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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

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

Bottle opened on 4.16.13
Bottled 10 November 2011

A - Pours a bright red with a fizzy light pink head that fades very quickly.

S - Tart, over-ripe raspberries, funky-earhiness.

T - Sweet cherry, funk, raspberry, earthy, very complex and wonderful.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Fruit, slight funk, complex and lovely to drink.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful pink hue with a finger of light pink head. the first smell i get is very reminiscent of sunday mornings as a child when my mom would nair her legs and the whole house had that funky smell. tonic, socks, hairspray all at first, once all the funk settled, you get a pleasant cherry aroma.

the taste is very sour, cherries, cork/wood, hay. high carbonation and a light body makes this a crisp refreshing, yet puckery sour beer.

an excellent sour cherry taste and great kriek. not as sour as fou foune was, but still a delicious sour beer.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brilliant pink in color with a very very pink head. Lacy head. Head comes back to life with a little bit of a swirl.

Aroma is a cherry bomb. Full, sweet, a bit tart, just a wonderful mixture of everything that a cherry can be. A little lactic sourness in the aroma.

Tart sour cherries in the taste. Somewhat sweet to start with a dry and tart finish. Almost puckering in the finish. Very sour. Some notes of red fruits like currant.

Body is light, carbonation helps make the beer crisp, silky mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent beer. Balanced. Cherry is displayed perfectly. Very sour

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass. 2012 bottle date.

Pours a classic kriek colour - dark, reddish pink with a light pink head.

Smells of soft, sour cherries.

Tastes of sour cherries. Quite dry and thirst quenching.

Overall a pretty good beer, and an excellent kriek.

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Photo of fdig23
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle.

Appearance: the best looking beer I've seen to date. Incredible pale pink color with a small off-white head with a pinkish tint.

Nose: obvious sour cherries, but much lighter and more fragrant than the typical black cherry aroma. Almost a mustardy sour note, but it works with the cherry. Baking spices are evident: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Way more than just a bit of cherry and a bit of funk. All comes together in a really intoxicating aroma.

Taste: Tart cherry and lemon zest up front melds into a funky barnyard and hay bale middle. As it finishes the sourness fades away and there's a sweet cherry pie note when the baking spices hit. Really quite a unique and incredible taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice full carbonation but its a bit coarse. Body is nice and light though, which perfectly conveys the flavors.

Overall: Really enjoyed this. Won't hesitate to re-purchase if I see it again. It was brought to a tasting and was easily the most enjoyed beer among the tasters (not big beer geek types). One of my favorites.

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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 bashiba
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean bright pink with a creamy pink head.

The smell is lightly tart with some mild mustiness and a touch of tart cherry.

The taste is lightly tart with a nice bit of sourness and a tart bit of cherries. A bit musty.

Has a nice dry finish with a long lingering tartness.

Very solid, benchmark quality kriek.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 350 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a bright reddish purple with a 1 finger pink head. No lacing.

S- stinky cheese, funk, light dark fruits

T- sour mash, light pale malts, sweet and tart cherries

M- light body and high carbonation. Acidic with a dry finish.

O- 6.5/10 sourness. Good sour with nice cheery pie like taste from the sweet and tart cherry.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Publican in Chicago - 12oz pour served in a tulip glass

A - Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Bright ruby red / pinkish in color with about a half finger of pink head that fades pretty quick.

S - Tart cherries, barnyard funk, dry champagne smell

T - Lots of tart cherries up front provide a fair amount of sourness, but not overly sour. Then on the back end you get that funky barnyard taste, followed by a touch of sweetness. I keep wanting another sip after each one...

M - Light / medium bodied with a very fine champagne-like carbonation which allows the flavors to really move around from sour, to funky, to sweet.

O - An outstanding, world-class lambic. If I could drink this all of the time, I would. The best kriek I've had to date.

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

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Golden Monkey Goblet. This is a 2012 edition.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry, red. Very pleasant body with a light pink head of about a finger, which fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Definitely cherry and funk upfront, lactic acid, sour.

Taste: Matches the smell. Very well balanced though, not too sour but just the right amount. Cherry and lemon come through and plenty of acidity. Absolutely delicious.

Mouth-feel: Pretty light body to this one and a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth for a sour.

Overall: This is definitely the best kriek I've had and one of the better sours I've tasted. The tart cherry flavor is a good balance of sour which makes this one very smooth.

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

Bottled June 2012.

Beer is dark pink, with a good-sized rose head. Fades steadily.

Very funky nose- more than I expected. Cheesy, but not in a bad way. Sour cherry. Wheat.

Tart cherry is the obvious flavour, and is quite strong. Fairly sour, with a funky, slightly barnyard flavour. Crisp wheat. Very nice.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation level, but the bubbles are small and gentle. A bit of pucker.

Overall, very good in all respects. I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-02-03 in Columbia, PA

A - Bubbling, hazy reddirose-pink with a short pink-white head and mild lacing.

S - Sweet and sour cherries, raisin bread, tart applesauce. Very pleasant

T - Very tart cherry pie with some must and spice (leaning towards cinnamon). Very, very dry. Wonderful, spicy and tart cherry long-lasting aftertaste

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Puckering.

O - Another fine sour. Quite a treat and my wife really loved it.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA doobliebop for this one! Paired with a medium-rare steak and baked potato. Pours a light-crimson, Bloody Mary colored red, completely opaque and murky everywhere but the very top. Very volatile, causing a faint-pink head to form quickly but fizzle away completely within thirty seconds.

Aroma is heavy, musty cherries; sweet and aged, with a little bit of a vinous character; more wine-like than expected. Some grape peel and raspberries are hanging around there also. Very authentic, juicy, and acidic. You can just tell from the aroma that this is gonna be a sour ass beer. The sour doesn't stand alone, however - decent amount of funky yeast creeps in trashes about. Light barnyward, wet wood, mild hay - overall, the funk doesn't quite stand up to the tartness, but it's enough to contribute to the aroma in a big way.

I bring the glass to my lips and the brew hits my palate thin and heavily carbonated while my nostrils are being raped by a thicker, heavier cherry aroma. Wow! This beer begins with an intense tartness right off the bat - extremely sour and acidic. Puckering and lip smacking, the sourness lasts for a good few seconds or so before it settles down and begins to subside.

Overwhelming, juicy, ripe, authentic cherries make for most of the flavor, alongside some grape peel and various other "berry" types. Even at 5% ABV, the alcohol is detectable, but very soft and playful. Once the incredible sour component fades, the last few seconds of the sip are filled with a delicate sweetness that turns to a slightly corky and funky flavor. Enough to give you that wet hay and barnyard kick without distracting from the lovely tart cherries. The very acidic nature of this beer makes for a deceivingly dry finish, despite the juicy character of the flavor profile.

Holy sheeyat. Excellent brew, here - a good departure from the normal brews I drink. Sourness was intense, but it became addicting and I was disappointed to have this one end. This beer is authentic, raw, sour, and juicy, through and through. I really wish this stuff wasn't so difficult to come by in America! I need to get my hands on some more Cantillon brews. Two thumbs up.

EDIT: 3/22/2013

Enjoyed another '12 thanks to Ron. Even more sour than I remember. A lot more funk to it, too. Overall, just entirely more flavor-packed than I remember (and believe me, it was already incredible before). Super sour and acidic cherries, raspberries, and grapes. Less vinous this time around. So quenching and addictive. Gotta bump the score up on this one. Great stuff.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Leura Cellars.

Pours all head and no beer to start with. Head fades quickly. Deep pink. Clear and bubbly.

Aromas of lemon, sour, funk.

Taste is very sour to start with, vinegar, lemon, tart, cherries. Dry finish, very refreshing. Sour/tart flavours diminish as bottle goes down and becomes more drinkable.

Mouthfeel light and spritzy.

All in all a little too tart for this palate. I had high hopes of excellence, but never mind....

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Avenue Pub in NOLA - One of my favorite beer bars in the US.
33cl bottle. Bottled june 29 2012. Of course, Avenue does it right...provided in a Geuze/Lambic basket.
Pours a see through slightly hazy ruby red with perfect carbonation into my wine glass. The aromas of funk and cherry just fill the air around me..so awesome. More aromas of barnyard funk and hay. Sour notes are also coming through. Taste is mouthwatering tart cherry and funky pale malts. Wow...this truly is amazing. I had huge hopes on this and it didnt dissapoint. Ive had it at Cantillon but it was a single glass...(the word but seemingly doesnt belong in this sentance), but this time I had the entire bottle for myself. Such a great brew. If you like sours, Cantillon sets the bar...if you are new to sours, dont start here...it only gets worse.
As perfect as I will rate...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 1/8/13.

Appearance: Rose red body with a white cap. Drops quickly to a ring.

Smell: Big funky nose. Touch of cherries and oak.

Taste: Moderately tart cherries, oak, and hay. Moderate funk. A slightly sweet aftertaste that reminds of honey.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Dry finish. The carbonations is so smooth and gentle on the palate. Its perfection.

Overall: This is my second favorite cantillion to date. Only bested by Fou Foune. Kriek is my favorite type of sour and this is just awesome!

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Photo of Luk13
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 750ml, 2013 vintage. Pours a bright but not so dense red with huge white foam that recedes quickly. Aroma is cherries and berries, leaves and lactic notes. Very light barnyard funk per Cantillon standards. Taste is very tart cherries but also a surprising cherry peel bitterness. Palate is light with moderate carbonation. Not as rich as the Lou Pepe versions, but still interesting. I much prefer this version fresh. 4.0

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful ruby red with a white collar, some clumpy lacing.

Wonderful integration of tartness and cherries. Whiffs of sweet sugar?

Retarted cherries up the wazoo. 6.5 on the Duff27 sour scale. Tastes right at 5%abv.

Medium-high carbonation which suits it well. Medium-low mouthfeel.

Yum yum. One of best lambics I've had. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT via Jim C.

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

375ml bottle dated July 29, 2012. Poured into my favorite Cantillon balloon glass.

My midnight toast for ringing in 2013!

The beer pours a lovely ruby red color, hues of garnet and crimson even as dark as plum depending on the light, nice hazy complexion with a bright pinkish white head that rises very quickly, fizzy and light that recedes very quickly, a bit of film is left behind with no lacing. The aroma is wonderful, massive amounts of cherry, a bit of funk, but such a nice grainy malt backing, very inviting and pleasant. The flavor is a knock out, just like a fresh juicy piece of cherry pie. Great fruit, super fresh cherry, a bit of pomegranate flavor as well and even a bit of light strawberry come out, just like a great jammy pie filling, a touch of vanilla and light bready malt is present, just adds to that pie like experience. The body is nice and lively, high levels of carbonation, dances on the tongue, crisp finish.

Verdict: Such a delightful kriek from Cantillon. The fruit is so fresh right now and the pie-like experience is really wonderful. It's always a treat to have a fruit lambic from Cantillon as they really don't take shortcuts when it comes to using fresh fruit.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright, radiant red with two fingers of both half fizzy, half fluffy pink head. Leaves mild lacing, and remains and a ring on the glass. Body is really glowing.

Smell: A hay funk up front, followed by some funky cherry skins. A definite lactic aspect. Some light pears. Nose goes out with raw cherries and funk.

Taste: Nice clean cherry tartness up from, followed by a light lactic sourness, and funk. Funk carries the body, along with a nice bready sweetness. Finishes tart with cherry skins, pear juice, and hay.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable. Cherries are not too sweet. Sourness is perfect. Great carb.

Overall: I think I enjoy this better than the Lou Pepe Kriek I had. Have to keep in mind that was a 2007 (sticker) vintage, so it would definitely be more sour.

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Photo of gtermi
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is probably one of the coolest looking beers I have ever seen in my life. It pours a dark cherry red body with a inch thick pink head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing on the glass at all.

S: I am picking up a strong amount of sour notes, with a lot of fruituness that reminds me of a sweet wine.

T: Like the smell, I am getting a lot of sour and fruity flavors. The fruit becomes very powerful as the beer lingers.

M: The Lambic has a strong amount of carbonation on the back of the tongue and as it goes down the throat. It also has a pretty thin body.

O: This is one of the greatest lambics I have ever had in my life. It goes down with ease and is just beyond delicious. I will for sure be ordering this beer again from Etre Gourmet and age several bottles

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

2010 vintage purchased from être gourmet. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Pours a hazy bright red in color with a fingers worth of light pink head.

S-Nose starts out incredibly funky, with must, cob web, lemon, and ample amounts of cherry on the back.

T-Tart cherry skin starts out the flavor, lemon, and only gentle funk on the finish....incredibly tart.

M-Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, moderate acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Great beer, tough to decide if I prefer this or the Lou pepe Kriek. Cantillon never fails with the fruited lambics.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, sour cherry, and earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice acidic sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Zach136
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage enjoyed 6/30/15

Appearance: Vibrant red, solid retention on a light pink head.

Aroma/Flavor: Intense cherry pie. Crust and all. Medium+ acidity that is a touch perspiration inducing. Less crust/malt character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, medium carbonation, cleansing acidity.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400: man, how these last hundred have flown by. Still, lots of memorable moments, including my introduction to (and current infatuation with) sours. What better way to celebrate, then, than with my first experience with one of the world’s most acclaimed sour brewers: Cantillon.

Brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled 29 June 2012” on the label).

A: Absolutely gorgeous beer: the body is a glowing reddish-pink, slightly hazy yet brilliant in every light. Soft pink foam sits atop, staying at half-inch in height for the whole drink, with intricate strands of lacing extending up and out of the body. Good head, sure, but the color of this beer is just astounding. As per the notes on the back of bottle, I’m going to let this one sit for half an hour before I mess with it any further.

S: The most authentically fruity nose I’ve ever experienced with a lambic. Its deep black cherry tones swell magnificently, expanding with sweet syrup, fresh puree, and an herbal tartness – natural sours. Lactic acid is strong but balanced, as well, framing the sours in both complexity and balance. Intricate and incredibly satisfying, the rest of the palate is shrouded in cinnamon-bread, oak, and herbs, particularly a pleasantly strong juniper, mint, and menthol coolness that seems to open the sinuses as it hits. Phenomenal.

T: Holy hell, this beer has layers upon layers of flavors – every sip is something more. First sip is a bold cherry sourness, stinging with smooth acids, rounding out with grassy funk, and satisfying the palate in a way only fresh cherries can. And what a slow-developing drink this is; I have distinguishable seconds to sit on the cherry flavor before the palate moves on. What’s next is a surprising array of sweet bread flavors: dark cinnamon, chewy dough, and a light sugar-spice mix, coming off like homemade gingerbread. Unexpected, but most definitely welcome in my glass (especially because it gives this palate a cherry pie character that I can’t help but love). Tannic almond and apple skin build up to the conclusion, but the finishing touches are applied by those cooling tastes made apparent in the nose: lingering effects of menthol and spearmint compliment the cherry notes in what is otherwise a mild, spiced cherry aftertaste. Mixed, the fruity-mint compound does take on a sort of cherry cough drop flavor in the aftertaste, though it’s very fleeting.

M: On first taste, it sent my ears and face tingling with warm astringency; believe me, it doesn’t drink hot (at all), but it has that effect. Otherwise, it’s supremely smooth, letting the sours announce themselves in a strong way, while keeping them from drying out the tongue. Light, foamy carb.

O: Here’s to hundreds more like this! Everything they said about Cantillon is true, it seems. Whenever I drink a kriek, memories of this beer will flicker on for comparison: this is the standard for Belgian fruit lambics, as far as I’m concerned.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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