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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,766 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 537
Gots: 388 | FT: 24
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Raw sour power. Beautiful wine colour. Leaving it open as recommended for 30 minutes is a good idea, but how patient can you be? Musty barnyard and cherry aroma. A bit of carbonation. There's orange,cheese aftertaste. Astringent bone dry. Be forewarned about the tartness.

Sammy, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, sour cherry, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice acidic sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice bright ruby color with a mostly-white head that settles down fairly quickly.

S: A little bit of tartness along with scents of fresh cherry with a little bit of funk. The scent was not overwhelming, and pales in comparison to the Lou Pepe version of this.

T: Similar to the smell--very nice all around, with all the requisite properties present, but nothing too overwhelming or earth-shattering.

M: Somewhat dry on a light body. Nice taste and an "introductory" level of sourness.

D: Very nice drinkability; not overly complex, alcoholic, or sour. Nicely balanced and is one I think I'll use (alongside Duchesse) to get people into sours.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

acurtis, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a finger high pink head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate amount of sour aromas in the nose.
T: The beer is very acidic and sour and has notes of cherries in the flavors. There is a very strong sour aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Although the beer is very sour, it doesn’t have a funky element in the smell or taste that makes some beers in this style difficult to drink.

metter98, May 23, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a pink colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between the raspberry and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours, the raspberry are buried under the acidic tones. I believe that some other lambic -fruit a better balanced then this one and offer a better refreshing taste.

Phyl21ca, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intese but clean sourness with tart cherry flavor resting behind sharp lactic and light must character.

Impressive and inviting, the pour brings about a bright pink (lavender) color with medium cloudiness. A froathy, airy head carries a modest pink hue. Retaining well, the beer's sourness keeps it from lacing as well as it could.

Clean sourness makes the mouth water and the jaws pucker. Under-rippened berries, crabapples, lemons, cider, and mild vinegars come to mind. Cherry aromas are noticable but weave into the other fruity-tart character well.

Sour-tart flavor also lead the way. Cherry flavor makes more of an impact in the overall fruity nature of the beer than it did in the aroma. Still, the lemony-berry-apple notes are well on display. Mild must, raw oak, white vinegar/grape, and light saltiness carry the beer from bright initial taste into the clean lactic finish.

Crisp, tart, and mildly astringent, the cherry flavor leads to a refreshing and palate cleansing evaporation in the finish. Warning: this beer might even remove noticable amounts of enamle from your teeth. Light heartburn might ensue because of the acidity.

A very good cherry flavored lambic with true fruity character and cleanly controlled beer character throghout. This beer makes every sip more and more inviting- highly drinkable aside from sour intensity.

BEERchitect, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the sour beers, so I thought I would give this one a shot last night, as I have been fairly impressed with everything that Cantillon has done in the past, well everything I have gotten to taste anyway. A 2007 vintage, corked and capped bottle that I let chill for a few days and poured into an oversized wine glass and let warm up a bit before indulging.

Appearance - The pour was a touch underwhelming for me, as I expected it took look a little fuller then it did. A rich cherry red, essentially like a cool-aid color came before me. Extremely opaque due to the cloudiness and the haze that was inside, it was still very bright though. No head formed at all, none, not even from the first drops that hit the glass. No side glass presentation at all, and this had me a little worried, though the color alone was really quite nice.

Smell - The aroma was huge on this one. Rich, tart cherries were all over thee place. I swear you could smell this one from across the room. No hint of sweetness here at all, this was all sour. Lots of yeast playing tricks, jumping back and forth from cherries, to raspberries and back. Very big and complex.

Taste - The flavor was extremely acidic, with no hope of a balance of sweetness here at all. This had to be one of the most sour beers I have ever tried in my life. A really interesting drink indeed. Had to let it warm up a bit to fully appreciate what was going on here. A full on sour yeast attack. Some hints of cherries, but they were mostly lost with the initial flavor. Very acidic. The finish was much better with a long lasting sour cherry flavor and a very nice sense of fruit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Very light and with very little carbonation would be the best way to describe how this one would come across. I was expecting a little more carbonation in it then what I received, however it was by no means dead or flat in anyway.

Drinkability - A mixed bag here, as the huge amount of sour made it hard to stomach large quantities of it, however, it was light enough and had virtually no ABV, so it made it much easier to put down. Had it been a little less acidic it would have been much more drinkable.

Overall, it was an interesting experience. A little too sour and unbalanced for my taste, but it was still very good nonetheless. I would definitely try this one again, just maybe an aged version. I like the Lou Pepe much better though overall.

mikesgroove, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007 shared with friends to finish off the evening.

A: The pour is a dark reddish-pink color with a pink head that shortly dies down to a thin ring and spotty covering.

S: Plenty of cherry fruit flesh and skins right off the bat. Lots and lots of lactic acidity to go along with the fruit. The barnyard funk is pronounced but the oak is more mellow.

T: The tartness in this beer is unrelenting. For lesser mortals, it might be too much, but I find it to be very enjoyable. Lots of cherry skin and fruit flavor and a more moderate funk character.

M: The body is medium with a soft carbonation that is oh so typical of lambics. Very dry, lots of saliva inducing tartness.

D: While I do enjoy the sourness of this beer, it is not something I would tackle a whole 750 of by myself. That said, it's a Cantillon beer, so I'll still never turn it down.

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +15.5%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.6%

kylehay2004, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -7.6%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Knapp85, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First I will say this is very traditional and well made,but Iam not a fan of the lambic style I have found out.Poured great orange/reddish color with nice looking spritzy head that went quick.Smell had some cherrystone in it maybe a little vanilla?Taste about knocked me over the sourness was too much for me to handle,was expecting a little soureness but this was overpowering.Like I said well made just not a fan of the style.

oberon, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

I've been eying this bottle for a while now, and just pulled the trigger on it. It pours a clear rosy magenta topped by a fluffy finger of pinkish foam. The nose comprises cherries (shocker), cobwebs, tart berries, and a touch of wet hay. The taste ups the ante in terms of both tartness and sourness. Those cherries have been eviscerated by brutal sour demons, unleashing a wave of vinegar-tasting blood and offal as they go. Must and cobwebs form pretty quickly on the grisly scene. Yikes. The body (of the beer, that is...gotta get things back on track here...) is light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky feel and finish. Overall, as my first "true" sour kriek, this thing really kicked my tongue outta bed and sent it off to basic. I may not be completely converted as yet, but I am really interested in trying more of these things. Bring it on!

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, dated Sept. 2007, opened and allowed to breathe in the fridge for 20 odd minutes, as instructed by the label.

Served at 50º into a Cantillon glass. Initial finger of pink foam rises, with CO2 clinging to the sides of the glass. Second pour gives an ethereal fizzle and vaporizes on the surface of the red liquid.

Very traditional farmhouse nose, wet hay, old wet wood, musty horse blankets. A lightly acidic, citric lemon tartness cuts through the other aromas.

Tart cherry flavor is almost puckering, but not quite. Seems a little mellow in comparison to some other Cantillon releases. Definitely gets the salivary glands working, it would be a perfect apertif. Certainly quaffable, i'm having a hard time taking sips instead of gulps here. The tart fruit has a brightness to it, that fades into a lightly dry oak aftertaste. Light carbonation, a little vinous or cider-like in body. Overall a standard Kriek to judge others by. The Lou Pepe variety has a little more complexity and depth, but this is a fine Lambic...

emerge077, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage shared by alfrantzell for his birthday last month. Thanks, Arne. Trying a fruit lambic this old was a unique experience.

The beer is a murky pinkish-red in the glass. Half a finger's worth of bubbly foam rests atop, which quickly settles to a thin collar. It smells strongly of sweet and tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla; a bit like cherry pie filling, actually. There's also an inkling of musty, funky basement; it's an amazing aroma. Tart cherry consumes the palate, sourness is moderate and both lactic and acetic in character, with undertones of vanilla, minerals and hints of oak. The cherry character is vibrant and outstanding for a 14 year old lambic. Sour lactic finish, musty and faintly woody. Amazing.

Other vintages:

1997: More intense lactic sourness than the '96, but still vibrantly fruity.

2007: Brutally sour and harsh, lacking depth - not one of the more impressive batches of Cantillon Kriek.

2009: All bottles I've had from '09 have been great. Vibrantly fruity with moderate sourness. Almost has a cherry pie filling quality to it.

2010: More lactic sourness than '09, but still a very balanced kriek. Outstanding cherry aroma.

largadeer, Apr 05, 2010
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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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