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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,425
Gots: 309 | FT: 17
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Belgium

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 stakem
4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle "2008 sticker/vintage" meaning this was bottled in 2010. Poured into a matching Cantillon stemmed tulip glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear ruby red color. A pink stained head appears 2 fingers strong and rapidly dissolves. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass. The head holds with a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite earthy with pitted cherry quality that is deep and almost stem-like and rooted. Lactic sourness fills the nose with a sour and funky quality that makes me salivate. There is some raw oakiness across the back mixes with a light bit of must character. When swirled it brings forth a bit of stinky cheese aspect.

The flavor is sour and earthy with a distinct taste of cherry pits that is flavorful enough to display a mixture of both over-ripe cherry character as well as an exaggerated sourness of unripened tart cherry as well. Some cheesy quality is present as well as the classic Cantillon funky quality. At times this brew gets lightly medicinal but it isn't distracting because the fruited quality is very natural tasting an not sweet. There is some raw oak and musty quality present. It leaves the tongue quite drying on the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Sharp and sour with a very enjoyable earthy cherry flavor that doesn't retain any residual sweetness. There is seemingly no alcohol impact on this brew. It carries with it a pretty big salivation factor. I couldn't get enough of this. Surprisingly for being the same vintage as what I had on tap recently, the experience from on tap verse the bottle is drastically different. This bottle was more sour like the normal Cantillon offering while on tap it was much more fruited and sweet tasting. Certainly worth a try by either means.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottles in 2011

Pours a light white head. Color is a stunning grapefruit ruby red.

Aroma: tart cherries with a some acidity. Funky and sour with some vinegar. Cobweb and basement must.

Taste: tart cherries but also some sweetness. Cherry pie filling. Lemon citrus and acidity. Very fresh and fruity but still has some old funk and cobweb flavor.

Mouthfeel: tart and sour. Light bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice kreik. Very drinkable and flavorful. Not medicinal like some can be. I dig this one.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a very nice red/purple color with a pink head that foams up nicely. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a nice ring on top. Decent lacing.

S: Very nice cherry flavor, a hint of vanilla and wood. A bold tartness mixes in, slightly acidic. Very big, bold, and inviting.

T: Big cherry flavor upfront mixed with some other stone fruit. A very sharp tartness with nice acidity. A little bit of wood comes through, but not as much as in the aroma. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation and sourness.

O: Another amazing beer from Cantillon, not much more needs to be said.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 1000th review, I thought I would review a beer from one of my favorite breweries, Cantillon. There are all sots of extreme beers out there, but in a way none are more extreme than those from this brewer. Most have modest amounts of alcohol, but they are packed with flavor while displaying subtle nuances of tastes and sometimes are challenging in the directions they take. People applaud, and rightly so, the sour beers of Russian River, Lost Abbey, and Jolly Pumpkin, among others. As great as those beers are, I think the beers of his brewery are just as good, surprisingly more available, and woefully underappreciated by many BAs. The Lou Pepe series of beers are masterpieces, and the history and tradition, and sheer difficulty of craft that is evident in every bottle makes them something special. Of the lambics, kriek has always been my favorite. I love the winey depth of the cherries, the startling burst of rich sourness, and the faint hint of almond from the pits. I really love this particular kriek and I wish more people who are serious about beer would try a bottle and review it. It's worth the cost.

This beer pours a a beautiful ruby red, and it's a bit hazy. There is a nice light pink head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. There are beautifully melded aromas of sour cherry, spice, oak, some light funkiness, and some acetic qualities. The taste is an explosion of vibrant sour cherry, a nice zingy acetic sourness, spicy oak, and a tart finish. Not particularly funky, but there is a slight hint of ripe cheese in the depth of this beer. Very complex and deep. The mouthfeel is slightly tannic and quite smooth. The tannins lend a refreshing break from the onslaught of fruit and sourness and give some nice backbone to the body. Utterly delicious. This is not my absolutely top-rated beer, but it is high in the pantheon. An absolutely oustanding kriek.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, courtesy of Darrell.

This lambic pours a stunningly gorgeous, brilliant ruby color with a beautiful off white head reminiscent of sea foam. No lacing left in the wake, as to be expected, given the style.

The aroma is fantastic. Cherry pie jumps out at you if you get your nose anywhere in the vicinity of the bottle. Classic Cantillon barnyard funk along with hay, straw, wild yeast give the beer a very inviting scent.

The taste is even better than I remember from the previous occasion I drank this beer in 2007. All aspects of the flavor are spot on. The sourness in relation to fresh fruit ratio couldn't be better. This beer has incredible depth and complexity, and is just phenomenal. It is obvious why this barrel was specifically chosen to be a Lou Pepe.

The feel is incredibly smooth, with a great lingering aftertaste that continues to develop long after each sip.

On a night with many great beers on the table, this was without a doubt the highlight of the evening for me. This is one of my all-time favorite beers.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon products have become a rarity in SoCal these days, so finding this variety at one obscure chain store was a welcoming surprise. 2007 Vintage, on to the beer:

Red violet color, almost looks like fruit juice. The color of the head is almost that of the body, with decent retention. The aroma is on the mellow side, with sweet/tart cherries and lemons going around. The flavor doesn't explode on your palate like some sour/tart, but still, the flavor is great. Slightly sweet from the cherries, mellow tartness, cherry flavor sticking onto the lips, a little oak, some random critters. Overall, it's extremely balanced. It's healthy in the mouth, and be careful drinking it, because you will keep bringing that glass to your mouth, and before you know it, it's empty.

Although there are a number of ways I could have spent the money on other beers, there's no denying that Lou Pepe Kriek is great. An excellent example of a fruit lambic.

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey first into a small snifter, then into a tumbler. Vintage 2008. Shared a pint with other BA drabmuh!!

An absolute gorgeous ruby color and clear. That is it. No head, no lacing. Just a gorgeous dripping red and glowing with perhaps a slight puck. Love this color.

First nose is a hint of heat and lambic like sour. But then gets more interesting and diverse. Lemon, a distinct wood smell (can't pinpoint) even some white hot pepper. Cherry with minor chewy sense. Just incredibly complex nose just wonderful and one that you can just bury in without being overwhelmed by tartness. I am just blown away by this nose just flat out amazing.

The first thing that hits me on taste though is an incredible tight fizzy carbonation. Sour jolly rancher candy of cherry taste and body.

If it wasn't for this tight carbonation I probably would have rated this much higher and may very well have been the best lambic I ever had. This an exceptional fruit lambic period, just fantastic.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 John_M
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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