Kriek 100% Lambic
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #11
ABV:
5%
Score:
97
Ranked #388
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
747
Ratings:
2,564
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santig0nzalez from Paraguay

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

Nov 18, 2019
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KFBR392 from Illinois

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.

Aug 21, 2014
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pagriley from Illinois

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

Dec 16, 2015
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dar482 from New York

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.

Jun 26, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Aug 14, 2010
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Traquairlover from Virginia

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.

Sep 19, 2009
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LBIsurf from New Jersey

2/5  rDev -54.4%

Jan 30, 2013
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Jun 09, 2013
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brandon911 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Jun 29, 2014
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Matthewpakula from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Nov 15, 2013
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illy0sis from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Jun 17, 2013
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Narkee from Australia

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

Feb 06, 2019
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Ace1117 from Massachusetts

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

Sep 25, 2016
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

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

Jul 08, 2016
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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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grover37 from District of Columbia

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.

Dec 20, 2014
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miadw3 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

May 01, 2013
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Naugros from New Jersey

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!

Jul 10, 2010
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TheMagnanimous from Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Jul 03, 2014
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SalMineo from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Apr 16, 2012
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Steve212 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Feb 03, 2014
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IPAIsaac from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Sep 17, 2013
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Narthax from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Sep 25, 2014
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

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

Apr 18, 2017
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csbosox from Kansas

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.

Nov 24, 2008
Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 2564 ratings