Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.55/5 rDev -0.9%
2007 sticker bottle, 2009 cork thanks to Gosox8787. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
Pour: Hazy ruby red, with a very nice fluffy magenta head. Head is somewhat fizzy, and while parts of it recede rather quickly, and nice bit hangs around. Doesn't leave much if any lacing.
Smell: Big barnyard funk up front, followed by tart cherry skins. Some pear skins. A light oak, and a light lacticity come through.
Taste: Follows the nose, but big tart cherry juice and cherry skins hit first. Some pear. A big barnyard funk next, followed by a lactic sourness. Finishes sour with cherries and funky.
Mouthfeel: Sourness is next to puckering, yet with mixed with the funk, it is awesome. A sipper thanks to how sour it is, and I enjoy it.
Overall: A really fantastic kriek. I think I enjoy this more than 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek.
12-25-2012 04:33:59 | More by cfrances33
4.71/5 rDev +2.6%
75cl bottle from 2010; ordered and poured at Brasserie Cantillon into the Cantillon wine glasses 7/5/2013.
Acidic and very pungent nose with a strong sour cherry scent and a small amount of musty funk. Basically the Cantillon 100% Kriek on steroids.
Lighter red body, almost even a bit pink. Beautiful and glowing beer. Very well carbonated with a large pink head that persists for the entire duration. No lacing.
Straight up cherry tartness, certainly very sour as well. But this is also a bit sweet compared to the 100% Kriek, which makes for an even nicer balance. More complexity in this one as well; the oak, earthiness and funk seem to be stronger here and brings more balance overall.
Lighter medium body, very well carbonated. Refreshing and extremely drinkable. Aftertaste is cherry tartness and sourness, no true sweetness here. Not a particularly dry finish which I have come to prefer and what Cantillons deliver.
Overall: 50% more fruit and 100% more balance and flavour. I really loved this beer. The cherries really bring a nice complexity to this compared to the framboise versions that are made here.
07-05-2013 18:40:24 | More by Stevedore
4.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Re-review of another batch. 2012 vintage into Cantillon balloon stem.
Appearance is a gorgeous, deep cherry red bordering on marroon. Or maybe it's past red and in purple/marroon territory. I mean it's deep. Lovely two finger pink head builds and holds well before settling to a nice froth layer. One of those beautiful beers to look at.
The aroma is also about as perfect as can be for a Kriek/Cherry sour. Tons of earthy cherry juice, pit, skin. A host of funky notes with horse blanket and damp earth predominating. I love krieks that show some funk through all the fruit. But you also have some oak, vanilla, and burgundy wine complimenting the cherry and funk.
The taste is, well phenomenal. I think I popped this baby right on time. The finest tasting LPK I've had to date. Like the aroma, this is so freakin balanced between Cherry, barrel, and funk. And the acidity has not even begun to accelerate so it's maintained that high drinkability of fresh LPK. Everything cherry is in this, juice, earthy pit, tart skin, and a touch of Cherry jam. The funk is cleaner on the palate than on the nose but offers up musky cave and a little minty leafiness. Oak is soft and red wine is fruity with medium tannic level. Acidity is low still and that's how I personally like it.
Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and almost silky. I love the fact this doesn't sport a high carbonation level as it sometimes spoils the lambic experience. Despite the sweet cherry flavor characteristics this is invitingly dry and tart from front of the tongue to back.
Like in most cases with Cantillon, quite amazing. I've grown a soft spot for Krieks over the years and this proves that they too can blow me away. I am usually more fond of framboise so now is the time to crack a LPF to see how it compares to this Kriek. If you have any 2012 vintage (10' sticker) Lou Pepe Kreik, it's drinking amazing right now. Unless you prefer bracingly sour beer, it probably can't get better than this at this point. Or who knows with the endless possibilities of aged Cantillon :).
08-13-2014 00:42:19 | More by MarcWP
4.22/5 rDev -8.1%
2005 vintage bottled in 2007 consumed in 2010
Cherry-red color with a pink head that fizzes down pretty quickly only to be seen again for the pouring of the second glass.
A bouquet of cherry barnyard, a hint of acetic nail polish remover, and sweaty leather jacket. Dark, acidic, and mysterious.
The taste at first is shockingly sour, even for a sour lover it's in your face. Some grapey, sort of acids akin to certain red wines, astringent hints of leather, and subtle cherries in the finish. Tannins are there, not overwhealming, but noticable. The extreme sourness distracts from some of the complexity it would have and will leave you smacking your lips for a while before you can think about another sip.
The carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty standard for this style, kind of flat, leaving the acidity to do the work the carbonation would normally do.
Hard to drink in any quanity, the first three or four ounces were great, then my tongue and palate were completely bruised and battered shortly thereafter. Not my favorite cantillon by any stretch of the imagination, wouldn't buy it again at the price it is, but as always, a solid offering.
05-06-2010 23:16:49 | More by brownbeer
4.5/5 rDev -2%
A - Pours a light red with a quarter of pinkish head.
S - The aroma is full of cherries, slightly on the tart side, slightly sweet, with a little bit of straw and barnyard funk in the back.
T - Big fresh cherry taste along with some cherry juice. Really flavorful, woody and musty.
M - Foamy light body with high, fizzy carbonation. An obvious cheek puckering sour finish.
O - Another great beer from Cantillon. Really wish there beers were easier to get.
01-07-2012 22:13:46 | More by SkiBum22
4.13/5 rDev -10%
A: grape juice in color with a thin rose head, little lacing.
S: an initial bitterness blasts the senses with laces of cherries, feels like pop-rocks in my nose.
T: blasts of cherries and yeast, like a red pixie stick, flavor coats every possible crevice in the mouth and throat.
MF/D: surprisingly smooth on the palate for the high carbonation that is everpresent, certainly some tart left on the lips.
09-14-2010 19:27:45 | More by newk340
4.56/5 rDev -0.7%
2010 sticker, bottled August 2012; Bottle at Cantillon, served in lambic basket.
A – Initial pour is an intense clear red with hints of brown. Initially half a finger of light pink head, which quickly dissipates to leave a thin, persistent collar.
S – Aroma is a combination of intense cherry, and pleasant earthy funk. Cherry aromas are not the least bit medicinal, but clean, fruity and acidic.
T – Similar to smell, a nice mix of cherry and funk in the taste. The cherry is mostly dry and tart, though a small amount of sweetness remains. After the initial burst of tart cherry, some funky elements come in and linger through most of the taste. The finish, however, is pretty much all cherry. Clearly a stronger cherry presence than the regular kriek (though this is also a relatively young bottle), and it works beautifully. Looking forward to comparing to an older bottle to see how this develops.
M – Light mouthfeel, mostly dry but with a touch of sweetness. Finish is clean, dry and tart.
O – Just wonderful. At this young age it is nicely acidic, but not overwhelmingly so and still highly drinkable.
09-13-2013 06:06:39 | More by warnerry
4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle from 1999.
Nice red color with a pink-ish head that dissipated leaving only a ring around the glass. Smell was certainly sour, had some barnyard funk and very tart cherries; I have not seemed to care for other beers with some of these characteristics, but this one is very nice. Taste is much of the same, but its just put together so well that I can't help but love it. Light bodied, but thankfully not bone dry; carbonation was light-medium. This was definitely a joy to drink, I think I'll be searching out more Cantillon; hopefully they can match up with this one.
12-18-2006 05:52:50 | More by badbeer
4.55/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.
2002 vintage. Pours reddish brown with white head. Aroma is very sour, with wood, cherry, funk and vinegar all playing a part. Very complex and inviting. The flavor is very sour cherry with wood and barnyard funk also in there. This is one of the most tart beers I have had, but it is immensely drinkable. This is a beer I hope I get to try again.
12-30-2009 02:12:12 | More by Mora2000
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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