Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful pour on this one, bright pink/red. Nice two finger pink head, very bubbly. The cherry is very upfront in the smell. Tart cherry skin and a little bit of funk. Taste isn't as tart as I expected, pretty gentle, nice bubbly mouthfeel. Cherries and cinnamon. Great cherry aftertaste. Very nice lambic, even if it isn't incredibly complex.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 18:59:06 | More by Mikeypnh
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
75 cl green glass bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 24 March 2014. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. "Kriek 100% Lambic Bio." Reviewed as a kriek.
Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of pink colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.
BODY: Hazy grapefruit red. Murky yet translucent. Nontransparent. Appears clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.
Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for a kriek overall; I'm craving the first sip. The head and colour could be better but this is solid.
AROMA: The cherry notes aren't as full, evocative, and present as I expected having had Lou Pepe Kriek earlier today, but they're nice, with some interesting tartness and befitting fruity sweetness. The sourness in the aroma is more restrained and tame than I'd like, but it's nice for what it is - seemingly a 5/10 in terms of sourness, but nevertheless redolent of wild lambicus yeast and a bit of bacterial character. The fruit is unmistakable, but not as impressive as it could be.
Lacks a noticeable hop presence, alcohol presence, or off-note aroma - all of which are good things to lack.
It's an inviting aroma of average strength, but I crave more cherry, more sourness, and at least a bit of oak/chestnut wood presence from the barrel. Naturally though, I cannot wait for the first sip. Very pleasant and seemingly refreshing.
TEXTURE: Wonderfully smacky on the palate. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Excellent medium body. Apt thickness. Has an excellent overall presence on the palate and just enough softness to keep it approachable in spite of the assertive sour notes. Not overbearing, heavy, hefty, or too weighty. Perfectly carbonated. This texture is an ideal companion to this taste. Brilliantly executed. Wow.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough on the palate.
TASTE: The sour and tart cherry notes are a highlight here, and are just fucking wonderful. The lambicus yeast is perfectly suited to the cherry notes, and evokes a wonderful sourness accompanied by wild bacterial notes. Cherry skin abound. This beer is the dog's bollocks. Flawless balance, brilliant subtlety, great complexity and intricacy, excellent nuance, and superb integration of flavours. This is a gestalt flavour profile with an excellent build. The dominant fruit and sour notes work well together and would please even the most discerning of drinkers.
No overt hop flavours are detectable, nor is any alcohol. I don't find any off notes.
Constructively, more of an oak or chestnut wood presence might help the beer, as might more sourness; as-is, it's about a 6-7/10 in terms of sourness. The lightly palate-stripping acidity is lovely, and complements the flavour profile beautifully.
I'm loving this beer. Execution is excellent.
The subtle fruity sweetness right on the finish closes out the lingering sourness in a lovely way, which makes one crave the next sip.
O: I'll have to have Cantillon's Lou Pepe Kriek again, but I will say this beer is an achievement. It's rare you encounter a beer of this quality, and this one solidifies Cantillon's position as a world-class brewery. I'd absolutely have it again - hell I'd probably pay American prices for it - and I'd definitely put it up there with the best krieks I've ever had. Damn good stuff from Cantillon, and worth all the praise it receives. Wow. I look forward to enjoying the rest of this bottle alone. Perhaps Cantillon's best (relatively) easily available offering. Almost effortlessly drinkable.
Drink fresh. I can't see age making this much better.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 23:33:29 | More by kojevergas
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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