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:
2,421
Reviews:
722
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
670
Gots:
610
For Trade:
60
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a pink colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between the raspberry and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours, the raspberry are buried under the acidic tones. I believe that some other lambic -fruit a better balanced then this one and offer a better refreshing taste.

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Photo of largadeer
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage shared by alfrantzell for his birthday last month. Thanks, Arne. Trying a fruit lambic this old was a unique experience.

The beer is a murky pinkish-red in the glass. Half a finger's worth of bubbly foam rests atop, which quickly settles to a thin collar. It smells strongly of sweet and tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla; a bit like cherry pie filling, actually. There's also an inkling of musty, funky basement; it's an amazing aroma. Tart cherry consumes the palate, sourness is moderate and both lactic and acetic in character, with undertones of vanilla, minerals and hints of oak. The cherry character is vibrant and outstanding for a 14 year old lambic. Sour lactic finish, musty and faintly woody. Amazing.

Other vintages:

1997: More intense lactic sourness than the '96, but still vibrantly fruity.

2007: Brutally sour and harsh, lacking depth - not one of the more impressive batches of Cantillon Kriek.

2009: All bottles I've had from '09 have been great. Vibrantly fruity with moderate sourness. Almost has a cherry pie filling quality to it.

2010: More lactic sourness than '09, but still a very balanced kriek. Outstanding cherry aroma.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500th review! 750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled Aug 28 2007. Pours fairly clear blood red color with a minimal thin red head with surprising retention. As I swirl it small bubbles slowly cascade to the top. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big sour and tart cherries, cider vinegar, wet hay, funk, oak, yeast spices, and big acidity. Fantastic aromas with great strength. Taste of big tart cherries, light cider vinegar, hay, barnyard funk, oak, and light yeast spices. Extremely tart cherry finish, that turns into a puckering sour acidity after the finish that lasts on the back of the tongue. Lingering notes of cherry, cider vinegar, oak, and light spiciness on the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel as I was expecting. High acidity limits the drinkability, but this is incredibly enjoyable to sip on. Alcohol is completely hidden as expected. Overall this is an outstanding Kriek lambic with a ton of great tart cherry flavor. If it had more carbonation it probably would have scored even higher.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass.

Pours a small light pink hued white head that fades away rather quickly. No lacing. Color is a bright raspberry/rhubarb purplish red. Very nice looking color.

Aroma: very tart fresh cherries. Very sour smelling. Has the 'horse-blanket' funk smell to it as well. Reminds me of American wild ales.

Taste: Right off the get go, I get the horse blanket sour taste. Very funky and sour. Tons of tart cherries. Wow, this beer is incredibly sour and fantastic.

Mouthfeel: bitter tart, sour, mouthwatering, refreshing. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Ends with a clean aftertaste.

Really, there isn't too much to not like about this beer (unless you don't enjoy sours). I think it is fantastic. I have a feeling my 750 will take me awhile and be hard to finish, but I think it will be doable. Great beer. 4.27
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2004 Cantillon Kriek consumed December 2016.

Ruby orange color, not like a young kriek.

Very nice tart cherries. Very acidic. Lemon citrus. Very sour compared to fresh.

It is honestly hard to get much else from the flavor due to the level of sour. Maybe a touch of vinegar.

I prefer this a bit younger as it isn't so sour, but this was fun to try.
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June 29, 2016 bottle consumed July 2017

Ruby red color with a light pink head.

Jammy and funky. No medicinal Brett funk which is nice. Slightly sour/tart. Big cherry flavor. This is a very fruit forward low acidity lambic which makes it very easy to drink. 4.3

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, rosy red color.

Nose big cherry, sour cherry funk, juicy tart cherry fruit, mild musty dank funk.

Taste big tart cherry, sour funk, little acidity, tart juicy cherry kriek, candy notes, mild funk, nice sour cherry, etc.

Mouth med bod, tons of carb,

Overall pretty nice, but kriek is not always my fav sour style.

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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First I will say this is very traditional and well made,but Iam not a fan of the lambic style I have found out.Poured great orange/reddish color with nice looking spritzy head that went quick.Smell had some cherrystone in it maybe a little vanilla?Taste about knocked me over the sourness was too much for me to handle,was expecting a little soureness but this was overpowering.Like I said well made just not a fan of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice bright ruby color with a mostly-white head that settles down fairly quickly.

S: A little bit of tartness along with scents of fresh cherry with a little bit of funk. The scent was not overwhelming, and pales in comparison to the Lou Pepe version of this.

T: Similar to the smell--very nice all around, with all the requisite properties present, but nothing too overwhelming or earth-shattering.

M: Somewhat dry on a light body. Nice taste and an "introductory" level of sourness.

D: Very nice drinkability; not overly complex, alcoholic, or sour. Nicely balanced and is one I think I'll use (alongside Duchesse) to get people into sours.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of tart cherries along with some Belgian yeast, vinegar-like smell which is normal for the style.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong cherry sourness that dominates and doesn't yield too much to anything else. There's a little bit of Belgian yeast but just like the smell, the taste is very acidic and vinegary into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty if you're into the extreme sourness, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while I don't mind sours now and again, this one just didn't appeal to me.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Barely one finger of light pink head on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Dry, sour cherries with a little bit of moldy sock funk. The distinctly earthy cherry character is specifically that of cherry pits and skins.

T - Dry, tart acidity with mouth coating earthy funk. The cherries creep in towards the middle and take over from there on in. The earthy cherry pit character of the aroma is replaced here with intense sourness and cherry meat character. Finishes puckeringly sour with a lemony citric acidity and some fruity wild yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - This beer displays the classic, spectacular fruit aroma that is common among all cantillon beers. The earthy complexity of the fruit is perfectly balanced by the acidity and funk from the wild yeast. The flavor is not as lively as the aroma, though it is still quite enjoyable, but the acidity does get in the way of drinkability a bit. Like every Cantillon beer I have had, I find myself inhaling deeply to experience the complex fruit aroma again and again. Highly recommended (though I have to admit I still prefer the framboise).

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Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (probably Monk's)

I first had this years ago in Philly, either at Monk's or the Belgian Cafe I believe, but I've also just recently revisited it. Poured a deep red color, with a fizzy cap of pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer of delicate bubbles. Aroma of tart cherries, notes of yeast and grassy funk. As would be guessed, the taste is pretty much full-blown cherries up front, some tartness, some sweetness, with slighter undertones of barnyard funk, acetic and citric acids. Medium body, a little syrupy, quite drinkable, and quite exemplary of the style, even if not the best.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark pink color with pinkish head. Aroma has very nice cherry and lambic funk notes. Perfectly balanced, not too offensive on the funky farmhouse notes. Taste starts intensely fruity, with medium tartness and rustic farmhouse note on the finish. Body is medium, quite smooth and well carbonated. Dry aftertaste. This is definitely my favorite kriek and on of the best lambic beers out there.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: the "Bio" in this variant is the European Union designation for certified organic.

Bottled Mar 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Stunning, bright, crystal clear raspberry body. Bright pink head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Fresh strawberries, sweet kiwi, peach, black cherry jello.

T - Super dry, sour black cherries. Honey and yeast center. Bitter, tanniny pit finish.

M - Acidic, dry, medium frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Clean profile with a soft, simple, well balanced complexity.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita, an indulgence I allowed myself, bottled 9 Sep 2003

Opens with a gentle pop, pours an effervescent strawberry color with a pinky of pinkish head, that fades quickly. Only a trace of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries & mustyness

T: Tart, tart cherries with vinaigrette & leathery components up front. Tartness, cherries & woody dryness dominate as this warms, plus a tad of sour apples. Finishes sour, tart & dry

MF: Super puckery with minimal to near zero carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but due to the tartness I'd be hard pressed to do more than bottle unless I paired it with some food or dessert. I suspect I would've liked this a little younger...Glad i got to try it. If you are a sour beer freak, you will probably enjoy this more than I did

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive starting off white (pink-tinged) head. Settles to ring bubbles with only a couple of spots for lace. The liquid is orange hued red. A bit hazy.

Very sour aroma. Some unidentifiable floral touches. I don't detect any cherry, though.

The cherry is subtle in the taste. Lots of tartness with a cutting carbonation that really makes the whole thing work. The aftertaste is moderately long with a chewy, lemony flavor. The body is thin with high carbonation, but again, it seems to work.

I'm not as psyched with this beer as some people, but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,421 ratings.
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