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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Lou Pepe - KriekCantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek

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Ratings: 1001
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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mmercede

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:32:32 | More by mmercede
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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 18:28:05 | More by Jwale73
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 22:44:20 | More by timtim
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Verecund

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:31:41 | More by Verecund
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 16:19:34 | More by thagr81us
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Pahn

New York

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2004 vintage, bottled in September 2006.

Appearance: No sludge on cap, and the cork (which smells good) comes out easily, with no subsequent gushing. Free pour yields a half inch, fizzy, light pink head that dissipates quickly into a persistent frothy ring around the glass. Pours an interesting clear orange/pink-tinged red, and leaves short lasting islands of lacing.

Smell: Huge Brett funk; it's "barnyard" but pleasant, and full of more nuances than I can meaningfully attach to metaphors. Some mildly acetic cherry underneath that gradually moves to the forefront. The smell is full, pungent, and adventurous.

Taste: Starts with a slow onset sourness that fills the entire mouth. At the same time, there's a strong musty funk up front that quickly gives way to sour cherries, culminating in a long, satisfyingly sour finish. The constantly changing aroma enriches the taste, bringing out myriad fruit flavors along with the deep tangy funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with perfect, lively but not distracting carbonation. Juicy but never watery in the slightest. Dry finish, but not too dry; the mouth still feels full of tartness with sweet highlights.

Drinkability: Once again, Cantillon delivers a perfect lambic to sip for hours. The flavor is aggressive, but so complex and engaging that I don't tire of it.

I opened this bottle with high expectations, and got exactly what I was looking for. Easily worth the $22~ I paid for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:12:50 | More by Pahn
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Elendinn

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, poured into a tulip snifter. Love the aesthetics of the bottle!

Pours a sensual, dark purple-and-crimson with about a finger of creamy, cranberry and strawberry-colored head that slowly disipates into a thick ring around the glass. When tilted or swirled, the lacing creeps slowly down the sides, almost like a puree or an ice cream float. One of the most delectable-looking beers I've ever seen.

Smells like tart cherries, with a powerful barnyard funk, a hint of vinegar, wood, and a fair amount of fresh grass in the backend. Refreshing, with an underlying sweetness that prevents the nose from being overwhelmingly sour.

The flavor is dominated by exceptionally sour cherries and undeniable Brett funk. Tannic, vinous grapes; lemons; apples; strawberries; a hint of wood; and fresh grass round it out, mitigating some of the tartness and making for a crisp and refeshing finish. Unlike other krieks I've tried, the flavors in this are very bold and, simultaneously, very well-balanced.

Given the relatively low abv, the beer is pretty full bodied. It's vibrantly carbonated and a pleasure to hold in my mouth.

A fantastic kriek! Very complex, wonderfully refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink. I wish I could perpetually keep bottles of this on hand. The epitome of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 18:29:34 | More by Elendinn
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dgilks

Australia

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

This pours a deep, vivid purple-red colour with a foamy, pink head. Decent head retention for a wild beer.

Great funky aroma with underlying notes of lemon, apple, barnyard and cherry. Very good.

Smooth and tart yet complex and balanced. This starts off with a prominent tartness (not sourness) which is accentuated by the Shaerbeek cherries, a moderate funk note also comes through with an underlying sweetness. The finish is tart and dry with a lemony note which really works.

Medium body with some real fullness to it balanced by moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer with lots of flavour but true balance. Another well crafted beer from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 10:44:12 | More by dgilks
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wedgie9

Tennessee

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

Tasted from bottle purchased at Discount Liquors, Vintage 2005. Pours a cloudy but bright brick red color with an average rose head that recedes to lace. Nose is sour and funky with just a hint of vinegar and lactic acid, some vanilla oak, and a very fresh cherry aroma that also has a hint of sweetness. Most Krieks I have tried smell more like a Kirsch brandy, where the cherries here smell much more fresh. The flavor starts off very sour and acidic, but quickly and seamlessly moves to the oak vanilla and very fresh cherries that throughout seem to give an illusion of sweetness, but I don't think that there is anything sweet to this beer at all. The body is medium with almost sparkling carbonation and a long sour and fresh cherry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:29:28 | More by wedgie9
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very dark pink almost blood red with pink edges and a ton of active loud light pink head.

S-great barnyard funk to this, strong nose of earthy funk and a touch of mushroom. The cherries lie behind the funk accentuating the nose, lightly sour with a touch of acidity. very solid nose but the cherries seem slightly overshadowed.

T-cantillon does such a good job with a very focused funk that plays so well into the beer and adds such a nice balance to it. the cherries are ripe and juicy, the sour is light and pleasant with an ever so light touch of lemony acidity in the finish. well integrated bright flavors that truly show complexity and balance with a level of subtlty that shows a truly solid beer.

M-full bodied and very creamy with a lively carbonation and prickly feel to it. quite dry in the finish with a light lingering tart bitterness.

D-this is another great cantillon beer that has a very concise funk that is centered and balanced. the fruits are so fresh a delicious and the sourness is assertive but not biting.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 15:15:33 | More by cpetrone84
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a magnificent, clear ruby red with a thick, rocky head that looks like a pillow of cotton candy.

The smell is citrus peel, cherry and fresh berries. The acidic quality manifests on the nose, but there is little to no funk here, just pure lambic goodness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light with sprightly champagne-style carbonation that brings the tartness straight to your tongue.

The taste mimics the smell. Light raspberry and cherry fruit with a solid, but not overwhelming sourness. The sourness builds appropriately, but never dominates the palate, making this a candidate for pairing with lighter fare like summer salads or fruit-based desert. Insanely drinkable and a classic stepping stone for those looking to get into sours.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:58:25 | More by chicagobeerriot
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Combo of two rates, ones from 2007 and one from 2010.

Beautiful blood red with fizzy pink head and lush, full laces. Cherries in the nose are pretty awesome. Full and meaty, not sweet but really capturing the essence of the fruit and not just drying and souring the crap out of it. Mouth worked very well, so much better than a lot of the krieks we consumed that night. Fruit was fully realized but dry, oaky, and expressive. Not medicinal or acidic in the least, which is probably the greatest achievement here. Great stuff and possibly the best cherry beer in the world.

I want to add another rate, early 2011 from a 2007 bottle. Consumed right after a 2010 Cantillon Kriek. Poured a darker shade than the Kriek, quite opaque and deep, like a rich mahogany, with a fluffy, pink cotton candy head. Much more dry than the regular Kriek, rife with a deep cherry pit and funk that were tied together seamlessly. As with most Cantillons it was really tight, dry, and sour. I was thinking "black cherries" the whole time where I didn't really think that from the regular Kriek. I've had several vintages of this, and at different ages, and it's always sublime. One of their best beers consistently I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:11:08 | More by JAXSON
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

On Tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern for Their Sourfest in a 8oz glass, I had two because it's been a while for me. Review #900, boy how time flys.

I gotta say, this is a very pretty beer, A very pronounced deep shade of red with a somewhat purpulish tint to it towards certain lights. Looks like cherry juice. Up top a pretty in pink cap thats sudsy and foamy and together. It sticks for the whole show but not to the glass.

A funky nose on this sucka, Im greeted by a sour funk mixed in a boatload of cherry aroma. The wood comes out more(than 100% Kriek) from the additional aging in the barrel. Some more barnyard with warming and some leather mixed in with the earth. Cherry cherry bo berry.

And another one.. Yep this is a Cantillon alright, you just know when you taste it, nothing like it in the world. Sour cherry flavor, some black cherry as well. Oak/wood is large but not beating the fruit in this case. Tannic with some accidity as well. Some barnyard and outside earth with a small yeasty taste towards the end, very small though. This is like cherry juice with a kick.

The body is lively and there is a lot of activity, this is certainly not dead beer. A very low bodied beer with a spritzy carb going for it. I find the sour/tart appeal is lower off the spout than in the bottle, and that goes for most Cantillons. This is the 2007 vintage by the way. This remains a very refreshing beer in the mouth.

Well, the verdict is that this is great beer and a treat if your into the style. Easily drinkable. I just wish the sour I get from Cantillon bottles would translate more to the tap versions, although this is a sour sucka, and im a sucka for sours.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 17:44:12 | More by BARFLYB
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

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

'07 vintage

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a bright ruby color with about two fingers of pinkish head, very slight lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour funky cherries with a little bit of spice.

Tasted of tart cherries with some slight sweetness for balance, with a very smooth finish.

Some slight carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, should've had a few more...

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 18:53:42 | More by InspectorBob
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 23:15:50 | More by xnicknj
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark purple color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It's crisp and damn sour with a really nice cherry edge. It's also dry with some funk and earthiness. The taste is awesome. Wow, what a mouthpuckering sourness! It goes down smooth with a nice cherry character and dry, earthy finish. What a smooth beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fantastic beer. It's incredibly complex and damn drinkable. Thanks Arpit.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:32:13 | More by WesWes
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bringonthehops

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

- popped and poured -
- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -
- crown-cap and cork closure -
- bottled on August 22, 2007 -
- drank from a Burgundy wine glass -

NOSE: loads of lactic sourness; raspberry and cherry; some old oak barrel; moderately expressive to expressive.

BODY: hazy raspberry/strawberry color with slight orange at edges; almost no head - just a very small amount of fine-bubbled foam at the edges; medium-light bodied.

TASTE: incredibly sour; cherry pie; quite delicious; not for those who don't like extreme sourness; doesn't taste like it's fading; not funky; fresh; no noticeable alcohol; whomever says not to age these fruited lambics is crazy - I bet this would be silly-good with another 5 to 10 years of age on it. This beer was made using two years-old lambic beers that were aged in used Bordeaux barrels; additionally, 300 grams of cherries per liter were soaked in barrels from Bordeaux; interestingly, raspberry is listed as an ingredient, so I suppose this is technically a kriek/framboise.

B: 50, 5, 13, 18, 8 = 94

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 23:28:57 | More by bringonthehops
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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

Deep dark red in the glass with a healthy crown of pink head. Reddest beer I've seen. Head has some staying power, sits at about half a finger thick steadily for some time.

Smell is musty, enough that I actually coughed after the first whiff. Mouthwatering lambic tartness and a promising cherry candy sweetness to the aroma.

Musty, tart and sour, with a deep rooted cherry sweetness that provides another dimension of complexity.

There is a fullness to the bod and some feeling of stickiness. The carbonation feels as natural as any brew I've had.

Tasty? Delicious actually. Drinkable? Yes, but only if you are into this type of beer. I could certainly see someone being overwhelmed by the tartness of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 03:57:43 | More by elricorico
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2004 vintage.

A: Crimson Red with very small head and swirls on tap. No lacing, very pretty color.

S: Deep cellar musk, nice funk, deep oak/mahogany smells, cherry, awesome cellaring.

T: Wow! An amazing dark cherry flavor with oak, vanilla, and funk thats just right. Like eating a cherry tart dessert. Very pleasant.

M: Nice carbonation and bitter on the palate as well. A little puckering but not too bad, nice.

D: What an excellent beer. A depth that is not always there in a sour, I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:01:11 | More by Dreadnaught33
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afksports

New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking the 2007 vintage on tap at Blind Tiger Ale House a d enjoying like mad.

Appearance is like a muddy dark cherry mixed with other fruits, so is the nose - with tons of added funk. Really red. Knows what it is. The taste is tart up front, funky in the finish, and ripe in the middle with sweets - mostly cherry.

It's a light body with a medium feel because of some solid carbonation. I want to drink this instead of finishing leftover Halloween candy and just enjoy the complex concoction. Too bad I couldn't score a growler. Win again for Cantillon and Blind Tiger aging awesome beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 19:25:22 | More by afksports
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

Appearance: cherry red, small head, and slight lacing.

Smell: sourness, slight cherry.

Taste: sharp sweettart sourness, spices, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: potent and bitter.

Overall:
It is in your face with the first sip. This is an explosive, sour kriek.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 05:54:05 | More by megahurts4
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with some BAs at Ebenezer's.

2008 Vintage.

Beautiful bright red body with a pink foamy head. Huge cherry aroma, slightly funky, acidic and musty. Completely blown away the smell of this beer. Flavor is of tart cherries, oak, leather, and earthy funk. Well carbonated, astringent finish, and very drinkable. Truly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:18:49 | More by muttyd
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mdfb79

New York

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ML bottle into a tulip. A 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a deep res color with two to three inches of pinkish head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, tart sour dark fruits, especially cherries. Smells amazing.

t - Tastes of funk, sour tart cherries and other dark fruits, and a tiny bit of spices.

m - Light body and light to medium carbonation.

d - I thought this was a great funky lambic. I loved the smell and thought it was really easy to drink. Looking forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:44:36 | More by mdfb79
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:43:07 | More by biboergosum
Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
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