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:
2,405
Reviews:
719
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcattey
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Sephiroth
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cotk says bottled in 2003. Pours with light head. Body is cherry red with brownish tinge. Smells every bit as tart as non fruit lambics I've had, this is my first fruit lambic. Funk increases with temperature.

Taste is tart with slight cherry. Funks up as it wasrms up, and the cherry increases its presence as well. Hint of vanilla oak for a brief moment, this stuff coats my teeth. Mouthfeel is puckering with an everlasting sour finish. Drinkable for me, but I'll drink everything.

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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a 3 finger pink head which fades to a thin disc. The aroma has tart cherries, barnyard funk, and a small amount of vinegar.

The taste has tart cherries, Brett, lite vinegar, and mustiness. Funky as the smell, complex, and tart. No sweetness here at all, just tart and sour. Very acidic.

Light bodied, with modest carbonation, and a very dry finish. I really like this, and can more than understand why Cantillon beers are highly sought after.

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Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled March 2010 and poured into a wine glass.

The Kriek Lambic pours a rose color with good clarity. A nice pinkish very bubbly head that quickly fades. Cherries and grapes are all I am getting out of the nose. Pretty fresh smelling. Taste is fruity up front with a nice sour finish. With just under a year on this brew it is drinking really well. Mouthfeel is sour and tart. Drinkability is high for this lambic. Loving the cherry flavors.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA doobliebop for this one! Paired with a medium-rare steak and baked potato. Pours a light-crimson, Bloody Mary colored red, completely opaque and murky everywhere but the very top. Very volatile, causing a faint-pink head to form quickly but fizzle away completely within thirty seconds.

Aroma is heavy, musty cherries; sweet and aged, with a little bit of a vinous character; more wine-like than expected. Some grape peel and raspberries are hanging around there also. Very authentic, juicy, and acidic. You can just tell from the aroma that this is gonna be a sour ass beer. The sour doesn't stand alone, however - decent amount of funky yeast creeps in trashes about. Light barnyward, wet wood, mild hay - overall, the funk doesn't quite stand up to the tartness, but it's enough to contribute to the aroma in a big way.

I bring the glass to my lips and the brew hits my palate thin and heavily carbonated while my nostrils are being raped by a thicker, heavier cherry aroma. Wow! This beer begins with an intense tartness right off the bat - extremely sour and acidic. Puckering and lip smacking, the sourness lasts for a good few seconds or so before it settles down and begins to subside.

Overwhelming, juicy, ripe, authentic cherries make for most of the flavor, alongside some grape peel and various other "berry" types. Even at 5% ABV, the alcohol is detectable, but very soft and playful. Once the incredible sour component fades, the last few seconds of the sip are filled with a delicate sweetness that turns to a slightly corky and funky flavor. Enough to give you that wet hay and barnyard kick without distracting from the lovely tart cherries. The very acidic nature of this beer makes for a deceivingly dry finish, despite the juicy character of the flavor profile.

Holy sheeyat. Excellent brew, here - a good departure from the normal brews I drink. Sourness was intense, but it became addicting and I was disappointed to have this one end. This beer is authentic, raw, sour, and juicy, through and through. I really wish this stuff wasn't so difficult to come by in America! I need to get my hands on some more Cantillon brews. Two thumbs up.

EDIT: 3/22/2013

Enjoyed another '12 thanks to Ron. Even more sour than I remember. A lot more funk to it, too. Overall, just entirely more flavor-packed than I remember (and believe me, it was already incredible before). Super sour and acidic cherries, raspberries, and grapes. Less vinous this time around. So quenching and addictive. Gotta bump the score up on this one. Great stuff.

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Photo of robgage
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGoonSquad
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zero_signal
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The more I drink this beer, the more I like/love it. Very sweet cherry flavor, as much like a wine as a sour, but the sour does come through in a big way. Gets better as it warms and certainly well made. Oak flavors add to the complexity and enjoyment. If you're into craft, you gotta give the best lambics a try, and this is one of them. Me likey.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!

Appearance - Burgundy colour with a small size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cherries, vinegar, Lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric notes and fresh ripe cherries. There is also a light vinegar flavour and a light amount of barnyard funk. It ends with tart but not over the top cherry aftertaste.

Overall - Amazing how the cherries taste fresh and not artificial like they tend to do in other fruit/sour beers. Great balance and each sip brings out different nuances. Hard to find and pricier than other krieks, but worth it.

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Photo of larryi86
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle dated Nov. 18 2010 poured into a snifter

A- Deep ruby-red color with one finger pink head.

S- Tart, some cherries and lemon, somewhat funky and musty.

T- Tart cherries, could be more sour, nice funk in the finish.

M- Crisp, smooth, refreshing.

O- A solid lambic from Cantillion and easy to drink. I was thinking that it would be more sour, but it is still good.

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Photo of MisterMike
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcavend1
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a large bottle at CASK in London. Poured into a tulip glass. The appearance is a red/pink color with lots of carbonation. Very champagne like. Smell is acidic and fruity. It smells like cherries. The taste is wonderful, tart, and fruity. Very drinkable. One of the best sours that I have had. Overall it was great. I ended up sharing it with my wife and she typically does not like sours.

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Photo of McAndrew
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,405 ratings.
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