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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1005
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%


Brewed by:
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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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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kriek 2001 Vintage:

Presentation: Spied this during a beer store rummage with Davo, so I immediately picked up this beauty. Cost me all of $20 whilst in NYC back in May. The typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a cork/crown cap, all covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck. Once the foil and crown cap were removed it revealed a pristine cork. The main obverse label is a generic one for the Lou Pepe, and it has a picture of the area around Mannekin Piss statute, which is also the view seen from the Poechenellekelder. A small oval sticker above the main obverse label lists this as Kriek 2001, but the cork has a bottled date of 2002. The Lou Pepe range was created to mark the handing over of Brewster activities at Cantillon from father (Jean-Pierre) to son (Jean). The Lou Pepe Kriek is one of the better 2 year old lambics steeped with 50% more Cherries (300g/l as opposed to 200g/l) than its “standard” stable mate and reinvigorated with a sweet liquor sugar solution. Bordeaux barrels are also used, lending some further unique flavors to this special Vintage Kriek.

Appearance: Poured into a straight sided Cantillon tumbler. Deeply red-purple, burgundian, dark, cloudy and impenetrable. A decent sized pink head forms and fizzes for all its worth. The effervescent rousings are loud and spit small bits of Kriek up into the air. When the fizzing finishes and the quiet returns, there is little but a pink halo sliver and a small broken floating thin island in the middle of the head. A gentle swirl reveals some dissolved carbonation, enough to give life to this fruity-luscious marvel. Superb appearance.

Nose: Freshly baked Cherry Pie straight from the oven that has its crisp crust broken revealing the inner whole cherries and the warm vapors of the thick syrup in all their glory. This is fantastic. Tart and sharp, not quite as much as the usual, but the deeper whole cherry fruits make up for it. Slight acidic funk in the latter third. Don’t breathe too deeply though, for Cantillon Virgins it will still make your eyes water!

Taste: The best part by far. Sheer Kriek Indulgence. Massive blast of sharp Cherries, fruity yet acerbically tart, so pungent it induces deep breathes through your clenched jaws and teeth. The smooth 2 year lambic base saves itself for the middle and dry finish. Amazingly astringent, yet in a completely acceptable Cantillon manner. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sharp, cutting, slashing, ducking and diving. It’s here, there and everywhere. Cherry chews in the middle, lambic funk start and finish, with a saliva stripping long lingering end that can at times induce the rare condition known as “scrotuminusdisappearus”.

Drinkability: I am deeply biased, so I will unashamedly admit to admiring the way Cantillon and its tart mastery of the fruity lambics can still create a masterpiece that induces death by dissolving the imbiber. I managed the whole 750ml to myself, but fuck knows where my testicles are.

Overall: Supreme. Masterful. Insightful. Cantillon seem to be able to get their minds inside every cask of lambic and into the very heart of each of the fruits that they use. They seem to know just how it will mature and react in the many environs that they envision. Simply Marvelous and Sheer Genius.

I love the way that the Masters at Cantillon always push the traditional boundaries but in a deeply respectful manner. They do no wrong for me.

Shockingly Brilliant!!! A Kriek Premier Cru if ever there was one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 04:51:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this 2007 version from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Lindeman's flute.

This lambic pours a dark blood red, reminds me of sangria. There is tons of carbonation, a 4 finger dark pink head rises quickly with surprsing retention. The lacing is pretty light.

The aroma is quite subdued, especially compared to its sister, the Lou Pepe Framboise. The aroma is pretty much just sour cherries. It is not overly funky or have the typical barnyard funk I'm looking for in a lambic. The sour is more in the form a naturally tart fruit as opposed to mold. Its quite disappointing in his regard.

The taste is almost equally as boring. The taste is totally dead from start to finish. As you start to swallow you finally get some sourness hit you but its much to late and not balanced at all with any amount of sweetness from the cherries. At the very very end after you swallow you get a little sweet cherry.

The feel is on the lighter, but it does have quite a dry finish that makes you pucker.

The drinkability is high for a lambic because there is no funk that puts you off. However, it is quite bland so why keep drinking.

Overall, I was terribly disappointed. This lambic is severly lacking in so many ways. I believe it gets it lofty rating from those that are more accostomed to a fruit lambic, as a opposed to the try sour lambics that Cantillon is so known for. Maybe, I just got a bad bottle or it needs to age several more years. For now though, I'd advise all true lambic lovers to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:56:21 | More by jrallen34
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dgilks

Australia

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep, vivid purple-red colour with a foamy, pink head. Decent head retention for a wild beer.

Great funky aroma with underlying notes of lemon, apple, barnyard and cherry. Very good.

Smooth and tart yet complex and balanced. This starts off with a prominent tartness (not sourness) which is accentuated by the Shaerbeek cherries, a moderate funk note also comes through with an underlying sweetness. The finish is tart and dry with a lemony note which really works.

Medium body with some real fullness to it balanced by moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer with lots of flavour but true balance. Another well crafted beer from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 10:44:12 | More by dgilks
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champ103

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, the cork said bottled in 2006

A: Pours a cloudy cherry red color. A one finger pinkish head forms and leaves light lace.
S: Smells of fruit, cinnamon, and a nice woodiness. The wonderful barnyard funky malt is present that I love. Lightly sour and tart.
T: Sweet and sour cherries that are more pronounced than in the nose. Definitely sour, but not mouth puckering at all. A very interesting spicy cinnamon and woody/oak flavor that brings everything together perfectly. Slightly acidic.
M/D: A medium to full body that is well carbonated. Perfectly crisp and dry. I finsihed the 750ml bottle by myself. Pretty easy to drink.

Probably the best Belgian sour beer I have had. Interesting and subtle, not just sour and tart. So much is going on here it is amazing. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:41:56 | More by champ103
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, capped and corked, 2003 version, bottled in 2005 based on cork markings. Picked it up 1 month ago in Peoria IL for something like $13, just an unbelievable find and price.

The cork was seeping a little bit but there were no real issues in opening it up. The beer pours hazy and translucent, with deep ruby colors about 1/3 inch of off-pink foam. The aroma is so funky and acidic, with tart cherries and musty basement/barnyard aromatics. It tastes about as highly sour as my senses can register, there could not be a more sour initial taste. Puckering and enamel-etching, and delicious throughout, at least based on my current tastes. The sour flavors don't last in the after-taste, there's more a mix of cherry sweetness and some kind of saltiness. Excellent. The beer is well carbonated, even after 5 years in the bottle, nice body and presence. I'm rating the drinkability high as I love this style of beer, but I could see many people struggling through 1 glass, if you're not familiar with sour ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 00:04:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 bottle. Bottled September 1, 2011.

Appearance - Bright pink with a faint pink head. Thick collar. Hazy.

Smell - Really nice cherry flavor. Deep cherry flavor. Oaky and vanilla is very strong. A ton oof acidity but not a ton of funk.

Taste - Sour cherries. Lots of oak. Vanilla. Funk is much stronger. Barnyard is more prominent here too. The cherries are the star of the show though.

Mouthfeel - Dry, very sour. Medium body.

Overall - Fantastic cherry flavor. Best characteristic of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 19:51:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:24:02 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

As close to a brut fruit beer/champagne as you can get. Poured with a pretty, cherry pink, fine foamy head that lasts and no lace. Color is an intense, clear, ruby red. Aroma is a tart, pie cherry, slightly earthy. Flavor is like nose, very crisp and pure. Body is full and has huge champagne carbonation. Finish is super clean and bright..Be a great summertime appertif.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 22:32:37 | More by drpimento
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2001 vintage bottle, bottled in 2003. Purchased in Bruxelles at the Cantillon brewery. Mr. Van-Roy rang me up personally. This bottle was about $7. Compare that to the $30 that we would normally pay for a lou pepe here!

Appearance: As always the appearance is awesome. A well carbonated red brew with a small head of pinkish/off-white foam.

Smell: The aromas seem a bit subdued for a Cantillon offering. The classic Cantillon lambic funk is there, but it is in the background more than it usually is. I also pick up cherry pie filling, and a melange of spices in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is an awesome blend of cherry pie filling, acidic lambic funk, and light malts. This really is different than many other Cantillon brews. Perhaps this is because this is a very fresh bottle? Or perhaps it is because the Lou Pepe beers are supposed to be much fruiter than the regular fruit beer offerings from Cantillon? Either way, it works! This is like Quelque Chose (which I loved), but the complexity and funk that this brew throws, makes it even better!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and everything that one would expect from a Cantillon offering. Swish this one around in your mouth, and just hold it there for a while.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this monster is awesome. A sweet, cherry-pie-filling-like brew that will satisfy you until the last drop is down your gullet.

In the end: Highly recommended by me, and absolutely amazing fresh. It may be $30 here in the states, but it is still worth every penny. C'mon treat yourself!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 23:57:57 | More by francisweizen
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FosterJM

California

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

1049th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2008 Vintage

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A good bit of a mix between pink/purple in the glass with a good white head that fell quickly with a bit of dotty cling.

Smell- A whole lot in this glass. Very tannin forward with some great oak, funk, fruit and sweetness behind it.

Taste- A sour beer to say the least but was very temepered and balanced with fruit/sweet and the oak treatment. Didnt have a huge puckering flavor but was more of a sipper. Cherries are there and provide a bit of acid and vinegar but this was just sublime.

Mouth- A good bit of a light-medium with some very medium-high carbonation to it. The after taste is very wine like with some acid/tannin and fruits. Well balanced residual flavors.

Drink- Chris brought his A game on Saturday and I can't thank him enough for this treat. It was very well balanced, fruity and tasted great. I am very glad I have a bottle at home to now sit on and savor for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 19:12:17 | More by FosterJM
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/08. Bottle, vintage 2004 (bottled in 2006). Pours a cloudy red with a pretty pink head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of sour fruit, tartness, barnhouse funk, and cinnamon. Flavor of sour fruit, cinnamon, oak/wood, and apple skins. Quite tasty but this really wore on my palate after a glass. Very acidic, like many Cantillons are. Good, just hard to drink.
7/4/8/3/15 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 16:54:40 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 18:28:05 | More by Jwale73
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 1999 Vintage.

Poured a reddish color with a reddish/pinkish head. Fruity aromas and tastes. Sour cherries. Grapes. Tart. Acidic. Puckering. This was a very good lambic. I'll have to get another bottle of this one.

Notes from: 1/16/05

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 15:23:10 | More by hopdog
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very opaque read with a nice three finger pink head that dissipated and left the sides of the glass clean. A very pretty beer.

S - Sour, lot of oak and vinegar wine influence. Get a huge cherry blast at the end. It's actually pretty amazing and unexpected.

T - Very tart, lot of vinegar taste and wine influence from the barrels. The cherry flavour is nicely present. Little tannic in there, with an amazingly dry and lingering finish.

M - Light, with carbonation that gives it a nice little bite and kick. Almost perfect.

D - Got so sour my mouth almost started puckering. Became a bit of a sipper there after a short while.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 04:04:10 | More by AgentZero
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GClarkage

California

3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 06:27:01 | More by GClarkage
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

$24 750ml bottle neck reads 2005 and the cork and back label are marked 2007. Wonderful pink color with a head that looks amazing for all the three seconds it lasts upon being poured. Smells only slightly farm-like. Tastes like tart cherry lambic, delicious. Not nearly as acidic as the regular Cantillon kriek and is much easier to drink.

update 4/2010 2007 vintage on the neck, 2009 on the cork and label

really a fantastic kriek I just wish it was a bit easier on the wallet at ~$25-$27

update 10/4/10 2005 vintage on the neck, bottled 8/22/07 on the label

cherry pie on top of a very nice lambic, ill...

update 10/10/2011 2007 vintage bottled 9/4/2009

Fantastic cherry pie and spice in the smell, cinnamon and cherry in the flavor, rivals 3F Oude Kriek which is/was my favorite kriek. This is awesome and I am very glad I bought several bottles back in 09 when Cantillon was not so crazily hyped up.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:54:11 | More by ArrogantB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 22:04:46 | More by rudzud
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

Growler into Mad Elf challice on 9/8/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Opaque ruby-colored body wth one-finger pink head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left minimal lacing.

S - Wow! Really strong sour nose with plenty of funky Brett and a hint of vanilla. There is also a paint thinner or magic marker character to the aroma.

T - This is the most sour concoction I've ever tasted. This packs a huge cherry flavor with some vanilla. This is seriously one tart, sour brew with somewhat of a chemical flavor, yet I kept coming back for more!

M - Light to medium body with poppy carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel. Pretty thin and watery, though. Ridiculously sour and acidic on the palate. This will definitely make you pucker up!

D - Man, this is one sour beer that tastes more alcoholic than it probably is. This goes quite well with chocolate, which complements its intense tartness.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It's like dark cherry Kool-Aid with Sour Patch Kids."

Serving type: growler

09-10-2008 02:27:56 | More by ffejherb
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #500

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip, Batch 2008.

A - Pours a dark, ruby red with a nice light pink fluffy head. Good retention.

S - Tart cherry, slight funk. I was expecting more tartness.

T - Cherry, raspberry, some nice barnyard funk. Very nicely blanced.

D - Not overly sweet or tart, a nice balance. Good carbonation and average body.

O - Maybe a bit of a let down, just due to my own hype. Overall very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:32:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2008, bottled September 8th, 2010. I had a 2010 non-LP Kriek a few months ago and it was quite an ass-puckering experience. I hope this is a little less caustic.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep cherry mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of pink, fizzy head. Retention isn't so great and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: I'm a bit surprised. This is way more funky than fruity/tart. Musty basement type funk dominates with rotting wood and old sweatsocks. Cherry is surprisingly faint for how "young" this is. Mildly tart with mild to moderate notes of lactic acid tanginess. Very light acetic acid. It's quite nice, but I was expecting a bit more depth.

4.5 T: The cherry definitely comes out more in the taste. Mildly tart with a big hit of cherry flavor. Again, this is much more funky than sour. Musty basement, musky large mammal, dry-rotted sweatsocks, decaying wood, and apple orchard. Mild lactic acid, but it's just enough to add some fruit depth. Acetic acid isn't really detectable.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the higher end, but it's fine except that it isn't very spritzy. Also could use a bit more creaminess. Super smooth though.

4.0 D: What a completely different experience than what I had with the regular Kriek! This one is not only palatable, but also mighty tasty. I'm not too crazy about the price of this though.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:43:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to K75 for the hookup on this one!

A-Deep pinkish tinged red with a thin pinkish head...is this beer?

S-Kinda like those magic markers you used back in grade school. You can can actually smell the tartness!

T-Crack-a-lacky...BAM! This is beyond tart. Like a sour cherry bomb with a bit of residual sweetness. You had best like tart for this one.

M-Light bodied and sour crisp it actually hurts!

D-Super tar, have I said that already, and oh! so mouth puckering! This has to be about the most sour "beer" I have ever had....I love it.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2008 08:47:00 | More by Deuane
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a very dark pink almost blood red with pink edges and a ton of active loud light pink head.

S-great barnyard funk to this, strong nose of earthy funk and a touch of mushroom. The cherries lie behind the funk accentuating the nose, lightly sour with a touch of acidity. very solid nose but the cherries seem slightly overshadowed.

T-cantillon does such a good job with a very focused funk that plays so well into the beer and adds such a nice balance to it. the cherries are ripe and juicy, the sour is light and pleasant with an ever so light touch of lemony acidity in the finish. well integrated bright flavors that truly show complexity and balance with a level of subtlty that shows a truly solid beer.

M-full bodied and very creamy with a lively carbonation and prickly feel to it. quite dry in the finish with a light lingering tart bitterness.

D-this is another great cantillon beer that has a very concise funk that is centered and balanced. the fruits are so fresh a delicious and the sourness is assertive but not biting.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 15:15:33 | More by cpetrone84
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ADZA

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on the first of September 2011 and this is the 2009 version.

Pours a nice Cherry,dark grape hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and no lacing,the smell is sweet cherries,a touch of funk and the mustiness of an old house not lived in for a while,the mouthfeel is light bodied and bone dry and has tastes of Cherries and lots of them mixed with cranberry juice,a touch of bitter lemon and finished with a funky sour dryness and overall very nice and not many can top Cantillion at what they do but not one for someone who doesnt like Cherries or sour Lambics but me id drink again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 11:01:49 | More by ADZA
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ehammond1


4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2007)

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

Cloudy yet bright red with glowing grapefruit edges and a thin pink head. Spots of lacing down the glass.

Rich cherries and biting sourness combine to make an incredibly aromatic and uniquely special smelling beer. The cherry aroma is vibrant and alive while the biting sourness is stinging yet not overly aggressive. There's a bit of wood and a mild farm funk as well.

Rich cherry flavor coupled with a stinging, full sourness without being too acidic or attacking, balanced remarkably well with comforting, inviting flavors of hay, earth, and a bit of wood.

Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Blissfully good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:01:36 | More by ehammond1
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern for Their Sourfest in a 8oz glass, I had two because it's been a while for me. Review #900, boy how time flys.

I gotta say, this is a very pretty beer, A very pronounced deep shade of red with a somewhat purpulish tint to it towards certain lights. Looks like cherry juice. Up top a pretty in pink cap thats sudsy and foamy and together. It sticks for the whole show but not to the glass.

A funky nose on this sucka, Im greeted by a sour funk mixed in a boatload of cherry aroma. The wood comes out more(than 100% Kriek) from the additional aging in the barrel. Some more barnyard with warming and some leather mixed in with the earth. Cherry cherry bo berry.

And another one.. Yep this is a Cantillon alright, you just know when you taste it, nothing like it in the world. Sour cherry flavor, some black cherry as well. Oak/wood is large but not beating the fruit in this case. Tannic with some accidity as well. Some barnyard and outside earth with a small yeasty taste towards the end, very small though. This is like cherry juice with a kick.

The body is lively and there is a lot of activity, this is certainly not dead beer. A very low bodied beer with a spritzy carb going for it. I find the sour/tart appeal is lower off the spout than in the bottle, and that goes for most Cantillons. This is the 2007 vintage by the way. This remains a very refreshing beer in the mouth.

Well, the verdict is that this is great beer and a treat if your into the style. Easily drinkable. I just wish the sour I get from Cantillon bottles would translate more to the tap versions, although this is a sour sucka, and im a sucka for sours.

Serving type: on-tap

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