Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Sarro at our recent Holiday tasting.

A: Beautiful cherry red. Some white head present.

S: Strong sour acidic notes.

T: Sour cherry flavors upfront followed by some funkiness, as expected. Not overly sour. The sour and sweetness of this one are very well intertwined.

M: Medium body. Well carbonated. Champagne-like dryness.

O: A great lambic. Very glad to get to try another great Cantillon. I wish their beer was still distributed to MI.

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very opaque read with a nice three finger pink head that dissipated and left the sides of the glass clean. A very pretty beer.

S - Sour, lot of oak and vinegar wine influence. Get a huge cherry blast at the end. It's actually pretty amazing and unexpected.

T - Very tart, lot of vinegar taste and wine influence from the barrels. The cherry flavour is nicely present. Little tannic in there, with an amazingly dry and lingering finish.

M - Light, with carbonation that gives it a nice little bite and kick. Almost perfect.

D - Got so sour my mouth almost started puckering. Became a bit of a sipper there after a short while.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #500

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip, Batch 2008.

A - Pours a dark, ruby red with a nice light pink fluffy head. Good retention.

S - Tart cherry, slight funk. I was expecting more tartness.

T - Cherry, raspberry, some nice barnyard funk. Very nicely blanced.

D - Not overly sweet or tart, a nice balance. Good carbonation and average body.

O - Maybe a bit of a let down, just due to my own hype. Overall very nice.

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to K75 for the hookup on this one!

A-Deep pinkish tinged red with a thin pinkish head...is this beer?

S-Kinda like those magic markers you used back in grade school. You can can actually smell the tartness!

T-Crack-a-lacky...BAM! This is beyond tart. Like a sour cherry bomb with a bit of residual sweetness. You had best like tart for this one.

M-Light bodied and sour crisp it actually hurts!

D-Super tar, have I said that already, and oh! so mouth puckering! This has to be about the most sour "beer" I have ever had....I love it.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern for Their Sourfest in a 8oz glass, I had two because it's been a while for me. Review #900, boy how time flys.

I gotta say, this is a very pretty beer, A very pronounced deep shade of red with a somewhat purpulish tint to it towards certain lights. Looks like cherry juice. Up top a pretty in pink cap thats sudsy and foamy and together. It sticks for the whole show but not to the glass.

A funky nose on this sucka, Im greeted by a sour funk mixed in a boatload of cherry aroma. The wood comes out more(than 100% Kriek) from the additional aging in the barrel. Some more barnyard with warming and some leather mixed in with the earth. Cherry cherry bo berry.

And another one.. Yep this is a Cantillon alright, you just know when you taste it, nothing like it in the world. Sour cherry flavor, some black cherry as well. Oak/wood is large but not beating the fruit in this case. Tannic with some accidity as well. Some barnyard and outside earth with a small yeasty taste towards the end, very small though. This is like cherry juice with a kick.

The body is lively and there is a lot of activity, this is certainly not dead beer. A very low bodied beer with a spritzy carb going for it. I find the sour/tart appeal is lower off the spout than in the bottle, and that goes for most Cantillons. This is the 2007 vintage by the way. This remains a very refreshing beer in the mouth.

Well, the verdict is that this is great beer and a treat if your into the style. Easily drinkable. I just wish the sour I get from Cantillon bottles would translate more to the tap versions, although this is a sour sucka, and im a sucka for sours.

Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a ruby, cherry red without much of a head on it

S - the nose consists of cherries with citrus and funk. Nice smelling nose, but to be expected at the same time.

T - sweet cherries up front fade to a citric sourness. The sourness is a bit understated; this isn't as sour as the regular version of this beer. As this warmed, the cherry flavor started to really pop, imparting a really nice cherry pie finish to this.

M - medium body that finishes dry

D - pretty solid kriek. My second venture in the LP series and another winner. This isn't as acidic as the 3F kriek I had next to it or the '05 Cantillon Kriek that I also tried. This had the perfect amount of cherry and lambic to it. Worth the hunt? Tough question when the regular kriek is so damn good as well. But Yes.

Update: I had a couple pours of an '06 LPK in Summer 2013, so 7 years later. The beers was amazing - the fruit was still exploding, the lambic more funky and acidic than fresh. Age this one!

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottles in 2011

Pours a light white head. Color is a stunning grapefruit ruby red.

Aroma: tart cherries with a some acidity. Funky and sour with some vinegar. Cobweb and basement must.

Taste: tart cherries but also some sweetness. Cherry pie filling. Lemon citrus and acidity. Very fresh and fruity but still has some old funk and cobweb flavor.

Mouthfeel: tart and sour. Light bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice kreik. Very drinkable and flavorful. Not medicinal like some can be. I dig this one.

Photo of Agold
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer on Thursday at monks after the outstanding Monday event they held. Poured a beautiful red hue with a minimal amount of head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice little ring around the glass. The aroma is huge tart dark dried cherry. There is a mild funk, but I didn't detect it here nearly as much as some of the other cantillon they had there. The flavor is eerily like cherry pie. Cooked cherries with a tartness and a little too much sweetness, but only a little bit. Mouthfeel is nice and light with lively carbonation. I really enjoy this beer. Outstanding beer by cantillon.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

2008 vintage. I shall call him Lou le Pew. Tee-hee. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burgundy-ruby topped by a finger of off-pink foam. The nose is a blast of sweet cherry wine (insert Tommy James reference, with or without Shondells), with a hint of light apple cider in the back for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the cherries come through with a bit of tartness, though with a clear restraint that keeps things from peeling the enamel from my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very tasty cherry lambic, one that more than deserves the praise it receives.

Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage... Bottled Sept. 4, 2009

A - Pours a dark cranberry body with a froth light pink head. Settles down into a pink ring of froth around the glass.

S - Tart to sour nose full of cherries, funk and light oak.

T - Not hugely sour or even overboard tart to me at first. Definite funk going on mixed in with mild oak and acidic qualities. The finish is more sour to me than the beginning.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable, to say the least.

Photo of badbeer
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish murky cherry, pink head, leaves to ring. Not much lace. Worried it would be flatish. Lots of cascading pretty bubbles when you tilt the glass.

S - Tart, a little skanky, cooked cherries somewhere in the middle.

T - Like smell, but VERY tart and the cooked dark cherry flavor mixes very well with the tart.

M - Medium to light body, nicely carbed and balanced.

D - The tartness could wear you out, but a very nice beer at a low ABV!

Photo of NCSUdo
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, purchased at De Bier Tempel, Brugge; 2005 date, bottled 22Aug2007

A: Deep red under a quickly lost pink head. No lace, very little retention.

S: Cherries and some woodiness. Bit of a wild funk character, sort of meaty. Bit of mixed fruit as well.

T: Not as sour as expected (not to say that it isn't sour, just not as much as the framboise). Cherry is there with a very fresh, slightly syrup like taste. Very good. Bit of wood and slight funky character. Overall, this one seems a bit more balanced then the framboise version. Not too heavy on the sour, lets some of the other flavors shine through.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is heavy but not very puckering sour. Drinkability is nice. Excellent beer.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 on Tap at the Brick Store Pub’s Sour Christmas in July. Pours a dull deep cloudy as hell red with tones of deep brown too. Compared during tasting to a bottle of Heinz ketchup that was sitting on our table. Smells of sour cherry tartness with notes of sweetness peaking through. First sip is mouthwater puckering that hits both the front and back of the mouth. Cherries and wood dominate. Lightly bodied.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24th Review
Draft at Monk's Cafe - served in flute glass
Vintage 2008

L: Hard to say as it was quite dark in Monk's at the front bar; however, I'll go with V8 Splash-esque color (i.e. mix between cherry, raspberry, and strawberry swirled together). No head.

S: Mixed basket of fresh berries. Nice and different, but in a good way.

T: Combo of cherry and raspberry tartness mixed together with dramatic sourness. Hidden vanilla that tries to accent some type of wood character, but I cannot make it out.

M: Light and smooth. Not what I was expecting based on the appearance of this beer, but good nonetheless.

O: Tasted quite fresh and I really enjoyed this beer. I will definitely seek it out again going forward!

Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Magenta.

Musty aroma of cherries and tartness...ofcourse!

Like I have said before, I find it very redundant to describe the flavors of almost every lambic. This particular one had a much more pronounced fruit profile than the standard Cantillon Kriek but it lacked assertion, especially with its sourness. Quite dry on the finish. Still very good and this was certainly a pleasure to consume. I just wish that they could have blended an older lambic so the sourness would have been a little more pronounced.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage per Zwanze day sheet. Poured into a stemmed cantillon glass

Pour was a bright pinkish red. Lots of head with a similar color. Very murky.

An onslaught of fresh cherry with a hint of old musty oak and vanilla.

Lots of tart cherries. Very bold and fresh. Lots of oak in this, really balanced out the bright cherry.

Nice mild carbonation an quite smooth. Bits of dryness in the finish. Oak residue on the teeth.

Having 2008 both draft and bottle, i prefer the bottle. Bottle had less oak and more cherry

Photo of elricorico
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep dark red in the glass with a healthy crown of pink head. Reddest beer I've seen. Head has some staying power, sits at about half a finger thick steadily for some time.

Smell is musty, enough that I actually coughed after the first whiff. Mouthwatering lambic tartness and a promising cherry candy sweetness to the aroma.

Musty, tart and sour, with a deep rooted cherry sweetness that provides another dimension of complexity.

There is a fullness to the bod and some feeling of stickiness. The carbonation feels as natural as any brew I've had.

Tasty? Delicious actually. Drinkable? Yes, but only if you are into this type of beer. I could certainly see someone being overwhelmed by the tartness of this one.

Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007. sampled feb 16/2010.

pours slightly hazy deep red. looks almost burgundy from a distance, but shows nice ruby and garnet hues up close. a nice layer of dense pink head forms, quickly dropping to a wide ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is sour! sour cherry. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. there's some spice to it too, like montmorency cherries or a cherry pie. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of straw. light vanilla. raw oak. earth and wood.

taste is great. sour cherry, with a nice cherry spice background. bit of lemon and malt vinegar, but it's far less acidic and vinegary than i expected and am accustomed to with cantillon. straw. white bread. bit of cracker. touch of nutty character. light horse blanket and a bit of leather. hint of vanilla. earthy and a bit woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish. fine medium-high carbonation.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced acidity and sourness. alcohol is almost completely hidden. nice complexity and depth. a really nice kriek.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'07 vintage

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a bright ruby color with about two fingers of pinkish head, very slight lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour funky cherries with a little bit of spice.

Tasted of tart cherries with some slight sweetness for balance, with a very smooth finish.

Some slight carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, should've had a few more...

Photo of e11a627
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red, maroon, pink color. Pretty pink head.

S: Yeasty, sour, fruity.

T: Very sweet but not as tart and crazy as other lambics I've tried. Almost tastes like candy -fun dip or pixie sticks.

M: Very tart at first but smooths out during the finish and leaves a nice, lingering tartness on the lips.

D: Very nice and very drinkable. Not as sour/sweet as other lambics I've had. Have to drink it quite slowly but that's the best part - more time to enjoy it.

Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample of the '04 of this at a gathering of Beer Advocate folks this evening (4/1/09). Colour... medium red with a thin veil of a pink head. Nose... tart, pollenator cherries, vinegar, cherry bark. Palate... whoa! Pucker up buttercup!! Wonderfully tart, lightly carbonated, acetic, redolent of tart pie cherries, vinegar and a hint of cinnamon. Made the salivary glands at the back of my palate gleek into high gear. Man this is nice stuff!!

Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage served in a 6 oz flute, Lou Pepe Kriek is chill hazed dark magenta with a small, lavender head.

Smell is strong sour cherry and raspberry fruit, light funk, some must.

Taste is strong, rich cherry, very impressive after 5 years. Mineral spritz, some funk, but not very sour. Very nice fruit though.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is very good for a pure fruit beer, the sourness can stand to be amped up for my taste, but the cherry really shines, without being syrupy sweet.

Photo of doppelme
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottle thanks to ksurkin for the sample. Pours a deep red body with a light red on the outside of the glass. It smells like sour cherries all the way. You can tell it is going to be a puckering beer as soon as you smell it. The taste follows the nose as expected and is balanced by just a touch of sweetness to keep this from being an all out assault on your palate. I wish I could have this beer everyday whenever I wanted. My oh my what a wonderful beer.

Photo of Jonada
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Sticker

750ml bottled 9/5/2015. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with a finger of a pink head that dissipates almost instantly. No retention or lacing. Body is dark, but only lightly hazy when held to light, with mild visible carbonation.

Smell: Cherry skins, juice and cherry pit. Very oaky with notes of hearty red wine, musty basement and hay.

Taste: Lots of whole sour cherry character. Like the aroma, it's not just cherry juice, but the entire cherry that comes through. There's also a good amount of barnyard funk (more than in the nose), hay, mild cheesiness and hints of vanilla and green apple. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light-ish bodied a somewhat soft feel and mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Another great beer from Cantillon, and while I prefer this to the regular kriek, I'm not sure the gap is as wide as I was expecting. Still well worth seeking out though.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.