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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

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4.25
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Photo of coriswrasse
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into two maple syrup glasses (snifter type)
1 inch of head that dissipates to a thin layer.
color is a beutiful cherry rose.
carbonation is light.
nose is light horseblanket and fruit; very nice
taste is amazing and mouthfeel is smooth.
sweet cherry and tart up front followed by a smooth finish of light tart and dryness with residual sweet.
I really like this beer and highly recommend it.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz. or so pour from a keg at Lord Hobo, enjoyed from a wine glass on Zwanze Day. Vintage unknown. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a vibrant reddish pink, like the petals of a rose. A small, frothy white head with tight bubbles lasts for some time. Beautiful lacing.

The smell is very fruit-forward. Though there's a little bit of lemon rind and citric funk, the aroma that really dominates is that of fresh cherries. Not much in the way of acidity, sweetness is at the forefront here.

The taste follows closely on the smell, with a ton of cherries throughout. Whereas I don't particularly enjoy Rose de Gambrinus for its overwhelming citric acidity, in this beer I really enjoy the converse: though there's not too much tartness in the flavor, the cherries are front and center and they're delicious. This is a wonderful fruity lambic, and what it lacks in overall balance it makes up for in pure natural flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, and the liveliness helps those cherries come through. It's a shame that Cantillon kegs are so rare.

This beer to me epitomizes fruit over funk, and though I usually prefer lambics that emphasize the latter, I really enjoyed this. Not endlessly fascinating or especially complex, but a delicious beer nonetheless.

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Photo of trep
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red with a brown hue. Pinkish head with abundant carbonation. Cherries, cherries and more cherries in the aroma. A bit sour smelling and a little funky, but this one kicks you right in the nostrils. This is what a lambic should smell like.

Right from the first drink, this one is sour and lip-puckering. Cherries out the ass, and into your glassware. Sour as can be while still remaining drinkable. Really, this is like Wisconsin Belgian Red on steroids. This is the Barry Bonds of lambic.

Nicely carbonated for this style. Although its very sour, every drink screams for another. An absolutely delicious beer that should be enjoyed amongst friends or lovahs.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright firetruck red color, with two fingers of reddish white head that leave a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is not strong. Some mustiness, a hint of acidity, and maybe some cherry if you smell hard enough.

Cherry lambic done right in the taste. Very sour and musty with just a bit of cherry while not allowing the sweetness to overtake. Nice balance in the flavors. the usually funky musty acidic Canitillon flavors are there as well.

Crisp, refreshing, high carbonation. Lightish body.

Superbly refreshing and drinkable. Seems like an excellent front porch sippin' summer session beer.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass.

Looks like: hazy translucent redish orange in color. Very light head retention.

Smells like: Vinegar, vinegar and more vinegar! Hints of dark fruit, likely from the cherries!

Tastes like: This is quite tart, it's rather hard to see where the wild flavors stop and the sour cherry flavors begin. The overall profile is reminiscient of lemons, vinegar and tannic dark fruit.

Feels like: light in body, little astingence and easy carbonation.

The flavors are interesting, the beer is quite sour and is not easy to drink in high quantities. I do not suggest that those who are new to sours attempt to tackle a 750 ML bottle of this on their own, it's not s beginners sour.

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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 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 Beersignal
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Another fabled Cantillon offering. The wheel goes around... Goldorak goes to Belgium and brings this wonderful bottle back. The fact that he shared it with me shows how much he cares for beerdom.

Stunning deep red highlited by accents of amber, slightly cloudy beer with no head to mention. Pretty much what I expected to see and experience visually.

As you approach your nose to the glass the champagnelike astringency begins to manifest itself. Quickly it invades the olfactory senses with an assault of acidity that ploughs through anything that might have been loitering there aimlessly and leaves the path clear for a harmonious complex of candied oranges, sweet oak, freshly blossomed apple flowers and pear skins with too much flesh on them. Endless complexity that could have been discovered ad nauseam but this needed a taste.

First sip is DRY, astringent but not at all watery. Rather, a firm mouthfeel greets the powerful acidity which completely coats the mouth and, once again, allows no detection of flavours up front. Once this wave subsides notes of caramel, apples, and wood mingle with a crunchy bitterness. The long and multi dimentional aftertaste lingers while I discover what complexity this beer posesses. Fruity, salty, sweet, leathery and oakey notes jostle for room on my tastebuds as as the sour cherries conduct the symphony. I treat myself to another sip.

Some reviewers say they could drink this all day long and my utmost respect is given to them. The power of this beer makes it difficult for me to want to down a large bottle of it which is why drinkability took such a hit. It is, however, a mesmerizing example of the highest art of brewing lambic.

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

Poured into Stone RIS tulip glass.

Pours a rich, crystal clear, ruby red with a pink head that builds up quick and dissipates right away. Nose is tart cherries, grapes, plums and sour fruits and just a slight hint of something woody. The taste is super tart, sour cherries, red grapes, pears, raspberries all rounded out with a very effervescent kick. The extreme carbonation fades out and leaves notes of tart cherry juice sitting on the tongue. Originally I thought I'd prefer this over the raspberry Cantillon I bought at the same time but I actually think I may have liked the Rose de Gambrinus slightly better. This is still a great lambic and it satisfies the craving I had for a sour ever since I had Gueze Fond at dinner. I hope to find more Cantillon at some point, especially Blaeber.

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Photo of ottovon
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled October 2008.

A: a beautiful ruby red with a pink head that falls quickly. There is carbonation running up the glass.

S: hints of cherry and bread with a very large lacto sourness aroma. very tart smelling. has hints of oak, and a little musty/earthiness.

T: super tart. hints of cherry and some wood and earthiness. the finish has a nice cherry flavor.

M: it does have quite a bit of carbonation, but it still feels smooth and has a medium body.

D: i really like sours, and could probably finish off the 750 myself.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/18/10. Enjoyed on 07/23/11.

A - A beautiful beer. A deep hazy crimson color with a large pink head resting atop it. Leaves a few patches of lacing.

S - Sour cherries, that classic Cantillon funkiness, some Belgian yeasty fruitiness. Still lots of cherry and not a too much vinegar at its young age.

T - Quite balanced up front with some tart cherries and some type of lactic sweetness. Then comes the sour cherry/vinegary flavor through the middle that I love. Finishes somewhat funky with a great cherry flavor on the back. Excellent stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be for a lambic. Very lively and prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is one of the best breweries in the world and they have yet to disappoint. Cheers!

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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 natasharai
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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 redmosquito
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ClarkVV is helping to educate me on Lambics. I can smell the horse blanket from about 10 feet. Thecherry aroma stays in the background but it is still there. It pours a dusty reddish amber color with a pinkish head. Flavor goes from sour to barnyard back to sour with a tingling mouthfeel that helps to make up for the dryness. The barnyard fades away with every sip, and the tartness accentuates the cherry. Thanks Clark.

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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 DrewZ926
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Mustard
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.76oz. dark, green bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" date given and -- in the case of the later -- none probably needed; no ABV %; purchased from the Wine Expo on Santa Monica and Yale for $3.99.

Appearance: Poured a rosy, ruddy, pink-grapefruit nuanced red with little in the way of clarity; small, pinkish head which was quick to dissipate; lacing was essentially non-existant.

Aroma: Quite tart; large cherry notes; hints of citrus.

Taste: Wow; break-all-your-teeth, claw-out-your-eyes sour; hugely acidic and tart; brilliant, cherry-tinged background notes; *faintly* sugarish in the finish.

Notes: Six thumbs up.

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Photo of afi4lifer
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells wonderful/absolutely horrible at the same time. Carbonation is perfect, intense fruit. Super crisp, complex and flavorful. Very hard to put into words what a treat this unique beer is - a standard for the style. Not as good as other Loons but that's hardly criticism. Great beer

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Photo of YankChef
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled in 2006 poured into ommegang glass after allowing to breathe

Appearance: No head whatsoever and a ruby cranberry juice like color, no signs of carbonation

Smell: FUnky cheese, warm brie rind, mushroom, vegetal, and o yea a little raspberry and cherry,cherry.

Taste: Really hits the back of the palate, some of that funky aroma carries over to the flavor as well with some bitter cheese rind and this beer is SOUR, the flavor is intense as about anything ive had and just puckering sour. awesome. The finish is surprisingly juicy and fruity with sweetness and the cherry really shines at this point on the finish and lingers and lingers.

Overall: Cantillon is what it is, they make the best lambic beers in the world. Period. This is one of the best fruit beers that are in the world that will redefine you definition of fruit beer if you have not had it. Just outstanding

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Photo of mattmaples
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you say the word Lambic you can exchange the word Cantillon because Cantillon IS Lambic. You can not get more authentic lambic style beer from anyone. This Kriek is dry, fruity, fizzy, sour, foxy, horse blanket, and earthy. Lots of flavor layers and not for the Lindemen's drinkers. Comparing Lindeman's to Cantillon is like comparing Bert Grant's Imperial Stout to Harvey and Son's Imperial. It may say they are the same style but they are two very different beers.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a really nice cloudy purpilish red with barely any head or lacing
S- tart tart cherry, vinegar, smoke, oak, a little apple, very very strong
T- very tart and tangy with a slight finish of cherry, finishes very dry and the taste is far less abrasive than the smell
M- very carbonated, the tang really comes through , but smooth enough to enjoy
D- def a hard session beer, couldnt imagine drinking more than 2 of these in one sitting, a def sipper for sure... its taken me over half an hour to drink. Its also not a cheap beer, but I know that alot goes into making this beer.

a phenominal example of a true lambic. Not a gateway beer by any means. People who drink this after only being familiar with "lindemens framboise or kasteel rouge might have a hard time getting this one down , but I loved it. I would love to try it on draft. If you can afford it I would buy a case and let some age for awhile to see how it comes out

note:
poured into my new belgium globe, couldn't find any expiration date on the bottle. The bottle looked like it had been through hell, but it def worked for me

sent to me by onenote81 , thanks for the trade!

might be a little hard to find, so def check it out if you can

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/27/2010. 750ml bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: a year in the bottle and this is still bright red. Looks carbonated cranberry juice. Clear with just a slight haze. Fluffy pink head dwindles to a thin layer after a few minutes. Attractive beer.

S: Vinegary right off the bat. Musty and funky. A little bit of barnyard. Beneath the sour scents lies some sweet fruit.

T: All tart and sour up front. All most too much so initially, at least until the taste buds warm up to the sour assault. Sweet cherry and white grape flavors come to the forefront after the beer warms a bit. Finishes zesty and tart.

M: Champagne-like carbonation keeps the feel light on the palate.

O: Wonderfully enjoyable from start to finish. A world classic.

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Photo of ipogios
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rasberry-like colour. The aroma of this Fruit Lambic beer is dominant by rasberry and cherry hints. There was cranberry flavour but i think the cherry flavour in this beer is dominant. Decent Fruit Lambic

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Sept 2006

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear ruby red with no head whatsoever.

Smell: A whole lot of acetic acid with a big musky funk in the background not powerful but what could you expect with no carbonation.

Taste: Vinegar and muskiness up front, fruit in this one is way in the background. The tartness is not overly powerful as others had mentioned. As it warms there is a woodiness that's hanging around the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the palate with a light body and a dry finish, not too puckering.

Drinkability: Overall this ones pretty decent. The fruit has almost completely disappeared leaving a tart complex brew. I was expecting something over the top sour but got something fairly smooth. Overall nice brew.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub over Labor Day weekend along with my girlfriend Meggie88. Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon glass.

A--Pink cherry, ruby color with a short-lived bubblegum pink head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a small amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

S--Cherries, yeast, vinegar, and lemon juice. This thing had both sweet and sour components.

T--Lip-puckering sourness on the first sip. Vinegar, bitter cherries, and pure lemon juice. Then, once the palate adjusted, the sweetness of the cherries powered through and the sourness diminished.

M--Light-bodied with a bit of carbonating scrubber bubbles. It was a refreshing drink once the sourness left.

O--This was a better-than-average lambic, but it wasn't the most earth-shattering beer I had over the weekend.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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