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
Ratings:
2,395
Reviews:
716
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
667
Gots:
603
For Trade:
60
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with a cork date of 2013. Poured into a Cantillon Abbaye de Cureghem glass.

A- Pours a nice dark cherry color with some translucency, fairly minimal head, nice consistent carbonation.

S- Nice aroma of cherries and cherry skin balanced with subtle funk, very light underlying cheesiness, slight grass. Not overly aromatic and wish the fruit came out a little bit more but otherwise very pleasant and nice balance.

T- Cherry skins, nice dry cherry presence with a slight tannic acidic bite, lambic funk that perfectly balances the fruitiness, oak, finishes with light pitted cherries with additional funk. The cherry presence isn't overpowering and balances with the funk which comes out nicely as it decants.

M- Very dry, pH a little bit on the acidic side but not overly so, not overly carbonated (a lot less then Rose de Gambrinus) which fits the style nicely, very drinkable once you get past the dryness.

O- Cantillon makes some of the best lambic in the business and the addition of the cherries adds a nice fruit presence that doesn't dominate the base too much. The beer isn't overly sweet like some fruited lambics I've had and while it isn't quite as fruity as the Lou Pepe beers it still has a nice presence + balance. Definitely one of my favorite krieks out there and I wish I could drink this on a regular basis.

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

Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled April 30, 2010. Hazy, almost ruby colored. Pink fizzy head disappears immediately. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.

Sour cherries and other berries up front. Musty, leathery and earthy. Classic horse blanket funk.

Very tart and sour up front. Acidic. Sour cherries and ripe berries, along with leather, hay, funky notes. Earthy at the back, finishes bone dry.

Lighter body, with a great amount of carbonation. Alcohol is a non-factor. An acquired taste for sure. A classic.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light red and clear body. It poured with an aggressive head and even after letting this breathe for around 30 minutes it still had a good puddle of white carbonation in the middle.

Smell is tart cherries and vinegar. You can smell the tart in it, no sweetness at all. It's actually a pretty simple scent, yet precise.

I love how the cherries come through without the sweetness. It's all tart and sour.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and is puckering. The finish is very dry.

I liked this beer very much. I prefer higher abv beers but this packs in the flavor nonetheless. One of the better lambics I've had.

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4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this gem.
Scene: (I sit a in rocking chair, stroking a long, gray beard) "Back in the early 2010, I could reliably find this on the shelf. Oh, how the times have changed."

Note: 2009 vintage

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Ruby from a distance, a solid pink in the light with some lighter tones and clarity around the edges - moderately-sized, pinkish white head, fades to a creamy ring - lacing is transient

Smell: Utterly ridiculous - basically, it smells like a fresh-baked cherry bread sprinked with cinnamon and some other spices - cherry jam, sweet but not with any added sugar - lightly bready malts, but this is really all about the fruit - very tart, with some funk - light barnyard and some oak

Taste: Nonstop, unrestrained tart assault - so, so tart - more tart than I thought cherries could be tart - acidic sourness, and did I mention this is tart? - cherries and cherry skin, with some yeast - the light sweetness works with the light, pale malts to create a flavor reminiscent of a cherry bread, or dry cherry cookies

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, epic sour tartness that completely dominates the mouth

Overall: Quite possibly the most ridiculous fruit lambic I've ever had

I had high expectations for this beer, as it is from Cantillon. Somehow this was even more intense than I expected. So much cherry tartness. This is like eating some kind of ridiculous cherry bread, but more magical.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean bright pink with a creamy pink head.

The smell is lightly tart with some mild mustiness and a touch of tart cherry.

The taste is lightly tart with a nice bit of sourness and a tart bit of cherries. A bit musty.

Has a nice dry finish with a long lingering tartness.

Very solid, benchmark quality kriek.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

A: Pours a light red with hints of pink or orange. Those pink tones continue through the thin off white head which breaks quickly leaving a small ring of bubbles.

S: Sour, vinegars, mild cherry scent and some funk. Overall the nose is very mild.

T: Quite Sour up front, acidic and then the cherry and funk come through. A nice finish.

M: puckering acidity, fine bubbly carbonation, but still extremely drinkable.

O: I found this beer enjoyable, the tart was really nice and I really enjoyed how the cherry lingers on your palate. Another reviewer mentioned how lambics are best fresh, I agree, this bottle was quite old and I have to wonder if it would have been better fresher.

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Dated: November 2010. Poured this into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pour a beautiful reddish pick color. Crystal clear. Two fingers of pink head. Tight fluffy bubbles. Great carbonation.

S: Lots of funkiness. Tart cherries, but also some of that acidic citrus hidden behind it.

T: Lots of tart cherries. But so much cleaner than the Hannsens. Bitterness on the tip of the tongue then nice mid palate sweetness from the cherries. Really clean dry finish.

M: Light to medium.

O: A. Really like this. Understand how good people say it is.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,395 ratings.
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