Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
BA SCORE
4.36/5
2,429 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#329
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,429
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Photo of natasharai
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Wayne17
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a beer goes too sour and the fruit can can difficult to really identify and appreciate. And sometimes the fruit comes through but the sour is downplayed and it doesn't mesh. This beer doesn't have either problem. Just the perfect tart cherry flavor that just couldn't be any better.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ebru
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pjs234
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The beer was a murky red color with white bubbles.

Smell - The sour notes were downright pungent but you really get cherries.

Taste - There was a very tart and vinegary cherry presence. The cherry seems to become richer within the taste. As it wears on, it almost seems like cherry pie filling. The tartness is rich and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - One might not expect this style to be so thick. Yet it coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Herky21
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once you allow it to acclimate to room temp. Pour slowly... The overt tartness is not there. I was expecting something I'd cringe at. Instead I found myself drinking each glass. Each sip. Embracing the new experience. Truly a humbling opportunity.

The light to medium body is a light tart stranglehold on your tongue. Yet, it feels as if one opened up it gives a nice drinkablity. Mild aroma with a sweet cherry fruit scent. Almost gives the idea of wanting to cook with lamb and brussle sprouts.

Very enjoyable. The year I had was a 2015. Hope to have again.

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Photo of jtirpak22
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thecheapies
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says '12 FL. OZ', but looks like a 375 ml to me. Bottle date says 01/12/10, but the cork says 2009. One for now, one for later (much, much later).

Pours a deep hazed red with orange/brown highlights into my tulip (I got the second half of the pour with a bit of the yeast that I tried to decant). Lovely two-fingered head receded to a 'stick-around' crown. Looks royally elegant.

Tart cherries, wet hay, horse blanket, sour citrus, lemon twang, good bit of Bretty funk. Clean and vigorous.

Big sour bite comes loaded with unripened cherries and fruit skins. The funk is tangy with a grassy rustic tone. Picking up some fresh pomegranate berry, plantains, lemon rind, slight metallic character that is not off-putting, vinaigrette, and blades of fresh grass. Big sour finish with an appropriate level of bitterness. Very dry and puckering.

Fizzy, medium-bodied, high-carb. Wet and easy. Wonderfully crafted.

You gotta try it with some of the yeast in the pour. A satiable beer that was better than the cleaner pour I got at Monk's Cafe in Philly. A high-end sour. Would love to try the Lou Pepe. So happy to have had this again.

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Revisited during a kriek tasting I put on with my girlfriend; 12/30/12.

Cantillon Kriek. Bottled January 12, 2010.

Pours a dark rose color with some off-white foam that fizzed up to maybe a quarter-inch before reducing to a ring of tesselating bubbles. Clarity is very nice. Very slight haze.

Tart and bright cherries, acetic acid, bretty funk, tints of lemon and straw, unripe raspberry, and white wine vinous qualities. Exceptional.

So bright and sour and acetic. These were very young cherries when picked, but there's loads of light fruitiness and tangy tartness that pairs well with a pungent barnyard funk and the bittering piquance of the oak barrel itself. Sourness is a cross between lemon rind and white vinegar. Has that woody Chardonnay bite that is near-perfect. Such a lively beer. Extraordinarily complex for a kriek.

Medium-light body with some great-feeling sourness. Carbonation has good life to it. The feel is lovingly friendly to the flavors absorbed by the palate.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled April 2010

A- Pours a beautiful garnet/grapefruit body with a light pink head that fizzles quickly. Lively carbonation (cork shot out and nailed my chandelier).

S- Extremely complex. Right off the bat, picking up some tart, acidic, sour cherry. Followed by the perfect about of funk/earthiness. Swirls reveal sweeter cherry notes and oak. Also picking up some red wine/tannin.

T- Starts sweet, cherry and lemon zest upfront. Transitions to a more acidic, dry funky cherry taste. Finishes with just the perfect level of tart/sour on the tongue.

M- Again, active carbonation, but not too overbearing. Works with the tartness of the cherries, not against it. Not nearly too sweet, which is a common shortcoming of many beers similar to Cantillon Kriek. The dry body and finish is superb.

D- At 5% abv this beer is extremely sessionable. Quite refreshing too, would be great on a warm summer day. Paired great with mussels in white wine/garlic and oil.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vibrant ruby red with a soft pink blanket.

Fresh cherries all over the nose, with peppercorn and a little funky drainage pipe full of rotting leaves.

Taste is cinnamon and tons of fresh cherries. I even get a little rounding pie crust that cuts the tart and sweet elements. Whoa--Jester King really hit a very similar profile to this...I guess they should be very flattered by that since Cantillon is a huge inspiration for them.

This has a warming, almost thick feel--warming as in comforting and soothing, not hot like booze. It smooths the sourness keeping this in a safely tart territory.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mr-jj
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to snaotheus for bringing this bottle back in his luggage from Belgium! Poured into a goblet from a corked and capped .375.

Color is hazy ruby with a thick pink champagne-like head that dissipates fairly quickly. A very beautiful beer in the glass. Smell is funk, tart cherry, and oak. Taste is very tart, almost puckering at first. Cherry flavors and oak flavors combine to give this a really great balance. Body is fairly light with a lot of carbonation. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle, dated 14 February 2011 (makes me realized I should have saved this one for Valentine's Day).

A: A cranberry red with a thick, pinkish head that mostly dissolved after a minute or so.
S: The sour cherries stand out the most, followed by some cinnamon, wood, and that trademark Lambic smell.
T: Sour cherries again (emphasis on sour), but with a reserved mix of sweetness and tart on the finish.
M: Very bubbly and medium-bodied.
O: Greatness in a bottle. Love the balance of this beer — a must-try for sour fans.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Cantillon beer EVER! Pours a Beautiful red with a nice pink head. Once this beer was corked, I got SO MUCH cherry scent. I love cherries, and I got a TON! When the beer was held up to my nose, I still got a lot of sweetness followed by tons of funk and sour notes. The taste is surprisingly sour cherry (the cherry is so obvious). Followed by amazing sour flavors. The mouthfeel remains tart and crisp with amazing drinkability.

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Photo of NCCIndy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool little pink head pour, thin head. Delicious sour cherry aroma, real fruit in the nose, not fruit juice w/ sugar added. Smell the funk (good funk).

Taste, quite sour, just like I like 'em. Cherry flavor is not thick, nice and spritzy with the sour. Slightly sweet. Not balanced, in a good way. Bitter and acidity might be a problem for the less learned palate, or simply if you're just not into this kind of flavor smacking sour. You get a bit of everything here, good barrel tinge, great sour, great fruit, even with time on it, still tastes fresh, not one dimensional at all.

Mouthfeel, the slightest wood nuance is noticeable. Very dry finish to this. Sour cherry flavor is the best cherry flavor most often.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rion
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,429 ratings
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