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

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another Cantillon lambic I've been dying to try. Cork evacuates the bottle with a nice pop. Bottled in 2003. Pours from the bottle a stunning red with hints of pink...a nice bubbly pink head tops it off. Brilliant ruby when held up to the light. The nose comes with a sour, astringent cherry mixed with a splash of vinegar, a hint of lemon and a healthy dose of barnyard, dirty laundry funkiness that is trademark Cantillon...simply lovely.

First sip is a rush of acidic, mouth puckering sour. Hints of lemon peek through as the vibrant sour cherry tones flow over the palate. The barnyard, earthy, woody, dank funkiness is simply spectacular. A perfect mix of lambic and fruit that creates an incredibly rewarding drinking experience. Amazing.

Small bubbly carbonation couple with a nice light body that flows over the tongue. Each and every taste bud stands up at attention with each sip taking in the sublte complexities that only Cantillon can deliver. I have a feeling that when I finish this bottle I will be left aching for more and looking forward to the next time I can partake in this finely crafted, spontaneously fermented masterpiece. History, art, brewing and nature all in one bottle.

Bottled 18 April 2011..freshest bottle I've had - sampled 09-20-2011

Pours into my glass a deep vibrant cherry red with a fizzy pink head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas are bright with cherries along with an underlying deep sour funk. Lots of oak notes with lemon zest. Musty, earthy and a touch of vinegar. Lovely.

First sip brings bring sour cherry pucker upfront. Acidic funk and oak meld together. The underlying lambic is musty and earthy with lemon zest. Super complex, it finishes dry and extremely tart with lingering cherry notes.

Mouthfeel is light with very spritzy carbonation that explodes across the palate with each sip. Such a great depth of flavor, I love how every time I drink a Cantillon beer it's like a new experience. Wish it was easier to drink this more often!!

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Photo of MJR
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001.

Despite what I'd read, this bottle was not a gusher...I'd hate to waste a single drop of this heavenly nectar...

Appearance: Pours a strange mix of colors: pink, red, orange, and garnet. The head on this one barely even shows up from the outset, and quickly fizzes down to a ring of large bubbles around the edge of my glass. There seems to be a bit of chill haze...

Smell: Here's where it gets interesting! Sharp cherries and assorted berry aromas blend perfectly with the powerful smack from the wild yeasts. Horse blanket, farmhouse, musty, whatever you call it... There are very faint citrus hints as well...maybe lemon. This brew has more complexity in it's nose than many breweries can pack into their whole line! Amazing complex and perfectly integrated.

Taste: Damn! The acidity and sourness assert themselves strongly from the beginning! Not for the faint of heart or those afraid of something new! There's the fruit flavor, but it doesn't come across as sweet; it's more of a sharp note. Then there's the musty character. I notice a bit of a grainy flavor that is clearest and easiest to pick out in the aftertaste. Dry, complex, and never-ending.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with an amazing dryness and crispness due to the spontaneous fermentation sucking out every possible sugar molecule.

Drinkability: If you're the type of drinker who can enjoy this unique type of beer, the drinkability is quite high. The crispness, dry finish, and thin body just beg for another sip.

Painfully traditional and so damn good...I need to get more of this. Hallelujah!

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Photo of zac16125
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio
750mL bottle into a wine glass
Vintage 2014
Poured at Diorama bar, Firenze, Italy

A: Translucent ruby, 1 fingers width of pink tinged foamy head, decent retention, little lacing. 4.25

S: Oaky, sweet, tart. Lots of cherry and dark fruits. Smells like a dream. Incredible balance of sweet and tart. 4.75

T: Like the nose it's an incredible balance of sweet, oak, and tartness. Big sour cherry, wonderful oakiness, sweet fruits. Exceptional. 5

M/D: Medium body, very dry, carbonation heavy but appropriate, wonderful mouthfeel and great drinkability. 4.75

O: Probably my favorite Cantillon to date, which would make it my favorite Gueuze/Lambic to date. World class beer. 5

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Photo of Realale
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001.

Even the color is complex! Sort of a pinkish/orangish/reddish shade. Bit of a head, but it quickly dissipates.

The nose . . . let's see how many characters do I get for a review? Hmmm. I'd better just summarize. Sure there are some sour cherry/strawberry/cranberry notes, but nothing dominates. Substantial brett. components of horse blanket, barnyard, and, to use the French . . . merde. Then there are the acidic citrus notes - lemon, lime, who knows what else. Again, its all completely integrated. Literally mouth-watering. Simply stunning.

In the mouth its all Cantillon. The incredible acidity is primary, but its supposed to be, this is a lambic after all. The fruit notes are there, as well as a hint of wheaty/malty grain, but the grain notes are the understudy's understudy in this production. Everything from the nose is there, plus the faint grainy notes, for just a bit more complexity. There is even a prickle of carbonation to make it more lively on the palate.

The finish is amazingly long, and quite dry. It just goes on and on, and on and on, gently echoing the acidic fruit for what seems like minutes. Quite a ride, and unlike most other things that inhabit the world of beer. A treasure.

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Photo of rastaman
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very interesting to drink, stinky barnyard smell, quite sour and acidic, not too much fruit characteristic but the cherry flavour is there, bone dry aswell, which is how i like my lambics.

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Photo of Jon
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled 2002.

Deep scarlet color with a durable, bubbly pink head. Lacing is evident down the glass. Nose is truly Cantillon with unparalleled mustiness and eye-watering acidity. Cherries are dominant with additional oak and funky cheese aromas. The naive palate would be overwhelmed with what's to come in the flavor department. Tart, incredibly sour cherries accentuated with oak and a remarkable concentration of acidity set this apart from other fruit lambics. The lack of sugar addition make this authentic in the truly traditional sense. This beer's mouthpuckering ability is unsurpassed. Playfully prickly on the tongue, even at room temperature (the preferred serving temperature), with lingering acidity on the finish leaves the palate thirsting for more. Wonderfully refreshing like a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day, this is one remarkable Kriek.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours barely any head and has a beautiful bright red color, it's fairly clear with a little haze to it. Little to no pink head. Cork says bottled in 2005. Smell is tart and sour with some light cherry flavor, pretty mellow smell for a lambic. Taste is sour and mellow, the only thing that gives me an idea that there are cherries would be tartness. Like a really sour cherry. The sour wild yeast is very mellow, but I guess I started out with some big sour lambics and got used to that. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with very little acidity. Overall I think this is pretty drinkable, if I was a well-off Belgian or east coast man I would drink this a lot.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Kriek 100% lambic pours a dark ruby hue, intermingled with burnt orange, topped with a shallow layer of pure white bubbles. The aroma we are treated to is nothing short of enchanting, reminiscent of orange blossom honey, dried flower scents, dark cherry, and lemony yeast. Cantillon once again shows off absolute mastery over sour libations in providing an intricate yet balanced flavor experience. One's first impression is that it is simple due to this supreme balance, but after a more careful focus on detail, along with your expected findings of vinous sweet and sour cherry notes, funky yeast and a little lacto, we also get more subtle pomegranate and citrusy lemon esters, green tea, a little spice and an earthy finish. Despite the tartness, it's doesn't scream simply sour cherry, and the mouthfeel is carbonated, yet very soft as well. A true masterpiece.

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Photo of DCon
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $24.99. Poured from the corked bottle w/ a familiar scene on the front of the bottle into a Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date or bottle date. Bummer! While getting my girlfriend into beer drinking and the whole culture, this was a great beer to get her taste buds going.

appearance: Beer would fizz and then the "head" would disintegrate in seconds. very cool!

smell: smelled very sour and tart from the beginning to end of the beer

taste: Great crisp tastes. Almost like eating a War-Head at the beginning and then a Cherry type of taste at the end

mouthfeel: very sour and tart

drinkability: AWESOME!

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

small bottle, bottled jan 2010. Drinking it to celebrate a special occasion we didn't get to celebrate a few days ago.

appearance -beautiful ruby red color, quite bubbly pink head, leaves generous pink clouds of lace on the glass.

smell - fresh, crisp fruity smell, tiny bit funky..but not nearly as much as I expected

taste -crisp, tart, fresh cherries, not sirupy at all. refreshingly sour and much more cherryish than I expected. again, it's a dry cherry taste, not a sweet cherry taste. long lasting flavor, very pleasant, not as complex as other Cantillon I've had, but I'm used to bottles with much more age on them. You can pick up the wheat a slight bit. Would love to serve this at my wedding, should I get married : ). Would love to serve this with food.

mouthfeel- lots of bubbles dancing on tongue, sourness on the tongue, but smooth and light.

Very good. If only this was available in Southern California..and if only it wasn't so pricey, then I would drink it very often as one of my go-to beers, varying fresh and aged bottles.

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

3 pours from From 750ml bottle back in 2015 at Shelton Brothers Festival. Then again on tap at Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla. consistent and world class!

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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 Beervana
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing lambic. Definitely a good kick of cherry, but it's the underlying oak flavour contributing a hint of sweet spice, something like cinnamon and clove that really separates this beer from other Belgian krieks that I've had.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured deep opaque red. Smelled distinctly of cherries. Initial taste is so sour it causes the lips to pucker. Strong notes of cherries and not much else. A really solid sour, if sours are your thing, definitely not a beer for those who aren't into the style.

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Photo of largadeer
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage shared by alfrantzell for his birthday last month. Thanks, Arne. Trying a fruit lambic this old was a unique experience.

The beer is a murky pinkish-red in the glass. Half a finger's worth of bubbly foam rests atop, which quickly settles to a thin collar. It smells strongly of sweet and tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla; a bit like cherry pie filling, actually. There's also an inkling of musty, funky basement; it's an amazing aroma. Tart cherry consumes the palate, sourness is moderate and both lactic and acetic in character, with undertones of vanilla, minerals and hints of oak. The cherry character is vibrant and outstanding for a 14 year old lambic. Sour lactic finish, musty and faintly woody. Amazing.

Other vintages:

1997: More intense lactic sourness than the '96, but still vibrantly fruity.

2007: Brutally sour and harsh, lacking depth - not one of the more impressive batches of Cantillon Kriek.

2009: All bottles I've had from '09 have been great. Vibrantly fruity with moderate sourness. Almost has a cherry pie filling quality to it.

2010: More lactic sourness than '09, but still a very balanced kriek. Outstanding cherry aroma.

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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 SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited to try new Cantillons. Just one of the few truly unique beers out there. Bottling date: 02/2007. Into the Ommegang goblet.

A - Dark amber body, with light pink body. Attractive.

S - Wonderful funk already. Mulberry and intense cherry notes. Nice.

T - Sharp acidity dominates, light black cherry sweetness is underneath, with a nice subtle angle food cake sweetness. Very satisfying and intense.

M - Fuller than I expected, nice and crisp.

D - Man, if you are going to drink a lambic, you got to do it right. This is the best Kriek I've had, not for everyone for sure, but my favorate.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this on draft at Zwanze Day 2015. Location: Brouwer's Cafe | Seattle, WA. The color is absolutely beautiful when poured, bright cherry color. Nose is present with sour cherry. The finish is the perfect amount of tartness with an absolutely fresh cherry aftertaste. This beer is perfect.

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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 ausonius
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 champs bottle.

Bottled Jan. 2010

Foamy head settles quickly to a thin, light foam. Good carbonation. No real lacing - as with most lambics.

Pretty red/orange/pink color. Medium deep.

Amazing nose . . . Celestial sour red & wild cherry aromas. Huge & fresh. An aromatic cherry fruit cornucopia with heavenly Brett, lactic, bacterial & barrel funk. Creamy/fruity lactic & rose petals.

On the palate: lightly Bretty, funky, creamy & sour.
Acerola, red & wild cherries. Nice lactic quality. extended flavor & finish with intensity of flavor & fruit right through to finish.

An absolute Goddess among beers!

95 Points.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unlike most Krieks where the brewer or blender sweatens the finished product up for consumer's tastes, this one does not. You notice the take no prisoners character of this kriek upon opening the bottle as tart funky cherry aromas flow from the bottle. It pours an energetic hazy cherry red and its champagne like head quickly dissipates. This is a very dry, very tart cherry drink with traces of lemon, oak, over ripe fruit, and a hard to define, bitter finish. Refreshing and lives up to the hype.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling

the cork is popped, and gas comes rushing out of the bottle. the smell of belgian yeast creeps into the air. poured into a wine glass, a small crisp head forms on top of the bold red liquid, and then vanishes. each sip is like a bite of a cherry pie made from scratch -- sour natural cherries, plenty of yeasty funk, and minuscule amounts of spice to keep things balanced.
rugged on the tongue at first, and then expands into a smooth sweet nectar. this is what natural ingredients taste like.

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Photo of Matcpd
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to try this beer in Brooklyn at the highly recommended Spyuten Duyvil. This beer changed my "lambic" life. Previous lambic brewers I have tried are of course Lindemans, Belle-vue, and Boon. I've had the Kriek in each except Boon.

The bottle came corked, of course, typical of this style of Belgian beer. The beer was served in a cantillon glass and radiated a beautiful ruby red color. The picture Micheal Jackson uses in his 'Ultimate Beer' book is exactly accurate. The head settles quickly, but a small one was present the entire duration of my sampling.

One of the most interesting parts of this beer was the smell. I gave this a 5 not because if smelled amazing, in fact it didn't. It smelled, as ridiculous this sounds, similar to the inside of a barn. There was a girl sitting next to me who loved Lindemans, when she smelled it she said it smell like "manure." haha... In any event, it smells very authentic, I wouldn't go as far as manure though. I gave it a 5 because I couldn't stop smelling it - it was such an interestingly unique smell.

Now - for the taste. Well, as the front of the bottle says... "100% Lambic." This beer is an authentic lambic, no saccharin's and other sweeteners added in like in Lindemans. Tastes extremely sour and tarty - to the point where I had to laugh and say "wow!" after the first sip. I wish all lambics tasted like this. The cherry flavor is very evident but for once - a lambic that doesn't taste like a wine cooler! This stuff tastes a lot more like a beer with a hint of "pasture." Its great!

The mouthfeel and drinkility were both excellent. I didn't give them 5's because I'm not sure if it is possible to drink this beer all night - I only had one bottle. I think personally I could, but most people probably couldn't. Overall it was very refreshing and light in the mouth in addition to heavy stabs of sourness and tartiness as it explores all areas of the tongue.


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Photo of muletrane
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. Bottled April 2011.

A: Beautiful dark red color with 2 fingers of bubbly pink head that dissapates quickly but never fully leaves.

S: Very funky with a tart cherry aroma in the background. Very bold all around.

T: Sour cherry throughout with a nice funky yeasty finish. Just a beautifully balanced brew! Nice long lasting tart finish.

M: Soft, bubbly, prickly mouthfeel. High carbonation with a medium body. Very nice!

This my first time trying a Cantillon beer and I'm not disappointed. Just a wonderful well balanced beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Fizzy bright cherry red with 2 fingers of reddish-white head.

S - Sour cherry, funk, bready sweetness. Slightly unexpected nose.

T - Dry sourness up front that is slightly puckering and is accompanied by a big funk presence. A huge fresh and juicy cherry presence takes centre stage and really shines. Magnificent.

M - Medium body; exceptionally dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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