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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 547
Gots: 398 | FT: 28
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, gives off a simple small pink head that has lots of retention. Very foamy. Body is a nice muted cherry red with slight pink hues. Great consistent pin sized head bubbles and lots of staying power. She looks real good.

Smell is enjoyable for me. Sour sweetness with a barnyard festering yeast. Chewy as always and round. Everything feels tight and punchy. Slight hint of bread in the back ever so slight.

Taste is a real nice fruit cherry sour, and muted fizz. Once again a small hint of bread but on the swallow aromatics I am getting surprisingly... smoked meat (like a sausage). Good lord where did THAT come from? Real fascinating here, but that smoke is only on the swallow and hits only in the back of my nasal cavities. It's an odd place to find it but I like it.

Really enjoy this one, I am going to have to grab it again when I am in the mood. Lots of fun here.

smakawhat, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bottle with my wife tonight. I poured it into two wine glasses.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, yet extremely bright red in color, with a small, pink head that withered away to basically nothing.

S: Mild cherries with a bit of oak. This was definitely full and decadent!

T: Not the in-your-face sour cherry fare that I was expecting. Sure, the fruit was there, but the oak and the mild vinegar stole the thunder from the fruit a bit (but in a good way). The finish was somewhat dry, with ever the slightest presence of pepper.

M: Not too sweet or sour actually, and the bubbly champagne-like carbonation was very nice.

D: While this was not my favorite Cantillon brew by a long shot, B-level efforts from this fantastic brewery is still better than A-grade stuff from many other breweries.

Chaney, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark pink to red with a half finger pink head

smell: sour cherries, hints of sweetness

taste: cherries up front then fade in the back end, sour and very tart

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

drinkability: a very nice representation of a kriek wish the cherries didn't fade in the back end.



THECPJ, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Friend brought back a bottle from New Orleans. Heck yeah! Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

I popped off the cap and then looked away. All of the sudden, I hear the cork pop and fly. Now I know I'm in for something good. The pour is a bright red with a pink head. Definitely different from anything I've had before. Major points for the pop and brilliance.

The nose is funky feet. Pedio! Some tart cherries, too, but mostly funk.

The taste is the most sour thing I've ever sipped. Dry and unique... almost like chomping on a sour cherry warhead. The carbonation delivers the dry good wetland the mouthfeel that saps and then produces saliva in my mouth is crazy unique. Wow. The drinkability is a bit hampered by the over the top flavors, but I'm loving every bit of it. Wow.

UTCengOwl, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2010 bottling poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass

pours a deep ruby and pink with a massive fluffy pink head.

a bit light on the nose overall. light oak and cherry come first. lighter hints of lemon and vinegar.

nice and tart up front. heavy cherry flavor through out. lighter dry oak behind it. faint pale malt in the distant back. maybe a hint of lemon or lime.

tons of carbonation. very dry. tartness really hits the gums.

a wonderful kriek. i had this on tap and liked it a bit better but still great stuff. lots of cherry flavor.

hooliganlife, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful pinkish red with a bit of pinkish head. Smells tart and cherry heavy. Smells a bit sweet. Tastes tart and sour. Vry well balanced. Highly carbonated and fairly drinkable
This is one of the more balanced cantillon products that I've ever had. Very tasty

Urbancaver, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mwa423
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep hazy beautiful reddish purple. Carbonation and lacing was perfect and long lasting.

S - Tons of horse blanket, band aide and sour fruit with additional grassy weed notes.

T - Taste is incredible, lots of sour and cherry, with exceptional balance. There is also a yeasty vanilla note that is a bit medicinal, but still pleasant. The flavor evolves as the beer warms and you can let every sip sit on your tongue.

M/D - Mouthfeel was biting but smoothed out quickly with great aftertaste and a slight sour burn. Extremely drinkable with such a great balance!

mwa423, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- looks like cherry 7up with out the carbonation. Red with no head.
S-Slight cherry smell on the nose. Could be rasberry.
T-very tart, almost check puckering. Alot like it smells. Nice cherry flavor to it
M-very sour and tart. Crisp finish
D-delcious and moderately drinkanle

brew3crew, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one last night, split with my girlfriend. It has an amazing aroma and appearance as it's a super carbonated dark red. But from the first taste, it's kind of petrifying. It's definitely the most tart beer I've ever had, and the sourness of it really brings out the intensity of the cherry. It's a really striking beer, and after my face unwrinkled from the first sip I probably laughed for a good minute. It's fun to drink, fun to share, and an awesome blend.

petacutlasaurus, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked and capped bottle poured in a Smuttynose tulip glass. Bottled on January 12, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a nice two finger, pink, fizzy head. Ruby pink in color. Leaves a nice lacing throughout and plenty of effervescence.

Aroma: Definitely a lot of barnyard funkiness upfront. Grass and musty notes really stand out. Background notes of lush cherries. The tart notes really don't assert themselves too much here, but there are a couple in teh background here.

Taste: Big acetic, tart notes immediately upfront. Lush cherries really start to work thir way in next. The cherries compliment the sourness great and really provide a nice sweetness throughout. Background flavors of funk and barnyard, along with a touch of oak and vanilla. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really spot on carbonation. Everything stays light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I finished a 750 mL bottle by myself, but that may be a tad much for most. Definitely exceedingly drinkable for a lambic.

Overall, a really solid, flavorful, crisp, and complex interpretation of the style. Everything is executed extremely well. Definitely a top notch sour I would get again. The cherries used in this really provide a nice contrast and range for the fruit. The sweet notes are incredibly lush and full, while it still contributes the necessary tart character. The fruit is still really there after a year on this as well. I'd be curious to see how this evolves over time as the fruit is my favorite compliment.

Gosox8787, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass.

Looks like: hazy translucent redish orange in color. Very light head retention.

Smells like: Vinegar, vinegar and more vinegar! Hints of dark fruit, likely from the cherries!

Tastes like: This is quite tart, it's rather hard to see where the wild flavors stop and the sour cherry flavors begin. The overall profile is reminiscient of lemons, vinegar and tannic dark fruit.

Feels like: light in body, little astingence and easy carbonation.

The flavors are interesting, the beer is quite sour and is not easy to drink in high quantities. I do not suggest that those who are new to sours attempt to tackle a 750 ML bottle of this on their own, it's not s beginners sour.

Donnie2112, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted because I'm going to use the yeast in brewing a Flanders red. Translucent strawberry color ranging from dark red to blushing pink. Large, pink seashell colored head is slow to lay down into a respectable layer of retention. From a undisturbed layer to a large crescent moon, consistent thin foam all glass long. Best retention I've seen from a lambic (in fairness, I'm sill fairly new to he style).

Sour, vinagrette lambic-ness offset by a woody cherry sweet aroma with allspice.

After the initial puckering tart shock the tartness dims down and allows a mildly cherry sweet malt to appear. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Opens up as it warms.

Cherries are somewhat obscured, I wonder if that's because it's a relatively new bottle (dated Jan 2010)? I do like the fact that what cherry flavor there is, is natural tasting rather than artificially sweet.

donkeyrunner, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to where it all began, much more enjoyable than the first time, and the first sour I ever had. Bottled in 2010.

Pours into a flute of a dark amber, cherry red color with a few inches of off white/red color. Leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smells like acidic tarness, barnyard funk, cherry, and oak tannins.

Taste is acid up front with cherries coming through. Finishes rather dry with a slight cherry, funk, and oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, nice amount of carbonation, but it doesnt need any help on the dryness with this.

Drinkability is good, its a very complex beer that is delightful.

I would have given this 1s across the board a few months ago, but this is a damn good sour.

bs870621345, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of trodersark
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 1996, consumed Feb 2011

Served from bottle, poured into Tulip.

Before I begin this review, I would like to say this has been one of the absolutely most fantastic beers I've ever had. Pours an extremely bright cherry red with a half a finger head, though it quickly dissipates. When smelling it, it screams of cherry, cherry, cherry, and some more cherry. You can definitely smell the red fruits and the tartness. When tasting, god O' mighty this is soo tart. It almost makes your lips pucker. At the front of your palate, you get cherry, light fruits, and plain of TART. Once that goes away, you get the taste of an absolutely perfect Lambic. Cantillon has really done a number with this one (and with most of their other brews). It still has it's effervescence, and it's just the right amount. I could drink this all day if I could. It's extremely easy to drink and enjoy.

trodersark, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: This pours a hazy raspberry color. Seriously, tons of haze in the middle of this visibly appearing beer. A flash of a pinkish tan head, and then nothing.

Smell: The smell is tart cherries and vinegar with some underlying wood and funky notes.

Taste: There is a burst of sweetness before the tart acidity hits my palate. Cherry in its purest form embraces both the sweet and sour, eventually relenting to a musty and funky and leathery Brett character.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and acidic, as I would expect. The carbonation is light, but noticeable, and the body is on the light side as well.

Drinkability: This was my first Cantillon, and I very much enjoyed it. Right now I am learning more about Lambics and like the learning process.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright red body with a fizzy and foamy pink head. Leaves a little lace, but not much. Good retention of the head.

Funky, wet wood with sour cherry notes.

Fresh unsweetened cherry pie. Plenty of tartness from the wild yeast and the cherries. Very acidic. Some oak character and very little sweetness. The cherries are the definite highlight here.

Very dry and puckering. Light bodied.

This one is growing on me a little. I am finding that I like more sweetness in this style, but even without, this one has complexity and a real high quality to it. This won't be for everyone, but will please people wanting sour.

jera1350, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: pinkish red, 1/2 inche head (pink), splashes of lacing

N: sour cherries, tartness, and extreme funk

T: cherries at the top, moving to sourness, and then extreme tartness at the end....funk is swallowed up by the tartness

M: full and puckering, a little bit too much so

D: half point knocked off for the tartness, this is intense even for a sour

modernartblues, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark crimson red color (darker than the Gambrinus) with a thin bubbly white head that lasts for 20 sec and fades to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is sour cherries, lemon, tart and funky yeast. Nothing overpowering and just right.

Taste is delicious with a tart start with lots of fruit notes. Cherries are the most prominent but there is a lot of citric fruits coming through as well, with lots of lemon zesty notes. The yeast is the star here however with many spicy and funky/barnyard compounds making this the best kriek out there.

Light body and high carbonation. Mouthfeel is adstringent and dry. Long tart aftertaste leaves the mouth watering.

This is the original Kriek, very sour complex and refreshing. Taste just like the one I had as a sample at the brewery in Brussels about 3 years ago.

paulozanello, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this on tap (along with rose de gambrinus) and it was so fantastic, I had to review it again. thought they may have poured me the wrong beer at first, because when it arrived, it was a glowing, pink/raspberry color. much lighter in color than i remember. hold it up to my nose, and... woah! awesome. bright cherry flavor on top of lemon and proper cobwebby, earthy, woody, dewwy sunny country farm hillside. just fantastic. maybe this is a young keg, because the fruit flavors are so bright in the taste, and the nutty, peppery-spice notes are more round than i am used to in the bottle. nevertheless, the taste is tart, acidic fruit up front. cherry is obvious, but if i didn't know better, i would have believed there were strawberries and red raspberries in there too. the base lambic shows it's face just a little in the middle and finish with the lemon, wood, cellar and earth notes. crazy good. silky medium body that coats the palate before being completely cleaned and wiped away by the healthy acidity. i could drink this whole keg myself. wow. do not pass this up if you are lucky enough to see it on tap.

timtim, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle ~ poured into a flute
Bottled Sept. 2008

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy pink grapefruit color with with a small creamy head. Some rings of lace are left behind.

Smell- Cherry and lemon dominate the nose. Barnyard funk, some funky cheese, leather.

Taste- Starts out with sweet cherries, quickly turning tart, with some puckering sourness. Definite barnyard funk and leather notes, very earthy, semi musty cellar. Awesome. The finish is dry with lingering tart/sweet cherry on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light body with low carbonation, fairly sticky.

Overall- Great beer, with a nice depth of flavors, its not just a cherry bomb. Refreshing as well.

JLeege, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of beerhan
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml 2007 bottle.

Pours a nice ruby red color with a pinkish read head that does not last very long. Lightly carbonated.

Smells much like banyard, grass, cherries, very funky.

Tastes very tart. The most tart of all krieks I have had. There is a lot of acidity to this one but in a good way. Very sour dry finish with a subtle cherry flavor but it is not overwhelming.

The sourness of this made me cringe a little at first but I habituated fast. It is a bit tough to get a proper swish in your mouth just do to the sourness.

Very drinkable, I think I ended up polishing at least 600 ml of this bottle to myself and I could have had much more. The alcohol is not really even there and I definitely felt full in a good way afterwards.

beerhan, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for pouring this 2005 bottle.

A - Red colored beer with some decent retention and lace.

S - Horse blanket, tartnees, cherries, sour, hay, barnyard funk. Almost everything you would want in a lambic.

T - This is exceptionaly tart and sour, with a lot of barnyard funk and horseblanket. Fruit is nicely blended in, quite good, if not a bit of a sipper due to the puckering quality of this.

M - Jammy, lower carbonation, lot of body on this one.

D - Pretty good, love this beer and drinking it, but it's so sour you have to take it slow. Great stuff, would love to have it again, particularly with this many years on it.

AgentZero, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for giving us this 2005 bottle... Poured a dark ruby grapefruit juice with a big pink head, good retention and lacing... The aroma is great strong horse blanket, musky, not a lot of depth but the horse is outstanding... The taste is equally awesome with tons of horse. This is very tart couldn't crush the whole bottle quickly, but I'd sip on this for a couple hours just loving love.

Age this a couple years but this is well worth owning, drinking, and cellaring.

jrallen34, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of ozmodium
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a 750ml green corked and capped bottle. The bottle reads "Kriek 100% Lambic Bio" Not sure if the "Bio" denotes anything different...

First off I should mention that i am a rookie when it comes to the Lambic thing, my experiences being mostly in the syrupy widely-available-to-north-american-markets stuff...

Pours cloudy dark orangy red, small pink head, little bit of lacing

Smell is of wheaty malt, SOUR cherries (think cherry pie filling aroma), SOUR apples, sweet spices ie cinnamon, cloves, maybe some nutmeg, and that pure lambic funky gaminess, a bit like aging cheese in a dark damp cellar.

Taste is shocking at first! Lip pursing into full pucker Lactic Acid SOUR. Makes your cheeks tingle and salivary glands go wild. This is some serious stuff! Once the shock of the first few sips wears off, and your taste buds come back to earth, the more subtle notes come to light: Sour cherries, sour green apples, those sweet spices. Taste is pretty much as it smells, some nutty aged hops. Complex, wild stuff.

Again this stuff is seriously sour. Ive only ever had one brew more sour than this. It was a novelty extra sour lambic (the name of which escapes me) served at Alibi Room in Gastown, Vancouver. This makes my rating mouthfeel and drinkabilitly extremely difficult. On one hand it's a wonderful drinking experience simply for the taste and smell of it, but actually consuming the stuff in quantity is a bit of a chore. Its marketed as a "thirst quencher" and I can't really get on board with that... I wanted to rate both M and D higher but personally, average is about right.

ozmodium, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of whiterascal
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2008, purchased in PHX
Shared w ottovon

A: looks like sparkling cranberry juice

S: sweet, fruity, mouth-puckering lactic

T: tart is too mild a descriptor. fresh, light, mouthwatering cherries, with a bit of wood in the background.

M: bubble and pucker

D: yes. I would like a Kriek drinking fountain. Refreshing, delicious.

whiterascal, Jan 29, 2011
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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