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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,682 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,682
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 515
Gots: 361 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-16-2012 03:24:59 | More by Massbmx
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stealth

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2012 01:15:33 | More by stealth
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-10-2012 03:09:02 | More by polishkaz
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19%

12-10-2012 02:50:31 | More by seeswo
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-09-2012 01:46:06 | More by DonFrap
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Leftofthedial

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2012 17:39:13 | More by Leftofthedial
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-08-2012 05:51:50 | More by cosmonick
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SGToliver

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2012 00:38:41 | More by SGToliver
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Brez07

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-04-2012 23:39:10 | More by Brez07
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-02-2012 17:57:13 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-02-2012 15:07:20 | More by Hugonaut13
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Robdrinx

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-01-2012 04:08:34 | More by Robdrinx
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -19%

12-01-2012 01:04:20 | More by bostonryan
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-28-2012 19:30:27 | More by mendvicdog
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2012 18:50:14 | More by atoulouk
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2012 05:13:13 | More by Zach136
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mkeene78


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2012 02:04:05 | More by mkeene78
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400: man, how these last hundred have flown by. Still, lots of memorable moments, including my introduction to (and current infatuation with) sours. What better way to celebrate, then, than with my first experience with one of the world’s most acclaimed sour brewers: Cantillon.

Brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled 29 June 2012” on the label).

A: Absolutely gorgeous beer: the body is a glowing reddish-pink, slightly hazy yet brilliant in every light. Soft pink foam sits atop, staying at half-inch in height for the whole drink, with intricate strands of lacing extending up and out of the body. Good head, sure, but the color of this beer is just astounding. As per the notes on the back of bottle, I’m going to let this one sit for half an hour before I mess with it any further.

S: The most authentically fruity nose I’ve ever experienced with a lambic. Its deep black cherry tones swell magnificently, expanding with sweet syrup, fresh puree, and an herbal tartness – natural sours. Lactic acid is strong but balanced, as well, framing the sours in both complexity and balance. Intricate and incredibly satisfying, the rest of the palate is shrouded in cinnamon-bread, oak, and herbs, particularly a pleasantly strong juniper, mint, and menthol coolness that seems to open the sinuses as it hits. Phenomenal.

T: Holy hell, this beer has layers upon layers of flavors – every sip is something more. First sip is a bold cherry sourness, stinging with smooth acids, rounding out with grassy funk, and satisfying the palate in a way only fresh cherries can. And what a slow-developing drink this is; I have distinguishable seconds to sit on the cherry flavor before the palate moves on. What’s next is a surprising array of sweet bread flavors: dark cinnamon, chewy dough, and a light sugar-spice mix, coming off like homemade gingerbread. Unexpected, but most definitely welcome in my glass (especially because it gives this palate a cherry pie character that I can’t help but love). Tannic almond and apple skin build up to the conclusion, but the finishing touches are applied by those cooling tastes made apparent in the nose: lingering effects of menthol and spearmint compliment the cherry notes in what is otherwise a mild, spiced cherry aftertaste. Mixed, the fruity-mint compound does take on a sort of cherry cough drop flavor in the aftertaste, though it’s very fleeting.

M: On first taste, it sent my ears and face tingling with warm astringency; believe me, it doesn’t drink hot (at all), but it has that effect. Otherwise, it’s supremely smooth, letting the sours announce themselves in a strong way, while keeping them from drying out the tongue. Light, foamy carb.

O: Here’s to hundreds more like this! Everything they said about Cantillon is true, it seems. Whenever I drink a kriek, memories of this beer will flicker on for comparison: this is the standard for Belgian fruit lambics, as far as I’m concerned.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:47:08 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2012 08:14:51 | More by Anonymous1
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KimberlyO


4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-14-2012 12:27:07 | More by KimberlyO
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Treebs

Illinois

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

Review #550

375 ml bottle served in a half Acre tulip. 2012 cork date, bottled on June 28, 2012.

A: Pours a translucent cherry color with a light pink head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: Black cherries and spicy oak upfront. Some lactic acidity with just a hint of background funk. There's an underlying malty sweetness as well.

T: Wood, tart cherry pits, and some sweet cherry pie. Sour cherries, mild acidity and lactic sourness. Slightly funky on the back end as well.

M: Light bodied with a prickly carbonation level. Sweet and sour finish.

O: Delightful. Great hints of fresh cherries with a lactic sour kick and a restrained funk.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:38:52 | More by Treebs
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cap came off and the cork worked itself effortlessly (literally without a corkscrew) out of the bottle. The contents revealed a clear, ruby red, effervescent beverage with no head. The nose is relatively dank and cultured with a slight fruitiness, almost perfume-like. Fortunately the beer drinks just as gentle, except for a wickedly underestimated sourness. The mouthfeel is spot on with enough fruit sweetness and body to balance out the dry, sour aftertaste. Perfect beer to pair with a rich chocolaty dessert like I have as it cleanses the palate with each sip and complements the already booze-infused cherries in the dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:57:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-02-2012 22:52:35 | More by iL0VEbeer
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2012 375ml bottle and decided to have it fresh for a change.

Pours a light ruby red color into the glass with a soft pink foamy head.

Smell on this is great. The Cantillon's I've had in the past have been aged at least 18months and I'm glad I'm having this fresh. Getting a lot more cherry than I expected mixed with a much lighter barnyard funk than I expected. A faint musky smell is always there but the fruit is front and center.

Wow, taste on this is great. It's like an awesome tart, tart, tart cherry pie. More sweetness than I expected. Sour, but not warhead sour by any means. Just can't get over how fruit forward this is.

Mouthfeel is great for the style. Closer to heavily carbed, but I like it for sours. Quick finish leaves you wanting more right away, so you are forced to pace yourself. It would be easy to go through 12oz quick.

Overall I'm really glad I finally tried a Cantillon "fresh". Much different experience than aged ones that get "sour dominant". I can't believe there was a time I didn't like sours. If you are looking to get into sours seek out a bottle of this and have it as fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:36:09 | More by smokeypeat
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-30-2012 23:32:47 | More by pirmannt1
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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