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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,672 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 507
Gots: 354 | FT: 23
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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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Beerstorian

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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New York

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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork Date of 2000; Sampled May 2010; served only faintly chilled at about 60°F / 15°C
A soft pour into my Cantillon globe glass (what a sexy glass) produces an almost two-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich cherry color; when held up to the light it shows some touches of gold in its pale ruby depths. The aroma is fantastically tart in a very smooth, appetizing way. There are ample funky notes of urea, medicinal phenolics, musky barn animal notes, crusty old sweaty leather aromatics as well as freshly curing scents of leather. There is a bright fruit note that is just noticeable at times, it hints at cherry aromatics, but then becomes fleeting and disappears underneath the tart and funk when you go in for a deeper inspection.

Perhaps not quite as sour as I was expecting, but this is exceedingly sour as a nice ripe Cantillon should be. Bone dry, but still manages to have just a hint of viscosity to it; some tannic oak notes help to boost this perception along with a palate lingering light astringency. The texture is also helped by a solid, though not aggressive carbonation that adds some zip to this beer as it rolls across the tongue. My second sip sees me noticing a faint, but fleshy, cherry note that is more tart than anything, but does capture that slight floral note that cherries have; it almost tastes like a succulent flower of some sort (hints of hibiscus and maybe some faint rose like flavors are found here as well). The acidity is all Lactic in character, with not perceived acetic character at all. The perception of the acidity softens as my palate gets used to it, though this remains uncompromisingly sour throughout. It also ends up with a hint of sweetness (perhaps more perceived than actual), which helps to accentuate the cherry flavors that have by and large aged out over the years. Oak flavors of wood and light spice are a touch more noticeable than I usually notice in a Lambic, but still play only a minor role in the flavor.

A second pour sees this getting a touch hazed, with a corresponding yeasty note to the aroma. The yeast follows through in the flavor adding a touch of richness to this brew; though the oak seems to add to the perceived richness, in what is otherwise a light, quaffable brew. Musty enough to make me thing of cobwebs and damp, moldy cellars, plus there is a muskiness that adds a funky flare

Mad props to my friend KM for dragging this beer, along with the sexy, brewery glassware back with her from Amsterdam; it wasn't new to me, but damn a bottle of aged Cantillon will always be received with wide open arms. Simply a fantastic bottle of Lambic, I wish I had hundreds of Lambics in the cellar as I would drink these all the time. Age has definitely removed the bright cherry character here, but I like the soft, sort of floral note (hibiscus and rose really are really apt descriptors) that this has turned into. Cantillon once again achieves a level of complexity and balance (assuming you can get past the bracing acidity) that I have come to crave; no one does it better when it comes to the bugs and time.

2002 Bottle Vintage, Sampled 11th of January, 2004:
Total 4.35
4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5
Only lightly carbonated, it struggles to produce a thin pink head. The beer is very clear, and is a deep cherry red color. The aroma is sour and musty with notes of vinegar and wood. The first taste, as usual with Cantillon products, is shockingly sour. It is bone dry, and as such it is hard to pick out the cherry flavor at first. It is here though; there is a cherry meat edge, which complements the acidity of this beer. It adds a certain fullness and a tannic backdrop. The best I can describe the cherry character is that of a meaty-cherry flavor. The Lambic character contributes lemon, vinegar (though only slightly), musty, funky mushroom and perhaps a bit of leathery horse-blanket brettanomyces character.

This beer is much better when fully carbonated, but the complexity of this beer is such that I am not at all disappointed in the lack of carbonation. This is certainly a challenging hard-Lambic version of a Kriek. Lambic neophytes beware, there are no syrupy cherry notes here. Overall quite delicious and refreshing.

Sampled at the Brewery, 2001:
The Cantillon Kriek has a sweet cherry nose to it. Not as sour or hard as some of the other Cantillon offerings. This Kriek has a definite cherry skin taste to it, a tannic edge that carries through the finish. As expected from Cantillon this beer is not sweet at all, quite bone dry in fact.

Serving type: bottle

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Wisconsin

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright cherry color with a somewhat lacking head. The has sour cherries, musky oak and barnyard funk. Very traditional flavor. A tart, funky lambic blended with faint and delicate cherries. Super complex and not overly sweet. The crisp body has a nice dry finish. Truly a masterpiece from cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.