who sampled it at our tasting enjoyed sips, but a full bottle would be out of the question.

06-25-2011 22:29:57 | More by jnn4v
Photo of harrymel


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Sampled at the brewery in June 2011

A: blazing cherry red ale with brilliant clarity. 2 fingers of light pink foam slowly retires to a thick quilt of the same. Sheet lacing.

S: cherry, Brett, hay, yeast, lemon, dry dust. A little whiff of sour cream or yogurt.

T: dark cherries, minerals, sour, slight bitterness comes into play. The finish comes thru with the yogurt sensation and reminds me of a Greek yogurt with cherry.

M: thin to light syrup body wise. Minimal carb.

O: very nice. Like drinking a liquid cherry jolly rancher with an extra kick in the tart department.

06-22-2011 19:54:16 | More by harrymel
Photo of DoubleJ


4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

Cantillon. That speaks for itself, and underneath the wrapping is a cork engraved with a 2003 vintage year. On to the beer:

The cork is a diffcult one to remove, but in the end manpower prevails. The head fizzes away to nothing on top of this elegant violet colored beer. It looks closer to fruit punch than beer, but mind you, so do other fruit lambics. The nose shows assorted tart funkiness, a little vinegar, and very light cherry.

What has 8 years in the bottle done to this beer? For one, the fruit portion seems very small in comparison to the rest of the picutre. It starts off a wave of vinegar and a little sweet tart, which perhaps is the cherry doing that work. Also seems to give off lemon. That's odd, I taste a lot more lemon than I do cherry! Very acidic, though not in the territory of ripping your enamel off your teeth. Light in the mouth, very acidic, and with lots of little carbonation bubbles that seem to tickle inside your mouth. Refreshing and very tart.

If you've tried Lindemans Kriek and are expecting the same thing out of Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, you're coming in with the wrong expectations. Both are tasty, but are so far away in terms of character that they might as well be on different planets. The Cantillon version is the truer, more authentic form of a traditional cherry lambic, though this is not for all palates.

06-18-2011 05:46:28 | More by DoubleJ
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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Bottle date: May 27, 2010

A- Very attractive bright red appearance, slightly hazy, carbonation is apparent dissipates quickly to form a bubbly ring around the glass.
S- Very nice vinegar and sour aromas upfront, cherries, nice balanced barnyard funkiness, the tartness takes over a little more as it warms up.
T- Taste as it smells but better, nice sourness, tart, vinegar, funk, the cherries really come out in this brew, nothing else really stands out in the taste.
M- Medium mouthfeel, puckering, little drying on the palate.
O- Solid brew from Cantillon, well balanced overall, easy drinkability, was able to spread the goodness with a friend who has never had a sour before, was not disappointed with this beer.

06-12-2011 09:15:03 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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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
Photo of AdamGarcia


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
Photo of mdaschaf


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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