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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,297
Gots: 256 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After exercising my inexorable right at the polling station, I got to wondering about the idea that bars have to close on election day, until after the polls close, and if that law even still, or ever did apply. Go figure, it got me wanting a beer...

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage...

This beer pours a hazy cherry red hue, with lots and lots of tight fuzzy candy floss pink head, which fizzes away, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of tart cherry and lemon juice, grainy, powdery vitamins, and barnyard funk. The taste is sour, vinegary cherry, a bit of malty sweetness, some earthy yeast, a slight dry woodiness, with a bit of mild funk bringing up the rear. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, fruity, and acidic. It finishes very dry - slightly woody, and fruity, the tart cherry and lemon notes still pretty strong.

Definitely one of the more balanced lambics from Cantillon - the tartness is present, but not sourpuss inducing, thus it goes down slowly, but steadily. That said, it's still a good beer to have with food, to soften the edge. For me it made an interesting accompaniment to raspberry rhubarb crumble.

biboergosum, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007

A. Pours a deep red velvet with a thoroughly pink creamy head.

S. Lots of tartness and cherries as well as some funky barnyard aromas.

T. Very tart at first - almost overwhelmingly so. As you adjust to the tartness, the cherry flavor starts to come out with some saison-like funkiness.

M. Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Quite interesting and complex once you adjust to the tartness. This is the best Cantillon I've had so far. I've still got a Classic Gueuze and an Iris waiting for me in the cellar.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage (bottled in 2009) - I always like to sample fruit lambics on the fresher end of the spectrum before aging them significantly. Poured from a capped and corked 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Sangria body, largely clear (with a careful pour), topped by a highly active yet lasting ultra pink (Crayola) head of sizzling micro-foam. Fast runing lacing, returns to the liquid as if on the edge of a whip.

Pungeant yet very well balanced aromatics - aged lambic comes through clearly with dusty penicillin, barnyard scents, and maybe even ant pheremones. Faint cherry notes abound as well, like a crop of them wafting over on the wind.

Very dark cherry notes, fairly sweet but not cloying - with a tartness coming more from the lambic and oak than the fruit itself. Pickled plum (umeboshi) notes and a slight and bright wine vinegar quality come through mid-palate. Subtle grassy/hay-like finish with light tannins from the oak. "Yummy!"

Light bodied, quite well carbonated for the style, and no real astringency. Smooth drinking.

Very high quality fruit, a distinctive varietal seems to be used here (some say Schaerbeekse, but I haven't sampled 3F's namesake yet to compare) - yields a sweeter smoother base (though still 100% natural tasting) than some other krieks, which serves as a nice foil to the artful complexity of the aged lambic. If not the apex of the style, it is certainly among the very best and exudes quality, care, and tradition.

augustgarage, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
3.58/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- phenomenal pink colour. Great head retention

Smell- smells sour and tart... Can also smell hints of oak. Similar in a way to consecration

Taste- tastes like a carbonated consecration... Not as good I think as other krieks I've had

Mouthfee-: highly carbonated and tart. A bit of funk

Drinkabilit-: too funky and sour to drink much of

Urbancaver, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from the goose island reserve wine glasses. 2002 vintage. this will be my oldest cantillon yet.

A- the beer comes out of the bottle a reddish colored body with pink hues to it. theres a minimal fizzy white head the almost instantly becomes no more than a crown. little to no lacing left behind.

S- woah, the first thing i think is that this is going to be a very sour beer. lots of vinegar and other acidic notes. some of the musty funk and oak barrel creep in as well. the cherry comes through ever so softly. im surprised its still hanging around after all these years.

T- the taste is pretty sour. lots of acidic and vinegary notes. a little bit of the oak barrel comes through. the classic cantillon musty/earthy funk comes through stronger than the smell would have indicated. the cherry is all gone at this point.

M- light bodied and thin. not much carbonation. leaves my mouth feeling pretty dry and has a good puckering effect.

D- i could probably have taken this bottle down by myself, but something this expensive and old begged to be shared with my wife who also really enjoyed it. id love to have a large stash of these.

jwinship83, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006 bottle poured into a tulip glass at the Toronado in San Francisco. Fuck yeah!

A-Pours a deep red with a 1/4 inch pink head. No lacing.

S-Tart, wonderful cherries, horse blanket, barnyard funk, acidic fruit.

T-This is a masterpiece. Starts out extremely acidic, then yields to a complex blend of cherry sweetness, acidity, wet hay, old musty wood, and wild yeast. Even after 4 years , this beer is still kicking! A textbook kriek, one of the best examples of the style I've had in years.

M-Thin and intense, with a long, complex finish.

D- Not too high, considering it's limited availability. Still, I will buy this every chance I get!

DaveHS, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.13/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: grape juice in color with a thin rose head, little lacing.

S: an initial bitterness blasts the senses with laces of cherries, feels like pop-rocks in my nose.

T: blasts of cherries and yeast, like a red pixie stick, flavor coats every possible crevice in the mouth and throat.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth on the palate for the high carbonation that is everpresent, certainly some tart left on the lips.

newk340, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Parrotshake
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009.

Pours a glorious dark ruby color with a pink-tinted white head. Tiny rising bubbles visible in the glass. I'm already drooling. Lifting it to the nose I get tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and... vomit. Just a wee bit. A weird funky note of stomach acid.

Taste-wise, this has quite a bit more cherry flavor than the regular Cantillion Kriek - with the latter, you get the IDEA they were there, whereas with the Lou Pepe they're clearly still around. Big, ripe & sour cherries, with less of the usual green apple and lemon notes. Still very tart. The vomit-y (or perhaps sweaty) note from the nose is present in the taste, but nowhere near as offputting as that sounds. Perhaps I'm just having trouble coming up with an adequate descriptor. Barrel hints of wood, vanilla and coconut come and go as they please, for a split second at a time. A little damp hay underpinning everything. Finish is sour and salty, almost savory. Not the most complex Cantillon I've had, but big bright flavors throughout.

Quite high carbonation with a clean and very dry finish - positively sucks the moisture from your mouth. You need another sip. NOW! And another. And so on. Wonderful beer.

Parrotshake, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of e11a627
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red, maroon, pink color. Pretty pink head.

S: Yeasty, sour, fruity.

T: Very sweet but not as tart and crazy as other lambics I've tried. Almost tastes like candy -fun dip or pixie sticks.

M: Very tart at first but smooths out during the finish and leaves a nice, lingering tartness on the lips.

D: Very nice and very drinkable. Not as sour/sweet as other lambics I've had. Have to drink it quite slowly but that's the best part - more time to enjoy it.

e11a627, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

TurdFurgison, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition, thanks NCbeerfan.

A- Pours a bright ruby color with darker ruby hues and 2 fingers of pink head that died to a light pink layer of head that remained for the entire drink, slight lacing but not much.

S- Dry tart cherries with a slight dry hay and/or funk in the back. Very tart and dry cherry flavor that leaves your mouth watering before you take your first sip, it entices you to drink it.

T- Sour cherries immediately with a slight sweetness on the mid palete that finishes with a huge dry hay/funk finish. I really enjoy the taste and how it evolves over each part of the palate.

M- Nice light body with loads of carbonation that cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting to drink more of this beer. My mouth is still watering after each sip.

D- Huge drinkability, could drink this all day and have no problem. Really a great beer...

Schmaltzy, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again I have to give a HUGE thanks to sweemzander for tossing this one in the mix while hanging out last weekend. You are a fucking certified bas ass in my book.

2007 vintage poured into my tulip. The beer is deep strawberry red with a finger of bright pink head that fades leaving a small soapy lace ring.

The aroma is INSANE! Tart cherries with a bit of spice and vanilla. Sour funk is mild but enough to let you know it's present. This reminds me so much of a slice of cherry pie.

The flavor is just as awesome as the nose. Sour yet smooth cherries. The barrel wood is very subtle yet adds to the complexity. A bit of spice and vanilla along with just a hint of funk. Absolute perfection.

Medium to light creamy body. A solid amount of carbonation.

Overall one of the finest beers I've had the chance to try. If not for the price tag I would seriously drink this non stop. Thanks so much for sharing this with me sweem.

beerwolf77, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

sweemzander, Aug 01, 2010
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2013 vintage, tasted fresh. Beautiful deep red red with pinkish-red foam. Aroma is a nice mix of barnyard funk, wood, wheat and cherries. Very nice cherry presence, , almost grape and wine. Taste beautifully showcases cherries with an intense tartness. More complex than the regular kriek which is very straightforward cherries with very few funk. One of the best Cantillon out there.

Bottle via trade with Boutip, thanks! 2006 vintage. Pours a beautiful pinkish-red with a bit of pink foam. Aroma is very funky of course, but filled with cherries, yeast and wheaty notes as well. Taste is mainly very tart cherries with some sweetness to blanced it out. Palate is refreshing with a very dry finish, as per style. A good one but still a little too sour for me.

Luk13, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of the '07 (bottled in '09) last night for my sour tasting; aged almost exactly 10 months in the bottle

A - Deep, yet vibrant red coloring with a similar head

S - Amazing, complex cherry notes that just leap out at you. Upon deep inhalations, I get some wheatiness

T - World class. Sweet on the tongue to start with a slightly sour finish. I will compare all krieks from this point onward to the Lou Pepe

M - A gentle swirl elicits a wave of feeling starting with a slight tingle on the tongue moving backward and into the cheeks. However, after swallowing the sensation moves back upward to the front of the mouth....amazing

D - I could be happy drinking little else for the rest of my days

ebin6, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

AgentZero, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/12/2010

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.

HopHead84, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark burgundy with a thin pinkish head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: nice cherry aroma with signature cantillon funky oaky notes that bring out the barrel characteristics with hints of vinegar and acidic lemons.

T: great cherry bang on the palate with vinegar and acidic accents and beautiful sour puckering with oak funky flavors. Great power behind the ingredients on the lou pepe kriek.

M: medium body with light bubbly carbonation that had a fabulous sour dry finish.

D: this beer was very drinkable a bit acidic but had great flavors that lingered on the palate for awhile. Very potent taste and another great beer from the cantillon brewery.

Gobzilla, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage on Tap at Monk's in early 2010

A: Dark blood red. Nice one finger bubbly pinkish head. Quickly receded to a nice skim and collar. Spotty lacing left in the glass after each sip.

S: Tart and sour cherries hit right from the start, a bit of musty funk and acidic vinegar.

T: Delicious cherries. Simultaneously sweet, tart and sour. Waves of flavor sensations come at you with each sip. A nice underlying funk, and musty oak -- that quintessential cantillon vibe is definitely here. Some general acidic notes round things out. I am a fan of aged krieks even though they start to lose some of the cherry flavor. This was divine.

M: Medium bodied with good gentle carbonation. Smooth, almost juice like. Quite puckering.

D: I had one glass, and probably could of had a second, but this was a small sip beer for sure.

callmemickey, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this multiple times and multiple vintages, finally rating it.

Pours deep dark ruby with big pink fluffy bubbly head.

Aroma is dominated by cherry, but has huge grapefruit and lemon along with a little vanilla and a touch of funk.

Great sweet fruit up front and then a fantastic sour cherry finish. I really can't describe it much better than that.

The Lou Pepe Kriek is medium bodied and almost like thick fruit juice, but the great carbonation balances it well. Slight butteriness but always drinkable.

Overall an exceptional beer that I'll be drinking many times in the future and a great example of a kriek.

ChrisPro, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007(label) with a cork date of 2009. Poured from a 750ml cork and capped bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter glass. Pours a cranberry red with a very large pink colored head. Head rises to about 3 fingers and has very decent retention. Light fizzy quick sliding lacing. Appearance is hazy.

Aroma is pretty much as to be expected. Funky, tart, citrus, sour currants, oak. Cantillons have such solid aromas behind their beers!

Flavor is wonderful. Not as sweet as some Krieks, especially Lindemans...but very good. Big tartness right off the bat, followed by a carbonated oaky, tart, and currant flavor. This is another beer to be drank at cellar temp. Fridge temps won't do this beer justice as the flavors become blanded as your palate is shocked by the chill. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, carbonated, and finishes dry. Overall a very pleasant kriek style lambic from Cantillon!

ShadesOfGray, Jun 06, 2010
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.