Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon stemmed balloon glass. Bottled 18/06/15

Pours an opaque, shiny, bright red coloured body with a moderate amount of fine streaming visible carbonation. A one-finger in height, pinkish-white, bubbly head reduces almost instantly to a thin collar, leaving only small flecks of soapy lace on the glass.

Instantly after removing the cork the nose is greeted with a flash of powerful, vinegar-like acidity, that having quickly escaped the bottle then disappears into background noise. Once in the glass and allowed to breath, the aroma leads with lightly tart cherry and fruity notes, but overall skews slightly in favour of acidic, funky and barnyard-like profiles. Subtler aromas of lemon, crab apple, wet wood, hay and oak are also evident underneath. Taste roughly follows suit. Dry, unripe, sour cherries lead initially above the primarily acidic and funky Lambic base. Sourness builds towards the mid-palate culminating in mouth puckering intensity as raw lemon juice, crab apples, red wine vinegar and lactic acid move to the front, slightly overshadowing the subtler farmyard-like funk. In the mouth, a light body and lively carbonation make for an incredibly clean, crisp and dry feel from start to finish. Oak tannins from extensive barrelling join earthy, lightly bitter cherry skins, woody stones, hay and plenty of lingering sour acidity to give a bone dry finish, leaving the palate just shy of puckering once again.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Taste undoubtedly favours sour and acidic profiles above fruity or funky, but once the palate acclimatises to the intensity it becomes impressively drinkable. I slightly prefer the softer, fruitier and less sour Rosé De Gambrinus, but look forward to revisiting the Kriek once I inevitably develop a taste for the sourer examples. Recommended.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy red with a white which doesn't last

S - Funk and cherry

T - funky barnyard, cherry tartness a bit of grain complex yet balanced

F - champagne-like mouthfeel

O - Amazing stuff not too acidic, tart. Complex but clear taste. A true reference for the style

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Photo of thatche2
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draught into a tulip glass (2015 version). Appearance is bright ruby red with three to four finger thick head and great retention. Taste has incredible balance and beautiful cherry flavors with a touch of woodiness and Sprite. Sourness is nicely tart without being overwhelming. Carbonation is relatively high with nice effervescence. This beer is incredibly refreshing, flavorful and well balanced. Just about perfect.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2015 bottle drank on 4/12/2016

L-dark pink/light red, very carbonated

S-red fruits and funk

T-cherry and raspberry juice. Lots of oak and a great combination of funk and tart. Not overly tart at all unlike a lot of other reviews. Wondering if others had an older vintage. Really an amazing flavor

F-juicy and easy to drink. what more is expected

O-amazing lambic. Great underrated Cantillon offering, however, I AM a sucker for the cherry and raspberry type fruits. Either way, this was delicious

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drops plenty of red notes with a beautiful pink head. Very pretty stuff. Hits lots of mega sour cherry notes in the aroma, a little bit of that spontaneous funk.

Taste was mega sour, prolly a 9 on the 1-10 scale. Good amount of cherry still, definitely not dark cherries here. Very acidic and bitter. Not as juicy as the LP series. What is though. Very little wood in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had last night into a snifter glass, it pours out bright ruby red with a pink head that bubbles up and falls down to a ring, some spotty lacing.

Smell is insta-sour, big cherry note here, little sweetness with a hint of funk. Taste starts with an initial sweetness, then the middle is pure cherry puree, very rich and jammy. Finishes with a very lingering sourness that persists for a few seconds after the swallow, hints of yeast. Body is very bubbly and prickly at first, light in the stomach.

Overall the beer is a bit one-sided, but has a delightfully natural flavor and great sourness.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy, dark cherry red with a pink head, no lacing, good amount of carbonation, no head retention.

A: Tart, subtle sour, hints of cherry, very funky, must, hay, straw, lots of aromas, though subtle.

T: Up front there is a tart, funk, cherry flavor, sour must,hint of fresh cherries, cherry lingers in the aftertaste, there is some oak, very smooth, very drinkable.

M: Lots of carbonation, dry finish, crisp, light bodied.

O: A well brewed beer, tart, funk, sour, cherry, very enjoyable. I paid $28 for this bottle and I'm not convinced that it's worth it. It's an outstanding beer, well made but I can get my sour fix for much less. I'm very happy to have tried Cantillon.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty red, cloudy, thin line of pink white head. Strong acid nose, blanket and fruit, which the taste follows up with primary sour notes, good cherry highlights. Spiky but pleasant feel. A first for me. So happy I got to give this a go!

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Photo of PatrickFox88
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Underrated Cantillon offering.

A- Beautiful red colour gives you a tip on what you're in for.

S - Big tart cherry and funk that makes my mouth water.

T- Big sourness, with cherries. Maybe too sour if that's not your thing.

F- Light, nat carb , very nice.

Overshadowed when maybe it shouldn't be. Very nice beer from barn with an incredible stable.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Ruby red, with no bubbles or head.

Smell - My least favorite aspect, a kind of off smelling funky cherry.

Taste - Sour tart cherries, slight yeast.

Feel - Medium body that goes down smoothly because of the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of pagriley
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter

L - Pours a deep intense red with huge effervescence and a tall head that quickly falls away completely
S - Big tart cherries with a little funk lurking behind - very approachable
T - Tart fruit with a touch of barnyard. Just the right hint of residual sweetness
F - Light and crisp

Overall an excellent beer - I don't know if it is any better than some of the other top tier Krieks (I feel like it is brighter and has more intensely crisp fruit than 3F), but I wish this came in tallboy cans for hot days! Super crisp and refreshing

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Photo of kkleu357
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic. Since it is on cask, it looks and has the mouthfeel of juice. Kind of tastes like cherry juice as well. Not really all that sour. Still, really enjoyed.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As with all Cantillons, the carb on this one was awesome. Drinks almost like a champagne with all the bubbles and big head. You get lots of sour cherry with a good balance of tart with a slight tinge if sweet on the drink. Very very well done.

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Photo of drmeto
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a murky cherry red with a medium to big,quickly dissipating,foamy,pink head
-low carbonation visible
-old barn,green apple,lemon,cherries,raspberries,oak (oak aroma increases after sediment is poured)
-sour cherries,lemon,green apple,oak,tanin bitterniss,residual sugars
-super tart
-finishes bone dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Great one.The cherries couldve come through a bit more.

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

On cask at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Beautiful colour, thick, creamy head (the cask being poured properly). Still quite dry, tart, and the fruit flavours are subtle.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 7 Nov 2015 at Novare Res in Portland, ME
Look: Ruby red. Barely translucent. Pours a minor head (1/4inch) that fades but narrow layer lingers throughout the drink.
Smell: predominantly fruit; tart cherry all the way. Very little in the way of Brett or funk. Very pleasing.
Taste: tart cherry dominated but does have a nice sour bite. Definitely a very sweet component.
Feel: smooth in mouth and the sour tinge is closer to an after taste. Does leave a dryness on the back of the tongue.
Overall: amazing cherry sour. Maybe too sweet to be perfect but I can't say I'd change much about this.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on cask at Cantillon in Brussels. Poured into their stemmed taster glasses. Look is a much darker red than the Framboise's. Cloudy and difficult to get a lot of light through. Gets cloudier as the liquid in the bottle dwindles. Minimal head that dissipates quickly, with a ring remaining around the glass. Smell is the sourness and tartness of both the cherries and the lambic. Taste is again, more sour than their other offerings due to the cherries. In a side by side test I chose LPF for a few reasons, but cherry isn't my favorite additive in anything. On the dryer side. Overall, an extremely fruity beer that was a pleasure to drink, but at the brewery it was up against some tough competition.

LPF on the left, Kriek on the right:

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Photo of MrDell
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
Lambic – 5% - 375ml Bottle - Bottling date 15 February 2015

Appearance: Red, big bright pink head that dissipates quickly. Low levels of carbonation with a few small bubbles climbing side of the teku glass.

Aroma: Funky, cherries, oak, very pleasant aroma sugar and sour fruits.

Taste: Tart on the tongue, as expected then you get the taste of the oak and then the sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Leaves palate very moist. Low in both body and carbonation.

Overall: I'm surprising myself with just how much I am enjoying these funky sour beers these days. Being new to the style I find them difficult to describe but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I think that many people that write off the sour beers straight away do so because they are shocked by the taste but when you know what's coming and are not surprised by it, it enables you to enjoy the experience. I will definitely be buying more of this. 8.75 / 10

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant reddish copper brew; translucent; minimal head.

Tart cherries up front, but quickly the aroma features the musty, funky yeast one would expect. A touch sweet; hay and straw.

Very funky; among the more rustic brews I've had, along with 3F and Fantome. It's a dry, rustic mustiness with a hint of cheese and earth, only laced with a tiny bit of tartness at first.

The finish is like chewing on fresh cherries. The strengths completely flip, with the yeast now providing the soft envelope for the cherries, which are front and center, with plenty of accompanying tartness.

Very lively feel; long puckering finish.

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

2014 Edition – Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Deep tart cherries, some oak and accompanying funk.

A: Hazy, bright deep red color with a thick foamy head.

T: Expressive deep cherry character, with a light amount of oak.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a moderate amount of acidity, though not sharp. Long lingering dry, cherry complexity.

O: Delicious. Wow this beer has an amazing tart cherry complexity. Great balance between funk, oak and

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Photo of Stevem68
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy cherry red color. Has a tart funky sour aroma. Flavor is tart, there's a unsweetened cheery profile with a smooth but crisp finish. This is very dynamic and interesting. Like this a lot

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Photo of aleigator
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek bottled May 2014

Pours a vibrant, ruby red color, with a small pink head.

Smells of an intriguing, leathery tartness, blending directly into the beers ripe cherry quality. Has a pleasant mineralic profile atop of the barnyard funkiness, both highlighting the sweet, ripe character of the fruits. There is also a whiff of tomatoe shrub underneath, accompanied by earthy sherry stem and red wine barrel, completing the wonderful aromas.

Drinks very soft, while a lower carbonation adds a refreshing note to the pungent tartness, consisting of fermented cherries and funky bretts.

Tastes of a glue defined, dusty earthiness, with an uncompromising tart character to it, which gets softened when cherries become noteable, evoking almost a cinnamon impression, based on the richness of the oak barrel synergating with the fruit ripeness. A good amount of white lemon zest goes hand in hand with matured cherries, which turn even moldier during the finish. The beers finish focusses entirely on the prominent cherries, revealing a leather coated stone pit quality with sweet cherry skin to it.

This offers a great cherry depth, featuring a nice crispness during the beginning, which turns more mature, riper while drinking. Exhibits a great interaction between sour funk and fermented fruits, throughout evolving on the palate.

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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 LAp
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a small snifter. Pours a deep raspberry, with a thin off-white head. Nose is tart cherry, and palate is dark fruit, cherry, with a hint of balsalmic vinegar. There's also a hint of a sweet aftertaste here. Overall, a deeply complex beer. A treat to try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, New York.

This pours a brilliant dark-ish red, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like deep raw sour cherry, top shelf kriek all the way. There's some decent tartness on the nose too, and some oak and funk.

This just has that indescribable combo of funk and sour that makes Cantillon so Cantillon. There's a ton of expressive, earthy and dry cherry. There's just a smidgen of oak. It all comes together in a beautifully complex way.

This is light bodied, super crisp and dry, and quite drinkable.

A near perfect beer, just super well crafted.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,331 ratings.
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