Kriek 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #10
ABV:
5%
Score:
97
Ranked #397
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
751
Ratings:
2,583
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage (I think - the label was a bit smudged)

Appearance: Pours the color of pink grapefruit juice with a two finger head that makes a lot of noise as it fizzes down but doesn't completely fade; splotchy lacing

Smell: Barnyard horseblanket, lemon and tart cherry all wrapped in an oak barrel of aromatics

Taste: Funk and oak forward with the dry aspect joining with the lemon/cherry flavors; as the sour receptors on the side of the tongue move into action, the tart cherry flavors increase their prominence

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery

Overall: It has been a while since I have had a Cantillon and we are just at a different level here from the other Krieks I have tasted in recent times; so much complexity while also being eminently drinkable

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REDAMI from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Rosy pink pour with baby pink head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sour, wet straw with faint fruity candy notes. Sweet tarts.

T - Sharp sour taste, tempered by a light bitterness, sour cherry and citrus notes, funky brett in the background.

F - Biting carbonation sting, mouth-watering and juicy.

An amazing balance between lambic and fruit, neither fully tempered by the other.

Apr 08, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and capped "champagne" bottle, vintage 2002, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. Hazy red colour. Sour cherries and horseblanket aroma. Flavour is sour, oh so sour - very sour cherries dominate, but there are lemon and grapefruit notes too. Spritzy. Sour aftertaste. Moreish indeed - one of the few beers at the tasting I found hard to leave for the next sample.

Mar 18, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (26Jun2017) into an apple wine glass

L: pours a perfectly clear deep red with a nice slightly off white head. Fades after a couple minutes, nice layer of bubbles on the head remains

S: such a nice, wonderfully funky cherry-forward nose. Get that barnyard sour and funk with a richer cherry sweetness providing pleasant contrast. Cherry has some of that cinnamon spice/cherry pie depth to it I really like

T: follows the nose well, funk pleasantly leading the way with that richer cherry flavor coming through beautifully. Slightly sour, mostly deeper cinnamon spice and pleasantly tart. What’s really amazing about this beer is the balance - the lambic and cherry blend together so well, just incredible combination of funk with acidity. Moves toward the finish slightly sweeter, overall medium/short

F: medium- body, medium carbonation, very slightly drying

O: very good kriek, not surprisingly the balance between funk and acidity is otherworldly

Nov 29, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2019, 2018/19 batch. Gorgeous, scintillating ruby red with light carbonation. Bright nose with strong cherry character, some peach and honeydew melon, with musty undertones and light funk. Good punch on the tongue, with some additional acid right at the finish. A great sipper.

Nov 17, 2020
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plutonash from Latvia

3.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Nice pink head on the pour that dissipates rather quickly. Dark red in color, clear at first, murky on later pours.
S: Raw cherries, red currant, rhubarb, farmyard, vinegar, old leather.
T: Cherries, rhubarb and red currant
F: Sour, no sweetness, dry finish, medium to high carbonation
O: Refreshing sour cherry drink

Aug 04, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 18, 2018. Opened July 24, 2020

chilled bottle, capped and corked

From the back label, "because of its complex flavor and its acidulous taste, the Kriek Cantillon is a unique and very thirst quenching beer.The ingredients come from organic agriculture . Beer with evolving flavor . Keep and serve at cellar temperature (12-15c). In order to fully appreciate the fruity taste of the Kriek Cantillon , it is recommended to drink within one year after buying it.To be drink preferrably within ten years after the bottling date. Beer with kristen."

I pop the bottle cap and uncork the bottle. Aroma of cherries, cherries and tartness. Second sniff is cherries . More cherries and tartness . Third sniff is tart cherries, I see a pattern here

Poured into a tulip, fizzy, big bubbled punk rose bubbles quickly fade over A ruby red liquid. A few random bubbles float to the top. No lacings over a red liquid

First sip and the Tartness dries the roof of mouth, bone dry . Cherry taste , cherry jam. Second sip tart cherries.third sip is still more cherries and the tartness slightly reduces as the glass warms

Low sudsing , quenchingly tart , the cherries and tartness linger . My mouth rehydrates with a cherry flavor. Tart cherry flavor covers my mouth , lips and gums.

Good beer, would love to try it fresh at the source in Belgium

Jul 24, 2020
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elNopalero from California

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this as part of Zwanze Day 2019.

The beer pours a brilliant ruby red, refreshingly tart, intensely sour. All the cherries. Effervescent. Zippy. Delicious.

Dec 01, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Slightly hazy red color, minimal thin lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Cherries, sour.

T: Cherries, sour. Smooth like the shit from a duck’s ass. Incredible!

F: Smooth, full of cherries.

O: Masterpiece of a sour.

Nov 17, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019 release; drank 10/26/19 @ Cullom House.

A balanced beer; sweet cherry notes up front (but not syrup-y); pleasantly tart cherry notes on the finish. A fine, fine beer.

Oct 28, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired at the brewery. Red color with a thick thin pink head.
Aroma with notes of cherries, mild Brett and faint barnyard.
Flavor with notes of lemon, sour cherries, mild vinegar-sulfur, some lactic acid, horse sweat, raspberries, strawberries, oak, green apples, spices and roses. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
Funky and tart Kriek with good attenuation and full of red fruits notes. Enough to acid burn the palate.

Oct 09, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 37.5 cl bottle (“bottled 10 April 2019”), capped and corked, poured into a wine glass. Purchased at l'Amirale Bière in Bordeaux, France.

Appearance: Bright, clear crimson with an effervescent pink foam that recedes to a foamy fringe and leaves little lace.

Smell: Tart cherries, green apples, earth, emerging oak and barnyard funk.

Taste: More tart fruit, but balanced by just enough cherry and grain sweetness, and spicy oak notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body and effervescent carbonation.

Overall: Terrifically crisp and refreshing while immensely complex; well fruited without the fruit ever taking the forefront.

Sep 05, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I believe Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio is essentially the same as the old Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic (correct me if I am wrong). In any case, this is a delicious Lambic.

Look: cloudy dark red with a thin pink head

Aroma: nice fruity smell of cherries and apple

Taste: The flavor is tart and sweet cherries, but not too tart, perhaps green apple and raspberry, and oak.

Body/Overall: typical Lambik body but more silky.

Jun 21, 2019
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sfielder001 from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a pink head that fades quickly, served at cellar temperature. Super funky barnyard aroma and tart on the nose with just a hint of cherry. This is the best cherry anything I have tasted when it comes to beer, it’s a beautiful farmhouse medley of flavors with the perfect amount of cherry. Super easy to drink with a great finish.

Apr 29, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 12/9/18. Thanks Josh!
“Bottled 19 April 2017” on back label. Cork pulls with a faint “POP” and no overflow. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.5.
Body – Deep red, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.2 cm, controlled enter pour), pink, medium density, fizzy, rapidly gone, leaving no ring, no cap, and no lacing.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark pink, clear. Second pour is cloudy as the sediment rises.
Aroma – 4 – Weak cherry, no expected sourness. About half-way through the glass, an oakiness makes itself known.
Flavor – 4.5 - Begins lightly sour with some cherry flavor, a bit of oak tannins. no alcohol (6 % ABV), no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.5 – Excellent! The best kriek, lambic, or kriek lambic I’ve had in years! Flavor, nose and appearance are near-perfection for this style of beer – the cherries can be detected as can the oak foeders. Is this the same Kriek Lambic I had in 2007? In those days the (marketing) qualifier “BIO” wasn’t attached to most Euro beers. Is this a “new” beer or merely a marketing relabeling of a previous product.

Dec 09, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Seymour in Greenfield. The beer had a light red, slight pink maybe, color with a bright pink head that dissipated. Great mixture of cherries, raspberries, and strawberry aromas. Incredible taste: tart, sour, sweet dark fruit aftertaste. Very crisp carbonation with a light creaminess. Overall, incredible.

Oct 07, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with a finger of pink foam that retains well. Aroma is cherry, with light cereal grains and wheat behind. Flavor profile is driven, controlled, and maintained by cherry, which has a light tartness to it. Beneath the cherries is wheat. It carries a light sourness. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a smooth feel that is only slightly more grainy than the base lambic. Overall, it's very focused and controlled on one thing (cherries), which other may consider one-dimensional. Regardless, it's well prepared and crafted and very enjoyable.

Reviewed from notes.

Sep 09, 2018
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Teames95 from Wales

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Genuinely one of my favourite sours ever and the 2018 has so much cherry up front! Despite its propensity for aging this beer having it immediately offers up a different beast. Tart cherry and a hint of residual sweetness. Moderate carb and sourness just delicious

Aug 01, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy strawberry/raspberry color with a 1-2 finger thick pink foamy head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of tart green apple, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, red wine, brett, funky yeast, lots of fruit like a fruit salad, barnyard funk, musty notes and a lot of earthy/oaky notes. Incredibly complex and nice to inhale.

Like the nose the flavor is full of fruit and then tart, bitter, funky and sweet all at the same time. The additions of pear, light grapefruit, cherries and white grapes bring out even more depth to go along with the green apple, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, red wine, brett, funky yeast, roasted grains, wet horse hair and earthy flavors like sipping white mixed with light oaky notes. Subtle, funky, very fruity and extremely complex, this is a fine sipping brew that was refreshing and very enjoyable.

Jun 20, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red coloration with a small, fizzy, pink head. Smells wonderfully of tart, ripe cherries and hints of estery spice. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by a rich flavor of fresh, ripe, tart red cherries with hints of citrus, oak, and spice. Finishes with a medium sourness and a bit of acidity coming through in the aftertaste. Light/medium body with medium/lively carbonation.

I've had this quite fresh (6 weeks from bottling) and I feel that this really comes through in a very fresh and fruity, almost juicy cherry aroma and flavor. However, on the other hand, there really isn't that much complexity to this. Still, a great balance of sourness and sweetness, with a very rich fruity character. Mouthfeel/body could be better though.

Jun 06, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this July 2017 in Paris and have kept it cool and dark.

Uncorked fragrant and effervescent. Poured into a chalice. Beautiful ruby brown with a nice pinch head and great curtain lacing. Pleasant fragrance of berries and cherry. Taste includes raspberries, strawberry, and dark cherries. Comforting spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Sourness increases with warming, but it is never overly pronounced.

This is my 1,000 beer review and I wanted it to be a special beer.

May 28, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

1.86/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Khimera, then Life is Strange Before the Storm. Must be the only one who cant appreciate cantillon, but couldnt stand its excessive acidness and took ages to finish. Didnt taste much fruit

Apr 09, 2018
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janubio from Spain

3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rose colour, big pinky head, short retention, pinky lace.
Aroma of cherries vanilla, nuts.
Medium to full body, sweet creamy texture, great carbonation.
Taste is
similar to the aroma.
No acidity. but great anuyway.

Dec 25, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I opened up the bottle I got a slight almost cinnamon smell, some lactic acid, and some cherry. The flavor is an assertaive, but pleasant acidity with some cherry, spiciness (like cinnamon), some earthiness, and oak. The beer has a prickly carbonation and is a great sipper. A very good kriek. However, I would have appreciated a little more complexity from this beer.

Look: 5
Aroma: 4.5
Taste: 4.25
Feel: 5
Overall: 4.5

Oct 29, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

here we go!
very attractive dark pink color with light pink head, amazing!
smells strongly of cherries, lambic yeast's barnyard esters and slight vinegar.
what a delicious sourness! it tastes acidic sourness with cherries, slightly musty and vinous. not overly sour, perfectly balanced taste.
light bodied and effervescent. softly astringent. crispy mouthfeel. dry finish.
this is the meaning of perfection. delicious, highly drinkable and refresher. respect!

Oct 18, 2017
Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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