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
Ratings:
2,416
Reviews:
722
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage into Cantillon taster stem. About as fresh as you can get.

Pours kriekishly blood pink with a cocky two finger head that rises vigorously and settles just as aggressively leaving a white out pink froth layer. Can never complain much about the appearance of authentic belgian krieks.

Aroma is heavy Cantillon musk at the forefront followed immediately by earthy cherry pit and juicy cherry flesh. Kind of surprising given its youth, usually they are all cherry when they're young. This here has that signature Cantillon house character almost as dominant as the cherries. Musty old basement and barn floor come out as the funk forerunners followed by honeysuckle leaves.

Taste displays the cherry profile with more intensity. Sweet cherry juice shows up immediately but only for a faint second as a more sour and tannic character of the fruit takes hold and never leaves. The funk of the nose is toned down to a mere musk which also stays till the end.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a good 70 percent to the max. Slightly sweet from the fruit but most certainly drying and tannic finish on the tongue.

Overall an awesome Kriek in its balance of flavors and overall drinkability. Sometimes too much cherry knocks the drinkability of krieks for me. But this mixes in the lambic flavors quite nicely. Out of the more standard and available krieks I'd put this behind 3F Oude Kriek and Mariage Parfait Kriek. But that's saying a lot as those beers are phenomenal.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have no idea if the ratings will reflect this or not, but while i was drinking this, i kept thinking its as good as the lou pepe edition. does it need twice the fruit or another year? i dont think so at all. this is a candy apple red pour, maybe a touch pinker, but really blood stained red, clear though, and with about a half inch of just tainted pink white head. it smells like candied cherries, not really fresh fruit, but not due to artificial sugar or anything, it think its more a product of the lambic base, which is tart as hell, a lot like the classic gueuze really, farmy and funked to high heaven, with a subtle barrel profile. good acidity on the palate, not overdone in the slightest, with the cherry getting more and more intense as the beer warms. wishing for nothing, i find this supremely delicious, and while it may not be as complex or as natural cherry flavored as the lou pepe version, i find it cleaner, equally tasty, and a little more blonde sour basey than its big brother. carbonation is on point, uncommon is real lambic, and frankly just freaking awesome. i find myself drinking it way too fast, but thats just the sign of killer beer. not the best ive had from cantillon, but on par in terms of quality with any of them.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,416 ratings.
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