Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had unsweetened lambics before, but this was my first unsweetened kriek, so I was very curious to try it.

Lovely ruby color with almost no carbonation or head. Surprisingly little smell.

The taste is pretty much as expected, very dry, very tart, and sour -- not insane over-the-top sour, but quite bracingly so. The cherry taste is forward but wonderfully non-cloying ("cloyingness" being one thing I didn't like about some other krieks); it's really like eating cherries! A nice kind of woodiness in the aftertaste, if a little subtle and fleeting.

Given my anticipation, I did end up thinking that maybe it seemed a little too straightforward -- the tastes are painted with a bold brush, and some of the details kind of seem to get lost as a result. It's also quite expensive where I am (Tokyo). Nonetheless, a nice beer, and a great change from over-sweetened fruit beers.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting shade of red, looks like a hazy grape juice almost. Fizzy carbonation, with no head. Musty aroma full of horse blanket and sour cherries. Also a slight spiciness. Wonderfully funky flavor. Nice pucker from the sourness, with a nice cherry finish. This is very tart and dry. This is the most sour lambic I've had but really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be seeking more of this style out!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red color with just the slightest hint of foam. No retention or lacing. Looks like some sort of arbor mist wine in the glass.

Smell is uber-funky. Rubber bands, brettomyces induced rotting wood, sour cherries, moldy aged hops and raspberry juice sweetness. Waaay out there.

Whoa! This bitch is sou-ur. Warhead candies aint got nothin on this. Crazy shit, wonder what the pH is on this, it's acidic. Tart cherry flavor is followed up by a sour and woody brett middle and finished off with a sweetart candy acidic aftertaste. This one will cure any sour fix one might have. I would definitely buy again.

Also, it paired excellently with a cherry stilton cheese.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Muddy earthy ruby. Gentle off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Clean sour cherries aroma, very leafy, woody with huge lactic notes, yogurty and even soured milk alike. Totally pungent aroma with a nice restrained barn touch. Very puckering, heavily sour, straightforward. This is everything I’m looking for in a traditional kriek. I would prefer it with standout characteristics though, more funk and mystery, unexplored territories etc. Now it’s extremely clean, direct, balanced, dry and astringent which means it’s an awesome beer and possibly one of cantillon’s best, better than the lou pepe to me anyway. Great texture, thin-medium body with very little carbonation feels perfectly right to carry the acidity. Terrific kriek.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've done the more mass-market kriek and other lambics, as well as a gueze, but this is the first of its kind I've experienced. <Edit: First sample:> I Popped the cap and saw that cork may have drawn in with slight leakage...of course very disappointed, but let's see what happens.

<Edit: Original review 2/5(?)/2008; Re-review 9/2008, no such cap issue here - will only edit changes from original notes>

Rose-colored with very little carbonation on top and in body. Has a flat cherry 7-up look to it. Color is pretty much what's expected.

This stuff is &*(%ing PUNGENT(told y'all I'm a newbie with this)! Can't place the funk - moldy cheese? Weird but it seems like it's there for a reason from looking at other posts on the Cantillon line-up. Essence of cherries and citric acidity present. Know I'm in for something verrry different. <Edit: Interesting horse-blanket tone blends with bright sour cherries and yeast to make it a very clean funk>

Tart tart tart-voluminous acidity with almost nonexistent sweetness. Cherry flavor rounds out as it warms in Ommegang chalice. <Edit: Very clean - the sourness of the cherries and brett mixes nicely with the woody, horse-blanket tones to balance out into an enjoyable sipper.>

Interesting mouthfeel-this one is a pucker. Not used to this but I can definitely appreciate the craft. <Edit:> The sourness and yeast electricity really do a full trot with the horse blanket on the palate. This ain't no mudder (muddah?).

More drinkable than a mass-market Gueze. Must try again. <Edit:> I haven't had many of these but to me it's a very solid example of the true lambic. Slowly over time I've gotten a great appreication for the "funk."

PS Nice blend on Valentine's Day with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of bfields4
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of head a very frothy pink. Comes out a clear ruby red.

Has a nice tart funk going on in the aroma. Cherries come through nicely as well.

The tartness comes through strong. The light cherry comes through slowly at first, but builds as the taste buds adjust to the bitterness.

The high amounts of carbonation roll the tart flavors along the tongue nicely. A very light body.

Of the sours I've tried the flavors are a little less sweet which I almost figured would have been reversed. It's not a bad thing, but maybe a bit more vinegary than other beers I have tried.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon. That speaks for itself, and underneath the wrapping is a cork engraved with a 2003 vintage year. On to the beer:

The cork is a diffcult one to remove, but in the end manpower prevails. The head fizzes away to nothing on top of this elegant violet colored beer. It looks closer to fruit punch than beer, but mind you, so do other fruit lambics. The nose shows assorted tart funkiness, a little vinegar, and very light cherry.

What has 8 years in the bottle done to this beer? For one, the fruit portion seems very small in comparison to the rest of the picutre. It starts off a wave of vinegar and a little sweet tart, which perhaps is the cherry doing that work. Also seems to give off lemon. That's odd, I taste a lot more lemon than I do cherry! Very acidic, though not in the territory of ripping your enamel off your teeth. Light in the mouth, very acidic, and with lots of little carbonation bubbles that seem to tickle inside your mouth. Refreshing and very tart.

If you've tried Lindemans Kriek and are expecting the same thing out of Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, you're coming in with the wrong expectations. Both are tasty, but are so far away in terms of character that they might as well be on different planets. The Cantillon version is the truer, more authentic form of a traditional cherry lambic, though this is not for all palates.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- looks like cherry 7up with out the carbonation. Red with no head.
S-Slight cherry smell on the nose. Could be rasberry.
T-very tart, almost check puckering. Alot like it smells. Nice cherry flavor to it
M-very sour and tart. Crisp finish
D-delcious and moderately drinkanle

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit beers are really not my style, but anyhow I went to the Cantillon brewery trying to find some bottles for a trade with a fellow BA-member yesterday. Arriving there, I decided to take a brewery tour as well, which was very impressive. Of course I also bought some beers (not the ones I originally wanted). The beer pours a hazy blood-orange color, with a very small pink head, that changed into a beautiful and very stable lacing.

Smell: Very sour cherries, woody, oily (engine oil) and, I cannot help it, urine

Taste: Very very sour cherries again, with some hints of other red fruits and a bit salty. The tartness of this beer is amazing. The beer has a short, sour-bitter-dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation and medium-thin bodied. Because this beer is so acidic, not very easy to drink

Overall: great balanced flavor profile, although the smell of this one was a bit weird for what I am used to.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pink into a Lindemans flute. Joyful bubbles (yes, even the bubbles are happy) climb up the sides of the glass, a very lively brew for sure.

Smell is rank, but in the best way possible. It's like a rancid smell but not as off-putting, it just smells like extreme wilderness. I don't really get any cherries out of the nose, just extremely dank barrel.

Taste is a puckering sour up front, very piercing. The sweetness of the cherries takes over near the end and the finish is a sour cherry flavor, reminiscent of War Heads but not as fake and a little darker.

Mouthfeel is bright and carbonated. Overall an amazing brew, I understand why it's so coveted. Based on factors other than smell this would get a solid A in my opinion, but that nose is FUNKY.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle, cork reads 2007. Allowed to breathe at room temp. for 15 min. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Cloudy red color. The pour drops a nickel size pinkish, white, frothy head, that receeds to a thin rim and leaves some spotty lace.

A: Fruity, sour berries all the way. Champagne, chardonay, and funk. More sweet berries, strawberries, raspberries, and maybe a little lemon.

T: Pucker up! Sweet and sour berries once again. Very tart, but what a great flavor profile. Earthy, with chardonay and merlot.

M: Light body, average carbonation, stingy, and sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat limited due to the extreme tartness of the brew. Overall, I think this is a fine example of the style. Not my personal favorite, but something I would pick up again given I'm in the mood for something tart and sweet. Skal.

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Photo of IceAce
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy strawberry red body capped with pocked pink collar of foam. The sourness wafts to my nose as I type this and the funk which I detect from two feet away is already making my mouth water. I share the tulip with WifeAce who promptly announces that this is the worst smelling beer I've ever offered her. With an ear-to-ear grin I say. "I know...isn't it great!"

Entry is maddeningly sour, yet spritely. Aggressive tiny-bubbled CO² tortures the walls of my cheeks while the equivelent of 247 cherry sour patch kids is dropped in concentrated form right in the middle of my tongue. If you ever wish to map out the sour receptors in your mouth, this is the way to do it!

Funky with some barnyard aroma, tangy cherries, and a dusty finish make every drop of this gem pure pleasure. Authenticity is never in doubt and this is a must-have for any lover of sour beers.

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Raw sour power. Beautiful wine colour. Leaving it open as recommended for 30 minutes is a good idea, but how patient can you be? Musty barnyard and cherry aroma. A bit of carbonation. There's orange,cheese aftertaste. Astringent bone dry. Be forewarned about the tartness.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Sept 2006

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear ruby red with no head whatsoever.

Smell: A whole lot of acetic acid with a big musky funk in the background not powerful but what could you expect with no carbonation.

Taste: Vinegar and muskiness up front, fruit in this one is way in the background. The tartness is not overly powerful as others had mentioned. As it warms there is a woodiness that's hanging around the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the palate with a light body and a dry finish, not too puckering.

Drinkability: Overall this ones pretty decent. The fruit has almost completely disappeared leaving a tart complex brew. I was expecting something over the top sour but got something fairly smooth. Overall nice brew.

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Photo of dgallina
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in .2L Cantillon wine glass.

Deep red color, with very slight carbonation and no foam or lacing. Tart cherries in the nose with a touch of wine-like sourness and barn-yard must in the background. Flavor starts with the bitter cherries, develops acidic sharpness, and builds into rounded woodiness and lasting barn-yard funk. Not-quite still in the mouth. The slightly prickly carbonation and bitter dryness is quite quenching once you've gotten accustomed to the style.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle 37.5 cl, abv 5%, bottled 28 oktober 2008, best before 12/2015.

A: Rose red, hazy, with a thin pink head.
S: Cherries and bread. And wet moldy wood.
T: Mildly tart and sour, cherries and lemon, slight tannin.
M: It's bittersweet and dry, but not as dry as I expected. A relatively light beer.
D: Very drinkable, you can take big gulps of this, it's very refreshing.
I think it could be better with 1 or 2 % of extra alcohol.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a red-orange color with a limited head and limited lace. It is opaque.
S. smells like vinegar.
T/m. This is extremely acidic and has a strong vinegar taste. Full bodied with a long finish.
O. The cork says this was bottled in 2007 and if that's true then it may have been sitting in Muggs Tavern that whole time. I think it is just too old and past it's prime.

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Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 bottled 9.09.08 served into a Cantillon taster glass

Small one finger head 
Light orange-red color
Swirling yields some carbonation, otherwise nothing really visible.

Nose is funky, fruity, and vinous.
Doesn't smell sour.
Musty with a damp wood smell.

Mouth puckering sour with the cherries in there too
Nice acidity balanced by the cherries

Enjoyed the beer and think it's one of the most sour beers I've drank.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Kriek

Appearance: cherry red, small head, and slight lacing.

Smell: sourness, slight cherry.

Taste: sharp sweettart sourness, spices, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: potent and bitter.

It is in your face with the first sip. This is an explosive sour kriek.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep red in color, very little head, save for scattered, patchy foam, little, or perhaps no carbonation.

Aroma: Sour cherries, and a barnyard note of goat and soured hay.

Taste: Intense sourness at the open, perceived as lemon juice, this dominates from start to finish. Earthy notes are also present throughout. Late in the taste a note somewhat like blue cheese appears. Finishes intensely dry with a lingering tang of acidity. The cherry notes are perceptible, but are quite subdued.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A striking example of the style, certainly a must to try. Many thanks to BA HardTarget for his generosity in sharing this treasure.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving size: bottle.

Poured a medium to dark hazy red with almost no head. Dominant sour cherry and musty aromas. Fruity and a little yeasty-doughiness. Very sour and tart tasting. Cherries. Definitely high in the pucker factor.

Notes from and tasted on: 9/17/04

Looking at these dates, I'm going to have to pop another one of these!

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. Cork reads 2008. reviewed 7/5/2010.

Ar: funk, sour, lactic acid, very mild acetic acid, tart cherry, lightly floral, somewhat restrained aroma, classic cantillon smell but more fruity, barn/earth increase with warmth and breathing

Ap: clear bright red, medium pink head settles to thin layer quickly

T: very tart, cherries and pitty earthiness, very pleasant earth/cherry mix, ends with warming acid, not as complex as the normal geuze but good, cherry strength increases with warmth, lemon, acid, sour/earthy character adds good depth, starts tart, then cherry fruitiness, then pitty/nutty earthiness, ends wth warming acid

M: very tart but very mild acetic acid so the acid is clean, mild carbonation, warming light end

O: would possibly prefer less sourness and more funk, but good, better after it breathes

I noticed about half way through my first pour that Jean van Roy says to let it breath at room temp for 1/2 hour first. I definitely felt the second pour was better

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first lambic, spent the $19 on the 750ml just hoping for the best. I figured anything Cantillon is a good way to start. Bottle date is 10-21-08. Splitting it with my better half, poured into wine glasses. Looks and smells pretty much exactly how I thought it would. Pours a hazy red, definitely no light coming through this. A small pink fizzy head stays for a minute but pretty much completely disappears except for a small ring around the edge. Smell is funky, sour berry, oak/wood, chardonnay. Now for the taste. Hits me right off the bat with a sour blast. The cherry taste is great here, it tastes completely natural (as it should). Vinegar, definitely lots of tart and sour funk. Musty, oaky, acidic. Lemon, green apple. Chardonnay if you threw a few warheads in it. Leaves the palate as dry as the Sahara, definitely a sipper, yet refreshing. Very carbonated but the extreme sourness takes the focus off that. Alcohol taste is a joke, not a trace of it, you start to think you're drinking some crazy experimental fruit punch instead of a beer. Opens doors in my mind as to what a beer can actually be. Compare this to a Budweiser! It takes a bit but your body gets used to the sourness. This is still a mouth destroying beast though. Chalky finish. A very enjoyable challenge to drink, and so different from any other beers I've had. Drinkability suffers for the obvious reasons, sourness and price tag. 750ml by myself would be killer. I also can't help but remember Sam Adams Cranberry "Lambic", and compare to this, and let out a little 'lol'.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like cherry soda. Good head, pinkish, retains fairly well. Not much lace. Head leaves to disk fairly fast.

S - Mostly sour cherries. Can't get much else.

T - A blend of sour cherries and cooked meaty cherries. I really like this blend.

M - Medium to light body, fairly well balance, veering towards sour cherry.

D - Low ABV, but such a strong flavored beer, don't think I would want to drink it all night.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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