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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,293
Gots: 257 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a magnificent, clear ruby red with a thick, rocky head that looks like a pillow of cotton candy.

The smell is citrus peel, cherry and fresh berries. The acidic quality manifests on the nose, but there is little to no funk here, just pure lambic goodness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light with sprightly champagne-style carbonation that brings the tartness straight to your tongue.

The taste mimics the smell. Light raspberry and cherry fruit with a solid, but not overwhelming sourness. The sourness builds appropriately, but never dominates the palate, making this a candidate for pairing with lighter fare like summer salads or fruit-based desert. Insanely drinkable and a classic stepping stone for those looking to get into sours.

chicagobeerriot, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

A-pours a very dark pink almost blood red with pink edges and a ton of active loud light pink head.

S-great barnyard funk to this, strong nose of earthy funk and a touch of mushroom. The cherries lie behind the funk accentuating the nose, lightly sour with a touch of acidity. very solid nose but the cherries seem slightly overshadowed.

T-cantillon does such a good job with a very focused funk that plays so well into the beer and adds such a nice balance to it. the cherries are ripe and juicy, the sour is light and pleasant with an ever so light touch of lemony acidity in the finish. well integrated bright flavors that truly show complexity and balance with a level of subtlty that shows a truly solid beer.

M-full bodied and very creamy with a lively carbonation and prickly feel to it. quite dry in the finish with a light lingering tart bitterness.

D-this is another great cantillon beer that has a very concise funk that is centered and balanced. the fruits are so fresh a delicious and the sourness is assertive but not biting.

cpetrone84, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Tnudish
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

2009 sticker vintage poured into a Duvel art glass tulip.

A-Pours a deep red/burgundy in color with about a fingers worth of light pink head. Head dissipated rather quickly.

S-Nose is stellar, it’s Schaerbeekse cherry skins, lemon, and some mustiness.

T-Nose translates over to the flavor. It starts out with the sour cherry and continues with lactic lemon goodness. The cherry endures well throughout the sip.

M-Light mouthfeel, heavy acidity, light carbonation, and a long finish.

O-My third favorite of the regular Cantillons fruit lambics behind Fou Foune and Saint Lamnivus. Great color, nose, and taste on this, I could drink this by the gallon (and subsequently did when it was on tap at Zwanze Day 2011).

Tnudish, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of afksports
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

I'm drinking the 2007 vintage on tap at Blind Tiger Ale House a d enjoying like mad.

Appearance is like a muddy dark cherry mixed with other fruits, so is the nose - with tons of added funk. Really red. Knows what it is. The taste is tart up front, funky in the finish, and ripe in the middle with sweets - mostly cherry.

It's a light body with a medium feel because of some solid carbonation. I want to drink this instead of finishing leftover Halloween candy and just enjoy the complex concoction. Too bad I couldn't score a growler. Win again for Cantillon and Blind Tiger aging awesome beers.

afksports, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of ark57
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

Got this at Monk's back bar. It poured a hazy crimson and had no head. There is some barnyard and cherrty in the aroma. There is little carbonation in the beer, but it doen't really detract from from this fine beer. The sour cherry is up front and then the funkiness hits. It finishes with some vanilla and a slight woodiness. It is not as complex as the botled version, but more mellow. Still it is excellent.

ark57, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of seaoflament
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to Joey for bringing this one last night to La Bella. A 2005 bottle (the cork says bottled in 2007). This beer was the last on of the night, as it should...it's just the perfect dessert.

Pours a dark ruby, or cranberry juice, color with a fizzy quarter inch of foam.

Theses beers always bring a tear to my eyes...Wonderful aroma. Cheesy, hay, sour and dried cherries, leather, lemon, oak, vanilla, and red grapes. Complex, yet very well blended and crafted beer.

Some leathery flavors upfront with some sweet and tart cherries in the middle, cheesy in the finish. On second sip I get some lemons, tangy wheat, and musty flavors. Nice dryness in the finish with just a touch of tart cherry juice sweetness. Later on I get a taste similar to salty apricots, vanilla, mellow oak flavors, deep cherry pit, and green apples. Medium acidity and not too harsh on the stomach, quite easy to drink. Fizzy and effervescent on the palate.

What a wonderful beer.

seaoflament, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Soonami
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) for sharing this bottle of 2004 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek with me, Kaydogg, jeffcrowther, phillybeer7779, and BrewerDan23. This is the first bottle of Lou Pepe I've had--due partially to the cost (~$30 each), but mostly because finding people to share the bottle and talk about its contents isn't always easy. I am grateful to have friends that bring beers like this to share. Now to the review...

This beer is a beautiful garnet red with pinkish-red highlights when held up to the light. The carbonation is on the lower side and doesn't produce much head, not surprising. As soon as the beer is poured, you smell FUNK. Diaper-y, assertive brettanomyces acridity, along with bright cherry sweetness in the nose. This doesn't sound the most pleasing I know but to me it smells good in the way that you can't look away from a car wreck.

The beer is very sour and dry. The beer itself undoubtedly was sour, but the addition of the sour cherries furthers the acidity. The lambic has a lot of the funky flavors you'd expect, but what I didn't expect was the creamy smooth mouthfeel. The acidity and low carbonation, made this beer feel so full in my mouth probably because the acid draws water from my mouth without any astringency.

A very tasty treat shared with friends. I've heard that the 2005 LP Kriek was better, so I look forward to the opportunity to try that vintage to compare.
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The 2008 was much less funky with a brighter acidity and a black cherry sparkle in the finish. It still has the complex interplay between barnyard and tart, but the balance is a bit more level and both are a little more refined letting the fruit shine through better.

Soonami, May 07, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

2004 vintage via trade from bierkoning on ratebeer. Thanks a lot, Edo! This was epic. I shared it at a tasting hosted by bulletrain76 on BA.

Pours a slightly hazy deep red color with a medium-sized white head and great lacing.

Aroma is intense tart cherries and barnyard funk. You can feel the acid burning your nostrils, and it's great.

Flavor is super-sour and acidic, but amazing. Loads of tart cherries, cherry Jolly Ranchers, funk, and lacto/pedio/other wild bug tartness. Brutal, but awesome.

Medium bodied with very high acidity and lively carbonation. The sourness stays with you for awhile on this one.

Drinkability is pretty good for a beer this sour. Overall another great one from Cantillon.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of MiScusi
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

2004 Vintage

A- Pours with a really nice clear bright red and a pink head that fades really fast.

S- You can smell some real funky smells from the yeast that are pretty pungent yet a bit restrained. Ultimately the stinky aroma gives way to a really nice sour cherry smell.

T- Quite sour, moreso than I expected. The cherry is there the entire time and develops into a really concentrated sour cherry taste (though there is some sweetness at the same time). Cherry tastes real concentrated compared to other sour cherry beers.

M- About normal for this kind of beer.

D- As good as it was on the senses this beer was too acidic for me. I haven't really experienced anything that was too acidic since my very first sour beer and thought I had just gotten use to it, but this really burns (the 2 other people I was drinking it with said they felt throat and esophageal burning from it also). So just a bit on the acidic side but that is to be expected somewhat. Still really nice, a good beer to enjoy a glass of, though I don't know if I could take more.

MiScusi, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of SpdKilz
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Had on tap at Zwanze Day Chicago. Served in a Cantillon glass. I easily drank fifty dollars worth of this yesterday. So amazing. 2008 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into my Cantillon stemmed glass with an utter radiant cloudy red color. This is the type of liquid you don’t want to spill on any clothes because you know that bright stain will never come out. Just a hint of pink head that dissipates almost as soon as it is poured.

Smell – As expected, loads of ripe and tart cherry aromas. Earthy notes sidled by barnyard funk, mixed with vanilla and oak.

Taste – Just fantastic. This is in my opinion leaps and bounds above Zwanze 2011. While the tart cherries do come through, there are also the wonderful overly ripened cherries right behind it so add a subtle sweetness to the beer. Throughout the sip there is a somewhat strong oak and vanilla flavor. A nice acidic quality with musty hay to finish it up. The mixing of flavors is fantastic.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, exactly what I would expect.

Overall – What can I say. This was a fantastic beer and I was able to purchase one too. I will probably never consume as much of this ever again as I did yesterday. Delicious.

SpdKilz, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Vintage 2009 (Bottled 2011)
750 ml bottle served into a tulip

A: Bright cherry red with pink hues throughout, some maroon edges. Fluffy soft pink head with not much lacing and a thin cap of retention. Slick, tiny bubbles.

S: Oak, cherry puree, bright red fruits in general; strawberry and raspberry. Very funky on the back, hay and a mild acidic sour note.

T: Again bright red fruits, plenty of cherry with the dryness of some wood/oak coming in mid-palate. There too is that classic funk and mildly puckering sourness. The funk carries through with some hay-like qualities.

M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and spritzy on the palate delivering it to all corners of the mouth. Presence of a dry, woody finish. Classic Cantillon, and more importantly classic Lambic in style.

This being fairly fresh, the acidic bite I got from a recent 2004 vintage is absent. This focuses more on the bright red cherry and fruits, along with the funk. Torn between which I like more, though I can safely say this ages extremely well.

ShanePB, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Enjoying the '06 Vintage here in '10

This is a jewel of a beer. The pour brings an inviting and intense ruby-red color that is largely opaque. A pink-ish dainty head rises just off of the surface but just as quickly falls.

The usual intense tart and souring aromas without becomming overly musky or horse blanket-like. Strong cherry aromas are supported further with berries, apples, and a red wine vineousness.

Tastes are sweet and tart with the cherries with a well rounded malt sweetness and sour complexity. Almost vinegar-like. The feel is a light but smooth texture, nearly too thin. Finishes with a light tartness that intensifies and lingers indefinately.

This is a great thirst quencher and a very complex brew. A firmer body would score a near perfect 5.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

BEERchitect, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of TheEremite
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Split a bottle with my wife.

Pours dark amber/red with a small redish white head. Not as lively as I had expcted, but a Good looking beer none the less.

Smells of cherries and citrus tartness. There isn't much else there... maybe some malt notes, but it's all dominated by the tart fruit aroma. I love it.

Sweet pucker, it tastes sharp, sour and mildly fruity. The cherries come through very well and the clean Cantillon sourness is outstanding. Great beer. It could be a little more drinkable, maybe if there were more carbonation it would lighten it up a bit, not sure, but half a glass was enough for me.

TheEremite, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Cantillon products have become a rarity in SoCal these days, so finding this variety at one obscure chain store was a welcoming surprise. 2007 Vintage, on to the beer:

Red violet color, almost looks like fruit juice. The color of the head is almost that of the body, with decent retention. The aroma is on the mellow side, with sweet/tart cherries and lemons going around. The flavor doesn't explode on your palate like some sour/tart, but still, the flavor is great. Slightly sweet from the cherries, mellow tartness, cherry flavor sticking onto the lips, a little oak, some random critters. Overall, it's extremely balanced. It's healthy in the mouth, and be careful drinking it, because you will keep bringing that glass to your mouth, and before you know it, it's empty.

Although there are a number of ways I could have spent the money on other beers, there's no denying that Lou Pepe Kriek is great. An excellent example of a fruit lambic.

DoubleJ, May 27, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

HUGE thanks to northyorkSammy for this one.
1999 Vintage, aged in good shape for 7 some odd years! Wow! Poured a beautiful ruby colour, thinly vieled with a soft pink head that circled the trim. A really beautiful - perfect - appearence. A pungeant funk aroma. Not fruity - certainly gueuzey though. Surprisingly not much fruit in the taste either. I might not have guessed this is a kriek. Perhaps the fruit aspect has softened with the time its been aged ? Whatever the case any fruit notes are certainly faded (at best!) That however, would be the only thing I could hold against this beer. This is a sipper, only if you can resist the urge I had to keep going back for more. More of a "puckerer" than a "sipper". You lick your lips and it's like you just ate a ton of sour candy. Leaves that sugary residue in the mouth/on the lips. So sour - it's fantastic. This actually has become like a crazy rose wine in many ways. That may be the msot accurate way to describe it. It really burns a hole in the of the mouth. Kinda burns! And this is at 7 years old - again, fantastic. Very tart. I could have used more flavour but the whole experience of the mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible. Be happy to finish off with the sediment - wow. Thanks again Sammy.

biegaman, May 24, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

2006 vintage. Ultra-classy bottle and label.

A - Pours deep blood-red into a wine glass. Very little head, looks almost flat. Upon further inspection, there are *some* bubbles. Thank god.

S - Aromatics are predominantly of sweet wild cherry and grass, kind of flowery, a light perfume. Doesn't really smell very funky or woody. It actually smells rather fresh and pastoral rather than dank and barrel-aged. I swear it almost smells a *little* hoppy.

T - Now this, this is one sour beer. Cherries are dominant, but we're talking fully fermented cherry here, absolute zero residual sugar. Frankly, I think there's more sweetness in a bottle of lime juice. Acidic as all hell, mouth-puckeringly acidic and uncompromisingly dry. Complexities really pull through given the dryness - here are the tannic and vanilla notes from the oak barrels as well as some cured leather and a little goosey funk. Masterful.

F - I was afraid this would be too flat, but given the level of sourness this seems just right. Not really as flat as it looks, with lots of soft bubbles.

D - This is one you either sit down by yourself with and savor while you listen to darkwave, or share with other sour-lovers. I wouldn't go bringing this to the BBQ or tailgate party, that's for sure. Quite a massive, refined beer, packed full of flavor and personality. The Dos Equis guy doesn't really drink Dos Equis when he chooses to drink beer, he drinks Lou Pepe Kriek.

Patrick999, Jun 18, 2009
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4.46/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle 2013 vintage, tasted fresh. Beautiful deep red red with pinkish-red foam. Aroma is a nice mix of barnyard funk, wood, wheat and cherries. Very nice cherry presence, , almost grape and wine. Taste beautifully showcases cherries with an intense tartness. More complex than the regular kriek which is very straightforward cherries with very few funk. One of the best Cantillon out there.

Bottle via trade with Boutip, thanks! 2006 vintage. Pours a beautiful pinkish-red with a bit of pink foam. Aroma is very funky of course, but filled with cherries, yeast and wheaty notes as well. Taste is mainly very tart cherries with some sweetness to blanced it out. Palate is refreshing with a very dry finish, as per style. A good one but still a little too sour for me.

Luk13, Jul 15, 2010
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4.46/5  rDev -2.8%

750 bottle with pressure cap and corked. Vintage 2010. bottled 8/29/12.

poured into Cantillon wine stem.

Appearance: medium red colored beer with 3 finger of head that quickly drops tothin ring around glass.

Smell: moderately sour nose. Tart cherries. Slight funkiness.

Taste: Mild sourness atleast a 4/10; also has moderate funkiness. It is more funky that I expected from the nose. The funkiness is the signature funky note from most Cantillon sours. Tart cherries and a hint of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. This sour is very drinkable. Fantastic drinkability. I really enjoy how awesome the mouthfeel on this beer is. Semidry finish.

Overall: After finally having all three of the LP series Cantillions; Its close to a toss up which of the Lou Pepe series beer that I like better. I think the gueuze wins by a small margin.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 24, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev -2.8%

750ml. bottle at bierbistro split with Liam

Nice deep red colour, with a cap of white head, good retention, little lace. Smell is funky, sweet cherry still very much upfront, light balsamic, acidic, overall very nice mix of sweet and sour cherry with a big funk present. Taste is sour and puckering up front, big acidity followed by sweet cherry that cuts the acidic flavours nicely, balsamic, lemon and puckering fruits toward finish, drying finish. Light-medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice crisp mouthfeel. Fantastic stuff, less sour than the Bio Kriek but more complex and well rounded, certainly a world beater.

peensteen, Apr 08, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

The beer pours a dark purple color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It's crisp and damn sour with a really nice cherry edge. It's also dry with some funk and earthiness. The taste is awesome. Wow, what a mouthpuckering sourness! It goes down smooth with a nice cherry character and dry, earthy finish. What a smooth beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fantastic beer. It's incredibly complex and damn drinkable. Thanks Arpit.

WesWes, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of raoulduke37
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

2006 Vintage 750 mL bottle. Color is amazing. burgundy-ish red, with crimson and ruby highlights. Whoa. This is incredible. Barnyard funk, wet grass, and sweet cherries hit the nose. Incredible tartness works the side of the tongue, but the sweetness of the cherries and malt balances this and makes it into something divine. Lots of lemon and citrus zest and some grapefruit. Man, smooth, delicious. In typical Cantillon fashion, complex and very hard to describe. I'll buy one of these whenever I see one.

raoulduke37, Apr 17, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

2008 Vintage - 750ml green corked & capped bottle - Bottled September 21st, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Wow, blood red Hawaiian Punch. The deepest and brightest red I have ever seen in a beer. Two fingers of spritzy and quickly evaporating head forms, bright pink, and then leaves nothing behind. This beer is gorgeous.

Was expecting to be overwhelmed by cherry in the nose, but instead, I am overwhelmed by that wonderful musty Cantillon funk, it dominates the nose. Aroma leans more to the sweet side rather than sour, probably because of the relative freshness of this beer. Fresh, ripe cherries are powerful, just not as much so as the funk...

Again, expecting to be overwhelmed by cherries in the taste, instead the musty, earthiness aspects of the flavor come to the forefront. Heavy on the funk, usually these flavors are more prevalent in aged Cantillons, not a fresh one such as this. A very quick, biting tartness when you first sip, the fruit character is not all that apparent, that is, until you lick your lips, that is where all the cherry was hiding. The cherry becomes stronger as I sip, but still, the funk is king. Finish is big on the oak with a lingering, woody dryness...

Body is on the lighter side with a moderate level of carbonation. Not as spritzy as a fresh "regular" Cantillon Kriek, this one could use a touch more bubbles. Still quite a nice drink either way...

Another wonderful beer by Cantillon. $30 per 750ml is very steep, is it worth it? Well no single beer is really worth $30, but whatever, I'd buy it again if I saw it :)

hawks10, May 21, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009)

A: Pours a gorgeous dark red with a whitish pink head. This is a beautiful looking beer

S: Smell is funky and oaky with a light hint of cherry

T: Wow, this is an intensely cherry (like authentic cherry pie cherry) without being that sweet and the funkiness and oak carry into the flavor, it's got some sourness to it, but the sour is definitely in the background here while the cherries dominate.

M: Carbonation is fairly high and beer is medium bodied, nothing particularly spectacular, but solid for this beer.

O: Overall this is a hell of a beer. It's not as sour as I expected given how sour the regular Kriek is, but there's still some sourness there. However it's got one of the most intense real fruit flavors I've ever had in a beer, and that flavor mixes fantastically with the oak, funk and sourness.

starrdogg, May 25, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

2009 Bottle: Pours a beautiful Bright red with a nice red tinted head that was big and frothy but left the scene quickly. Smelled like cherry candy wiht some sour adn slight wood. Tastes quite similar with a boom of sour to begin with a great balance of cherry candy sweetness, a tiny bit of woody dryness at the end. Overall a Beautiful beer that I absolutely loved

thepeter, Dec 26, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

- popped and poured -
- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -
- crown-cap and cork closure -
- bottled on August 22, 2007 -
- drank from a Burgundy wine glass -

NOSE: loads of lactic sourness; raspberry and cherry; some old oak barrel; moderately expressive to expressive.

BODY: hazy raspberry/strawberry color with slight orange at edges; almost no head - just a very small amount of fine-bubbled foam at the edges; medium-light bodied.

TASTE: incredibly sour; cherry pie; quite delicious; not for those who don't like extreme sourness; doesn't taste like it's fading; not funky; fresh; no noticeable alcohol; whomever says not to age these fruited lambics is crazy - I bet this would be silly-good with another 5 to 10 years of age on it. This beer was made using two years-old lambic beers that were aged in used Bordeaux barrels; additionally, 300 grams of cherries per liter were soaked in barrels from Bordeaux; interestingly, raspberry is listed as an ingredient, so I suppose this is technically a kriek/framboise.

B: 50, 5, 13, 18, 8 = 94

bringonthehops, Nov 19, 2010
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.