Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 24 April 2011 and poured into a flute.

Has a beautiful red color to it. The head fizzles down quickly.

The funk plays a bigger role than the cherries in the nose. Also some citrus/grapefruit type notes.

It tastes and feels wonderful. Cherries n' funk. Not as tart as say their Rose de Gambinus. The flavor and tartness just work perfectly.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass out of a 375ml bottle. Back label states that it was bottled in "May 2011" and that it should be consumed before December 2011. However, as it is bottle-conditioned, it can be apparently cellared for the next 10 years - although be weary that doing so will cause it to change its flavor and texture quite radically.

I've been very much enjoying every single Cantillon I've found across Europe so far. This one is a perfect reason why it is worthwhile to seek out their beers. The pour is absolutely incredible. It has a ruby, slightly reddish tone that resembles the glimmer of jewelry. No one would EVER guess that this was a beer by looking at it - the fact that it has no head (a few bubbles) and the consistency of wine makes it even more fascinating.

Smell is great: an ideal lambic funkiness with a tart sourness that everyone seems to agree on when reviewing Cantillon lambics. There's an incredible zestiness of lemon rinds to the flavor, as well as a spicy aroma that remains throughout. I can sort of pick up cherry notes, yet again, just like with their rosé, it's hard to distinguish precise fruits past the funk.

And the taste is equally impressive as well. Not getting much cherry, yet I am indeed getting other notes of far more sour fruits such as boysenberries, blackberries... all topped with lemon juice. The wheat does indeed become present towards the end, which is as "bready" this gets. It's more on the sweet than bitter side, yet the sourness is what shines here. I expected this one to be really intense, but it turned out to be the most satisfying sour I've had from Cantillon so far. Really refreshing and tasty. Dry like wine, and contains the consistency of champagne - with far less bubbles. Manages to be classy and informal at the same time.

My favorite Cantillon so far. I could drink this every week if it weren't for the high price tag. I probably won't be able to drink krieks (or hell, even most lambics) in the same way ever again!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.
Reviewed from notes.

Reddish pink with a pinkish white head. Nice legs, nice spotty lace.
Smells intense-- oaky, cherries, little funk... Huge sour smell.
The taste is spectacular. Light sweetness up front with sweet cherries before turning nice and sour with a dry finish.

The feel is nice and light with a tart and sour bite that pulls in my cheek and dries out my tongue.

Overall-- spectacular. Just awesome.

Photo of Nashvillain
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pink into a Lindemans flute. Joyful bubbles (yes, even the bubbles are happy) climb up the sides of the glass, a very lively brew for sure.

Smell is rank, but in the best way possible. It's like a rancid smell but not as off-putting, it just smells like extreme wilderness. I don't really get any cherries out of the nose, just extremely dank barrel.

Taste is a puckering sour up front, very piercing. The sweetness of the cherries takes over near the end and the finish is a sour cherry flavor, reminiscent of War Heads but not as fake and a little darker.

Mouthfeel is bright and carbonated. Overall an amazing brew, I understand why it's so coveted. Based on factors other than smell this would get a solid A in my opinion, but that nose is FUNKY.

Photo of indesertum
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a gorgeous ruby redd. nice head, but dissipates quickly

smells incredibly funky, citrusy, fruity (apples? cherries?)

average carbonation. incredible sweetness and fruitiness. lots of sour cherries (def not bing). great citrusy bite. funky. like a horse barn.

love this. one of the best krieks i've had. highly drinkable

Photo of muletrane
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. Bottled April 2011.

A: Beautiful dark red color with 2 fingers of bubbly pink head that dissapates quickly but never fully leaves.

S: Very funky with a tart cherry aroma in the background. Very bold all around.

T: Sour cherry throughout with a nice funky yeasty finish. Just a beautifully balanced brew! Nice long lasting tart finish.

M: Soft, bubbly, prickly mouthfeel. High carbonation with a medium body. Very nice!

This my first time trying a Cantillon beer and I'm not disappointed. Just a wonderful well balanced beer.

Photo of scout
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to rate the appearance because it's so unique: cranberry juice with a head. Really, just a beautiful pinkish red with a thick, frothy head. The looks of this one caused a few people at the bar next to me to do double takes, and one guy even asked what on earth it was.

Smell is unforgettable. Vibrant, sour cherries and oaky funk. Taste is tart cherries giving way to funky acidity then a dry dry finish. Reminds of a wine the way the flavors flow like waves in perfect succession. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly carbonation, but not at all overwhelming.

Like all great beers, balance is the key to this one. The flavors all work together and are unique, recognizable but exceptionally well blended. The smell stands out and I just love the lambic funk giving way to such a dry finish that makes you crave another sip.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown.

A: Clear red pour with a fizzy pink head. Much larger head than I was expecting. No lacing but decent retention. My server poured the beer, and set the bottle down before clearing the bottle, meaning my second pour was much more cloudy.

S: Very sour smell with hints of cherries. While it is very funky, the acidity takes over.

T: Following the smell the taste is much more acidic than funky and the cherries fall in the background, providing balance. Very delicious. While the acidity is the forefront, it is not overbearing. The funk and cherries balance it out very nicely and leave a tart aftertaste, which hangs on well after the beer has left the palate.

MF: Light and carbonated very well. Extremely dry finish. Very tart.

O: This is very very good. Balanced, tart, funky, easy drinking. I can understand why these are so hard to come by.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is the 2005 vintage and courtesy of weirdbeer, thanks Joe! It pours a medium bodied cloudy cherry pie red in color with a slightly pink lacing around the glass. The nose is pure funk with barely any fruit at all. You can still tell its cherry but the fruit is no longer fresh and vibrant. The flavors too are pure sourness, funk, bacteria, and acidic. It strips the enamel off my teeth. It's very good and is one agressive drinker. It leaves your mouth desiring more and more cherry. This is a premium Kriek and a great beer to try.

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-2010 vintage, bottle date is smeared. I can read November though. Poured from a 375ml.

Has a beautiful deep rose color in the glass, with a small pinkish-red colored & fizzy head of foam that dissipates quickly.

The nose is tart and sour up front with a touch of vinegar. Lots of fresh, bright cherries in the aroma. Very fresh and attractive, rose petals come to mind. Has a nuttiness of almonds, cherry pits and stone fruit. There's a musty funk behind all this as well. Barnyard and dried hay, with a faint medicinal cough drop, band-aid aroma. Amazing on the nose this fresh.

Mellow on the palate, with low carbonation that doesn't stick around long. All tart cherries on the first couple sips, with a pleasant nuttiness. Plenty of musty funk, earthy and somewhat of a rustic, fruity cheese taste. Woodsy oak flavors begin to develop
as the beer warms and more of the nutty, cherry pit flavors appear. It is somewhat acidic on the palate but, stays in balance with everything else. Kinda oily in the mouth also. The cherries are predominate throughout the whole beer. This is like pure cherries in a glass. From fruit, to pit, to steam, everything all crushed together in liquid form. It finishes tart and a bit tangy, with a little dryness and lots of cherries.

This is the freshest Cantillon Kriek I've had to date. All the Cantillon krieks and Rose de Gambrinus I've had, have been 2-6 years in bottle age and I much prefer this younger fresh versions. The fruit is much more prounced and the acidity is total in balance with the beer. Though it was only a 375ml It never became harsh on the stomach. I feel I coulda easily drank a 750ml of this fresh on my own. With or without food, amazing.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light red and clear body. It poured with an aggressive head and even after letting this breathe for around 30 minutes it still had a good puddle of white carbonation in the middle.

Smell is tart cherries and vinegar. You can smell the tart in it, no sweetness at all. It's actually a pretty simple scent, yet precise.

I love how the cherries come through without the sweetness. It's all tart and sour.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and is puckering. The finish is very dry.

I liked this beer very much. I prefer higher abv beers but this packs in the flavor nonetheless. One of the better lambics I've had.

Photo of axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Spuyten Duyvil for 2011 Zwanze Day. This one was a 12oz pour served in a wine glass

Cantillion Kriek pours a spot on solid cherry color. There's just a wispy crown of rose tinged foam that shows a little bit of staying power, but is a bit lacking in the lacing department. The nose is very interesting, it's a fairly even blend of earthy brett funk, notes of oak/wood, and a definite sour cherry aroma. The flavor dials up the sour, and the cherries are a little bit more prominent as well. It tastes like a soured beer with cherries, as opposed to what came across as just slightly tart cherry in the nose. The notes of earth and wood from the aroma carry through from the aroma and fill out the beer nicely. The mouthfeel feels pretty much identical to the Rose de Gambrinus I just had. The body is very dried out, and the carbonation is active, though stops a bit short of being truly bubbly. In general I prefer beers made with rasperries to ones with cherries, but I think I preferred Cantillon Kriek to Rose de Gambrinus, as I think it made much better use of its fruit.

Photo of beerdweeb
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Vintage 2010

A: Slightly clear with a reddish / pinkish tinge

S: Cantillon funk, cherries, slight vinegar

T: Delicious sour cherries coupled with a funky finish. A bit of vinegar present.

M: Medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: Great beer, would drink again.

Photo of amphion1065
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz. or so pour from a keg at Lord Hobo, enjoyed from a wine glass on Zwanze Day. Vintage unknown. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a vibrant reddish pink, like the petals of a rose. A small, frothy white head with tight bubbles lasts for some time. Beautiful lacing.

The smell is very fruit-forward. Though there's a little bit of lemon rind and citric funk, the aroma that really dominates is that of fresh cherries. Not much in the way of acidity, sweetness is at the forefront here.

The taste follows closely on the smell, with a ton of cherries throughout. Whereas I don't particularly enjoy Rose de Gambrinus for its overwhelming citric acidity, in this beer I really enjoy the converse: though there's not too much tartness in the flavor, the cherries are front and center and they're delicious. This is a wonderful fruity lambic, and what it lacks in overall balance it makes up for in pure natural flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, and the liveliness helps those cherries come through. It's a shame that Cantillon kegs are so rare.

This beer to me epitomizes fruit over funk, and though I usually prefer lambics that emphasize the latter, I really enjoyed this. Not endlessly fascinating or especially complex, but a delicious beer nonetheless.

Photo of jwhancher
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 8/8/11 at Monk's Mad Monday featuring Brasserie Cantillion. Served in 6-oz. portion in an 8-oz. wine-like glass. From my tasting notes:

Pours a bright cranberry red with pinkish little head. Sourness is subtle. Smells like red vinegar - the type you'd put on your salad as a dressing. Tastes of a woody, tart, sour-like cherry pie. Light but tart & sour. Excellent kriek - and likely the first I've ever tried (or actually remembered trying).

(Please note that my point values are purely a best guess as I tried this beer a month ago. I do know that I enjoyed this beer - just not sure what points I would give it until I try it again.)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've strayed from sours for so long. However, I couldn't resist ordering my first Cantillon when it was offered on tap here at The Wealth of Riches kickoff event at the Blue Dog in Chalfont. Pours a brilliant, vibrant, yet cloudy rose color with a minimal head. The nose is dominated by vinegar. Only the faintest cherry pushes through. The taste is sour, but seemingly only because of the vinegaresque qualities from the aforementioned nose. I had Raspberry Tart last night, and felt that it was both sweet and sour. This is just sour for the sake of being sour. But that's cool. I get it. Glad I tried it.

Photo of davey101
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle reads: 21 October 2008 and the cork says 2008. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Great red/dark brown body. Very clear and still. Just a few spotches of edging and foam.

S - Sour cherries and strong oak. Very intense and pleasant.

T - Biting and mouth puckering. Taste is of sour cherries, woody oak, and some light funk. Its almost overpowering how acidic and sour it is. Decent carbonation and mouth feel.

O - The best kriek I have had so far. The aroma and taste is excellent, it just get to be a bit much at times. This is an extremely slow, but satisfying sipper. My stomach may have a hole in it now...

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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a Russian River tulip, bottled on 11/18/2010. 2010 cork date.

A murky cranberry red with a head upon pouring, that dissipates soon there after. Lots of bubbles dancing to the top and the faintest ring of white foam around the edges.

Sour cherries up front with an airy, dusty barnyard funk on the nose with highlights of hay, canvas, horse blanket, and petrichor. Some nuttiness and vinegar notes woven throughout the aroma, with more emphasis on tart cherries.

Again, forward with sour cherries. Lots of those same funky characteristics and some nice acetic sourness behind the initial fruit and funk. Bacteria has really run wild in this one and given it a real abrasive tartness, but still has a massive tart fruit presence as well. A real nice yet complex balance between all flavors.

Medium body with a healthy, spritzy carbonation of tiny bubbles. A little sticky and some drying on the finish.

Awesome fruity and acetic tartness with good barnyard woven throughout. A more tart and fruity kriek than say Boon or Drie Fonteinen. Recommended if you can get a hold of it, it's really a shame that Cantillon is becoming rather hard to find in the states.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub over Labor Day weekend along with my girlfriend Meggie88. Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon glass.

A--Pink cherry, ruby color with a short-lived bubblegum pink head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a small amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

S--Cherries, yeast, vinegar, and lemon juice. This thing had both sweet and sour components.

T--Lip-puckering sourness on the first sip. Vinegar, bitter cherries, and pure lemon juice. Then, once the palate adjusted, the sweetness of the cherries powered through and the sourness diminished.

M--Light-bodied with a bit of carbonating scrubber bubbles. It was a refreshing drink once the sourness left.

O--This was a better-than-average lambic, but it wasn't the most earth-shattering beer I had over the weekend.

Photo of dansmcd
2.63/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Pink and bubbly, with a short lived foamy pink head.

S - White wine, vinegar, lemon juice.

T - Tart yet earthy, vinegar dominates with guava. Im struggling to get any cherry out of this.

M - Light, thin, fizzy. Cidery.

O - This was my first lambic. I wanted to try the best so picked up a Cantillon. Very disappointing to be honest. Maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe lambics are just not for me but I dont get the attraction. An easy to drink, thirst quenching, refreshing drink but I just didnt get any of the complexity or full flavour that Ive read about.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 340 ml wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cherry-red color with a large pink head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind only a little bit of lace.

Smell: Sour vinegar and lemon with sweet cherry and a slight farmhouse mustiness.

Taste: Begins with lemon tartness, finishing vinegary with a sweet cherry backing. There is a hint of earthiness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a vinegary finish.

Overall: Another winning beer from Cantillon. Could do better if the cherry flavors were amped up just a bit, but this is an excellent fruit lambic and a nice change of pace from others which are either too fake or all too similar.

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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