Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
Served in a flute glass at the brewery. Bottle of spring water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a clear cherry red color with a ¾” head that would be white if it were not pink. The head begins to recede soon but persists for quite a long time during the drinking of the beer. Sipping moves foam up and down the sides of the glass but leaves hardly any lacing.
Smell: The dominant aroma is from the cherries but this rides over a few other things that I suspect become more prominent with age. There is a musty hint of leather and barnyard here but they are more a promise of things to come than an up-front reality. There is also a character to the aroma that promises tartness in the mouth.
Taste: The beer is tart and dry and the flavors are dominated by the sour cherry. But underneath that, if one is patient and takes time with the beer, there are hints of vinegar, wood and lemon. These are difficult to pick up and so it might only be my imagination since I know they will someday be there even if they are not at present.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light bodied side and has a nice tingly character from the persistent active carbonation. The finish ends with a dry astringent character that seems to go on for a long time and is where one can find hints of things developing such as the vinegar and lemon.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found each sip quite easy to taste. When one first approaches sour dry beers the ideas of sourness and astringency being pleasant seems a bit strange. However, I’ve found that when done right the sourness and tartness are similar to hop bitterness in that when controlled they can be very enjoyable (even as one is puckering up from the tartness). My overall impression is that this beer well deserves its good reputation and the praise it has received from others. I’ll be happy to have it again. I like it.
04-16-2011 15:49:19 | More by drtth
4/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a light pink/purple in color with a light colored head that quickly turns into a ring of foam in my tulip glass.
Smells exactly like it should: Earthy, musty and sour with notes of cherries.
The taste -- surprise! -- is tart, but not extremely so. This isn't as sour as -- say -- Rodenbach Grand Cru (which is of course a different kind of beer). The cherries are quite noticeable and fill out the flavor well.
The body is light and crisp and refreshing.
I can see why Cantillon is so highly rated. This is a great Lambic. At $16 a bottle, though, it's for special occasions.
03-30-2009 04:58:02 | More by Shaw
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer pours a pinkish red hue with good white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is of sour tart cherries and lambic. Taste follows with tart cherry flavors and a very nice sour pucker. as it warms it gets easier to drink, and the cherry flavors come out a little more. Mouthfeel is nice, drinkability is very good for as sour as it is. I growing to like these sour beers more and more. This one was pretty delicious.
04-08-2008 01:22:58 | More by AKBelgianBeast
2.63/5 rDev -39.1%
750 ml bottle into a champagne flute.
A - Pink and bubbly, with a short lived foamy pink head.
S - White wine, vinegar, lemon juice.
T - Tart yet earthy, vinegar dominates with guava. Im struggling to get any cherry out of this.
M - Light, thin, fizzy. Cidery.
O - This was my first lambic. I wanted to try the best so picked up a Cantillon. Very disappointing to be honest. Maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe lambics are just not for me but I dont get the attraction. An easy to drink, thirst quenching, refreshing drink but I just didnt get any of the complexity or full flavour that Ive read about.
08-28-2011 23:56:23 | More by dansmcd
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
750ml into pint glass. Bottled in 2007.
A- Aggressive pour conjures up head that quickly settles. Hazy amber/ruby with pink berry highlights. Head is mostly white and very thin.
S- Tart, sour. Ah, Cantillon. A bit musty, a bit funky, the fruit sweetness is apparent but not overbearing.
T- Oh so good. Tart, puckering, dry. The berry sweetness is spot-on, and is balanced incredibly well by the overall puckering tartness. I'm really digging it. Vinegar, for sure, but perhaps I'm becoming more accustomed to sours as I put it down as an afterthought.
M- Dry, tart, sour. Intense, but very tasty.
D- High. I really like this stuff, flavor, body, composition, everything is just wonderful. Highly recommended.
01-23-2010 03:28:22 | More by ShogoKawada
British Columbia (Canada)
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
A: 1" pink head (haha) which dissipated relatively quickly over red cloudy liquid. Very inviting.
S: Yeast and sour cherries.
T: Tastes like a pie made of sour cherries. No other way to describe it.
M: Thin viscosity and a high level of very fine carbonation.
O: Beautiful beer that is delicately balanced.
11-19-2011 00:18:00 | More by DaftCaskBC
5/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured into a Cantillon taster courtesy of Andrewinski1. Pours a clear vibrant red with about a finger of fluffy pink head. Really a treat to look at this one.
Good cherry aroma with a tart aroma to begin and finishing off sweetly. Nice balance with a bit of a musty funk to this. Holy F$%@ing sour here! This is great! Big tart cherry flavors here. Sour cherries straight up. This is great.
Light and crisp. Puckering and a little dry.
This is a perfect beer to me. I've had it a handful of times now and I've always thought this was perfect. Clearly it is.
12-12-2011 04:19:33 | More by Bendurgin
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
2012 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Bright, radiant red with two fingers of both half fizzy, half fluffy pink head. Leaves mild lacing, and remains and a ring on the glass. Body is really glowing.
Smell: A hay funk up front, followed by some funky cherry skins. A definite lactic aspect. Some light pears. Nose goes out with raw cherries and funk.
Taste: Nice clean cherry tartness up from, followed by a light lactic sourness, and funk. Funk carries the body, along with a nice bready sweetness. Finishes tart with cherry skins, pear juice, and hay.
Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable. Cherries are not too sweet. Sourness is perfect. Great carb.
Overall: I think I enjoy this better than the Lou Pepe Kriek I had. Have to keep in mind that was a 2007 (sticker) vintage, so it would definitely be more sour.
12-28-2012 04:12:39 | More by cfrances33
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottled in 2005
Pours out a bright, vibrant rose with effervescent carbonation a thinnish pink head and pock marks of bubbles left hanging on the glass. Has a musky sour aroma that stands out above the cherries. The cherry aroma mixes in the back with a pungent astringency in the nostrils. Oddly enough, I find that the cherries come out more if you just waft in the aromas rather than stick your nose in the glass. Harsh acidity hits the sides of the tongue firstly which is then followed by huge cherry flavors with their tartness accentuated by the lambic base. Finishes dry but with a hint of sweetness as the acid dies down. The aftertaste leaves only the oak and cherries that hints at some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, but could use a bit more carbonation for my tastes. Interesting, refreshing, and challenging.
05-27-2007 04:42:09 | More by goochpunch
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
Bottled in August 2003...
Appearance: beautiful red color (like the juice of a blood orange), quite hazy, a thin layer of pinkish suds appears and then dissipates to nothing
Aroma: fresh sour cherries, yoghurt, wheat, touch of sulphur, cork, diacetyl
Flavor: pert sour twang followed by a bloom of fresh tart cherries, a faint hint of enteric bitterness, a bit musty, some corkiness, not overwhelmingly lambic-y, finish is dry with a long-lasting tangy aftertaste, diacetyl
Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation (hasn't fully developed the carbonation at this point), leaves a slick/sticky feeling in the mouth
Overall Impression: Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, authentic krieks that you can find. It seems obvious to laude Cantillon's beers, but this kriek really deserves it. I don't feel the same way about every lambic they make.
I've tried the kriek from one month old up to over a year old and I have to say that I really prefer the Cantillon fruit beers quite young. They seem to be at their prime between 4 and 8 months from bottling. The fruit character is still quite present and there is a delectable gentle carbonation by this point. Over a year old and you don't get much fruit as the lambic qualities take over more.
01-13-2004 19:35:26 | More by GreenCard
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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