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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,558
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 1,645
Gots: 339 | FT: 21
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Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

’08 vintage bottle thanks to Destructo. Ruby red pour with a pinkish head. Raspberry, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tart cherry, sour raspberry, semi-acidic with light funk, and oaky notes.

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Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Great beer, lots of cherry.

This is a classic lambic kriek. It pours a red beer. Smells of funky yeasts, and cherry candy. Taste is sour, yet it is also sweet. I could not help thinking of a cherry soda, since this beer has that type of feel. Not much foam forms at the head. This beer is pretty light, and I wouldn't say you can drink the whole bottle, but at least half easily.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

A sweeter kriek than I expected. However, still offering beautiful fruit flavors, funk, sweetness, tart qualities.

A blast of fruit flavor without, although I'd argue that the Cantillon Kriek is not far from this.

Arguably the "worst" (if that's possible) of the three Lou Pepes.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-review of another batch. 2012 vintage into Cantillon balloon stem.

Appearance is a gorgeous, deep cherry red bordering on marroon. Or maybe it's past red and in purple/marroon territory. I mean it's deep. Lovely two finger pink head builds and holds well before settling to a nice froth layer. One of those beautiful beers to look at.

The aroma is also about as perfect as can be for a Kriek/Cherry sour. Tons of earthy cherry juice, pit, skin. A host of funky notes with horse blanket and damp earth predominating. I love krieks that show some funk through all the fruit. But you also have some oak, vanilla, and burgundy wine complimenting the cherry and funk.

The taste is, well phenomenal. I think I popped this baby right on time. The finest tasting LPK I've had to date. Like the aroma, this is so freakin balanced between Cherry, barrel, and funk. And the acidity has not even begun to accelerate so it's maintained that high drinkability of fresh LPK. Everything cherry is in this, juice, earthy pit, tart skin, and a touch of Cherry jam. The funk is cleaner on the palate than on the nose but offers up musky cave and a little minty leafiness. Oak is soft and red wine is fruity with medium tannic level. Acidity is low still and that's how I personally like it.

Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and almost silky. I love the fact this doesn't sport a high carbonation level as it sometimes spoils the lambic experience. Despite the sweet cherry flavor characteristics this is invitingly dry and tart from front of the tongue to back.

Like in most cases with Cantillon, quite amazing. I've grown a soft spot for Krieks over the years and this proves that they too can blow me away. I am usually more fond of framboise so now is the time to crack a LPF to see how it compares to this Kriek. If you have any 2012 vintage (10' sticker) Lou Pepe Kreik, it's drinking amazing right now. Unless you prefer bracingly sour beer, it probably can't get better than this at this point. Or who knows with the endless possibilities of aged Cantillon :).

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Photo of SadMachine
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An absolutely gorgeous ruby red with a large pink head that dissipates somewhat quickly. It glows in the glass and is one of the prettiest beers I've seen!

S- Super funky, slightly cheesy, lots of tart cherries and some oak and grass.

T- Sweet and tart fruit, primarily cherries. Tons of oak character, some dry granny smith apple. Dry and refreshing!

M- Medium with a nice amount of, carbonation and dryness.

O- An awesome kriek! Cantillon always owns it!

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Photo of Resuin
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2011 sticker, bottled on September 5, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant, pretty much opaque grapey red color, and leaves a hint of reddish head that fades away almost immediately. A unique looking beer for sure. (4.75)

Smell: Big tart cherries, a bit of funky cheese, oak, grape skins. Really balanced and mouth-watering aroma. (4.75)

Taste: Tons of tart cherry, but not overly tart, decent amount of that Cantillon funk, spiced oak, vinegar. So much cherry, straight off the tree. Really drinkable and balanced. Not nearly as sour as Cantillon Kriek. (4.75)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a great feel, and a dry finish. (4.75)

Overall: This is a fantastic kriek. The cherry comes through so nicely and is just the right amount of tart. This combined with the oakyness and funk is a wonderful combo. The balance is great, and this is an easy drinker with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had the most gorgeous raspberry color that left a pink hue on the fizzy lively head.

The nose was tart and sour cherry but was minerally.

The flavor is like candy, not too tart and not too sour. Its mellow sweetness highlights the natural raspberry flavor.

The feel is light and bubbly, sprite and delightful.

This is absolutely delicious, well constructed and a a true beauty to behold.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 edition thanks to drlovemd87, this is special beer, and while not as tart as i expected it to be at this age, it has a lot going for it, thats for sure, and probably worth at least some of the hype it gets. the color is incredible, electric dark pink, hazy, with an oddly white head for how tinted the brew is. its glowing, intimidating, exciting, and about as colorful a beer as i have ever seen. the head doesnt go anywhere either. the nose on this is wonderful too, fruity, cherries obviously, all the way. i get the tart pie cherry type, or maybe even tarter ground cherry, but its certainly not the tree cherries we get around here. the yeast is amazing, its opened right up here, super summery, and funky as they get. timeless in some way, not dusty, but rustic and classy, insofar as those can be aromas flavors. the cherries carry through the whole flavor, starting just a little sweet, but finishing with a nice tartness, not mouthwatering or particularly sour, and with very little acidity, but like a slightly under ripe cherry, hard and yet to develop its sugars completely. the yeast works magically with this cherry complexion, floral and familiar, but higher end than anything i can recall. the beer is frustratingly easy drinking, given that these are so rare, expensive, and downright special, but this is in many ways a beer for massive consumption. it would never turn the stomach, its not that sour, and its low abv keeps it easy drinking too. the carbonation is splendid, all kinds of fizz to this, but never abrasive. its nowhere near as sour on the whole as anticipated, but this is a cream of the crop as far as funky beers go, especially fruited ones. infinitely superior to the lou pepe gueuze i think, and just an overall sensational and memorable beverage. a touch beer to dissect really, because the unity of the whole thing is so much more than the sum of its parts. i believe they call that synergy, and this beer exemplifies it. wow.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Awesome score here and had to leave work early to snag it. 2010 sticker poured into a tulip on February 15, 2014. Pours bright bright darkish red and totally clear. Bright pink fizzy one finger head on top and dissipates quickly. Aroma of lots of vinegar, tart cherries and cherry skins. Flavor is sour vinegar up front and then lots of cherry skins and tart but sweet cherries. The balance here is outstanding. Not medicinal at all, cherry is highlighted but not overpowering like the New Glarus cherry brew, and it comes together beautifully. A nice vanilla oak in the backdrop that really mellows this out. Juicy cherries but lightly dry finish. Medium light mouthfeel, full flavored, and big bubbly carbonation. While cherry isn’t my favorite in beer, this balances it as perfectly as possible. Very nice.

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Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage... Bottled Sept. 4, 2009

A - Pours a dark cranberry body with a froth light pink head. Settles down into a pink ring of froth around the glass.

S - Tart to sour nose full of cherries, funk and light oak.

T - Not hugely sour or even overboard tart to me at first. Definite funk going on mixed in with mild oak and acidic qualities. The finish is more sour to me than the beginning.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable, to say the least.

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Photo of macher0
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip glass. Straight from the cellar. Slightly below room temperature. Some what viscous. Shared with Jake_ramrod.

A. Fairly aggressive pour yields a dark ruby color and light ruby head of one finger. Mildly effervescent.

S. Tart. Tart cherries mainly. Sour yeast and bacteria. Fairly straight forward.

T. A little more going on compared to the nose. Medium tartness. Sour cherries certainly dominant with a noticeable neutral oak component. Minor notes of plumes, cranberries, and apples. Mucha fruit.

M. The viscosity thins out as it warms which makes it much more smooth. Low carbonation. Light body.

O. This is a beautiful kriek. Wonderful smell and taste. This maybe my favorite Cantillon (so far). I would certainly purchase this ale again. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at Novare Res 12/13/13 for "Bier Geek Christmas."

I was told by the staff that this is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old gueze's that then spend about a year on cherries. If this is indeed similar to their regular gueuze blend, the fruit has really taken the acidic and sour notes down a notch, this is maybe a 3/10 on sourness.

This beer poured a very red color (sort of like red wine, but a bit hazy). It is literally cherry red. The foam is a lovely pink and settles down quickly to some lovely pink lacing around the class. Beer is essentially opaque.

The nose is nothing like what I expected. It is mostly tart funk, not too acidic, not too much fruit, perhaps some hints of must (general lambic awesomeness). I had expected the nose to be really fruity and it really isn't.

The taste is a three part event. Up front I get a semi-sweet cherry bit, this slowly fades to a definite fruity sweetness (fruity not malty) that peaks a second or two after tasting and then fades to an acidic/tangy/funky bit in the aftertaste. This beer is by far the most complex beer I've ever had, so much going on here.

Great palate coverage, its a thin beer, but it never seems "watery" it holds up well on the palate.

This beer was simply fabulous, it was totally worth the $9 per 8oz pour, simply delightful.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle with pressure cap and corked. Vintage 2010. bottled 8/29/12.

poured into Cantillon wine stem.

Appearance: medium red colored beer with 3 finger of head that quickly drops tothin ring around glass.

Smell: moderately sour nose. Tart cherries. Slight funkiness.

Taste: Mild sourness atleast a 4/10; also has moderate funkiness. It is more funky that I expected from the nose. The funkiness is the signature funky note from most Cantillon sours. Tart cherries and a hint of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. This sour is very drinkable. Fantastic drinkability. I really enjoy how awesome the mouthfeel on this beer is. Semidry finish.

Overall: After finally having all three of the LP series Cantillions; Its close to a toss up which of the Lou Pepe series beer that I like better. I think the gueuze wins by a small margin.

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Photo of warnerry
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 sticker, bottled August 2012; Bottle at Cantillon, served in lambic basket.

A – Initial pour is an intense clear red with hints of brown. Initially half a finger of light pink head, which quickly dissipates to leave a thin, persistent collar.

S – Aroma is a combination of intense cherry, and pleasant earthy funk. Cherry aromas are not the least bit medicinal, but clean, fruity and acidic.

T – Similar to smell, a nice mix of cherry and funk in the taste. The cherry is mostly dry and tart, though a small amount of sweetness remains. After the initial burst of tart cherry, some funky elements come in and linger through most of the taste. The finish, however, is pretty much all cherry. Clearly a stronger cherry presence than the regular kriek (though this is also a relatively young bottle), and it works beautifully. Looking forward to comparing to an older bottle to see how this develops.

M – Light mouthfeel, mostly dry but with a touch of sweetness. Finish is clean, dry and tart.

O – Just wonderful. At this young age it is nicely acidic, but not overwhelmingly so and still highly drinkable.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle from 2010; ordered and poured at Brasserie Cantillon into the Cantillon wine glasses 7/5/2013.

Acidic and very pungent nose with a strong sour cherry scent and a small amount of musty funk. Basically the Cantillon 100% Kriek on steroids.

Lighter red body, almost even a bit pink. Beautiful and glowing beer. Very well carbonated with a large pink head that persists for the entire duration. No lacing.

Straight up cherry tartness, certainly very sour as well. But this is also a bit sweet compared to the 100% Kriek, which makes for an even nicer balance. More complexity in this one as well; the oak, earthiness and funk seem to be stronger here and brings more balance overall.

Lighter medium body, very well carbonated. Refreshing and extremely drinkable. Aftertaste is cherry tartness and sourness, no true sweetness here. Not a particularly dry finish which I have come to prefer and what Cantillons deliver.

Overall: 50% more fruit and 100% more balance and flavour. I really loved this beer. The cherries really bring a nice complexity to this compared to the framboise versions that are made here.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL from some place in Portland long before Cantillon was difficult to find. 2007 sticker date/2009 bottling date.

A: Pours a deep plum with a light pink head. Sits pretty in the glass - if you were to show this to someone they might call it a chick beer. Poor ignorant bastards.

N: Lots of ripe sour cherries, oak, some vinegar and glue. Wine grape and raspberry jame in here. Some straw and lemon zest.

T: Cherry dominant. Rounded sourness with a touch of fruity sweetness. Has a wonderful depth of oak and fruits.

M: Sharply carbonated with a light, manageable body. I love how the Belgians are able to get such character into such a drinkable beer.

O: Tasty and it seems like it's balanced out the fruit and the funk at this point. Delicious. Need more.

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Photo of Etan
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

A: Pours a deep ruby/pink with a nice light pinkish head.

S: Sweet cherry flesh melds seamlessly with cheesy wood, hay-like brett, must, earthy acidity.

T: Puckering yet brief lactic acidity, tart and sweet cherry, mushroom, light acetic acid, oak, more fresh cherry.

M: Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O: Very tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 bottle. Bottled September 1, 2011.

Appearance - Bright pink with a faint pink head. Thick collar. Hazy.

Smell - Really nice cherry flavor. Deep cherry flavor. Oaky and vanilla is very strong. A ton oof acidity but not a ton of funk.

Taste - Sour cherries. Lots of oak. Vanilla. Funk is much stronger. Barnyard is more prominent here too. The cherries are the star of the show though.

Mouthfeel - Dry, very sour. Medium body.

Overall - Fantastic cherry flavor. Best characteristic of this beer.

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle at bierbistro split with Liam

Nice deep red colour, with a cap of white head, good retention, little lace. Smell is funky, sweet cherry still very much upfront, light balsamic, acidic, overall very nice mix of sweet and sour cherry with a big funk present. Taste is sour and puckering up front, big acidity followed by sweet cherry that cuts the acidic flavours nicely, balsamic, lemon and puckering fruits toward finish, drying finish. Light-medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice crisp mouthfeel. Fantastic stuff, less sour than the Bio Kriek but more complex and well rounded, certainly a world beater.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

2008 vintage. I shall call him Lou le Pew. Tee-hee. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burgundy-ruby topped by a finger of off-pink foam. The nose is a blast of sweet cherry wine (insert Tommy James reference, with or without Shondells), with a hint of light apple cider in the back for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the cherries come through with a bit of tartness, though with a clear restraint that keeps things from peeling the enamel from my teeth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very tasty cherry lambic, one that more than deserves the praise it receives.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a clear magenta with a short pink head. Nose is full of tart cherries. I get some jammy qualities and almost a bit of rhubarb. Notes vinegar on the nose with slight hints of oak. The taste is delicious. Plenty of puckering tartness up front with delicious cherry forward profile. Not a whole lot of other adjectives I can use than cherry, but that is okay because this is delicious. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and tasty. Overall, delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark red. Almost purple. Pours with a very fizzy, light pink head. Good retention, but no lacing.

S: aroma is pure cherry essence. There is a very strong vinegar aroma that seems to burn off as the beer warms revealing the tart cherries.

T: Taste is more cherry. Tart cherries, but with some residual sweetness, which is nice since the sweetness is usually fermented out in these types of beers.

M: Lighter side of meduim in body. Heavier carbonation. Mild tartness.

O: This is a very very nice beer. I can really appreciate the restraint shown on this one, as this beers balance makes it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red body with a super pink head that falls quickly. A very beautiful looking beer.

Lots of cherry. A little sugary sweetness and acidic quality from all those cherries. Marzipan. As always a little funky. Oh yeah.

When served to me the Lou Pepe Kriek was referred to as the Rolls Royce of Krieks on account of the amount of cherries in it. It is hard to deny such a title. Almond and barnyard.
A good nice easy carbonation with medium body. A little dry.

Pretty much a Rick Ross(bawse) Kriek.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks eathan for bringing out this 2002 Lou pepe kriek for our tasting!
The beer pours a relatively clear, light colored reddish/rusty brown with almost no head. The nose is tart ...with a lot of funk, but no distinct cherry. The taste is definitely pungent with a whopping fruity tartness. The mouthfeel is highly acidic and dry with very little remaining cherry sweetness. This beer drinks like only a Cantillon would after 10 years...a serious champ.

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Photo of SStein
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage poured into a snifter glass at Cantillon.
It pours a wonderful pink cold with a white head. The head quickly turns to lace which vanishes quickly.
It smells of deep barnyard funk, with a light cherry smell.
Initially you get a much subtle taste of the barnyard funk followed by the cherries as you drink this beer. There is a delicate balance kept between the funk and the cherries, a lesser brewery would have failed, but this succeeds.
There is a light carbonation, which allows this beer to go down smooth.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer, and worth the money on.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe - Kriek from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.