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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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Ratings: 1002
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle n hum.
Served in an 8oz whit wine glass.

A: It pours a deep red color with lovely purple hues in the light. There was a small white head that dissapated rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is full of succulent tart ripe cherries. There are also notes of hay, leather, and wet socks. The lactic acid has obviously performed it's duties as wafts of sour funk fill my nostrils. Oak is present but extremely subdued amongst the other prevalent players.

T: This is everything I daydream about in a kriek. The cherries are front and center but any hint of sweetness has been gobbled up by the yeast and critters. It is extremely tart and sour with a wonderful presence of brett; barnyard, leather, and hay are all there and really balanced. The oak shows up on the palate in the form of a nice woody finish.

M: The feel is medium to light bodied with a lush carbonated backbone.

O: This is without question the best kriek I have had. Balanced and so delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 18:09:51 | More by Neffbeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Max's. I missed out on bottles, and figured if I could get two glasses at Max's for the price of one at Church Key, I would.

Pouring a turbid cherry color with a dense, pink head that recedes to a thin ring, this looks pretty good for a kriek. However, I shall dock half a point because it looks so girly that this chick asked me what the sweet, fruity beverage I was drinking was. The nose, OTOH, was fantastic. Rich, deep cherry character, with a wonderful schaerbeeks cherry character with a blend of leather, cherry pie and a little less cocoa (than the 07 vintage, at least) present. Fresh, tart rhubarb, bright and piquant, are noticeable, along with a strong, lactic sourness with a subdued vinegar character. Not much vinous or oak character are present.

The palate opens with a brilliant blend of bright cherries, a little leather and a dense, complex parquet of cherries and lambic. I can't really describe it better than saying that that's what I want a kriek to taste like - intensely sour but never wearing on the palate, incredibly fruity but never "girly", pleasantly oraky and moderately tannic with an illustrative blend of oak tannins and skin tannins. Soft, frothy and fluffy on the palate with a mildly fruity and pulpy character, this beer is a masterpiece on the palate. I drank about 25oz, and could have gone for another 25 if I didn't have to go home. A stellar kriek, I'm being stingy here only because I think the 07 was the best possible kriek there is, and this isn't quite there yet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 03:32:22 | More by DefenCorps
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this last night to celebrate the life of someone I just lost. 750 ml bottle; 2007 vintage, bottled in 2009. Poured into an oversized wine glass...

A - Exceptional looking beer. Poured a beatuiful cherry red color that is quite clear. A gorgeous foamy, pink head forms about 2 fingers thick. Very nice retention.

S - Cherries out front, but I am not bombarded with their sweetness like I feared I would be. It is a mix of tart, sweet cherries and cherry pie filling scooped right out of a homemade pie. Wood notes and classic Cantillon barnyard funk come next mixing very nicely with the sweetness of the cherries.

T - Cherry is much more integrated into the flavor profile here and is really complement ed nicely by the slight sourness and acidity. Funkiness and tartness work well together to make a truly unique tasting lambic. Woody undertones add nicely to a really tart flavor profile.

M - Very nice carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Nice dry finish to this one. Puckers the mough for sure, but it is that great kind of tartness you want from a beer like this.

O - Awesome, awesome beer. This is why Cantillon is the best at what they do. Exceptionally balanced beer and one that I am going to seek out every chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 20:08:31 | More by KAP1356
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork said it was bottled in 2010, the label said it was originally brewed in 2008.

A: Massive 1" pink head that dissipated quickly over murky dark raspberry vinaigrette coloured liquid.

S: Funk, vinegar, some oak and cherries.

T: Tartness and vinegar up front, and this acidity breaks into flavours of sour cherries and some oak on the back end.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of extremely fine carbonation.

O: The viscosity was much thinner than I had expected, and this has more vinegar and funk than fruit taste as compared to some of the non-aged Cantillon lambics. I found this to be extremely drinkable once my palate settled down.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:19:14 | More by DaftCaskBC
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Bottle from September 2009. Cork in perfect state.

A: Absolutely beautiful deep ruby red color with a huge rose aired bubbled head. Medium retention and practically no lacings left

S: Acid and fruity on the nose. Cherry tart. Oak and Lambic yeasts

T: Mild sourness. Cherry, crispy malts, barrel and yeasts

M: Light body. Bit molasses. Reasonable carbonation and good moderate sour aftertaste

O: High drinkability. Beautiful beer. The best Cantillon I've ever had

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:52:52 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2009 Sticker date
Bottled on 01 September 2011, good for 10 years.

This is the 8th beer in my series of sours and is the first of my 3 krieks.

Appearance: This is hands down the best looking lambic I have had! Absolutely stunning deep pink body topped by a large, creamy, pink marshmallow coloured head. The subsequent pour cause more clouding and a much deeper pink, almost purple tinged, body.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells absolutely delicious. My first whiff seemed to be all funk, but with each subsequent sniff the fruity cherry character seems to increase until the point that is almost more dominant than the funk. The cherry character is both tart (dominant) and sweet (underlying). Other notes include: Sweet strawberries, vinegar, lightly vinous, old wood, musty, wet hay, oak and a hint of feet.

Taste: Simply delicious! Wonderful balance of cherries (mostly tart this time) and funk. Tanic cherry skins, a touch of sweet berry, oak, musty hay, old wood, sweat and a touch of vinegar are also noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, fine bubbled carbonation. Moderate tartness (not mouth puckering) and a light dryness in the finish.

Overall: I have heard this beer described as one of the most intense fruit beers on earth and I wholeheartedly agree! Stunning mixture of sweet-tart cherries and funk. I will certainly be having this again in the future!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 14:46:12 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Pahn

New York

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2004 vintage, bottled in September 2006.

Appearance: No sludge on cap, and the cork (which smells good) comes out easily, with no subsequent gushing. Free pour yields a half inch, fizzy, light pink head that dissipates quickly into a persistent frothy ring around the glass. Pours an interesting clear orange/pink-tinged red, and leaves short lasting islands of lacing.

Smell: Huge Brett funk; it's "barnyard" but pleasant, and full of more nuances than I can meaningfully attach to metaphors. Some mildly acetic cherry underneath that gradually moves to the forefront. The smell is full, pungent, and adventurous.

Taste: Starts with a slow onset sourness that fills the entire mouth. At the same time, there's a strong musty funk up front that quickly gives way to sour cherries, culminating in a long, satisfyingly sour finish. The constantly changing aroma enriches the taste, bringing out myriad fruit flavors along with the deep tangy funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with perfect, lively but not distracting carbonation. Juicy but never watery in the slightest. Dry finish, but not too dry; the mouth still feels full of tartness with sweet highlights.

Drinkability: Once again, Cantillon delivers a perfect lambic to sip for hours. The flavor is aggressive, but so complex and engaging that I don't tire of it.

I opened this bottle with high expectations, and got exactly what I was looking for. Easily worth the $22~ I paid for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:12:50 | More by Pahn
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage bottle that I scored about a year ago and kept in the cellar ever since. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was about what I would expect given the age on it. Dark reddish color with minimal head and lacing, nothing really to write home about, but given the style a good representation of what to expect. Aroma is sour as all hell. Acidic with notes of tart cherries and wood that are buried underneath a wall of sour yeast. As I take the first sip I am slammed back into the chair with tons of barnyard funk. Loads of lip puckering tartness that rip at the taste buds before settling in and the lovely cherries come forward to show their might. A touch of sweetness is still left in here, but you need to look for it. Smooth, even body and a wonderful finish leave this one fresh on the palate and literally made me salivate looking for more.

One of the best offerings they have hands down and with a little age on it really shines.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:09:39 | More by mikesgroove
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As close to a brut fruit beer/champagne as you can get. Poured with a pretty, cherry pink, fine foamy head that lasts and no lace. Color is an intense, clear, ruby red. Aroma is a tart, pie cherry, slightly earthy. Flavor is like nose, very crisp and pure. Body is full and has huge champagne carbonation. Finish is super clean and bright..Be a great summertime appertif.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 22:32:37 | More by drpimento
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tarheels86

California

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Secret Summit- probably a 2007 edition given it’s softness and not too intense sourness. Pours an unreal, super cloudy, vibrant, deep pink/purple with a dense, light purple head that has excellent retention and lace. Aroma is light band-aid that quickly moves to baked cherry pie, freshly baked/burnt sweet cherries. Incredible. Taste is tart, not too sour, full of cherry pie. Really has no flaws at all. Soft, lactic, cherry yogurt palate. 9/5/9/5/15=4.1

750mL 2007. Pours perfectly with a creamy pink, thin head that lasts throughout. Nose is just so awesome. Soft, tart, cherries, cherry pie, raspberry yogurt. Taste is similar: a play off raspberries and sour cherries with such a soft, beautiful body it really is not even fair. This is definitely the perfect kriek. I want some everyday. 9/5/9/5/18=4.6

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:41:09 | More by tarheels86
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notchucknorris

California

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Zwanze Day at Toronados

A: Pours an intensely hazy raspberry color with a thin pink head.

S: Rich, tart cherries, vanilla, oak and some ripe strawberries.

T: Huge wave of unripe cherry right off the bat with a big lactic twang. Some oak, raspberry and lemon peel. A champagne-like effervescent mouthfeel. Really fantastic stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 20:01:34 | More by notchucknorris
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish purple with a thin effervescent pink colored head. Excellent retention and clarity, and nice lacing.

S: Slight funk, delicious cherry, toasted oak, cinnamon, a little raspberry. Almost a red wine nose once warm.

T: Mouth puckering tart red cherry, some light barrel character, funk, tartness is mild to moderate and doesn't limit drinkability.

M: Smooth medium body and medium-high carbonation

O: The cherry complements the beer perfectly. Tastes real and in good balance with the base. Overall just really nice and highly drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 18:17:09 | More by pmarlowe
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red body with a super pink head that falls quickly. A very beautiful looking beer.

Lots of cherry. A little sugary sweetness and acidic quality from all those cherries. Marzipan. As always a little funky. Oh yeah.

When served to me the Lou Pepe Kriek was referred to as the Rolls Royce of Krieks on account of the amount of cherries in it. It is hard to deny such a title. Almond and barnyard.
A good nice easy carbonation with medium body. A little dry.

Pretty much a Rick Ross(bawse) Kriek.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 00:02:28 | More by MattSweatshirt
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warnerry

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 06:06:39 | More by warnerry
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 edition thanks to drlovemd87, this is special beer, and while not as tart as i expected it to be at this age, it has a lot going for it, thats for sure, and probably worth at least some of the hype it gets. the color is incredible, electric dark pink, hazy, with an oddly white head for how tinted the brew is. its glowing, intimidating, exciting, and about as colorful a beer as i have ever seen. the head doesnt go anywhere either. the nose on this is wonderful too, fruity, cherries obviously, all the way. i get the tart pie cherry type, or maybe even tarter ground cherry, but its certainly not the tree cherries we get around here. the yeast is amazing, its opened right up here, super summery, and funky as they get. timeless in some way, not dusty, but rustic and classy, insofar as those can be aromas flavors. the cherries carry through the whole flavor, starting just a little sweet, but finishing with a nice tartness, not mouthwatering or particularly sour, and with very little acidity, but like a slightly under ripe cherry, hard and yet to develop its sugars completely. the yeast works magically with this cherry complexion, floral and familiar, but higher end than anything i can recall. the beer is frustratingly easy drinking, given that these are so rare, expensive, and downright special, but this is in many ways a beer for massive consumption. it would never turn the stomach, its not that sour, and its low abv keeps it easy drinking too. the carbonation is splendid, all kinds of fizz to this, but never abrasive. its nowhere near as sour on the whole as anticipated, but this is a cream of the crop as far as funky beers go, especially fruited ones. infinitely superior to the lou pepe gueuze i think, and just an overall sensational and memorable beverage. a touch beer to dissect really, because the unity of the whole thing is so much more than the sum of its parts. i believe they call that synergy, and this beer exemplifies it. wow.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:03:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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emerge077

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Labeled "Kriek 2001", "botteld in 2002" on the cork.

Cap is grey underneath, cork is wet, and also turning grey. Something about musty old lambics is very appealing, but it can be hard to pin down. The tiniest "pop" is heard once the cork is extracted. Wisps of smoke appear, and the crimson liquid pours with a suprising amount of crackling pink foam.

Honey, hay, fermenting black cherries, exquisite natural aromas.
Wild funky yeast gives off the prerequisite waft of horseblanket.

Tangy sour cherry at the tail end and into the long dry finish. Otherwise, fairly mellow and woody. It comes together well, without the brashness of a young lambic, it lets the subtleties really shine. Rich Schaerbeek cherry intensity, almost like cherry pie, with the complexity of cherry skins and pits thrown in too. Long, dry finish that has sublime aged wood and sour fruit flavors. Residual lemony sourness on the lips. Honey in the aftertaste, with a hint of clover. One to savor, and not on an empty stomach!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 04:45:02 | More by emerge077
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$24 750ml bottle neck reads 2005 and the cork and back label are marked 2007. Wonderful pink color with a head that looks amazing for all the three seconds it lasts upon being poured. Smells only slightly farm-like. Tastes like tart cherry lambic, delicious. Not nearly as acidic as the regular Cantillon kriek and is much easier to drink.

update 4/2010 2007 vintage on the neck, 2009 on the cork and label

really a fantastic kriek I just wish it was a bit easier on the wallet at ~$25-$27

update 10/4/10 2005 vintage on the neck, bottled 8/22/07 on the label

cherry pie on top of a very nice lambic, ill...

update 10/10/2011 2007 vintage bottled 9/4/2009

Fantastic cherry pie and spice in the smell, cinnamon and cherry in the flavor, rivals 3F Oude Kriek which is/was my favorite kriek. This is awesome and I am very glad I bought several bottles back in 09 when Cantillon was not so crazily hyped up.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:54:11 | More by ArrogantB
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a Cantillon tumbler
2007 vintage

The beer poured a hazy yet brilliant burgundy color with pink highlights. A tiny cap of light pink froth quickly settled to a thin ring of lace.

The aroma was an amazing balance of both sweet and tart. Strong notes of sour cherries were nicely countered by a moderate oaky, earthiness. Fruity (lemony) and zippy. Slightly funky.

The taste was terrific and quite similar to the aroma in many regards. Lemony and slightly acidic up front. Notes of earth and funk came through in the center. Sour cherries made their appearance here as well. The clean, crisp finish was lemony and quite sour. A faint herbal hoppiness was also detectable.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. This beer was fuller bodied for the style with a very fine yet lively effervescence. The liquid was silky smooth and pillowy and it covered my tongue like a blanket.

Drinkability was terrific. This beer was both flavorful and refreshing. While many of the better lambics overwhelm the palate with intense tartness and funk, this one impresses with its grace and finesse.

The key word in describing this beer is "balance." Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek walks the line between fruity and funky like few others do. This is a world-class fruit lambic and one that I will definitely be visiting again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 04:03:39 | More by Damian
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Mora2000

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:12:12 | More by Mora2000
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. Kreik 2007, Bottled 21 Aug. 2009.

Big thanks to sweemzander for another crazy night-before beer!

A - Straight ruby-blood red with a plump and well-retained pink head. No lace left over but that's to be expected with the acidity.

S - Geuze-like lactic acid sour aroma with a funky cheese and almost barf-like acid nose. A huge tart cherry aroma balances it fantastically without being too much like cough syrup like cherry usually becomes.

T - Tons of tart cherries with an awesome funkiness with a great level of acidity to the finish. Rather one-dimensional but fantastic nonetheless.

M - Sharp carbonation and a medium-light body blend very well with a little light sour touch to the finish and an acidic bite. Fantastic!

D - Not too sour, not too tart, just the perfect blend, Lou Pepe Kriek is an awesome brew with great drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:35:15 | More by BeerFMAndy
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 2000 provided by Dyan at our recent tasting. The 2nd of the Lou Pepe varieties that we enjoyed that day, and the 12th beer overall.

The deep rich red schaerbeeke cherry-enhanced lambic seems to glow in the light of the room. Light carbonation streams upward from a few nucleation points.

The aroma is sweaty barnyard hay on top of a rich cherry sweetness...remarkable after around 10 years in the bottle. The sweetness is balanced nicely with a lactic sourness and some earthy and fruit skin tannins. Light lemon rind aromas from the lactobacillus round it out. The flavor tracks almost directly from the aroma, except that the cherry evolves to an almost cherry pie filling sweetness. The bone dry and earthy finish is far different from the lambics made by other traditional brewers, but again, just completely phenomenal.

As I recall from my review of the 2007, age does begin to bring out some more earthiness where there was only fruity sweetness early on. This beer will hold up for years longer. A side by side of old and young would be very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:25:22 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey first into a small snifter, then into a tumbler. Vintage 2008. Shared a pint with other BA drabmuh!!

An absolute gorgeous ruby color and clear. That is it. No head, no lacing. Just a gorgeous dripping red and glowing with perhaps a slight puck. Love this color.

First nose is a hint of heat and lambic like sour. But then gets more interesting and diverse. Lemon, a distinct wood smell (can't pinpoint) even some white hot pepper. Cherry with minor chewy sense. Just incredibly complex nose just wonderful and one that you can just bury in without being overwhelmed by tartness. I am just blown away by this nose just flat out amazing.

The first thing that hits me on taste though is an incredible tight fizzy carbonation. Sour jolly rancher candy of cherry taste and body.

If it wasn't for this tight carbonation I probably would have rated this much higher and may very well have been the best lambic I ever had. This an exceptional fruit lambic period, just fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 01:20:54 | More by smakawhat
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glid02

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store. 2007 vintage.

Pours an opaque bright crimson color with a half off-white, half pink head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of robust cherries that are crisp and tart. Also present are medium malts and good amounts of funk – wet hay and leather. There are multiple layers and each is well represented.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Moderately dry medium malts up front are joined almost immediately by bright and lightly tart cherry flavors and hints of raspberries. Midway through, the funk really comes into play, carrying through to a mildly tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.

Overall this is a phenomenal beer and one that I’d like to have regular access to. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 23:58:04 | More by glid02
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, deep deep pinkey-red with 3 fingers of light pink head that fades to a skim after a minute or two.

Smell. Beautiful juicy sour red cherries,a little bit of horse barn and just a slight bit of light grains. The cherry is just awesome.

Taste. Plenty of tart red cherries, but not in the big way that the nose suggested. Nice moderate sourness, just a little funkyness. Not sweet, but just enough to keep it amazingly refreshing. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Pretty light body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. I'm really enjoying this one. Fantastic tasting cherries and just enough of the classic lambic characteristics. Like the LP Framboise, I'd drink this all the time if I could find it and afford it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:39:23 | More by Rutager
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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