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:
2,417
Reviews:
722
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
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Photo of Highbury09
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and capped green bottle. 2008 vintage.

It pours a beautiful ruby red with a rosy pink foamy head that fizzes a away leaving wisps of foam atop the ruby beer.

The smell initially hits ou with a giant must. With further examination the funk comes through. This one smells sour as fuck, the smell pierces your nostrils. It is mostly the smell of tart cherry skins, although there is some oak, barnyard, an spiciness as well. The sourness also has a bit of vinegar and lemon.

This one is pretty sour, but also pretty smooth. It is mostly lemony sour with a backing of earthy whole cherries, pits, peels, stems, leaves and all. It has a bit of funk, but it is mostly an acidic sour-bomb.

This one is another solid brew form Cantillon.

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Photo of ljc973
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened along side the Allagash Cerise to compare. 375ml bottle with 2009 vintage on the cork.

A - Pours a reddish/pink color, light white head, spotty lace.

S - Sour cherries, barynard funk, big sour/tart notes, oak. Pretty straight forward here, but that really don't matter, because it's so damn good.

T - Right in line with the nose. Sour cherries, oak, big funk/tart/sour, barnyard, light vinegar. Really good stuff. Finish is dry with a big sour cherry note.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - If you like sour and you like cherries, this is your beer. Not sure it gets much better in the beer world with this combo. It's sharp, yet works perfectly together. Good stuff!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1997
375ml corked and capped bottle.

Lively pour reveals a lush, clear, reddish body, and a thick, frothy, pink head.
Foam cap slowly recedes to a full surface coating with raised edges.
A fine column of meandering bubbles ascend relentlessly from the base of the tulip glass.
Aromatics are largely acidic-laced dried cherries and funk.
A delicious and complex balance of fruit, cheese rind, wet leather, mold-dusted cedar boards, mustard greens, and horsestalls.
Thin to medium bodied, puckering and crisp, with a slight residual.
Pallet is also largely acidic and sour, almost to the point of being sharp.
Somewhat subdued cherry essense is not missed, and blends well with the tart, lemony, and sherry vinegar base.
Authentic to the point of a jowel-watering testamony, and exceedingly complex at the nine year old mark.
Finishes puckeringly, with a fading cherry wave, and prickly on the back of the throat.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 350 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a bright reddish purple with a 1 finger pink head. No lacing.

S- stinky cheese, funk, light dark fruits

T- sour mash, light pale malts, sweet and tart cherries

M- light body and high carbonation. Acidic with a dry finish.

O- 6.5/10 sourness. Good sour with nice cheery pie like taste from the sweet and tart cherry.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
CORK SAYS: Bottled in 2008

This pours a crystal clear, light red/pink color. A one-finger head of lightly pink tinted foam forms and dissipates. The lacing is foamy and slippery.

This has some cherries coming through, but I was expecting more, based on the color. The sour/funk notes are dominating the nose, on this one.

That is sour and funky...but in the right way. There are some funky critters at work with this one, for sure. They are bringing along a huge sourness level also. The cherry flavor that I was hoping for is here, but it's much more 'below the surface' than I'd hoped. Mild hints of oak. The finish is bone-dry.

Light-to-medium body with a carbonation level to match. This one is extremely crisp and it sucks your cheeks in, with it's sourness, each time you take a sip.

The sour level would probably keep most people from drinking too many of these in one sitting. But it is very drinkable and well within session-range, abv-wise.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In teaching my roommates the wonders of non-Lindeman's lambics (not that there's anything wrong with that!) we picked up a bottle of the Kriek. Delightful stuff this, a luminescent ruby red with plenty of bubbles. Tart & funky nose with strong sour citric lemon juice notes. Cherries are more present in the dry aftertaste than anywhere else. Sour mega warhead funky barnyard takes the flavor. A lambic I always enjoy, but as I noted on draught, a bit sweet for me to have more than one really. Glad I'm sharing the bottle. Still a great offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light red with hints of pink or orange. Those pink tones continue through the thin off white head which breaks quickly leaving a small ring of bubbles.

S: Sour, vinegars, mild cherry scent and some funk. Overall the nose is very mild.

T: Quite Sour up front, acidic and then the cherry and funk come through. A nice finish.

M: puckering acidity, fine bubbly carbonation, but still extremely drinkable.

O: I found this beer enjoyable, the tart was really nice and I really enjoyed how the cherry lingers on your palate. Another reviewer mentioned how lambics are best fresh, I agree, this bottle was quite old and I have to wonder if it would have been better fresher.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 14/7/13 bottled Jan, 2013

A slight haze in a dark ruby red body, lovely color with a large short lived pink foam that leaves no lace, about what I expected

S cheesy funks strong, leafy hops, real cherries, wet wood, jujubes, more funk, faint gym socks, and some cranberries

T even more funk but the cherries are a little stronger too, I'm getting some strawberries I didn't smell along with some dry cereal

M light bodied, a little foamy, tart and sour but its not turning my mouth inside-out, cherries and woody funk linger on the finish

O I was expecting a little more fruit in this relatively fresh lambic but I can live with the heavy funk, other then that it's more or less what I was expecting

I knew sooner or later I'd need to cough up the cash to try this one, its a solid brew and a funk monster but its hard to drop the dough when I could get few great brews for the same price as this single bottle. That being said I'm probably going to buy more Cantillon in the near future for no other reason then I've yet to try it

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Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tavernjef
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork pulled out with ease on this bottle, weird...pours out to a thinnly hazed light red color looking much like cherry 7-up but darker in tone by a good margin. Puffy and loose pink bubbley thin head.

Wowza, the aroma begins to waft about the room, quickly erasing anything that may have been in the air. Replacing the air with a big funkadelic barnyard mustyness and canned tuna pungent sweetness. Once brought to the nose, and the funk has been engaged, rotton moldy grasses, old rotting wood, sourness, and very slight cherry hints make their way through the fog. Again, Cantillon has made the smell something uniquely interesting, abrasive and in-your-face, rude, but with a hinderance of class, respect, and above all, power. This stuff reeks, and boy do I like it. The effect the smells of these Cantillon lambics have on me is hard to explain. I'm disgusted by its presense, but yet somehow charmed into continuely sniffing it. What's wrong with me?

Taste is hardly a word to be used here, and I can't think of a word thats more stronger then taste so I'll just say this is more of an experience. So...just as powerful as the smell would lead you to believe, the sourness is all over the place, quick and lively, lasting and stark. Strongly sour and tart the whole way through, the musky stuff isn't so much on the palate as it just lurks within letting other puckering acerbic things surge in. Souring crab apple, super strange aspects of flowers, grass, and dirt. There are smaller nuances of the cherry pulling in every direction but not directly on the palate, always popping in with some added ummff of tartness over the acidicness. Pulpy thick and souring acidic mouthfeel, heavily fizzed and textured in a pure cheek puckering tartness. Another Wowza is needed here, Uff-da! Wow! A whole nother level of sipping is employed with this stuff. As much as the label declares "100% Lambic" - they ain't kidding! I was hoping for more cherryness to be dominate but this is all about the love for the wicked.

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Photo of elvisdoc
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: A beautiful soft ruby color with a pink hue head that dissipates quickly, small bubbles, no lacing
S: A sour, spritzy, freshly squeezed cherries, a touch of orange, farmhouse yeast, hay funky smell
T: A complex and robust tart taste, a funky blend of fruit that meets a farmhouse ale, I get hints of a slightly toasted or smoked flavor of cherry rather than sour fresh cherries, takes you back to a different time of brewing
F: Medium to high carbonation that flows and swirls around your mouth nicely,
O: An interesting beer that is not for everyone, Very glad to say I tried it but not sure its quite my style, I can appreciate it but finding a reverence and awe for it might take some time. Nevertheless a solid beer that is definitely worth a try

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Photo of greg4579
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wagenvolks
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/11/2011: It's amazing what ~4 years of craft beer drinking can do to one's palate. 2010 500ml bottle allowed to breathe before being poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet.

Fleeting rosy-pink head atop a vibrant, blood-orange red body. Lots of carbonation still active, keeping a steady plume of bubbles filling the middle of the glass. Aroma is decadent, heavenly. Fresh cherry skins and tart berry vines backed by a touch of doughy malts. Leather, vinegar, and deliciousness. I could smell this all day.

Tart cherry rinds and acetic acid lash at the tongue with each sip, but it's a beautiful hurt. Finishes dry and tannic as the sourness clinches at the tastebuds. Body is light and zesty, but the bubbles could stand to be a little smaller as they roll across the palate and effervesce at the back of the throat. Overall, a fantastic Kriek; all I can do is laugh at my inexperienced review below.

5/19/2007: A-4.0, S-4.0, T-3.5, M-3.0, O-3.0; Score - 3.48

1 pt. 9.4 oz bottle allowed to breathe for 20 minutes, then poured into a wine glass.

Produces a gorgeous dark rose color that transitions to plum. A thin, rimmed off-white head recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is both fruity and biscuity, reminding me of cherry pop-tarts. A spicy hop kick as well as a vanilla sweetness are also present.

Taste is very sour, like a batch of under-ripened raspberries or the tartiest cherry cobbler you could imagine. Mouthfeel is bitter/sour as well, and its dryness makes the tongue sweat. I have to say I was disappointed with this lambic. Its unbridled sour note limits its drinkability, and it's not exactly big on the cherries. Other, better kriek's are out there, and at ~$12 a bottle for cantillon, I'll be drinking them instead.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 19, 2011

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/red with one finger of light pink foam. Head dissipates quickly but maintains a small cap.

S - Aroma is mostly tart cherry, with only a mild funk presence that increases as it warms up.

T - Tart cherry, but also a bit of sweet cherry, with mre funk in the taste than I got from the aroma. Also, some faint green apple and lemon. Funk maintains through the finish.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Finish is cleaner than other Cantillon fruit lambics I've had, with only a faint lingering earthy bitterness.

O - Very tasty and refreshing kriek. I look forward to seeing what a few years in the bottle does to this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 12, 2010 and consumed April 29, 2010.

The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is heavy on the cherries with a slight hint of funk. The flavor is regular cherries, tart cherries, oak and a little bit of wildness/funk. Still, the fruit is the main attraction of the beer at this point. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer could use some more age on it but I wanted to give it a try as soon after bottling as possible to see how the cherries were when fresh. I have another bottle I am aging a couple of years and look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had last night into a snifter glass, it pours out bright ruby red with a pink head that bubbles up and falls down to a ring, some spotty lacing.

Smell is insta-sour, big cherry note here, little sweetness with a hint of funk. Taste starts with an initial sweetness, then the middle is pure cherry puree, very rich and jammy. Finishes with a very lingering sourness that persists for a few seconds after the swallow, hints of yeast. Body is very bubbly and prickly at first, light in the stomach.

Overall the beer is a bit one-sided, but has a delightfully natural flavor and great sourness.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled April 30, 2010. Hazy, almost ruby colored. Pink fizzy head disappears immediately. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.

Sour cherries and other berries up front. Musty, leathery and earthy. Classic horse blanket funk.

Very tart and sour up front. Acidic. Sour cherries and ripe berries, along with leather, hay, funky notes. Earthy at the back, finishes bone dry.

Lighter body, with a great amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a non-factor. An acquired taste for sure. A classic.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and capped, split a few ways with family. Pours a dried blood red, hints of brighter cherry. Small amounts of bone white foam build and has okay staying power, could be better.

Hints of vinegar, plenty of barnyard and wet horse blanket funk, hints of cherry underneath - also you can tell this is going to be sour.

This is loaded down with sour and funk. Clenches the jaw on the first sip, then you get a touch of vinegar, lemons, balanced depth in the funk department, chewy damp wood, tart cherries. Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style, needed a bit more carb to get it through. Hint of bittering bite in finish along with plenty of sourness.

Perhaps not as drinkable as some out there, a little more on the intense side, not as dry in the finish. Still, excellent example - beautiful depth in the flavor.

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Photo of JLeege
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle ~ poured into a flute
Bottled Sept. 2008

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy pink grapefruit color with with a small creamy head. Some rings of lace are left behind.

Smell- Cherry and lemon dominate the nose. Barnyard funk, some funky cheese, leather.

Taste- Starts out with sweet cherries, quickly turning tart, with some puckering sourness. Definite barnyard funk and leather notes, very earthy, semi musty cellar. Awesome. The finish is dry with lingering tart/sweet cherry on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light body with low carbonation, fairly sticky.

Overall- Great beer, with a nice depth of flavors, its not just a cherry bomb. Refreshing as well.

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Photo of straightlambic
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy red with pink and dark nuances, a small pink head with nearly no lacing.

The smell is sour with earthy nuances and sour milk, old cheese, fruits - cherries and green apples.

Tasting of fruit in sour milk, vinegar and a good bitterness in the finish. Cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, complex body yet refreshing, and a dry finish.

A very refreshing and rewarding kriek, not the sweet lemonade feeling you can get from others.

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Photo of davey101
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle reads: 21 October 2008 and the cork says 2008. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Great red/dark brown body. Very clear and still. Just a few spotches of edging and foam.

S - Sour cherries and strong oak. Very intense and pleasant.

T - Biting and mouth puckering. Taste is of sour cherries, woody oak, and some light funk. Its almost overpowering how acidic and sour it is. Decent carbonation and mouth feel.

O - The best kriek I have had so far. The aroma and taste is excellent, it just get to be a bit much at times. This is an extremely slow, but satisfying sipper. My stomach may have a hole in it now...

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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