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:
2,417
Reviews:
722
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
669
Gots:
607
For Trade:
60
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, gives off a simple small pink head that has lots of retention. Very foamy. Body is a nice muted cherry red with slight pink hues. Great consistent pin sized head bubbles and lots of staying power. She looks real good.

Smell is enjoyable for me. Sour sweetness with a barnyard festering yeast. Chewy as always and round. Everything feels tight and punchy. Slight hint of bread in the back ever so slight.

Taste is a real nice fruit cherry sour, and muted fizz. Once again a small hint of bread but on the swallow aromatics I am getting surprisingly... smoked meat (like a sausage). Good lord where did THAT come from? Real fascinating here, but that smoke is only on the swallow and hits only in the back of my nasal cavities. It's an odd place to find it but I like it.

Really enjoy this one, I am going to have to grab it again when I am in the mood. Lots of fun here.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet hue with no head. Nose is a smooth and not overpowering musty. Flavor is slightly sour, but not a punch in the mouth. It will get much more sour if you let it warm significantly. Firm, yet mature, kriek attributes slide over your tongue. Feel is as expected. Little bubble on the tongue and a smooth overall character. Damn drinkable. Smooth and not as abrasive as other lambics might seem to be to a rookie. Worth the shot.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce cork and capped bottle - Bottled in 2008, according to cork. As per directions on the label, it was allowed to "breathe" for just over a half hour before decanting. Decanted slowly into a Belgian tumbler, with any yeast sediment left in bottle (also as per the directions.)

Pours red with a pink head that fizzles to a small, slowly vanishing, patch.

The smell is of fresh cherries - very tart - with a barnyardy horse-blanket funkiness.

The taste is of sour cherries - strong tart - with some vanilla sweetness. The cherries taste very "real". A funky character adds to the complexities. Finishes dry with a long finish.

Light-bodied, but not thin - towards effervescent.

The cherries stand out without overshadowing other complexities. Powerful, yet drinkable, stuff regarding aroma and flavor. Very tart in an enjoyable (though puckering) way.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, red color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of fruit, slight wheat, slight salt, pale malt, and slight bacterial funk. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness and tartness. Tastes of fruit, earthiness, slight bacterial funk, hint of sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight yeast, and slight salt. Overall, great aroma, body, and blend, with an average appearance.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful ruby red with a white collar, some clumpy lacing.

Wonderful integration of tartness and cherries. Whiffs of sweet sugar?

Retarted cherries up the wazoo. 6.5 on the Duff27 sour scale. Tastes right at 5%abv.

Medium-high carbonation which suits it well. Medium-low mouthfeel.

Yum yum. One of best lambics I've had. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT via Jim C.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pinky crimsony coloration...light, negligible head...
nose is funkalicious, big fruitalacious, but not moreso than this overpowering funkadelicaliciousness...cherry-sweet, berry-licious...
Taste? ...ooo, wee! yeah, the cherry's there...but the funk is in control here, this is a distinctive taste, not for everyone... hey, maybe not even for me, at least not every day...whoa, again, I say...big, fresh, cherry taste, but yeasty ...meaty...huge mouthfeel, never ever feels like getting off the couch...pretty damned delicious, but , oh, so unique....I put these words to electronic pen and paper, while 1/2 a bottle remains...fierce flavor, full, lush, impressive.

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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, New York.

This pours a brilliant dark-ish red, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like deep raw sour cherry, top shelf kriek all the way. There's some decent tartness on the nose too, and some oak and funk.

This just has that indescribable combo of funk and sour that makes Cantillon so Cantillon. There's a ton of expressive, earthy and dry cherry. There's just a smidgen of oak. It all comes together in a beautifully complex way.

This is light bodied, super crisp and dry, and quite drinkable.

A near perfect beer, just super well crafted.

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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very unusual to see the regular Kriek on-tap, so I was glad when a keg popped up at Hopleaf. Served in a flute.

A - Hazed pinkish red body with a big light pink foam that recedes slowly but leaves behind negligible lace. It's a wonderful color and had surprisingly good head retention for lambic. It's hard to say more as it was pretty dark.

S - Horsey funk, tart & sour cherries, some light fruit and graham cracker sweetness, some implied cranberry. Not as acetic or vinegary as I was led to believe - perhaps the bottles are different.

T - Again, this was surprisingly well-balanced. Some fruity, cherry sweetness, graham cracker malt backbone, a touch of oaky vanillin, and some sour and tart elements, but not bracingly so. It's more of a sweet funkiness as opposed to barnyard, although it get a little horsier as it warms up. Quite delicious!

M - Very dry finish, tingly carbonation that is appropriate but not harsh. Medium-light body.

D - I originally gave this a 4.5, as it was not overly sour to taste or hard to drink. However, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling as if I had a hole burning in my stomach, so I had to dock it a half-point.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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