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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,312
Gots: 271 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

scottfrie, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Naptown25rs for this one. 2007 bottle, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - Pours a deep red, with a big fluffy white head. A slight haze, but not much... looks awesome.

S - Definitely cherries first, followed by some serious Cantillon funk, earthy barnyard, definitely going to be tart, and also some slight wine character.

T - Not quite as sour as I thought it might be, but definitely tart. Sour cherries dominate, with some always solid Cantillon lambic to back it up. This lambic had some flavor that I couldn't quite put my finger on the whole time, but it seemed very familiar to me. Perhaps a combination of the schaerbeek cherries, the sweet liquor, and the wine barrel. The combination of those flavors made this one of the best sours I've had. Great stuff.

M - Bubbly, puckering, dry, all things that make lambic great.

O - One of the best sours I've had the privilege of having. Had this directly following the standard Cantillon Gueuze and it stood well above. Something about this kriek gave it a very unique aspect that I haven't seen in other fruit lambics. I hope I can get a hold of another one these...

khumbard, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

cbutova, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml split 3 ways, this was the 2007 sticker/2009 bottled vintage.

Pours dark red, huge pink head falls quickly to a half finger and eventually a cap. Not much lacing left, but great looking beer.

Strong, tart cherry in the nose, with oak and some cream.

Very fruit forward in the taste, surprising amount for Cantillon. Strong, fresh cherry, oak, wine notes all around. Sourness and light funk comes out more as it warms but the cherries definitely win here. Smooth, light mouthfeel, carbonation on the lower side for the style.

Definitely the most drinkable Cantillon I've had so far, smooth, tasty and goes down too easy, but truthfully nothing blew me away about this. I was hoping for a bit more considering the price.

Chico1985, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage stated on menu, I have been informed that this information is possibly incorrect. Had on tap at Brouwer's on 5/26/11 poured into champagne glass.

A: Pours a beautiful dark red with minimal head and lacing around glass.

S: Tart cherries, acidic sour and funky notes with some oak in there as well.

T: Like the aroma, there are lots of cherries in here, definitely the dominant flavor. Behind the cherries there is acidic sourness with some funky and earthy flavors as well.

M: Really tart medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Excellent beer, favorite kriek that I have had to date. Nice and sour with strong taste of tart cherries. Really drinkable and delicious.

Azurescens, May 29, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, reddish, cloudy, low head

smell: tart red fruits, berry, vinegar

taste: blasamic and red berries. very tart but balanced. amazing

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a wow beer, best sour I have had.

CampusCrew, May 26, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage (bottled in 2009)

A: Pours a gorgeous dark red with a whitish pink head. This is a beautiful looking beer

S: Smell is funky and oaky with a light hint of cherry

T: Wow, this is an intensely cherry (like authentic cherry pie cherry) without being that sweet and the funkiness and oak carry into the flavor, it's got some sourness to it, but the sour is definitely in the background here while the cherries dominate.

M: Carbonation is fairly high and beer is medium bodied, nothing particularly spectacular, but solid for this beer.

O: Overall this is a hell of a beer. It's not as sour as I expected given how sour the regular Kriek is, but there's still some sourness there. However it's got one of the most intense real fruit flavors I've ever had in a beer, and that flavor mixes fantastically with the oak, funk and sourness.

starrdogg, May 25, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle n hum.
Served in an 8oz whit wine glass.

A: It pours a deep red color with lovely purple hues in the light. There was a small white head that dissapated rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is full of succulent tart ripe cherries. There are also notes of hay, leather, and wet socks. The lactic acid has obviously performed it's duties as wafts of sour funk fill my nostrils. Oak is present but extremely subdued amongst the other prevalent players.

T: This is everything I daydream about in a kriek. The cherries are front and center but any hint of sweetness has been gobbled up by the yeast and critters. It is extremely tart and sour with a wonderful presence of brett; barnyard, leather, and hay are all there and really balanced. The oak shows up on the palate in the form of a nice woody finish.

M: The feel is medium to light bodied with a lush carbonated backbone.

O: This is without question the best kriek I have had. Balanced and so delicious.

Neffbeer, May 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

metter98, May 23, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OF course it's delicious! On tap at Rattle N Hum.. The first beer I tried on the day and damn, was it lovely. Red with a lovely little pink head. Big sour cherry aroma with a small funk note. Very balanced sour, the cherry almost completely fermented out, leaving only the aroma and a sex appeal that only Jesus on the day of the rapture could say no to. Medium-bodied, damn delicious, and sweet Jesus those cherries are nice.

dragonWhale, May 22, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage into an infinium glass and duvel glass.

Pours a deep ruby color with a nice pink head. No lacing down the glass.

Smells like funk, cherries, lemons, lactic acid, acetic acid and a small amount of band aids.

Taste is of cherries, brett funk, sour from lactic and acetic acids and oak. Very dry finish from the oak and very pleasant. A perfect smelling lambic.

Mouthfeel is thick for a lamic but a good amount of carbonation.

Overall its damn good, not perfect. Its almost Iris good IMO

bs870621345, May 21, 2011
Photo of hawks10
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage - 750ml green corked & capped bottle - Bottled September 21st, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Wow, blood red Hawaiian Punch. The deepest and brightest red I have ever seen in a beer. Two fingers of spritzy and quickly evaporating head forms, bright pink, and then leaves nothing behind. This beer is gorgeous.

Was expecting to be overwhelmed by cherry in the nose, but instead, I am overwhelmed by that wonderful musty Cantillon funk, it dominates the nose. Aroma leans more to the sweet side rather than sour, probably because of the relative freshness of this beer. Fresh, ripe cherries are powerful, just not as much so as the funk...

Again, expecting to be overwhelmed by cherries in the taste, instead the musty, earthiness aspects of the flavor come to the forefront. Heavy on the funk, usually these flavors are more prevalent in aged Cantillons, not a fresh one such as this. A very quick, biting tartness when you first sip, the fruit character is not all that apparent, that is, until you lick your lips, that is where all the cherry was hiding. The cherry becomes stronger as I sip, but still, the funk is king. Finish is big on the oak with a lingering, woody dryness...

Body is on the lighter side with a moderate level of carbonation. Not as spritzy as a fresh "regular" Cantillon Kriek, this one could use a touch more bubbles. Still quite a nice drink either way...

Another wonderful beer by Cantillon. $30 per 750ml is very steep, is it worth it? Well no single beer is really worth $30, but whatever, I'd buy it again if I saw it :)

hawks10, May 21, 2011
Photo of alampear
4.13/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a dark deep red with a thin pink head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak and funk. Flavor is exactly the way it smells. Tons of sour, tart cherries with hints of oak and acid. Medium bodied, with good carbonation and excellent balance of flavor. This one is definitely more tart/sour then your typical Cantillon.

alampear, May 14, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ktrillionaire, May 08, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) for sharing this bottle of 2004 Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek with me, Kaydogg, jeffcrowther, phillybeer7779, and BrewerDan23. This is the first bottle of Lou Pepe I've had--due partially to the cost (~$30 each), but mostly because finding people to share the bottle and talk about its contents isn't always easy. I am grateful to have friends that bring beers like this to share. Now to the review...

This beer is a beautiful garnet red with pinkish-red highlights when held up to the light. The carbonation is on the lower side and doesn't produce much head, not surprising. As soon as the beer is poured, you smell FUNK. Diaper-y, assertive brettanomyces acridity, along with bright cherry sweetness in the nose. This doesn't sound the most pleasing I know but to me it smells good in the way that you can't look away from a car wreck.

The beer is very sour and dry. The beer itself undoubtedly was sour, but the addition of the sour cherries furthers the acidity. The lambic has a lot of the funky flavors you'd expect, but what I didn't expect was the creamy smooth mouthfeel. The acidity and low carbonation, made this beer feel so full in my mouth probably because the acid draws water from my mouth without any astringency.

A very tasty treat shared with friends. I've heard that the 2005 LP Kriek was better, so I look forward to the opportunity to try that vintage to compare.
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The 2008 was much less funky with a brighter acidity and a black cherry sparkle in the finish. It still has the complex interplay between barnyard and tart, but the balance is a bit more level and both are a little more refined letting the fruit shine through better.

Soonami, May 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the reddest 'beers' I've ever seen, a pink and red color blend, minimal carbonation to this one. Definitely delivered on the cherry and sour aroma.

Taste, another winner from Cantillon, this one delivered more of a cherry mouthfeel than the 100% kriek I've had from them, but was not as sour. This one is more for the cherry lover who truly likes the mouthfeel of cherries than the sour tart puckering mouthfeel that much of Cantillon does oh so well. It is very reminiscient of the New Glarus Belgian Red, but with some sour compliments to it. Not dry, its a heavy cherry feel.

Tiny bit of wet oak. More viscosity thickness than expected.

Beerandraiderfan, May 04, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - dark ruby red. purple mainly pink head, or the little that there is. the one thing i love about cantillon is the look and this one certainly doesnt let you down.

s - totally raunchy funky gueze-esk stank. like an old mans armpit in the best possible way. the fruit is there, but definitely is fallin off a bit.

t - way sour and funky like most cantillons ive had. absolutely delicious. grapefruit and cranberry bitterness but definitely a lot of sweet cherry. it seems to be fading off. slighty perfumy on the back of the throat.

m - very alive. like apple/pear cider or cranberry cider. a pretty high carbonation level surprisingly. very mouthwatering just thinking about it.

o - tops. totally tops. i want more!! i guess trading is my best bet at this point..

alenonbeeradv, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead and served in a tulip

A: The beer pours a medium light red in color with a 1.5 finger pinkish head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: The smell is mostly of cherries, with a touch of funk and earthiness deeper down.

T: The taste is a nice balance of sour and sweet cherries. The sweetness comes through more at the beginning with more of the sour kick at the finish.

M: Crisp, with a nice level of carbonation. This has a great aftertaste and a nice overall feel.

O: I wish I had bought some bottles of this when I had the chance. It’s excellent, and unfortunately think it’s sold out in the area. I would gladly have it again.

glazeman, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, generously shared by Sammy. Sampled with many others. Slightly hazed cherry red with a foamy pink head. Very enticing aroma of sour cherry, funk, wood, yeast. Mouth watering. Extremely tart with sour cherry and strawberry, highly acidic, with yeasty funk and woody notes. Palate cleansing, refreshing, medium body with mouth puckering finish. Excellent tart cherry aftertaste. Great beer, thanks Sam!2003 Vintage.

mrmanning, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 2000 provided by Dyan at our recent tasting. The 2nd of the Lou Pepe varieties that we enjoyed that day, and the 12th beer overall.

The deep rich red schaerbeeke cherry-enhanced lambic seems to glow in the light of the room. Light carbonation streams upward from a few nucleation points.

The aroma is sweaty barnyard hay on top of a rich cherry sweetness...remarkable after around 10 years in the bottle. The sweetness is balanced nicely with a lactic sourness and some earthy and fruit skin tannins. Light lemon rind aromas from the lactobacillus round it out. The flavor tracks almost directly from the aroma, except that the cherry evolves to an almost cherry pie filling sweetness. The bone dry and earthy finish is far different from the lambics made by other traditional brewers, but again, just completely phenomenal.

As I recall from my review of the 2007, age does begin to bring out some more earthiness where there was only fruity sweetness early on. This beer will hold up for years longer. A side by side of old and young would be very interesting.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition. Bottled 2009 . Poured into my cantillion 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.

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.

D: Supremely drinkable.

beerpirates, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Verecund for the trade. 2000 sticker date. 2003 cork date. Poured from a 750ml. Bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine light strawberry colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear red. Lacing is sparse with little to no stick. Nice head retention but otherwise rather standard.

S: Nose is dense cherry puree, Brett funk, wet wood, and a slight cheesiness. Deep and subtle. Enticing if not the most aromatic.

T: Opens ascetic and sour lemon rind with slight hints of sweet and tart cherry fading in and out. Time has really taken the fruitiness out of this one. Vinegary towards the middle. Hay, straw, and Brett funk at the end with a sharp, tart finish. Aftertaste is puckering sour lemon and cherry. Very well balanced but seems a bit past it's prime in terms of fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth with a nice dryness and biting tartness on the tongue. Goes down nice and silky with an accented tartness at the finish, which is dry. Aftertaste is dry and slightly puckering. Feel is near perfect for it's style

O: At this point, this vintage is a bit past its prime in terms of fruitiness. However, it's still an incredible representation of it's style. Very well balanced in terms of smell and flavor and with a near perfect mouthfeel. 2 or 3 years ago, this may have been a perfect 5. Currently, its simply very good.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

Pours a purplish/maroon color with light pink head. slight hint of fruit in the nose, but mostly a nice funky aroma. taste is tart and sour, but mellower and not as biting as many lambics/guezes are. almost refreshing like a nice juice as well. mouthfeel is light. overall, very nice offering, better than the 100% kriek. I like how balanced this one seems. It's sour, but lets the fruit flavor shine and goes down much smoother.

Blanco, Apr 09, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

A: Poured with a small-moderate, light pink head that very quickly diminished down to a ring. Body is a beautiful dark pink/purple color, with excellent clarity. Effervescent.

S: Surprisingly mellow aroma of sour cherries, with a touch of sourness/acidity to the smell as well.

T: Wonderfully complex. Strong cherry flavor, but not sickening/overbearing in the least. Moderately sour, some acidity, with a touch of horse blanket funk. Just awesome.

M: Moderate-high carbonation, maybe even high, with a light body.

O: Just an awesome fruit Lambic. I've also had the 2008 in the past, and they're fantastic. Get your hands on some if you can.

berley31, Apr 03, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland, CA during their March 25, 2011 Shelton Brothers event.

Beer poured into a Cantillon crystal straight sided tumbler. Hazy red, but very bright and evenly red when held up to a light. Very pink soapy head leaving a lot of pink lacing as the head receded. Vigorous carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sour cherries, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, sweet cherries. Some oak and lighter red wine aromas as well, mainly tannins. Grassy wet hay funk mingles with the sour and sweet.

Taking a sip, vibrant cherries, very sour initially, but then a lot of sweet cherries and red fruits with light biscuit malt washes over the tongue. A bit of oaky tannins and fresh grassy funk lingers with sweet cherries on the tongue for a long time. Absolutely delicious.

Light bodied, highly carbonated with soft bubbles to really release aromas in your mouth without tiring out your tongue. Had two glasses of this one since it was so good.

nataku00, Mar 28, 2011
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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