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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of packetknife
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby or pomegranite red, cloudy, bare minimum lace but no head. Appearance would be higher if it managed some sort of head. Smells of cherry pie with a nice tartness even on the nose. Dry.... I think this is the first time I actually felt like moisture was being sucked out of my system by a liquid. Dry dry. It tastes like I remember organic cherries out in CA tasting at the beginning of last winter. It's sour to be sure but it's perfectly reasonable and not nearly as artificial as others (although I certainly have a sweets addiction). DRY. Wow... that is really dry. It's a sensation I haven't felt before and I really enjoy it. For some reason I feel like I'm at a cafe in Belgium and expect the cured meat and cheeses to be delivered now.

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Photo of readbaron
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby red with plentiful pink foam, which fades into a white ring.

Smells tart - lots of cherry and oak, quite a bit of vinegar as well.

Taste is very good. Shockingly sour at first, but as you get used to it lots of cherry comes through as long as a bit of oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy for a medium bodied drink.

Too sour for perfect drinkability, but it's easy to finish a goblet.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tulip pour and a cranberry juice/ruby red grapefruit colored ale pours out with a bright white head. Pure awesome. The aroma has some tart cherries, raspberry, vinegar and some good old fashioned funk. Very tart cherry taste with a bitter mouth-puckering finish. Very dry. A definite sipper. This bottle was a little on the older side and I would like to try a fresher bottle and re-review.

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Photo of gnoff
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried it on draught at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden, in November 2005.

Poured a deep red color, with a pink head.
Very sour scent and flavor, typical of the Cantillon beers.
This is what a kriek from a lambic really should taste like.

It's not at all sweet or almondy like some kriek, prepare for a very sour experience.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Cantillon brewery Oct 20/03.

Appearance: Light redish pour with a small, thin pink head.

Smell: The nose is tart with cherry and lemony notes. The back of my mouth waters from the smell alone.

Taste: Extremely, extremely tart. Actually, sour might be a better word. Suprisingly, i found the chrries in this beer to be very mild, just a tease really.

Mouthfeel: The lemon tartness takes over from the cherries and combined with the good acidity leads to a very clean and biting finish.

Drinkability: A superb kriek lambic. Excellent beer but not for everyday drinking.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Beer Bistro in DT TO - my girlfriend wanted to try another cherry Belgian ale...I wanted to have a bit of a laugh, apparently. It is indeed weird to pop the cap of a beer, and hear nothing in the way of a hiss - of course, here, that is due to the cork waiting for me underneath.

This beer pours a cloudy, muddled pinkish amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually soapy and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of acrid cherry essence, fairly funky yeast - kind of barnyard-like - grainy pale malt, further tart lemon and apple fruit esters, and a bit of dirty, earthy hoppiness. The taste is very, very, very (did I say 'very'?) tart cherry acid, morphing into raw lemon juice territory, some remnant of cherry flesh fruitiness, a bewildered pale wheaty graininess, funky, somewhat yeasty wet cheese, and rather faint, indistinct drying hops.

The mouthfeel, well, to quote a beloved Simpsonian Springfield denizen - "it tastes like burning" - the bubbles do seem to be searing my tongue, but in reality, it's the fruit acids on, well acid, all atop a weirdly sturdy, yet oily medium weight body. It finishes with some lingering deconstructed fruit echoing amidst the tartness and strangely supportive yeasty funk.

A masochistic headfirst dive into beer appreciation, that's for sure. I told my girl not to expect the typical fruit beer sugar bomb - heh, I'm lucky she didn't bomb me over the head with it. I got to finish her share, at least, given that I more or less liked it, as a sort of palate cleanser, or degreaser, solvent, you get the idea. All kidding aside, this is a generally well-wrought kriek lambic, the sourness not for the timid.

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Photo of beerhan
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml 2007 bottle.

Pours a nice ruby red color with a pinkish read head that does not last very long. Lightly carbonated.

Smells much like banyard, grass, cherries, very funky.

Tastes very tart. The most tart of all krieks I have had. There is a lot of acidity to this one but in a good way. Very sour dry finish with a subtle cherry flavor but it is not overwhelming.

The sourness of this made me cringe a little at first but I habituated fast. It is a bit tough to get a proper swish in your mouth just do to the sourness.

Very drinkable, I think I ended up polishing at least 600 ml of this bottle to myself and I could have had much more. The alcohol is not really even there and I definitely felt full in a good way afterwards.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

37 cl bottel
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 - Not something I'd drink regularly but it is a very interesting beer and well worth a try.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thinned red cherry color, alomost like a blush wine, with a thin just off-white head and only spotty lacing in the deep red wine glassware. The nose is exceedingly rich, pungeant and full of ripened cherries mingled with the tell-tale "funk" of this spontaneously fermented treat. The palate is nothing short of mouth-puckering, shivering goodness. The cherries burst forth in all of their tart glory here and never let up. This one is NOT one of those soda pop style lambics you can get anywhere ... this is the real deal and my face is contorting to prove it. The moutfeel is slightly biting, acidic and finishes quite dry. A wonderous journey into lambic excellence. Be warned, though ... this isn't a beer for everyone. Like sucking on lemons ...? You might be able to handle this beer. Terrific Belgian brew, froma terrific Belgian brewery!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)

I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best.

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Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours a clear bright red with a foamy, light pink head.

Aroma is dominated by sour cherry initially, with a definite funkiness coming through soon after.

Quite tart and sour cherry with a light, funky backing.

A medium body with soft, prickly carbonation.

My first sample of the style, but I found it enjoyable. Quite sour, but the funkiness helps give it a balance.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

I've been eying this bottle for a while now, and just pulled the trigger on it. It pours a clear rosy magenta topped by a fluffy finger of pinkish foam. The nose comprises cherries (shocker), cobwebs, tart berries, and a touch of wet hay. The taste ups the ante in terms of both tartness and sourness. Those cherries have been eviscerated by brutal sour demons, unleashing a wave of vinegar-tasting blood and offal as they go. Must and cobwebs form pretty quickly on the grisly scene. Yikes. The body (of the beer, that is...gotta get things back on track here...) is light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky feel and finish. Overall, as my first "true" sour kriek, this thing really kicked my tongue outta bed and sent it off to basic. I may not be completely converted as yet, but I am really interested in trying more of these things. Bring it on!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into flute.

Pours clear dark ruby red with almost no head, just a ring of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Nose is cherries and vinegar, bit of earthy barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp and sour from the very beginning, dry vinegar and sharp cherry sourness, with a bit of barnyard funk and horse blanket emerging on the clean, dry, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel is light, with very sharp, dry, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of insane for a sour this intense - it calls to you.

If you'll excuse me, I'll be looking for the enamel on my teeth.

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Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shop: Shop of Burg Bier Brouwerij in Ermelo
Glass: Jopen Stemglass
Name on Label: Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio
Image on Label: Painting of cherry tree in full blossom in a meadow and white houses in the background
ABV: 5%
Ingredients according to label: water, wheat, malted barley, hops, morello cherries
Expiry date: DEC2015
LOT: bottled 17AUG10

It says on the bottle that this kriek is best within one year after bottling.Apparantly, I am more than a year late.

Pours with lots of carbonation and a one finger fine bubbled foam that reduces to a thin layer immediately. Body is beautiful clear red almost without any visible carbonation after the beer has settled.

smells of the morello cherries it was brewed with, some candy and tartness.

Does have the refreshingly sour taste of a lambic. There is also some sweetness and only a little bit of funk. Cherries are a little in the background and there are also raspberries.

Though there is only little carbonation it does not feel stale or watery, however I would like it to be more spritzy. There is some oily feel on the tongue.

I am still a newbie to the lambic world and this sometimes overpowering sourness is still a turn off for me, but this is not true for this one. In my opinion the sourness is very enjoyable. I love cherries and consequently the smell of this beer but the cherry flavor could be stronger in the taste. I studied the Cantillon webpage and found out that if the beer is older the lambic taste starts dominating the cherry taste. Next time I will try a younger one.

All in all a very nice representative of the style.

Ok, as promised I am back with a younger one. It is just over a year old. There is more carbonation and more fruity taste, though rather raspberry than cherry. However, they are right that it is somewhat better when young.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: the "Bio" in this variant is the European Union designation for certified organic.

Bottled Mar 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Stunning, bright, crystal clear raspberry body. Bright pink head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Fresh strawberries, sweet kiwi, peach, black cherry jello.

T - Super dry, sour black cherries. Honey and yeast center. Bitter, tanniny pit finish.

M - Acidic, dry, medium frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Clean profile with a soft, simple, well balanced complexity.

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Photo of sublimesipping
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is sour, no souououoouououuoouour! Ordered for a late afternoon meditative sesssion, nad this one does the job. the color is a wonderful burgandy, ruby red. the smell reminds one of earthy fields in the late fall(or early spring). Very little head or lacing which may be standard for this beer, I do not know. The taste is one of country lanes, essences of pastoral lanes and cherrys grwoing wild in foreign lands. Musty almost hay aroma, tast and aftertaste. A beer for the discerning, sophisticated and/or beer afficaiando of thsi style. A challenging but enjoyable experience. A thesis type beer.

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Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml, 2013. Hazy, deep reddish color, quite opaque. Pink-colored head of at least two fingers worth of foam. Smell is very fruit-forward with plenty of sour cherry. Minimal lacto sourness. Musty, leathery Brett notes.

Fruity, slightly puckering with good cherry presence. Not so much sour as quite tart. Quite balanced for a sour in that respect. Sour cherry and oak, but not much else. Carbonation is nice and tame, leading to a pleasant mouthfeel.

A good straightforward fruit lambic, as expected from the likes of Cantillon. I don't like very sour beers so this suited me fine. Great flavor, but a bit lacking in complexity.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Bottle date is October 21st, 2008 (~22 months).

A: Dense light rose colored head forms above a beautiful ruby body.

S: Sour cherry mostly. In the background there is a slight yeast aroma.

T: Very sour, cherry flavor creeps up after the sourness fades. I don't detect much funk, if any.

M: Highly carbonated, not too thick, goes well with the refreshing sourness of this beer.

D: While the flavor is good, I am finding the intense sourness making this a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of beerdweeb
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Vintage 2010

A: Slightly clear with a reddish / pinkish tinge

S: Cantillon funk, cherries, slight vinegar

T: Delicious sour cherries coupled with a funky finish. A bit of vinegar present.

M: Medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: Great beer, would drink again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, an indulgence I allowed myself, bottled 9 Sep 2003

Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent strawberry color with a pinky of pinkish head, that fades quickly. Only a trace of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & mustyness

T: Tart, tart cherries with vinaigrette & leathery components up front. Tartness, cherries & woody dryness dominate as this warms, plus a tad of sour apples. Finishes sour, tart & dry

MF: Super puckery with minimal to near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but due to the tartness I'd be hard pressed to do more than bottle unless I paired it with some food or dessert. I suspect I would've liked this a little younger...Glad i got to try it. If you are a sour beer freak, you will probably enjoy this more than I did

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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