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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,178
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

seldomsthirsty, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

CommanderOfAwesome, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

beast464, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

eagles22, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

SwG237, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

HugeBulge, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to Verecund for the trade. 2000 sticker date. 2003 cork date. Poured from a 750ml. Bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine light strawberry colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear red. Lacing is sparse with little to no stick. Nice head retention but otherwise rather standard.

S: Nose is dense cherry puree, Brett funk, wet wood, and a slight cheesiness. Deep and subtle. Enticing if not the most aromatic.

T: Opens ascetic and sour lemon rind with slight hints of sweet and tart cherry fading in and out. Time has really taken the fruitiness out of this one. Vinegary towards the middle. Hay, straw, and Brett funk at the end with a sharp, tart finish. Aftertaste is puckering sour lemon and cherry. Very well balanced but seems a bit past it's prime in terms of fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth with a nice dryness and biting tartness on the tongue. Goes down nice and silky with an accented tartness at the finish, which is dry. Aftertaste is dry and slightly puckering. Feel is near perfect for it's style

O: At this point, this vintage is a bit past its prime in terms of fruitiness. However, it's still an incredible representation of it's style. Very well balanced in terms of smell and flavor and with a near perfect mouthfeel. 2 or 3 years ago, this may have been a perfect 5. Currently, its simply very good.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 09, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Dark purpley red with a fluffy pink head. True lambic aroma, sour, horses. Cherries of course. The flavor is SOUR. So sour the tongue mistranslates it as almost salty. Past that there's a lot going on underneath. Cherry is subtle here. Not the sweet soda beer of Lindeman's (which I do admit having a soft spot for) and instead a true lambic with the flavor of the fruit.

aracauna, Jan 06, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Vintage 2007

A. Pours a deep red velvet with a thoroughly pink creamy head.

S. Lots of tartness and cherries as well as some funky barnyard aromas.

T. Very tart at first - almost overwhelmingly so. As you adjust to the tartness, the cherry flavor starts to come out with some saison-like funkiness.

M. Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Quite interesting and complex once you adjust to the tartness. This is the best Cantillon I've had so far. I've still got a Classic Gueuze and an Iris waiting for me in the cellar.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 07, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 2008 vintage bottled in 2010. Pours a gorgeous raspberry color with a semi-hazy clarity and a mere skim of a head. Nose expresses tart cherries up front, followed by a sweet quality and some sourness, perhaps grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a cinnamon character reminiscent of atomic fireballs, as well as vinegary cherries and a saltiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation that falls just short of being still. Acidity and astringency stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. This beer is everything a kriek should be - flavorful, tart and refreshing.

Jwale73, Feb 20, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Had on tap for Zwanze day at West Lakeview in Chicago.

A: Pours a light red with a quarter of pinkish head.

S: Cherry fruitiness and nice mild funk.

T: Cherries up front with the tartness coming in late. This tastes just like a Brut sparkling cherry wine. The carbonation is tighter like a champagne.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: I would drink this again.

jale, Sep 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -12.2%

08 bottle into a tulip; sampled at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.

A: Cloudy ruby body with a finger of frothy pink foam. Good retention, spotty lace. Beautiful.

S: Fruity, juicy, cherry combined with powerful and distinctive Cantillon funk: lemon, grass, mustardseed, barnyard. Quite nice, but nothing extraordinary.

T: Sour cherry, mild grassy funk, and a clean, dry finish. Simple and good.

M: Medium body, frothy, and pleasant.

O: This is a great beer, but it suffered by comparison with the Oude Kriek de Cam, which was better in every way. I was expecting more of a cherry explosion here, and actually found its impeccable balance between fruit and sourness to be a bit boring - I wanted it to be the inverse of the fascinatingly abrasive regular Cantillon Kriek, but the cherries just didn't "pop" like I was expecting. Oh, well, there's really no greater luxury than nit-picking a delicious Lambic.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 29, 2011
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4.04/5  rDev -12%

Bottle has 2008 sticker date, poured July 2011 for my Cantillon birthday tasting.

Beautiful ruby red color with a red foamy head. Frankly this beer looks even better than it tastes.

Some sour cherry on the nose, but more metallic sour and funk than fruit.

The flavor is good but a little disappointing after the miraculous Lou Pepe Framboise we opened just before this one. Good cherry flavor, but not anywhere near the level of fruitiness as the framboise had, not really any more fruity to my taste than the normal Cantillon kriek (granted, I have not had them together on the same night). The sourness is also less acidic than the framboise and more of a metallic funky kind of sour. The cherries just don't shine through as much as I hoped they would. Still a tasty beer.

This beer was good, very solid lambic, but not a standout amidst the other wonderful Cantillon beers we tried the same night. Not really worth seeking out when the standard Cantillon kriek is much more readily available. As good but no better than the classic kriek. Weird how that happens--I also enjoy the standard 3F Oude Kriek more than the 35 Schaerbeekse kriek.

8.2/10

AlexFields, Jul 07, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very tart cherry with some herbal bitterness and a sweet cherry finish.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. There is tart cherry throughout each sip. The finish is tart but not biting. This beer was very smooth, I'm not sure of the age of the bottle my pour was from.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good lambic but it didn't wow me like I expected it to. That being said, I'm sure I'll have it again if I get the chance.

oline73, Oct 04, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -11.1%

2007 sticker. 2009 on cork.

A dark pinkish, almost red color. Pink hued whitish head. Two fingers. Amazing retention.

Smells of sour cherries, oak, and funk. Very Cantillon. Not quite as sour as I had hoped, but it is very tasty. It is becoming more sour as it warms. The flavor is delicious and intense. I personally think I prefer 100% Kriek. The cherries here are very sour, but there is some underlying sweetness that gets cut through by a sharp lactic note.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Nearly perfect.

This spectacular. The fruit is huge and delicious. The sourness is nice. I like this beer quite a bit-- I just wish it were more sour...

AleWatcher, Mar 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

bottle shared by dkachur. Thanks!

A: A deep, hazy brown with red highlights... Like iced tea with far too much powder. A nice sticky wisp of lacing and decent retention.

S: Cherry aromas in a barnyard. A grassiness and a hint of tobacco.

T: Slightly sour cherry, without a big puckering. Herbal notes, a bit of leafiness.

M: A little pucker as it goes down. A beautiful dryness on the finish that makes it pleasant to drink.

D: Fairly straight forward. Perhaps wouldn't pick it up at the store, personally, but a decent brew.

Proteus93, Sep 29, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Had this one at Spuyten Duyvil.

My sample poured a hazy purple color (or was it purple haze?) with a whispy head that disappated quickly.

The aroma was classic sour... mostly tart cherry aroma, but had a definite subtle horse-blanket note as well. Very nice.

The taste was a mouth-puckering sour, very much so upfront... but eased in the aftertaste. Finished quite sweet actually. Rather tame for a lambic.

The mouthfeel was nice... medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable, and went nice out in the patio on an August evening.

Sixpoint, Aug 01, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

A - 2003 vintage. Pours a cloudy cherry red with a foamy, tight pink head. This settles to a thin ring and island after a minute, but is easily refreshed.

S - Solvent, plasticy phenols, barnyard, red summer fruit.

T - Begins with a rounded tartness, which fades but never leaves thoughout the whole drink. Cherry appears in the middle but is pushed to one side by citric tartness towards the end. Long finish of apple and slight tobacco. Astonishing fresh and vibrant given it's the best part of a decade old. Nicely integrated.

M - Medium, verging on full body. Initial spritz of carbonation fades and leaves a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Cantillon delivers once again. Well integrated yet retains a bright red fruit flavour. Definately less tart than their other beers I've had and has aged gracefully.

haz77, Jun 26, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

750ml split 3 ways, this was the 2007 sticker/2009 bottled vintage.

Pours dark red, huge pink head falls quickly to a half finger and eventually a cap. Not much lacing left, but great looking beer.

Strong, tart cherry in the nose, with oak and some cream.

Very fruit forward in the taste, surprising amount for Cantillon. Strong, fresh cherry, oak, wine notes all around. Sourness and light funk comes out more as it warms but the cherries definitely win here. Smooth, light mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side for the style.

Definitely the most drinkable Cantillon I've had so far, smooth, tasty and goes down too easy, but truthfully nothing blew me away about this. I was hoping for a bit more considering the price.

Chico1985, Jun 10, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

This is one of the most complex and unique beers I've ever tried.
It pours a rich dark red with a foamy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is of tart sour cherries, malt, horse-blanket funk, and sugar. The taste is incredibly sour, and yet the strange yeast flavors push their way past the sourness, it almost taste as if something went wrong, yet you know that everything is right. The finish is very dry and the palette is left feeling clean. A strange and yet very drinkable beer, at least for those who like something very sour and complex.

chaduvel, Aug 11, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, ruby color with no foam at all. The smell was a modest sour cherry aroma -- nice but subdued. The taste was tart cherry, somewhat sour, with a bit of horse blanket. A very good flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and tart with medium body and low carbonation. The slightly sour cherry flavor lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good kriek lambic, good to the last drop.

UncleJimbo, Feb 08, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

2008 vintage, bottled: 21 September 2010. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
This is the deepest red I've seen in a lambic. Its just so densely red through and through. The color of beet juice and fully opaque. A small pink head flashes away with next to no lacing. Swirling brings up a substantial bubblegum pink ring that leaves slippery lacing that just doesn't have cling.

Aroma
This isn't the strongest aroma, but its quite nice. The cork certainly smelled amazing. A nice punch of horsey funk kicks things off. There are big wafts of veiny, moldy cheese as well; I bet this would kick my ass with a selection of bleu cheeses. Cherries bring a little bit of tartness, but they also seem to smell quite fleshy and sweet.

Taste
Quite sour, but this is Cantillon. Plenty of funk is actually tasted right off the bat, and even more so as the beer warms slightly. It has a myriad of funky flavors: old paper, wet dog, straw, and an aged cheese sharpness. Cherries come out towards the end and are fleshy and ripe. The finish yields a citric level of acidity, calling to mind grapefruit rind. The taste really comes into it's own after the beer has sat in the glass for a little bit.

Mouthfeel
Geesh. This carbonation is out of control. As soon as the beer hits the mouth it explodes into foam. It fizzes up, expanding to fill the mouth. You can swirl away some of the excessive Co2 but its still a bit much. The beer is very dry and crisp, which is nice.

Overall
Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse Kriek is still fresh in my mind. I actually wish I had held on to it so we could do a little Schaerbeek lambic tasting. But to compare out of memory, I'll always favor 3F's crazy funky aromas, but I think the Cantillon tastes better. This really is one of the better krieks out there, but I'm not certain that it lives up to the hype.

MbpBugeye, Jul 16, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle 2003.

Poured hazy reddish color with an average frothy reddish head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex sour cherry aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Heavy sour cherry flavor with a medium tart sour finish of long duration.

Sour refreshing brew.

tmoneyba, Jan 30, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Thanks dc55110. 2009 vintage poured into a tulip.

A beautiful deep pink with moderate head and moderate retention. Strong funk and soft cherries. Strongly tart, fruit peel and flesh in taste with fruit not as assertive as the aroma. Very dry, almost abrasive. Full of character and very good!

4, 4, 4, 5, 4

tewaris, May 15, 2012
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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