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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,973 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,973
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 606
Gots: 444 | FT: 33
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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 Goblinmunkey7
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle as a present. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark rose. Bright pink hues at light. Head is a pale pink and drops to a thin, bubbly collar and almost non-existent head almost instantly. Hazed. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Sweet cherry cinnamon. Cinnamon cherry bread without the overt breadiness. Huge citric tart. Cherry skins and flesh. Some lemon zest and underlying funk. Woody with some musty undertones. Almost sugary at times. So very tart. Clean citric bite. Some fruity leather. So much cherry.

Taste: Biting citric tartness. Juicy cherry flesh and skins. Some light powdery yeast. Incredibly dry tartness. Some hints of oak. Musty cellar is faint. Long lingering tart cherry. Pushes toward sour, but remains decidedly tart.

Mouthfeel: Puckering dryness. Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Nice mild carbonation. So very dry.

Overall: There's a reason Cantillon is among the best. This beer cements that reason.

Loaded with tart and cherry. Aggressive but complex. This is the elixir of dreams. I'm not sure a fruit Lambic can really improve from here if you're in to the super tart thing. A bit more fruit wouldn't hurt, but not having it doesn't hurt it.

Photo of Beejay
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for sharing this one.

A: Hazy ruby grapefruit in color, white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Cherry, and almond, with oak notes, vanilla and spice.

T: Tart and acidic, with oak, almond and an almost cinnamon flavor. Finish is tart fruit and cherry pie.

M: Dry. Bone dry with super high carbonation. Finish is puckering.

O: Excellent. Tart and very prevalent cherry. Tasty and Crisp.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Chingringo
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 24 April 2011 and poured into a flute.

Has a beautiful red color to it. The head fizzles down quickly.

The funk plays a bigger role than the cherries in the nose. Also some citrus/grapefruit type notes.

It tastes and feels wonderful. Cherries n' funk. Not as tart as say their Rose de Gambinus. The flavor and tartness just work perfectly.

Photo of mattreitz49
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

December 2011 bottle.

A: Beautiful light-red with a big pink head. Foamy, great retention.

S: Mild cherry sweetness, a bit musty with a building hint of acidity.

T: Soft over-ripe (only mildly sweet) cherry mingled with a big, lactic, dry tartness. Breath of wheat and more lactic notes in the finish.

M: Frothy carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Love the tartness, but I'd like a little more fruitiness.

Photo of Hibernator
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
Bottled in 2005
12 oz green bottle with cork and tin foil wrapping
Served in a Duck Walk vineyard champagne flute

During the past few weeks I have been really zoning in on exploring Lambics. I was excited to pick up this 12 oz bottle for $6.80 at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA.

I opened the bottle and let the beer sit for about 20 minutes and then poured away in my champagne flute. Pours a vibrant shade of light red with pink colored highlights. Wispy thin lacing for a head.

Explosive aroma with whiffs of funk and sweet fruits.

Highly acidic, raw and sour with an authentic cherry appeal. The mouthfeel is spritzy and intense as it takes control over my taste buds. Hints of apple cider vinegar and raw cherry juice blend together to make an impression on my palate.

The drinkability level is rather high as my palate is on heightened alert.

I guess this is what Lambics are all about. Incredibly magnificent and marvelously complex.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark pink beer with a pink tinged inch of fluffy white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Musty, earthy & sour notes on top of a definate cherry aroma.
T - Tart cherry sourness with some musty, earthy notes.
M - Mouth puckering tartness, fairly light bodied with a pretty high carbonation.
D - These traditional lambics are indeed in a beer world of their own. Not something I'd drink regularly but it is a very interesting beer and well worth a try.

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

2008 Vintage consumed in June of 2010

A: Medium pinkish-red body with a thin off-white head. Quickly receded but formed a nice thick ring. A few stray clumps of lacing.

S: The tartness of the cherries is completely evident from the very first sniff. Nice amount of sour and acidic notes in the nose as well. A bit of funk and must.

T: Huge tart cherries, with a healthy dose of sourness and cutting acidity. Earthy funk, and some musty oak. Not my favorite kriek but this is a very solid representation of the style.

M: Smooth with gentle carbonation. Dry finish with a nice puckering tartness and massive sourness

D: Despite the powerful sourness, this is pretty easy to drink. Its almost difficult to take the time to slowly sip and savor each drop though.

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of AdamBear
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first Cantillon so I was super excited to try this...

A-bright red with a nice pink head

S-smells really funky, extremely funky. with a good bit of cherries. i could sit and smell this all day long

T-ok wow. yes...comes in with a perfectly tart taste of creamy dark cherries. its a great dry taste with a touch of bitterness. the after-taste is strong and matching. so much complexity, yet so balanced. has such a great funk to it

M-medium carbonation with a good dry finish

O-this is one of the best beers i've ever had. of course, i'm a huge fan of sours and lambics, but this just raised the bar. i want a never ending supply of this. i wish it were cheaper...its a taste i just can't get out of my head

Photo of angrybabboon
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem.
Scene: (I sit a in rocking chair, stroking a long, gray beard) "Back in the early 2010, I could reliably find this on the shelf. Oh, how the times have changed."

Note: 2009 vintage

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Ruby from a distance, a solid pink in the light with some lighter tones and clarity around the edges - moderately-sized, pinkish white head, fades to a creamy ring - lacing is transient

Smell: Utterly ridiculous - basically, it smells like a fresh-baked cherry bread sprinked with cinnamon and some other spices - cherry jam, sweet but not with any added sugar - lightly bready malts, but this is really all about the fruit - very tart, with some funk - light barnyard and some oak

Taste: Nonstop, unrestrained tart assault - so, so tart - more tart than I thought cherries could be tart - acidic sourness, and did I mention this is tart? - cherries and cherry skin, with some yeast - the light sweetness works with the light, pale malts to create a flavor reminiscent of a cherry bread, or dry cherry cookies

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, epic sour tartness that completely dominates the mouth

Overall: Quite possibly the most ridiculous fruit lambic I've ever had

I had high expectations for this beer, as it is from Cantillon. Somehow this was even more intense than I expected. So much cherry tartness. This is like eating some kind of ridiculous cherry bread, but more magical.

Photo of leftoverburrito
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara served in the small Cantillon, wine style, tasting glass.

Filled to the top of the glass, it poured a cloudy reddish/burgundy body with no head. The nose was a little hard to make out in the bar. Some soft fruit and a touch of earthiness.

The taste caught me off guard. Very sour and dry. Tart and sour Cherries. Earthy with a fine carbonation. The best analogy I can think of for this beer is comparing it to cranberry juice. Most labmics are like grocery store variety, tart and sweet. This stuff on the other hand is like hand squeezed/no sugar added. You can definitely taste the difference, but it’s quite a shocker if you’ve never had it before. It ends extremely dry.

Overall a great, “true” labmic. Sour and dry. Not my cup of tea, but definitely worth trying if you want to experience the lambic spectrum.

Photo of thampel09
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, jewel-toned, royal burgundy with a solid ring of lace in a Saint Louis tulip glass. A black cherry halo and syrupy film accent this beer.

Only a hint of sweet cherry is followed quickly by the typical tartness of Flanders Red.

There is some serious puckering throughout with a long, tart finish. Cherry is present, but under a veil of barn must.

This Lambic has an unexpected thin mouthfeel, especially after noticing the syrupy film, and is very dry, accompanied by soft carbonation.

Definitely an aperitif, however, one could enjoy this with a cigar and conversation.

Date consumed: 20 September 2008

Photo of Jimmys
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vinny21bal
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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