Cantillon Cuvee Moeder (Kriek) | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Cuvee Moeder (Kriek)Cantillon Cuvee Moeder (Kriek)

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of mothman
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always a treat to have this one at moeder central.

Big fluffy pink head. Vibrant ruby raspberry color.

Sweet, soft cherries with a little tartness. Some funk shows through, but mainly fruit and a bit of oak. Reminds me of cherry pie filling.

Soft feel, especially due to it being cask.

A nice treat that you have to try if you visit moeder.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.96/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On cask at Moeder Lambic.

Looked nice like a typical kriek, rosy red and cloudy, with a full whitish head. Dusty aroma, lots of vinegar, cherry candy. Big vinegar bomb in the taste, sweet cherry flesh and some wet oak in the background, but mostly acetic acid. This honestly didn't even taste like a Cantillon lambic, but rather more like other lesser quality brands. Way too much vinegar in this for me to enjoy, and it was a bit of a struggle to get through one glass. I hate to say it, but...yuck. Very bad.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. My first stop upon arrival in Belgium. This actually happened.

To say this beer is gorgeous is an understatement. A stunning ruby hue that sits underneath an everlasting pillow of lavender foam (picture forthcoming).

The smell is wonderful and inviting, with that distinguishable and inimitable cantillon scent. Lots of fresh cherries lead the way, with additional notes of yeast, tartness, funk.

The flavor takes it up a notch. Sweet and sour cherries. So fresh and delicious. Just teeming with cherries and cherry juice. Amazing.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever experienced in a beer of any style. Creamy and silky smooth. Each sip lingers on the palate for several minutes.

I only made it to this establishment once, but I stayed for several hours and was able to enjoy a few pours of this. Well worth the trip. Cantillon is my favorite brewery, and this beer was well worth the effort.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

259th Review
On draft - served in a Cantillon tulip

Enjoyed at Chez Moeder Lambic Sint-Gilles in early June 2012.

A: Deep red. 2.5+ (frothy pink) fingernail head.

S: Smells of cherry tartness and touch of sweetness. Soft, dry funk as well with touch of oak. Heavenly!

T: Unripe cherry mostly here, but a nice touch of mild (fresh fruit - strawberry + raspberry) sweetness too. Soft oak with classic Cantillon funk and must. This beer is very dry, but oh so enjoyable. Mellow, smooth, and very refreshing!

M: Medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Perfect!

O: Nice, smooth, and very easy to enjoy! another superb beer from Jean and well worth the trip to Moeder Lambic.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic. Pour is transparent ruby red with a dark pink head and tight bubbles the sit forever. The nose is very singular, huge cherries and little else. Light dusty notes try to hit you up front but are faded by huge ripe cherries. The taste has a bit more, notes of oak and a faint dustiness. These flavors are again overpowered by a huge ripe cherry and moderate sourness. The body is light and pretty soft on the palate with a lively prickly carbnatoin throughout and a rather dry finish. Very tasty and easy to drink but a touch singular.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas a few weeks ago during our trip to Belgium. Served in a Cantillon tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a beautiful bright, bright red with an everlasting white pink head. Once that eventually fades, there is loads of lacing. The nose brings forward some restrained funk and loads of fresh, tart cherries. Really impressive. Good acidity coming throughout plus strong cherry flavor and a light tartness. Lactic acid throughout. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Super-smooth and uber-enjoyable.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Striking. Clear garnet body under an otherworldly two fingers of rose-pink foam. Terrific retention for a Lambic. This is one of the most singularly gorgeous beers I've ever seen.

S: Cheer limeade. Super big, sweet, vanilla-tinged cherries, followed by some solid citric acidity and a touch of Cantillon funk - hay and green apple. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose, but with the sourness leading in to the rich cherries. Sticky vanilla finish, with a bit of earthy funk. Excellent.

M: Sticky medium body, very light carbonation. Feels like it's from a cask, which of course it is.

O: This beer was just so memorably gorgeous and delicious that I had to use the Overall category to bump it up a little - even though I thought it could have been improved slightly (a bit less stickiness in the body and perhaps a bit more tartness from the cherries themselves), it was still probably the single best Kriek I've ever had, and the appearance alone was worth more than the 5% it gets these days. If you get the chance to order this beer, don't pass it up.


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Photo of RedHaze
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Moeder Lambik on Place Fontainas.

Poured a bright red with a one finger pink head. Lacing was minimal, but I've come to expect this with lambics and geuezes.

Smell; holy cherries. I've never smelled a lambic with this dominant a cherry aroma before. Mildly sour and funky in the nose, but not as much as I was expecting for a Cantillon.

Taste: very much cherry forward, but the funky/sourness that I was hoping for comes through a little more here. That's a really good thing too, as there's a bit more underlying sweetness in this than I've some to expect in Cantillon beers. Tart, and kind of oaky, with a surprising dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety, but still manages to be on the lighter side.

Overall this is one really fantastic beer. This is one of the most cherry forward Kriek beers I've had in a longtime, though somehow it manages to be sweet, tart and dry all at the same time.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On hand-pump at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, highly recommended by Jean Hummler. I can see why. He explained to me that this one is sort of a midway point between the regular kriek and the Lou Pepe kriek, which I can certainly see after drinking it. I had all three on the same day, and this one easily came out on top.

Pumped into small goblet. Very intense deep red with pink highlights, topped with a huge pink head of big, rocky foam. Big sheets of lace left in the glass as the head slowly receded.

Aroma was an onslaught of fresh cherries with a light funkiness. One of the fruitier-smelling Cantillons I've had.

Interestingly, the cherry wasn't quite as intense in the flavor. The fruit still takes center stage, but it's somewhat subdued compared to the nose. Very dry and not all that sour, a bit of funk and oak sneak in around the edges of the cherries. I also got a very clear note of toasted grain in the finish that wasn't quite like anything I've tasted before, but it really integrated well with the cherry and oak flavors.

Mouthfeel was fairly light, which worked well with the overall dryness of the beer.

Overall: I don't know if this was the best lambic I had on my recent trip to Belgium, but it's certainly in the discussion. Unique and very enjoyable, and very much worth seeking out if you're in Brussels.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at both Moeder Lambic locations, it was a perfect first choice while I perused the bottles lists. I was told that this version of the Kriek has more cherries even than the Lou Pepe version, although the base blend is not considered as Lou Pepe standards (still very good or Cantillon wouldn't put their name on it). 4 euros for 25cl goblet.

I don't think I've seen a beer quite this color, bright red and a little magenta with a thick pink foam that never sank below 1cm in thickness. The aroma is tres cerise, sweet and almost honey-like. It wasn't the most sour kriek I've had, the massive dose of cherries provided lots of sweetness. But it still had its moments of slight pucker. The finish was dry, very light body, in each case I drank it more quickly than expected. Very very good, highly recommended.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Moeder at Moeder Lambic Fontainas

A: Dark ruby red body. Large pinkish head consisting of millions of tightly packed bubbles. Slowly cascaded leaving behind film like lacing.

S: Massive cherry blast. Sweet, sour and tart. A little bit of musty oak.

T: Like the nose the cherries here are incredibly dynamic with sweet, sour and tart notes sharing the stage. Oak is here as well as a light musty funk.

M: Velvety with medium carbonation. Refreshingly clean. Nice tantalizing sourness in the finish.

D: A very nice kriek which truly shows off all the cherries that were packed into this one. Unlike the lou pepe kriek which is quite juice like, this one has a little bit more of a zip to it that is quite nice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The pitcher poured from the tap has a big, large bubbled, pink tinged head of foam to it and the color is a hazy, deep red hue. The aroma of this beer is fantastically creamy smelling in its cherry character (if that makes any sense at all); buttery cherry notes, some cherry pie like character and just a really over-the-top cherry aroma push this into cherry overload. This smells so sweet and cherry-full; the bad thing is that the cherry just completely dominates the aroma here, the good thing is that the cherry is so rich and complex in and of itself that it really works.

The taste is shockingly dry given the uber-fruit expectations one got from the aroma. The beer is light bodied, but has lots of cherry skin tannins that add texture and fullness to this beer (though it is also likely that the oak contributes to this texture). The beer has a light spiciness to it, has a huge tartness and an "aromatic" cherry flavor. The fruit definitely plays a big role in this beer, it is way bigger than any bottled version that I have had from Cantillon and I wonder if that is because the Kriek has to be "watered" down with Lambic to kick-start the bottle conditioning.

The cherry character is just so huge throughout, but still this manages to be so dry, which the 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek does not fully manage. The aroma has such a cherry explosive character that it is quite awesome how bone dry the flavor of this beer ends up being.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Handpump at Moeder Lambic. The fellow that coaxed this from the cask informed me that it's a slightly different recipe than the bottled kriek, there being more cherries in this version.

And right he was. A three dimensional cherry flavor, tart and dry, fills the mouth. It's tempered with a miniscule amount of oak. Indescribable ecstasy.

They offer this by the glass or the "cruchon," a 1L serving vessel. A tantalizing prospect, but I think it's intended for multiple people.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pulled for a cask at moeder lambic in june of 2010.

from the selection of Cantillons at Moeder, (with a regular rotation of three cask of cantillon) i am not surprised that they have their own signature lambic.

a kriek

the pour was beautiful coming out of the wood. in a cantillon glass about two fingers of head of very very slight pink to a solid mildly murky red. nose was that of lambic funk, cherry tart, and a wood must. the wood seems to have smoothen out the edges on the beer and made it equally herbal in a sense. first tart... then an elaborate finish of cherries, rasberries, grass, and the citrus punch of an under ripe strawberry. i would say that the finish was quintessentially that... after the citrus the grass opens up to a nice mild mild bitter finish. the body was wonders. the first two sips went down fast... its awesome how something like this can at times be creamy... really adds to the spectrum. great beer... wonderful experience. everyone should have a kriek from a cask at least once in their lives.

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Cantillon Cuvee Moeder (Kriek) from Brasserie Cantillon
4.45 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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