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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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Ratings: 1000
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002)
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 13:16:39 | More by GbVDave
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Brownish murky cherry, pink head, leaves to ring. Not much lace. Worried it would be flatish. Lots of cascading pretty bubbles when you tilt the glass.

S - Tart, a little skanky, cooked cherries somewhere in the middle.

T - Like smell, but VERY tart and the cooked dark cherry flavor mixes very well with the tart.

M - Medium to light body, nicely carbed and balanced.

D - The tartness could wear you out, but a very nice beer at a low ABV!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:19:13 | More by srandycarter
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a layer of pink head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very tart cherry with some herbal bitterness and a sweet cherry finish.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. There is tart cherry throughout each sip. The finish is tart but not biting. This beer was very smooth, I'm not sure of the age of the bottle my pour was from.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good lambic but it didn't wow me like I expected it to. That being said, I'm sure I'll have it again if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:10:17 | More by oline73
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cosmicevan

New York

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

Another one from the 7/27 Top Hops mini tasting! thanks to mac and justin for sharing!

vintage 09

a - gorgeous red with think pink foamy head. really attractive.

s - rotten eggs, extremely tart. sour cherry.

t - over the top mouth puckeringly sour cherry and rotten egg.

m - nice prickly carbonation. leaves a sour after taste. dry. great for the summer.

o - overall rather nice sour, but be prepared for this one is rather sour. the fruitiness is a nice touch. overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:52:48 | More by cosmicevan
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I currently have the remainder of the bottle in my glass as I type this. Huge thanks to Matt for bringing over this special treat, which we enjoyed alongside a 2004 Fou Foune and a 2005 Lou Pepe Framboise. This vintage is from 2006.

The pour produces a strawberry body and a small wispy white head hat soon dies to nothing. More or less standard lambic, and in particular, kriek, appearance. The aroma is sharp and funky. There's definitely some vinegar in there, alongside some tart cherries, and a nice old sour barrel.

The tartness hits from the first sip, though this is not quite as sharp as the other Cantillon beers we had tonight, and there's a nice dose of residual sweetness. So, yeah... lots of sourness at first, moving on to a large funkiness, some oak, and then settling into a tart, but slightly, sweet cherry character. Quite complex, and very pleasing. Light body, with a slight sticky slickness to it, and very limited carbonation. Its practically perfect.

I liked this one - the lou pepe series obviously delivers, though I'm not sure the added price brings a lot more to the table. Between this and the framboise, the kriek is definitely the winner. Thanks again Matt!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 00:29:37 | More by bobsy
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illidurit

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep strawberry red with a light pink head that fades quickly due to the expected acidity. Aroma is lemons and sour cherries, a hint of sweet strawberry, oodles of citric acid. Flavor is very sour but with a solid amount of fruitiness to balance. Sour cherries, slight musty earthiness, old wood, straw. Pretty great kriek.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 19:01:10 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy bright cherry red with a thin collar of pink film.
S: Really dry and tart smelling, musty, similar to an old woody attic or a wet, dank basement. I get some slightly cheesy notes as well as tart cherries.
T: Big fresh cherry taste along with some cherry juice. Really flavorful, woody and musty.
M: The tartness is so clean when drinking Cantillon. The carbonation is tiny and the body is extremely bone dry.
O: Straight forward tart cherry goodness. I could drink a ton of this.

EDIT: 2006 vintage:
This vintage is super-duper funky. Like, nasty old cheese inside a pair of sweaty socks in a gym locker in the sun funky. This is a great vintage if you’re into nasty cheese, which you are.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:31:32 | More by scottfrie
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a clear magenta with a short pink head. Nose is full of tart cherries. I get some jammy qualities and almost a bit of rhubarb. Notes vinegar on the nose with slight hints of oak. The taste is delicious. Plenty of puckering tartness up front with delicious cherry forward profile. Not a whole lot of other adjectives I can use than cherry, but that is okay because this is delicious. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and tasty. Overall, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:25:55 | More by homebrew311
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Overlord

California

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For all the hype this beer gets, I was honestly a bit disappointed.

Pours a very nice pink with some white bubbling. Reddish hues in the center. Actually, quite a gorgeous beer.

Smells faintly of sour cherries, but mostly of vinegar and acidic lemon. Taste is a bracing assault of sour wood, lemon, some biting unripe apple, and a citrus zest. Very good, but not superlative, and the unrelenting sourness does get a bit one note after a while (as compared to, for example, Consecration).

Nice lively mouthfeel, and this is certainly a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 10:08:34 | More by Overlord
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

2007 Edition, from a 750 ml green bottle, capped and corked. Pours out a rich translucent garnet hue, tall pink fizzy head that quickly settles.

Sharp acidity and earthy tart cherry sums up the aroma.

Sharp acidity up front in the flavour, tart and sour cherries back this up, revealing mild earthy malt near the finish, more sour cherry, with some barnyard funk joining and lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-low mouthfeel, sticky and acidic texture. low carbonation.

For those who adore acidic ales this stuff will make their toes curl, however for the kriek fan there's not much being offered from the fruit. I'm rather on the fence with this one, I can appreciate it for what it is (and how rare it is to get), however am quite content after half a glass and not craving any more of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:54:00 | More by IronDjinn
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Great Lambic Summit

2005 vintage. Pours a nice, hazy, ruby red color with thin puff of pinkish hued head. Scent is of muted tart cherry, mild sweetness and mild funk - very low key. Taste is aggressive tart cherry, hints of graham cracker and sweet cream. Background notes of sourness and oak. Medium bodied, spritzy and dry. An excellent kriek.

Update: Cracked a 2007 vintage on 10/22 and the flavor and tartness of the cherry dominate as the funkiness is much more pronounced. Still a good beer but much better with age.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 17:16:13 | More by rfgetz
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 16:54:08 | More by mdaschaf
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. 2005 vintage, bottled in 2007. sampled feb 16/2010.

pours slightly hazy deep red. looks almost burgundy from a distance, but shows nice ruby and garnet hues up close. a nice layer of dense pink head forms, quickly dropping to a wide ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is sour! sour cherry. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. there's some spice to it too, like montmorency cherries or a cherry pie. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of straw. light vanilla. raw oak. earth and wood.

taste is great. sour cherry, with a nice cherry spice background. bit of lemon and malt vinegar, but it's far less acidic and vinegary than i expected and am accustomed to with cantillon. straw. white bread. bit of cracker. touch of nutty character. light horse blanket and a bit of leather. hint of vanilla. earthy and a bit woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a pretty dry finish. fine medium-high carbonation.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced acidity and sourness. alcohol is almost completely hidden. nice complexity and depth. a really nice kriek.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:47:34 | More by grub
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 sticker; bottled Sept. 1, 2011.

Pours a flat hazy raspberry red. Lies still. No foam. 4.0

Funky punch with a nose of tart cherries, sour raspberry, wet leather, straw, horse blanket, and slight acetic acidity. 5.0

Tart cherries fall back into a supporting role, the age scales back the fruitiness. Tannic acidity with a solid Bretty note. Backend lingering bristle from the oak. Concentrated fruit flavor like a cherry reduction sauce. Peppery note in the middle. Phenomenal complexity. 4.5

Little bit of spritz left in this one. Tannic, but wet enough. 4.0

A real treat, sharing a bottle of Lou Pepe Kriek with friends on a Tuesday afternoon. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:37:57 | More by thecheapies
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nickd717

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage via trade from bierkoning on ratebeer. Thanks a lot, Edo! This was epic. I shared it at a tasting hosted by bulletrain76 on BA.

Pours a slightly hazy deep red color with a medium-sized white head and great lacing.

Aroma is intense tart cherries and barnyard funk. You can feel the acid burning your nostrils, and it's great.

Flavor is super-sour and acidic, but amazing. Loads of tart cherries, cherry Jolly Ranchers, funk, and lacto/pedio/other wild bug tartness. Brutal, but awesome.

Medium bodied with very high acidity and lively carbonation. The sourness stays with you for awhile on this one.

Drinkability is pretty good for a beer this sour. Overall another great one from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:38:40 | More by nickd717
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. 2007 vintage; bottled August 21, 2009.

(A)- Pours a beautiful deep dark ruby red hue that produced a good pink colored head that dissipated to a light layer of foam; some lacing here and there.

(S)- A dry yet fruity tart cherry aroma with a little bit of hay funk. Very dry, yet fruity tart raspberries in the background too. Great; beautiful aroma of tart fruits and dry funk. Lovely.

(T)- A great tart/ sourness of cherries in the forefront. Finishes in a great dry hay funk yet remains smooth with the ever present tart/sourness. A joy of flavors.

(M)- A great; lively carbonation level that lightly fizzes on the tongue. A great sourness that is diverse with the tart fruits at the same time. A light yet present hay/funk dryness throughout the range of the beer too. Pretty much an all around joy/orgasm/party to drink.

(D)- A fantasticly beautiful lambic. Tart and sour with a great fruit profile. Has a great acidity to it that combines well with everything else. The pinnacle of the style in all areas. I could easily have a whole bottle to myself no problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:51:43 | More by sweemzander
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Crosling

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Magenta.

Musty aroma of cherries and tartness...ofcourse!

Like I have said before, I find it very redundant to describe the flavors of almost every lambic. This particular one had a much more pronounced fruit profile than the standard Cantillon Kriek but it lacked assertion, especially with its sourness. Quite dry on the finish. Still very good and this was certainly a pleasure to consume. I just wish that they could have blended an older lambic so the sourness would have been a little more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 20:38:48 | More by Crosling
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this last night, been excited to try this for a long time.

A- Red body with a huge pink, ultra foamy head that has good retention. Pink pillow and ring leave some legs but no lace seems to stick around.

S- Waves of sour cherry. A bit acetic with horse funk and barnyard as well. Oak and wine hints are noticed. Not as funky as other Cantillon.

T- Tons of cherry and sour overall fruit flavor. Funk, acetic, oak and wine hints add to the complexity.

MF- Foamy light body with high, fizzy carbonation. An obvious cheek puckering sour finish.

The signature Cantillon flora flavors come through with a blast of cherry atop it. Tolerable sour and funk, smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:09:27 | More by cbutova
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Florida9

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark red. Almost purple. Pours with a very fizzy, light pink head. Good retention, but no lacing.

S: aroma is pure cherry essence. There is a very strong vinegar aroma that seems to burn off as the beer warms revealing the tart cherries.

T: Taste is more cherry. Tart cherries, but with some residual sweetness, which is nice since the sweetness is usually fermented out in these types of beers.

M: Lighter side of meduim in body. Heavier carbonation. Mild tartness.

O: This is a very very nice beer. I can really appreciate the restraint shown on this one, as this beers balance makes it quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:13:58 | More by Florida9
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

A very good brew. Not as assertive as some of there others stuff, but very tasty all the same. smelly barnyard/dirty nappy aroma. Very sour and quite tart, complex array of flavours attack the crap out for tongue, very sour, yummy and even refreshing, i'm yet to have a shitty beer from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 10:13:10 | More by rastaman
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, ruby color with no foam at all. The smell was a modest sour cherry aroma -- nice but subdued. The taste was tart cherry, somewhat sour, with a bit of horse blanket. A very good flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and tart with medium body and low carbonation. The slightly sour cherry flavor lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good kriek lambic, good to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 17:48:27 | More by UncleJimbo
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Fountainhead

A - It pours a seemingly blood-red hue, but it is quite dark in the Fountainhead so I cannot really tell; it is capped with some filmy froth.

S - The nose is pungent cherry first and foremost, and is backed strongly by the requisite Cantillon musty funk. As soon as I accomodate myself (and recoil from my Floridian shock relative to seeing Cantillon on-tap,) bright bushy green notes suggest a melange of freshly foraged berries, beyond the cherry.

T - The lambic is fairly sweet and quite heavily laden with potent fruit flavor. Cherries are the most distinct fruit, but suggestions of varied drupes including currant, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry are faintly implied, and the punchy tartness seems to derive from the fruit rather than the funk character.

M - Almost medium-bodied, softly effervescent.

O - Cantillon LP on-tap? You gotta be kidding me. I should stay in my seat until I drain this keg.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 15:13:13 | More by ktrillionaire
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rye726

Colorado

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

'06

Pours a dark, plum red with a thin pink head. Superb color.

Nose has wild cherries, oak, sour yeast, red wine, manure, horse blanket and musty hay.

Taste has tart cherries, wood, Bordeaux wine, barnyard funk and lactic yeast.

Crisp, acidic body has a nice dry finish. Another great lambic from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 06:53:31 | More by rye726
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle, into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark purple, looks like Barney's blood, with a light purple head that doesn't stick around long at all. There's pretty much zero head and no retention to speak of, along with no lacing, just a dark purple liquid.

S - Lots of fruit notes, some sweet, some sour. Cherries, grapes, raspberries, oak. Overall, cherries, lots an lots of sweet and sour cherries.

T - Really strong tart and funk notes right off the bat. Cherries, oak, sour grapes. Pretty straight forward here...I don't mind that at all. Horse blanket, funk, funk and funk.

M - Light bodied, almost zero carbonation (which is a disappointment), dry finish.

D - If you're in the mood for a wild and want a bunch of cherry notes, this is your beer. Very good, will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:01:49 | More by Sean9689
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Arbitrator

California

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage (with 2009 crop) purchased at the brewery and shared with some friends in London. The brewer remarked that he personally felt this year's fruit batch was amazing, so I was looking forward to this.

A: Pours a hazy reddish-magenta color in the glass, adorned by a light reddish-pink froth that vanishes as quickly as it appears (expected for the style). It remains in the form of a hint of bubbles on top of the brew, with a thin halo and active carbonation up the glass.

S: Like smelling cherry pie, on the first whiff: cherry, cinnamon, bread. But it gets woodsy and foresty as I explore the bouquet, and finally I detect the telltale brett aromas of horse blanket and funk.

T: Liquid cherry pie, although with a twist as it is composed of sour cherries. The tartness commands attention at first, but it lessens its grip as the flavor progresses into a palette of grassy, funky / musty / hay flavors. The finish is lightly tannic and semi-dry.

M: Light-bodied, lively carbonation. As mentioned above, this is semi-dry, but not nearly as dry as the austere Lou Pepe Framboise. We felt this was a better finish in that regard.

D: My second favorite of the Lou Pepes that we tried, and the better of the two fruit varieties. I'd love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 19:30:51 | More by Arbitrator
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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