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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
94
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704 Reviews
Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
2,315
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
18.82%
 
 
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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.

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

A- Rich, bright cherry red with a soft pink head. It doesnt last forever, its more of a loud fizzy, champagne kind of head. Thats typical of many lambics though.

S- Definite aromas of lambic. Earthy funk and tart sourness. Cherries are there and fairly strong. They arent like candy like in some other krieks.

T- Sourness is quite low. Its just enough to go well with the tart cherries. There is a little bit of wet hay funk but also not too much of that either.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark pink to red with a half finger pink head

smell: sour cherries, hints of sweetness

taste: cherries up front then fade in the back end, sour and very tart

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

drinkability: a very nice representation of a kriek wish the cherries didn't fade in the back end.

cheers,

The CPJ

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

Pours a light pink/purple in color with a light colored head that quickly turns into a ring of foam in my tulip glass.

Smells exactly like it should: Earthy, musty and sour with notes of cherries.

The taste -- surprise! -- is tart, but not extremely so. This isn't as sour as -- say -- Rodenbach Grand Cru (which is of course a different kind of beer). The cherries are quite noticeable and fill out the flavor well.

The body is light and crisp and refreshing.

I can see why Cantillon is so highly rated. This is a great Lambic. At $16 a bottle, though, it's for special occasions.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tumbler at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish pink and the head is pink but converts to white after a few moments. Head is made up of a small to medium sized bubbles. Beer is completely hazy but on the edges you can see steady carbonation rise through the beer slowly propping the head up slightly. The head falls away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. This is what a Kriek lambic should look like.

The aroma, I was expecting something unique to cherries, but I got a sour / tartness in a general way rather than in a cherry specific way. Smells like a lambic / gueze, just not like a cherry anything.

Beer is medium to low in body and very sour. Now I'm getting a little bit of tartness that I can recognize with cherries. Beer is really sour though. It almost tastes lactic rather than citric in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation carry the sourness throughout the mouth and palate and finishes the beer cleanly with no aftertaste. Drinkability is OK to good and overall I really enjoyed this beer.

On a side note, as I was drinking this beer a fruit fly landed in my drink and promptly died. I fished it out and continued drinking, thinking to myself, "This is my preferred death."

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has that very unique cantillon nose. Has some fruited taste, surprisingly a little bit of strawberry taste to it. Unfortunately, and expected there is a very strong/harsh aftertaste making you run for the tums. Overall solidly enjoyable if you have a strong stomach.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 poured into wine glass.

A- Deep beautiful red rose color with thin white head.
S- Fine sour lambic with pronounced complex cherry scents
T- Very sour and complex. Sour is actually kind of overwhelming in a good way. Cherries are expertly blended.
M- Adequate to low carb is appropriate. Sour cherry lingers and I can taste the citric acid on my lips.
D- Quite sessionable and very good. The best kriek I ever tried.

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Photo of KeefD
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 9th, 2008. Bright pinkish orange color with no head and no lacing, sitting lovely in a wine glass. Aroma is nicely funky, a bit of tartness, musty, maybe just a hint of cherry. Flavor is immensely tart, sour, vinous, and refreshing. A touch of vinegar and acidic wine flavors come through the dry middle. Nice, fresh tart cherry flavor brings up the rear. Mouth puckering and dry. Leaves a nice sweet and sour sugary taste on the lips. Not as much funk on the tongue as there is in the nose. Mellow carbonation, light to medium bodied. This is utterly delicious. To me, lambics are a bit of a turn off in the aroma department, but always come through in the flavor department. This is a fantastic lambic, much better than other kriek varieties out there. A sipper to be sure.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear ruby with a white and compact head that lasted fairly well to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly cheesy when first opened and poured. That aroma lessened over time and a definite oaky presence came to the forefront. The oak was strong and sweaty. The aroma was not overly fruity and was only slightly reminiscent of cherries until the beer warmed at which time the fruity nature became more prominent.

The flavor was sour and acidic with definite grapeskin/seed flavors and light fruitiness from the cherries. There is no doubt this beer is not sweetened and that the cherries are not artificial. The oaky and sweaty flavors carry through from the aroma. The sourness rules the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting sourness and oak/sweat with a light fruity presence, but not dicernable as cherry. The body was medium light and the sourness detracted from the drinkability just a bit.

12 ounce bottle, foil covering the cap and cork. Bottled in 2002 on cork.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a champagne flut a mostly clear red color with very minimal sediment floating around in it. Small white head with no lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Funky aroma; vinegar mixed with sour, unripe cherries and a hint of mildew like wet carpet.

Taste was absolutely sour cherries followed up by a tart, mouth puckering vinegar.

Thin to medium mouthfeel due to moderate carbonation. The sour cherry and vinegar flavor coat the palate for a minute or two after each sip.

Good to drink or sip actually. Carbonation and just the fact this brew is so damn sour make it nice to have a glass or maybe two of this but not anymore. I'm afraid it would give me heartburn!

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Photo of codewarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Chalice

Picked this up to celebrate some recent good fortune from Colorado Liquor Mart. Cork was wet when I opened the bottle, but it drank well none-the-less.

L: Cloudy reddish with a slight hint at froth.

S: Sweet and tart, with a twinge of sour.

T: Sweet into a massively tart finish. I loe tart, and this is quite possibly too much tartness.

F: Puckering and smooth.

D: Yes, yes please.

So, as far as entry level (real) lambics go, this one is pretty damn good. At the same price-point as Hanssen's Artisinal Oude Kriek however, this guy just doesn't stand up (or even hold a candle) in any category.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 cl bottle shared as a sampling of three fruit lambics with friends, purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Bottled in April 2011.
Poured into a New Glarus flute (courtesy of A).

The Cantillon kriek is a complex fruit lambic that relies on a variety of odors and tastes to evoke a variety of impressions on the drinker, ultimately leading to a focus on environment, earth, and source (as in, how was that produced?). The aromas and tastes were dirty, cultured, and affable, none claiming center stage over the others. Definitely a beer to explore with one's palate when possible.

Pours, into the glass, a light red to pink head of fairly small bubbles, about 2cm tall. Head descends quickly, leaving little lacing and reducing to a ring around the glass. Body is red delicious apple skin in color, with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is complex, noticeably less Brettanomyces "funk" than the Drie Fonteinen kriek, the Cantillon is focused more on musty basement, old dried fruit, old wood, and faint cheese.

The taste is full and pleasant, not as sharply tart as the Drie Fonteinen, but still noticeably so. I'd describe this as continued presence of the musty basement, old cherries that had been left in the fridge too long, slight peat moss, and very faint cheese. In general, I thought this was more subdued, but also more complex, than the Drie Fonteinen and as a result, I appreciated this variety of flavors more.

Body is medium-light to medium, with noticeable but not aggressive carbonation. Pleasant, excellent for sipping and trying to discern the flavors. Finish is dry.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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