Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
BA SCORE
95.6%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 2,422 ratings
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
Ranking:
#329
Reviews:
722
Ratings:
2,422
Liked:
2,315
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
9.63%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
669
Gots:
612
Trade:
60
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle

Pours cloudy opaque ruby red with a frothy light pink foam head. Smells like fresh cherries, cinnamon spice, cloves, oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy. Tastes like super tart sour cherries, cinnamon spice, cloves, oak, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice kriek.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Matt141
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of clvand0
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a reddest of red colors with a pink head that takes its time leaving. Brilliant color. The aroma is very sour with a certain funk about it. I'm told that is characteristic of the Cantillon, so I'll just accept it. Super sweet and tart cherries. The flavor is much the same. Very tart. Very cherry. Finish is a bit dry ... and sour. This really isn't one of my favorite styles, but this is a well made version.

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Photo of brandon911
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2010 bottling poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass

pours a deep ruby and pink with a massive fluffy pink head.

a bit light on the nose overall. light oak and cherry come first. lighter hints of lemon and vinegar.

nice and tart up front. heavy cherry flavor through out. lighter dry oak behind it. faint pale malt in the distant back. maybe a hint of lemon or lime.

tons of carbonation. very dry. tartness really hits the gums.

a wonderful kriek. i had this on tap and liked it a bit better but still great stuff. lots of cherry flavor.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem.
Scene: (I sit a in rocking chair, stroking a long, gray beard) "Back in the early 2010, I could reliably find this on the shelf. Oh, how the times have changed."

Note: 2009 vintage

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Ruby from a distance, a solid pink in the light with some lighter tones and clarity around the edges - moderately-sized, pinkish white head, fades to a creamy ring - lacing is transient

Smell: Utterly ridiculous - basically, it smells like a fresh-baked cherry bread sprinked with cinnamon and some other spices - cherry jam, sweet but not with any added sugar - lightly bready malts, but this is really all about the fruit - very tart, with some funk - light barnyard and some oak

Taste: Nonstop, unrestrained tart assault - so, so tart - more tart than I thought cherries could be tart - acidic sourness, and did I mention this is tart? - cherries and cherry skin, with some yeast - the light sweetness works with the light, pale malts to create a flavor reminiscent of a cherry bread, or dry cherry cookies

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, epic sour tartness that completely dominates the mouth

Overall: Quite possibly the most ridiculous fruit lambic I've ever had

I had high expectations for this beer, as it is from Cantillon. Somehow this was even more intense than I expected. So much cherry tartness. This is like eating some kind of ridiculous cherry bread, but more magical.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of xdtfx
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cultclassic89
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of mctizzz
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with a cork date of 2013. Poured into a Cantillon Abbaye de Cureghem glass.

A- Pours a nice dark cherry color with some translucency, fairly minimal head, nice consistent carbonation.

S- Nice aroma of cherries and cherry skin balanced with subtle funk, very light underlying cheesiness, slight grass. Not overly aromatic and wish the fruit came out a little bit more but otherwise very pleasant and nice balance.

T- Cherry skins, nice dry cherry presence with a slight tannic acidic bite, lambic funk that perfectly balances the fruitiness, oak, finishes with light pitted cherries with additional funk. The cherry presence isn't overpowering and balances with the funk which comes out nicely as it decants.

M- Very dry, pH a little bit on the acidic side but not overly so, not overly carbonated (a lot less then Rose de Gambrinus) which fits the style nicely, very drinkable once you get past the dryness.

O- Cantillon makes some of the best lambic in the business and the addition of the cherries adds a nice fruit presence that doesn't dominate the base too much. The beer isn't overly sweet like some fruited lambics I've had and while it isn't quite as fruity as the Lou Pepe beers it still has a nice presence + balance. Definitely one of my favorite krieks out there and I wish I could drink this on a regular basis.

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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light red and clear body. It poured with an aggressive head and even after letting this breathe for around 30 minutes it still had a good puddle of white carbonation in the middle.

Smell is tart cherries and vinegar. You can smell the tart in it, no sweetness at all. It's actually a pretty simple scent, yet precise.

I love how the cherries come through without the sweetness. It's all tart and sour.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and is puckering. The finish is very dry.

I liked this beer very much. I prefer higher abv beers but this packs in the flavor nonetheless. One of the better lambics I've had.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 95.6% out of 100 with 2,422 ratings
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