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:
2,407
Reviews:
719
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
668
Gots:
604
For Trade:
61
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kitch
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml corked and caged bottle bottled on 18th June 2015 (just over a year old) and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy dark ruby red colour with a two finger dark pinkish-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and tart cherry with touches of strawberry. Lots of oak woodiness and only a hint of barnyard funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, lemon, oak and just a touch of funk.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful, so refreshing and well balanced. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Bieniek30
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coorsy
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of captainkrad
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goudie
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeMans
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TGS
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head crests near two fingers of pink white foam, for as swiftly as it goes up, it goes down, although it does leave a respectable surface dusting, the lacing is like a breaking wave, a solid sheet crushed into disintegration. The liquid is rose petal to watermelon pink in color, there is a vast swirl of superfine bubbles inside, holds light warmly. There’s a broad flatness to the nose, like an open handed smack, sour lemons and cherries, taut underlying minerality, the yeastiness is tight and focused, great overall economy of effort. Medium-bodied, pleasingly deep initial foaminess helps prime the mouth for both the sourness and the sweetness of the cherry fruit. Which itself is the usual center of attention without ever seeming so. Vinous bite, yeast, mineral water, lemon, cedar, tea leaf, nothing that distinct leaps out at you in support of the cherries yet at the same time it does not feel like a one trick pony. Pushes hard to accelerate across the finish line. Bottled February 26, 2016.

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Photo of jonj
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of happyreefer
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulyB83
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in March 2012.

L- Medium hazy, ruby red, three finger pink head that died quickly to nothing.

S- Lots of funk with a slight blue cheese, a dry cherry, a medium tart aroma. The cap had some gunk on it that smelled like balsamic vinegar.

T- Medium sour, dry cherry, lots of funk but not overpowering like many American sours are, has a medical bitterness on the finish.

F- Moderately carbonated which adds some fullness to the lighter alcohol beer.

O- Very excited to try my first Cantillon and I have to say that this is maybe the best balanced and crafted sour I've had. It seems a bit difficult to get those funky notes without losing control over it but this one is nice and the level of tartness is evident but does not distract too much. This is an older bottle so the cherry is not as sweet as fresh, I'd like to try a fresh bottle someday.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ljc973
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seangibbs60
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gspeer711
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jakemn91
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Edition. 375 ml bottle.
ABV: 5.0% Bottled: June 18 2015.
Got this bottle from Belgian Happines.

This is perfection! The beer pours hazy ruby red like a Strawberry Margarita with a two finger high, pink head that pretty fast dismisses to nothing.

Nose: Tart but sweet, cherries, strawberry, red fruit, citrus, lime, barnyard, hay and wood.
Taste: So refreshing! Fresh cherries, green apples, tart, funk, oak and lemon.
Mouth: Light body and medium carbonation. Sour, sweet and dry. Delicious!

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Photo of zac16125
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio
750mL bottle into a wine glass
Vintage 2014
Poured at Diorama bar, Firenze, Italy


A: Translucent ruby, 1 fingers width of pink tinged foamy head, decent retention, little lacing. 4.25

S: Oaky, sweet, tart. Lots of cherry and dark fruits. Smells like a dream. Incredible balance of sweet and tart. 4.75

T: Like the nose it's an incredible balance of sweet, oak, and tartness. Big sour cherry, wonderful oakiness, sweet fruits. Exceptional. 5

M/D: Medium body, very dry, carbonation heavy but appropriate, wonderful mouthfeel and great drinkability. 4.75

O: Probably my favorite Cantillon to date, which would make it my favorite Gueuze/Lambic to date. World class beer. 5

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,407 ratings.
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