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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
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710
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2,357
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
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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 Heavenisbeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Amsterdam Cafe in SF on SuperBowl Sunday 2012.

A: Hazy, pale, ruby red. No head. No lacing. But looks the style and it's a thing of beauty.

S: Woody, hay, funk, tart lemon, and cherries.

T: Acidic, acetic. Very tart, lovely. Like a nice gueuze with cherries.

M: Dry and tart. No carb.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"2007" bottle that was aged for three years in my cellar at 65-70 degrees before opening.

A: Not as pale as I had anticipated. Nice faded red / pink grapefruit color. Some white head, and surprisingly little sediment. Moderately hazy but still translucent.

S: Sour, acidic, tart, and intense scents. Cherry and cranberry are the two that jump out (and yes, I know it's only cherry in the ingredients).

T: Tart, sour, slightly cherry and a nicely sweet aftertaste. Did I mention that it's tart and sour? It's somewhere in the range of sour patch kid, warhead or sweet tart.

M: Thin, bordering on gritty. Kind of like a sour liqueur that's really sour, mixed with sour mix. Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

O: Challenging, but so rewarding (sort of?). Glad I got to try this and overall most people who sampled it at our tasting enjoyed sips, but a full bottle would be out of the question.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.67/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps I am just not use to a lambic quite like this one.

A: Deep purplish red with very small and quickly disappearing head. Looks like a fruit punch.

S: Sour cherries and yeast not much else but what would you expect from a lambic.

T: As it enters the mouth a quick and sudden urge to puke overwhelmed me but the after taste was much better leaving a faint taste of sour cherry on the breath.

M: Light carbonation and feels like you're drinking a spiked fruit punch.

D: The taste drastically hurts the drinkability but if it was not for that I would say it would be better.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into DFH Signature Glass. Big thanks to Kala1073!

A- Pours a cloudy cherry right with wisps of white foam that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubble around the side of the glass and rising to the surface.

S- Very fragrant stuff. I can smell it 4 feet in front of me. Some tart cherries come through in the nose, but mostly huge funk aromas. Some barnyard aromas and sour, funky yeast dominate.

T- Some tart cherry up front with a sour punch in the face following. Very funky lambic flavor with big sourness. Finishes dry with a slight metallic hint.

M- Very good. Thin, but smooth, with spritzy carbonation.

D- I'm torn here, because I like it an could drink a fair amount, but at the same time, it's intense. For the style, pretty damn drinkable.

This is a fine fruit lambic, prefer this to the Hanssen's Oude Kriek I recently had. Very sour, but delicious.

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Photo of Buzz3d
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Very opaique cherry red with nice lace
S- the smell is very sour, you can almost taste the wild yeast
T-Extremely tart with very nice after taste of un ripened cherry.
F-acidic cherry with a nice medium body

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Photo of danh53
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cherry red with huge foamy pink head the quickly dissipates. No lacing. Aroma is funk, oak, leather, cherries, and vinegar. Taste is tart cherry skins with lots of earth and funk and some vinegar. Mouth feel is light to medium. Very clean with dry oak finish. Cantillon doesn't disappoint with this one.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 dogfooddog
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, cork dated 2003. I bought this recently in the US.

Cork comes out with virtually no pop. beer pours in glass a cherry red color with about a 25% faintly pinkish white head, over a few minutes this is down to minimal but some decent lacing. looks nice.

smell typical cantillon extreme sour, acidic. i personally cannot find cherry in the nose.

front of taste is moderately sour but grows into a puckering-strong sourness. there is a faint hint of underlying sweetness and a tiny hint of fruit, maybe, in the aftertaste. This is a proper kriek, without excess sweetening as is done in many of the other kriek lambics. It is yet another example of why cantillon is at the top of the pack and really without rival anymore when it comes to traditional lambics.

That said, beyond any doubt this style of lambic is a very acquired taste and few people without lambic/gueuze background will instantly love something this acidic.

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Photo of beckje01
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy red with no head and no activity.

S- Tart cherry nose some farmhouse funk.

T- Super tart flavor, a touch of cherry but mostly sour the sour just makes my mouth water.

M- No activity at all, thickness I think is ok still no 100% sure on this style.

D- A slow sipper very harsh to start.

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Photo of fear025
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Aroma:Smells like sour cherries, and unlit cigar tobacco.

Appearance:Ruby Red. Very little head. Poor lacing.

Taste:Oh my god, this is sour! It has huge mouth puckering tart and sour cherry flavors. I don't really get many subtle flavors out of this one, it's not a subtle beer.

Mouthfeel:This beer is smooth, and a little bit acidic on the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This beer is a great sour beer. It's just tart and sour and cherries, with no off flavors.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at three penny taproom to hfs sniffer

A: ruby bright red in color almost candy like with a redish tan had that leaves a thin lacing

S:a fruity smell you can definitely smell the sour cherries. The oak has a fairly strong presence as well. There is also a bit of funk high quality stuff

T:sour and tart flavor up front but not overwhelming it is extremely juicy fruity flavor distinctly of cherries and a crisp light finish

M: it is puckering upfront but not overwhelming then the carbonation makes it light crisp and clean like champaign or soda. That makes it go down easy I have to stop myself from drinking it too fast

O: cantillon lives up to the reputation this is my first loon expierence and I will be back not necessarily blowing other krieks away but it is better and a really good beer

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Friend brought back a bottle from New Orleans. Heck yeah! Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

I popped off the cap and then looked away. All of the sudden, I hear the cork pop and fly. Now I know I'm in for something good. The pour is a bright red with a pink head. Definitely different from anything I've had before. Major points for the pop and brilliance.

The nose is funky feet. Pedio! Some tart cherries, too, but mostly funk.

The taste is the most sour thing I've ever sipped. Dry and unique... almost like chomping on a sour cherry warhead. The carbonation delivers the dry good wetland the mouthfeel that saps and then produces saliva in my mouth is crazy unique. Wow. The drinkability is a bit hampered by the over the top flavors, but I'm loving every bit of it. Wow.

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Photo of nas5755
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

A- A very beautiful clear ruby red with a pink head that somehow has not diminished throughout the glass as I was expecting.

N- Funk and barnyard are present right away with some sourness, the cherries are noticeable but they do not dominate the nose like other Krieks on the market.

T- Right away this is bracingly sour, kinda one dimensional with some tart cherries blended then another sour punch with tart apples and lemons on the dry finish to suck the cheeks in and drain the saliva glands.

M- Light carbonation with sparkling little bubbles that accentuate the sourness.

D- I am in the midst of finishing off a 750 and I am having no problems. I would however prefer to share this with someone. As a huge fan Cantillons this is far from the best I have had, but it is still remarkably better than most of the fruit sour/wilds out on the market.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 375ml bottle split with my wife

Pours a nice one and a half fingers worth of a very creamy light pink colored head. Rosey red colored clear body. Great lacing and retention.

Smells of fermented cherries and lemon vinegar. This smells a bit funky but in a clean and pleasant way.

Very tart right away. Sweet tarts, sharp lemon, tart cherries and some leather, paper taste and some oak. As it warms the lemon and vinegar come out a bit more. The finish is like sucking on a spree candy.

Thin bodied, high carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Overall this was an awesome beer that I looked forward to and it delivered. Thanks Ian for finding this.
$11 a 375ml

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Photo of beerinator
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy cherry coughdrop colored. Off-Pink head with nice retention.

Aroma: Smell dominated by extremely soured cherries, that have been grazed by oak.

Taste: Pungently sour. Exactly what is to be expected from a Cantillion lambic. Tiny bit of sweetness shows up for the finale on your tongue. Bitterness lingers for a while after the finish.

Notes: Refreshing, thirst quenching beer. First taste is a shock to your palate, but the sourness grows on me.

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Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured from the bottle a deep rose red. It was pretty clear when held to the light, but not see through due to the intense richness in color. Really glossy looking with a nice one and a half finger pinkish white head.

Nose on this one is full of funk, tart cherries and must.

Really satisfying and tasty. It's good to have an honest fruit lambic. Semi sweet and full of tart cherries. Nice medium sourness in the underlying Lambic beer. It had old musty oak and some funky fungus taste like that associated with a big cheese.

Nice body and mouthfeel. Pretty silky and slightly syrupy but not too heavy.

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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 codewarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Chalice

Picked this up to celebrate some recent good fortune from Colorado Liquor Mart. Cork was wet when I opened the bottle, but it drank well none-the-less.

L: Cloudy reddish with a slight hint at froth.

S: Sweet and tart, with a twinge of sour.

T: Sweet into a massively tart finish. I loe tart, and this is quite possibly too much tartness.

F: Puckering and smooth.

D: Yes, yes please.

So, as far as entry level (real) lambics go, this one is pretty damn good. At the same price-point as Hanssen's Artisinal Oude Kriek however, this guy just doesn't stand up (or even hold a candle) in any category.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 cL bottle poured into a thin pilsner.

fairly clear bright red with an effervescing light pink head that falls quickly. looks like a cherry soda.

powerfully tart and sour aroma. tart apples, vinegar, funky cheese, sour lemon rinds. very faint whiff of cherries.

bitingly tart acidity. light mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a powerfully drying finish. flavor is more powerful than Cantillon's gueuze and sticks to your teeth. less cherry flavor that i expected, but it adds some nice tartness overall. powerful finish definitely overwhelms the other flavors, but it's a drinkable, extremely well-made brew.

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2012 375ml bottle and decided to have it fresh for a change.

Pours a light ruby red color into the glass with a soft pink foamy head.

Smell on this is great. The Cantillon's I've had in the past have been aged at least 18months and I'm glad I'm having this fresh. Getting a lot more cherry than I expected mixed with a much lighter barnyard funk than I expected. A faint musky smell is always there but the fruit is front and center.

Wow, taste on this is great. It's like an awesome tart, tart, tart cherry pie. More sweetness than I expected. Sour, but not warhead sour by any means. Just can't get over how fruit forward this is.

Mouthfeel is great for the style. Closer to heavily carbed, but I like it for sours. Quick finish leaves you wanting more right away, so you are forced to pace yourself. It would be easy to go through 12oz quick.

Overall I'm really glad I finally tried a Cantillon "fresh". Much different experience than aged ones that get "sour dominant". I can't believe there was a time I didn't like sours. If you are looking to get into sours seek out a bottle of this and have it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of cracgor
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the Kriek 100% lambic blended with cherries. It is a bright cherry red colored beer. Has an interesting vinegar/fruity smell to it. Makes me thirsty, but not for the faint of heart. Very pungent, fills my room with this great odor. The cherry flavor comes out sort of in the middle of the flavor profile. The first taste is an overwhelmingly sour pucker your face flavor. Finishes nice and sweet. Actually tastes a little like raspberry which makes me anticipate tasting the raspberry flavored one all the more. Sort of has a sour starburst like flavor profile, so if you don't like those, stay away. Medium body, a little syrupy to go with the very sweet flavor. Enough carbonation to feel it in my mouth, even though I don't see much in the glass. I could see regularly drinking this one. Very good.

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Photo of Krakistophales
2.32/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, slightly translucent red, yielding about 2 fingers worth of off white head that recedes into a film of bubbles.

S: Sour, green apples, cider, slightly vinegary.

T: Initial blast of sour, followed by cherry, raspberry, lemon/lime, and has a sour, vinegar finish.

M: Very good carbonation, still very "lively" in your mouth, with lots of bubbling, popping and smacking as it goes down.

O: Not sure if I'm a sour fan, I figured this would be sweeter and more cherry flavored, like lindemann's kriek, but this one was pretty middle of the road for me. A bit too sour for my taste, and I'm having a hard time finding flavors other than cherry and sour.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into st. feuillien glass at around 52 degrees..

a-light reddish color...nice bubbles from the carbonation..little lacing and short lived head

s-vinegar and lactic acid...too be expected

t-mouth puckering sour at first....vinegar and funk...vinous character...slight cherries in the after and acidic at the end

m-very light and bubbly and refreshing...damn nice

d-i would want to drink this all night but i think more than two would cause my acid reflux to kick into overdrive..

overall the most sour beer ive ever tried...i love it...

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Photo of Longstaff
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More samples at the Cantillon brewery. Brewer told us the fruit from this years batch was excellent and you could actually taste a fresh cherry flavor. A little sweeter than the Gueze from the fruit and little less acidic. Read one of the reviews before mine that mentioned that it smelled off - kind of like vinegar? with some barnyard smells --- but that's the way it should be. Its definitely not like sweet cherry juice like the Lindemanns.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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