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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 536
Gots: 390 | FT: 24
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of BucBasil
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a wine glass at Cantillon brewery in Brussels.

A: Pure ruby red, topped with a quickly dissipating 1.5 finger thick pinkish head. Bright and clear.

S: Cherries of course but also bready. Good malt character here. Not just a big fruit blast, but well balanced.

T: Sour at first - pure cherry juice. The treat comes in the finish with an amazing cherry pie note, crust and all. Cooked/baked cherries with a good malt balance all the way through. Sour but then slightly sweet, making for a very drinkable and special experience.

Probably the best kriek I've ever had.

BucBasil, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of speter
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage from a 750ml bottle

A: Pours a cloudy pinkish-tan with a thin ring of carbonation.

S: Tart with horse blanket and cherries.

T: Wonderfully bracing and tart in the front, there is a slight opening of sweetness in the center, with a dry and funky finish.

M: Dry and tart. Very refreshing.

D: This is a simply wonderful lambic, a truly classic example of the style.

speter, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Chalice

Picked this up to celebrate some recent good fortune from Colorado Liquor Mart. Cork was wet when I opened the bottle, but it drank well none-the-less.

L: Cloudy reddish with a slight hint at froth.

S: Sweet and tart, with a twinge of sour.

T: Sweet into a massively tart finish. I loe tart, and this is quite possibly too much tartness.

F: Puckering and smooth.

D: Yes, yes please.

So, as far as entry level (real) lambics go, this one is pretty damn good. At the same price-point as Hanssen's Artisinal Oude Kriek however, this guy just doesn't stand up (or even hold a candle) in any category.

codewarrior, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2010 on the cork. Pours a nice ruby red color with a fluffy high carbonation white/pink head that quickly falls to a collar around the tulip glass. The aroma is a nice mixture between sweet cherry goodness, mild barnyard, medicinal, and sour/tart lemon. The taste is so nice. The cherries are there but not overly sweet but rather give a nice flavor to the otherwise tart/sourness of the beer. Some oak along with barnyard, the medicinal notes in the nose are pretty much nonexistant in the flavor to me. Light mouthfeel that finishes dryly.

kbutler1, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of LillJoel
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherry red, with a pink foam. Strong smell of cherries on the nose, combined with the classic, almost stable-like smell that good lambics have. Some grassy notes as well. God, i love the beers from Cantillon. The taste is predictably dominated by the cherries, but the strong acidity and sourness that Cantillon is famous for is also present. In the mouth it's fuzzy and sparkling, and very dry. Really like the rush of saliva that follows the dryness of the beer. Quality beer from the arguably best maker of lambics in the world.

LillJoel, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of nas5755
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

A- A very beautiful clear ruby red with a pink head that somehow has not diminished throughout the glass as I was expecting.

N- Funk and barnyard are present right away with some sourness, the cherries are noticeable but they do not dominate the nose like other Krieks on the market.

T- Right away this is bracingly sour, kinda one dimensional with some tart cherries blended then another sour punch with tart apples and lemons on the dry finish to suck the cheeks in and drain the saliva glands.

M- Light carbonation with sparkling little bubbles that accentuate the sourness.

D- I am in the midst of finishing off a 750 and I am having no problems. I would however prefer to share this with someone. As a huge fan Cantillons this is far from the best I have had, but it is still remarkably better than most of the fruit sour/wilds out on the market.

nas5755, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a beautiful dark rose. Big fizzy pink head settles quickly to a nice thinger width. I think kriek is the most refreshing looking drink on earth, and this one looks exactly how it's supposed to.

Despite some of the previous reviews, I find the aroma quite subtle. It's all light cherries up front. Just the slightest tartness comes up after that, giving it a very fresh smell.

There's an instant before the tartness takes over that you get a nice fruitiness from the cherries (just like the aroma). Then you get the tartness, but it certainly isn't overblown, I wouldn't call this brew sour. Just a bit of barnyard together with a drying yeastiness in the finish. I got a metallic twang off my first couple sips, so I'd let it sit in the glass for a minute or two. Once the tartness gets off the tongue it's a nice cherry afterglow.

An acquired taste, maybe, but no less a classic (both style and take). If you find it too much, let the first sip roll around in the mouth for awhile until you get accustomed to the tartness, then you can really enjoy what this fine beer has to offer.

CanuckRover, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, reading some of the negative reviews really gave me a chuckle. I had almost drank the entire bottle by the time I actually got around to reviewing it. This seriously almost made me shoot Kriek all over my computer:


But onto my review. Sorry, I guarantee it wont be as funny as that one. Cork says bottled in 2010, so a relatively fresh bottle. Honestly, this could be the freshest bottle of Cantillon I've ever had. Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass in almost one pour. This beer is absolutely beautiful. Very possibly the most gorgeous glass of beer I've ever seen. This beer pours a dark crimson rose with a massive pink head that leaves just little lines of pink lacing down the sides of the glass. It really is a pretty beer. Top notch I'd say. The aroma is a mixture of different funks with sour pie cherries. Uric acid lends remnants of litter box. Slight horse blanket mixed with acetic acid. Hints of bright grapefruit and granny apple skins. Raw oak lends a splinter to the flavor profile. Underneath all that funk is just a subtle mixture of fleshy sweet Bing cherries and extremely sour pie cherries. The mouthfeel is refreshing bone dry but not thin. Overall, not the best Cantillon I've ever had but its definitely better then 80% of most sours I've had.

hwwty4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
1.93/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- a burgundy red color, somewhat pinkish head, looked like a terrific lambic

S- this is where things headed down hill...smelt terrible...like sour patch kids gone bad...a hint of cherry with a musky overtone

T- awful...the sourness..the tart bite..mixed together with a hint of cherry...very acidic

M- carbonation, almost like sparkling water

D- well...i finished a 2 pint bottle...but struggled to get it down, i figured i spent $18 on the bottle, i might as well finish it

Overall, completely dissatisfied with this lambic after hearing all the great things about it...it was worth to try it, but was not my cup of tea at all and now upset i spent the $18 on it...the St. Louis Frambouise was much much better

Pballa4lyfe, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a reddish brown with fuchsia highlights that had a thin pinkish head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma is signature cantillon consisting of sour cherries, lemon citric acidicty but also had good musty funk from the oak barrels with brett. There is a touch of underlying vinegar as well.

T: upfront the tart cherries and acdic citrus smack the palate right away with sourness but has nice oaky funk accents with hints of vinegar and very slight apple notes.

M: the beer was light to medium in body with a perfect amount of carbonation which has a slight sweet but fruity, sour, and dry finish.

M: it drank decent due to the powerful sour punch but every sip is so delicious. I can never get enough of cantillon beers.

Gobzilla, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, rose/rust color. 1/6 inch head of an off-pink color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of citrus, slight tart malt, hint of sweet malt, earthiness, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carboantion level. There is also a strong associated tartness. Tastes of citrus, earthiness, tart malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, great aroma and body.

Tone, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, luminous rosewood with light fermentation. Imagine a slightly cloudy triple-brewed cup of Oolong Tea.

S: Spellbinding complexity that iincludes hints of tannin, citrus, and the musty/barnyard overtones that others have already mentioned. The tartness tickles the nose long before the beer actually touches the tongue.

T: More sour than any other Oud Bruin or Flemish Red I've tried. The smell provides a preview of what you're in for, but it never really prepares you for the crisp, clean, ultra-tartness. Give it a chance. Once acclimated, your mouth is in for a saliva-inducing fresh aftertaste that is an absolute home run.

M: The aggressive sourness resonates so strongly that--for this beer--the mouthfeel is almost inseparable from the taste. Aftertaste lasts a long, long time (which is, in this case, a very good quality)

D: I had no trouble finishing the 1 pint & 9.4 ounce bottle, but its something that will definitely go down easier for folks that are already sour beer aficionados. Not something I'd recommend as an introduction to the category to a person who has never tried one.

Concluding thoughts: A bit formidable at first, but once the mouth adjusts, this hybrid-style beer should satisfy both lambic fans and Flemish Red fans alike. Just be prepared to pucker up. An instant, delicious cure for dry-mouth. Sip and savor.

shamsoftabriz, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep cloudy ruby red color with a huge rose head. Head is aired and bubbled with a reasonable retention. Does not disappears completely and leave few lacings around
S: Pure Lambic: Delicious. Very fruity and with the traditional smell of Belgium Lambic yeasts
T: Follows the nose. Very cherry. Dry, tart and very very sour
M: Light body and high carbonation. Dry and sour
D: High. I use to be intolerant to wild and sour beers... I was wrong ;)

eduardolinhalis, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of drsyko
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby red, decent head, very pretty, rather whimsical.

S - Somewhat fruity, but less rich than I had hoped/anticpated given its appearance.

T - Sour/tart in a pleasant way.

M - Light-bodied, thin, borderline watery.

D - A refreshing alternative to your average beer, good if you're in the mood for something a little different but not too sweet.

drsyko, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Franz4
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice dark cherry/plum color. Big head that settles slowly and leaves lacing.

S- has a yeasty cherry smell, more like sour cherries than sweet cherries.

T- Sour cherries come through in a big way! Very tart flavor that is very refreshing.

M- some very fine carbonation, but drinks pretty smoothly. Aftertaste lingers a bit, but seems to actually sweeten up just a touch.

D- A very nice lambic that I could drink more of because it's not too sweet. Seems to be well balanced and refreshing, a nice change of pace beer.

Franz4, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Bottled: 21st February 2008

I have always wanted to try a true sour Lambic, I had to pay more than an arm and a leg to get this bottle, so let's hope it is worth it.

Appearance: Cantillon Kriek pours as one of the most beautifully coloured beers I have ever seen. Slightly clouded crimson red with stunning pink and orange edges. The head is small and light pink in colour, unfortunately the retention and lacing leave a fair bit to be desired. 4.0

Smell: Wow, what an aroma, massively tart cherries combine with an equal measure of funkiness - barnyard, musty leather and a slight woodiness. There is also a slightly vinous quality to the nose. 4.5

Taste: Yes I knew this beer was going to be sour, but WOW... Nothing could have prepared me for the mouth-puckering sourness of the first sip. It's a good thing I like sour, otherwise this beer could well have been an immediate drain pour. Once your mouth is used to the sourness you can begin to appreciate the underlying flavours of the beer. Tart cherry, slightly vinous, hints of wood and then the wonderful - though slightly more subdued than in the nose - funk consisting of musty leather and some earthy barnyard. It almost seemed as though the sourness covered up a fair bit of the funkiness (pity if I'm right). 4

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, with a low (but just right in my books) level of carbonation. 4.5

Drinkability: I found this beer fairly easy drinking (after the initial sour shock) and actually quite refreshing. Though my stomach did not agree with me for a few days afterwards. 4.0

Dec 2013 Vintage (Drank in March 2014)

Appearance: Cantillon Kriek pours a wonderful deep red with tinges of pink and a little orange on the edges. A rough pour yields a large light pink head that lasts well for a sour, but doesn’t leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: The nose is absolutely delicious and offers a ton of fantastic acidic cherry character alongside a little sweetness , tannic skins, some woodiness, musty funk, and some lactic notes.

Taste: As the nose promised, the flavour is bursting with a fantastic combination of tart cherries and funk. Notes include: Tart cherries, a touch of sweetness, cherry pips, tannic skins, wood, musty funk and a touch of cheese.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied (or just over), with a medium level of fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall: The only previous Cantillon Kriek I have had was an ’07 in 2011 and I have to agree with Jean, the beer is best within a year of bottling.

Thehuntmaster, Sep 20, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into DFH Signature Glass. Big thanks to Kala1073!

A- Pours a cloudy cherry right with wisps of white foam that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubble around the side of the glass and rising to the surface.

S- Very fragrant stuff. I can smell it 4 feet in front of me. Some tart cherries come through in the nose, but mostly huge funk aromas. Some barnyard aromas and sour, funky yeast dominate.

T- Some tart cherry up front with a sour punch in the face following. Very funky lambic flavor with big sourness. Finishes dry with a slight metallic hint.

M- Very good. Thin, but smooth, with spritzy carbonation.

D- I'm torn here, because I like it an could drink a fair amount, but at the same time, it's intense. For the style, pretty damn drinkable.

This is a fine fruit lambic, prefer this to the Hanssen's Oude Kriek I recently had. Very sour, but delicious.

geryeb624, Sep 19, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruby red with a gentle light pink foam that quickly dissolves. The beer is a bit cloudy, with lot of fine bubbles floating up to the surface.

S- Tart with cherries and a little bit of vinegar. It smells very nice.

T- Very sour and tart. It made me pucker for a moment on first tasting it. It tastes like dark cherries with the tartness of a lemon.

M- Very bubbly. Dry and light.

D- My favourite lambic to date. I don't drink fruit lambics much because I dont like the sweetness that some have, but this was very well done. I would reccommend it.

H1N1, Sep 14, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers. Didn't realize the bottle I picked up was from 3/2008 until I got home. so 2.5 yrs old at this time. I always try to drink fruit lambics as fresh as possible so this will be a new for me. My ratings reflect my overall opinion of the beer, not this particular sampling.

App- Ruby red with minimal white lacing. Time as faded this as it's is usually more vibrant.

Sm- Smell continues to be overwhelming tart cherries. Thought that hte age woudl bring more funk out in this, but it has not been able to ovewhelm the fruit still. There is some distant mustiness in there.

Ta- Amazing lactic sourness you expect form cantillon. Extremely dry. While the cherry flavor has matured it is still there. Just doesn't taste quite as fresh. Has changed a bit into a floral rosey flavor Some medicinal phenols but very minimal.

MF- Just enough carbonation to accentuate the lactic. Fairly thin body.

Dr- The acidty pays so well with the fruit I could drink a few glasses of this.

This is the beer I judge all other krieks from.

gueuzer, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of ausonius
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 champs bottle.

Bottled Jan. 2010

Foamy head settles quickly to a thin, light foam. Good carbonation. No real lacing - as with most lambics.

Pretty red/orange/pink color. Medium deep.

Amazing nose . . . Celestial sour red & wild cherry aromas. Huge & fresh. An aromatic cherry fruit cornucopia with heavenly Brett, lactic, bacterial & barrel funk. Creamy/fruity lactic & rose petals.

On the palate: lightly Bretty, funky, creamy & sour.
Acerola, red & wild cherries. Nice lactic quality. extended flavor & finish with intensity of flavor & fruit right through to finish.

An absolute Goddess among beers!

95 Points.

ausonius, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/05/10.

A-This one pours a cabernet red with a reddish pink one finger head.

S-Tart cherries with some acidic and vinegary sour notes.

T-Follows the nose but with mostl our, vinegary notes with some tart cherries.

M-Prickly and pretty highly carbonated with with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a sour but I can't discern the difference between this beer and a Flanders Red.

samie85, Sep 06, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red with a nice pinkish head.
S: Smells like cherries and some sourness gets caught in my nose.
T: Sour with a bit of cherry flavor. Very interesting flavor that makes my eyes all squinty like biting into a lemon. But a great taste.
M & D: Bubbly and awesome. Tickles my tongue and makes my head think of cherry flavored champagne. Very drink about.

jthor018, Sep 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like cherry soda. Good head, pinkish, retains fairly well. Not much lace. Head leaves to disk fairly fast.

S - Mostly sour cherries. Can't get much else.

T - A blend of sour cherries and cooked meaty cherries. I really like this blend.

M - Medium to light body, fairly well balance, veering towards sour cherry.

D - Low ABV, but such a strong flavored beer, don't think I would want to drink it all night.

srandycarter, Aug 27, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375mL bottle dated Jan. 2010, this Kriek pours a lightly hazy ruby color with a small bubbly head. Does not retain or lace, but that is not what sours are all about.

Aroma is pungent and fantastic, with nice funky notes of earthy cheese and sweaty clothes. Acidic fruitiness and cherry notes in the background.

The flavor is exceptionally tart with an underlying sour cherry presence. Hardly any sweetness, with a very dry finish. There is more raw acidity than fruit flavor, but the cherries are definitely there. Some hay-stack and barnyard. Pretty puckering. The mouthfeel was light and well-carbonated, refreshingly so.

This half bottle was more than enough for me, as it was quite acidic. Sour opens up a whole new world to the beer drinker, and I'm digging what it has to offer.

dasenebler, Aug 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rich, bright cherry red with a soft pink head. It doesnt last forever, its more of a loud fizzy, champagne kind of head. Thats typical of many lambics though.

S- Definite aromas of lambic. Earthy funk and tart sourness. Cherries are there and fairly strong. They arent like candy like in some other krieks.

T- Sourness is quite low. Its just enough to go well with the tart cherries. There is a little bit of wet hay funk but also not too much of that either.

MbpBugeye, Aug 22, 2010
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.