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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle bought at Sams in Chicago. I learned something from this beer, that only about 1/10 people are able to drink this type of beer, and drinking a 750 yourself is not easy. Pours a clear cherry red color with no head. The aroma is pure sourness. The taste was very acidic, almost a burning mouthfeel. After a while the cherries come through quite nice, some dryness in the finish. A very sour beer.

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Photo of jim102864
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only the occassional dabbler into lambics, I found myself in the spirit of experimentation, so I grabbed the Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic and kicked its tires.

Popped the 750 ml wrapped, capped and corked bottle and poured a few fingers into my Duvel tulip. A tight patch of bubbles hugged the glass and a thin layer of head appeared.

The nose was slighty musty with cherries and cream prevelent.

Very sour, puckering taste. Musty and bitter from fermented cherries. Yowza.

The mouthfeel was equally sour and bitter in the finish. The sides of my tongue were attacked with very sweet tartiness, like the candy. Once again, yowza.

Clearly an acquired taste. Not a personal favorite style. Not a brew to introduce the consumer to the style either. See Monk's Flemish Sour Red ale (I know, not a lambic, but sour nonetheless). I may revisit this once my pallette comes to appreciate the style more.

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Photo of iasanlee
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a cloudy raspberry red. Very small millimeter of white head, but no head retention of any sort.

Dominating acidic sour nose with a solid cherry notes. Funked out barnyard, and the mildest hints of wheat.

Sour acid bites the tongue. Super tart Cherry notes accompanied by more funk. Pediococcus gone ‏wild, and no diacetyl:) Finish is dry and tart. Light body with virtually no carbonation.

This beer is the shizit. The complexity of the critters are world class, and of the quality I have found from VERY few breweries. God bless Cantillon.

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Photo of peabody
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So we pour this one out and it's reddish tan with very little carbonation. What white suds are there initially, quickly dissapear.
So we read the instructions about leaving it set at room temperature for 1/2 hour and we do.
Smell is alum and lemon zest along with a dark cherry aroma.
Taste is sour apples and a grape juice mixed with some Sourtart candy. It is much better after it sets out for a while. Recommended!
Mouthfeel is just a tad watery dirty but finishes very clean.
High drinkability for sure! Good stuff. Cantillon can do nothing wrong.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.12/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as good as the gueuze, but still quite a nice beer. Beautiful appearance. A little more tart than I would have preferred, but not bad.

This beer poured ruby red and opaque, with head of tiny white bubbles contrasting the red body...gorgeous. Aroma was gueuze-like with some barnyard funk. Flavor was just slightly sweet, very tart, but not as fruity as I expected. Mouthfeel was clean but not crisp...lingers in the mouth and throat.

Pretty good, but not as good as the Cantillon Gueuze. I had this at the Cantillon brewery in Anderlecht, in the Brussels suburbs.

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Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce cork and capped bottle - Bottled in 2008, according to cork. As per directions on the label, it was allowed to "breathe" for just over a half hour before decanting. Decanted slowly into a Belgian tumbler, with any yeast sediment left in bottle (also as per the directions.)

Pours red with a pink head that fizzles to a small, slowly vanishing, patch.

The smell is of fresh cherries - very tart - with a barnyardy horse-blanket funkiness.

The taste is of sour cherries - strong tart - with some vanilla sweetness. The cherries taste very "real". A funky character adds to the complexities. Finishes dry with a long finish.

Light-bodied, but not thin - towards effervescent.

The cherries stand out without overshadowing other complexities. Powerful, yet drinkable, stuff regarding aroma and flavor. Very tart in an enjoyable (though puckering) way.

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

Bottle-pours a realtively clear chierry red with no head or lacing. perhaps bottle has gone flat? Nose- vinegar, lemon, leather and faint whiff of cherries. Taste- quite acidic,, horse blanket and sour cherry. Earthy, woody, yet juicy and mouth puckering. Very refreshing and drinkable as all hell.

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

Nice red color (as with most krieks...). The head is quite small though, and it's dying.

The smell is very... lambic-like. Lot's of acidity-like aromas in there. Some sour cherries. Smells like you now this is gonna be something extra ordinary in the world of lambic!

The taste is extremely amazing. It's so tart, sour, acid... whatever you like. Lot's of sour cherries in there, very complex with notes of bitter cherry stones. The end is very dry. Fantastic.

The best kriek I've tried!

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright cherry color with a somewhat lacking head. The has sour cherries, musky oak and barnyard funk. Very traditional flavor. A tart, funky lambic blended with faint and delicate cherries. Super complex and not overly sweet. The crisp body has a nice dry finish. Truly a masterpiece from cantillon.

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

(from notes taken early august 2008)

dated 26 aug. cork labelled 2007.

poured into tulip

color of cranberry juice. only slight haze. minimal, bubbly head, yet it then manages to form a thin but solid ring of foam. lacing doesn't stick to the glass for long, even though it looks great immediately after each sip.

aroma of cider vinegar and fresh cranberries. hint of sour cherry. slight farmhouse funk and fermentation. woody note.

tart flavor of red wine vinegar, with very mild barn funk, then wood aging makes itself known. sour cherries are detectable, but faint. very gentle bitterness, plus hay/grass notes (hops?). tart, semi-dry finish.

decently smooth, not thin. some acidic and tannic texture. mild carbonation for a bit of complexity.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've done the more mass-market kriek and other lambics, as well as a gueze, but this is the first of its kind I've experienced. <Edit: First sample:> I Popped the cap and saw that cork may have drawn in with slight leakage...of course very disappointed, but let's see what happens.

<Edit: Original review 2/5(?)/2008; Re-review 9/2008, no such cap issue here - will only edit changes from original notes>

Rose-colored with very little carbonation on top and in body. Has a flat cherry 7-up look to it. Color is pretty much what's expected.

This stuff is &*(%ing PUNGENT(told y'all I'm a newbie with this)! Can't place the funk - moldy cheese? Weird but it seems like it's there for a reason from looking at other posts on the Cantillon line-up. Essence of cherries and citric acidity present. Know I'm in for something verrry different. <Edit: Interesting horse-blanket tone blends with bright sour cherries and yeast to make it a very clean funk>

Tart tart tart-voluminous acidity with almost nonexistent sweetness. Cherry flavor rounds out as it warms in Ommegang chalice. <Edit: Very clean - the sourness of the cherries and brett mixes nicely with the woody, horse-blanket tones to balance out into an enjoyable sipper.>

Interesting mouthfeel-this one is a pucker. Not used to this but I can definitely appreciate the craft. <Edit:> The sourness and yeast electricity really do a full trot with the horse blanket on the palate. This ain't no mudder (muddah?).

More drinkable than a mass-market Gueze. Must try again. <Edit:> I haven't had many of these but to me it's a very solid example of the true lambic. Slowly over time I've gotten a great appreication for the "funk."

PS Nice blend on Valentine's Day with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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

Attractive red-tinted brown color, with a foamy, almost pink head that settles really fast. Lacing is spotty but prolific. Very attractive lambic.

The nose is a little weak in power, basically I am getting an earthy, almost musty aroma and almost nothing else besides a hint of the sourness I know is coming.

Hugely vinegary-forward, tons of acidity and puckering bitterness. The cherries are pushed way to the back and the tartness is the first and almost only thing you meet.

The mouthfeel is thin, but the carbonation is so good that it actually prevents the sourness from lingering too long and spoiling a good thing.

The finish is still quite sour and puckering, but as mentioned it's very clean. This is a well-attenuated and very interesting kriek, and while the boldness and the price definitely put it out of everyday drinking range, it's always a nice little present to yourself.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark pink beer with a pink tinged inch of fluffy white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Musty, earthy & sour notes on top of a definate cherry aroma.
T - Tart cherry sourness with some musty, earthy notes.
M - Mouth puckering tartness, fairly light bodied with a pretty high carbonation.
D - These traditional lambics are indeed in a beer world of their own. Not something I'd drink regularly but it is a very interesting beer and well worth a try.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says bottled Feb 07 on bottle.

A - Blood orange red with a thin champagne like bubbly head that disappears quickly.

S - Wet, musty, earthy oak, wonderful cherry, tart with a hint of rspberry and some acetic acid. Very bold aroma that you can smell from a few feet away.

T - Very sharp acidity and tartness that are puckering but mellow slightly as the taste buds adjust. The slightest hint of sweetness peeks through before a long lasting sour cherry finish.

M - Light bodied with lively, sparkling carbonation and a dry tart lingering finish.

D - On the stronger tart, acedic acid side but very good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

My first sample from this brewery...

It pours from the capped and corked(2007) 12oz bottle a cloudy light red colour with a small head of foam that breaks up quickly to just some spotting with some lacing/

The smell is super sour at first..nothing else hits my nose but after a few more whiffs, I can smell some cherry presence. Good nose for me, yeah.

The taste starts off the same as the smell..sour to the nth degree, especially up front. More sips in and the cherries, be they black or be they red, add a bit of sweetness to take a small bite out of the tartness, and there's a underling earthiness dealty out by the malt and that works well for my palate. Very well. Towards the finish is where I mostly notice the fruit; not over powering like the Kriek from Lindemans, which I consider more of a fruit beer, but defintely there and adding kust the right flavour to keep this Lambic more true to style.

I think it's still light bodied but very close to medium, the carbonation is lightly but rightly done, and, being a fan of brews that travel into the land of sour, drinkability for me is in the upper stratosphere. This is one tasty and fabulous brew! Thanks again, Joe!!

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

2008 Vintage drunk in 2008.

Glorious colour of orange red with some brick orange around the edges. No head and very low carbonation. Looks like wine.

Amazing nose that screams old oak barrels. Some real strong nutty notes (possible sulfides) are quickly over run by beautiful cherry and raspberry aromas. Then the funk arrives. Not over the top - more earthy funkiness than overtly strong Brett - kind of subdued. Maybe a touch antiseptic with air/warmth. SO much like a Burgundy it is not funny.

Some delicious sour cherry fruit dominates the palate, with some hints of other red fruits. The cherry really picks up with air/warmth and helps level out the very strong acidity. Some sweetness on the mid palate which gives this a real cherry candy feel. Drying tannins. Cantillon class as always.

As with the other Cantillons I have tried, this will not be everyones cup of tea. But I dig it...so complex.

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Photo of YankChef
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled in 2006 poured into ommegang glass after allowing to breathe

Appearance: No head whatsoever and a ruby cranberry juice like color, no signs of carbonation

Smell: FUnky cheese, warm brie rind, mushroom, vegetal, and o yea a little raspberry and cherry,cherry.

Taste: Really hits the back of the palate, some of that funky aroma carries over to the flavor as well with some bitter cheese rind and this beer is SOUR, the flavor is intense as about anything ive had and just puckering sour. awesome. The finish is surprisingly juicy and fruity with sweetness and the cherry really shines at this point on the finish and lingers and lingers.

Overall: Cantillon is what it is, they make the best lambic beers in the world. Period. This is one of the best fruit beers that are in the world that will redefine you definition of fruit beer if you have not had it. Just outstanding

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Photo of BlackHaddock
1.3/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only beer I've never finished in my long yet illustrious life! Never before have I wasted and poured a beer down the drain!

75cl Green cork and crowned bottle. Bottled 30 Aug 2007, poured down my sink 7 Aug 2008.

Opened for friends during a Belgian beer evening. Nearly lost a couple of friends that night.

This is one nasty, sour puss of a Lambic. Some modern more commercial Lambics are very sweet (to try and get the youngsters interested), this is at the other end of the scale, in fact it is off the scale completely for sourness.

I have visited the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels and I have tried to like/embrace this style of brewing, but I can see why it is struggles in the modern world.

Try it by all means, but please don't claim it is a wonderful drink.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger of foamy pink head that steadily reduced . Colour is a deep, barely transparent red.

Smell - 3.5
The first smell is a musty cork aroma (please don't be tainted!) that may actually be the oak barrels that the beer is brewed in. Some fresh cherry (particularly skin), slightly herbal.

Taste - 3.5
Wow, this tastes like sour warheads! I was told of the mouth-puckering sourness before, but this has just blown me away. Wow! There is a distinct damp woody flavour, muted cherry flavour, a little vinegar and the sweetness overpowered by the sourness. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Puckering sourness dicatates here, a low level of fine carbonation. Moderately weighted, leaves the mouth feeling a little sticky.

Drinkability - 2.5
Low. True to the style, somewhat refreshing, but I think most would struggle with this, as I did.

OVERALL - 3.65
Perhaps this is a good example of a traditionally brewed lambic, but it is just too much for me. Very expensive also, but it was worth the try. Shoot me for saying it, but I think I prefer Belle Vue Kriek!

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

Hazy light ruby red with cute pink head.

Nose displays aromas of cherry marshmallows and candybar wrapper.

Palate hits you with a whopper of lambic sourness that delights or makes you want to dump it out, depending on preference for the style. Once you're past the Biblical sourness, the cherry is more obvious, and the creamy mouthfeel is appreciated together with the carbonation.

An amazing lambic, and a must try for Kriek lovers.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Both a 2005 & 2006 vintage were tasted, poured into a Lindemann's flute.

Pours red, clear, light carbonation and a nice pink head.

Aroma of tart cherries.

Taste was very tart cherries, farmhouse, sour, some musty taste.

Mouthfeel was flat and lightly cleansing.

Overall, not good. I would definitely drink this fresh as the 2-3 years of aging didn't help this beer [actually, I'm pretty sure it hurt it a lot].

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

12.7oz bottle I drank at Max's last night. 9$ (!!)

A: Cherry red/pink with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S: Tart cherries to start things off but immediately taken over by a massive amount of funk, vinegar and leather. This is also one of the mustiest beers I've smelt. Compelling, heavenly stuff

T: Start off sour, vinegary and funky and quickly acquires a tart, cherry characteristic. The finish is puckeringly tart and great

M: The carbonation is great and the acidity feels right. The finish is dry but it has something I can't quite put my finger on that doesn't quite do it for me. Still good, though

D: Drinkable stuff, made for a great night of drinking!

**Edit 21 Nov 2014**

Bottled 2001. Thanks, Peter.

The nose is super sour, sharp, acidic with sharp lactic and lemony acidity with a dusty, musty, cherry skin character, quite nice. The palate opens very sour with an intense but clean lactic sourness, some lemon and sour cherry character. It's surprising how much fruit character persists after 14 years in a bottle. The cherry skin character is noticeable with a mild leathery note. Light in body, moderately tannic and lightly carbonated, this is solid stuff. 4/4/4.25

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Photo of Lukie
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a crimson red, which glints in the light. Some slight bubbles of gas explode out of the top of the liquid and create a slight trace around the edges. A head... no. Not at all. Boy the colour is amazing though.

Very tart aroma. The cherry is very minimal. Only hints of sour cherry. Otherwise it smells like a dull Guezue.

Very sour and tart, with sour cherrys to finish in the back of the palate. Very much like drinking a champagne more then anything.

Not what I was expecting. I thought this would be a touch sweeter, and the cherry flavours more predominant, but it's like a dumb down guezue. Mild body, with really sour puckering flavours. Quite drinkable and refreshing, and very nice for some different to the norm.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage
750ml bottle

Another old vintage Cantillon I was fortunate enough to taste at a small beer gathering. Pours a hazy reddish color. The aroma is oak and cherries with a bit of sour funk. Very pleasant aroma for sure! The taste is sour with oak and cherries with a dry finish. Another great lambic from Cantillon, those guys who brew this stuff definitely know what they are doing, it is definitely an art form.

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

A: Strawberry Kool-Aid red, with a fizzy pink head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy. No visible carbonation.

S: Pungent tart cherry smell, with lots of funkiness (kind of tuna-y, lol). Hints of sweeter fruits like raspberry, but mostly a strong, sour cherry smell.

T: Holy crap, sour. Really, really sour - reminiscent of those Warheads candies of my adolescence. After getting my palate (sort of) adapted to dealing with this level of sourness in a beer, I'm able to pick up a pretty strong salty overtone, as well as the actual tangy cherry taste, which leaves a sweet aftertaste. This is pretty overwhelming on first sip, though. The more I drink, the more I like it, but this being my first Cantillon, it's taking some getting used to.

M: Good, especially for a lambic. Nice and refreshing, with a prickle of carbonation as it goes down. Definitely none of the cloying sweetness some other lambics have.

D: Now that I'm used to it, I could drink this all day. It's definitely serving me well as a pre-class beer this summer afternoon.

I'm looking forward to trying some other Cantillon offerings. It's definitely a unique taste that I think probably requires some further experience to be really appreciated.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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