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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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BA SCORE
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world-class

997 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 23:24:40 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky cranberry red with an off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of lots of sour and funky cherry aromas along with some woody aromas. Taste is the same and has a great but very sour flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great lambic with fantastic aromas and flavors. I am very happy I was finally able to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:35:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage bottle that I scored about a year ago and kept in the cellar ever since. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was about what I would expect given the age on it. Dark reddish color with minimal head and lacing, nothing really to write home about, but given the style a good representation of what to expect. Aroma is sour as all hell. Acidic with notes of tart cherries and wood that are buried underneath a wall of sour yeast. As I take the first sip I am slammed back into the chair with tons of barnyard funk. Loads of lip puckering tartness that rip at the taste buds before settling in and the lovely cherries come forward to show their might. A touch of sweetness is still left in here, but you need to look for it. Smooth, even body and a wonderful finish leave this one fresh on the palate and literally made me salivate looking for more.

One of the best offerings they have hands down and with a little age on it really shines.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:09:39 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009)

A: The pour is blood red in color with a big pink head that dies down to a thin cap.

S: Lots of cherry skins and bugs. A wet straw and musty funk, along with wet oak. Quite a bit of lactic acidity as well.

T: The cherries offer both some sweetness along with a sour note and plenty of tannins (fruit skin flavor as well). The lactic tartness is there, but not quite as overwhelmingly acidic as some lambics. The brett is funky and drying, just the way I like it.

M: The body is medium with a low, rolling carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: The cherries stand out wonderfully and help to balance out the base lambic, it would seem. Pleasantly sour without being overly so. Well worth the exorbitant cost.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:23:19 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy red color lambic with a medium pink foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of naturally sweet and tart cherry is quite wonderful. Taste is also dominated by loads of lightly sweet and fresh cherries with some tart notes and a funky aftertaste. Acidity is very well balanced which is a bit surprising considering the base beer. World classic for sure and something I would drink more often is it was cheaper and more easily available.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:36:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 14:29:10 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition. Bottled 21 August 2009. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful rich, dark cherry color with a towering bright pink head that settles into a nice pink ring around the edges of the glass. Perhaps the most beautiful beer I have ever seen.

S: The initial nose is a lovely bright cherry aroma with a little bit of sweetness followed by a wonderful tartness. A little bit of acid in the nose, but it appears as if most of this character is coming from the cherries.

T: Tart cherries and a bit of a puckering feeling as a result. A nice, crisp acidity comes through, and it goes down really smoothly. Cherries are absolutely the dominant flavor without much else coming through. Perfect balance between the sweetness and tartness within the cherries, especially alongside the slight acidity that comes through as well.

M: Light to medium-bodied with just the right touch of carbonation. Very elegantly balanced.

D: Supremely drinkable. This is one I would love to quaff back all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:42:29 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin pink head.
S: There are strong sour aromas in the nose; notes of cherries begin to develop as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very sour and has notes of cherries. No sweetness is noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Although the beer is very sour, it’s not too difficult to drink because the sourness is not overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 00:43:22 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:47:19 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After exercising my inexorable right at the polling station, I got to wondering about the idea that bars have to close on election day, until after the polls close, and if that law even still, or ever did apply. Go figure, it got me wanting a beer...

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage...

This beer pours a hazy cherry red hue, with lots and lots of tight fuzzy candy floss pink head, which fizzes away, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of tart cherry and lemon juice, grainy, powdery vitamins, and barnyard funk. The taste is sour, vinegary cherry, a bit of malty sweetness, some earthy yeast, a slight dry woodiness, with a bit of mild funk bringing up the rear. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, fruity, and acidic. It finishes very dry - slightly woody, and fruity, the tart cherry and lemon notes still pretty strong.

Definitely one of the more balanced lambics from Cantillon - the tartness is present, but not sourpuss inducing, thus it goes down slowly, but steadily. That said, it's still a good beer to have with food, to soften the edge. For me it made an interesting accompaniment to raspberry rhubarb crumble.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:43:07 | More by biboergosum
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emerge077

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 04:45:02 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:32:13 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll have to check but I believe it was a 2007 bottle. Beer is red and forms a pink head of medium bubbles. No lacing really, carbonation is high and made of small bubbles that rise through the beer quickly.

Aroma is wonderful. Not as much cherry as the 100% but still pretty good. Classic Cantillon sour aroma with great lactic and slight acetic notes.

Taste is surprisingly smooth with only subtle cherry flavors. I tried this immediately after the 100% Kriek and if I were to do it again I would reverse the order. The tartness is nice and the lactic character highlights a nice cherry flavor. I wanted it to be stronger overall but this was amazing. I can't wait to try my 2005. Yum.

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I've had this again and my reviews were way way too low for this beer. This is probably one of the best sours out there, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 14:32:50 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2002 vintage. Pours reddish brown with white head. Aroma is very sour, with wood, cherry, funk and vinegar all playing a part. Very complex and inviting. The flavor is very sour cherry with wood and barnyard funk also in there. This is one of the most tart beers I have had, but it is immensely drinkable. This is a beer I hope I get to try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:12:12 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear reddish color with a light pink head of bubbly foam. It left thin white suds on the glass.

S - It smelled of cherry with some sour notes. Some caramel aroma.

T - Great blend of sour cherry with some sweet notes, too. A touch of caramel and just the slightest bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a subtle pucker factor. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really good kriek. Cantillon is always very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 02:28:53 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 2001, Cork date 2002, Sampled April 2004
This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy deep red color. It is topped by bubbly light red to pink colored head, that never quite disappears entirely. The carbonation is persistent, though not overly high either. The aroma is sour and woody at first, then notes of Barnyard funk kick in. There is a definite musty, leathery, ancient dusty room type aroma here. At the very end I get a bit of sweet cherry notes in the nose.

The tasted is softly acidic (for a Lambic) and it is accompanied by a rich body. There is a definite dry, tart, tannic cherry note here. The time spent on the cherries seems to have increased the body quite substantially. This is quite good, and quite different from what I was expecting. It is a bit softer, and a bit better integrated than the standard Cantillon beers. It is nicely sour, with notes of citrus & vinegar. The finish is woody and reminds me of cherry skins. This is certainly a beer I could drink a lot of. The cherry flavor is quite good in this beer. There is no sticky sweetness, like that found in the more commercial versions, instead there are these intense, chewy, mouth filling, cherry skin, dry, tart flavors that just proclaims that there are cherries in this Lambic. I really like this, and it certainly has grown on me as I finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 22:08:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking like a carbonated fruit punch, the color was very bright red. It looks beautiful! The head is a bit on the fizzy side and has a very nice looking pink color. There isn't any retention or lacing on this beer. The smell is of tart cherries and some minor sweet malts in there too. The taste is actually a lot more subtle than I expected. It is definitely tart but it seems to be nicely balanced as well between the tart vs the sweetness. The mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, it feels clean and doesn't coat your mouth with any syrupy cherry flavors. Overall I enjoyed this actually. I am not a big fan of these kind of beers but I did appreciate having this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 14:29:08 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
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 very 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:23:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 at Provisions,

A: Pours a gorgeous red with a heady cap of pink foam. Nice lace.

S: Cherry pie, notes of funk, definitely fruit forward.

T: This is brewed with 50% more fruit than the regular Cantillon Kriek and it shows. Delicious pie cherries, a great interplay of sour and sweet. The fruit dominates, that's fine with me as is true and delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly light acidity for Cantillon, round in the mouth, unctuous at times, but only slightly.

O: Another classic delicious beer from Cantillon. Not as good for my palate as compared to the regular Cantillon Kriek (much more acid, good interplay of flavours - acid and fruit) this is wonderful as well. Fans of the fruit will adore this.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:38:28 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 edition thanks to drlovemd87, this is special beer, and while not as tart as i expected it to be at this age, it has a lot going for it, thats for sure, and probably worth at least some of the hype it gets. the color is incredible, electric dark pink, hazy, with an oddly white head for how tinted the brew is. its glowing, intimidating, exciting, and about as colorful a beer as i have ever seen. the head doesnt go anywhere either. the nose on this is wonderful too, fruity, cherries obviously, all the way. i get the tart pie cherry type, or maybe even tarter ground cherry, but its certainly not the tree cherries we get around here. the yeast is amazing, its opened right up here, super summery, and funky as they get. timeless in some way, not dusty, but rustic and classy, insofar as those can be aromas flavors. the cherries carry through the whole flavor, starting just a little sweet, but finishing with a nice tartness, not mouthwatering or particularly sour, and with very little acidity, but like a slightly under ripe cherry, hard and yet to develop its sugars completely. the yeast works magically with this cherry complexion, floral and familiar, but higher end than anything i can recall. the beer is frustratingly easy drinking, given that these are so rare, expensive, and downright special, but this is in many ways a beer for massive consumption. it would never turn the stomach, its not that sour, and its low abv keeps it easy drinking too. the carbonation is splendid, all kinds of fizz to this, but never abrasive. its nowhere near as sour on the whole as anticipated, but this is a cream of the crop as far as funky beers go, especially fruited ones. infinitely superior to the lou pepe gueuze i think, and just an overall sensational and memorable beverage. a touch beer to dissect really, because the unity of the whole thing is so much more than the sum of its parts. i believe they call that synergy, and this beer exemplifies it. wow.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:03:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a friend. Ah, this is the way fruit beers should be. The cherries complement the base beer without overpowering or oversweetening. There's still that biting citric sour character, but with a gentle layer of the fruit blending in with the funk. That said, this wasn't a life-changing lambic worth the extra cost of a Lou Pepe, but a fine example of the kriek style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:03:28 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ML bottle into a tulip. A 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a deep res color with two to three inches of pinkish head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, tart sour dark fruits, especially cherries. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of funk, sour tart cherries and other dark fruits, and a tiny bit of spices.

m - Light body and light to medium carbonation.

d - I thought this was a great funky lambic. I loved the smell and thought it was really easy to drink. Looking forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:44:36 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle shared at Pinocchio's, I don't know who brought it, but thanks anyway!

2009 vintage, had in Feb., 2012.

Poured bright red, a little cloudy, with some pink-white bubbles on top. It's a kriek, so, aroma of cherries, as would be imagined; hints of acid. Nice tart cherry taste, balanced with maraschino sweetness, mild acidity, but not at all acetic, so the fruit is dominant on the palate. Medium body, tingly carbonation, no alcohol detected at all. Very nice drinker overall, but nothing to go ape over.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 12:49:31 | More by Rifugium
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a small sherry glass)
A-This beer has a very hazy red body with a strawberry pink foam and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The aroma is pretty clean, as it was served to cold, but as it opens up the fresh cherry aroma grows and grows. It starts to take on some over ripe cherry notes but it becomes more perfumed bright but dark cherries in the finish.
T- The full flavor of tart cherries clings to all parts of the mouth. There is a nice light cheese and brett funk in the finish but then the cherries linger afterward. The tartness as some more acidic lactic character as the beer opens up but that only enhances the cherry complexity.
M- The light mouthfeel has a nice tartness to it but no real lockjaw astringency. Tight carbonation dries out finish nicely. D- This is all about the fruit bit it has great support from the lambic adding nice depth that grows with each sip. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 21:16:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to Rcielsa for opening a 2001 vintage of this at the Travel Lodge.

Pours a deep dark cherry red with a two finger frothy redish pink head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Comletely opaque with slightly visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy funk aroma with a blast of uber fresh tart dark cherries. It shocking how prevalent the frut still is in the nose. Lots of earthy oak and barnyard horsey funk with hits of bandaid and sweatsock but again the sweet smelling cherries balance things out nicely.

Medium body with lots of tart sour funk and the perfect amount of acidity. Again as in the aroma, the flavor is bursting with luscious tart dark cherries. I can't understand how the frut has held up so well but although this beer is funky as hell the cherries still dominate. We also sampled an 05 Lou Pepe Framboise and it was nowhere near as complex. The fruit was almost completely faded and it was insanely funky. This beer has hints of earthy oak and plenty of sour barnyard funk that balance out the cherries and sugar added but again the cherries are prominent. This beer has developed very well into a delicious, complex lambic and the mouth puckering finish left me salivating for more. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:19:43 | More by corby112
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