Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#337
Reviews:
732
Ratings:
2,485
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Photo of greg4579
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wagenvolks
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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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Photo of BakaGaijin
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, light burgandy in color. No head or lacing.

S: Sour lambic smell tends to overwhelm everything else. Cherry smell is there, but pretty understated.

T: A big sour punch in the mouth at first. There's a nice cherry flavor which isn't too overpoweringly sweet. After the initial pucker wears off, this beer has a lot of nice flavors.

M: Very dry on the palate. Still can't believe this is called a "beer". CO2 and ETOH levels are quite nice.

D&N: More of what I was expecting from a lambic. Nicely sour without being too over the top. Nicely done.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a beautiful ruby body turns blood orange against the light. Pretty pink head with good lacing.

Aromas are very fruit driven, bright cherry flesh, and funky, musty, almost poopy aromas.

Rich cherry, damp earth, some musty funk, and a puckering tart cherry finish. Not super acidic, but it is quite sour. Not overly complex, ch eery is the dominant flavor, but it is a complex cherry flavor.

Crisp, lively, with a long sour finish.

Cantillon kriek is one of the best krieks on the market. Tart, sour, mildly fumky, and dry. Wish I had some brie to let this beer play off of.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled on June 23, 2011. Poured into a matching Cantillon stemmed tulip. The brew appears a hazed color of ruby with a finger and a half worth of pink froth. The cap slowly fades to a thin lacing across the top. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and produces some spots of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation provide a steady ring of froth around the edges only.

The smell of this brew includes the classic expected cantillon aromas. Funk and earth come across mildly like cheese mixed with a lemony lactic note. Some thoughts of stinky cheese/feet mix with earthy notes of old wood/cork and a bit of mildew. As the glass is swirled, a bit of sulfur comes forward.

The taste has all of the descriptors provided in the aroma but has a mild fruity note of cherry that is quite earthy with an over-ripe to rotten appeal. Cheese and mildew to old cork is apparent throughout. The finish is fairly clean with a bit of tartness that seems to come from a lactic almost lemony quality mixed with unripe cherries. A little bit of plastic is noted towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. It is fairly well done for the style and very much lives up to my expectations of a Cantillon offering. Very nice and tart with lots of funk. Wouldn't have it any other way. Solid. The 5% abv is perfectly integrated in this. The more I drink it, the more thirsty it makes me.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped and corked

Pours with a cloudy pinky red body, pink-white head with good retention

Smell, tart red wine acidity on the nose, some hint of grapes aswell as very sharp cherries. Slightly musky

Taste, very sour. Big upfront tartness, unripe cherries, no sweetness at all. Some winey notes

This is a great, ballsy unsweetened lambic. As true to the style as you get

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Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - A reddish color with a slight haze and little to no head.

S - Cherries, raspberries, spice.

T - Very sour and tart with a fairly dry finish. As with the smell, cherries and raspberries dominate.

M - Low carbonation and fairly thin. The tartness really makes the mouth contract.

D - Very pleasant and entertaining. This beer really lets you know you're alive. Very nice but I think I like the Rosé De Gambrinus better.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark crimson red color (darker than the Gambrinus) with a thin bubbly white head that lasts for 20 sec and fades to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is sour cherries, lemon, tart and funky yeast. Nothing overpowering and just right.

Taste is delicious with a tart start with lots of fruit notes. Cherries are the most prominent but there is a lot of citric fruits coming through as well, with lots of lemon zesty notes. The yeast is the star here however with many spicy and funky/barnyard compounds making this the best kriek out there.

Light body and high carbonation. Mouthfeel is adstringent and dry. Long tart aftertaste leaves the mouth watering.

This is the original Kriek, very sour complex and refreshing. Taste just like the one I had as a sample at the brewery in Brussels about 3 years ago.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass.

Looks like: hazy translucent redish orange in color. Very light head retention.

Smells like: Vinegar, vinegar and more vinegar! Hints of dark fruit, likely from the cherries!

Tastes like: This is quite tart, it's rather hard to see where the wild flavors stop and the sour cherry flavors begin. The overall profile is reminiscient of lemons, vinegar and tannic dark fruit.

Feels like: light in body, little astingence and easy carbonation.

The flavors are interesting, the beer is quite sour and is not easy to drink in high quantities. I do not suggest that those who are new to sours attempt to tackle a 750 ML bottle of this on their own, it's not s beginners sour.

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Photo of Hudson2508
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to where it all began, much more enjoyable than the first time, and the first sour I ever had. Bottled in 2010.

Pours into a flute of a dark amber, cherry red color with a few inches of off white/red color. Leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smells like acidic tarness, barnyard funk, cherry, and oak tannins.

Taste is acid up front with cherries coming through. Finishes rather dry with a slight cherry, funk, and oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, nice amount of carbonation, but it doesnt need any help on the dryness with this.

Drinkability is good, its a very complex beer that is delightful.

I would have given this 1s across the board a few months ago, but this is a damn good sour.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Bottled:18 Nov 2010

A - Pours a deep rosy red color with some nice haze and a pink 1 inch head. It is quite dense and recedes fairly slowly.

S - Aroma of roses, tartness, vinegar and some nice tart cherry. There is also some nice funk and some nice barn yard and husk notes that balances out the tartness. There is also some mild sweetness. The flowers in the nose are quite nice as well.

T & M - Flavor starts off with funk and then quickly cherry tartness. The beer is quite sour but not overwhelming. There is some nice sweetness and woody notes as well. There is some flower notes and some slight vinegar notes with the beer. This beer is quite delicious and not overpowering at all. There is good cherry tartness and sweetness balanced by woody and funk notes. Body is light refreshing and delicious with some nice carbonation and dry tartness.

O - This beer is quite delicious. Probably one of the top sour ales I've ever had.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a small off-white head.

The aroma was of full brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, and faint tart cherries in the background.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. It had all the great tight and clean funk that makes Cantillon beers my favorite amongst the sours. The cherry flavor was very subdued and in the background, not nearly as pronounced as in Lou Pepe. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was ha touch low on this bottle and the mouthfeel was light.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

A great go-to lambic that's relatively inexpensive and accessable.

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Photo of scott451
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottled in Jan 2010, tasted in July 2011.

Poured a clear pale ruby with a vigorous carbonation. The towering frothy head soon dissipates.

Slightly peppery ripe black cherry smell. On the first sip medium sour is the first impression. Very subdued fruit in the middle. Cherry only emerges at the end. A long sour aftertaste with mild cherry flavours persist.

Fairly light in body. The initial vigorous carbonation diminishes to a relatively flat brew. Another fine understated Cantillon offering. Nicely balanced and smooth.

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Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings