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
Reviews:
716
Ratings:
2,392
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 716 | Ratings: 2,392
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got my hands on a 33 cl. bottle. At Cantillon they are serious I tell you - both metallic cap and a cork.

A: It pours ruby red with a surprisingly small light pink head. A bit hazy with some small bubbles - it looks a bit like pink champagne. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

S: Obvious Brettanomyces (yeast), fruity notes, mostly grapefruit but strangly enough I can't smell any cherries. A very complex smell, both dry and fresh.

T: Very refreshing. The sour cherries dominates over all other flavours. But there is some dryness, some raspberries in this very complex beer. It has a very faint taste that reminds me of the smell from fired black-powder!?

M: A very long, dry and a bit sour aftertaste - one of the most dry aftertaste I ever had. The body is medium and the carbonation is really nice.

D: This is a very nice beer, the best Kriek I ever had. If you're not into this kind of beer you should probably skip this one - cause it is very much Lambic. Complex!!!

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Photo of parkeak0
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Riedel wine glasses from a 750 ml bottle brought back from the brewery in Brussels.

Pours a deep pink-red, very little carbonation. Smells of fresh tart cherries and that classic, can't-get-it-anywhere-else Cantillon funk. Taste is very tart, with the ever-present funkiness and the tart cherries complimenting one another very well. Mouthfeel is one of lighter body, almost astringent.

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Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with a light off white mousse. Head retention isn't great but that is expected with the style.

Earthy funk, sour, a touch woody and a hint of fruit in the nose.

Starts with a brief hit of sweetness and big cherry flavour. This is quickly followed by a sour vinegary hit and follows again with cherry character and a hint of funk. Just great.

Medium body but high carbonation is biting and makes this beer nice a refreshing. Dry and crisp, really good.

For a style which by its very acidic nature is somewhat hard to drink this realy steps up and provides a beer with lots of other flavours going on to counteract it. A great refreshing beer.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light red, slightly cloudy, with a very thin layer of small bubbles. Nose is cherries, quite tart, with a strong Brett earthiness. Flavor is very tart, making me sweat at the temples; more of the Brett barnyard in the background. Feel has low carbonation and a beautiful tart aftertaste. The tartness detracts from the drinkability; sit down and enjoy this one over an hour: the flavor profile will change as it warms and oxidizes.

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

Appearance: Deep cherry purple-red, pink head, spritzy carbonation and lacing.

Smell: very tart, Sour/tart cherries, light vinegar, earthy funk and musty barn, leather, oak.

taste: Lush, fresh tart cherries. Incredibly sour lactic acidity, with lemon, oak, leather, barn funk, and a slight earthiness. So nice to have a kriek done by the masters, standard for everyone else and the cherries taste so fresh and real.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, but the cherry skins must have some tannins that lend it some body. Still my one complaint is the body feels a bit light to me, perhaps accentuated by this particular bottle's spritzy carbonation. Perhaps this is young but you can pick up many notes of the base beer beneath the cherries as they don't seem fully melded, it is a fun exercise. I have had some bottles with much lighter carbonation and prefer those, although they were not as sour as this one.

Drinkability: This stuff is delicious but very acidic, slows you down a bit while heightening the enjoyment.

*NB - I had a new/fresh bottle on 4/7/2011 and it tasted just like fresh raspberries, completely different beer that wasn't particularly sour. Lots of bottle variation; all great beers.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal Kriek Lambic. The appearance is a light pink almost wine looking. The smell is very strong and sweet. The taste is extremely sour and tart. This one sips like a sweet wine. My other lambic experience was with Lindemans, which now seems like cheap imitation, although still delicious

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Photo of natasharai
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a small light pink silky head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the top of my glass. The beer is a hazy dark rusty red color.

Smell: Funky raspberry, a small sweet berry flavor, then a big tangy sour, nice earthy spice, and slightly musty.

Taste: Tangy sour, lightly sweet raspberry, big sour dry bite, like almost ripe raspberries, a little watery/light though.

Mouthfeel: Nice sour pucker, nice carbonation, followed with a nice dry feel. Overall a little watery though.

Overall: Great drinkability, more than just sour flavors including sweet berry, earthy flavors, and a nice musty spice. Great flavors and aroma, but a little watery at the end which takes away from the beer a bit.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small white head, poor retention and some lacing. Pretty hazy read colored beer.

S- Earthy and woody notes up front, hints of aged cheese with a nice fruit back bone. Also some good tartness.

T- Big fruity tartness, raspberries and sour cherry. some earthy spice and light bitterness in the end.

M- Puckering tart fairly light bodied beer with a nice dry finish.

Very good tart lambic, I would like to have more of this in the future.

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Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at the brewery in Brussels while on tour there 3 days ago by Madame Cantillon, Granddaughter of founder of Cantillon brewery. Poured into a snifter type clear glass with "Cantillon" written on the side. Met fellow named Dan from the U.S. while sampling this beer.

A Slightly cloudy body, the color of cherries, minimal light pink head. Nice look, true the style and really unique.

S Vinegar, medicinal even to the nose, like cherry cough syrup. Certainly a different kind of smell but inviting none the less.

T/M Strong cherry tartness, like the kind of fresh cherries. Gone was the medicinal and vinegar like sensations that the nose suggested. The taste has a nice smooth finish as well and the whole beer is rather "soft" in feel.

D I could drink many of these in a sitting.

Notes: I have not had hundreds of Krieks but this one is easily recognizable as the best of the ones that I have sampled. Mature, confident in its presentation, reflecting the true tartness of a Cherry.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle. No pop from the cork. Pour was a darker cherry red than I expected. No head and no lacing. A very still looking beer. Not good signs for me. Wonderful aroma full of tart unsweetened chrerries. A slight woodiness. Taste is the same mixture of cherries, tart ones, and some woodiness which intensifies by the end of the bottle. No carbonation at all, very dry and puckering. Not the most sour beer I have ever tried though. The last third of the bottle is almost undrinkable. It is not the sourness. It is a woody / corky taste that is simply overpowering. I'm not taking away from the taste, but I am taking away from the drinkability. All in all, a good sour lambic, but the raspberry is their sour monster winner so far as I am concerned.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle shared with my family members. my portion was poured into a stange.

A - red to pink with a 1cm head. nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary going on here.

S - Holy Hell, this smells rank. sour cherries, oak/vanilla, musty attic and leather, acetic acid, and dog vomit. seriously. dog vomit.

T - as many have said, the taste is nearly ( or IS) puckering at first, but one gets used to it. sour cherries and other berries along with less oak/vanilla than what the nose suggested clash with the musty attic and leather from the Brett. a very vinous, vinegar like quality and a taste that seemed like dog vomit, if I did actually know what dog vomit tasted like. Orange zest, a sherry-like almond flavor and a dry, grassy, earthiness were noticeable upon warming. very complex beer. very sour beer. very good beer.

M - dry and carbonated. just like a lambic.

D - very, very sour. I would say that this beer is only good in small quantities and after that, it just isn't good at all. That is why this rating is low.

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

Beautiful 750ml green champagne bottle. Corked and capped.

Big red viscous opaque body with a very fine frothy head of pale pink bubbles. Incredibly krieky, full of fruity looking insanity.

Cherry acidity on the nose. Smells extremely sour, lots of oaky notes as well, very heavy, with underlying hints of vanilla. Very rank. Very extreme. Love it.

Wow, it's even more intense on the palate. A huge puckering sour character, with a residual cherry flavour. The sour character sticks around so long that it ends up like a woody bitterness. Almost like a acetone note, it's that intense. Really intense, extremely, extremely sour - probably the most highly acidic beer I've ever had. The cherry is just an afterthought. Lambic rules the roost here. Mouthfeel is delicately effervescent. Lovely.

This is severe and extreme. A serious lambic, for those who like their lambics sour, raw and crazy. They mean the 100%; this is all lambic all the way. I love it - turn up the volume on these wild beers.

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

Poured into a champagne flut a mostly clear red color with very minimal sediment floating around in it. Small white head with no lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Funky aroma; vinegar mixed with sour, unripe cherries and a hint of mildew like wet carpet.

Taste was absolutely sour cherries followed up by a tart, mouth puckering vinegar.

Thin to medium mouthfeel due to moderate carbonation. The sour cherry and vinegar flavor coat the palate for a minute or two after each sip.

Good to drink or sip actually. Carbonation and just the fact this brew is so damn sour make it nice to have a glass or maybe two of this but not anymore. I'm afraid it would give me heartburn!

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Photo of schroederm
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Didn't pour with very much head, but in its defense it was put in a snifter and may have been a bit too cold. Very aromatic, with strong sour notes, green apple, dark fruit (specifically raisin), a bit of farm/earthyness. Extremely, overwhelmingly sour, but delicious. Other flavors are for the most part downed out, but include green apple and melon. Mouthfeel is about where I would expect the style with a decent body and slightly high carbonation. It's a bit too sweet and too strong to be very drinkable, but is delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a soda pop cherry red maybe a little brownish. With no head on it what so ever. Doesn't look like there's much for caebonation either.
S= very vinegary sour smelling with cherries coming in deeper and possibly some woody notes like oak. Possibly some straight lemon juice as well.
T= sour but not too bad. Great cherry notes but very sour cherries sort of unripened cherries. Some vinegar is in it but not as much as the nose leads on. Touch of wood in the finish as well. Quite pleasant.
M= very dry and smooth. No carbonation in it at all.
D= very good. I would have no problem drinking this all night long. The odor and appearance were a turn off but the beer was still great.

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Photo of KeefD
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 9th, 2008. Bright pinkish orange color with no head and no lacing, sitting lovely in a wine glass. Aroma is nicely funky, a bit of tartness, musty, maybe just a hint of cherry. Flavor is immensely tart, sour, vinous, and refreshing. A touch of vinegar and acidic wine flavors come through the dry middle. Nice, fresh tart cherry flavor brings up the rear. Mouth puckering and dry. Leaves a nice sweet and sour sugary taste on the lips. Not as much funk on the tongue as there is in the nose. Mellow carbonation, light to medium bodied. This is utterly delicious. To me, lambics are a bit of a turn off in the aroma department, but always come through in the flavor department. This is a fantastic lambic, much better than other kriek varieties out there. A sipper to be sure.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle 37.5 cl, abv 5%, bottled 28 oktober 2008, best before 12/2015.

A: Rose red, hazy, with a thin pink head.
S: Cherries and bread. And wet moldy wood.
T: Mildly tart and sour, cherries and lemon, slight tannin.
M: It's bittersweet and dry, but not as dry as I expected. A relatively light beer.
D: Very drinkable, you can take big gulps of this, it's very refreshing.
I think it could be better with 1 or 2 % of extra alcohol.

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Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Cantillon pours a fizzy, hazy, almost bright reddish-rose color (is atomic fireball a color?). The head is pink and very short-lived. Wonderful aroma, lots of sour cherries and barnyard funk. Horsey, sweaty, musty, sour, and fruit, all are present in the aroma. The taste is also very complex and interesting. Plenty of sourness, with a fairly high pucker-factor, but also a lot more balanced and approachable than other Cantillon's. There is a lot of cherry flavor in the beer, more than I expected. Fresh tasting with a fairly low carbonation. All in all, this one is a keeper.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red color with just the slightest hint of foam. No retention or lacing. Looks like some sort of arbor mist wine in the glass.

Smell is uber-funky. Rubber bands, brettomyces induced rotting wood, sour cherries, moldy aged hops and raspberry juice sweetness. Waaay out there.

Whoa! This bitch is sou-ur. Warhead candies aint got nothin on this. Crazy shit, wonder what the pH is on this, it's acidic. Tart cherry flavor is followed up by a sour and woody brett middle and finished off with a sweetart candy acidic aftertaste. This one will cure any sour fix one might have. I would definitely buy again.

Also, it paired excellently with a cherry stilton cheese.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, corked and capped. bottled 13 FEB 07. sampled april 29/09. purchased at premier gourmet on a recent trip to buffalo.

pours crystal clear deep red. there's no sign of any carbonation during the pour. a thin wisp of very fine white head forms on top and disappears just as fast. no lace.

aroma is great. lemon. vinegar. sour cherry. horse blanket. old leather. grain. cracker. straw. bit of white bread. wood and earth. orange peel.

taste is sour! wow. like chewing on a fresh lemon. sour cherry. horse blanket. leather. bit of malt vinegar. there's a bit of sweetness in there too, but very minimal and drowning in sour. grain. raw oak. hints of vanilla. cracker. slightly peppery too, but that could be more just my perception of the sour/acidic character.

mouthfeel is pretty good. very dry with a clingy funky/sour mouthfeel. light bodied. very low carbonation.

drinkability is ok. i'm glad this is only a 375ml bottle, because although the alcohol is low i don't think i could handle much more of the acidity and sourness. still, i was surprised to find the taste leaned so far to the sour side without being overly vinegary, which does help the drinkability somewhat. if you like sourness, this is one i think you'll love.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This kriek has a very clear red body with just a thin pinkish head. The body looks a little bit like sloe gin.

Loads of tartness in this aroma. Vinegar, fruity cherry, wood, some berries.

This is extremely sour, tart, vinegar. The sourness dominates the flavor for sure. Cherry and berry notes come through too, with soem woodiness, but mostly you should just expect a huge, sour, knock in the face.

Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, high on the puckering.

I drank this entire 750ml bottle, and I enjoyed it. However, it took me several hours because of the extreme tartness. Overall, another sour winner from Cantillon.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml corked and capped bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a bright clear pinky red colour... Pinky white head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... some sparse carbonation shoots to the surface... no real lacing..

A - Strong lambic sourness bursts out of the glass, quite light sour cherry notes, some faint almond nuttiness, cider vinegar - maybe some red wine vinegar too, definite mustiness, some pepperiness, no real sweetness comes through, lemony, no maltes or hops, wet hay traces..

T - Very tart fruits (strong lemons, apple, some grapefruits, light sour cherries), very strong lambic sourness, earthy, no real sweetness, some faint marzipan, definite cider vinegar notes, faint hints of vanilla...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry initially with some smoothness just coming through... pretty refreshing but probably couldn't drink more than one in a sitting...

Overall - A excellent kriek... probably not for everyone but definitely worth a try...

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear pinkish color almost like pink lemonade with a fizzy, bubbly, white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled musty and sour. Definite cherry aroma.

T - It tasted of strong sour cherry and some yeast. It kinda had a lemon-like taste too.

M - It was very dry and puckering. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. The mouthfeel was a little odd, too puckering.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pink/purple in color with a light colored head that quickly turns into a ring of foam in my tulip glass.

Smells exactly like it should: Earthy, musty and sour with notes of cherries.

The taste -- surprise! -- is tart, but not extremely so. This isn't as sour as -- say -- Rodenbach Grand Cru (which is of course a different kind of beer). The cherries are quite noticeable and fill out the flavor well.

The body is light and crisp and refreshing.

I can see why Cantillon is so highly rated. This is a great Lambic. At $16 a bottle, though, it's for special occasions.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,392 ratings.
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