Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,899
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 569
Gots: 419 | FT: 29
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Belgium

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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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Beer Bistro in DT TO - my girlfriend wanted to try another cherry Belgian ale...I wanted to have a bit of a laugh, apparently. It is indeed weird to pop the cap of a beer, and hear nothing in the way of a hiss - of course, here, that is due to the cork waiting for me underneath.

This beer pours a cloudy, muddled pinkish amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually soapy and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of acrid cherry essence, fairly funky yeast - kind of barnyard-like - grainy pale malt, further tart lemon and apple fruit esters, and a bit of dirty, earthy hoppiness. The taste is very, very, very (did I say 'very'?) tart cherry acid, morphing into raw lemon juice territory, some remnant of cherry flesh fruitiness, a bewildered pale wheaty graininess, funky, somewhat yeasty wet cheese, and rather faint, indistinct drying hops.

The mouthfeel, well, to quote a beloved Simpsonian Springfield denizen - "it tastes like burning" - the bubbles do seem to be searing my tongue, but in reality, it's the fruit acids on, well acid, all atop a weirdly sturdy, yet oily medium weight body. It finishes with some lingering deconstructed fruit echoing amidst the tartness and strangely supportive yeasty funk.

A masochistic headfirst dive into beer appreciation, that's for sure. I told my girl not to expect the typical fruit beer sugar bomb - heh, I'm lucky she didn't bomb me over the head with it. I got to finish her share, at least, given that I more or less liked it, as a sort of palate cleanser, or degreaser, solvent, you get the idea. All kidding aside, this is a generally well-wrought kriek lambic, the sourness not for the timid.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have no idea if the ratings will reflect this or not, but while i was drinking this, i kept thinking its as good as the lou pepe edition. does it need twice the fruit or another year? i dont think so at all. this is a candy apple red pour, maybe a touch pinker, but really blood stained red, clear though, and with about a half inch of just tainted pink white head. it smells like candied cherries, not really fresh fruit, but not due to artificial sugar or anything, it think its more a product of the lambic base, which is tart as hell, a lot like the classic gueuze really, farmy and funked to high heaven, with a subtle barrel profile. good acidity on the palate, not overdone in the slightest, with the cherry getting more and more intense as the beer warms. wishing for nothing, i find this supremely delicious, and while it may not be as complex or as natural cherry flavored as the lou pepe version, i find it cleaner, equally tasty, and a little more blonde sour basey than its big brother. carbonation is on point, uncommon is real lambic, and frankly just freaking awesome. i find myself drinking it way too fast, but thats just the sign of killer beer. not the best ive had from cantillon, but on par in terms of quality with any of them.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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!

Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear pinkish color almost like pink lemonade with a fizzy, bubbly, white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled musty and sour. Definite cherry aroma.

T - It tasted of strong sour cherry and some yeast. It kinda had a lemon-like taste too.

M - It was very dry and puckering. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. The mouthfeel was a little odd, too puckering.

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 375 ml green corked and capped mini-champagne bottle with no freshness date. Artsy label with info about the beer on the back.

Appearance: Dark light orange red hue, skimpy ring of lace from a semi-active carbonation.

Smell: Big tartness, nearly sour. Cherry aroma grows with a faint sweetness and fullness. Light earthy and musty nose within.

Taste: Sourness is nearly puckering at first, the glands and taste buds get used to it soon enough. Light bodied, expressively dry and crisp. Soft earthy and musty notes include slight barn yard, cork and cellar like flavors. Faint grain throughout. Cherry is real tart with a more rounded flavor after-wards. Long finish of tartness and cherry flavors.

Notes: Racy yet simple, withdrawn but traditional. This is true lambic all the way, no sweet syrups or sugars added … this is the real thing. I have had samples at the brewery and the trip that the bottles have made produced the same awesome effect without a flaw.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Purple pink tone with an off pink tinted thin foaming head showing traces of carbonation lacing coats the sides fairly well. Aroma: Tart cherries funky barn house style here, woody with a musty sourness chilling about. Taste: Very yogurt like in nature similar yeast tone sour flow of spoiled tart cherry flavor, very acidic and lip puckering but this one isn't as shocking Rose de Gambrinus (Framboise). Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body not very carbonated at all, sticks and coats the palate rather well. Drinkability: Grows on you with each sip as the palate adjusts to the pure sourness, overall an artform that should be experienced by all serious beer drinkers newcomers beware.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of tart cherries along with some Belgian yeast, vinegar-like smell which is normal for the style.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong cherry sourness that dominates and doesn't yield too much to anything else. There's a little bit of Belgian yeast but just like the smell, the taste is very acidic and vinegary into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty if you're into the extreme sourness, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while I don't mind sours now and again, this one just didn't appeal to me.

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Barely one finger of light pink head on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Dry, sour cherries with a little bit of moldy sock funk. The distinctly earthy cherry character is specifically that of cherry pits and skins.

T - Dry, tart acidity with mouth coating earthy funk. The cherries creep in towards the middle and take over from there on in. The earthy cherry pit character of the aroma is replaced here with intense sourness and cherry meat character. Finishes puckeringly sour with a lemony citric acidity and some fruity wild yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - This beer displays the classic, spectacular fruit aroma that is common among all cantillon beers. The earthy complexity of the fruit is perfectly balanced by the acidity and funk from the wild yeast. The flavor is not as lively as the aroma, though it is still quite enjoyable, but the acidity does get in the way of drinkability a bit. Like every Cantillon beer I have had, I find myself inhaling deeply to experience the complex fruit aroma again and again. Highly recommended (though I have to admit I still prefer the framboise).

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet hue with no head. Nose is a smooth and not overpowering musty. Flavor is slightly sour, but not a punch in the mouth. It will get much more sour if you let it warm significantly. Firm, yet mature, kriek attributes slide over your tongue. Feel is as expected. Little bubble on the tongue and a smooth overall character. Damn drinkable. Smooth and not as abrasive as other lambics might seem to be to a rookie. Worth the shot.

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this courtesy of phnphilly at the Lancaster County Brewers Christmas part 2010. Poured chilled from the 750ml into my tulip.
I was glad to try this on tap at TJ's and was interested in tasting the bottle, thanks John.

A rosy red hued with mild haze and thick pink lasting cap w/ microbead and lace is spotty. The smell is lots of ripe feet with a mild funk backing and gentle vinegar sour odors w/ slight fruit tartness and cherry skin w/ subtle sweet tart accents.
The feel is a bit intense with lots of sour and slight funk textures w/ moderate acidity and subtle sweet middle with an astringent puckering effect. The lambic is moderately carbonated and has sour tart fruit intensity with drying long finish. The mouthfeel is not ordinary but has the puckering finish you expect from Cantillon.

I was really jazzed about the way this smells and when I got to tasting it was really what I expected - lots of wild yeast and tart cherry flavors in a vibrant blend like cherry lemonade with sweet and sour puckering flavor w/ lots of lemony acid and astringency with the depth and earthy cherry pit flavor of the stone fruit and mild funk in the midst. A gentle bitter flavor with accent of sweet cherry just to give the edge a mild contrast and slight tannic elements are there from middle to the long sweet sour fruity finish. I was really impressed once again with such an intense flavor with really yeast and fruit cohesive qualities. The world class Cantillon lambic and lots of vibrant cherry flavor, one you want to savor - highly drinkable

enjoyed again in Belgium at Cantillon and tucked a bottle away to bring home opened with Tim and Dr G.
A-4.5 S-4.25 M -4.25 T-4.5 Ov-4.25

The color is bright cherry red with thick pink cream of 2 fingers depth with fine bead. The smell is fresh sour and fruity with strong stone fruit -cherry presence light yeast funk. The feel has a lot of sour texture with the acidity of cherries and mild tangy effect with moderately low carbonation -semi sweet body with juicy mouthfeel and dry tangy finish.

The taste is intense and packed with cherry flavor which is both tart and has the cherry skin tannin with cherry flesh sweetness and sour flavor from the yeast with smooth juicy lingering taste with sweetness in back and linger sour flavor in the dry finish. Overall I was so happy to have one of the best lambics available in Belgium but not as readily available near me. I consider this a treat to savor -world class in every way with acidity of fruit and wildness of yeast that was nice paired with quiche and salad at Moeder Lambic

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, an indulgence I allowed myself, bottled 9 Sep 2003

Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent strawberry color with a pinky of pinkish head, that fades quickly. Only a trace of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & mustyness

T: Tart, tart cherries with vinaigrette & leathery components up front. Tartness, cherries & woody dryness dominate as this warms, plus a tad of sour apples. Finishes sour, tart & dry

MF: Super puckery with minimal to near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but due to the tartness I'd be hard pressed to do more than bottle unless I paired it with some food or dessert. I suspect I would've liked this a little younger...Glad i got to try it. If you are a sour beer freak, you will probably enjoy this more than I did

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontinas.

Appearance: Pours a Cloudy red with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural tart cherries with a mild sweetness. Sour and funky in the background.

Taste: The cherry flavor is so natural, more so than from the bottle. Smooth cherry tartness, not very sweet, tart, bitter, and sour in the finish.

Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that goes from slick to dry.

Overall: I loved the real cherry flavor. My wife who doesn't like sours ordered one after having mine. So smooth and easy drinking.

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

Very unusual to see the regular Kriek on-tap, so I was glad when a keg popped up at Hopleaf. Served in a flute.

A - Hazed pinkish red body with a big light pink foam that recedes slowly but leaves behind negligible lace. It's a wonderful color and had surprisingly good head retention for lambic. It's hard to say more as it was pretty dark.

S - Horsey funk, tart & sour cherries, some light fruit and graham cracker sweetness, some implied cranberry. Not as acetic or vinegary as I was led to believe - perhaps the bottles are different.

T - Again, this was surprisingly well-balanced. Some fruity, cherry sweetness, graham cracker malt backbone, a touch of oaky vanillin, and some sour and tart elements, but not bracingly so. It's more of a sweet funkiness as opposed to barnyard, although it get a little horsier as it warms up. Quite delicious!

M - Very dry finish, tingly carbonation that is appropriate but not harsh. Medium-light body.

D - I originally gave this a 4.5, as it was not overly sour to taste or hard to drink. However, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling as if I had a hole burning in my stomach, so I had to dock it a half-point.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tumbler at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish pink and the head is pink but converts to white after a few moments. Head is made up of a small to medium sized bubbles. Beer is completely hazy but on the edges you can see steady carbonation rise through the beer slowly propping the head up slightly. The head falls away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. This is what a Kriek lambic should look like.

The aroma, I was expecting something unique to cherries, but I got a sour / tartness in a general way rather than in a cherry specific way. Smells like a lambic / gueze, just not like a cherry anything.

Beer is medium to low in body and very sour. Now I'm getting a little bit of tartness that I can recognize with cherries. Beer is really sour though. It almost tastes lactic rather than citric in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation carry the sourness throughout the mouth and palate and finishes the beer cleanly with no aftertaste. Drinkability is OK to good and overall I really enjoyed this beer.

On a side note, as I was drinking this beer a fruit fly landed in my drink and promptly died. I fished it out and continued drinking, thinking to myself, "This is my preferred death."

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

pinky crimsony coloration...light, negligible head...
nose is funkalicious, big fruitalacious, but not moreso than this overpowering funkadelicaliciousness...cherry-sweet, berry-licious...
Taste? ...ooo, wee! yeah, the cherry's there...but the funk is in control here, this is a distinctive taste, not for everyone... hey, maybe not even for me, at least not every day...whoa, again, I say...big, fresh, cherry taste, but yeasty ...meaty...huge mouthfeel, never ever feels like getting off the couch...pretty damned delicious, but , oh, so unique....I put these words to electronic pen and paper, while 1/2 a bottle remains...fierce flavor, full, lush, impressive.

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)

I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep reddish pink color with 3 inches of strawberry colored head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, and some definite funk/brett.

t - Tastes of tart dark fruits, especially cherries, funk, citrus, and maybe some vanilla and spice. Very sour.

m - Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

d - A very nice lambic. I thought it smelled great and had some nice sour cherry to the taste. Would try again.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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