Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
05-22-2006 23:24:40 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev -5.2%
Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!
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.
01-22-2012 22:35:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.65/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-17-2010 00:42:29 | More by Thorpe429
4.43/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
05-23-2011 00:43:22 | More by metter98
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.
01-03-2007 14:29:10 | More by BEERchitect
4.58/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-24-2010 02:09:39 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-27-2009 03:36:26 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-25-2010 22:23:19 | More by womencantsail
3.93/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
09-30-2012 14:29:08 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
02-17-2013 04:47:19 | More by TMoney2591
4.55/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
01-19-2008 04:45:02 | More by emerge077
4.23/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
07-27-2012 02:28:53 | More by zeff80
4.9/5 rDev +6.8%
On tap at The Trappist. Fresh batch.
Vibrant black cherry red with a short-lived pink head. The nose is all cherry pie filling, sweet and sour, incredibly multi-dimensional and complex. Sour, sweet and earthy with flesh and skin and pit. Tastes ridiculously good, cherries at the forefront exhibiting ripe juicy sweetness, tannic skin and earthy pit. Moderate lactic sourness backs the fruit, it's not full-on sour by any stretch, more of a balanced presence. Funk is mild, buried beneath the fruit. This is just an astoundingly good beer on tap, a true session lambic.
03-26-2011 02:25:18 | More by largadeer
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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