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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,558
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 1,644
Gots: 338 | FT: 20
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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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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,558
Photo of dansmcd
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

A - Pours a dark strawberry jam hue with beautiful thick creamy pink head and sheet lacing.

S - Sour cherries as you'd expect. Some natural syrupy sweetness shines through the funk along with some wet bark.

T - Wowser, that's pretty sour. Huge tartness dominates, backed some fruity sweetness and oak. Lots of acid, was too much for the wife who dropped out early with heartburn. More for me.

M - Great balance, medium body and carbonation. Bringing the funk in a major fashion and throwing in serves of gum destroying tartness. Big beer.

O - I remember having my first Cantillon Kriek last year and wondering if lambics just weren't for me. Having developed my palate since then, I'm sure I would appreciate it for what it is next time. Stepping up and over to the Lou Pepe though, was not regretted.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark red. Almost purple. Pours with a very fizzy, light pink head. Good retention, but no lacing.

S: aroma is pure cherry essence. There is a very strong vinegar aroma that seems to burn off as the beer warms revealing the tart cherries.

T: Taste is more cherry. Tart cherries, but with some residual sweetness, which is nice since the sweetness is usually fermented out in these types of beers.

M: Lighter side of meduim in body. Heavier carbonation. Mild tartness.

O: This is a very very nice beer. I can really appreciate the restraint shown on this one, as this beers balance makes it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage on tap in a Cantillon long stemmed flute at Zwanze Day.

Appearance: The pour is a hazy cherry color, hazy enough that I can't see through the narrow glass. The head is a pink ring that never bubbles up or really fades.

Smell: 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.

Taste: Up front, light toasted grains roll into sweet cherries. Gradually the flavor turns sour. It never becomes too acidic, and the sour is more tannic and dry as opposed to vinegary. The finish is somewhat sour but fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: For a lambic, the carbonation and body feel to be right in the middle of the spectrum. Moderately sour, slightly dry. This does not really cause salivation or puckering.

Overall: This is my second time having this vintage, and although I really appreciate the quality of the beer, the lack of intense funkiness or puckering sour keeps me from loving it. I was definitely in the minority of people who did not enjoy this as the favorite of the day.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Lou Pepe kriek on draft at Max's today.

The beer pours a gorgeous reddish pink color with good head retention and light lacing. The nose, of course, is off the charts... there's nothing quite like the aroma profile one gets from Cantillon. In this case it consists of white vinegar, wet blanket, moldy socks (seriously) and bright cherry. In combination, the aroma profile is nearly indescribable. The flavor profile isn't quite as interesting, as it's completely dominated by the sour funk. The fruit peaks through on the mid palate, and there's some wood and vanilla on the finish, but the dominant flavor in this beer is sour, sour and more sour. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, sour finish. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer, which enhances this beer's drinkability (such as it is).

Couple of thoughts.... obviously, this is a beer for sour lovers, but really, I think a bit more fruit would benefit this beer, giving it more of a sweet tart flavor as opposed to just flat out sour funk... but that's just me. Sour beers are just not my forte. Still an impressive effort and a very interesting beer to sample.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to nick3 for hosting the Bruery RS Post-Post-Party and for sharing this bottle with the group. 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Bruery sampler imperial pint. Poured blood red with a one finger slight pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, funk, and raspberries. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, and raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Very mellow in the flavors. Had a good aroma and flavor going on here. I might would like it a little older if I'm honest, but then again, different strokes for different folks...

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this last night, been excited to try this for a long time.

A- Red body with a huge pink, ultra foamy head that has good retention. Pink pillow and ring leave some legs but no lace seems to stick around.

S- Waves of sour cherry. A bit acetic with horse funk and barnyard as well. Oak and wine hints are noticed. Not as funky as other Cantillon.

T- Tons of cherry and sour overall fruit flavor. Funk, acetic, oak and wine hints add to the complexity.

MF- Foamy light body with high, fizzy carbonation. An obvious cheek puckering sour finish.

The signature Cantillon flora flavors come through with a blast of cherry atop it. Tolerable sour and funk, smooth.

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Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

’08 vintage bottle thanks to Destructo. Ruby red pour with a pinkish head. Raspberry, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tart cherry, sour raspberry, semi-acidic with light funk, and oaky notes.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 split 3 ways. 2005 vintage. Bottled 22 Aug 2007. Let breath for 15 minutes.

Ar: Fruity, cherry, Blueberry, grape, cinnamon, pitty/nutty, nice oak, almond, vanilla, excellent, way more to this than cherry

Ap: White/pink head, fair retention, deep pink

T: Acidic, Almond, cinnamon, vanilla, great cherry, strong acid, complex and unique, berries, applesauce on wheat toast with cinnamon, more acidic than i would want but not as much as the normal kriek, surprisingly bright

M: Good acid, light and crisp body, medium carbonation, clean tartness

O: Most complex and best Kriek I've had, great cinnamon spice and almond, i still prefer non-fruit wilds but this is good.

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Photo of waltersrj
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Ruby red with flecks of deep dark brown and a one fingered frothy pinkish head.

Nose: Sweet yet tart cherries, oak, vanilla, musty barnyard funk and slight lactic acid.

Taste: More tart cherry than the nose, lactic acid, slight vinegar, drying oak, hints of vanilla and funk from the classic Cantillon yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and slightly drying in the end.

Overall: An amazing Cantillon...as usual. The nose, taste and mouthfeel are amazing. Great stuff from Cantillon as usual.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and capped poured into wine glass 3/11/11

A pinkish burgundy with a decent carbonation and a short lived pink head that leaves no lace

S tart and sour with a little sweet cherry, with some funk and jolly rancher and cough syrup

T no sweet cherry like I could smell, quite acidic and a little more funk then the nose, the jolly rancher and cough syrup are not as strong, very dry finish, it has a earthy woody thing going for it too, pretty complex stuff

M more bubbles then expected very sour, has quite the pucker too it, leaves a fair bit behind in the mouth

O another step down my road to sourville, pretty bang on from what I've had in the past, big sour notes and not as muck funk as i expected but I'm wondering if that changes with age

I grabbed another pair of these for long term aging and I'm curious to what will happen. Pretty easy too break the bank on this stuff but I just had too try it

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Fairly tart aroma, mouth-wateringly so, with a touch of floral notes and definite cherry presence to accompany lactic and light acetic acid.

Flavor is slightly funky, with more acidic tartness and a not overpowering cherry quality.

Could age and easily improve.

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Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'08 vintage poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Bright bold beautiful red color. Spritzy bubbles come to the surface with little head, but ample carbonation. Aroma is a smorgasbord of ripe juicy cherries and acidic tart sourness.

Taste is excellent and mirrors the smell quite well. Beautifully complex cherry flavor that rides the line between cherry pie, sour cherries, and fresh picked cherries off the tree. Biggest disappointment would be the lack of depth beyond these flavors as I'm struggling to find the barnyard flavors that I love from most Cantillon vintages. I'm finding that I may prefer the regular Kriek with a few years of age.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Prickly carbonation and slightly puckering. Pretty much what I expected.

Another amazing beer by Cantillon. Not the best Kriek I've had, but really delicious. Interested in seeing how my '07 bottle compares when I open it in a few weeks.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007(label) with a cork date of 2009. Poured from a 750ml cork and capped bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter glass. Pours a cranberry red with a very large pink colored head. Head rises to about 3 fingers and has very decent retention. Light fizzy quick sliding lacing. Appearance is hazy.

Aroma is pretty much as to be expected. Funky, tart, citrus, sour currants, oak. Cantillons have such solid aromas behind their beers!

Flavor is wonderful. Not as sweet as some Krieks, especially Lindemans...but very good. Big tartness right off the bat, followed by a carbonated oaky, tart, and currant flavor. This is another beer to be drank at cellar temp. Fridge temps won't do this beer justice as the flavors become blanded as your palate is shocked by the chill. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, carbonated, and finishes dry. Overall a very pleasant kriek style lambic from Cantillon!

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Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Argh. This is the second Cantillon cork I've broken.

Poured into Victory Pint.

Appearance is a cherry juice colour.

Head is pink white. Overall impression is of a creaming soda. Nice lacing.

Smell is pencil eraser, funk with a markedly synthetic edge. There also seems to be cinnamon and cinnamon sugar. Toasted marshallows. The oak's presence is less chocolatey and more savoury, charred; even faecal.

Taste is sour. Not straight lemon sour but a measured, slightly sweet, fruity sour. So I guess that's where the cherries come in.

Body is medium with medium high carb (and sour).

Overall a great beer especially for the harmonious and balanced taste and mouthfeel. Would have a slight preference for the Framboise over this but it's always a delight to sip and contemplate a Cantillon.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers

appearance: short-pour in an unbranded snifter during the big wood festival, bright cherry-red body, fluffy pinkish-white head

smell: lots of red cherry, vinegar, nice tartness, earthy

taste: seems like the standard cantillon kriek is a bit oakier/tarter while the lou pepe delivers a bigger dose of cherry and balsamic - moderate tartness, lots of funky and earthy flavors - cherry skin, wood, berry, red wine

mouthfeel: a bit acidic, light carbonation, moderate tartness

overall: not a weakness in the cantillon arsenal

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this multiple times and multiple vintages, finally rating it.

Pours deep dark ruby with big pink fluffy bubbly head.

Aroma is dominated by cherry, but has huge grapefruit and lemon along with a little vanilla and a touch of funk.

Great sweet fruit up front and then a fantastic sour cherry finish. I really can't describe it much better than that.

The Lou Pepe Kriek is medium bodied and almost like thick fruit juice, but the great carbonation balances it well. Slight butteriness but always drinkable.

Overall an exceptional beer that I'll be drinking many times in the future and a great example of a kriek.

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Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tulip.

A - Pours a glorious almost crystal clear fruit punch hue with a nice one and a half light rosey pink head that fades to leave a thin blanket. Wonderful.

S - Aromas of solid funk, light tart cherries, and subtle barrel.

T - Taste is an explosion of floral oak, light funk, and tart cherry juice. Its so floral and potpourri that it almost lends a perfumey vanilla quality to the lambic. So delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice for a lambic. Again the floral and oak qualities dance around with the lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this beer is just as good as everyone says. Love having it on draft, works wonderfully with the raspberry and espresso tarimisu.

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Photo of Overlord
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For all the hype this beer gets, I was honestly a bit disappointed.

Pours a very nice pink with some white bubbling. Reddish hues in the center. Actually, quite a gorgeous beer.

Smells faintly of sour cherries, but mostly of vinegar and acidic lemon. Taste is a bracing assault of sour wood, lemon, some biting unripe apple, and a citrus zest. Very good, but not superlative, and the unrelenting sourness does get a bit one note after a while (as compared to, for example, Consecration).

Nice lively mouthfeel, and this is certainly a very good beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle, into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark purple, looks like Barney's blood, with a light purple head that doesn't stick around long at all. There's pretty much zero head and no retention to speak of, along with no lacing, just a dark purple liquid.

S - Lots of fruit notes, some sweet, some sour. Cherries, grapes, raspberries, oak. Overall, cherries, lots an lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Really strong tart and funk notes right off the bat. Cherries, oak, sour grapes. Pretty straight forward here...I don't mind that at all. Horse blanket, funk, funk and funk.

M - Light bodied, almost zero carbonation (which is a disappointment), dry finish.

D - If you're in the mood for a wild and want a bunch of cherry notes, this is your beer. Very good, will purchase again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Awesome score here and had to leave work early to snag it. 2010 sticker poured into a tulip on February 15, 2014. Pours bright bright darkish red and totally clear. Bright pink fizzy one finger head on top and dissipates quickly. Aroma of lots of vinegar, tart cherries and cherry skins. Flavor is sour vinegar up front and then lots of cherry skins and tart but sweet cherries. The balance here is outstanding. Not medicinal at all, cherry is highlighted but not overpowering like the New Glarus cherry brew, and it comes together beautifully. A nice vanilla oak in the backdrop that really mellows this out. Juicy cherries but lightly dry finish. Medium light mouthfeel, full flavored, and big bubbly carbonation. While cherry isn’t my favorite in beer, this balances it as perfectly as possible. Very nice.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy color with an slightly above average sized, bubbly light pink head. About average, maybe slightly below average, retention. Just a slight bit of lacing left on one side.

S - Fairly acidic, vinegar smell along with some cherry tartness. Just a slight cherry sweetness. Hints of charred oak and a muskiness. That said, it is strongly acidic and tart.

T - Initially there is a strong acidic vinegary taste and a pretty strong tart/sour cherry taste. Fairly puckering taste. This gives way to a more funky and musty taste along with a hint of oaky/woody flavor. Then more fruity flavors come out in the middle to the end of the sip. Lots of cherry, still mostly tart/sour but a touch of sweetness, and hints of raspberry and grape like flavors. After drinking it for a while, the tart and acidic flavors go down a bit and the fruitiness comes out a bit more.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth but definitely has a drying and puckering finish to it.

D - Fairly good drinkability. A nice beer to sip on. Sour, tart, and acidic flavors quite prominent but there is a nice fruit taste and slight sweetness on the finish to balance that. Those make it so it is definitely a slow sipper, but an enjoyable one. Especially after it opens up a bit after drinking it for a while.

Notes: 2007 Kriek bottled 2009. Good sour beer from a brewery that knows a thing or two about sours. It was a little more acidic/tart and less fruit than I thought it may be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Really opened up after drinking it for a while, and the fruit started coming out a bit more. Enjoyable beer to sip, definitely recommend trying this.

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1999 in 2006, mellow as expected. A reddish pink fruity along with pulp look, good amount of lace. The kriek raspberry more than cherry aroma is invigorating. Sour pucker and mellowed magnificiently. it is Natural cherry.Unimpeding carbonation.Surprisingly easy drinkable.
2003, had 8 years later, only a bit of mellowing. Funky and sour. Smooth and that pink body.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 12-23-11

Note: 2008 edition (bottled 2010)

Appearance: Bright red, a cherry color - thin pink head, some lacing - pour from the first half of the bottle is clear, second half is cloudy thanks to the delicious sediment

Smell: Hay, cherries, cherry skin, barnyard, horse blanket, funk - the funk is quite substantial with an undercurrent of farts and feet - the unpleasantness fades, however - some acidity, some tartness, some sweetness

Taste: A ton of tartness and cherries - dry, not as funky as the smell - a little vinegar, acid - definitely sour, but more tart than sour - some light fruitiness, tannins, wood, a little puckery

Mouthfeel: Very tart and mouth-drying, not particularly puckering - medium body, very smooth, good carbonation

Overall: Great, but not mind-blowing

This is a great kriek with a lot of depth. I split this bottle with Goblinmunkey7 at the Ale House in Amesbury, MA. We paid $30. Was the bottle worth $30? No... but close considering the bar markup. I would love to have this again if Cantillon weren't so expensive and impossible to find.

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Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

Pours a purplish/maroon color with light pink head. slight hint of fruit in the nose, but mostly a nice funky aroma. taste is tart and sour, but mellower and not as biting as many lambics/guezes are. almost refreshing like a nice juice as well. mouthfeel is light. overall, very nice offering, better than the 100% kriek. I like how balanced this one seems. It's sour, but lets the fruit flavor shine and goes down much smoother.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.