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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Kriek 100% LambicCantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of seanyfo
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: plum ruby red, with no real head, just a crown.

S: musty books, lots of sour fruits,

T: fantastically sour and citric, fruitful!. Lots of cherry flavours, starting out with a nice sweetness, but the refreshing spritzy tartness takes over.

M: spritzy and dry

D: This is my first lambic, didnt expect it to be quite so sour, i could see me enjoying this in the height of summer tho, does become very refreshing as you get used to it, i enjoyed it overall but like i say, i think ill leave this one for the summer months.

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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 chugalug06
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From brew notes taken this past weekend:

A - White head with lots of little bubbles. Brew is cloudy blood red with black and orange hues.

S - Very cherry. Sour. Lots of milky scents too. Slightly burns the nose. Smells a bit like lighter fluid.

T - Tasty. I could drink this one every so often... Very cherry flavor. I can feel the heartburn set in slowly.

M - Dry. Slightly bitter. Tart.

O - Slightly disappointing. Worth finding, but not worth giving up too much for. Good brew in a good trade! Thank you!

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

Pours to a reddish-purple color with a somewhat pink head. The aroma is very different; I don’t get the cherries I was expecting. It is kinda flat smelling with a sort of walnut shell, chemical smell. The flavor is tart and souring, fruity from the souring cherries throughout. It also has a medicinal hay-like flavor as well. It is a medium bodied, tart brew. Not too bad, but one sour bitch.

Sampled 12/31/03

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

I split a bottle with my wife tonight. I poured it into two wine glasses.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, yet extremely bright red in color, with a small, pink head that withered away to basically nothing.

S: Mild cherries with a bit of oak. This was definitely full and decadent!

T: Not the in-your-face sour cherry fare that I was expecting. Sure, the fruit was there, but the oak and the mild vinegar stole the thunder from the fruit a bit (but in a good way). The finish was somewhat dry, with ever the slightest presence of pepper.

M: Not too sweet or sour actually, and the bubbly champagne-like carbonation was very nice.

D: While this was not my favorite Cantillon brew by a long shot, B-level efforts from this fantastic brewery is still better than A-grade stuff from many other breweries.

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

The head vanished incredibly quickly, but man is the color OUTSTANDING! Agorgeous murky raspberry, raw ruby color that I could just stare at if I didnt want to drink this thing so badly. It has even an almost watered down tomato juice color under strong light.

Now the scent... man can you smell the tartness, wow! Nice sour, pre-ripe cherry. Almost a cranberry scent, even... You can actually taste this just from inhaling.

The taste is almost sea salty. Very strongly sour on the tip, slightly mellower in the middle, but somehow you stay puckering the whole time and it becomes sour again. There's also a slight metal in there... somewhere between iron and copper.

I'm amazed I found this at a grocery store.

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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 SteveB24
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-color was a nice ruby, poured a half finger of fizzy head that dissipated immediately, lots of soda-like carbonation within the beer itself.

smell-Tart cherries, hay, unidentifiable, grape-lie sourness.

Taste- very clean upfront, sleigh hint of cherries and plums, followed by lip puckering tartness, slightly earthy in the finish.

Feel-thin, very carbonated, finishes surprisingly dry.

Overall- a nice beer, i liked that the fruitiness was subtle, man this beer is sour. worth trying but would not seek out again.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rose colored beer with edges closer to pink. A very thin white colored head dissipated rapidly. Has is too rich to notice any carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Very dry cherry aroma. Definitely has an aged quality expected in a lambic. Sour is the main theme of this beer. Not much in the way of hidden aromas, but a bit weak.

The taste assaults the mouth with a super hit of sourness. Cherry is clearly noticeable on the tongue through the tartness. As in the smell, uncomplicated but pleasant.

Extremely tingling effect on the tongue comes more from bitterness then from carbonation. Decent viscosity.

A very nice beer in the style. This one is a dessert beer unto itself. Truly not a lambic for the uninitiated. This one is not a beer to try and session, and best enjoyed in a smaller amount shared amongst friends.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a pale red with a small head that leaves very little residual lacing.

S. Musty barnyard smells including hay, grass, and leather as well as a tart/sour smell.

T. Starts out fairly unpleasant (like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth). After some time for the beer to open up and for my taste buds to adjust to the tartness, rather pleasing. It's like they took a saison and added a tart (mildly cherry) flavor to it.

M. Minimal carbonation and fairly thin, but somehow still pleasant (I tend to prefer low carbonation with a big body, but the mouthfeel for this was spot on for the style.)

D. My wife and I drank a bottle of this together; I wouldn't really want much more than a half bottle of this at a time.

Overall an enjoyable beer, but not a style I particularly appreciate. That said, this was a definite improvement to the Vigneronne that was much too sour for my taste.

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Photo of fear025
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Aroma:Smells like sour cherries, and unlit cigar tobacco.

Appearance:Ruby Red. Very little head. Poor lacing.

Taste:Oh my god, this is sour! It has huge mouth puckering tart and sour cherry flavors. I don't really get many subtle flavors out of this one, it's not a subtle beer.

Mouthfeel:This beer is smooth, and a little bit acidic on the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This beer is a great sour beer. It's just tart and sour and cherries, with no off flavors.

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Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007 bottle, saved this bottle for review #50! Pours a beautiful red-pink with some fizzy head that lasts for about a second and recededs to a glass that looks more like wine than anything, carbonation rising on the sides of the glass looks great. Smells of funk, sourness, funk, sour fruits and more funk and sour fruits, seems like the typical kriek lambic smell, definitely suitable. The funk seems to die down after a bit and the fruits really shine through. Taste is HUGE sourness followed by a lot of sour fruit, the palate is overwhelmed by this, lemony sourness all the way here. Mouthfeel is thin, some carbonation, more like a wine and a sour tongue feeling dominating the mouth, very harsh but still follows the style. Drinkability is a bit low here because the sourness will definitely start to overwhelm and the palate will become fatigued.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color red cherry nose and blood, even if it is not really pronounced, which is discernible flavors and acid woodland. In the mouth it is sour and acid without being in abundance, as are the Cantillon. It feels as cherries with pits, but also hints of fermentation. The finish displays a woody dryness, without being in abundance, which emphasizes the presence of cherries. This lambic, without using an abundance of cherry taste or acidity of the drink remains extremely refreshing.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pink red beer with next to no head, pretty par for the course though. the cork didn't pop when i pulled it out.
tart and funky smelling. with barnyard and hay aromas mingled with both unripe and ripe floral cherries. at times an almost tomato-y acidic aroma.
this is a murderously sour beer. the first sip is incredibly puckering, i'm sure i made a face. in a couple sips you become accustomed, and it become quite good, bombarding you with sour cherries, cranberries, and actually hints of watermelon at the finish as the other flavors trail off. tastes of spice now and again, especially at lower temperatures. not super complex, but tasty.
the carbonation level is near flat with only the slightest tingling to let you know it's carbonated. medium bodied.
a good tasting beer, but drinkability takes a little bit of a hit because of it's sourness, and slight lack of complexity may not keep you interested. certainly a good beer though, and something i'd buy again.

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

The beer was poured into champagne flutes.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear pink to light red coloration. The beer is pretty much flat for carbonation. Very thin whisp of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very acidic cherry vinegar smell on intial smelling. Further smelling of the beer reveals a pleasant wheaty, asparagus funky pleasing yeasty smell. The smell alone was enough to convince my buddy not to even try the beer. More for me ha ha ha.

Taste: The beer most definately has a very slap you in the mouth acidic tart cherry punch. The beer then goes into a very funky wild yeast spin. The beer is definately a complex mother and is not for every beer drinker.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Inspite of all the acidic tartness the beer still manages to be very drinkable and refreshing. The beer has a very flat light bodied consistancy.

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

750 ml bottle, brought back to me from Brussels by a buddy. Thanks Matty!

A - 2006. A bunch of funky shit under the cap. I'm worried. It looks moldy. Whatever, let's see. Popped the cork, beer itself looks fine, underside of cork looks fine. Wiped the top of the bottle. Pours into the St. Feuillien globe a nice raspberry/fiery ruby red with a scant pink head. Not much carbonation observed.

S - Cheesy, funky, horseblankety goodness. Nothing particularly standout, as it smells like a Cantillon should, but however nothing is off. Feet. This is about as "funky" a beer can smell. The more it warms, the easier it is to actually dissect the cherries/funky bacteria.

T - Ultra sour, ultra puckering. The more your tastebuds get used to it, the more you're able to pick out underlying sour cherries and heavy yeast notes. No sweetness, just incredibly tart all around. Love the aftertaste on my lips and on the back of my tongue the most.

M - Attenuation is good, carbonation is lacking. While there, it hardly plays a role, when it seems like it could do nothing but help this beer out. My only real complaint with the beer is with the mouthfeel... but it's a solid complaint.

D - It's good, and I'll get through the bottle, albeit a bit slower than usual.

Notes: My first "good" Cantillon proved to be good. I still don't get the point of cork + crown. Every bottle I've opened from them has been seemingly tainted by the process. Whatever.

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

Had a small bottle of the 2006 vintage this past weekend. Poured it into my Cantillon tulip glass I purchased at the brewery when I visited in spring 2007. Pours a pinkish red color with little-to-no carbonation. The taste was prickly to the point of being very sour. I don't remember this kriek being so powerful on the taste buds. But that's what I like about Cantillon: lambics that taste how they should. Instead of sweet, this taste tells you that you are drinking a lambic. I would not recommend this to the first time taster, but for a lambic lover, Cantillon makes the best on the market.

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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 atremains
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this courtesy of Cbutova as his 50th review. Drank it mildly chilled and let it breathe for 30 minutes. Pours a very carbonated fizzy pinkish red with a 1 finger head that dissipates instantaneously. The lower half of the flute glass is clad in carbonated bubbles. Smell is very funky, tart sourness and just straight up funk. Big sour citrus taste, cherries; not for the weak at heart. Nice spiky carbonated mouthfeel. I'm not such a big fan of this much sour in one sitting but it is a nice refresher every once in a while.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a beautiful almost clear red with a short pink head. The aroma had a subtle musk with a tart cherry note that also permeated the flavor. This beer tastes like a mellow-flavored, though no less tangy, lambic with a drop of tart cherry juice in every sip. The farmhouse elements are more subdued than usual and frankly I dont think this beer is as rich and tasty as a straight up oude geuze. But I will say, this is a gorgeous looking beer.

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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 Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago. Perfect size for two and $7.99 I believe. Bottled in 2006.

Pours a very murky red, cranberry/raspberry juice coloured, fizzy pink head forms, disappears very fast, leaves a few lace spots. Smell is very intense, sharp sour note, very vinegary, intense acidity, nice cherry, oaky, more insane fruity acidity, you can smell this acidity! Taste smacks me good, insane sourness, I thought I had sour beers before this. Oaky cherry, almost saltiness, I find a bit weak on the finish, very acidic, attacks the tongue. Insane. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation, very harsh, very enjoyable, neat experience. Good thing I have a few more Cantillons kicking around!

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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