Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 1,511
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.01%
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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 bs870621345
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (502 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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 :) (1,581 characters)

Photo of alampear
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,692 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
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.. (770 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,426 characters)

Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 2009 Vintage. Pours a clear dark pink with a light pink head that settles fairly quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. This is definitely one of my favorite looking beers. The aroma is huge cherry, pie crust, some hay, funkiness, and some lactic acid. The cherry is phenomenal. The taste has an initial light cherry sweetness and lots of of lactic twang. There is also funkiness, hay, and pie crust. Finish is fairly tart with lactic and tons of cherry. Medium-full bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Just an amazing beer. The amount of cherry is overwhelming. This is definitely the best fruit lambic that I have had.
5/5/5/5/4.5

Draft at the Trappist. 2008 Vintage. Pours a darkish read with a two finger pink head with good retention that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Just beautiful. Aroma is huge cherry. Smells like a cherry pie. Typical Cantillon funk, but just a background note as the cherries are front and center here. The initial taste is sweet, juicy cherry. Tart, but certainly not overly sour. Perfect balance to the fruit. A little bit of the barnyard funk, but again just a background note behind the fruit. Nice tart finish. Almost no astringency. Medium body. Medium carbonation. I enjoyed this when I had a bottle, but on tap it is phenomenal. Easily one of the best beers I have over had. If this were available regularly I would be ecstatic, but my wallet probably would not.
5/4.5/5/4.5/5 (1,480 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only Mr. ygtbsm94 can pull a 2001 bottle out of the cellar as an unplanned offering at a recent tasting.

Pours out a beautiful pink with some nice carbonation forming a decent white head with a pinkish tone. Cherries shine through in the aroma and taste with some nice tartness. A bit of sweetness cuts in with hints of funk.

A little thicker than I imagined, but this is a beer that I need to grab whenever I see it on the shelf. Thanks again, Brad! (453 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Trappist. Fresh batch.

Vibrant black cherry red with a short-lived pink head. The nose is all cherry pie filling, sweet and sour, incredibly multi-dimensional and complex. Sour, sweet and earthy with flesh and skin and pit. Tastes ridiculously good, cherries at the forefront exhibiting ripe juicy sweetness, tannic skin and earthy pit. Moderate lactic sourness backs the fruit, it's not full-on sour by any stretch, more of a balanced presence. Funk is mild, buried beneath the fruit. This is just an astoundingly good beer on tap, a true session lambic. (570 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 sticker. 2009 on cork.

A dark pinkish, almost red color. Pink hued whitish head. Two fingers. Amazing retention.

Smells of sour cherries, oak, and funk. Very Cantillon. Not quite as sour as I had hoped, but it is very tasty. It is becoming more sour as it warms. The flavor is delicious and intense. I personally think I prefer 100% Kriek. The cherries here are very sour, but there is some underlying sweetness that gets cut through by a sharp lactic note.

Body is medium and well carbonated. Nearly perfect.

This spectacular. The fruit is huge and delicious. The sourness is nice. I like this beer quite a bit-- I just wish it were more sour... (659 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007

UPDATE 3/14/11
Opened a 2008 vintage last night and it was even more stunning that I remember. This vintage is brilliant in every way and I am bumping up my old score of 4.5

ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW:

Pours a stunning ruby color with 3 fingers of bright pink head

Aroma is light on the funk for a Cantillon, but there is still some cobweb present. On top of that is some cherry tartness, earthiness, and a bit of citrus peel.

Much like the aroma, the funkiness and sourness I associate with a great Cantillon is tuned way down. However, in this case, it is not needed because the cherry flavor here is awesome. Light barnyard mixes with the fresh picked cherry flavor to produced one of the best fruit beers that I have tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of sharp carbonation. Standard for the style.

Overall this is a very fine lambic and definitely belongs in the discussion of the best in the world. (914 characters)

Photo of mmercede
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage.

A: Pours with a surprisingly good amount of carbonation and nice small head. The initial pour is surprisingly clear as well. However, as sediment gets stirred up it becomes a translucent amber red color.

S: Fresh tart cherries with a strong acidity. Oak with almost a vanilla aspect. Strong bretty funkiness. Definitely the best cherry smell I've experienced.

T: Wow! Amazing cherry flavors with a perfect level of acidity and funkiness. The oak flavors are amazing with a vanilla character as well. Very complex with flavors that are a bit hard to describe. There is a bit of a salty flavor as well which is interesting.

M: Phenomenal mouthfeel with the perfect level of carbonation. Puckering acidity and drying tannic qualities. The flavors are very coating in the mouth and linger for quite a while. Very wine-like.

D: This is extremely refreshing and drinkable for such a strong flavored beer. Would be a great summer drink on the shore. Too bad this stuff is so damn expensive! (1,003 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 2008 vintage bottled in 2010. Pours a gorgeous raspberry color with a semi-hazy clarity and a mere skim of a head. Nose expresses tart cherries up front, followed by a sweet quality and some sourness, perhaps grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a cinnamon character reminiscent of atomic fireballs, as well as vinegary cherries and a saltiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation that falls just short of being still. Acidity and astringency stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. This beer is everything a kriek should be - flavorful, tart and refreshing. (663 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a phenomenal beer every time. fresh, aged, whatever. reviewing the 2008 (bottled 2010) version. pours a glowing red with a lively pink head that shrinks to a collar pretty quickly. collar stays around the whole time. very pretty. nose reveals many layers of different fruit (strawberry, cherry, citrus), earth, must, funk, cobweb, vanilla, oak, and what is coming off to me like almond paste (like the semi-sweet chalky/pasty stuff in the little metal tube they use for those delicious Moroccan cookies). wow. there are wine barrel hints in there in the back end for sure as well that brings almost like a bloody minerality. taste is divine. the brightness of the cherry and tartness hit first, but before sour can take over, edges are rounded out by vanilla, wood and nuttiness, while grapefruit pith notes come in adding a touch of bitterness that helps lift everything back off the palate. once again, something very reminiscent of wine comes through in the back end of the taste, and if it isn't wine barrel aged, i'd be surprised. creamy, medium-full body that tingles just a bit from moderately prickly carbonation drinkability? i could drink this all night, and everything about it makes it feel like a special occasion. epic good. cantillon does it again. (1,263 characters)

Photo of Verecund
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, bottled in 2010. Consumed on 01.23.2011. Poured into my Cantillon wine glass.

I've always enjoyed the blood-red body of this and 3F's Schaerbeekse Kriek. It glows a vibrant red. One inch pink head settles to a cm thick ring about the glass.

The most cherry-pie-reminiscent beer I've smelled or consumed. I've heard the schaerbeekse yield for this year was better than normal, and it's redolent with their sweetness and tartness. Citrus, cherry pits, and a quiet barnyard funk.

Juicy cherries, raspberry berriness, lots of oak, some earthiness, a nice leaves-you-wanting-more tartness. The cherry really shines through the oak and cobwebby funk. Slightly tannic, with a dry finish that leaves a tiny note of citrus on the the tongue.

Medium-to-medium-light-bodied with light, but lively carbonation.

So bright and fresh, this is just as good as (if not better) than 3F's own. The standard for the style. I look forward to seeing how this develops. (969 characters)

Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
98 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.