Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
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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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Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2001

A: Pours a ruby red color with a thin head

S : Sour cherries with plenty of brett funk

T : Really tart and acidic. The sour cherries really shine through.

M : Lots of carbonation and dryness

D : It's a really good example of a traditional fruit lambic. Just not my type of beer.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with tart cherries, brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was intensely tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Mad cherries tell ya. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice).

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

Probably the best kriekbier I've had.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Arcadia tulip at Map Room 2/23/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy dark ruby red. Almost like cranberry juice. Slight whisp of a head that disappeared almost immediately. Just a tiny pink ring.

S: Incredible sour fruit aroma. Plenty of funk, wood, leather belt (?), musty basement.

T: Acidic sour cherry mixed with the aforementioned musty funkiness. Lots of oak.

M: Tart and puckery. Very dry. There is a lively spicyness to the mouthfeel that also makes this so interesting.

D: So refreshing. Once the initial real lambic shock wears off after 1 or 2 sips the underlying complexities of this jump out of the glass. Temperature is the key. Perhaps Map Room's draft lines were just wee to cold when they served this. After enjoying this for about 30min I noticed that as it got closer to room temp, the acidity dialed itself down a few notches and a subtle sweetness began to emerge. Incredible.

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label reads 2003. Cork reads 2005. Off notes 1-3-2007.

Pours an extremely slightly hazed garnet color with a pink head that doesn’t stick around. Smells like when you have a band-aid on and it gets really wet and you don’t take it off for a while, but when you do, your skin smells funny. Antiseptic smell. Also a fair amount of fruit and a very mild yeast influence. Flavor is of the best aged lambics. Mildly funky at first with a typical sour punch in the mouth that isn'’t overly powerful. Definite wood influence on the palate. Calmly there, but not overpowering at all. Feel is typical. Not a ton of bubble, but a little bit. Extremely drinkable. In my limited experience with lambics, this is by far the best I have had. And rightly so for $21 a bottle. If you see it, try it. Worth the money IMO. Bloody marvelous.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. 2004. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. On tap. Vivid, exciting bright real red fresh cherry juice vibrance, alive with dripping moisture and a wildness of the pits. Florid and bright vermillion, with a rose fringe and blush head. Flavor is a sweet, chirping acidity in the note of perfected aged cherry alcohols, fresh flesh and pining pits. Amazing balance derived singularly from the fruit. All around stunning.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap a few days ago at the Publick House. I side by sided this with a bottle of standard Cantillon Kriek for comparison. This Kriek had far more fruit flavor and a bit more sourness, as well as other complexities that just aren't in the standard Cantillon Kriek. This isn't to say that the regular Kriek was bad or mediocre, but this one really shined and made the regular Kriek seem (at the time!) flat and dull by comparison. Also, it was cloudier than the regular Kriek.
Too bad this beer has been retired, though I currently wouldn't really have much trouble getting it at Charles Street Liquors...

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 Erdinger2003
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of 1999

The appearance is very nice with a very dark red color that has a pinkish lacing. The smell is sour with horse blanket and cherries in the backround. The taste is a sour kick, but in a good way. The cherries are in the backround of a real lambic flavor with the horse blanket making a big impression on the palate. I can say it's the best lambic I have ever had. The mouthfeel is very good, full bodied. Overall this is a great beer and will get more.

Photo of Callenak
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at O'Brian's into a tulip…

Pours a bright red with a small pink head that lingers for quite a while. The beer has wonder champagne feel to it with the many tiny bubbles circulating in the beer.

The nose was everything you would expect from a wild beer. Sourness with a slight barnyard to it. You definitely pick up on the cherries, but more of an unripe, slightly tart cherry. Beautiful, couldn't wait to taste.

Ahhh the taste. Reminds me of sucking on some sour candy when I was a kid. Makes the mouth pucker with tart delight. The sourness subsides leaving beautiful sweet cherry taste. Ah, the joys of Brett, pediococcus
and lactobacillus at work.

Mouthfeel is tingly from carbonation but you can't help but mention again the mouth puckering sensation when discussing mouthfeel.

Now of course this beer will turn many people off. If you respect the true style of lambics, this beer is a grand example of one of the most truly unique styles known to brewing. In my opinion Cantillon rules the lambics. At least the many I've had. For my wedding night we opened a bottle of Lou Pepe Framboise that was amazing, but I wish I had the Kriek. Thankfully I have a bottle sitting in my cellar now.

Photo of laintringulis
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass.

Pours a dark murky red with small pinish head. Large amount of tight carbonation throughout drinking.

Smell: Light cherry smell. Strong musty, brett yeast smell with some citrus. Just smell sour/tart.

Taste: Definite brett yeast taste with tart cherry. The cherry is not overpowering. Very dry musty wine like flavor. Overall pleasing tartness more than sourness. I can't quite describe it; it is complex in the taste, but it is so well balanced altoghether it doesn't seem complex.

Light bodied with lots of carbonation without being stinging. Very dry in the mouthfeel without being astringent. Clean feeling and refreshing.

A true joy to drink if this style is your bag. A great beer to enjoy, but 1 or 2 will do just fine.

Photo of nlmartin
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a flute glass. The beer was the 2003 vintage.

Appearance: This beer is a very pleasing ruby coloration. The beer has light carbonation. This beer has no head to speak about.

Smell : This beer is a soup of citrus and brett yeasty funkyness. The beer has a fairly sharp acidic smell; however, the smell never gets over powering or offensive. The beer has a bit of sour cherries layered amongst the funk.

Taste: This beer is very layered. The sourness of the cherries and yeasty bret funkyness comes in pleasing waves.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied but never watery. The beer has light carbonation. The flavors are very layered. This beer is not for everyone. The beer has a fairly large sourness and acidity. I on the other hand enjoyed this beer from the begining until it disappeared.

Photo of chaduvel
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stoner420
3.95/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap

Beautiful ruby red, little to no head, medium carbonation

Smelled like cherries, not sweet cherries, but cherries nonetheless, great fruit aroma, followed by a tart note

Taste is very sour and tart, as if they somehow removed all the sugar from this beer. Very dry, cuts right through the palate, but the cherry makes is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, but the acidity shows through.

A great beer to taste and enjoy in small portions, an unusually complex beer, comparable to a good dry wine. Good onya Cantillon.

Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, cork dated 2005, this is the first cantillon product in years I have seen where the cork was not soaked all the way up. Cork comes out with minimal pop.

Pours a very deep red, far deeper than the normal cantillon kriek. Head is 25% of glass vol.

Nose is typical cantillon mustiness moderated by some sweetness, i can just smell some cherry, unlike the regular cant. kriek.

Taste - this is noticeably milder than their normal product. The cherry is far more pronounced, I can actually distinctly taste sharp cherry in this beer. Furthing tasting tells me that in this case the fruit character is stronger than the lambic character. IF (big if) this is not a blended lambic it would explain some of the lack of complexity in the lambic notes.

Aftertaste is a cherryish mild lambic mustiness, not complex at all.

Interesting variation on their normal kriek, but I am not sure if I prefer it to their normal version. This does seem sweeter and the lambic-sourness is far more subtle. As far as rating, this beer is highly recommended, I am quibbling over minor issues in a masterpiece.

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so disappointed that this is a retired beer. I had some on tap recently at Max's On Broadway in Charm City, marked as 2003 vintage. Oh well.

It arrived with a light, scarlet toned head. The nose was an intense sour cherry, like Montmorency, mixed with vinegar. The color was a cloudy cranberry, approaching the rich color of red velvet cake. It had a really tart, sour cherry flavor on the tongue that actually caused my eyes to water. The finish was so dry that I felt the arid winds of the Sahara blowing in my throat. This was a really good beer.

Photo of Higravity
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Max's on Broadway in Baltimore. Tap list say it was 2003 vintage.

Marchiano cherry red juice in a chalice with a pink fuzz floating on top. The smell is distinctly cherry with a prevailing citiric sourness and a touch of peanut sauce that seems weird with the usually sour funk. I thought I was in for the intense sourness of the other Cantillion cherry I have had, but no this was soft stinging sourness with a cherry flavor that melted over the tongue and really carried me away. In the very noisy bar as I sipped this beer I was in another world unto my self and the beer. Great carbonation and the mouthfeel is superb and this is very drinkable at such a low avb.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Label says 2001, cork says it was bottled in 2002. The cork was wet under the cap. Pours with moderate carbonation, body is cherry red. Smell is not as overpowering as their Kriek, not as sour or cherry. It is more blended. The individual aromas are more evident.

The taste is well blended, no sharp sourness, but it is sour. Same thing with the cherries and funk, everything is layered rather than hitting you all at once. Mouthfeel is great, this may be the most drinkable lambic I've ever had.

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/31/06- Received from Jetsbeer as part of a very beermas Christams present.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, foiled and corked. 2001 version, yet the cork says bottled in 2002. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cherry colored pour...as expected. Medium sized off white, rather pink champagne style head. Medium to light lace left behind.

Smell- At first, nothing but ripe and tart cherries. There seemed like a bit of clove or some kind of spice in there as well. After a bit, a strong body oder scent entered the mix which wasn't that appealing. Would have been a close 5 for smell if it wasn't for that. A bit too much funk of a kind I didn't want to smell.

Taste- Cherries, cherries and more cherries. The first taste was pretty mellow. Kinda like biting into a cherry pie. Then it became like drinking pure unfiltered and no sugar added cherry juice. Super astringent and very tart towards the middle and end. The flavor is very nice though.

Mouthfeel- Tart, which turns to a high sourness. I can still taste a bit of cherry after two beers consumed after it.

Drinkability- If you can handle the sourness and the burning in your stomach that comes with it, this beer is for you. Cherry up the ying yang! Flavorful and quite the experience.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.12/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stcules
3.82/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage.

Cherry red - purple color, hal inch of foam, pink, quickly falling.
At the smell: cherry, black sour cherry, cherry stone, leather. The gueuze taste is well present, and strong.
At the taste: tartness, astringency. Good cherries, anyway. Leather notes, just a bit. Strong tartness.
With a full sip, the relative sweetness of the fruit cover it a bit, but with a little sip, the tartness and acidity it's very strong.
Well, goo! Very good. Fruity notes again (meybe unripe grapes), and citron.
Fruty in the aftertaste, dry finish.

Photo of Naerhu
2.88/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Beautiful red, super fine bubbles. Glorius.
Aroma: Sour cherry pie and cinamon. Lovely.
Taste: Ungodly amounts of sourness. Dry cherries, more specifically dry cherries, like cherry pits. Rude.
Mouthfeel: Thin, sour, and caustic. Harsh.
Drinkability: This is a punishing beer, not bad so much as punishing.

This beer was a big hit at the tasting (Silverhand's review of this beer is from the same), however, I found it ultimately hard to drink.

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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