Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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Ranking:
#331
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728
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2,452
pDev:
9.63%
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Photo of JizackFH
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N' Hum in New York, NY on 5/29/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a beautiful bright red color. It has a small pink head on it that fizzles out quickly and leaves no lace. There are also some carbonation bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. This just looks beautiful.

S - It smells of tart sour cherries and a big barnyard funk. There are some musty grassy notes as well, and it smells a bit dry.

T - There is a big sour cherry tartness right off the bat. There is a big barnyard funkiness that works really well with the cherries. The finish is dry and a bit sour. Awesome taste.

M - It has a medium body and good tingly carbonation. It goes down good, and has some mouth puckering sourness.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It goes down good, and the flavor is just awesome. Overall, I thought this was just an awesome beer. It is my first Cantillon, and it is unlike any sour that I've had so far. I highly recommend trying this.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep red/purple, with fluffy head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Cherries, jam, and cheese.
Taste: Tart, cherries, and jam.
Mouthfeel: Light
Overall: Excellent kreik from Cantillon.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottling.

Appearance is a beautiful ruby red with a small white head that instantly fades into a small ring around the glass. Smell is potently sour and funky. Not just a little mustiness here, but a full-fledged acidic bile smell. I love it. Taste is shockingly sour. Until your tastebuds adjust, all you taste is the face-disfiguring sourness, but then as it warms and you adjust (though it never loses its sharp sourness) you get some up front sweetness from the malt, and the cherry flavor really comes through. Almost tastes like cherries that have gone horribly bad at some point. This is possibly the most acidic drink I have ever had. Its dryness is beyond compare. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, very quenching. Due to its overpowering flavor, this is a sipper, but I could down a whole 750 by myself. Lip smackingly good.

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Photo of Bferber
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy red with a white which doesn't last

S - Funk and cherry

T - funky barnyard, cherry tartness a bit of grain complex yet balanced

F - champagne-like mouthfeel

O - Amazing stuff not too acidic, tart. Complex but clear taste. A true reference for the style

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Photo of ToddBeans
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Ego
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage..

an absolutely stunning day here in the lovely garden state (stop snickering).. a day deserving of a nice bottle to top off a day of work work work.

eyes...
this pours like many a cantillon, flat and it looks like fruit punch, murky hawaiin punch, the carbonation is sneaky as it streams up the side and feeds a micro o-ring. these are not usually spectacular looking brews, especially cantillon from my experience but this is fine looking.

nose...
for a second I thought of rodenbach, then it got deeper... earthy rotten wood, not the kind you run across hiking the kind in an old house, sort of musty, cherries that run into bubble gum.. sourness courts your sense and entices a sip

taste etc...
first sip is bracing tart, almost saline.. ahh, cantillon. I can understand why a lot of people will never get their beers but if you liked sour patch kids you should be at home here, 4 years in the cellar and this sucker still delivers. the carbonation is the usual perfection from cantillon, so light and airy .. prickles just enough to carry across your mouth. This makes you salivate like a mad dog with all the crazy sourness abounding. once adjusted to the sour you get the cherry notes clear, and they dominate for about 2-3 seconds fading off into sourness/bitterness/salivation... so damn refreshing, an amazing product. the body works as a nice light drinking thing but the flavor is so powerful it just strikes a balance. I could drink this all afternoon in the summer....

verdict?
superb.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into pint glass. Bottled in 2007.

A- Aggressive pour conjures up head that quickly settles. Hazy amber/ruby with pink berry highlights. Head is mostly white and very thin.

S- Tart, sour. Ah, Cantillon. A bit musty, a bit funky, the fruit sweetness is apparent but not overbearing.

T- Oh so good. Tart, puckering, dry. The berry sweetness is spot-on, and is balanced incredibly well by the overall puckering tartness. I'm really digging it. Vinegar, for sure, but perhaps I'm becoming more accustomed to sours as I put it down as an afterthought.

M- Dry, tart, sour. Intense, but very tasty.

D- High. I really like this stuff, flavor, body, composition, everything is just wonderful. Highly recommended.

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Photo of darkfallberg
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wheresblue
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fievel
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsanford
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprise package from THECPJ, cheers Shane! Bottled in 2010, 375ml green bottle. Poured into a Rodenbach flute.

A - Pours a gorgeous ruby-red with a thick head of vibrant, rose-colored foam that exhibits wonderful retention, never fully dissipating. Absolutely beautiful!
S - Tart cherries, lemon juice, hay, and just a touch of that Cantillon funk. Quite nice, but the cherries aren't as pronounced as I'd hoped.
T - OK, there's the cherries! Strong flavors of tart pie cherries with a touch of brown sugar, red wine vinegar, cinnamon, oak, and a bit of funk. Such an amazing balance between tart, sweet, funky, and spicy!
M - Slick, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Exactly how I like my lambics.
O - I can't imagine a more drinkable Kriek, this one is right up my alley! Excellent.

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Photo of vutoq
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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 Duncian
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,452 ratings
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