Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.55/5 rDev -0.9%
On-tap at the Brick Store. 2007 vintage.
Pours an opaque bright crimson color with a half off-white, half pink head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of robust cherries that are crisp and tart. Also present are medium malts and good amounts of funk – wet hay and leather. There are multiple layers and each is well represented.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Moderately dry medium malts up front are joined almost immediately by bright and lightly tart cherry flavors and hints of raspberries. Midway through, the funk really comes into play, carrying through to a mildly tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.
Overall this is a phenomenal beer and one that I’d like to have regular access to. Well worth a shot if you see it around.
07-25-2011 23:58:04 | More by glid02
4.53/5 rDev -1.3%
2007 Vintage (Bottled in 2009). Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. The beer is a beautiful burgundy with a fantastic dark pink head that's roughly an inch and a half high.
Ripe cherry flesh greets my olfactory, accompanied by a hint of cherry skin. Oak is subtle, as are tannins, and there's a light tartness. Brett is fairly tame, imparting a light musty quality but allowing the vibrant fruit character to shine. A moderate lactic presence is perceivable. This smells outstanding.
The flavor displays a wonderful balance of oak and tannins, with tart cherry skins and lightly sweet flesh having the most influence. It's reminiscent of cherry pie. There's a lower moderate level of acetic character, tartness is at a moderate level, and lactic sourness is at an upper moderate level. I perceive musty notes, as well as a little barnyard character. The cherries exude quality, and the flavor, though slightly sweet, is pretty dry overall. The finish is a tantalizing amalgamation of oak, vinegar, tannins, and fruit. The beer displays an increased level of acidity in the end. Stunning.
The beer is upper light bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry, sticky mouthfeel. This is just a fantastic beer, and probably the best Kriek I've ever had. Bravo Cantillon.
06-13-2010 04:23:20 | More by HopHead84
4.33/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-13-2011 01:32:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-22-2010 00:04:37 | More by TurdFurgison
4.28/5 rDev -6.8%
appearance: short-pour in an unbranded snifter during the big wood festival, bright cherry-red body, fluffy pinkish-white head
smell: lots of red cherry, vinegar, nice tartness, earthy
taste: seems like the standard cantillon kriek is a bit oakier/tarter while the lou pepe delivers a bigger dose of cherry and balsamic - moderate tartness, lots of funky and earthy flavors - cherry skin, wood, berry, red wine
mouthfeel: a bit acidic, light carbonation, moderate tartness
overall: not a weakness in the cantillon arsenal
12-12-2011 01:58:15 | More by dirtylou
4.28/5 rDev -6.8%
750ml bottle corked and capped poured into wine glass 3/11/11
A pinkish burgundy with a decent carbonation and a short lived pink head that leaves no lace
S tart and sour with a little sweet cherry, with some funk and jolly rancher and cough syrup
T no sweet cherry like I could smell, quite acidic and a little more funk then the nose, the jolly rancher and cough syrup are not as strong, very dry finish, it has a earthy woody thing going for it too, pretty complex stuff
M more bubbles then expected very sour, has quite the pucker too it, leaves a fair bit behind in the mouth
O another step down my road to sourville, pretty bang on from what I've had in the past, big sour notes and not as muck funk as i expected but I'm wondering if that changes with age
I grabbed another pair of these for long term aging and I'm curious to what will happen. Pretty easy too break the bank on this stuff but I just had too try it
12-03-2011 22:27:04 | More by wordemupg
4.53/5 rDev -1.3%
My favorite kriek to date. 2009 vintage, bottled in 2011. Pours an incredible deep cherry color with a frothy pink head that settles down slowly. Patches of pink lace stick to the glass. Powerful tart cherry aroma, oak, lemony acidity, hints of barnyard funk and hay follow behind.
Flavor follows the aroma; tons of fresh sour cherries taking center stage. The sourness is moderate in comparison to something like Hanssen's, so this stays away from the teeth-melting level, but it's still ample and pleasant, and doesn't start repeating on you after you finish the bottle. Lemons and trace vinegar notes, oak, funk, grass and hay all play elements. Very modest levels of both sweetness and acidity. Not quite a full pucker.
Medium to slightly light in body, crisp and lively carbonation. Supremely drinkable, full of subtleties and interesting nuances, a bottle I'd buy again in a heartbeat, even at thirty bucks a pop.
11-27-2012 04:32:20 | More by tobelerone
4.18/5 rDev -8.9%
on tap at eulogy in philly. 07 vintage.
Pours a dark cherry red with bright hues slicing through the color. A light bubbly rose pink head eventually fades completely leaving no lacing.
Scents of tartness, cherries, light fruit sweetness, and a touch of bitter in the nose.
Puckering sour right up front with some earthy tones. Oak and pleasant cherry flavor swirl. Notes of almost bitter cinnamon with more dark fruit. Some biting citrus zest and rind mix with the clear cherry flavor. Finishes sour and dry with lingering taste and a touch of warmth.
Lighter bubbly body, dances on the tongue, some dry feel towards the end - very tasty and easy to drink, and the alcohol is masked well. This isn't really a favorite style of mine and I was still really into it - super high quality beer here.
11-24-2010 23:15:50 | More by xnicknj
4.45/5 rDev -3.1%
Vintage 2009 (Bottled 2011)
750 ml bottle served into a tulip
A: Bright cherry red with pink hues throughout, some maroon edges. Fluffy soft pink head with not much lacing and a thin cap of retention. Slick, tiny bubbles.
S: Oak, cherry puree, bright red fruits in general; strawberry and raspberry. Very funky on the back, hay and a mild acidic sour note.
T: Again bright red fruits, plenty of cherry with the dryness of some wood/oak coming in mid-palate. There too is that classic funk and mildly puckering sourness. The funk carries through with some hay-like qualities.
M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and spritzy on the palate delivering it to all corners of the mouth. Presence of a dry, woody finish. Classic Cantillon, and more importantly classic Lambic in style.
This being fairly fresh, the acidic bite I got from a recent 2004 vintage is absent. This focuses more on the bright red cherry and fruits, along with the funk. Torn between which I like more, though I can safely say this ages extremely well.
06-07-2012 17:10:44 | More by ShanePB
4.43/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
04-20-2013 19:51:29 | More by Alieniloquium
4.35/5 rDev -5.2%
2004 vintage served in a 6 oz flute, Lou Pepe Kriek is chill hazed dark magenta with a small, lavender head.
Smell is strong sour cherry and raspberry fruit, light funk, some must.
Taste is strong, rich cherry, very impressive after 5 years. Mineral spritz, some funk, but not very sour. Very nice fruit though.
Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light bodied.
Drinkability is very good for a pure fruit beer, the sourness can stand to be amped up for my taste, but the cherry really shines, without being syrupy sweet.
12-28-2009 23:06:52 | More by ccrida
4.55/5 rDev -0.9%
750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. Kreik 2007, Bottled 21 Aug. 2009.
Big thanks to sweemzander for another crazy night-before beer!
A - Straight ruby-blood red with a plump and well-retained pink head. No lace left over but that's to be expected with the acidity.
S - Geuze-like lactic acid sour aroma with a funky cheese and almost barf-like acid nose. A huge tart cherry aroma balances it fantastically without being too much like cough syrup like cherry usually becomes.
T - Tons of tart cherries with an awesome funkiness with a great level of acidity to the finish. Rather one-dimensional but fantastic nonetheless.
M - Sharp carbonation and a medium-light body blend very well with a little light sour touch to the finish and an acidic bite. Fantastic!
D - Not too sour, not too tart, just the perfect blend, Lou Pepe Kriek is an awesome brew with great drinkability!
08-10-2010 02:35:15 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.15/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
03-08-2010 02:56:21 | More by jrallen34
4.25/5 rDev -7.4%
Big thanks to nick3 for hosting the Bruery RS Post-Post-Party and for sharing this bottle with the group. 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Bruery sampler imperial pint. Poured blood red with a one finger slight pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, funk, and raspberries. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, and raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Very mellow in the flavors. Had a good aroma and flavor going on here. I might would like it a little older if I'm honest, but then again, different strokes for different folks...
01-11-2011 16:19:34 | More by thagr81us
4.3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
06-18-2010 04:04:10 | More by AgentZero
4.63/5 rDev +0.9%
On tap at Max's. I missed out on bottles, and figured if I could get two glasses at Max's for the price of one at Church Key, I would.
Pouring a turbid cherry color with a dense, pink head that recedes to a thin ring, this looks pretty good for a kriek. However, I shall dock half a point because it looks so girly that this chick asked me what the sweet, fruity beverage I was drinking was. The nose, OTOH, was fantastic. Rich, deep cherry character, with a wonderful schaerbeeks cherry character with a blend of leather, cherry pie and a little less cocoa (than the 07 vintage, at least) present. Fresh, tart rhubarb, bright and piquant, are noticeable, along with a strong, lactic sourness with a subdued vinegar character. Not much vinous or oak character are present.
The palate opens with a brilliant blend of bright cherries, a little leather and a dense, complex parquet of cherries and lambic. I can't really describe it better than saying that that's what I want a kriek to taste like - intensely sour but never wearing on the palate, incredibly fruity but never "girly", pleasantly oraky and moderately tannic with an illustrative blend of oak tannins and skin tannins. Soft, frothy and fluffy on the palate with a mildly fruity and pulpy character, this beer is a masterpiece on the palate. I drank about 25oz, and could have gone for another 25 if I didn't have to go home. A stellar kriek, I'm being stingy here only because I think the 07 was the best possible kriek there is, and this isn't quite there yet.
06-30-2011 03:32:22 | More by DefenCorps
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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