Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 569
Gots: 417 | FT: 28
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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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Rob315
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a deep crimson with a 2 finger pink foamy head that quickly dissipates leaving only trace amounts of foam.

Smell: Cherries, lactic sour notes, barnyard, subtle vinegar notes.

Taste: Sour mouth puckering cherries dominate the pallet, sourness fades after a few moments leaving tart cherry flavors lingering. Funkiness comes in towards the end and finishes crisp. Carbonation is very active, and kind of crackles on the tongue.

Overall: Great,crisp and refreshing not to sweet, cherries are there but balanced by intense sour notes, not overly complex but very enjoyable. I would definetly recommend this one.

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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a 3 finger pink head which fades to a thin disc. The aroma has tart cherries, barnyard funk, and a small amount of vinegar.

The taste has tart cherries, Brett, lite vinegar, and mustiness. Funky as the smell, complex, and tart. No sweetness here at all, just tart and sour. Very acidic.

Light bodied, with modest carbonation, and a very dry finish. I really like this, and can more than understand why Cantillon beers are highly sought after.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Cantillon, received from the generous FluffyMcTingles. Thank you very much! Bottled 02/14/2011 and reviewed from notes taken 10/26/2011. Poured into a snifter.

A translucent, vibrant, ruby red body with about two centimeters of bubbly, pink head. Brief retention, minimal lacing, but a gorgeous hue nonetheless.

Aroma is of tart cherries, a faint yeast funk, some straw, and hay. A delicate saison-like background that showcases the cherries.

It tastes of cherries, other light fruits, yeast/funk, straw, haw, some faint grasses, and subtle spices. Well balanced, and again highlighting the cherries.

Mouth is crisp, not overly acidic or abrasive, and finishes a bit dry.

Overall, a delicious offering. Easy to see why these are sought after.

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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass, 2008 keg. Beer pours a dark scarlet red, slightly hazy, with a thin soapy pink head that leaves some light lacing. Some tiny bubbles floating up here and there.

Nose is tart cherries, red wine vinegar, a light nutty aroma, wet earth. Some sweeter red berry notes as well.

Taste some sharp sourness, sour cherries with vinegar, mellowing to some sweeter red berry and cherry flavors, along with some earthy funk and a nutty flavor possibly from the cherry pits. Finishes dry with lingering vinegar and berry flavors.

Light body with some light carbonation. Very refreshing. Pretty tasty kriek.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first Cantillon so I was super excited to try this...

A-bright red with a nice pink head

S-smells really funky, extremely funky. with a good bit of cherries. i could sit and smell this all day long

T-ok wow. yes...comes in with a perfectly tart taste of creamy dark cherries. its a great dry taste with a touch of bitterness. the after-taste is strong and matching. so much complexity, yet so balanced. has such a great funk to it

M-medium carbonation with a good dry finish

O-this is one of the best beers i've ever had. of course, i'm a huge fan of sours and lambics, but this just raised the bar. i want a never ending supply of this. i wish it were cheaper...its a taste i just can't get out of my head

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 cl bottle shared as a sampling of three fruit lambics with friends, purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Bottled in April 2011.
Poured into a New Glarus flute (courtesy of A).

The Cantillon kriek is a complex fruit lambic that relies on a variety of odors and tastes to evoke a variety of impressions on the drinker, ultimately leading to a focus on environment, earth, and source (as in, how was that produced?). The aromas and tastes were dirty, cultured, and affable, none claiming center stage over the others. Definitely a beer to explore with one's palate when possible.

Pours, into the glass, a light red to pink head of fairly small bubbles, about 2cm tall. Head descends quickly, leaving little lacing and reducing to a ring around the glass. Body is red delicious apple skin in color, with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is complex, noticeably less Brettanomyces "funk" than the Drie Fonteinen kriek, the Cantillon is focused more on musty basement, old dried fruit, old wood, and faint cheese.

The taste is full and pleasant, not as sharply tart as the Drie Fonteinen, but still noticeably so. I'd describe this as continued presence of the musty basement, old cherries that had been left in the fridge too long, slight peat moss, and very faint cheese. In general, I thought this was more subdued, but also more complex, than the Drie Fonteinen and as a result, I appreciated this variety of flavors more.

Body is medium-light to medium, with noticeable but not aggressive carbonation. Pleasant, excellent for sipping and trying to discern the flavors. Finish is dry.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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2/5  rDev -53.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.