Kriek 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #11
ABV:
5%
Score:
97
Ranked #380
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
745
Ratings:
2,551
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Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  618
SCORE
97
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Reviews by BEERchitect:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of pink head which slowly settled in to the edges of the glass while drinking. The color is bold ruby red that is darker then I expected. Active carbonation is pretty much on par for the style.

Smell: Sprite yeast, tart yet surprisingly juicy cherries, and oak all rush the drinker immediately. Earth, straw, figs, and a touch of darker fruits like blackberries raspberries all shine on the body. That rustic, funky oak continues to blast through to the back end with some sugary cherry tartness wishing you a sweet farewell.

Taste: The second this beer touches your lips, such a wonderfully rounded tartness explodes. The woody oak notes are really unlike any other beer I've ever had, rich mature oak and there is some brighter flavors resembling cedar. The cherries on the body are have the flavors of dried cherries, giving off plenty of sweetness but remains grounded throughout. Dancing on the back end is this bright bouquet of citrus fruits playing along well with the oak and cherries. Lingering tartness with faint dark fruits and breathable woody notes sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very noticeable while drinking, but fits perfectly with everything going on. Bright fruits produced from the yeast are unrivaled.

Overall: My first Cantillon was a special treat. I really couldn't find a way past the incredible flavors the oak produce in this beer. The oak manages to round all of the corners perfectly together, especially the cherries which take on a much darker profile then I expected. A truly wonderful experience.

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Photo of pagriley
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter

L - Pours a deep intense red with huge effervescence and a tall head that quickly falls away completely
S - Big tart cherries with a little funk lurking behind - very approachable
T - Tart fruit with a touch of barnyard. Just the right hint of residual sweetness
F - Light and crisp

Overall an excellent beer - I don't know if it is any better than some of the other top tier Krieks (I feel like it is brighter and has more intensely crisp fruit than 3F), but I wish this came in tallboy cans for hot days! Super crisp and refreshing

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a gorgeous intense deep garnet/ruby with a light pink head.

The aroma hits of cherry cotton candy, minerality, light funk, tart, cherry skin.

The flavor follows with that cotton candy flavor, cherry juice, skin, a bit of jam. A theme of minerality and cherry yogurt throughout. Mild tart quality, light funk, a good amount of red wine red fruit and drying. Oak structure dries out the beer. Carbonation is bright and bubbly.

One of the best Cantillons, an underrated one.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Ruby red, good clarity, small pink head that quickly dissipates into a solid ring around the edge of the glass.

S = There is some serious funk in the nose of this beer. There are some unripe cherries but those lie underneath the stronger scents of barnyard smells, horse sweat, some pepper, fair amount of salt, red wine vinegar.

T = The taste is very sour, fruity, some of the funk in the smell is there but not quite to the same extent. There is more fruit and straight up sour flavors, less sweat and pig stalls, more cherry, lemon juice, also a fair amount of salt on the tongue around the edges and in the middle.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, carbonation has just slightly a little bit too much sting.

D = I love this, but it does not just flow right down the throat begging you to take the next drink.

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Photo of LBIsurf
2/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brandon911
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Matthewpakula
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of illy0sis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Photo of Ace1117
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: A beautiful soft ruby color with a pink hue head that dissipates quickly, small bubbles, no lacing
S: A sour, spritzy, freshly squeezed cherries, a touch of orange, farmhouse yeast, hay funky smell
T: A complex and robust tart taste, a funky blend of fruit that meets a farmhouse ale, I get hints of a slightly toasted or smoked flavor of cherry rather than sour fresh cherries, takes you back to a different time of brewing
F: Medium to high carbonation that flows and swirls around your mouth nicely,
O: An interesting beer that is not for everyone, Very glad to say I tried it but not sure its quite my style, I can appreciate it but finding a reverence and awe for it might take some time. Nevertheless a solid beer that is definitely worth a try

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Photo of janubio
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.

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Photo of grover37
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage. Very tart and dry. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of miadw3
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Naugros
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third kriek and the prettiest one so far. The beer is a plum color, looking like ruby in the glass, with a thick, well-packed pink head.

My tulip glass sits a good yard from my nose and I can still smell the Morello cherries from here. That musty/sour/sweet smell assaults and delights my nostrils. What a shame that my wife doesn't like kriek. Well, actually no; I don't have to share.

I've had Oud Beersel's and Liefmans' krieks and they were both very different from one another. This is also different than the two of them . This is the most sophisticated of the three. Oud Beersel was perhaps the most traditional and the most sour, Liefmans was more suited to the American palate and Cantillon has delivered on one that could be held to the highest scrutiny and stand with royalty. This is the Dom Perignon, the Napolean brandy, the Westvletren of kriek! I now wish I had bought the 750. The cherries are their tartness are the main players. It most krieks that's the only flavor, but I was wonderfully surprised my the fact that you can get a sense of the hops. It's slight, but there is a touch of bitterness in the wash. Superb!

The mouthfeel is another aspect of its sophistication. The other krieks left a sour aftertaste that was reminiscent of Sweet Tarts, but this finishes dry. I am thoroughly impressed by the skill of the brewers at Cantillon, but who am I to judge them?

If you like kriek or sour beers, buy this one and revel in a masterpiece. Yes, I'm gushing, but this beer deserves it!

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Photo of TheMagnanimous
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SalMineo
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Steve212
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: redish pink with beautiful carbonation and a 1inch pinkish white head
Smell: faint tartness with beautiful crisp cherry odor.
Taste: cherry pie, funky and crisp with well balanced cherry notes
Feel: semi dry, very clean, high carbonation with a medium mouth feel

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Photo of csbosox
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little beer had soaked through the cork and was sitting between the cork and cap. 750ml bottle, '05 vintage. Served from the cellar @ 50°. Aroma is horsey, fruity, citrusy, acidic, and reminiscent of a dank cellar. Reddish color with copper hues and a smallish white head that stays just a short amount of time. The initial taste is horsey and acidic with light tart cherries and lemon zest followed by a rush of barnyard (wet wool horse blanket & leather saddle), lesser floral notes, a touch of red wine, and background notes of tart cherries. The acid is bracing, but not over the top.

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Photo of jscondon
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with no head, a little cloudy and a deep red. Let it warm from 50 F at r.t. for 0.5h like the bottle says. It smells delicious, sour and super funkadellic! Heaven in a red liquid package. The taste is out of this world, complex and earthy at the front finishing with a sour kick. It fills the pallet completely not lacking any body.
This is a good one, I think this is one great beer but not for everyone.

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Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 2551 ratings