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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
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
2,357
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
663
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595
For Trade:
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Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumption took place at La Fine Mousse in Paris, France. Very solid Kriek from Cantillon - red like the blood from a reindeer. Great balance of tart cherries and funk with perfect carbonation. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 JPNesker
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Huge sour fan -- belle vue and mort subite sweetened Krieks were my gateway drugs.

This year alone I have been lucky enough to get my mitts on some Cascade Kriek 2015 and Boon oud Kriek and they were flat out amazing. Also, my local beer church, indie ale house, does some world class sours that helps lessen the sting of stupid LCBO stocking like six bottles of anything good across the whole of Ontario.

But I digress-- onto this bad boy. I have dreamed of trying this for eons -- So when the opportunity arose I did back flips.

Wasn't disappointed.

Pretty much perfect -- EXCEPT -- a bit over carbonated and it must be said -- the boon oud Kriek, with its stone fruit taste component, might be a hair better.

Tart, just enough Brett funk, a big ol blast of lacto acidity (which I lurve). And a balanced cherry attack. Fantastic.

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Photo of eifster82
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At Cantillon Brewery from bottle.

Raspberry red, very light hazy in appearance with a sizable foam head upon pour, which dissipates quickly. Smell is of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and other red fruits with a bit of oak. Taste follows the nose, but even through it's sour and fruity, it is not overly sweet (which is what a Cantillon employee told us is one of their goals). Light carbonation and easy to drink. I would definitely get this again and enjoy on a nice summer day.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent plum. It almost looks like cherry NyQuil. Light pink head that dissipates quickly. Not as much as aroma as the 3F Oude Kriek. Tastes like some red pepper and pickled red onion. Some super sharp parmesan and moderate acidity. A little nail polish too. Not my favorite kriek by any measure.

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Photo of kitch
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml corked and caged bottle bottled on 18th June 2015 (just over a year old) and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy dark ruby red colour with a two finger dark pinkish-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and tart cherry with touches of strawberry. Lots of oak woodiness and only a hint of barnyard funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, lemon, oak and just a touch of funk.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful, so refreshing and well balanced. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: A beautiful soft ruby color with a pink hue head that dissipates quickly, small bubbles, no lacing
S: A sour, spritzy, freshly squeezed cherries, a touch of orange, farmhouse yeast, hay funky smell
T: A complex and robust tart taste, a funky blend of fruit that meets a farmhouse ale, I get hints of a slightly toasted or smoked flavor of cherry rather than sour fresh cherries, takes you back to a different time of brewing
F: Medium to high carbonation that flows and swirls around your mouth nicely,
O: An interesting beer that is not for everyone, Very glad to say I tried it but not sure its quite my style, I can appreciate it but finding a reverence and awe for it might take some time. Nevertheless a solid beer that is definitely worth a try

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Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head crests near two fingers of pink white foam, for as swiftly as it goes up, it goes down, although it does leave a respectable surface dusting, the lacing is like a breaking wave, a solid sheet crushed into disintegration. The liquid is rose petal to watermelon pink in color, there is a vast swirl of superfine bubbles inside, holds light warmly. There’s a broad flatness to the nose, like an open handed smack, sour lemons and cherries, taut underlying minerality, the yeastiness is tight and focused, great overall economy of effort. Medium-bodied, pleasingly deep initial foaminess helps prime the mouth for both the sourness and the sweetness of the cherry fruit. Which itself is the usual center of attention without ever seeming so. Vinous bite, yeast, mineral water, lemon, cedar, tea leaf, nothing that distinct leaps out at you in support of the cherries yet at the same time it does not feel like a one trick pony. Pushes hard to accelerate across the finish line. Bottled February 26, 2016.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in March 2012.

L- Medium hazy, ruby red, three finger pink head that died quickly to nothing.

S- Lots of funk with a slight blue cheese, a dry cherry, a medium tart aroma. The cap had some gunk on it that smelled like balsamic vinegar.

T- Medium sour, dry cherry, lots of funk but not overpowering like many American sours are, has a medical bitterness on the finish.

F- Moderately carbonated which adds some fullness to the lighter alcohol beer.

O- Very excited to try my first Cantillon and I have to say that this is maybe the best balanced and crafted sour I've had. It seems a bit difficult to get those funky notes without losing control over it but this one is nice and the level of tartness is evident but does not distract too much. This is an older bottle so the cherry is not as sweet as fresh, I'd like to try a fresh bottle someday.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Edition. 375 ml bottle.
ABV: 5.0% Bottled: June 18 2015.
Got this bottle from Belgian Happines.

This is perfection! The beer pours hazy ruby red like a Strawberry Margarita with a two finger high, pink head that pretty fast dismisses to nothing.

Nose: Tart but sweet, cherries, strawberry, red fruit, citrus, lime, barnyard, hay and wood.
Taste: So refreshing! Fresh cherries, green apples, tart, funk, oak and lemon.
Mouth: Light body and medium carbonation. Sour, sweet and dry. Delicious!

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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 MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage, poured from a 750ml bottle at a large bottle share. Color was great, just what you would expect. Aroma and taste were perfect. Fruit was not overpowering but it balanced well with the Cantillon funk.

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

2015 edition, 375ml bottle; Because our local market hasn't seen a Cantillon in almost two years, getting to try a fresh 'Loon is a rare experience indeed. Bright, fresh, tart cherry elevates this lambic to heights I'd not previously experienced having three- and four-year-old bottles. I understand now why the fruited bottles shouldn't be aged.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon stemmed balloon glass. Bottled 18/06/15

Pours an opaque, shiny, bright red coloured body with a moderate amount of fine streaming visible carbonation. A one-finger in height, pinkish-white, bubbly head reduces almost instantly to a thin collar, leaving only small flecks of soapy lace on the glass.

Instantly after removing the cork the nose is greeted with a flash of powerful, vinegar-like acidity, that having quickly escaped the bottle then disappears into background noise. Once in the glass and allowed to breath, the aroma leads with lightly tart cherry and fruity notes, but overall skews slightly in favour of acidic, funky and barnyard-like profiles. Subtler aromas of lemon, crab apple, wet wood, hay and oak are also evident underneath. Taste roughly follows suit. Dry, unripe, sour cherries lead initially above the primarily acidic and funky Lambic base. Sourness builds towards the mid-palate culminating in mouth puckering intensity as raw lemon juice, crab apples, red wine vinegar and lactic acid move to the front, slightly overshadowing the subtler farmyard-like funk. In the mouth, a light body and lively carbonation make for an incredibly clean, crisp and dry feel from start to finish. Oak tannins from extensive barrelling join earthy, lightly bitter cherry skins, woody stones, hay and plenty of lingering sour acidity to give a bone dry finish, leaving the palate just shy of puckering once again.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Taste undoubtedly favours sour and acidic profiles above fruity or funky, but once the palate acclimatises to the intensity it becomes impressively drinkable. I slightly prefer the softer, fruitier and less sour Rosé De Gambrinus, but look forward to revisiting the Kriek once I inevitably develop a taste for the sourer examples. Recommended.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy red with a white which doesn't last

S - Funk and cherry

T - funky barnyard, cherry tartness a bit of grain complex yet balanced

F - champagne-like mouthfeel

O - Amazing stuff not too acidic, tart. Complex but clear taste. A true reference for the style

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Photo of thatche2
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draught into a tulip glass (2015 version). Appearance is bright ruby red with three to four finger thick head and great retention. Taste has incredible balance and beautiful cherry flavors with a touch of woodiness and Sprite. Sourness is nicely tart without being overwhelming. Carbonation is relatively high with nice effervescence. This beer is incredibly refreshing, flavorful and well balanced. Just about perfect.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2015 bottle drank on 4/12/2016

L-dark pink/light red, very carbonated

S-red fruits and funk

T-cherry and raspberry juice. Lots of oak and a great combination of funk and tart. Not overly tart at all unlike a lot of other reviews. Wondering if others had an older vintage. Really an amazing flavor

F-juicy and easy to drink. what more is expected

O-amazing lambic. Great underrated Cantillon offering, however, I AM a sucker for the cherry and raspberry type fruits. Either way, this was delicious

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drops plenty of red notes with a beautiful pink head. Very pretty stuff. Hits lots of mega sour cherry notes in the aroma, a little bit of that spontaneous funk.

Taste was mega sour, prolly a 9 on the 1-10 scale. Good amount of cherry still, definitely not dark cherries here. Very acidic and bitter. Not as juicy as the LP series. What is though. Very little wood in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had last night into a snifter glass, it pours out bright ruby red with a pink head that bubbles up and falls down to a ring, some spotty lacing.

Smell is insta-sour, big cherry note here, little sweetness with a hint of funk. Taste starts with an initial sweetness, then the middle is pure cherry puree, very rich and jammy. Finishes with a very lingering sourness that persists for a few seconds after the swallow, hints of yeast. Body is very bubbly and prickly at first, light in the stomach.

Overall the beer is a bit one-sided, but has a delightfully natural flavor and great sourness.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy, dark cherry red with a pink head, no lacing, good amount of carbonation, no head retention.

A: Tart, subtle sour, hints of cherry, very funky, must, hay, straw, lots of aromas, though subtle.

T: Up front there is a tart, funk, cherry flavor, sour must,hint of fresh cherries, cherry lingers in the aftertaste, there is some oak, very smooth, very drinkable.

M: Lots of carbonation, dry finish, crisp, light bodied.

O: A well brewed beer, tart, funk, sour, cherry, very enjoyable. I paid $28 for this bottle and I'm not convinced that it's worth it. It's an outstanding beer, well made but I can get my sour fix for much less. I'm very happy to have tried Cantillon.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty red, cloudy, thin line of pink white head. Strong acid nose, blanket and fruit, which the taste follows up with primary sour notes, good cherry highlights. Spiky but pleasant feel. A first for me. So happy I got to give this a go!

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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 Pourharddrinkslow
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Ruby red, with no bubbles or head.

Smell - My least favorite aspect, a kind of off smelling funky cherry.

Taste - Sour tart cherries, slight yeast.

Feel - Medium body that goes down smoothly because of the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of amano_h
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart and sweet cherries, with a hint of ripe wild berries encompass the fruity sensation on the nose. A generous serving of aged oak, dry hay, and mild horseblanket join the fray toward the back end. The oak is actually a lot more pronounced than I remember, but still doesn't take away from the overall tart cherry impression that the brew is renowned for.

Medium tart cherries with a huge oak presence. There's a slight jammy flavor that develops at first, which is quickly washed away by the oak the more the brew sits atop your tongue. The signature "Cantillon funk" takes the backstage on this one; maybe it's because I just had LPK over the weekend, but this definitely feels a lot less burdensome in terms of the range of flavors than what I remember/expected. That oak sure lingers for a long time though.

Medium-light bodied with lively effervescent carbonation. Fruity, oaky, funky, and extremely refreshing on a warm summer afternoon. Definitely justifies the price tag and the fame it carries.

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Photo of pagriley
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter

L - Pours a deep intense red with huge effervescence and a tall head that quickly falls away completely
S - Big tart cherries with a little funk lurking behind - very approachable
T - Tart fruit with a touch of barnyard. Just the right hint of residual sweetness
F - Light and crisp

Overall an excellent beer - I don't know if it is any better than some of the other top tier Krieks (I feel like it is brighter and has more intensely crisp fruit than 3F), but I wish this came in tallboy cans for hot days! Super crisp and refreshing

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