Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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
Ratings:
2,407
Reviews:
719
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
668
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603
For Trade:
61
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Photo of patre_tim
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pink, tropical punch red, 1 finger of pinkish head.

S: Fruity, dry cherries, crisp and tart, cherry blossoms.

T: Sour, dry, cherries, no sweetness, an almost lactic quality like milk.

M: Dry and acidic, medium low carbonation.

O: Awesome, smooth must try if you can ever swing it. I drank this one at the brewery Cantillon. It came free with the brewery tour.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright and clear ruby red with a soft light pink head that surprisingly takes a while to fade.

Tart cherries, almonds, and brett funk in the aroma. Barnyard and oak. A good amount of vanilla.

Tart cherries and lactic acid upfront. Very tart. Barnyard and musty earthy brett character. Perhaps some acetic acid present. Lambic is very present along with cherries. Nice mingling of the two. Lots of funk and acidity as well as some oak. Bright cherry character gives way to a slightly more rich cherry character as it warms.

Highly carbonated. Acidity fills the mouth and lingers. Some tannins as well.

Though very tart, it is not at all one dimensional. Lots of cherry character though just a touch less complex and jammy as Drie Fonteinen. Still lovely.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Bottled: 21st February 2008

I have always wanted to try a true sour Lambic, I had to pay more than an arm and a leg to get this bottle, so let's hope it is worth it.

Appearance: Cantillon Kriek pours as one of the most beautifully coloured beers I have ever seen. Slightly clouded crimson red with stunning pink and orange edges. The head is small and light pink in colour, unfortunately the retention and lacing leave a fair bit to be desired. 4.0

Smell: Wow, what an aroma, massively tart cherries combine with an equal measure of funkiness - barnyard, musty leather and a slight woodiness. There is also a slightly vinous quality to the nose. 4.5

Taste: Yes I knew this beer was going to be sour, but WOW... Nothing could have prepared me for the mouth-puckering sourness of the first sip. It's a good thing I like sour, otherwise this beer could well have been an immediate drain pour. Once your mouth is used to the sourness you can begin to appreciate the underlying flavours of the beer. Tart cherry, slightly vinous, hints of wood and then the wonderful - though slightly more subdued than in the nose - funk consisting of musty leather and some earthy barnyard. It almost seemed as though the sourness covered up a fair bit of the funkiness (pity if I'm right). 4

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, with a low (but just right in my books) level of carbonation. 4.5

Drinkability: I found this beer fairly easy drinking (after the initial sour shock) and actually quite refreshing. Though my stomach did not agree with me for a few days afterwards. 4.0

Dec 2013 Vintage (Drank in March 2014)

Appearance: Cantillon Kriek pours a wonderful deep red with tinges of pink and a little orange on the edges. A rough pour yields a large light pink head that lasts well for a sour, but doesn’t leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: The nose is absolutely delicious and offers a ton of fantastic acidic cherry character alongside a little sweetness , tannic skins, some woodiness, musty funk, and some lactic notes.

Taste: As the nose promised, the flavour is bursting with a fantastic combination of tart cherries and funk. Notes include: Tart cherries, a touch of sweetness, cherry pips, tannic skins, wood, musty funk and a touch of cheese.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied (or just over), with a medium level of fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall: The only previous Cantillon Kriek I have had was an ’07 in 2011 and I have to agree with Jean, the beer is best within a year of bottling.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long morning preparing for a Belgian beer dinner, the slaughter of the rabbits is over and a beer must be drunk. I wander to the cellar, hands bloody and nose full of rich life. I look. Rodenbach? Consecration? No. Today is the day for something special.

A 2008 35 cl bottle is opened, poured into white wine glasses in the sunlight. It sparkles, effervescent and boldly red. The nose wafts of lemons and cherries, oaken funk and dreams. A taste, its sweet, a burst of sweet cherries followed by a cleaning punch of tart. It dances, it dances well.

We sit in the sun, one week until the great day. a hundred bottles will be opened, and none will be as fine as this one, this day, this sunlight.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glowing ruby hue with a slight murk. Thin, soapy, but steadfast, strawberry cream colored head leaves wisps of lace. Overripe, juicy cherry with pungent, Penecillium like cheesy must hits the nose initially. Woody, damp cork and vinegar soaked sweatsock hints surface after a deliberation. Intense, yet inviting aromawise. In flavor, sharp acetic tartness coats the palate upfront. Rounded woodiness of an old oak bark like nature ensues, bringing both gentle tannins and subtle vanilla hints. Sweetness is only of trace, apple skin and restrained citric, lemon undertones. Meaty, leathery, enteric underbelly merges with ethereal wild yeast tones to lend a wet horse and saddle impression. ...But it is so good. Well attenuated, bone dry, and parching. Paradoxically thirst inducing and quenching like all top notch lambics. Softens considerably as it breathes, with balmy lactic notes emerging and carrying through the gentle cherry tinged buttermilk finish. A delicious, truly world class lambic. Seemingly more balanced than most. Unparalled in drinkability. I would easily consume at least a gallon of this tart, restorative elixir. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the delivery!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright, radiant red with two fingers of both half fizzy, half fluffy pink head. Leaves mild lacing, and remains and a ring on the glass. Body is really glowing.

Smell: A hay funk up front, followed by some funky cherry skins. A definite lactic aspect. Some light pears. Nose goes out with raw cherries and funk.

Taste: Nice clean cherry tartness up from, followed by a light lactic sourness, and funk. Funk carries the body, along with a nice bready sweetness. Finishes tart with cherry skins, pear juice, and hay.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable. Cherries are not too sweet. Sourness is perfect. Great carb.

Overall: I think I enjoy this better than the Lou Pepe Kriek I had. Have to keep in mind that was a 2007 (sticker) vintage, so it would definitely be more sour.

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Photo of sommersb
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375ml bottle my brother picked up in Belgium, bottled 11-27-2014.

Appearance is a hazy, pink-red color, capped by a thin pink head that has a mild amount of retention with low lacing.

Smells are of cherry fruits and white grapes.

On first sip, I get a very prickly mouthfeel from the full carbonation. Then flavors of cherry become apparent, both fruit and a bit sour. The finish is quite dry.

Overall a splendid lambic I am glad to have tried!

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Photo of korguy123
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 20th 2010

Popped cork and allowed to breathe at room temperature for a half hour as specified on bottle.

A- Slightly hazzy cherry red pour. Three finger tight bubbled pink head. Recedes to thin cap. Fizzing noises like pouring a pop. Lacing is decent.

S- Tart cherries, oak and earthy notes. Slight must and funk. Lemon juice and slight apple.

T- Tart right off the bat. Puckering cherries. Vinegar and lemon juice. Sour and refreshing, oakiness blends everything perfectly.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, dry. Each sip is making me drool more and more.

O- My new favorite lambic. Sour, fruity and dry. Everything you come to expect from a world class lambic and Cantillon.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Edition. 375 ml bottle.
ABV: 5.0% Bottled: June 18 2015.
Got this bottle from Belgian Happines.

This is perfection! The beer pours hazy ruby red like a Strawberry Margarita with a two finger high, pink head that pretty fast dismisses to nothing.

Nose: Tart but sweet, cherries, strawberry, red fruit, citrus, lime, barnyard, hay and wood.
Taste: So refreshing! Fresh cherries, green apples, tart, funk, oak and lemon.
Mouth: Light body and medium carbonation. Sour, sweet and dry. Delicious!

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Photo of jbaker67
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a slightly hazy pinkish-red color with a thick and foamy pinkish-white head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of funky cherries, oak and yeast. Light-bodied with flavors of tart cherries and berries, funky yeast and vinous oak. The finish is fruity with a lingering sour cherry and apple aftertaste. Really good all around.

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Photo of mig100
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mangbus
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doremite
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iong516
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmryan8
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of natasharai
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a small light pink silky head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the top of my glass. The beer is a hazy dark rusty red color.

Smell: Funky raspberry, a small sweet berry flavor, then a big tangy sour, nice earthy spice, and slightly musty.

Taste: Tangy sour, lightly sweet raspberry, big sour dry bite, like almost ripe raspberries, a little watery/light though.

Mouthfeel: Nice sour pucker, nice carbonation, followed with a nice dry feel. Overall a little watery though.

Overall: Great drinkability, more than just sour flavors including sweet berry, earthy flavors, and a nice musty spice. Great flavors and aroma, but a little watery at the end which takes away from the beer a bit.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a beer goes too sour and the fruit can can difficult to really identify and appreciate. And sometimes the fruit comes through but the sour is downplayed and it doesn't mesh. This beer doesn't have either problem. Just the perfect tart cherry flavor that just couldn't be any better.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ebru
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pjs234
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The beer was a murky red color with white bubbles.

Smell - The sour notes were downright pungent but you really get cherries.

Taste - There was a very tart and vinegary cherry presence. The cherry seems to become richer within the taste. As it wears on, it almost seems like cherry pie filling. The tartness is rich and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - One might not expect this style to be so thick. Yet it coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Herky21
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once you allow it to acclimate to room temp. Pour slowly... The overt tartness is not there. I was expecting something I'd cringe at. Instead I found myself drinking each glass. Each sip. Embracing the new experience. Truly a humbling opportunity.

The light to medium body is a light tart stranglehold on your tongue. Yet, it feels as if one opened up it gives a nice drinkablity. Mild aroma with a sweet cherry fruit scent. Almost gives the idea of wanting to cook with lamb and brussle sprouts.

Very enjoyable. The year I had was a 2015. Hope to have again.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,407 ratings.
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